6 Bedroom (Sleeps 12) Gite in Charente

"LE grand Bois" 2 beautiful gites with enclosed swimming pool and large wooded garden in the delightful rolling countryside of Charente, on the outskirts of a small hamlet between Cognac and Bordeaux.

At a glance: Child Friendly, Pet Friendly.

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Owner : Linda Mcdonald

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  • Property Type Gite
  • Location Charente
  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Minimum nights stay3
  • Low season price per week£350
  • High season price per week£1800
  • Customer rating 4.7 / 5 ( 18 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability

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We are now offering REDUCED RATES during off peak times for 6 persons occupancy in our La Vieille Etable 6 bedroom gite. Please get in touch to check out these rates with us either by mail or give us a call.
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"LE GRAND BOIS", originally a cognac producing farmstead, has been tastefully converted into our home together with two gites [ sleeping 12 and 2/4] and an enclosed swimming pool in our large wooded garden. The landscape all around is of sunflowers and vineyards growing an abundance of grapes for distilling into the delicious cognac.

"LE GRAND BOIS" was constructed around the 1850's as a small farm with outbuildings around a courtyard, with a well providing the water supply, a stone bread oven in which to bake the bread and stables for the farm animals. This has now been converted into our home , a large gite which can accommodate up to 12 people and a small gite which sleeps 2 to 4. The gites can be rented together for family or friends get togethers and celebrations.

The gites have their own private entrance with parking for up to six cars. The bread oven and well remain but we have built a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool in the garden for the exclusive use of our clients. The garden has lots of fruit trees and nut trees and plenty of space to disappear with a glass of wine and a book.

At "Le Grand Bois" you can enjoy a peaceful,stress-free holiday beside the swimming pool or you can use the superb facilities to explore the many attractions and places of interest offered by the beautiful south-west region of France.

" La Vieille Etable" Sleeps up to 12 people. ( Possible reduction in tarif for lower occupancy. Please just ask) We will also do weekend lets during low and mid season if you have an anniversary or other family celebration.

"La Vieille Etable " which has been rated 3 STAR*** by Charente Tourism, is a six bedroomed gite with spacious open-plan living area, a gallery first floor showing the magnificent exposed oak beams at their best and with wonderful country views.

The living area has a central stone fireplace with woodburner, ample seating and a dining table which can accommodate up to 16 people.There is satellite TV, a DVD player (bring along a few favourites) and a box of assorted games for the children. There is also table tennis and table football. WIFI is available throughout the property.

The kitchen is fully equipped and has electric oven, gas hob, microwave, large fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

There is a shower room with toilet also on the ground floor.

On the gallery first floor are two double bedrooms,two single bedrooms and two each with three single beds - some also have space for an additional childs bed or cot.

There are also two bathrooms and a further shower room so that there is never a queue in the morning.

The gite has a terrace with outdoor seating, and 2 BBQs for cooking and eating al-fresco.

All bed linen is included as well as hand and kitchen towels. Two cots and baby equipment including two highchairs are available on request.

Pets may be allowed, subject to certain restrictions.
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" La Petite Grange", Sleeps 2/4 people.

"La Petite Grange" which has been 2 STAR** rated by Charente Tourism, is a one bedroomed gite with additional sleeping in the living area on a single day bed or double sofa bed.

It also has exposed beams in the living area as well as a dining table and chairs, fireplace with woodburner, satellite TV, DVD player and a box of games. WIFI is available throughout the property.

The kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine.

The bedroom has twin beds and bathroom en-suite.

The gite also has it's own terrace with traditional BBQ and seating for eating outside.

Special requests ? No problem !

If you require a cot , highchair , extra childs' bed or perhaps a birthday cake or a supply of food and drinks for your arrival or anything else to make your stay comfortable ~ all you have to do is give us a call and we will be happy to arrange this for you !

The accommodation provided is of the highest standard and caters for your every need. We welcome small children, extended families, couples or groups of friends ~ in fact everyone is welcome to share in our little bit of paradise !

