Villas in St Claud, Nr. Confolens,Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Escape, Relax, Unwind To Peaceful Charente Countryside, Close To Busy Village & Gourmet Restaurant
Situated in the beautiful Charente Limousin region of Poitou Charentes midway between Angouleme & Limoges, near the beautiful chateau de La Rochefoucauld & the pretty town of Confolens, La Betoulle offers spacious gite & B&B accommocation across 2 gites & a manoir. Set in the peaceful Charentais countryside - farmland, woods, vineyards, rivers, chateaux, quiet roads, birdsong, stunning sunsets & delicious food & wine. All properties are well insulated, sound proofed & heated - all suites lead onto terraces or balconies & offer complete privacy without isolation. Single storey family gite La Tiede (sleeps 5) & romantic 2 storey 'gite for 2' Le Petit Bois are situated on the 90 acre La Betoulle estate which offers accommodation for up to 15 people across both gites & 4 luxury B&B suites in the manoir. Both gites & manoir are set apart & separate from each other offering complete privacy Perfect for extended families wanting some level independence & private facilities, but La Tiede is spacious enough to entertain up to 11 people with ease. Secure, off-road parking. Covered parking available for motorbikes &/ classic car. WiFi access in La Tiede & manoir. On site tennis court (coaching available), vast 17m x 10m swimming pool, spacious sun terraces, (equipped with sunbeds, parasols etc) summer kitchen with complementary tea & coffee facilities, table tennis (shaded), giant chess & parkland. Views across 90 acres of farmland, woods & parkland. Busy village of St Claud just 1km away with 2 bars, restaurants, bank, tabac, post office, 2 bakers, butchers, pharmacy, hairdressers, small Co-op. Other restaurants within short drive including the reknowned gourmet restaurant La Grange Aux Oies in next village of Nieuil. Wide choice of restaurants & activities in region to suit all tastes & budgets. Close to town of La Rochefoucauld with beautiful chateau, les Lacs de Haut Charente for watersports & adventure park, Velorail at Manot/Confolens, golf courses. Perfect location for cyclists, walkers, wildlife & birdwatchers. Tennis coaching can be arranged with local coach. Art classes available at La Betoulle or at artists studio in village. Massage therapist available. Route de Richard Coeur de Lion. Cognac & Pineau distilleries nearby - vineyard tours can be arranged.Just 20 mins from busy regional capital of Angouleme (Comic Strip museum, famous Circuit des Remparts in September) boat trips on Charente, shops & museum. TGV line from Paris. Limoges airport 35 minute drive to La Betoulle. Cities of Bordeaux & Poitiers within 90 min drive. Limoges for porcelain outlets & museums with 60 mins. Situated midway between A10 & A20 motorways. 2hrs to coast near Rochefort. See facilities page for youtube video of La Betoulle estate. www.manoir-la-betoulle.com & www.facebook.com/LaBetoulle
Details for holiday villa La Tiede Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom
'Chateau style' family gite La Tiede offers over 100sqmetres of spacious family accommodation across 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, WC, hallway & terraces. Large master bedroom has fitted wardrobes, south facing terrace, superking size bed & 2metre day bed for 3rd person. Possibility of cot for baby. 2nd smaller bedroom furnished with twin beds & salle d'eau. Possibility of replacing with double bed if gite reserved by 2 couples +/- child/baby. Spacious living room with flat screen TV, UK & French freesat channels, DVD & CD players, WiFi access, dining table & chairs, 2 leather sofas, library & opening onto south & west facing terraces. Spacious terraces equipped with outdoor seating etc & gas BBQ. Extensive views across farmland to woods. Large family bathroom (with separate shower over bath, separate WC, double sink unit. Fully equipped kitchen (oven & hob, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine) Washing machine provided. Shared use of vast pool, tennis court.
Top Traveller Review
Our permanent French haven
About the Owner
2015 will be our 12th season running the 2 gites & luxury B&B that we have created in our home. We have owned property in France since 1989, so know the country (& its food & wine..)well. We have spent our lives travelling the world - working in the Middle East & Africa as well as throughout the UK Home Counties & Europe. John has an Medical, Computer & Telcomms engineering background & Penny has worked as a radiographer for over 30yrs - mainly in Neurology - CT & MRI scanning. When we are not tending to the needs of our guests we love to travel - currently we enjoy exploring Italy, South Africa & the US. We have a passion for food - both cooking & eating, & love to discover new flavours & ideas , which we hope we are able to transmit into our diverse breakfast menu.
