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Charming Charentais Gite, Barn Conversion With Elegant Pool



Updated: 19-Nov-2016
Gite Barn conversion in Chenommet, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Tranquil Gardens, Meadow And Lovely Areas To Roam And Relax

Crunch across the yard to an open airy barn, with tiled floors and modern furniture. Canvas parasols and loungers around the walled pool and a dappled shaded area to enjoy a drink or two after a lazy day. Four bedrooms, 1 ensuite and a family bathroom, and a large open plan living/dining kitchen with small cloakroom. Satellite tv. Gated private garden and secure parking. Large gardens and fields to explore, with horses, dogs, chickens, and goats nearby too! A kitchen vegetable garden and fresh eggs. Aunac village 3kms, with a boulangerie, bar, pharmacy etc. Beautiful farming countryside to explore with sunflower fields as far as the eye can see. Many local market towns and the Cognac houses not far away! Romanesque Churches, Summer Festivals, Plan D'Eaus (Lakes with beaches) all within easy reach, adventure parks and the Atlantic Coast an hour away. For winter breaks, a woodburning log fire awaits you, to warm you after crisp winter walks and warming Pineau!

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Relaxed family owned property. Recently sympathetically converted gite to high standard retaining character charm and rural lifestyle.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

3 weeks of rural french bliss. Thank you for being perfect hosts and ensuring our holiday was so special.

Freya and Max really enjoyed their time with Otti, and they will really miss her - their highlight being the horse ride at the river.

Love and best wishes

Jun 2016
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful well equipped gite , in a stunning countryside setting.

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what can we say ....

As a family of 8, with children ranging from 6 to 16 this holiday excided all our requirements .

From the beautiful open plan living space to the gorgeous private pool and shaded areas that surround the property we truly needed for nothing in our 2 week stay .

All our children were completely content and very relax , which is a tall order with 5 girls.

Kass, Tim and Co couldn't of been more welcoming and extremely helpful . Always pointed us in the right direction whenever we needed info on local events, restaurants and general French life.

We feel like not only did we find a beautiful spot in rural Charente but also made great friends for life .

La belle lavendre is just perfect and we will most defiantly be returning soon.

Once again we can't thank Kass & Tim enough for the perfect stay .

Lou, Nick and clan xx👌🏻🇫🇷💗

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chic rural stay

  • 5 of 5

What a weeks stay! We will defiantly return. Chic rural retreat surrounded by countryside and villages. Spotlessly clean. Comfortable beds and 2 en suites perfect for groups.

Plenty of highlights like the horse ride in the river. Wonderful pool and gardens and made to feel so welcome. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a delight to meet you all. I hope you will follow your passion for horses -it was super to share ours with you. Looking forward to seeing you all again, x
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Superb retreat.

  • 5 of 5

'In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,

Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart,

And passing even into my purer mind

With tranquil restoration'

To quote Wordsworth as cannot explain the beauty and calm of La Belle Lavande.Hosts extremely warm,hospitable and helpful. We were aparty ranging from 5 years old to 63 and everyone wanted to stay longer. Will one day be back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gold standard gite in a beautiful and peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

The owners were extremely welcoming and helpful, offering suggestions about where to go and good places to eat. The property was equipped and presented to an extremely high standard with a fantastic, spotlessly clean pool, top quality linens and furnishings and many little extras such as candles and matches and barbecue charcoal. We were greeted with a complimentary selection of vegetables from the garden and provisions in the fridge including a welcome bottle of wine. I highly recommend this gite, it was excellent value for money and we all would have liked to stay longer. My teenage daughters especially loved the pool and their beautiful rooms, and the garden was gorgeous with a huge shaded area to eat outside and another fabulous shady pergola next to the pool. We all really enjoyed kayaking down the Charente river and the area had lots to do if you could drag yourself away from the pool.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Luxurious gite, great pool

  • 5 of 5

We chose La Belle Lavande for our first family holiday with our three-month-old baby. The in-laws and our 3-year-old nephew joined us for one week and we all agreed it was a fantastic base for a group holiday. The welcome hamper was generous with the Nutella going down a treat.

The gite is very stylishly decorated with great touches such as the baguette basket. The outside space is stunning and we really enjoyed eating outside (when the weather allowed). The pool is huge and the covered seating area provides respite from the heat. The outside power source is a great touch if you like to listen to music.

