Real Heating and Real Piscines was established in 1997 by Paul and Mary Hodson and along with their son Adam was run as a family run business based at Ribérac in the Dordogne. In 2015 after a long family debate Paul and Mary decided it was time to start to enjoy the fruits of their labour and the decision was taken to sell the business. The business was acquired by Mark and Lisa in April 2015 with an agreed transition period under the watchful eye of Paul and Mary.

Mark has been an owner and or manager of a range of businesses but with a core focus within the construction industry in the UK, so plumbing, heating and swimming pools are not a new subject for him.

Lisa looks after the administration and shop side of the business and is busy reviewing a number of the systems and processes to ensure that they are sufficiently robust for the future growth plans of the business. These plans include;

  • the release of our online shopping engine in the near future enabling customers to buy from the comfort of their home
  • smartphone apps for checking stock availability/product prices on-site and a chemical calculator to work exact dosages required for your pool
  • further product range development (check in regularly to see our exciting new offers)
  • click and collect service

Our shop specialises in the supply of plumbing, heating, swimming pool kits and accessories.

Real Heating are the sole suppliers of the hep20 range of plastic push fit plumbing components in France, the Hepworth products are manufactured by the Wavin group and are widely used in the housing industry in the UK and benefit from a 50 year guarantee. The products are available in UK and French pipe sizes with adaptors to modify existing systems to the spec you require. UK pipe sizes being for use on boats, caravans and mobile homes and French pipe sizes for domestic installations.

The shop also has stock of villager and hunter wood burning stoves with a full range of spares available to order. The stoves benefit from 3 year guarantees and are widely viewed as leaders in terms of build quality in the market place.

Real Piscines supplies swimming pool products for both the professional and DIY markets. We endeavour to source the best quality products within France with genuine guarantees for ease of use and reliability. Real Piscines are the agents for looploc who manufacture a lightweight security winter/summer cover which conforms to the NFP90-308 French regulations. The cover is the only one accredited within France that has a safety certificate for pools measuring more than 6m in width.

We also carry out free analysis of pool water samples and provide guidance on which chemicals to purchase. We have stock of pumps, filters and associated pipework and fittings, pool treatments (chemicals) and a range of cleaning accessories for both personal and professional use.

Project Workshops
Twice yearly we conduct product workshops to highlight the benefits and uses of the products we sell, these are informal sessions and an excellent opportunity to network with people locally who share a common interest. For more information on the next session and or to reserve a seat please e-mail or