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Magnificent House and Grounds, Heated Salt Water Pool, Family Friendly, WIFI

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Magnificent Manor House in Faye-l'Abbesse, Nr. Bressuire, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location On The Edge Of Picturesque Village Of Faye L'abbesse, 5 Minutes Walk To Amenities

La Belle Echappee is a traditional maison bourgeoise, a spacious family home, set on the edge of the picturesque village of Faye L'Abbesse in the Deux-Sevres department of the Poitou Charente region. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, the house is set within walled and gated grounds of 1 hectare offering an abundance of activities and entertainment for all the family. Offering stylish and extremely comfortable living including wireless internet connection, with 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 15 plus baby. La Belle Echappee's accommodation is equally suited to family holidays or groups of friends. Within a 5 minute walk are a bar and pizzeria, a small supermarket, a post office, a pharmacy, a boulangerie, a hairdresser and the village church. An abundance of country walks and cycling routes are situated around the property. The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes, drive and is the second largest town in Deux-Sevres, with numerous restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bars.

Diana Bowser
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful week at La Belle Echappee which began with your warm and genuine welcome. We all enjoyed the pool and the space. The swimming pool was one of the best we have experienced on holiday. The area near the pool is cleverly designed. The grandsons loved the grounds and play equipment that you thoughtfully provided.

A second heaven if ever there was one! From the time of the warm heartfelt greeting on arrival, to the very reluctant farewell. We think you deserve every accolade going – superb! For this family, so active, the pool is a fantastic asset - a wonderful holiday, thank you.

Our party of 11 have just returned from a terrific week at La Belle Echappee - everything was top quality - the relaxing location (within walking distance of all the basic amenities in the village), the quality of the accommodation, the comprehensive range of leisure equipment and pool. Best of all were our hosts, Diana & Graham, who could not do enough to make sure our stay was perfect.
Dec 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Faye-l'Abbesse in Deux-Sevres

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , washbasin
    Toilet 2 - Toilet , wash basin
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, wash basin unit and wc Bathroom with bath with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle, double wash basins and wc Bathroom with bath/shower over, wash basin and wc 2 x Separate wc's with wash basins
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 2 further travel cots available at the property
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1:king bed, drawers, dressing table, wardrobe Bedroom 2:twin beds, bunk beds, drawers, wardrobe Bedroom 3:king bed, double bed, dressing table, wardrobe Bedroom 4:double bed, drawers, wardrobe Bedroom 5:double bed, single bed, drawers wardrobe
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: It is possible to rent the house as a 3 bed-roomed configuration, please ask the owners for more details. Outside: La Belle Echappee has a gated driveway with ample parking for several cars. The swimming pool is 10x5 metres with roman steps, and is fully heated (average temp of 28 degrees). The salt water system is much kinder for the skin and eyes. At the side is a solar heated shower. Sun loungers, chairs and small tables surround the pool. Two large patio tables with an abundance of chairs are in place for alfresco dining along with two gazebo's and a rattan suite for relaxing by the summer kitchen. The summer kitchen has a sink and cupboards, fridge, kettle, roll out canopy and a large gas BBQ and charcoal BBQ. Here there is also a toilet and washbasin ideal access from the pool and is where the washing machine is located. Large lawn areas are suitable for all outside games, with badminton net, football net, boules, croquet and badminton equipment and an outdoor table tennis table & bicycles are provided. Close to the pool is a play area with swings, slide and a climbing frame. Utility Room: Washing machine, clothes airier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All the luxury bed linen and towels are included. Changed for each booking and every Saturday on bookings of 2 weeks or more. Other: The toilet and washbasin located at the side of the outside summer kitchen houses the washing machine and clothes airier.


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Magnificent House and Grounds, Heated Salt Water Pool, Family Friendly, WIFI
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful Property, Great Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a week at La Belle Elchappee..... What a great week!!

We were a mixed family of 11, 6 adults and 5 children ages ranging from 4-15 and 2 Dogs.

From the first contact I had with Diana and Graham they could not have been more helpful and prompt, asking any questions we had.

From the moment we arrived and were greeted by both Diana and Graham we felt relaxed and so welcome, they showed us around the house and gardens and let us settle in. We could truly not fault a thing about the house, grounds or surroundings.... Beautiful! The children had the best time in the pool and playing football volleyball, family game of rounders it was a brilliant fun filled family week in the sun.

The children loved feeding the chickens too! The pictures definitely do not do the place enough justice. We would highly recommend to anyone and will definitely be returning!!

Thank you Diana and Graham for all your help and kindness it made our weeks holiday one we will all remember and treasure.... and the first of many I’m sure x x

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great family friendly place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great two weeks on holiday here this summer.

From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and at home.

The facilities were really good with lots of space to spread out.

The pool was excellent and the outdoor BBQ area was a great idea.

The house was very clean and our hosts were always on hand if we needed any help or advice.

There was so much outdoor space the children and dog loved it. Football, Badminton, Table tennis etc. There were even enough bikes for all 8 of us to go cycling.

Dianne and Graham were great hosts and we are hoping to go back again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review for us. We are delighted that you were so happy with the house, pool and grounds. It was an absolute delight meeting you all, you were fantastic guests and we really look forward to seeing you and welcoming you all again here at La Belle Echappee.
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An unblemished beautiful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Diana Bowser our host met all of our needs and more! Our extended family numbered 12 with a few visitors along the way. The property was beautifully clean with facilities to suit every need. Wide open spaces for kids to ride bikes, table tennis, volleyball, heated swimming pool. Inside catered for kids and adults alike. Such a perfect place for either chilling by the pool, travelling to the Loire, or Atlantic Coast. We used the summer kitchen outside everyday/night only eating breakfast in the kitchen. Did I mention fresh eggs collected from the hen house each morning?

