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Converted Barn With Private Pool, Scenic Views Over The Valley



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Self catering Gite in La Rochebeaucourt Et Argentine Dordogne/ Charente Region - It Is A Peaceful Location, A 10 Minute Walk To The Village Which Has A Bakers And A Restaurant

Les Volets Framboises offers accommodation for upto 6 people in a lovingly restored barn which retains many of its original features. Situated in the Dordogne/Charente border, just 1 km from the village of La Rochebeaucourt Et Argentine. The Gite is surrounded by the countryside with views over the valley,the high quality accommodation of the Gite benefits from its own private pool with a barbecue area for outside dining and a private balcony. There are secure gardens and gated parking. The Gite is fully equipped for self catering, there is high chair and cot provided. The gite comfortably caters for 6 adults or a family upto 6 people. The fully equipped kitchen is big enough to prepare an evening meal, with a large dining table big enough to sit 8 people. We hosted a dinner party for 6 people, the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable with music playing on the CD player. We enjoyed an apperatif on the balcony before we sat down to our evening meal, we then enjoyed coffee and brandy on the balcony, the air was warm and still, a perfect evening.

The lights on by the pool added to the atmosphere with candles twinkling on the table, just the cows in the field below in the valley swishing their tails.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 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 Sarah and Steve Englefield. Previously we worked in a primary school in Ashford Kent. Sarah worked as a Family Liaison Officer and Steve was the site manager, we worked at Kingsnorth School in Ashford Kent.

We would like to welcome you to France and our Gite which we love, here in Bonneuil.

We are very passionate, fun loving people who will go out of our way to make you feel very welcome, we enjoy a good laugh and a joke and enjoy making the most of life.

Sarah has two sons who live back in England, she loves to cook and entertain and when relaxing likes to play on her I pad. Steve has brothers and sisters and has a passion for good old classic movies and John Wayne. We moved here in March 2015 and have been very busy trying to make things nice. We look forward to meeting you.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely find, the Gite has everything we needed to enjoy a relaxing and fun holiday. The pool is superb, the terrace, a perfect place to enjoy an evening drink.

Huge thanks to Sarah and Stephen for making our stay in this part of France fabulous.

Keep up the good work.

A Bientot
May 2015
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14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


A lovely 2 weeks

  • 5 of 5

My 2 boys (14yrs and 10yrs) and I had a lovely 2 week stay. A good combination of staying by the pool on the very hot days, and heading out on the slightly cooler days. The boys had a great time in the pool! You must try the kayaking and velorail- we had a lot of fun. We went for a short cycle locally- not too many cars at all but it was quite undulating.

The gite is perfect- everything you need, and the boys approved of the excellent wifi!

Steve and Sarah were excellent hosts, on hand to help and give advice.

Would definitely recommend to family and friends, and we hope to return for another 2 weeks:-)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are really pleased you all had a great time here, enjoying all the benefits the gite and surrounding area has to offer. We hope to see you again one day.
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Ideal setting for relaxing holiday in beautiful location. Both parents and children had great time.

  • 5 of 5

Steve and Sarah were excellent and discreet hosts. Pool was amazing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and pointing out our great features, we are so glad you had a great time and hopefully you will return one day.
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Great holiday and wonderful pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a very warm welcome from Steve and Sarah when we arrived and they were on hand throughout our stay, but not intrusive at anytime. Our teenage children loved the pool and Steve lent us a couple of inflatable rings that increased their enjoyment. The cottage was very clean and comfortable with everything you need for a family self catering holiday - the two fridges gave plenty of space for food and drinks! The choice of 3 areas to eat - inside the cottage, the sunny top deck or the shaded poolside decking - was great given the heatwave we had during our week. The two large electric fans were a welcome addition to cool us down in the warm nights. There is loads to do in the local area and you really need a fortnight to have plenty of time to relax and see the sights. A good supermarket is 15 minutes away. There is a convenient boulangerie in La Rochebeaucourt-et-Argentine. Thank you to Steve and Sarah. We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Les Volets

  • 5 of 5

Les Volets Framboise exceeded expectations in every way. Set in a quiet countryside location this superbly converted barn has all you need for a perfect holiday. The large open plan living area leads out onto a large balcony overlooking the lovely pool, garden and views of the countryside. Sarah and Steve were very friendly, welcoming and helpful and are dedicated to ensuring you have a fantastic holiday.