***AVAILABILITY CALENDAR SHOWN IS FOR LA VIEILLE ETABLE ONLY --- Please contact me for availability of La Petite Grange OR for any current offers on pricing ***
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The Poitou Charente region or as it is now known Nouvelle Aquitaine, has an endless variety of sporting activities on offer as well as, many historical sites to visit and some very special local produce to savour.
You could check out the www.lacharente.com website or you will find lots of info. and brochures to give you ideas in the gites.


There are several indoor and outdoor water parks to choose from which are great fun for adults and children. La Grande Prairie is just 20mins away and has a lake with a supervised sandy beach for swimming, canoes, boats, windsurfing, fishing, tennis courts and childrens' play areas. Just a couple of minutes from the lake is Nautilus which is an indoor leisure complex with swimming, flumes and even an ice rink.

JONZAC is a very picturesque town around 25 mins away, which has a traditional french market place, a pretty little Chateau, shopping, restaurants, a terrific leisure centre called Antilles and a great park with swimming, boating, adventure trails, horse riding and lots of activities for all ages of children.

Or if you prefer ther are lots of places where you can swim in the river Charente itself !!

ROYAN is a fabulous seaside resort with long sandy beaches and nearby is PALMYRE where the Zoo is one of the best in Europe.

COGNAC is a 40 min. drive from here. This historic town has shops, restaurants, cafes and of course, the famous cognac distilleries. The Grand houses of Remy Martin, Hennesey, Martell and Camus, just to mention a few, offer tours and tastings. There is also a Blues festival, a Jazz festival and several other riverside events held here during the summer months.

The DORDOGNE is a just short drive away with the beautiful medieval towns of Aubeterre, with its Monolithic Church, Perigeux, where you must have lunch in the Place St. Louis and Brantome, where you can meander through the lanes or cool off in a canoe on the river.

LA ROCHELLE, with its old port and yachting marina is well worth a visit.Eating out or shopping is a real pleasure.You must try the oysters or seafood platter here!

The CHARENTE also has lots of sporting activities on offer, such as hot-air ballooning (the European Championships take place about 3kms from Le Grand Bois and provide spectacular viewing from the gites in early August), cycling, horse riding, quad biking, aqua-jet skiing, fishing, canoeing, karting, ten-pin bowling or simple country walking. Something for everyone!

BORDEAUX is an amazing city full of culture and fabulous architecture ~ as well as the wine !

There are of course some wonderful old churches and Renaissance or classical Chateaux and country houses to enjoy too.

The south-west region is renowned for its many cognac and wine producers,such as Remy Martin,Hennessy,Courvoisier,St.Emillion,Bergerac and Blaye. All welcome visitors and offer tours and tastings. Follow the "Vignoble Trail" around some of these world famous producers tasting the odd glass or two as you go!


Un super gite-

By Laurence Barrois on 17-Jun-2019

Nom : Barrois
Séjour en juin 2019
"Un super gîte convivial et chaleureux" (déposé le 17 juin 2019)
Merci Linda et Ian pour ce bel endroit , nous avons passé un super week-end en famille pour la plus belle des occasions le mariage de notre fille le gîte est très bien situé , un bel accueil , les lieux sont propres , bien aménagé , nous recommandons vivement ce gîte où rien ne manque (balançoire , piscine , babyfoot, table de Ping Ping , un jardin très spacieux) nous reviendrons !

5 of of 5

Un alojamiento ideal-

By Pilar Sanchez on 23-Apr-2019

Nom : Pilar Sanchez
Séjour en avril 2019
"Un alojamiento ideal para un grupo grande." (déposé le 23 avril 2019)
Una casa amplia, cómoda, limpia y muy bien equipada, ideal para un grupo grande. Con una gran zona verde y una piscina muy agradable. La propietaria muy amable, pendiente de cualquier necesidad pero siempre respetando la intimidad.

