Alouette is an adult only establishment owned by Janice and Tom Scott it is a intimate boutique b&b situated at the edge of a small hamlet called Bitas which lies in the beautiful Nanteuil en Vallee and close to Verteuil sur Charente. The accommodation is for the guest who wants a tranquil holiday or overnight stay in peaceful surroundings, close to most amenities. Verteuil sur Charente is 2klms and Nanteuil 4klms from Alouette, these are two beautiful traditional French villages steeped in history that are a must to visit and provide shops, Pharmacy and restaurants. There is a wonderful fairy-tale chateau at Verteuil which can be visited and is only 2klms from Alouette, Nanteuil is a picture post card village with a museum and a ancient Monastery it boasts two good restaurant's. Our bedrooms are individually designed in keeping with the property which is a converted 16th century barn, all bedrooms are en suite, the bedding is white Egyptian cotton and towels, dressing gowns and toiletries are provided. We also have hair dryer and tongs !Their is a private residents lounge with television both English and French stations are available, DVD's, board games, magazines and books are provided for your use, for those that wish to use the internet Wi-fi is available on request. We have a wonderful dining kitchen where our breakfast is served, or if you prefer room service it can be arranged . Our location is an ideal area for walkers or cyclists with lots of farm paths leading to beautiful countryside just waiting for you to explore. We pride ourselves on our breakfasts with a good selection of food including home made preserves which are made out of fruit from the garden and a selection of local farm produce which is set out for your choice as well as the usual cereals French bread and croissants, a full English can be provided on request. A South facing patio area in the grounds is available for the use of guests, you can have afternoon tea or just relax with a book and enjoy the sunshine and scenery. All food is either grown in our own grounds or locally sourced). Vegetarians and special dietary needs can be catered for. Bicycle hire, can be arranged locally and we can source this for you if you let us know in advance. We are one and a quarter hours from Limoges and Poitier's airports. There is transport too and from Alouette to the local villages for those wanting a night out and not wishing to drive (a small charge will be made). Alouette is the ideal base for those wanting to visit the Dordogne,(we are an hour and half away from Brantome) the Loire,(2 hours), La Rochelle, Royan the coast (1 1/2-2 hours away) Limoges potteries (1 1/2 hours) Poitiers 1 hour and Angouleme 30mins. The market town of Ruffec is 9klms from Alouette. We are ideally situated for those people who simply wanted to relax, maybe take a walking or cycling holiday and it is a natural haven for wild life in the area. However a car is recommended for your convenience. We are ideally situated as a half way point for those of you travelling South to Spain or South West France, from England, we are 4klms from the N10 however if it is your intention to use us as a stop over we hope you wont be in to much of a rush to leave, we suggest you stay one or two nights to explore our wonderful area, whatever your needs we are here to help, advise and support you only have to ask.
Alouette A Boutique B&B with private lounge and en suite to each bedroom.
Owner/Property Manager Janice and Tom Scott
- Calendar last updated:
- 28 Nov 2018
About Owner/Property Manager Janice and Tom Scott
We are Janice and Tom Scott British couple from Yorkshire who after working many years in our chosen professions decided to retire to our holiday home in France and after a full renovation of our house and attached barn we finally had an area for family and friends to visit, however like most people we found that our lovely conversion was rarely used so after some further work ensuring all the rooms are en suite to provide the maximum comfort for our guests, we decided to open a small boutique b and b establishment so that other people could experience the lovely area we live in whilst staying in beautiful comfortable surroundings. When our children were younger we would spend all our holidays in France and visited for over 30 years before finally settling on a holiday home here. Our three grown up children and grandchildren still live in the UK one in York in our native county of Yorkshire, one in Buxton, Derbyshire and another in London, they consider that they have an affinity with France and enjoy there visits. I am sure our property will remain in our family for many generations as now our grandchildren love spending time here also.
