Gite near Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, France - Peaceful, Rural Location, Lots For The Family To Do
La Belle Aube, our modern luxury gite, 5 minutes from the village of Aubeterre sur Dronne, has been designed to provide a safe and secure environment for families, both young and old, while providing the best views of the valley, which our gite overlooks. Our property with its private heated pool, children's play area and acre of fenced in gardens, provides your family with the opportunity to have either as relaxing or active holiday as you wish. There is lots to do in the area, with several river/lake beaches, golf, tennis, horse riding, kayaking, painting courses, etc all within 10 minutes drive.
Top Traveller Review
What a Place!!
About the Owner
Dawn and I have 4 young children - 7-16 years old, and fell in love with La Belle Aube when it was just a plot of land, for its peaceful setting and fantastic views.
Since La Belle Aube was built we love being able to open the doors and just let our boys roam about the gardens without worrying about where they are. They love to play football in the large garden, swim or paddle in the pool or just sit in the grass playing with toys. Dawn and I love to sit on the terrace on an evening, with a glass of wine and just enjoy the views and peace and quiet.
We know how difficult it can be for a family with young children to go on holiday so we try to provide everything a family would need for a great holiday!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Comments from Summer 2013
Many, many thanks to Dawn and Jamie for sharing your beautiful gite. Our son has learning difficulties and this is the first holiday we have been able to fully relax with him, knowing he was safe and happy. Our teenage daughter loved the space and me and hubby never tired of the view. We cannot imagine going anywhere else on holiday in future. We look forward to coming back. "JUST PERFICK!!! D. Family
Lovely time of year to visit and lovely walks around the gite - collected chestnuts and walnuts which we roasted on the log burning stove! Visited Angouleme and Nautilis Centre which the children loved! There is ice skating and a huge indoor water areawhich suited kids of all ages - brilliant day out. Would definately come again! LOVELY! T Family
Summer 2012 3rd visit to LA BELLE and still fab! This villa has everything - many thanks. Thank you to Jamie and Dawn. WE LOVE FRANCE!! B Family
5 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
What a Place!!
Upon arrival the property exceeded expectations, and didn't disappoint. The villa had everything you could possibly need and more. Rooms are very spacious. The views from the terrace are superb as are the sunsets! The pool was lovely and very well heated. Excellent location and perfect setting. Would thoroughly recommend. Can't wait to return!
We had an amazing stay at La Belle Aube. The property is perfect for us; sitting in a lovely quiet position with beautiful panoramic views. There is plenty of outdoor space, the pool is warm and it has a very secure perimeter fence. The security factor is critical for us, as we have a son with autism and learning difficulties.
Many thanks again to Jamie & Dawn.
Wonderful house in wonderful countryside
My husband Bill and I have been visiting France at least once a year with our friends Chris and Brian for more than 20 years and this is the house we have stayed in which we have wanted to return to. Now that Jamie has confirmed our booking for next year, I would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants a well laid out house with easy access to the garden and pool. Shops for most needs can be found in nearby Chalais and we found some really great restaurants. The Chateau is well worth a visit. It is privately owned and you can get a English speaking guide who really makes the visit worth the effort of leaving the pool. For good value lunches, look out for 'Restaurante Traditionelle'. Set menu but good value.
Thanks Dawn and Jamie. You have been very thoughtful in providing everything fussy holidaymakers could need.
I think the fact that we've just rebooked for a 4th year says it all!
La Belle Aube really is a home from home, fully-equipped with everything you need to enjoy and relax during your stay, and is perfect for a family break. Given that the property is designed with accessibility in mind, we've found it a safe haven for our two daughters (now aged 5 and 3). The availability of toys, games and play equipment at the property means that you can travel lighter than you might normally do.
The owners (Jamie and Dawn) have made tweaks and additions each year that have made the stay even more enjoyable - including heating in the pool (great on the cloudier days), and this year, new tiling around the pool and a wonderful structure that provides a welcome sheltered area on those hotter summer days.
The property is well maintained and clean, with someone coming to check the pool and maintain the gardens 2-3 times a week.
It's location, well away from the main road and in a slight valley means that it's a peaceful haven with a beautiful outlook. However, the town of Chalais with a large Intermarche, Lidl and a regular market is only 5-10 minute drive away.
If you can also tear yourself away from the pool, there are plenty of other market towns and river/lake beaches within a short drive.
Finally, two very happy daughters each year means two happy (and relaxed) parents!
2nd time lucky
We have just come back from another amazing week at La Belle Aube. (second time in 9 months)
This time we went with friends who also have a pre-schooler. Yet again the house proved to be fantastic and even with 6 of us in it, we were never in each other's way. The children had a blast with all the toys inside and out and so happy children = relaxed parents... Perfect
There is an addition this year of a covered seating area pool-side and it was ideal for snacks and drinks with the little ones.
Our friends are already looking for dates for next year, not sure we'll let them come without us!
A stunning propertty in a beautiful part of France. we will definitely be regulars.
We came for a week and wish we could have stayed much longer. There aren't many self catering holidays with properties more equipped than your own home... this is definitely one of them! The owners have thought of EVERYTHING!
