6 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, private pool with breathtaking views over countryside
Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves
- English, French
About Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves
We both decided a change of lyfestyle was in order, and we left our careers in the UK in 2004 to come to the Charente for a more relaxed pace of life and an occupation that would give us time to travel. Toby was the general manager of an electrical engineering company and I was a project manager in reprographics and print. We renovated a farmhouse and converted two barns and then built a cattery, and after a lot of hard work we made a very successful gite complex. Two years ago we decided to sell the property in the Haute Charente, do some more traveling and then do the same again. More than one person questioned our sanity, as we sometimes do ourselves, but as always wished us the best of luck and many of our friends have since been out to help! We did a recce in Langedoc/Roussion and in the Lot Valley before deciding one of the prettiest areas in France was only and hour or so south of where we had previously lived, in the South Charente on the Dordogne border. We found Fresignac with its incredible potential, stunning views and total peace and tranquility and promptly bought it and began our renovations much to the despair of our parents! We call it 'Little Tuscany' as that is what the countryside reminds us of. Two years later, here we are in a place which must be one of the prettiest and most peaceful places, but in an area with so much to see and do. Maybe now we will finally hang up our renovation boots and enjoy the delicious food, wine and lifestyle out area has to offer!
Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves purchased this Barn in 2014
Why Lesley and Toby Dorman-Groves chose Courgeac
Fields of grapes, rows of vines, nodding sunflowers, forests of towering oak trees and turreted chateaux perched high above winding rivers - when you're in the Charente, you'll see some of the loveliest countryside in France. Grange Lapin is situated amongst these sunflower fields and is a very spacious property so ideal for large groups or just families needing a little more space. We have provided all the modern facilities you would expect but kept as much of the original character as possible, giving Grange Lapin a wonderful homely yet very French feel.
What makes this Barn unique
This property offers wonderful views all around and is situated in a rural idyll. The pool looks out over the countryside and makes for an ideal place to sit sipping a glass of chilled wine watching the sun set. Grange Lapin is only 4.5km from the town of Montmoreau with all amenities and you can see the pretty village of St Martial on the horizon.
Smoking allowed outside only.
Safe garden for children to play and fenced pool.
Max guests:14 (sleeps up to 14 adults)
No more than 14 people in the house under any circumstances.
If the property is not left as clean as found and the cleaning service has not been paid, we will take the cleaning charge from the breakage deposit.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful home away from home
A wonderful house will lots of different spaces for the whole family to enjoy. Excellent location if in need for a family detox - as we did!
Many thanks for taking the time to review Grange Lapin, its very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future.
Lesley & Toby
Best holiday accommodation ever
Property owners Lesley and Toby were always prompt and courteous with respect to communication , and helpful and flexible with our needs. The arrival pack of food and wine was really welcome after a long journey, and the premises immaculately clean.
The accommodation was brilliant, with lots of room (and bathrooms!) for all 8 of us.
The swimming pool was crystal clean, and the views from every room stunning. Grange Lapin is located in a peaceful little spot with only one or two other occupied properties in the vicinity, and a short drive to the local supermarket, plus some pretty villages nearby, where I gather there are good restaurants. However, life at Grange Lapin was so perfect we were quite happy to pretty much stay put!
Thank you Lesley and Toby
Dear Trisha, thank you so much for taking the time to review Grange Lapin, its very much appreciated. It was lovely to meet you all and we are so pleased that you all had such a wonderful holiday with us. It would be lovely to welcome you back again in the future. Best wishes and have a lovely summer, Lesley & Toby
Best Holiday Accommodation Ever
Communication and flexibility were superb, accommodation immaculate and exactly as described and pictured, if not better. The welcome pack was much appreciated. The location is delightful, peaceful and beautiful, the pool super, with attractive villages nearby and convenient supermarket.
A wonderful holiday.
Our thanks to Lesley and Toby
This is a very pretty converted stone barn in a peaceful and quite stunningly beautiful setting. It really is as good as it looks in the photographs. We just missed the sunflowers, but the view was still wonderful and we all miss looking out on it in the mornings. The sunsets and night skies were fantastic as well.
We did test the facilities to the limit with a group of 14 adults. Some ingenuity was required on the part of the cooks to produce breakfast, lunch and a three course evening meal for all, but we did manage. A slightly smaller group or one including some children would suit the property ideally.
The property is very well maintained and was immaculately clean. We loved the open plan layout, which meant no one ever felt excluded or shut off from whatever was going on.
It’s a great area, with a wide range of activities to suit everyone. We had a fantastic time, finding something different to do every day - I won’t list all of the options here because others have covered the subject elsewhere.
Lesley and Toby were lovely and always available without being obtrusive in any way.
As a group we have holidayed in France for many years now and this was definitely our best yet.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Grange Lapin, we really appreciate it. It's great that you all had such a wonderful holiday and it was lovely meeting you all both at the barn and on the streets of Aubeterre, though that meeting did cost me money after your revelation regarding the sale at pottery barn! We hope to welcome you back again in the future and enjoy the rest of the summer.
Lesley & Toby
Probably Our Loveliest Home Rental Ever
It's very hard to know where to begin the review for this fabulous property. First, let me say that I have never worked with more responsive and pleasant owners. We frequently rent homes overseas (this is our 8th in 5 years) and the key to happiness really is the responsiveness and knowledge of the area that the owners have. In this respect, Toby and Lesley are without peers. The property is spotless and very well maintained, along with being very comfortable. It's well priced and spacious. Another noteworthy aspect is the incredible accuracy of the property description that Toby and Lesley provide. The pictures are spot on, the verbal description is precise, and they will answer absolutely any question you have prior to rental promptly, courteously and with valuable information. Upon arrival they provide a welcome basket that easily can get you through the evening until you can get to the store the next day.
The property itself is beyond gorgeous. You are surrounded by acres of wooded land, fields, vineyards and lanes to walk. While a car is necessary, that car gives you access to many lovely towns. Our favorites were Auberge Sur Dronne, Villebois Lavalette, Riberac, Royan, Chalais, St. Emilion, Jonzac and Brantome. We enjoyed numerous wine and cognac tastings just by dropping in to open vineyards and distilleries and found the food in every restaurant we ate in to be amazing. All the fresh cheeses available in the area are splendid. Since we were there for 2 weeks in October, there were no crowds, the driving was easy and the scenery spectacular.
Whether you are travelling with family (as we were, 12 different guests each week) with friends or on your own, I can't say enough good things about this home. We have not a single negative thing to say, and would urge anyone who wants to experience life in the French countryside to choose this rental. You absolutely will not be sorry. Meeting Toby and Lesley added to the experience and we hope to return some day.
Dear Maria, family and friends
Thank you SO much for taking the time to review Grange Lapin, and we are so happy that you all enjoyed your time here so much. You certainly seem to have visited lots of the towns and villages and really experienced this stunning little corner of France to the full. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we really hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Lesley & Toby
We will return!
The pictures of the property looked amazing but the reality actually exceeded our expectations! The gite has been lovingly renovated to the highest standard, retaining a warm rustic character whilst affording all the comforts we crave when escaping from everyday life - a real 'home from home'. All the rooms were clean & thoughtfully presented, and ours had fabulous views over the stunning surrounding scenery. The well equipped kitchen had everything we needed, & the lounge & dining areas were spacious & comfortble. But it was the outside space which really sets this place apart ... truly tranquil with uninterrupted views, the perfect place to sit and relax with our friends. Lesley and Toby were the perfect hosts and we hope to be back very soon.
Many thanks for taking the time to review our property its very much appreciated. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here and hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Lesley & Toby