7 Bedroom (Sleeps 16) Farmhouse in Charente

Luxury Farmhouse and Gite with spectacular rural views, heated pool, games barn.
At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Heated Pool, Garden.
Reference: P59526 - Book via Simply Owners and pay no booking fees or extra charges

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Owner: Gareth and Emma Wilding
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Overview

  • Property Type: Farmhouse
  • Location: Charente
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Bedrooms: 7 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Minimum nights stay: 7
  • Low season price per week: €1250
  • High season price per week: €4400
  • Property Rating: 5/5 Average Rating (26 Reviews)
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability

Description

A Little Paradise on the Charente-Dordogne Border. This villa is in a rural setting.
Farmhouse and gite with large pool. Peaceful location on the Charentes / Dordogne border, close to both Cognac and Bordeaux wine making.

Suitable for 2 or 3 families wishing to holiday together in a private environment, Belle Etoile is a luxuriously converted 19th century farmhouse and loft apartment combining rustic charm and contemporary chic. Situated in an unspoilt, peaceful hamlet with stunning rural views across rolling countryside, close to Villebois Lavalette on the Poitou-Charentes/Dordogne border, approximately 25 minutes drive south of Angouleme.

During the peak summer season the house and gite can only be rented together, so guests have exclusive use of the exceptional solar heated pool, which extends to 20 metres for lane swimming, and the courtyard with its pergola for alfresco dining, chimenea barbecue, fire-pit, floodlit boulodrome (boules/petanque court), and exceptionally equipped gamesbarn.

The pool, with its infinity-view across rolling countryside, is securely enclosed by child-proof fencing, and accessed by a self-closing gate. The adjoining sun terrace is furnished with 2 large parasols, 10 x cushioned sun-loungers, and a large rattan corner sofa – the perfect spot to watch the sun go down.

The surrounding private garden, with children’s swings, and a hammock chair hanging from the signature walnut tree, is adjoined by a paddock where children can kick a football about or organise a game of family cricket or rounders.

The property has wi-fi internet connection and English FreeSat satellite television.

Belle Etoile is suitable for year-round use. Its deep stone walls keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. A wood burner in the living room, and oil-fired central heating heats the house, while the gite has its own wood-burner and very effective electric radiators.

Located in the ancient hamlet of Isle, where hollyhocks abound from June to September, just 3 kilometres from the historic village of Villebois Lavalette, with its Knights Templar chateau and medieval, covered market square.

Villebois Lavalette has excellent restaurants, shops and services, including: butcher, baker, newsagent, supermarket with petrol station and car hire, tourist office, post office, doctor, dentist and more. The Saturday market is delightful and friendly, where people meet for coffee, to catch up on news, to eat fresh oysters and to buy local produce and crafts.

It is just 3 kilometres to an excellent supermarket, restaurants and all services.

The almost traffic-free roads and gentle terrain make this an ideal area for walking, cycling and touring.

Within easy reach are a number of weekday street markets, eg Chalais on a Monday and Brantome or Riberac on a Friday.

Even closer to Belle Etoile is the village of Ronsenac; this is 2 kilometres away and can be reached by footpath. Ronsenac has a lively bar which serves food, a well-equipped children's play area and a public tennis court.

26 Reviews - 5/5 Average Rating

A real home from home

By Kay Thu on 16-Jul-2020

We stayed at the Belle Etoile for my 40th Birthday. As soon as we arrived we knew we had chosen somewhere very special. The outlook from the property was over rolling fields of sunflowers (July) and was absolutely stunning. We rented the Farmhose, the Gite and the Garden room. Each building was unique and beautifully presented. Very homely with everything you could possibly need. Belle Etoile is clean, charming, and the owners have been caring and attentive throughout. Our children played in the wonderful spacious pool where there is plenty of space to sunbathe on the loungers/rattan corner set. There is a gorgeous outside dining area overlooking the fields, and the kids and adults alike spent many hours in the Games Barn and the Boules court! The paddock was an excellent space for croquet (or rounders) too. We hired bikes locally and cycled along the quiet country roads into Ronsenac and beyond. Ronsenac is very small but quaint with Jimmys Bar for a cold beer. Beyond this we visited Villebois Lavalette and it's beautiful Chateau, and dined in the square/visited the Market. Our favourite restaurant was L'ecole in Vendoire. This place is just stunning and the food/service was perfect. We recommend Congac for a Hennessey Tour, and Brantome or Aubetterre sur dronne for Kayaking! We would visit again most definitely, and would recommend this property 100%. Thankyou for letting us stay at your Belle Etoile, a real home from home.

