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Picturesque, great location & a POOL!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Newly renovated French three bedroom two bathroomed character cottage

'La Mirabelle' is a beautifully situated large detached cottage, it is light and bright with high ceilings and a French inspired decor.' Perfectly located and close to Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme. There is large secure gated pool and generous sun bathing terrace to enjoy. Gated gardens exclusive for the 'La Mirabelle' residents to use, as well as very large open green spaces. La Mirabelle' is located in the charming Charente countryside, looking out over vines and sunflowers, close to a village though secluded and set in the grounds of a former Cognac estate with an elegant French house 'Aulagnes' at its heart. La Mirabelle is private from the house Aulagnes and has its own large spaces, garden and the most typically French vista. It has its own parking and gardens. Vist Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme with great ease. Very close to a number of tranquil swimming lakes beaches a leisure quarry is nearby for jet skiing and only an 1hr to the coast. There are abundance of out door activities, swimming, cycling, horse riding or just enjoy relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun.

FANTASTIC FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN! Practical safe layout with flexibility. I can provide high chairs, cots, bed guards, prams and baby equipment for more than one infant if I am given advance notice.

With ALL local village amenities, tourist attractions in easy reach and all roads links to major airports and routes to the ferry ports a comfortable distance drive away, you can enjoy all the convenience of A GREAT FRENCH HOLIDAY LOCATION.

PERFECTLY PLACED though only a hop skip and a jump away from restaurants, shopping and the refreshing swimming lake beaches, cycling, hiking, skiing, water parks, sailing, sandy surfing beaches and the flora and fauna filled Gironde estuary. Not forgetting wine and cognac tasting of course!

There is so much to do for all ages. Paris can be reached in only a 2.5hr train journey for a special brand of shopping day trip or romantic overnight visit. Bordeaux 1hr, Cognac 30 mins, Aubetterre Sur Dronne 25mins and Angouleme 15mins away. Also Saint Emillion only a short scenic 1hr drive away, take your pick. La Mirabelle is located in an excellent location to enjoy the famous Cognac Houses and the world renowned vineyards of South West France.

If all that sounds like to much hard work you can simply just relax and enjoy the beautiful views here and sun bath by the pool.

We are flanked by lines of vines, on a very quiet country lane, sunflower either side, perfect for little ones to cycle

'La Mirabelle' boasts wonderful views punctuated with fields of vivid sunflowers, maize and golden corn. It has a vista that captivates your eyes throughout the seasons and is wonderful to photograph, paint or simply enjoy. We feel that 'La Mirabelle' is an all year round holiday destination. Why not spend Christmas here? La Mirabelle has a wood burner, we can provide a Christmas tree and all you decorations.

Inside there are thoughtfully, creatively furnished rooms with oak beamed high ceilings and golden limestone feature walls. A fresh spacious brand new kitchen, dining room and lounge. Three bedrooms in total and two bathrooms, one ensuite and one with a handy utilty area. There are two twin bed rooms, each with the versitility to become double bedrooms if requested in advance of your stay. The third bedroom is a double master bedroom and the largest bedroom. The master bedroom has its own spacious ensuite bathroom with large shower and roll top bath. It also has a private door opening onto one of the outdoor terraces, so parents can sneak outside to share a glass of wine and watch the sun set. If you have young or older children, the cottage exclusively offers the safety of two walled gated gardens, one grassed and also a large area of lawn for older children to play freely. The walled garden beside the pool is for the use of both those in the main house Aulagnes and La Mirabelle to enjoy. We can provide any baby equipment if requested in advance.

The lovely swimming pool 10m x5m shared with the owners and holiday guests at Aulagnes, it is set away from the principle house 'Aulagnes', very much in a neutral position to serve both the house and cottage. The pool is securely fenced with a lockable high gate for safety and peace of mind. You can sunbath by the pool or join your children for a swim with ease.

The cottage is extremely well equipped and everything is brand new with the exception of the attractive characterful customised French furniture. There is plenty of outdoor furniture for relaxing and to enjoy that very special brand of French outdoor living.

'La Mirabelle Petite Maison' is a very special French getaway, a holiday with versatility for families, it offers something for everyone.

More Details

Kerry Jolliffe
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, My children speak French, my French is limited.
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Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018

About Kerry Jolliffe

Born near the Australian Gold Coast I have a preference for warmer climates in my blood. I was raised in Devon after my mother returned with us to the UK in the late 1970's and then I was lucky enough to enjoy living with my husband and our children in the beautiful Devon Countryside.

The idea for the move to France had been born out of one of those Friday night conversations you have about making a change to your life.

After the catalyst of some dramatic life changes, we took the plunge.

