Chalet near Brossac, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes. France - Rural location close to lake & river beaches
The chalet is set in the heart of the French countryside, close to the towns of Brossac, Chalais and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the Poitou Charentes region in the south-west of France. We also offer bed and breakfast accommodation for those looking for a shorter stay.
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We primarily cater to family holidays in France. The two bedroom chalet and the Poitou Charentes region is ideal for families with young children. We offer the perfect place for parents to relax, while providing a safe haven for children to play and enjoy themselves.
The two bedroom chalet is located in the 2 acre grounds of our 17th century stone farmhouse and has full amenities. You and your family have full access to the grounds, and there is a ten metre long, one metre deep fenced swimming pool that is ideal for children.
There is extensive room for children to run and play safely within the grounds of the main house. As well as the shallow swimming pool, there is a secret wendy house hidden in our bamboo forest where children can play, and we have a large trampoline and swings, as well as a large selection of toys and games to keep your children entertained. We have chickens (safely contained in a large run), and the children are welcome to help us collect the eggs in the morning.
All guests are provided with a small welcome pack (milk, bread, wine) and welcome drink on arrival. The two bedroom chalet has a full kitchen, but if you don't fancy cooking we can provide your family with cheap evening meals freshly made with local produce, much of it from our own garden.
We understand that you want to spend time with your children on holiday, but that it’s also nice to escape by yourselves. We offer a complementary babysitting service, and are quite happy to drop you off at a local restaurant for a lunchtime or evening meal. We want the whole family to enjoy themselves on their holiday in Poitou Charentes.
We can provide high chairs, baby baths etc. if required.
Les Hiboux is six kilometres away from the lovely small hilltop town of Brossac. The pretty town of Brossac offers restaurants, bakeries (boulangeries), butchers (boucheries), banking, a pharmacy and postal service. Twenty minutes away is the town of Chalais, at which you can find a busy Monday market and an impressive hilltop Chateau.
Brossac is at a convenient crossroads to the Dordogne, Charente Maritime, and Aquitaine, each no more than 15 minutes away. We are also within easy access of day visits to the major destinations of Bordeaux, Cognac, St Emilion, Angouleme and more.
The Poitou Charentes region, in the south-west of France, is less well-known than other holiday regions of France, and we love it for that reason. Life here in the Poitou Charentes is simple and sedate, perfect for a relaxing peaceful holiday, and ideal for an affordable family holiday.
The region has many kinds of natural beauty, from the Atlantic coast, to the undulating green hills inland, to the foothills of the Massif Central. If you are looking for beaches, there are many swimming lakes with lake beaches, as well as the beaches of the Atlantic coast. If you are looking to explore nature, the gentle inland scenery provides great opportunities for walking, cycling and horse-riding. If you are looking for culture, there are many historic towns, chateaus and monuments to visit. If you are simply looking to relax with your children in peaceful surroundings then Poitou Charentes is the perfect spot for you.
The climate of the Poitou Charentes is one of the sunniest outside of the Mediterranean coastal areas. However the sunny summer weather is ideal for families with young children because gentle onshore breezes help to prevent the oppressive heat that you can find on the Mediterranean coastline. Average summer temperatures are around 28-30°C.
Top Traveller Review
What a gem of a place
Thank you for the lovely review. Really looking forward to seeing you both in May.
Ps the local vinyard reckons this years wine is his best ever
About the Owner
About Geoff Powell
We have been visiting France since our children (now grown up) were young and had some fantastic holidays. We bought and renovated a small French farm house seven years ago and in 2013 we decided to move to France full time.
We bought this property in October 2013 and spent the last two year refurbishing and our Gite and Chalet as well asclearing the two acres of garden.
We want to give people the chance to enjoy a holiday in France as much as we always have.
Geoff Powell purchased this cottage in 2013
Why Geoff Powell chose Charente
We chose to settle in the Charente region because of the scenery, weather (second best weather in the whole of France) and availability of lake beaches, beautiful towns, countryside and local produce.