5 of of 5

Would 100% return

By Mark Allinson on 18-Jul-2019

12 of us travelled to France for a big family holiday and to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. We flew into bordeaux and the property was an easy drive.... Approx 90 minutes. The property itself is amazing, very tastefully decorated, modern and has everything you need to make it your home for the week. It's excellently located to be able to explore the surrounding villages. We happened to be there on one of the hottest weeks (40degrees plus) so not a great deal of exploring was done, Angoloume is worth a visit though as is the nearby Villebois Lavalette for early morning croissants and late afternoon ice creams. The pool......it made it for us, amazing for all ages as it has wide steps leading into the pool which the younger ones liked to splash about on. It's deep enough but not too deep and large enough for pool float races! All in all a fantastic week of family time, we had a lot of questions prior to arrival and Gareth was very helpful in answering any queries we had and giving advice about the area. One slight improvement that we thought could be made..... More. Fans, we only had 2 and with the extreme heat could have definitely done with more but its a very minor issue. Would 100% return, we all can't wait to. 12 of us travelled to France for a big family holiday and to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. We flew into bordeaux and the property was an easy drive.... Approx 90 minutes. The property itself is amazing, very tastefully decorated, modern and has everything you need to make it your home for the week. It's excellently located to be able to explore the surrounding villages. We happened to be there on one of the hottest weeks (40degrees plus) so not a great deal of exploring was done, Angouleme is worth a visit though as is the nearby Villebois Lavalette for early morning croissants and late afternoon ice creams. The pool......it made it for us, amazing for all ages as it has wide steps leading into the pool which the younger ones liked to splash about on. It's deep enough but not too deep and large enough for pool float races! All in all a fantastic week of family time, we had a lot of questions prior to arrival and Gareth was very helpful in answering any queries we had and giving advice about the area. One slight improvement that we thought could be made..... More Fans, we only had 2 and with the extreme heat could have definitely done with more but its a very minor issue. Would 100% return, we all can't wait to.

5 of of 5

Lots to do for everyone

By Anne T on 11-Aug-2018

Brilliant relaxing holiday for all 16 of us ranging from grand parents to a baby. 8 young children and 8 adults. We must have picked the record breaking hottest week of the year so the beautiful big pool was ideal and in the hottest part of the day the cool games room and well equipped farmhouse were a welcome break from the sun. Lots to do for everyone so we didn't feel the need to leave Belle Etoile. However we did tear ourselves away to go canoeing in the pretty town of Brantome and visited Aubeterre's amazing subterranean church. A week wasn't long enough so we hope to visit again. The owner was very helpful with tips and advice from the initial booking right throughout our holiday. We would definitely recommend this beautiful home.

5 of of 5

Prices

Sep to Dec Autumn 2250
Dec Christmas 2750
Jan-Apr Winter 1250
Apr-Jun Spring 2950
Jun-Jul Summer 3950
Jul-Aug Peak 4400

Location

Suitability

Children Welcome

Facilities

Refrigerator
Hob
Oven
Microwave
Dishwasher
Coffee Maker
Toaster
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Internet
Telephone
Fireplace
Wood stove
Heating
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Parking
Living Room
Hairdryer
Ironing Board
Television
Satellite/Cable
DVDs
Video Library
Games
Books
Games Room
Pool Table
Table Tennis
Table Football
Heated Pool
Balcony
Garden
Bicycles
Tennis
Golf
Kayak/Canoe

Theme

Adventure
Away from it all
Family
Historic
Romantic
Sports activities
Tourist attractions