The Charente was a new region to me and I was very impressed by its beauty from the outset.

As for the house, heart certainly ruled over head and the location and typically french feel to the house won through all reservations. Also 'Aulagnes' provided so many possibilities to provide us with an income to support us living in France, I felt sure anyone who came to visit on holiday couldn't fail to love it here too. Sun flowers, vines and historic villages and a great base to travel around visiting places with ease.

The obvious building to renovate into holiday accommodation was a charming single storied stone detached building on our land, just outside our gates with its own garden and space. It's views are wonderful. We had been experienced renovators, I could see it's potential. It is now a wonderful three bedroomed bright cottage named 'La Mirabelle' and it is now our first holiday home available for rental.

Since then our beautiful barn has been prepared for the possibility of hosting family celebrations and weddings, it's a perfect setting for a French country wedding. There is also a large gravel walled court yard to dine outside or two large areas of grass with spectacular views that would provide a very romantic setting for a marquee, or maybe just a get married with vines as your backdrop.

All of our four children are doing really well and speak french and I'm not regretting the move, it has provided a fantastic quality of life for our children.

Kerry Jolliffe purchased this house in 2012

Why Kerry Jolliffe chose Bessac

We chose the property 'Aulagnes' because of its location, beauty and business potential. It is a very special place that encapsulates all that I imagined to be typically French. Rolling vine filled fields and yet the beautiful Atlantic coast and beaches are only about and hour and half away. Plenty to do and see with so many options. Outdoor life, sun filled days and a unique quality of life. A wonderful place for my children to grow up. A place that felt homely, safe and inspiring, a place to share and to make new memories.

'La Mirabelle Petite Maison' enables us to extend a warm welcome to our visitors and provides a wonderful place for guests to stay and enjoy all that the pretty Charente has to offer.

What makes this house unique

'La Mirabelle Petite Maison' has a historically beautiful allure resting amoungst vines, sunflowers and open countryside like a Monet painting. It is a very special destination for holiday makers especially FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. With a fenced gated pool and gated gardens it's a safe environment. I have young children so I can usually provide items to assist your comfortable stay here there is so much to see and do. Very simple to get to a number of towns and big cities, it's an excellent location.

It is also perfect as a location for weddings and family celebrations in our large oak vaulted barn or outside with the vines as your back drop.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bessac in Charente

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is an ensuite to the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is also a utility room with washing machine
  • All bathrooms are brand new and stylish with underfloor heating is ever required.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , With large ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Can be changed to a double or a cot added to replace a bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Can be changed to a double or a cot added to replace a bed.
  • Light high ceilings attractive rooms. All the bedding brand new with protectors for pillows and mattresses and dressed with 100% cotton bedding. Bedroom (1) The Master bedroom has a door to a terrace and bedroom (2) has a door to a walled gated gravelled garden.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(8 traveller reviews)

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Picturesque, great location & a POOL!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Paradise in France

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this wonderful villa from 22.07 to 05.08. We had a fabulous stay. The villa is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you would need for a relaxing stay. The villa itself is situated near the top of a small valley offering stunning views across acres of land, plenty of space to roam around and peace and tranquility. We made use of the lovely swimming pool, which was shared by a lovely family from Scotland who were in an adjoining house. We had access to a games room which had darts, pool, table tennis and table top football to keep us amused. The surrounding villages were lovely and all the locals were extremely friendly. If you want to eat out do try 'Le Chateau' Barberzieux. Fantastic food, large portions and very reasonably priced. Supermarkets and bakers are within easy reach. Our host was Kerry who, along with her wonderful children, worked tirelessly to make us feel at home, comfortable and attended to everything we needed. Our eldest son is autistic and is very nervous about going on holiday and meeting people but Kerry and her family engaged him straight away and made him feel safe and welcome...he loved it! We visited Angouleme, which is a lovely town, and Jet skiing is not far away either. Loads to do if you want to explore but having games and a pool is just as good if you need to relax. Thank you Kerry and family for a memorable holiday, one of the best ever.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

The gite was beautiful and upgraded to a very high standard with everything you could wish for - and more. It is in such a peaceful location with lovely views from every area of the garden and magnificent sunsets as you sipped wine on the patio. With no light pollution the sky was filled with millions of stars and we were lucky enough to see the meteor showers, so a perfect place for star gazers.

There were lots of lovely places to visit near by such as Angouleme, Aubeterre, Brantome, Cognac& Jarnac with tours and cognac tastings. We also went on day trips to Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Kerry an LIvvy were really helpful in suggesting places to visit as well as advice on supermarkets and a French evening in Nonac (a must)

There is so much to see and do but if you just want to relax by the pool or in the garden then that is perfect too. We would certainly recommend this property if you want a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings and I am sure we will go there again.

