Les Gravats du Bost is a recently completed barn conversion, restored to a high standard, and offering light and spacious accommodation for large or combined groups. The 6 generous bedrooms (one of which is on the ground floor) sleep 12 (additional cots can be provided) and the open plan layout incorporates 3 bathrooms (one on the ground floor), 3 large reception rooms, one of which is a beautiful timbered kitchen and dining room. Outdoor facilities comprise a new heated 10mx5m swimming pool (installed in 2014) with a large outdoor eating area, a covered games space (with games equipment including table tennis, badminton, rounders, croquet, footballs and bicycles!) and plenty of terrace and pool seating. The house is situated in a quiet and private setting with gardens of 1 acre and beautiful valley views. Conveniently near the beautiful villages of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) and Bonnes, and on the Charente/Dordogne border, the property has easy access to rural and city attractions. The region is well known for its markets, restaurants, food and wine and the cities and towns of Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion, Brantome and Cognac are all approximately an hour's drive away. In addition, the beautiful coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan, as well as the islands of Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oleron, are wonderful places to visit for the day. The property has been furnished and equipped to a high standard, with very comfortable beds and furniture, excellent equipment, linen bedlinen, cotton towels, solar panels providing hot water and underfloor heating / wood burner for bookings at cooler times of year (this is a stunning area to visit in the winter!) Its open plan layout and private location make it ideal for large family or combined groups.
We moved to this beautiful part of France in the summer of 2007 after falling in love with the area during previous visits. We had bought the barn as a long-term project but, after working on it in the holidays for two years, finally made the decision to move our family here to live permanently. We completed the renovation and lived very happily at Les Gravats du Bost before buying and renovating a small farm a little distance down the track. 2014 sees the launch of Les Gravats du Bost as an idyllic retreat for people seeking the same peace and quiet mixed with the beauty and elegance of French life. As we develop our garden and farm with its fruit, vegetables, hens, bees and herbs we aim to develop ways of further enhancing the holiday experience of those who visit Les Gravats du Bost.
Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley purchased this barn in 2005
We love this area because of its gently rolling landscape ("every house has a view!"), quiet lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, access to beautiful cities, wonderful climate and outdoor life, the strong sense of community within villages. Very good restaurants can be found even in small, nearby villages, such as Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and towns like Chalais. Excellent galleries and theatre can be enjoyed in Bordeaux as well as all the other aspects of chic city life. French life, both rural and urban, promotes family living and our family has thrived in its safe, supportive and friendly environment. The social life of family and friends is all important here and time is taken to be together and enjoy time shared! Visitors return every year and comment on the happy, relaxed lifestyle here.
Les Gravats du Bost is ideally placed for its visitors to enjoy the benefits of its peaceful, rural setting whilst also being able to experience French city life in nearby Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and Brantome.
The house itself has been designed to foster hugely enjoyable and easy indoor/outdoor living - with spacious, open plan, free-flowing interiors and its secluded, safe and beautiful outdoor environment. The combination of the impressive traditional stone and timber architecture of the original building (dating back to 1840) and the elegant and simple modern finishing of its restoration, makes it a unique holiday venue, ideal for large and combined groups of all ages.
The photographs of this property show an attractive building and surroundings but in reality it is even better than portrayed. We had a fabulous time here and everything was in place to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The facilities were excellent and the owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The soup provided by Joceline Mawdsley was superb and together with a quantity of food supplied to start the holiday made settling in so easy. We could not fault anything and would have no hesitation in recommending this property. We did not stray far from the property but the nearby countryside was very attractive. All in all, a fantastic holiday.
The property and location was perfect. We were a four generational family and the house, gardens and pool suited us perfectly. Joceline and Jeremy were extremely helpful from the time we booked the property and ensured that we had everything we needed -as our family included two toddlers. The home made soup, bread and cheeseboard plus other goodies was a perfect welcome when we arrived after a long journey. The house was fully equipped and very relaxing.
We really didn't want to leave and would love to return again.
This was an ideal property for our large family holiday. We were surprised how large and well equipped it was with a good sized swimming pool. There were so many nice touches- an amazing welcome pack of food, fruit and goodies of the region, plus homemade soup!
It was the perfect place to stay We had a wonderful holiday.
This house really is very special. It is in a beautiful position overlooking rolling hills and the terrace is surrounded by fragrant lavender and roses. We were a mixed age group and the teenagers were kept happy with the table tennis, pool, boules and large lawn where they played games of rounders and football.
The inside is spacious and comfortable and the kitchen is really well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Everywhere is immaculate. Even though we spent most of our time outside I can imagine it being very cosy during cooler months with the wood burner on.
Jocelyn goes the extra mile to make sure guests feel welcome on arrival with a basket of local goodies and delicious home made soup in the fridge so that you are able to have a meal on the first night - really appreciated after a long day driving and means there is no need to rush out immediately to the local supermarket for food.
Our family had a wonderful relaxing week here. It is a beautiful area of France to explore but the house is such an idyllic place that we were happy just to stay by the pool and have long lazy lunches on the terrace - bliss!
Beautiful, spacious accommodation set in an idyllic rural landscape - it is hard to imagine a more relaxing place for a holiday. Joceline and Jerry are the perfect hosts: friendly, charming and helpful while at the same time giving you space and privacy to enjoy this special property without interference. The accommodation is finished to a high standard with all the amenities you could possibly hope to find. Highly recommended!
From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel really at home. The welcome pack was wonderful. The pool and garden were perfect for our family and grandchildren, who loved the freedom. The house had plenty of room for us all too. The house was perfect for a large group, and I'm sure we will return.