4 of of 5

"Séjour parfait !"

By Nom : Fougeras Stéphanie on 21-Jan-2019

Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour dans ce gîte à l'occasion de la nouvelle année. Toute notre famille a été ravie de se retrouver dans ce grand espace idéal pour nous accueillir. En un mot : parfait !


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"Génial !"

By Nom : Pellereau on 30-Dec-2018

Endroit magnifique et propriétaire adorable et aux petits soins ! Merci pour tout Linda ! Nous nous y réunissons en famille chaque année avec toujours autant de bonheur ! Il y a de la place pour tous, petits et grands, et il y a tout ce qui faut pour passer un séjour parfait, même en étant nombreux !


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Absolutely superb

By Val And Andy on 15-Aug-2018

Absolutely superb. The accommodation was spot on, the area very relaxing and in Linda and Ian we couldn't ask for nicer and more welcoming hosts. To be honest they made the holiday a joy. One of the best holidays we have had.

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Une belle bulle!

By Laurence T. on 04-Aug-2018

Semaine chaude mais pour nous au frais au bord de la piscine, au calme. Une belle bulle!

5 of of 5

Relaxing !

By Elaine And Terry on 05-Aug-2017

Elaine&Terry: Our relaxing week in the very well equipped Gite, where Linda & Ian were always ready to offer help & advice. Their knowledge of the area , together with suggestions for interesting trips was much appreciated. The social evening ,hosted by Linda & Ian , made the holiday even better.

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Perfect !

By Aileen on 22-Jul-2017

Aileen: Ian and Linda are wonderful hosts...this was their calling for sure!
The cottage is perfect for family of 4...we had a family of blackbirds nesting in the vine outside as well as clear nights for star gazing and owls galore.
Plenty to do in the area, Angouleme, Bordeaux, Cognac...we do so hope to return to Le Grand Bois.

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Peaceful location !

By Carol And Chris James on 16-Jul-2016

Carol and Chris James: Ian and Linda are great hosts, very helpful and know the area well, the recommendations for where to go were brilliant. Amazing storage space provided for our bikes and very quiet roads to ride on.
Very peaceful location, would be very happy to stay there again.

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Fantastic !

By Jan And Deric on 23-Apr-2016

Jan & Deric: This is a really fantastic building for a large family gathering. It is incredibly equipped with everything you could wish for to have a comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Even in April the children loved the amazing garden and pool. It is probably the best gite we have ever visited. Thanks to Linda and Ian for being so obliging and helpful and also for the superb welcome pack awaiting us on our arrival.

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Lovely gite !

By Kay And John Smith on 19-Sep-2015

Kay & John Smith: Lovely gite, spotlessly clean and thoughtfully presented. Excellent welcome pack. Linda & Ian were so helpful but inobtrusive - ideal. Pool is great and well positioned. We took our 2 dogs and were able to leave the door open and keep them enclosed within the gite's terrace, so reassuring that they could not wander off. This is a lovely area to explore. Many really good (and very inexpensive) restaurants. All in all, a very relaxing experience. We will definitely be back.

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Perfect hosts !

By Lee And Teresa Clare on 15-Aug-2015

L. and T. Clare: Linda and Ian are perfect hosts and offer a fabulous and relaxing environment. Surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards, Le Grand Bois is situated in a truly beautiful area. The pool is great and the gites offer every comfort. The Coast is an hour away as are several main towns (Bordeaux, Angouleme, Cognac) so sightseeing and shopping are easily accessible. Highly recommendable. Thank you Linda and Ian for all your help and for sharing your beautiful home.
Teresa, Lee and the border terriers!

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Comfortable and Peaceful !

By Dave And Wendy Whiting on 13-Sep-2014

Dave & Wendy Whiting: The gite had everything you could possibly need to make a comfortable self catering stay. The location was peaceful but also well located as a base to go out from each day. Ian & Linda made us very welcome and were always available for any questions we had. I would have no hesitation in recommending this place.