Kass is a great host, friendly, unobtrusive but there if needed. We'd definitely return as this is a perfect base from which to explore the region.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful gite in beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

After a long drive with young children we finally arrived and were not disappointed, the gite was beautiful!!!! Very tastefully decorated in a modern but French style. Bedrooms were all a good size with lovely bedding and very comfortable. The garden and pool were lovely and the photos don't do it justice. The kids (ages 3 to 7) absolutely loved it here - the freedom, the pool, the dogs, the chickens, the goats but especially the horses! Having a ride on Melody was definitely Poppy's holiday highlight!!! Thank you Kass, Ottie and family for a great holiday in a very pretty part of France x

P.s hope we didn't completely fill up the village bottle bank :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The area offers pretty countryside, cultural villages, beautiful walks and endless views, nature, rivers and lakes to sit by in the shade and picnic, bustling markets, vineyards and gastronomic delights. Now features a 2 double bedroom, self contained separate gite in neighbouring property, providing extended family and friends independent accommodation - price approx. €250 per week.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges, Poitiers at 50 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : RN10 at 5 Kilometres Car: necessary

Crossed by the Charente river and its numerous affluents, the Charente département offers a wide range of attractions and activities with its landscapes of hills, vineyards, lakes, prairies and woods. With towns such as Angoulême, the French capital of the comic strip, and Cognac, famous for its brandy and its Detective film festival, as well as charming villages, castles and Romanesque churches, the Gallo-Roman site of Chassenon, and rivers and lakes for water sports, there is plenty on offer for visitors.


La Belle Lavande Gite is situated in a small village, chenommet, Charente 16460. Limoges and Poitiers (Ryanair) airports are both within 60 minutes drive. La Rochelle is 90 minutes and offers a summer service from Gatwick. Caen/LeHavre are approximately 4.5 hours drive and Calais 406 miles away. A car is necessary.


Aunac is a small rural village and is 3kms. Ruffec is 10kms and Poitiers (1hr) and Angouleme(20mins) within easy reach on the RN10. There are plenty of lakes and beaches within easy drives, a Monkey park and Futuroscope for the kids, as well as numerous cultural places of interest to visit.

A new Water Park is set to open Summer 2016.

There are plenty of leaflets and information I the gite to help you plan during your stay. The tourist Web pages for the Charente region offer lots of information.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday, however in non peak times we can be flexible. Arrival time from 5pm and departure before 10am, please, to allow for changeovers. A deposit of 20% is requested and the balance 8 weeks before arrival. Payment in sterling by bank transfer or Paypal is required. A security deposit of £250 is required with the final balance payment, and will be returned at the end of your stay if nothing is lost or broken and the house left as it was found.

Changeover Day:
In peak times, Saturday to Saturday is preferred to changeover, however, in non peak times, we are more flexible and can accommodate shorter stays and different dates.

Notes on prices:
For Bed & Breakfast stays, pricing is per double room. Unavailable in peak seasons, priced at 65 euros per room per night including breakfast.

Bedlinen and towels will be provided. Guests are asked to bring beach or pool towels. For guests staying for 2 weeks or more, linen and towels can be provided each week. There is ample dining accommodation both inside the property and in the garden areas and a barbecue is available. A cot, high chair and stair gate are available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Contemporary open plan barn conversion. Retaining many original features set on the edge of a Charentais village amid peaceful rolling countryside. Beautifully created barn is ideally situated for your relaxing holiday in France. The interior has been carefully adapted to a high standard without losing its original charm and retains its original country flavour. Outside there are landscaped gardens with a sunny courtyard and inviting swimming pool. La Belle Lavande is named for the bountiful bushes of lavender within the walled gardens. Providing plenty of variety for young and old and can offer a holiday as relaxing or stimulating or you choose.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter


  • Cloakroom - Toilet
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Ensuite bedroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • EnSuite bedroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Family Bathroom. Ensuite shower room to bedrooms 1 & 3. Downstairs Cloakroom.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Beds) - Gite & Chambre d'Hotes (B&B). Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one with double bed and ensuite shower room. Bedroom two with double bed. Bedroom three with double bed and ensuite shower room. Bedroom four with twin single beds. Family bathroom with small bath and shower over. A cot is available on request.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • From the start of 2017 season, we can offer 2 double bedroom, self contained separate gite in neighbouring property, providing family and friends independent accommodation - price approx. €250 per week. There are heaters in the bedrooms and living room should they be needed. Outside: There is a gravel terrace area with table and chairs and a canopy for when the sun is too fierce. There are loungers and canvas parasols around the pool. A pretty garden is allocated with shady seating areas and a play area for children. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included and there is a washing machine if a change is required during your stay. For an additional charge, a cleaner can be arranged. Beach and swimming towels not included. Other: Cupboard at foot of the stairs with broom, vacuum etc.

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