Suitable for two or three families wanting to holiday together in a private environment, Belle Etoile is a luxuriously converted 19th century farmhouse and loft apartment combining rustic charm and contemporary chic. Situated in an unspoilt, peaceful hamlet with stunning rural views across rolling countryside, close to Villebois Lavalette on the Poitou-Charentes/Dordogne border, approximately 25 minutes drive south of Angouleme. During the peak season from June to September we only let the property out for exclusive use on a weekly basis, however off peak and subject to availability we will consider enquiries for smaller parties wishing to use one or other of the properties.
Farmhouse and gite with large pool. Peaceful location on the Charentes / Dordogne border, close to both Cognac and wine making. Suitable for 2-3 families.
- english, A little French
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Nov 2018
About Gareth Wilding
We are Emma and Gareth Wilding from Maidenhead in Berkshire, UK. My husband works in finance and I run a self-employed business hand-making curtains, Roman blinds and soft furnishings - many of which are evident at Belle Etoile. We have two daughters, 12 and 17 years old, and a dopey giant labradoodle called Buddy
Gareth Wilding purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Gareth Wilding chose Ronsenac
We bought Belle Etoile in 2013 as somewhere to enjoy holiday times with family and friends, and we could not be more delighted with our second home. The local welcome we have received has been quite overwhelming, but the property and its peaceful location with stunning views across the rolling countryside ensure complete relaxation from the moment of arrival. If you have stayed at Belle Etoile before under its previous ownership we hope we can encourage you back and that you will be pleased with the changes and improvements we have made during our brief tenure.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Enjoy the quiet seclusion without being completely isolated or remote. The unique swimming pool with 20m length-lane is ideal for maintaining a training regime, and the surrounding terrain is very popular with cyclists of all abilities and the whole package is perfect for triathletes! A very well-equipped games barn offers plenty to do for those who want a break from the sunshine, while the boulodrome offers some healthy competition for those who don't, and nothing can beat a sundowner on the pool-terrace.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful, large, well equipped home, great for people of all ages.
Brilliant relaxing holiday for all 16 of us ranging from grand parents to a baby. 8 young children and 8 adults. We must have picked the record breaking hottest week of the year so the beautiful big pool was ideal and in the hottest part of the day the cool games room and well equipped farmhouse were a welcome break from the sun. Lots to do for everyone so we didn't feel the need to leave Belle Etoile. However we did tear ourselves away to go canoeing in the pretty town of Brantome and visited Aubeterre's amazing subterranean church. A week wasn't long enough so we hope to visit again. The owner was very helpful with tips and advice from the initial booking right throughout our holiday. We would definitely recommend this beautiful home.
Thank you for your kind words Anne, we are delighted Belle Etoile lived up to your expectations and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Stylish , clean with amazing. views
Loved our visit to Cognac, a short drive away . Will definitely visit Belle Etoile again soon
Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you back.
Half Term Short Break
We have visited Belle Etoile before in 2014 during the summer. This year we decided to visit in October for a week during half term. The house is immaculate and home from home. As soon as you arrive and your car tyres crunch onto the large gravel parking area, you begin to relax. Opening the door to the country style kitchen continues the process. The house has a comfy lounge and well equipped kitchen with everything you will need for the family. The furnishings throughout are stylish and you soon feel that your holiday has begun, yet you feel like you are at home.
The bedrooms had very comfy beds, with one super king and plenty of space for large families. There is even more accommodation on the second floor, which we did not need to use. We also booked the Garden Room, which is freshly furnished with a double bed and an ensuite with wet room style shower.
For October, we were not expecting much from the weather, but we were blessed with three days of full sunshine🌞� with temperatures up to 25*C. The pool was still running and by 4:00pm both our boys were in for a swim (braver than me!) When the weather is less suitable for swimming, the games room is ideal for the whole family to get together and have fun trying out pool, darts, table football and table tennis. A great replacement for the kids sitting staring at screens!
This area is quiet, relaxing and when sitting outside with a large glass of wine watching the sun create some of the best sunsets, cooking on the fire pit and listening to the French tree frogs in the pomegranate trees, there is nowhere better.
The local area hosts many quaint villages including Ronsenac, Villebois-Lavalette, Brantome, and if you need a town you are only 30 minutes from Angouleme. There is also a well stocked Super U a few minutes drive in Villebois-Lavalette.
I recommend Belle Etoile and will be booking for 2018.
Thank you for your kind words Nigel, we are so pleased you had a great time and look forward to welcoming you back.
Fabulous, all of it.
A stunningly beautiful location which is matched by the tastefully modernised and decorated property
This was our third visit in three years to Belle Etoile and we will be back. Relaxing by the pool or eating under the pergola faced with the view of the Charante countryside is a little slice of heaven. The unusual shaped pool gives space for length swimming as well as inflatable play. The ample number of sun-loungers with cushions nestle under two large parasols or you can sit on the outside sofa. Inside is equally relaxing with a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and a cosy sitting room. For the more active, there is a petanc piste (with lights for the evening) and for children of all ages a games room with pool, darts and table footie. There are plenty of walks in the surrounding countryside and the roads are quiet for cycling. The nearby village or Villebois provides a decent butcher and baker as well as one of the best stocked supermarkets. There is plenty to explore locally but this time we opted for lazy days by the pool.
We didn't want to come home and can't wait to return.
Thank you, come back soon. x
The property is superb. The uninterrupted views across wonderful french countryside are incredible. I instantly relaxed. The house is so spacious; easy to spend time with lots of other people without tripping over one another. Brilliant pool too. And loads of space outside.
Definitely going back. Owners very helpful and keen to ensure that we loved our stay. Which we did!
Thank you Helen. We look forward to welcoming you back to Belle Etoile.
The west-coast sandy beaches of Royan are accessible in approximately 1hr 40mins.
Various airlines fly to Bordeaux, Limoges, and Bergerac. All three airports are approximately 90 minutes drive from Belle Etoile. If you take the Eurotunnel it is 500 miles and approximately 8 hours drive from Calais, or you can take the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen and the drive is then approximately 5 hours
Brantome http://brantome.info - 40 minutes drive east.
Villebois-Lavalette http://bit.ly/1qm5Nz4 - 9 minutes drive north-east
Angouleme http://bit.ly/1m8vbGL - 30 minutes drive north
Cognac http://bit.ly/1pKuvFp 1 hour drive north west.
Chalais http://bit.ly/VwkMKa 30 minutes drive south west
Aubeterre sur Dronne http://bit.ly/1qEEUUz - 40 minutes drive south
Brossac http://www.visitbrossac.com 40 minutes drive south west
Bordeaux http://bit.ly/1lY7dfy 1hr 30 minutes drive south west
Super U (supermarket) is 4.5km and approximately 6 minutes drive away, selling everything you need.
ZAC DE SIGALAUD
16320 VILLEBOIS LAVALETTE
Tél : 0545649595
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Additional pricing information
Changeover Day: You are asked to arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and to depart no later than 9:30am to allow us sufficient time to prepare the house.