7 Bedroom (Sleeps 18) 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.
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Owner: Gareth Wilding
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Overview

  • Property Type: Farmhouse
  • Location: Charente
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Bedrooms: 7 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Minimum nights stay: 7
  • Low season price per week: €1250
  • High season price per week: €4500
  • 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 beautiful house, tastefully appointed and furnished

By Mike G on 05-Jul-2014

A beautiful house, tastefully appointed and furnished, in an outstanding location with distant views of farms and villages, enhanced this year by the surrounding fields of sunflowers. We stayed for the last 2 weeks of July and with the never-ending sunshine spent a lot of our time in the gardens or by the heated pool, although there is a fully equipped games room. On the occasions that we did venture out we enjoyed the pretty villages of Aubeterre, with its church carved into a cliff, and Brantome with its vibrant Friday market together with trips to Cognac, Riberac , Angouleme and of course the local village of Villebois with its excellent restaurant in the town square opposite the 17th Century covered market, overlooked by the Chateau. It is a truly stunning house, in a location that would be difficult to beat, equipped with 5 star fixtures and fittings for the enjoyment of like minded people. We look forward to our next visit.

We will definitely be back!

By Carolyn Hanks on 29-Aug-2014

We had a FANTASTIC two weeks at Belle Etoile. It was everything we dreamed of! The property is stunning. The house is perfect and had everything we needed. The views from the house are stunning along with the pool and garden. Great location with lots to do and visit. We took our bikes and did lots of cycle rides through beautiful french villages. We were a party of 12 (6 adults and 6 kids) and we all had a brilliant time. We will definitely be back! Thank you x

The sunset and the profusion of stars

By Bill Quirke on 03-Sep-2014

We were a couple, part of a group of 8. We stayed in the gite next door to the main house. This was like a separate apartment with lots of space, separate bedrooms - an en suite double and a twin - with a fully fitted kitchen, a large seating area, and a wood burning stove. This meant we could be separate when we wanted, and join in the larger party in the main house. We ate and hung out in the main house, which is cosy and beautifully decorated, as well as beating our host consistently in both table tennis and bar football in the games barn. Playing pétanque gave us a chance to appreciate the views of the landscape, the sunset and the profusion of stars. The location itself is in a small tranquil hamlet close to a market village with good bars and a great restaurant. Angouleme is 20 minutes away, convenient for the very good Caves Charlemagne.

Prices

Sep to Dec Autumn 2500
Dec Christmas 3200
Jan-Apr Winter 1250
Apr-Jun Spring 2950
Jun-Jul Summer 4000
Jul-Aug Peak 4500

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