Guestbook comments from the owner
from Trip Advisor 2014:
I have stayed with my family for the last 7 years in the family gite in the grounds of this exquisite manor house. The hosts Penny and John Hitchings are attentive and unobtrusive, providing a welcome pack of food and drinks along with little "treats" on an almost daily basis (melt in the mouth chocolate brownies, home made ice creams, macaroons, etc). there is a huge on-site swimming pool and a hard tennis court, also table tennis and giant outdoor chess. I have struggled to tear my family away at times to discover the rich variety the area has to offer, if you need to know, Penny has every answer. Tennis coaching has been arranged with a charming local tennis coach and this year my two girls have produced the most marvellous pastel pictures under the tutoring of a local artist literally 5 minutes down the road, arranged, naturally through Penny.
There are beautiful chamber d'hôte rooms in the manor, including a family suite, there is a massive terrace overlooking the pool and gardens for picnicking in the evenings with a glass of the local rose (just ask Penny)
I have never stayed in the B+B but have met loads of guests who have and it is unequivocally highly recommended.
I am sad not to be able to take up "my week" in what would have been my eighth year but have unmovable work commitments. If you are thinking of visiting this special place, do.
My best friend loves Manoir La Betoulle for years and I was lucky enough to spend last week there with her and our families. Just wonderful. Penny and John are wonderful hosts and the facilities are just perfect. We had the most peaceful fun week can't wait to go back. We stayed in both Gites which was a great combination for us so we could go between the two. Ideal for families, couples and friends.
As a family we have stayed in the Manoir, La Tiede and this year for the second time Le Petit Bois! Penny and John could not have made us anymore welcome from the arrival pack to the help during our stay in exploring new places of interest on our first visit without our children! Nothing is ever too much trouble and Penny's breakfasts are legendary! It would be very difficult to find anywhere that compared to La Betoulle whether in the Manoir or the gites. We will be back!
5 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
Our permanent French haven
This is the tenth year in succession that we have stayed here. Prior to coming here we had never been to the same place twice - apart from Venice - but even with Venice we always stayed at somewhere different each visit. At La Betoulle we think it is going to be impossible to better the warmest of welcomes, the tranquility of the surroundings and the ambience of the delighful rooms. Penny's breakfast are stuff of legend and you won't find a better breakfast - where everything is home-prepared and/or home grown - anywhere in France. What else can we say but we are already booked in for next year, just juggling with the dates. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Tenth year year and no plans to change a thing
This is the tenth year that we have stayed here. Up until we first came here we had never been to the same place twice (apart from Venice), always thinking that new horizons would be more interesting and would provide a never-ending source of things to see and do. How wrong one can be..? When you start to get to know a place well you find all sorts of hidden gems and things that a cursory visit will never reveal. Over the years we have probably spent the best part of four months here, in total, and we will never tire of the peace and tranquility, nor the incredible hospitality provided by our hosts Penny and John. In the surrounding area there are numerous places to see and visit; numerous great eating places in which to submerse oneself, as well as the entire cognac region on your doorstep - and the more one digs around there the more treaures you can find - but that is a whole new story... (But ignore the big cognac houses and seek out some of the 400 or so smaller producers who bottle their own product). What higher recommendation can one give a place than to say that it has completely transformed the way we think about our travel plans, transformed the way that we plan our holidays and transformed the way we think about so many things? It also has what we consider to be the best restaurant anywhere (La Grange aux Oies) the one against which we compare every other restaurant we visit wherever we are in the world. We cannot recommend this place highly enough.
Perfect Holiday - Lovely Pool.
A gite in lovely grounds. Very helpful hosts, who were there if required but not intrusive. Nothing was too much trouble for them. All facilities were spotlessly clean. Swimming pool was large and very welcome after a day's sightseeing in the lovely surrounding area. We found it a quiet retreat in an interesting location which we would certainly recommend to those new to travelling in France, or the more seasoned Francophile. English TV and radio was a bonus....Nice to be able to keep up to date with The Archers!