Diana thank you for your constant attention. We loved it and would love to return to La Belle Echappe - maybe with a friends next time!

Best wishes.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful glowing review. It was an absolute delight to have you all stay here at La Belle Echappee and I truly hope you will be able to visit again.
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Fantastic Holiday, Accommodation and Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week at La Belle Echappee.

The House and grounds were fantastic. The House was large enough for us to all have our space and was really well kept and clean. With everything we would ever need there. The grounds are spacious and there is a huge range of things to do; Swimming (will come to that shortly), Ping Pong, Football, Running, Cycling, BBQ, Badminton, the list goes on. The Swimming Pool was perfect; nice, warm and clean. We spent a big chunk of the week in or around the Pool area as it was so lovely: it provided plenty of shade, if wanted and also plenty of seating/lying areas. Pool comes with a cover for the night or when not in use (in case of small kids). Its a salt water pool which i had never been in before - but it was great.

Diana and Graham were perfect hosts. They greeted us, provided us with as much info as we needed for things to do, where to go shopping or eat etc.. There was a load of information leaflets in the Living area for ideas on what to do - In the end, we spent most of the week at the property as it was so nice.

We did go to for the day to Pou de Fou - maybe 30 mins drive from the property - recommended for slightly older Kids (my youngest was 10_ or Adults who dont mind a lot of walking and standing - but I would recommend this day out.

We also went to some local villages/towns for food or a walk around. Lovely quite area with Bressuire a short drive away with larger shops.

There was a large group of us, with ages ranging from 1 to 65 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time here - Would definately go back

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-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 an amazing review about La Belle Echappee. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here so much and all that the property and grounds has to offer. We really hope to see you again in the future.
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Great accommodation and excellent amenities

  • 5 of 5

Accommodation and facilities are excellent. Huge entertainment areas for families and kids. Swimming Pool very welcome. Kitchen and lounge areas very useable and functional. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent review. I really hope to welcome you back to La Belle Echappee in the furture.
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A fantastic spacious house.

  • 5 of 5

Our forth holiday at this lovely house, described as our youngest as 'our second home'. Great grounds and pool for the kids and lovely walks through the countryside for us all. Diana and Graham are great hosts; always available to help and advise but never intrusive.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such a brilliant review following your forth holiday here at La Belle Echappee in as many years. We are privileged that you treat it as your second home and it was wonderful welcoming and catching up with you all. Here's hoping it's 5 on the trot next year.
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Le Forge
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Le Forge

Special interest holidays:

Special Interest Holidays - Tailored to meet your specific requests.

Available: April, May, June, September and October

Painting Holidays: With excellent light, stunning views and historical interest, we offer a wonderful base for groups of artists - the area is steeped in History and offers unspoilt landscapes and some of Europe's most imposing Timuli, Romanesque Churches, Chateaux and Museums.

Walking Holidays: With an abundance of wonderful walks though the local countryside, La Belle Echappee is ideally located to hold a group of Ramblers who would like to breathe in the unpolluted French air and explore this unspoilt region.

Cycling Holidays: This region is a great place to take a cycling holiday with virtually traffic free roads and beautiful scenery. The old railway route between Bressuire and Parthenay has been converted into a cycling path giving 30kms+ of safe riding.

Wine Appreciation: We will invite a Wine Expert to bring a variety of wines to sample and purchase.


The Atlantic coast and the magnificent beaches at La Rochelle, La Tranche sur Mer and Les Sables d'Olonne are within two hours drive.


Poitiers Airport: is within 1 hour drive

Nanes Airport : is within 1 hour 30 mins drive

La Rochelle Airport: is approximately 1 hr 45 mins drive

St Malo Port: 278 km/174 m approx 3 hrs 30 min drive

Le Havre Port: 438 km/272 m approx 5 hrs drive

Caen Port: 353 km/219 m approx 4 hrs drive

Cherbourg Port: 440 km/273 m approx 5 hrs drive

Calais Port: 613 km/381 m approx 6 hrs drive


The nearest town of Bressuire is 10 minutes drive and has numerous restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bars. There is also an ancient Chateau and a newer Chateau sitting side by side - both are set in a park with a children's play area and lovely walks along the river. The medieval town of Parthenay with its beautiful ramparts and stunning hill-top views is 20 minutes drive away. Local markets close by can be found at Bressuire, Airvault, Parthenay and Thouars (all within 25 minutes drive).

Further Details:

The Deux-Sevres region has a mild micro-climate and is the second sunniest region in France, benefiting from the warmth of the La Rochelle Basin. There are many tourist attractions in the region including the Puy du Fou, a picturesque park of over 40 hectares where one can take in chariot racing in a Roman amphitheater, breathtaking displays of falconry, jousting and much more. Within an hour's drive is the Marais Poitevin, a maze of waterways and luxuriant vegetation, known as la Venise Verte, or green Venice. It can be accessed from Coulon, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a trip on a guided punt, or explore it on a self-guided trip. Futuroscope, the famous theme park of the moving image, offers adventures on land, sea and in outer space using the latest projection system technology. Other towns to visit include Saumur and its Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanship), and Chinon, site of a medieval castle, and the unique gardens of Villandry, all about an hour's drive. The Loire Valley, famous for its chateaux and wines, offers some exceptional scenery. The Mervent Forest, situated on the banks of a lake, has something to offer everyone, including walking, rock climbing, horse riding, and mountain biking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Faye-l'Abbesse, Poitou-Charentes

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Stay tax £0.75 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
La Belle Echappee is open 12 months of the year.
On confirmation of reservation we require the deposit of £300 per week with the final balance, including security bond of £200, to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.
Guests should depart by 10am and new guests may arrive from 4 pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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