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



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French

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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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


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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lovely villa in beautiful countryside

  • 4 of 5

This spacious villa is set in beautiful countryside and near to many interesting towns and villages. The accommodation lends itself to large group holidays and caters for family members across the generations. Having free Wifi meant that the youngsters of the group were kept happy at whatever time. We spent many hours in, and by the pool, including a midnight dip! Eating on the terrace was a highlight of our stay together with playing cards round the large dining table - big enough for all the group. We swam in lakes and rivers and had some fabulous meals out. A lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We can cater for small groups as well and out of season will offer attractive rates to couples as well. The heated pool is normally warm from April until October so you can take advantage of some great bargain rates.
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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Chalais at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Aubeterre at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chalais at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Chalais at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 80 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Painting courses in water colour, pastel or acrylic in fully equipped studio on site.


Atlantic coast approximately 1.5 hrs by car.( Royan, Dune du Pyla, La Rochelle )

Local river beaches within 20 mins drive.


Nearest airport Bordeaux - 1 hr. Bergerac - 1.5 hrs. Limoges - 2.5 hrs

Channel ferry ports around 6 hrs drive to St Malo; 9.5 hrs to Calais


Chalais - 2.5 km

Aubeterre - 10 km

Angouleme - 50 km

Bordeaux - 80 km

Further Details:

Chalais the local town has a municipal swimming pool, banks, supermarkets, bakers and butchers. There is a restaurant in the Chateau Tallyrand and several small restaurants providing local cuisine as well as pizza outlets.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 10
17 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Peak Season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Mid Season
2 Sep 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
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £30

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.

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • barn


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • 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.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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.

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