We have just returned home from our 10 day honeymoon and can honestly say this was the perfect place to stay. The description and photos on the website do not do justice to this idyllic gite. The setting is second to none and the accommodation certainly has the wow factor. Penny and John are perfect hosts - nothing was too much trouble. The welcome hamper of goodies were very much appreciated and the home made treats were delicious! Our hosts offered a lot of help and advice to us as we are moving to the area later this year. There is lots of information on the local area - attractions/restaurants etc. We would certainly highly recommend to our family and friends.
Five Star Accommodation
Actually, five stars are not enough for this amazing and beautiful Manoir.
We have stayed here three times in the last four years each time in La Teide. Last year because there were guests staying a couple of days longer in La Tiede, We had the opportunity to sample Penny and John's B & B and wow, we were, in modern prose, 'blown away'! What sumptuous accommodation and what wonderful breakfasts.
My wife and I have holidayed in France for many years now and I can honestly say that Manoir la Betoile is the best B & B in France.
Then to follow that with the rest of the week in La Tiede was the icing on the cake.
I have enjoyed several years of holiday bliss staying with my wife and two daughters in La Tiede.
The give is extremely well appointed and Penny's superb welcome pack of treats and supplies makes settling in ever easier.
The grounds of the Manoir are beautiful with a fantastic pool, tennis court and outdoor chess set for whiling away the long summer days.
It has been almost impossible to extract my family from this outstanding place but we have visited Futuroscope several times along with Vallee des Singes and local towns of La Rochefoucauld for the chateau (and chocolatier) Oradour, Limoges and Angouleme. Penny and John are THE mine of information if you want to go out, they have a comprehensive knowledge of the area, tailored to your requirements and a personally compiled up to date restaurant guide is on hand, however I have only managed to persuade my family to go out to dinner once in 7 years (Kirstys, great local steak) as the lure of the terrace at La Tiede has always been too great.
My children have enjoyed tennis coaching on site by Philippe, the local pro and art classes by Jocelyn at her beautiful local home.
Nothing is too much trouble for Penny and John they have great attention to detail, I would recommend this property without reservation.
From the Owner
“Over the last 25yrs we have owned property in Normandy & the Cote d'Azur, but above all we love living in the unspoilt Charente region with its quiet peaceful roads, rolling hills & farmland & especially the wide choice of restaurants in the region of France - something for everyone....whether you are looking for sporting activities - cycling, swimming, tennis, walking or just chilling out with a good book & a glass of wine, La Betoulle provides the perfect location to Escape, Relax & Unwind. The summers are long & hot, the winters can be mild... the coast is not too far for a day trip & the towns of Limoges & Angouleme are within an easy drive + the beautiful city of Bordeaux is an easy day trip. Cognac can be reached within an hour & Futuroscope is popular with guests of all ages.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Tennis coaching available with local coach.
Art Classes with local artist - either one-one on site at La Betoulle, in her studio in village or all day Art Picnic. She occasionally offers group classes at local spa.
Hot stone massage & Facial Rejuvenation Massage therapist can visit La Betoulle or offers sessions at her spa (5 min drive)
2hr drive to coast near Rochefort.
Small man- made beach at Roumazieres - approx 15 min drive
Man -made beaches at Lacs de Haut Charente (20 mins) & Angouleme Nautilus (25mins)
Limoges airport approx 35min drive
Poitiers airport approx 80 min drive
Bordeaux airport approx 90 min drive
Angouleme TGV from Paris approx 25 mins
Channel ports: Caen 5hr drive; Le Havre & Dieppe 6hr drive; St Malo & Calais, 7hr drive.
St Claud 1km
La Rochefoucauld 20km
Angouleme 40 km
Further information & details of special offers & B&B accommodation can be found on our website www.manoir-la-betoulle.com
Busy village of St Claud 1km away - 2 bars/restaurants, 2 bakers, butchers, pharmacy, tabac, ATM, post office, doctor & nurse, mayor, church, garage. Wide selection of restaurants to suit all tastes & budgets with 20 min drive.
Gite & breakfast option available by prior arrangement
Confolens International Music Festival - every August.
Comic Strip Festival in Angouleme - every January
Cognac Blues Passion - every July
Angouleme Circuit des Ramparts Classic Car Rally & Race - every September
Gastronomades Food Festival in Angouleme - every November
Oradour martyred WWII village en route for Limoges
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld - 10 min drive
Lacs de Haut Charente - watersports & Adventure Park
VeloRail - Confolens, Manot & Roumazieres.
