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Converted Stone Barn Sleeps Up To Ten With Private Heated Pool and Large Balcony

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in Chalais, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location But Only 2 Mins Drive To Town With All Amenities.


Nestling in a peaceful and secluded valley overlooking fields and woodland, La Grange is a converted Charentais stone barn, renovated, decorated and furnished to make a spacious, light and very comfortable home. The balcony overlooks the heated swimming pool and provides unrestricted views of the lovely Charente countryside. The 2 double bedrooms have direct access to the lower terrace which benefits from the shade of the balcony above and easy access to the secure solar heated swimming pool. There is a large sejour with ample seating and a huge oak dining table for family meals. The large balcony also has a gas barbecue and tables and chairs for those alfresco meals with parasols to provide protection from the summer sun. The property has oil fired central heating for those cooler days in early spring and late autumn.

Helene and Bill Buttling
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Helene and Bill Buttling

We moved to France in 1992 with our 2 young children who have now left the home nest and are finding their own way in life. We have been offering holidays to the UK and other markets for 16yrs, always improving the range and quality of the equipment and facilities we offer.

Helene and Bill Buttling purchased this barn in 1995

Why Helene and Bill Buttling chose Charente

Great place to live away from the hustle and to bring up 2 young children

What makes this barn unique

The balcony is huge and offers effectively another outdoor room. It can fit 10 people easily around the tables to enjoy the barbecues whilst watching the sun go down.

The roads are almost empty and ideal for road cycling and with many cross country routes for off road cycling. We work with a bike hire company to provide you with an excellent service.

It is secluded in the countryside but within a 15 minute walk or 2 minute car drive to a market town with all amenities. It is also centrally placed to explore the areas of Bordeaux, St. Emillion, Cognac, Angouleme, The western side of the Dordogne and even an easy drive to the Atlantic coast at Royan.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time staying in your property and as I said, the best we have rented and we have been doing this for quite a few years!! A wonderful place to be able to visit so many places - Bordeaux, Aubeterre, St Emillion and Angouleme. I hope it is alright but I have passed your details onto a couple of friends as they had seen our photos and were very impressed.

Mr and Mrs Prophet,Suffolk - September 2012

A wonderful holiday together - fabulous weather, glorious setting. Pool and balcony area set this gite apart from many others that we've stayed in....the Smiths will return next year and already can't wait.

The Smiths and Buddles, Kent - July/August 2012

We have stayed in many gites as a family and this is unanimously our all time favorite. A beautiful gite and pool in a glorious setting with a lovely garden.It has accomodated 10 of us, aged 4 to 69 with ease.

The Taylors and Hewsons, Cumbria - July 2012
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Chalais in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with bath, separate shower, hand basin and WC. En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 2 with shower, hand basin and WC. Third bathroom adjacent to twin bedded rooms with bath, separate shower, hand basin and WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with double bed Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 are twin bedded rooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Extensive gardens with access to open fields, outdoor table tennis table, gas barbecue, sun loungers for pool area, solar heated pool for private use. Utility Room: Washing machine, vacuum cleaner, clothes dryer, central heating boiler, iron and ironing table. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided in high season. Pool towels are not provided. Other: Games room with snooker table and separate drinks fridge.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Family holiday for 10 adults - Best ever

  • 5 of 5

This was a great holiday, with the only regret not having found this venue earlier having travelled to the region many times before. The accommodation comfortably sleeps 10 adults and an excellent base for exploring the region. The local village of Chalais is a must for the Monday market, with a number of bars / café help the day get off to a nice start.

The gite is well equipped and has everything you could ask for. The balcony area is an excellent added extra, which is a great space for enjoying a barbeque, having a meal or just relaxing looking over the pool or countryside.

With temperatures above 30 deg every day the pool was a pleasure and everyone made the most of it, with a warm dip before bed adding to the pleasure & relaxation.

Helene & Bill, though living next door, were not intrusive but there if needed.

