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Spacious 'Chateau Style' Gites With Private Terraces, Vast Shared Pool & Tennis - Le Petit Bois

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Le Petit Bois

Romantic 'chateau style' 'Gite for 2' with spacious first floor king size bedroom opening onto south facing Romeo & Juliet balcony with views across front garden to manoir. 2 small private gardens & terrace equipped with outdoor seating & gas BBQ. Downstairs cosy living area with sofa & table & chairs, flat screen TV (UK & French freesat) DVD & CD players, galley-style kitchen with 2 hob burner, microwave, toaster & small fridge. Wahing machine provided. Shower-room (stand alone unit) with WC & sink. Shared use of vast pool & tennis court. WiFi available 24/7 in manoir communal seating area.

About the property


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

More Details

Penny Hitchings
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2017

About Penny Hitchings

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.

Penny Hitchings purchased this villa in 2004

Why Penny Hitchings chose Saint-Claud

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Les Platanes
Nearest Ferry
460 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
St Junien
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
65 Kilometres
A10 & A20
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Les Tilleuls
Nearest Beach
125 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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)


Car essential.

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

Confolens 25km

Angouleme 40 km

Further Details:

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.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
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:
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
free WiFi
Gite & breakfast option available for extra charge
Tennis racquet & ball hire available for extra charge
Tennis coaching & Art Classes payable directly to coach.


Accommodation and facilities for Le Petit Boisin Saint-Claud in Charente

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • spacious first floor double aspect bedroom with south facing Juliet balcony, salle d'eau & extra long king size bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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.


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Le Petit Bois
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Superb in every way

  • 5 of 5

We arrived and were Very warmly welcomed by John and penny and from then on , everything was good !!

So much so that we can't wait to return for our honeymoon stay next June .


  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this beautiful area of France. Manoir La Betoulle provides everything for a quiet get away from it all holiday. The setting is wonderful. Our compact, well equiped 1 bed Gite is perfect for couples. We opted for the reasonably priced daily breakfast delivered fresh to our Gite every morning. We had great weather (June) so we were able to sit outside every day and enjoy our croissants, cakes, juice, tea, bread etc with the only noise being the birds singing away- bliss.

We enjoyed spending time in the extra large swimming pool. We like playing tennis so the well maintained court was a bonus for us.

The hosts, Penny and John were extremely friendly and helpful.

We highly recommend this holiday location. We intend to return in the not to distant future.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent property on beautiful estate

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a wonderful week at Manoir la Betoulle. We stayed in the smaller gite, le Petit Bois, which was very comfortable, clean and extremely well equipped. The bedroom was spacious and opulent and the shower room was excellent, (large and vigorous shower head and Jacuzzi jets).

Penny and John Hitchings are charming hosts, a delightful couple, who strive to ensure that guests on their property have a great experience. We decided to take advantage of their daily breakfast hamper which set us up for the day. If we’d had enough time, we would have used the well maintained tennis court but we did manage to use the table tennis table a few times.

There is also a large swimming pool and sun terrace, and very pleasant grounds to walk in. The gites are also well stocked with board games and information on all that there is to offer around the local area and beyond.

Manoire la Betoulle is excellent value for money. We would not hesitate to book another holiday there if ever we are travelling to that area of France again.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to leave a review regarding your recent stay with us at La Betoulle - we are delighted you had an enjoyable week & very much enjoyed talking to you both. The breakfast hamper has proved very popular with our guests this season, especially as we have experienced such a long hot summer, so will become a regular option for our gite guests. We have held our 2015 prices for another year for repeat bookings or early bookers. We very much hope we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to La Betoulle on a future occasion.
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Lovely private getaway

  • 3 of 5

Petite and bijoux. Lovely surroundings and friendly, knowledgeable hosts.

Could not have asked for more.

Inspite of the bad weather during our very short stay, it was an ideal location from which to visit Anguoleme and Confolens. Would love to use the tennis court and pool on another occasion. Would recommend for a short stay.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipt and maintained Gite, Lovely.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Gite was outstanding, everything that we required was already there, with Penny supplying a welcome pack that meant a stopping at a supermarket on route wasn't really necessary. The Gite is set in a rural location just outside Saint Claud and provided a lovely tranquil setting for a very relaxed holiday, It is in an gated complex that offers a level of security and privacy.

During our stay the weather wasn't brilliant but this was more than made up for by the many local sights that are within a relatively short drive.

The hospitality and friendliness shown by John and Penny was exceptional and we left feeling that we had had a week with friends.

We would highly recommend the Gite or Manoire to anyone who is looking for a relaxing time or to use as a base for exploring this area of France.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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So Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Had a really nice stay at Le Petit Bois which is a lovely, well equipped property and all done to a high standard. The swimming pool was exclusively ours most of the time. The owners have thought of everything such as tea and coffee making facilities by the pool and a well lit magnified mirror in the bedroom for those of us whose eye sight isn't as good as it was! The kitchen was spectacularly well equipped with everything you could possibly need to create a meal, with the additional bonus of a gas barbecue! We had two brilliant days out, one at Oradour and the other at the Vallee des Singes which I would highly recommend. All in all, a really good week and the owners were really helpful and well informed on the history of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review about your recent stay with us at La Betoulle - we enjoyed welcoming you to our home & are delighted that you found everything to your satisfaction. We appreciate all feedback from our guests & are always trying to improve the quality of what we offer, so your comments are very encouraging. We very much hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to stay with us during your next visit to the region.
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