Man maid beach & river swimming Roumazieres
Canoing & kayaking on Charente at Mansle & Condac, on Vienne at Confolens & Exideuil.
Horse riding facility in nearby village.
Bike Hire available.
On site tennis coaching available
On site art classes available
Vineyard tours can be arranged.
Futuroscope & Vallee des Singes near Poitiers.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
3 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
All gite reservations require security deposit in addition to rental cost (£150 La Tiede, £100 Le Petit Bois)
50% deposit to be paid at time of reservation together with completed copy of booking contract.(non refundable)
Booking 'held' for 10 days after initial enquiry - if no deposit received, booking is no longer valid.
Final 50% + security deposit to be paid at least 15 days prior to stay.
Security deposit refunded to guests bank account on departure day.
Changeover day can be flexible April/May/June/Sept/Oct
5 night minimum stay La Tiede (25% 'couple only' discount low season)
3 night minimum stay Le Petit Bois.
During season July & August 7 night minimum stay - La Tiede Sat-Sat;Le Petit Bois Fri-Fri
Notes on prices:
Prices are all inclusive of utilities, taxe, bedlinen (changed weekly) towels (1 bale/person/week) pool towels, cleaning products.
Additional security charge payable against, loss, damage, breakage - refunded to guest's account on day of departure
La Tiede 'couple only' discount April/May/June/Sept/Oct
Gite & breakfast option available for extra charge
Tennis racquet & ball hire available for extra charge
Tennis coaching & Art Classes payable directly to coach.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The joy of staying with us at La Betoulle is that all our properties are set apart from each other & every property & B&B suite benefits from outdoor space. Some guests never leave the estate, others are out & about all day & every day. There is a vast pool & private tennis court on site surrounded by beautiful, quiet countryside, but the busy village of St Claud is just 1km away. We offer secure off-road parking & the grounds are so vast you are free to be as sociable as you want - there is always someone around to talk to, to help solve a problem or organise an activity/restaurant for you but we are never intrusive. The overall feeling is of space to Escape, Relax & Unwind. As we also offer B&B we are happy to welcome guests to enjoy our buffet breakfast in the manoir.”
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- Tourist Attractions
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- Child's Highchair
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Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Outdoor Pool
- children welcome ...
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- botanical garden
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath (no shower), toilet is in separate room off bathroom
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- very spacious main bedroom with superking size bed & IKEA daybed. Cot & Z-bed also available. Fitted wardrobes. Double aspect with south facing terrace. 2nd bedroom is ideally for 2 children, with vanity unit. A double bed can be placed instead of the 2 single beds if reservation is for 2 couples, but due to the difference in style & size of bedrooms, only recommended for regular guests who understand gite layout.
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- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: Both gites are decorated in chateau style similar to manoir - high coved ceilings, chandeliers, panelled walls, velvet curtains, toile de jouy wallpaper. Quality furnishings have been provided throughout. All bedlinen, towels & pool towels are provided. Prices include all utilities, but not underfloor heating if required. Neither gite is particularly 'small child' friendly (no stair gates or child proof locks) The size of the pool (170sq metres with 2 metre deep end & no steps) is not conducive to small children. Pool area is security fenced & accessible via self shutting gate, but as it is situated a little way away from the gites we ask parents to be especially vigilant & to accompany children at all times. Tennis court accessible to all. 90 acres of parkland, woods & farmland to explore at leisure. Abundant wildlife can be viewed almost daily. Only guests staying on site may use our facilities. PLEASE NOTE PETS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Non smoking, except on terraces. Outside: Manoir La Betoulle is set within 90 acres of parkland, woods & farmland (electric gated entrance). Front lawn (approx 1 acre) B&B guest private BBQ garden next to manoir. Both gites have private terraces, outdoor seating, tables & sun beds + gas BBQ. Vast 17m x 10m swimming pool (unheated - open late May till late September) shared between 2 gites & 4 B&B suites - max 15 people. Sunloungers, parasols, tables, summer kitchen, WC & shower. Giant chess set & shaded table tennis table. Pool is located via steps down from manoir, so set a little way from gites (approx 50metres) Tennis court located between gites.