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Bedrooms 7
Separate WCs1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

7 Bedroomed Beautiful Country House.

Stunning, French manoir. Perfect for extended families taking a holiday together, for groups of friends, cyclists or work-related team building. Perfectly located in a peaceful setting though with all conveniences nearby, road links and airports in easy drive, great road links to the ports. Close to the historic cities of Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme.

With a large secure gated pool, generous sun-bathing terrace to enjoy and gated gardens. As well as a very large expanse of open green spaces with breath-taking vistas. Aulagnes is set within 12 acres of French countryside, it is the only house on a quiet country lane.

La Grande Maison Aulagnes is in the charming department of the Charente, the home of world famous wines and the Cognac houses of Hennessy, Martel, Remy Martin to name but a few. Aulagnes has a beautiful classical facade majestically surrounded by rows of vines and sunflowers, peaceful yet close to a village. Very private and set in its own grounds the elegant French house 'Aulagnes' is at the heart of a former Cognac estate.

La Grande Maison Aulagnes has its own large spaces, gardens and the most typically French view cross sunflowers and vines. It has abundant parking, its own gardens, large shared pool set in a walled garden with large terrace with far reaching beautiful views.

Visit Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme for the shopping, museums and cafe society with such great ease. It is very close to several tranquil swimming lakes beaches a leisure quarry is nearby for jet skiing and only an 1hr to the coast and the long stretches of sandy beaches. There are variety of outdoor activities, swimming, sightseeing, cycling routes, running, horse riding or just enjoy relaxing by the pool, soaking up the heat of the sun.

Practical safe layout providing an abundance of accommodation.

I can provide high chairs, cots, bed guards, prams and baby equipment for more than one infant if I am given advanced 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 holiday location.

Aulagnes, there are seven bedrooms in total and five bathrooms, two ensuites and one with a double sink and roll top bath. There are two twin bed rooms, two triples consisting of a double bed and one single, both rooms can accommodate another single bed or cot if requested in advance of your stay. There are two bedrooms with double beds, one with an enuite and another double master bedroom and a large downstairs room with sofa bed, toilet and shower room. So there is plenty of room for everyone to have their own space.

The lovely swimming pool 10m x5m, is set in a walled garden. The walled garden is communal and is available to guests in La Mirabelle cottage (La Mirabelle is a cottage in is our space and gardens outside of the gate of Aulagnes.) Being that the walled garden is contained this means that any play space is very separate from the pool area though beside and close enough to watch the children whilst you relax. The pool is securely fenced with a lockable high gate for safety and peace of mind. The pool is shared with the owners and guests in La Mirabelle (our three-bed rental cottage)

You can sunbath by the pool, enjoy the unique and beautiful views and completely unwind.

The house is extremely well equipped. There are attractive high ceilings and a feature original terracotta floor, the spaces are large and elegantly furnished with characterful, timeless furniture. There is also plenty of outdoor furniture for relaxing and to enjoy that very special brand of French outdoor living, relaxing and dinning. As a group you will easily find your own space away from each other as there are several areas for relaxing and eating. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the country lane with far reaching views. Its heavenly!

Perfectly placed though only a hop skip and a jump away from restaurants, shopping and the refreshing swimming lake beaches. So much to do, 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 entertain all ages. 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. Aulagnes is located in an excellent location to enjoy the world famous Cognac Houses and the world renowned vineyards of South West France.

Paris can be reached in only a 1hr30 train journey for a special brand of shopping day trip or romantic overnight visit.

If all that sounds like too 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 lush green vines, on a very quiet country lane, sunflowers fields either side, perfect for little ones to cycle or skate. Aulagnes is a detached house with no next door neighbours, you will enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside. There are bountiful flora and fauna and spectacular birds of prey, foxes, hare and deer to spot.

'Aulagnes' boasts wonderful views punctuated with fields of vivid sunflowers, maize and golden wheat. It has a vista that captivates your eyes throughout the seasons and is wonderful to photograph, paint or simply enjoy being surrounded by.

Aulagnes is a very special French getaway, a holiday with versatility for families, a sophisticated tranquil getaway for a group of friends or professionals whom want a slice of an authentic French experience and a fantastic characterful base to explore and enjoy.

More Details

Kerry Jolliffe
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, My children speak French, my French is limited.
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Calendar last updated:
11 August, 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 chateau / country house in 2012

Why Kerry Jolliffe chose Bessac

'Aulagnes' is a great choice of holiday because of its convenient location and beauty. 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 locally 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. A place we gladly welcome holiday guests to relax and enjoy.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Manoir Aulagnes 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 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 easy to get to from anywhere in Europe.

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.

A fantastic place to relax and experience an authentic French Holiday.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to thank you and your family for such a wonderful holiday. Your house, the pool and the gardens allowed our party of 16 to enjoy the fantastic setting in rural France without ever feeling that we couldn't find our own space to relax. Being just 10mins in the car from the boulangerie and local shops was ideal and equally we were able to head off for the day to kayak on the Dordogne or explore the nearby towns. You and your children were perfect hosts and were always able to give us good advice on local restaurants, markets and festivals. Thanks again for allowing us to enjoy such a relaxing holiday in the most idyllic location.

Best Wishes

Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Bessac in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Any damages, repairs, replacements, extra cleaning time and costs may be deducted from your damages deposit.The property must be left as found.
  • Extra people will be charged at a nightly rate.
  • Private spaces and cupboards should remain undisturbed.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Room for an extra bed or cot.
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Room for another single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Room for a cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , room for an extra single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Room for another single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Aulagnes has something for everyone...


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One of the best holidays we've ever had!!

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Thanks for making my fiftieth year one of the most memorable yet! Aulagnes was the perfect place for my friends and family to holiday and celebrate.

The house is beautiful and set in a stunning location. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and vineyards with wine and Cognac on tap. What’s not to like!!

The house is absolutely massive and accommodated all of us easily. All of the bedrooms are decorated beautifully and are really big. The kitchen is huge and really well equipped. So is the dining room and lounge. The main hall is magnificent. The house was immaculately kept and really clean throughout. Kerry the owner was so helpful, if there was anything we needed or just to advise on anything about the local area.

One of the things we really liked was the alfresco areas where we spent most of our time celebrating. Many an evening spent outside with the BBQ. We really liked the area down by the swimming pool which we often used for early evening drinks whilst watching the kids in the pool. The pool is safely fenced off so you don’t have to worry about the younger ones. What a great spot. The view from one side of the pool is vineyards as far as you can see.

The whole place is brilliant for kids as it’s securely fenced and gated all the way round so you don’t have to worry. There’s a trampoline, games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and huge gardens for the kids to play in. They loved it. There’s a load of games to play and if you want to settle the kids down in the evening you can put them in the huge lounge with a movie.

The house is well equipped with everything you need and more.

It’s also not very far from the local town so we had a supermarket within easy reach.

We also loved visiting the local Cognac house at Maine Giroud. Lovely people who were happy to show us how they made their Cognac. The Cognac is stunning and we stocked up on a few gallons of their wine too!! We also visited Aubeterre Sur Dronne which was only 25 minutes away. It’s an absolute must. I would say it’s one of the most beautiful towns in France. There are some great restaurants there as well.

We also had a lot of great days out as there’s so much to do in the area.

I can’t recommend this place enough. We all had an amazing holiday and we definitely will be coming back again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Refundable Damage Deposit £900


Dear Guests,

Aulagnes our beautiful historic country rental home. By virtue of booking through any online site you have already agreed to the terms and conditions of renting Aulagnes for you holidays. I can send a copy of the terms and conditions via email for your records and information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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