Although our location is rural, we have easy access via the N10 to many historic towns such as Bordeaux and Angouleme.
(7 traveller reviews)
What a gem of a place
From the moment we arrived with our two sons, we could not been made to feel more welcome, Geoff and Jenny are your perfect hosts, there in the back ground if you need anything at anytime of the day, everything was really clean, with a local farm nearby producing the best ice cream ever and Geoff even showed us a local winery which was only 5 minutes away to sample some of the best wine we have ever tested, would highly recommend staying here so much so we are going back again this year
Peaceful location - perfect for a young family
From initial enquiry through to the day of departure, Jenny & Geoff were the perfect hosts. Informative and helpful with travelling advice and always on hand during the stay should we need assistance. Our two boys (aged 10 and 4) loved the pool and the grounds, Primrose (the dog) is still spoken about at our dinner table. The accommodation was very clean, and a perfect size for a family of 4 with everything we could have needed - wifi, washing machine, dishwasher, linen and towels provided. The location is rural but really relaxing and tranquil. We made the most of the local beach lakes and on the only one gloomy-ish day we had we headed for the vineyards. We wish we had stayed for longer than one week and really do recommend this property. It is excellent value.
Great gîte in a fab location
Geoff and Jenny were the perfect hosts - easy going and friendly. The gîte itself was well equipped, clean and welcoming and we had a lovely week at Les Hiboux. Our children loved the pets and the garden and we enjoyed a trip to the local vineyard, arranged by Geoff, which would definitely recommend. All in all a great place to stay.
Excellent family gite in rural location
We stayed at Les Hiboux from Aug 9th for a fortnight and found it to be an excellent base for a family with young children (2 and 7 year old boys) to explore the Charante area.
The gite itself is spacious and well equipped and more importantly for us all on one level which was great with an accident prone, hyper active 2 year old.
The extensive gardens and grounds are wonderful for children to explore and ours loved helping to collect the eggs from the chickens and surveying the produce in the veggie plot. The gardens are well equipped with a lovely outdoor swimming pool, trampoline, swings and slides and toys. We also went for lots of bike rides and walks to the nearby ice cream factory!
There are plenty of attractive villages and town to explore close by: Brossac itself, Chalais, Angouleme and our favourite Aubeterre sur Dronne, as well as some pretty lakeside resorts. Further afield, Bordeaux is a stunning city with excellent attractions, restaurants and shopping.
Last but certainly not least, Geoff and Jenny were the perfect hosts; welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area and French customs. They went out of their way to help with any query or concern both at the booking stage and whilst on holiday.
We would highly recommend Les Hiboux. We left with some fantastic holiday memories and if you are reading this review and book are sure you will too. Thank you Geoff and Jenny.
A Wonderful Rural Retreat
Les Hiboux provided us with the perfect French holiday retreat. The Gite is spotless and well equipped, the location quiet and rural. The grounds are enormous, giving the children lots to explore. The trampoline, swings and pool were well used and enjoyed.
Geoff and Jenny were wonderful hosts and ensured we were well looked after. We fully recommend their offer to provide dinner - we had two delicious home cooked meals on the terrace which added to the relaxation of the holiday.
We visited two of the local lake beaches and the river beach in Aubeterre, which is in itself a beautiful town to see.
Cannot recommend highly enough for someone wanting an 'out of the way' holiday with plenty to do and see nearby.
We had a lovely stay at Chez Bouchet. It is set in a quiet location with its own garden and barbeque. We had use of all the grounds and pool. The children loved the pool, trampoline and badminton. Not far away are the lakes. Supermarkets 10 mins away.
The gite had everything I needed including a dish washer and washing machine.
We would recommend this gite and the lovely owners Geoff and Jenny.
From the Owner
“We chose to settle in the Charente region because of the scenery, weather (second best weather in the whole of France) and availability of lake beaches, beautiful towns, countryside and local produce. Although our location is rural, we have easy access via the N10 to many historic towns such as Bordeaux and Angouleme.”