A gem of a place, totally recommend to small or large groups. Best holiday in the past 10 years

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Michael and family for your kind review. We have been offering holidays at La Grange for 20yrs now and its good to know that we are getting things right for our visitors. Hope to see you all again another year. Best wishes, Bill and Helene
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Lovely Converted Barn

  • 5 of 5

The property comfortably accommodates 10 people but was equally suitable for 2 people. We had a lovely relaxing holiday in a comfortable, very clean, well equipped cottage. There is a great balcony with views over the countryside; it is good for a bbq and sitting out with a glass of wine watching the sunset. The heated, private pool is a good size and ideal for cooling off in the hot weather, but as our stay extended towards the end of September, the water was a bit nippy in the early morning. Lots of places to sit to enjoy the sun/shade - balcony, terrace or around the pool.

The house is ideally located for visiting Bordeaux, Libourne, St Emilion and Bergerac and lots of other places. Chalais itself is about 20 mins walk; there is an interesting castle and church as well as shops and bars/cafes. Although the house is up a hill, it is possible to find a less strenuous cycling route into town to buy the obligatory baguette!

Bill and Helene are unobtrusive hosts, but available to give advice and recommendations as needed.

Very happy to recommend the cottage for families and couples alike.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review of our property La Grange. We love the area too for its ease of reach to many of the places south west France has to offer. And for 2017 the swimming pool will have a new insulated cover to help with those cool morning dips in the shoulder months. Hope to see you again another year. Kind regards, Bill and Helene
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Howes-Raikes Family Hols

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time at La Grange, with 11 of us and age ranges from 9 to 49 there was enough space to be all together, large family eating areas both inside and out, the layout works really well. The terrace gives fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and also the pool area, which was a real treat to have in the super sunshine we enjoyed. The pool is extremely well maintained by Bill. There are plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas from wine tasting to tree climbing....A great place to holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and we are glad you had great weather. Maybe you will come south again for another holiday when Brittany gets to cold and windy !
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Wonderful peaceful villa

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a wonderful week here in June. Fabulous location – very private and overlooking gorgeous woodland, but within few minutes to all the necessary amenities. The gite itself has everything you could ask for. And the heated pool! The owners were so lovely and helpful, but not at all intrusive. We will definitely be back. And will be telling all our friends about this gorgeous holiday villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely barn in great setting

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful, spacious, well equipped and with a lovely pool. We spent much of the time enjoying the pool with the evenings spent on the balcony having barbeques and enjoying the views. It's well located with Chalais down the road (local market and multiple supermarkets) and Aubeterre a short drive away (pretty square with nice restaurants). Overall a great week.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Graham, so pleased you and your family had a good time when you stayed with us. Hope to see you again another year. Bill and Helene
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Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at La Grange with another family and children -up to 11 of us since the youngest was about 5 years old. They've all flown the nest now but still join us here with assorted partners. That's how much we've enjoyed our stays here.

House works so well for us , large upstairs living room/kitchen opens onto balcony which overlooks the garden, pool and lovely views across the small valley. Meals on the balcony , glass of wine while the sunsets in the evening.

Yours hosts , Bill and Ellie live next door and are always there if you need them but never intrusive.

Lovely quiet rural walks , runs ,bike rides from the door. Walk into town in 20 minutes but you might need the car to carry the shopping home up the hill.

Local town Chalais is just down the road and good Supermarket there. Don't miss the market which fills the whole town every Monday . Lots of local restaurants and lots more if you venture half a hours drive away. Particularly recommend Aubeterre with its restaurant packed square.

Book it - you won't be disappointed ( but don't book our fortnight)

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments David and Moira. We look forward to seeing you each year and catching up with all the events of the previous year. See you again in 2015.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Mid Season
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Season
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
26 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
14 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Mid season
25 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
15 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £30
Stay tax £0.26 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £500 ( or 50% of rental cost, whichever is less) is required at time of reservation and the balance of the rental is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental.
There is also a Taxe de Sejour of €0,30 per person per night we are obliged to collect on behalf of the local Community Council. This is to fund local tourist information. It is applicable to all persons residing in the property over the age of 13 years.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday. Arrival after 4 pm, departure before 10 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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