There are plenty of interesting places to visit and we particularly enjoyed nearby Brantome where we ate out on a few occasions. Further south in the Dordogne we recommend a visit to Sarlat.

Next time we plan a trip to this part of France we would definitely like to stay here again.

The Clarksons 25/6/16

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A grateful thanks for your very honest review of our property and us if course, our dedication to ensuring you have the best holiday is second to none. We would like to thank you for our beautiful plant you gave us and we look forward to you returning one day.
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Absolute Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most relaxing week here and sadly left this morning. Everything you could want is catered for here. The place is like a home away from home. Gorgeous interior and exterior and excellent wifi! The balcony was a wonderful place to sit, eat, read and enjoy an evening drink on. The pool area was lovely. The whole place is in a beautiful setting with everything you could want and need in easy reach. Steve and Sarah are the most conscientious, friendly people that you would want as hosts. It was our anniversary today and they surprised us with a card and an orchid. This really made the holiday special for us. Thank you to both of them and we look forward to staying again. To any prospective guests, I can't recommend this place enough and when you do book, make it two weeks as one is definitely not enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our property, pointing out its great features. We are glad you had a relaxing break. You are most welcome to the orchid and card it was your 28th wedding anniversary which is orchid. We so look forward to your return visit, with the right Royal welcome.
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Fantastic gite with private pool in quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in this beautiful part of France on several occasions previously, we were delighted to find this real gem. Les Volets Framboises is an amazing place and the views from the property are breath taking. We received a really warm welcome from our fantastic hosts, Sarah and Steve, making us feel immediately "at home". They are very proud of their property and rightly so, and it's evident when you look round. Everything was immaculately clean, the open kitchen fully equipped with good quality pans, crockery and everything you could possibly need for your holiday catering, even a dishwasher, which is a bonus! There's a large dining table 6 chairs and comfortable sofas and armchairs, English TV (in case of inclement weather, or the Euro football in our case this year!) and loads of games to enjoy in the evenings on the terrace with a bottle of wine! The bedrooms (double and twin) were bright, light and airy with their own en suite with superb showers, hairdryer and white fluffy towels. The washing machine downstairs made life easier too as everything dried very quickly in the strong Dordogne sunshine. The terrace was lovely, the view amazing. We loved sitting there with our morning coffee listening to the morning chorus or in the evenings watching the sun go down and our obligatory bottle (or two) of red. The pool and BBQ decking area was great, we could have stayed in the pool all day everyday, it was amazing and definitely needed when the sun got a little too hot and we needed to cool down! We needed a "head in the fridge" totally chilled relaxing holiday and that's just what we got. We've come home feeling relaxed and happy after spending a wonderful 2 weeks here. You can feel the love and passion that Sarah and Steve have for their property in the way it is presented and maintained. We're looking forward to a future return visit - here's to hoping that we will make it! Sarah & Steve - you are stars, thanks for an amazing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello you two lovely people! What a fantasticically detailed review you have written about our beautiful holiday home, thank you so much. We are very passionate in trying to make sure our guests are well looked after and have the relaxing time they deserve. We would like to thank you for your beautiful gift, such a delight it will be watching it grow and blossom, and your kind generosity leaving your coffee machine, quite superb. We would love you to return, it's people like you who make our job such a pleasure. Cheers Sarah and Steve X
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From the Owner

We went on holiday to the Charente region and fell in love with the Dordogne with its rolling countryside on our way to visit Brantome for the day. We are located in a peaceful and friendly hamlet with fantastic views over the valley. The easy access to the main road the D939 takes you to where you need to go as we live just off it at the top of the village. We love waking up to the cocks crowing in the mornings & the owls hooting at night.We fell in love with the garden and the Gite, as it has been renovated to a high standard maintaining most of its original features we walked in and said, WOW! The pool is beautiful with a lovely place to catch the rays relaxing on the sunbeds. We cant get over how lucky we were to find such a place, and can't wait to share its splendour with you.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 132 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mareuil-sur-belle at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Saint Malo at 488 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montbron at 28 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N 10 at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Combiers at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Royan & Ararchon at 140 Kilometres


Royan is a classic resort and the marina at La Rochelle are approx a two hour drive away. There is a man made river beach at Aubeterre a pretty village approx a 30 minute drive.