Activity and Interests
There are a number of river and lake beaches within walking and driving distance. All of the lakes have sandy beaches and shallow water areas that are very safe for children. Check out this page of our website for further details: http://gitesholidaysinfrance.co.uk/index.php/poitou-charentes/poitou-charentes-swimming-lakes-and-lake-beaches
The coast is approximately 90 minutes drive away.
The nearest airports are :
Bordeaux (52 miles) approx. 1 hour drive (British Airways, EasyJet)
Bergerac (66 miles) approx. 1 hour 45 mins drive (Ryanair, Flybe, Jet2)
Limoges (95 miles) approx. 1 hour 45 mins drive (Ryanair)
La Rochelle (98 Miles) approx. 2 hours drive (Ryanair,
Due to the rural location car hire is essential.
Le Havre - 375 miles
Caen - 325 miles
Cherbourg - 400 miles
Calais - 489 miles
Brossac (4.5 miles),
Chalais (11 miles) away and has a thriving weekly market every Monday and larger supermarkets (Lidl and Intermarche)
The beautiful town of Aubterre sur Drone is 18 Miles away
Brossac although small, has many facilities including Bank with ATM, Spar supermarket, 2 bakers, Chemist, butchers and a restaurant (Providing take away Pizzas). The nearby 'Etang Vallier' resort is set by a lake with Beach and has a club house with Spa, Gym, games room, and Bar/Restaurant.
A small equestrian centre is 5 minutes drive away.
Chalais has a thriving weekly market every Monday. It also has a large Chateau with a very good Restaurant and large public Swimming pool
Aubterre sur Drone - a must to visit; the town square is beautiful, It has a church built into the rock face and a large river beach.
Angouleme - an historic hilltop town
Bordeaux. Drive to any of the City's Park and Rides and get the Tram (included in parking charge) into the city
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
30 Oct 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Apr 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 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||£50|
A 20% deposit (non-refundable) is required for bookings of more than 4 nights. The booking is confirmed on receipt of the deposit. Deposits can be paid by cheque or electronic transfer to our UK bank account. We regret that we are unable to take card payments due the the high charges these incur. The balance is payable 8 weeks before your holiday (again by cheque or electronic transfer). €50 damage deposit (refundable) is payable with final payment and is refunded within 14 days of departure.
We are flexible, dependent on other bookings, but changeover days are usually on Saturdays. The Gite is available from 4pm on your day of arrival and should be vacated by 10am on departure day.
Notes on prices:
The Gite can be rented out of season. Please contact us directly or visit our website www.gitesholidaysinfrance.co.uk
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- theme parks
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- The bathroom has a large shower (80 x 120), wash hand basin and WC. There is also a small washing machine in the room. The main house has three double bedrooms (one en-suite bathroom and one shared bathroom) usually rented on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps Five (Two Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Spacious room with double bed, wardrobe & draws (Ample room for a cot if required.) Bedroom 2: Spacious room with One Bunk bed and one single bed, wardrobe & draws. Larger groups can make use of the 3 double 'Bed and Breakfast' rooms in the main house if needed.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Board games, jigsaws and many DVDS (films and TV series) are available to borrow. There will be an extra charge if Central heating or logs for the wood burring stove are required. A dog and three cats are resident in the main house. Outside: The gite has a good-sized fenced private garden and parking area. In the private garden there are sun loungers, table and chairs with a sun umbrella, and barbecue. You also have full use of the swimming pool (10 x 5.5 Metre, 1 metre deep) and the two acre garden and terrace area of the main house. The garden has a play area with a large trampoline and swings and there is a 'secret' wendy house hidden in the bamboo 'forest'. There are lovely sunset views across the fields from the pool area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed Linen, tea towels and bath towels are included. Please bring your own beach towels. We will initially provide you with soap, toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and bin bags.