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Family Friendly Accommodation With Private Heated Pool and Lovely Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

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 1 1/2 acres 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.

Jamie and Dawn Taylor
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Jamie and Dawn Taylor

Dawn and I have 4 children - 10-19 years old, and fell in love with La Belle Aube when it was just a plot of land (and a family of 4), for its peaceful setting and fantastic views.

At La Belle Aube we love that moment after arriving when we first sit on the terrace, open a bottle of wine and just soak up the view.

Our boys on the other hand make straight for the pool and jump in, laughing and shouting. When they were younger it was roaming about the gardens, playing games without us worrying about where they were.

On an evening we love to sit on one of the terraces or just wander about the garden, glass of wine in hand, just enjoying 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!

Jamie and Dawn Taylor purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Jamie and Dawn Taylor chose Orival

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!

What makes this bungalow unique

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.

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

Oct 2012

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
Jul 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Orival in Charente

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Master with Ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 6 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
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Excellent setting accomodation

  • 5 of 5

The bungalow is well set out and very nicely appointed. Everything you could need is provided.

Unfortunately the weather for our 2 weeks was awful so little use could be made of the pool but when at "home" it was a very pleasant environment to be in.

The walk recommended is very good, long enough to stretch your legs and burn off a bit of lunch, but not so long to as to become a route march and countryside all around is beautiful.

Although only my wife and I were there, so many toys games and activities are provided that children would be easily kept entertained either inside or out. My brother-in-law is a wheelchair user and would have no problem at all in the bungalow especially with the large walk or roll in shower in the family bathroom which is huge.

In all this was a lovely setting for a holiday in France with easy access to the Charente and the Dordogne albeit some summer weather would have added to our own enjoyment, La Bell Aube cannot be blamed for that!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Lovely gite in a beautiful area, very peaceful. We visited with our daughter ,son-in-law and 7 year old twin boys and there was something for us all. Loads of space for the boys to run, play games and they even went swimming in the pool in April as the weather was so good. The gite is well equipped with everything you need and is very comfortable.

The are so many beautiful places to visit and pretty villages to explore. We would like to visit again before to long.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a Place!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in wonderful countryside

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Bergerac, Bordeaux , Limoges
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Chalais, St Romain, Aubeterre
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Orival, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring/Early Summer
1 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
7 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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