Thank you Kerry and family for a holiday to remember

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's wonderful to receive such praise. We throughly enjoyed having you here and hope you will return again. Our objective is that you have a relaxing care free holiday. Kindest regards to you all Kerry and family xxx
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Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

One of those rare occasions where you're torn between staying quiet about this gem of a property so that you can keep it to yourself and close friends, versus doing the right thing by the owner and recognising more publicly its brilliance!

Just returned from a stay at Kerry's property as a family of 4 with two young children. An absolutely superb location, with achingly pretty views across the fields and countryside. Property is of a very high standard, with fantastic outside space and great pool. Gives you the relaxing sense of wonderful rural idyll, whilst actually being only 5mins or so from the nearest village and another 10 or so from a good sized town with large supermarkets, etc. The icing on the cake is Kerry and her absolutely wonderful family who intrinsically understand when to provide input and guidance on your stay or just stop for a chat, and when to leave you to your peaceful holiday bliss. I couldn't endorse this property highly enough, and will certainly be strongly recommending it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What praise indeed! Thank you so very much! It was such a pleasure to meet you all and I can't express how easy it was to have you here. Your little children were adorable and I do believe that my youngest and your eldest would have become betrothed if you had stayed any longer. I might say how wonderfully clean and tidy you left La Mirabelle which helps towards a trouble free changeover. I will be brave, take your advice and begin to advertise more widely. Please stay in touch, the best part of my job is meeting some really lovely people. Many thanks to you both!
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Amazing stay in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

I can do nothing but praise this delightful cottage. Set in the best of French countryside but still in reach of the shops and transport, the views are breathtaking. The cottage has been fully renovated so you can enjoy the ease of modern appliances but still feel immersed in a piece of classic French rural architecture. Everything we needed was there and Kerry and her family were great. We felt welcome but not intruded upon. The cottage was clean and prepared and we had one of those perfect family breaks where everyone somehow came away feeling equally revived and relaxed. There's much to do nearby too. As an example we visited a local small cognac distillery and after much sampling and a tour came back with a bottle of beautiful brandy. We’ll definitely be back and highly recommend La Mirabelle Petite Maison.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We throughly enjoyed having you and your wonderful family to stay. I am very grateful for your praise of La Mirabelle and feel that you were the perfect guests. I'm still craving your nut roast, it was delicious. I do hope you've enjoyed your brandy! I hope to welcome you here again soon. Best wishes to all your family.
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Charming, relaxing property in Bordeaux

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property in October 2014, when we still had wonderful weather. The gite was charming, well furnished, clean and well maintained. The views are beautiful and it was incredibly peaceful and a great place to relax. The owner could not do more to help and this is great value for money for the standard and area. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The weather was still fantastic in October and still hot enough for a swim in the nearby lake. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, your kind comments are gratefully received, we hope to see you again soon.
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Perfect holiday in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Having just returned home from the most perfect two week holiday we can highly recommend this place! The location is simply stunning - waking up each morning to sunflowers, vines and rolling countryside and knowing that each day we could choose from a huge list of places to visit and things to do so easily. The cottage is beautifully decorated and so very well equipped, there was nothing that hadn't been thought of by the owner who has meticulously put together this wonderful holiday home. Kerry and her lovely children were around if needed but not at all intrusive - though our children did enjoy the company of the Jolliffe's in the lovely swimming pool and play area. The cottage is light and airy, fresh and clean - linen and towels provided were immaculate but its the extra touches that won us over along with the eclectic, chic furnishings - Kerry's eye for detail if simply superb! We enjoyed trips to Brantome, La Rochelle, Perigeaux, Angouleme, Aubetterre Sur Dronne, we swam in lakes, rivers and had a great holiday. Thank you Kerry and family!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

You'll have the best of both worlds, privacy, tranquility within in easy reach of all amenities and road links.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

We are happy to help with any special requirements/equipment. For example we offer a welcome shop service and can supply baby equipment.
Rental Period: Arrival 16:30pm departure 10.30am, whilst you are expected to leave the cottage clean and tidy, though this allows for a more meticulous clean, complete laundering and change over to take place. It is possible only by special arrangement in consultation with the land lord and in advance of your stay to arrive earlier or leave later.
An extra cleaning charge may apply according and be taken from your deposit if La Mirabelle is not left in a clean and ordered condition. Guests are expected to leave La Mirabelle in the condition, state of cleanliness and good order is was found in on their arrival. However La Mirabelle laundry is the responsibility of the landlord and a deep clean is likely to take place irrespective to maintain a consistent standard.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.