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Luxury Farmhouse and Gite with spectacular rural views, heated pool, games barn.



Updated: 23-Sep-2016
Farmhouse and gite with large pool. Peaceful location on the Charentes / Dordogne border, close to both Cognac and wine making. Suitable for 2-3 families.

Suitable for two or three families wanting to holiday together in a private environment, Belle Etoile is a luxuriously converted 19th century farmhouse and loft apartment combining rustic charm and contemporary chic. Situated in an unspoilt, peaceful hamlet with stunning rural views across rolling countryside, close to Villebois Lavalette on the Poitou-Charentes/Dordogne border, approximately 25 minutes drive south of Angouleme. During the peak season from June to September we only let the property out for exclusive use on a weekly basis, however off peak and subject to availability we will consider enquiries for smaller parties wishing to use one or other of the properties.

Details for holiday farmhouse Belle Etoile, 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, 6 Bathrooms

Farmhouse and Gite with private pool and rural views.

  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Emma and Gareth Wilding from Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK.

My husband works in finance and I run a self-employed business hand-making curtains, Roman blinds and soft furnishings - many of which are evident at Belle Etoile.

We have two daughters, 12 and 17 years old, and a dopey giant labradoodle called Buddy

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Speaks English, A little French

Guestbook comments from the manager

Absolutely fantastic... Sadly we were only staying for 36 hours but so wish it could have been 36 days or even weeks. The house and gardens are just perfect for either a small or large group with amazing attention to detail at every opportunity. Looking forward to our next visit to enable us to do a little more discovering.

We were completely blown away by the view from the garden of Belle Etoile: a vast field of beautiful sunflowers and in the distance trees and rolling hills. As befits a summer home, the property has a lovely barbecue area and entertaining space and a fully enclosed pool of ample size with plenty of loungers for sun bathing alongside a comfortable seating area for sipping chilled Rose whilst enjoying the view. The main house is very cosy and comfortable, with a fully equipped kitchen and a good-sized sitting room in which to relax after dinner. The property has a gite next to the main house, which has recently been modernised and includes two double bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms. One of the barns has been converted into a games room which, amongst other things, houses a pool table, table football and a table tennis table. The surrounding villages are pretty and very French with some lovely restaurants. There is also a conveniently located hypermarket a short drive away. I would not hesitate to recommend Belle Etoile as a home from home and we will definitely be returning.

We stayed here in October half term and had incredible weather which meant we could enjoy the amazing outside area at Belle Etoile. My husband and I swam in the pool (we are quite brave unlike our fair weathered friends we were holidaying with !). We had all our meals outside enjoying the spectacular views. The evenings became cooler so we spent these inside house which is extremely well equipped. It is obvious that the owners use this as their second home as there is everything you need to put together a meal for friends and family. The bedrooms are really nicely furnished and we will return again this year if we can !

We had a FANTASTIC two weeks at Belle Etoile. It was everything we dreamed of! The property is stunning. The house is perfect and had everything we needed. The views from the house are stunning along with the pool and garden. Great location with lots to do and visit. We took our bikes and did lots of cycle rides through beautiful french villages. We were a party of 12 (6 adults and 6 kids) and we all had a brilliant time. We will definitely be back! Thank you x

What a wonderful location for a cosy Christmas. Central heating, Log fires, beautiful walks and loads of lovely red wine. Great time had by all
Mar 2015
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


The most idyllic setting and beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in a fabulous house in the middle of the French countryside.The house has been upgraded to have fantastic facilities, great showers ands bathrooms with a very well equipped kitchen.

We would definitely return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We look forward to your return.
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Fabulous Accommodation - Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

A charming period farmhouse in a beautiful rural location with amazing views across open countryside. With its many stunning bedrooms, it is the perfect place to stay with a large group of friends and family. The kitchen is spacious and homely with every need catered for and became the main hub of activity and socialising on the rare occasions that we weren't enjoying the outdoors. We visited in October and the weather was so warm that it was fanastic to still be sitting outside at midnight drinking and chatting. The 20m heated pool is a real bonus, set away from the house with a large seating & sunbathing area to the side. The surrounding area is very picturesque providing great cycling terrain and we even managed to squeeze in a round of golf. This is a trully wonderful escape, I will certainly be visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back to our little corner of paradise.
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Fantastic setting, beautiful farm house

  • 5 of 5

A lovely setting for a very relaxing holiday. The facilities at this lovely French farmhouse are outstanding. It's great to go to a place where so much thought and care has been put into making your stay so comfortable. There's also loads to do in the surrounding towns. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4 0

Stunning pool & terrace!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful traditional stone house situated off the beaten track in a peaceful hamlet, not far from a bigger village; locals seem to be the friendliest people in France. Lovely clean rooms, high quality interiors, loved the bath/shower room. We were in a party of 4 adults and 4 children in the main house, and 5 teenagers in the annex, and there was plenty of space for everyone. The piece de resistance was the fenced heated pool which has broad steps, saline cleaning system, 20m swim lane - so you can actually swim - and a large sun terrace. We ended up staying an extra 2 days.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic flexible quality accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Belle Etoile, the property is excellently fitted out with a great family kitchen and outdoor dining space. The listing description is very accurate and the property was very clean.The children really enjoyed the pool which is fenced off for peace of mind we will definitely return with so much space on site there was little need to venture too far.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Holiday Fatmhouse

  • 5 of 5

This farmhouse is a fantastic property in a great quiet location with excellent facilities. This was the second year on the trot we went to Belle Etoile after enjoying it so much the prior year - the owners had made a number of great improvements and obvious investment in the property to improve it further.

