Barn in Bonnes, Nr. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful, Private Location With Panoramic Views, Villages Nearby
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.
Top Traveller Review
Fabulous place to stay
About the Owner
About Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley
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
Why Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley chose Charente
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.
What makes this barn unique
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.
(21 traveller reviews)
Fabulous place to stay
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.
Perfect -Exceeded all expectations
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.
Best ever holiday home
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.
Amazing Place - perfect all year round
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!
The perfect place to relax and unwind
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!
Great holiday home
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.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
The river beaches found at Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (both 5 minutes' drive away) are wonderful places for relaxing, family days out, offering quiet, beautifully clean sandy beaches, swimming, tennis, tree climbing, canoeing and relaxed, very good French dining.
Atlantic coastal beach resorts are approximately 2 hours' drive away.
There are four very good small airports nearby, used by RyanAir, EasyJet, FlyBe, British Airways and Aer Lingus, with an excellent, regular service from the main airports of the United Kingdom.
Bordeaux airport is 1.5 hour away.
Bergerac airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away.
Limoges airport is 2 hours away.
La Rochelle airport is 2 hours away.
Calais is approximately 8 hours' drive, Le Havre 6 hours, Caen 5.5 hours, Dieppe 6.5 hours, Cherbourg 7 hours, St Malo 5.5 hours and Roscoff 7 hours.
The nearest villages of Bonnes and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne are 5 minutes' drive away, offering small shops, bakeries, restaurants/cafés. Chalais and Riberac are excellent, larger towns nearby with supermarkets and banks etc.
Bordeaux is 1.5 hours away, Bergerac is 1 hour 15 minutes, Saint Emilion is 1 hour, Angouleme is 1 hour, Cognac is 1 hour 20 minutes, Poitiers is 2.5 hours, Brantôme is 1 hour, La Rochelle is 2 hours, Royan is 2 hours 20 minutes and Ile de Ré is about 2 hours 30 minutes away.
The character of Les Gravats du Bost has been designed to reflect the remarkable area in which the property is situated : spacious, peaceful, beautifully high-quality but relaxed and family-friendly.
It was our home for the first three years of our life in France and we now live in a small farm nearby, down the rural path that runs past Les Gravats du Bost. With an option of supplying the house with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and honey from our farm, our aim is to make your holiday a thoroughly relaxing and memorable stay. Living close to Les Gravats du Bost as we do, we are on hand to assist guests during their stay or to help with any queries.
At cooler times of the year, the modern oil-fired underfloor heating system, double glazing and large wood burner ensure that the property is a sung retreat too - Christmas is an especially beautiful time here, with bright sunny days and glittering, frosty landscapes. The efficient solar panels also ensure that there is an excellent supply of hot water for visitors, along lines that are as eco-friendly as possible.
This beautiful corner of France has exceeded our dreams since our move here from England in 2007. The combination of its tranquil and private, rural setting with the chic, historic towns and cities within easy visiting distance makes it an ideal location for mixed groups of all ages. The excellent local markets, restaurants and wine and food shops ensure that the whole area is a heavenly spot for food lovers!
Visitors have the choice of spending their entire stay at Les Gravats du Bost, with space, privacy, swimming, leisure activities and stunning views on tap - or to venture out and visit the wide range of attractions that make France such a special place to enjoy.
We are certain that all visitors to Les Gravats du Bost will return home, restored and revitalised after their very French recharging of batteries and will want to have another visit to look forward to in the year ahead!
- Booking Notes:
A deposit of 20% is required to secure the booking. The balance is payable six weeks prior to the stay. A refundable 20% security deposit is payable just prior to the commencement of the stay. This will be returned in full to the client within seven days of the end of their stay in the absence of excess cleaning or damage. During peak seasons, bookings are restricted to a minimum of 7 nights. Outside of these seasons there is a minimum of 3 nights. Please discuss your requirements with the owner
Changeover day, during peak seasons, is on a Saturday. There is greater flexibility at other times of the year and this can be discussed and agreed with the owners.
From the Owner
“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.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Large family bathroom with wet-room style shower, bath, wc, washbasin. Bathroom 2 is an ensuite to the principle bedroom and has a wet-room style shower, wc, bidet, washbasin. Bathroom 3 is on the ground floor and has a cubicle shower, wc and washbasin.
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is the largest and has a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a double bed. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have twin beds. Bedroom 5 has a double bed. Bedroom 6 (on the ground floor) is a large double bedroom with twin beds.
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: On the ground floor is an entrance hall, a large sitting room (35m2, with the original vaulted beams of the barn exposed, full height glazed doors - a replacement for the original barn doors - and the mezzanine of the first floor encircling it), a large, fully fitted, timbered kitchen opening into the timbered dining room (equipped for and seating 12, with high-chairs if needed), a further very large sitting room (80m2 with UK satellite free view+ TV/DVD player, CD player/radio) wood burner and windows and doors opening out onto and looking out over the garden and valley beyond), spacious double bedroom (with twin beds, armchairs and fitted wardrobe), shower room (with shower, wc, washbasin, washing machine and laundry equipment). Upstairs are five spacious bedrooms and two further bathrooms (one, a large family bathroom - with bath and wet-room style shower - and the second, an en suite to the principal bedroom - with large, wet-room style shower). Outside: The garden of 1 acre offers a simple, open lawned space on which games of football, rounders, badminton, boules etc can be enjoyed. It all overlooks a beautiful valley and the property benefits from real privacy and seclusion. A new 10mx5m salt-system swimming pool has been installed in 2014 and has full safety fencing and enclosed tiled surround with chairs and sun loungers. There is a large outdoor dining and seating terrace as well as a covered games space with table tennis. A BBQ and family games are provided (badminton, boules, rounders and footballs) as well as bicycles to make the most of the beautiful country tracks which surround the property. The property is surrounded by natural and farmed countryside and it is possible to walk and cycle safely from the front door without having to use any roads. Wildlife is plentiful with regular sightings of deer, hares, buzzards, kestrels, owls, cranes, bats - and sometimes boar! Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron, laundry basket and laundry equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen bedlinen is provided with a weekly change of bedlinen for stays of more than one week. For guests' convenience, both bath and swimming towels are provided.