Owner/Property Manager Janice and Tom Scott purchased this Barn in 2002
Why Owner/Property Manager Janice and Tom Scott chose Nanteuil-en-Vallée
Part of our property was built in 1840 the barn in 1650's and although neglected we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it, we had visited many areas in France but decided on the Charente because of the familiarity to the Yorkshire Dales and our tranquil setting between two beautiful villages, also an ideal base to visit many other areas of France. Our 1630 barn conversion was created five years ago when we came to live here on a permanently and it is ideally used for bed and breakfast because it provides guests with complete privacy and their own private lounge area which leads to a private entrance. The area we live in is the second sunniest area in France next to the Med, We feel our home is ideal for people who want a taste of the true French lifestyle in a beautiful area that is not overcrowded with holiday makers although the Parisians like to holiday in our area as they know and appreciate our little secret!!!. We have two wonderful villages on our doorstep Verteuil-sur-Charente with its fairy-tale Chateau, two beautiful cafe's next to the river a restaurant and gift shops as well as guided tours around the Chateau grounds and a boutique and Cave offering local delights for you to purchase, the Charente river runs through Verteuil and you can swim at an area close to the park. Nanteuil en vallee is a picture post card village with two great restaurants, Arboretum small museum and a wonderful old monastery were they often have attractions for you to visit, the Reliant just outside of Ruffec with canoeing, swimming, a great restaurant, or somewhere to relax and have a picnic next to the river, there are many farm tracks providing excellent areas to walk or bike. We love our home and our tranquil lifestyle in France and find it a real pleasure sharing our positive experience with others. The Charente is truly a wonderful place and we have learned to love this wonderful way of life living with our friendly French neighbours.
What makes this Barn unique
We fell in love with our area after visiting most of France and purchased our property after searching for over ten years, we feel it is perfect for walkers and nature lovers, you experience all the tranquility and peace of the countryside yet we are close to attractions and facilities, we are also near the N10 (5klms) so ideal for overnight traveler's travelling from England to Spain as we are roughly half way and only seven and half hours from Calais, However we are also perfect for those people that want a holiday that is close to nature and want to experience a true taste of French lifestyle, also good for the people who want a base so they can visit the coast taking in La Rochelle, Royan or the wonderful island of ile de re. Maybe then visit the Dordogne (Brantome with its wonderful Monastery, caves and pavement cafe's) and the South Loire to visit towns like Saumur and Montreuil-Bellay with their lovely Chateaus and wine tasting., Limoges for the potteries or Poitiers with its Futurescope. Angouleme with its wonderful car ralley in August, you can experience all this without having to move hotels. You can see the chateau at Verteuil from our residents lounge and walk on the pathways to Verteuil or Nanteuil, Or you can simply relax sitting on our sun terrace overlooking open countryside .
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
September at Alouette
This was the best ever stay we have had at any property. Janice and Tom could not do enough for us and we feel very privileged to have stayed at their home. I describe as home because it was more than simply a B&B. The area is beautiful and driving around is not stressful as it can be in the U.K. There are a high proportion of English people in the region and we felt welcome by both French and English inhabitants We wish both Tom and Janice the very best for the coming years,
Harry and Helen
Lovely Rooms in a great location
We booked both rooms for our family stay and they were both lovely with luxury bedding and mattresses. The en-suite rooms had toiletries supplied and even dressing gowns! Janice, who was a very welcoming host, had thought of everything. There was even a large sitting room with English TV for guests which was great to sit in after an evening meal in the village
The breakfast was copious and delicious with so much choice we could not eat it all.
The nearby village was very picturesque and we would recommend this accommodation very highly.
Alouette is a chambre hote (B&B) and is an adult only establishment it is ideal for those who want to have a peaceful holiday with walking, cycling, fishing, and sight seeing, within the area, a little further we have golf exhibitions, music events, zoos, scientific attractions etc. Ideally situated to get to the Dordogne, Loire and the coast all within a couple of hours away. We have excellent restaurant's in the area, beautiful villages and chateau's to explore. The beautiful village of Verteuil Sur Charente is only 2 klms from us and was featured in James Martins programe.
Additional pricing information
This is a bed and breakfast establishment and continental breakfasts are included in the price.