Limoge and Bergerac airports are approx 1.5 hours drive away. Boudreaux is a 2hour drive away. They have scheduled flights from many regional uk airports. Car hire is available at all airports.


Brantome is an attractive town near the northern edge of the Dordogne department, sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne. Hire a canoe to enjoy the lovely stretch of river. The river Dronne encircles a large part of the town.

Villeboise lavalette is a commune in the Charente department and is located on a prominent hill which has a Chateau dating back to Roman times, approx a 11 minute drive from La Rochebeaucourt et Argentine.

Further Details:

La Rochebeaucourt has a bakers, restaurant and post office.

There is beautiful restaurant only 5 minute drive from Les Volets Framboises called Le Petit Restaurant, it serves great food and has great hosting it is a must but will need booking as very popular.

Mareuil sur Belle is a 9 minute drive from Les Volets Framboises it has a supermarket, restaurants, bakers, butchers and a bank.

Villeboise Lavalette has a supermarket called Super U, it is approx an 11 minute drive from Les Volets Framboises.

You can find markets in Mareuil on every Tuesday, Brantome every Tuesday and Friday, Riberac every Tuesday and Friday and Perigueux every Wednesday.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Dec 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New year
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
5 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 1
4 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
The rental week during the season runs from Saturday to Saturday any special requirements are at the owners discretion only. Long winter lets and short breaks can be arranged out of season.
A deposit of 20% is required to confirm your booking with the balance due 8 weeks before your arrival. There is also a £100 security deposit for breakages damage etc which is fully refundable within 10 days of your departure providing there is no damage to the property or items.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Saturday. Any other days are at the owners discretion. Arrival time is 4 pm onwards and departure is no later than 10 am.
Notes on prices:
Short stays £55 per room per night, for a minimum of two nights.

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From the Owner

Les Volets Framboises is situated in a lovely hamlet of La Rochebeaucourt Et Argentine. You will find it is easily accessible from the D939. Our property is on the road but a very peaceful road with virtually no traffic, you will find it very peaceful and relaxing. We have a large garden with its own pool for the guests, we have an outside dining area with BBQ. At night whilst enjoying a glass of wine sitting on the terrace upstairs outside the Gite, you will be amazed by the array of stars to be seen on a clear night, and taking in the beautiful sunsets over the valley below. Our gardens are enclosed and gated. The D939 is the main road giving access to places you want to visit. It is a 15 minute walk to the village which hosts a post office and bakers. On arrival you will find a welcome pack, normally consisting of bread, croissants/ pain au chocolate, milk, butter, jam, marmalade, eggs, tea, coffee, sugar and a bottle of wine either red, white or rose for you to choose, just enough to keep you going for 2/3 days.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both ensuites have a toilet, wash basin and shower and hairdryer.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There is one double room with ensuite, one twin room with ensuite, a double sofa bed in lounge.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The Gite is accessed by stairs. We ask that you smoke outside of the Gite. Outside: The gardens are private surrounded by countryside. There is a separate terrace for outdoor dining with table and chairs and a barbecue. The swimming pool is 8 metres by 4 metres with Roman steps leading you into the water. The pool has a retractable cover which helps maintain a good water temperature. The pool is private and used solely by the guests. There are sun beds provided with umbrellas to help ease the hot sun rays. Shower by the pool to use before entering the pool. Utility Room: Washing machine, freezer, Hoover, ironing board, clothes airer, broom, dustpan and brush, cleaning materials. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pool towels are provided. Bath and hand towels are provided. Bed linen provided with a change of sheets if required if staying for more than one week. Cleaning on arrival and departure only. Other: There is a separate utility room downstairs.

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