We had to prise my 2yo out of her bedroom most days as the toys in there were just too exciting, the only thing that got her out was telling her we were going for a swim.
The pool was lush, heated perfectly so we even managed to swim on the couple of grey days that we had, it has a fence and a safety gate so there was never any worry when she was playing outside.
The property is perfectly located to feel utterly relaxed and close enough to a couple of small towns to get the essentials.
We travelled out and about and it always felt like we were coming home when we got back.
The bedrooms were incredibly comfortable and 2 families could easily go on holiday together and not get in each other's way,
we are planning our trip for next year already and hoping to bring our neices with us.
It is a wonderful wonderful holiday.
From the Owner
“As soon as we saw the stunning views across the valley, the peace and quiet of Les Palennes, the rolling hills of the South Charente, we knew this was where we would build La Belle Aube. Since building La Belle Aube we have found great restaurants in every direction. Lots of interesting places to visit and lots for families, both young and old, to do. Aubeterre Sur Dronne is our favourite place with Sel Et Sucre for pankcakes and an ice cream parlour for our children and a great bar for us!”
Activity and Interests
There are several lakeside beaches within 5 -15 minutes drive of our gite, providing several activities such as canoeing, pedalos, etc. There is also the river Dronne for kayaking and there are also several water parks within the area providing further facilities such as slides, etc.
Return flights are available from Stanstead Airport, via Ryanair. Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are approx 1.25 hours away and are serviced by Ryanair, Bmibaby and FlyBE from many UK airports. Limoges and Poitiers airports are approx 2.25 hours away. The French TGV passes through Chalais, which is approx 5 minutes away. We are 6-8 hours away from the Channel ports depending on which one used. A car is essential for the area.
The local market town of Chalais is only 4km away, providing for all your shopping needs, along with a good selection of bakers and butchers to choose from. Aubeterre sur Dronne, a "plus beaux village" is 9 km, and has a nice peaceful square to while away and afternoon. Here you will also find access to the river Dronne and a lakeside beach, tennis etc.
Angouleme, with its fortified medieval centre is 40 mins away. Bordeaux is about an hour.
On arrival we provide a welcome pack including bread, ham cheese, coffee, tea, etc. There are many good restaurants within the area, many of which are very family friendly. The Chateau in Chalais has a very good reputation and is also happy to have children. Aubeterre sur Dronne is a lovely little hillside village with a small central square with 4-5 restaurants. Here you can have a meal, crepes, coffee or maybe something a little stronger. The market town of Riberac, once the capital of the Dordogne, is approx 25 minutes away and has a bustling high street with lots of shops and restaurants. You can also visit St Emilion for a wine tasting session, which is approximately an hour away.
Bordeaux with its shops, restaurants and bars is an hour away or for something a little different you could take the TGV from Chalais into Bordeaux.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Changeover day during high season is Saturday, out of high season we are happy to discuss this at time of enquiry.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Out of high season prices include heating and electric. Discounts outside of peak season are available for returning guests.
Payment terms are 25% of the rental fee with your intial booking with the balance of the rental due 8 weeks before your stay, together with a security deposit of £250.
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From the Owner
“Great views, peaceful environment and safe and secure gardens for young children to enjoy. La Belle Aube is all on one level with large doors and easily accessible living areas, bathroom and outside areas.”
- Away From It All
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Off Master Bedroom
- Our master bedroom has an en-suite with w/c and level access shower, etc. Our disabled friendly main bathroom (3.5m x 3.5m) has a roll top bath and easy access shower area.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 + 1 baby (3 Bedrooms + Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Our master bedroom has a king sized bed and a cot for babies or young children. There are also patio doors leading on to its own terrace. Bedroom 2 has a double bed. Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds. All bedrooms have air-con.
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: Our gite is very family friendly with open plan living and gated access from the house to the garden. We provide plenty of baby equipment, including bath, bouncy chair, monitor, travel cot, appropriate toys, etc. We also have plenty of toys and a play area for children, from the age of 1 up to about 7. Over this age we have bikes, football, swingball, badminton, boules and of course, our pool. There is also the local water park providing a large slide, pedaloes and kayaks as well as a large swimming lake. Air conditioning is provided in the bedrooms to provide you with a comfortable sleeping environment, even after the hottest day. We also provide a telephone for free local calls along with free Wifi access. La Belle Aube also has a reversible air con heating system, together with a wood burning stove for out of season bookings. Our gite is strictly no-smoking. Outside: We provide all the equipment which you would expect from a luxury gite, from sun loungers and table and chairs around our 10m x 5m private pool, children's playground within easy view of our terrace, to our large BBQ and children's outdoor games. As we have an acre of land around our gite there is plenty of room for outside games, as well as football. There are plenty of rural paths/ tracks about to provide a safe environment for both walking and riding. Within our pamphlets there are two maps providing details of lots of local walks. If you are at our house at the right times of year you will be able to pick cherries or walnuts from our own trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, bed linen and tea towels are provided, including pool towels. Should you wish to have a mid-stay or final clean please let us know and we can provide further details. Other: Our open plan living area leads on to our large covered terrace with excellent views across the valley. On the terrace are table and chairs for either an alfresco meal or just to enjoy the evening breeze with a glass of the local Pineau.