Our preparations started off well with the very simple and straightforward dealings with the very helpful and informative owners Gareth and Emma - all the booking process was very straightforward.

When we arrived the whole property was in excellent condition, very clean and tidy and ready for our total relaxation!! The farmhouse and the gite have everything you could hope for - fantastic large pool which the kids loved, great outdoor seating facilities and BBQ, loads of parking and somewhere covered to store our bikes, a massive play barn, fantastic views, excellent TV / DVD / wifi, comfortable beds and clean linen and towels.

The real test is when things don't go quite to plan - the hot water failed one day and a plumber was on site within 24 hours - I am not sure I could get that service at home! Excellent response by Gareth and Emma.

Overall a fantastic property with loads of space outside and inside - we have visited twice with different friends and family - definitely somewhere we will be going back to in the future for another great holiday and somewhere we have recommended to others.

Thank you Gareth & Emma!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought Belle Etoile in 2013 as somewhere to enjoy holiday times with family and friends, and we could not be more delighted with our second home. The local welcome we have received has been quite overwhelming, but the property and its peaceful location with stunning views across the rolling countryside ensure complete relaxation from the moment of arrival. If you have stayed at Belle Etoile before under its previous ownership we hope we can encourage you back and that you will be pleased with the changes and improvements we have made during our brief tenure.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bordeaux Merignac Aeroport at 130 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Jimmy's at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 499 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Resto Golf de la Prèze, 16220 Écuras at 46 Kilometres Nearest Train : SNCF, 4 Place de la Gare, 16000 Angoulême at 28 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N10, Angouleme at 27 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Lavalette at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan at 119 Kilometres Car: necessary


The west-coast sandy beaches of Royan are accessible in approximately 1hr 40mins.


Various airlines fly to Bordeaux, Limoges, and Bergerac. All three airports are approximately 90 minutes drive from Belle Etoile. If you take the Eurotunnel it is 500 miles and approximately 8 hours drive from Calais, or you can take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen and the drive is then approximately 5 hours


Brantome http://brantome.info - 40 minutes drive east.

Villebois-Lavalette http://bit.ly/1qm5Nz4 - 9 minutes drive north-east

Angouleme http://bit.ly/1m8vbGL - 30 minutes drive north

Cognac http://bit.ly/1pKuvFp 1 hour drive north west.

Chalais http://bit.ly/VwkMKa 30 minutes drive south west

Aubeterre sur Dronne http://bit.ly/1qEEUUz - 40 minutes drive south

Brossac http://www.visitbrossac.com 40 minutes drive south west

Bordeaux http://bit.ly/1lY7dfy 1hr 30 minutes drive south west

Further Details:

Super U (supermarket) is 4.5km and approximately 6 minutes drive away, selling everything you need.



Tél : 0545649595






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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
22 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
5 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
7 Jan 2017 - 5 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
6 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
10 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 11
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 12
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £446
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Changeover Day:
You are asked to arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and to depart no later than 9:30am to allow us sufficient time to prepare the house.

50% as a deposit with booking. 50% and £500 security deposit payable 30 days prior to arrival date, key-codes and directions will be issued on receipt.
For parties 15+ a larger security deposit of £750 will be required.

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Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Enjoy the quiet seclusion without being completely isolated or remote. The unique swimming pool with 20m length-lane is ideal for maintaining a training regime, and the surrounding terrain is very popular with cyclists of all abilities and the whole package is perfect for triathletes! A very well-equipped games barn offers plenty to do for those who want a break from the sunshine, while the boulodrome offers some healthy competition for those who don't, and nothing can beat a sundowner on the pool-terrace.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, En suite to Bedroom 5 in gite
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En suite to Bedroom 6 in gite
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite to bedroom 7 on the ground floor
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wet room to service garden and pool users
  • Bathroom 1 shared between bedrooms 1 and 2. Bathroom 2 shared between bedrooms 3 and 4. Bathroom 3 en-suite to Bedroom 5. Bathroom 4 en-suite to Bedroom 6. Bathroom 5 en-suite to Bedroom 7. Bathroom 6 ground floor wet-room servicing garden and pool users.


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed and occasional day bed, Bedroom 3 with 3x single beds, Bedroom 4 with 3x single beds and occasional day bed, Bedroom 5 with double bed and Cot, Bedroom 6 with 3x single beds, Bedroom 7 with double bed.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate large all adult or single-sex groups, or pets of any sort. Outside: Aside from the unique solar-heated swimming pool with its 20m length-lane and sun terrace, the on-site facilities include a dedicated flood-lit petanque court (or boulodrome), and the additional games barn contains a full size table-tennis table, pool table, table-football and a dart board. The pergola for al-fresco dining is complemented by a charcoal chimenea barbecue. There is a netball hoop, croquet set and assortment of garden games and an adjoining paddock in which to play them, with swings for smaller children in the garden and a hammock hanging from the walnut tree. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble-drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Pool towels available for a supplement. The property is cleaned, and the linen and towels are changed, at the beginning of each rental. An interim clean and change can be arranged for an extra charge. Other: The separate games barn contains a full size table-tennis table, pool table, table-football and a dart board. There is also a netball hoop, croquet set and assortment of garden games.

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