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Superb large gite !

By Joss Garvey on 09-Aug-2014

Joss Garvey: This is a superb large gite, ideal for a large party of friends or family. 6 bedrooms and 3-4 bath/shower rooms. TV and WiFi, video player etc.
Great pool and space for children to play in the safe garden .
Well equipped kitchen and loads of crockery and cutlery.
Helpful owners, good with advice and tips on where to go.

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What a great place to stay !

By Mick Fiona And Fergus on 12-Jul-2014

Mick Fiona and Fergus: What a great place to stay .The Gite is in a lovely position surrounded by fields of Sunflowers and Vines It's very well equipped with everything you may need ,the garden is big with loads of shade The pool is idea for sunbathing and then cooling off. Ian and Linda are wonderful they really cant do enough for you they really did make us feel welcome We will defiantly be going back next year

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Pleasant and relaxing week !

By Chris Nichols on 14-Sep-2013

Chris Nichols: I have just had a very pleasant and relaxing week at the Le Grand Bois in the Charente.The owners ,Ian and Linda were extremely helpful ,friendly and full of useful information on the local area.The gite,very rural but accessible, is extremely well appointed with everything which would be needed for a holiday.
I found the advice on where to go particularly helpful-it was great to have local knowledge on how to manage the journey into Bordeaux.Other recommendations would be Saintes and Cognac.

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Absolutely beautiful!

By John Mary And Ellie on 09-Aug-2008

john mary and ellie aberdeenshire uk

What can we say? an absolutely beautifully restored gite. The photos don't portray it's full beauty! A welcome pack of more than enough essentials and a very hospitable, helpful couple to meet you. We arrived with a few hire car problems, Ian and Linda soon ironed them out. They certainly went out of their way to help us with their knowledge, generosity and kindness. We highly recommend anyone looking for a very clean, comfortable and relaxing holiday with or without children, it's great!! You need a car as it's in a country area. However, it's nearby many towns, an excellent base for touring the South and Western areas of France. The swimming pool is enclosed, safely keeping the children amused for hours. We will be returning to this gite again as soon as we can the tranquillity and sunshine was just what we needed!
Recommended for: Age 55+, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

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Le Grand Bois est superbe!

By Ian And Susan Mackay on 08-Sep-2007

Ian/Susan Mackay, Queensland, Australia.

When you think of a holiday in France you have an image of superb food and even better wines and then the reality of finding suitable accommdation sets in.

Big cities are not really a holiday if you already live in a big city in your home country - so you plan to head for the countryside and wonder what sort of accommodation is available - no Ritz or Hilton in the countryside - maybe some small hotel/motel with one or two star rating. Even at home these small motels area hit and miss afair. What about a B&B, they can be good sometimes. Then someone suggests a "gite". Never heard of one of those - something like a "cottage" maybe? Oh why not, we'll give it a go...

We have travelled throughout England, Wales, USA, Southern Africa and New Zealand and have never found anything as good as Le Grand Bois in the tiny village of Angeduc. Not only has the property been beautifully renovated by a brilliant Achitect, the owners, Ian and Linda would have to be the best hosts we have ever met anywhere in the countries in which we have travelled. There is a welcoming bottle of Bordeaux wine placed in the gite to set the mood for a great holiday. And it doesn't stop there - everything you need to make you comfortable is thoughtfully included.

With accommodation way beyond expectations the rest is up to you - we travelled throughout the Charente area, usually full day outings and returned to the gite with local produce and wine for a great evenings fare.

Despite a 23 hour flight for us to travel to France from Australia, we will be back at Le Grand Bois for our next holiday, this time with all our family (12 people altogether - three generations) and we will be looking forward to once again catching up with Ian and Linda and enjoying another bottle of wine or two.

Oh! did I mention the wine???

Recommended for:Age 55+,Sightseeing,Families with teenagers,Families with Young Children,Romantic.Getaway.

Ian and Susan. Mackay,Queensland,Australia

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