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7 Bedroom Gite in Barbezieux
Le Grand Bois-Exceptional quality gites!
Rate (British Pounds): £ 195 - £ 1,600 per Week
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 5
Sleeps: 2-16

Two superb,fully equipped gites in Charente sleeping 10/12 and 2/4 with swimming pool and large wooded garden.
Vacation Rental Description
Comfortable,spacious accomodation for up to 16 family & friends in rural setting

'LE GRAND BOIS' was originally constructed around the 1850's as a small farm with outbuildings around a courtyard, with a well providing the water supply, a stone oven in which to bake the bread and stables for the farm animals. This has now been tastefully converted into our home, a large gite which can accommodate up to 12 persons and a small gite for 2/4 persons. The bread oven and the well remain but we have built a 10 x 5 meter swimming pool in the garden for the use of our clients (Open from May until the end of September).
The large garden has fruit trees and nut trees and our own row of vines producing two varieties of eating grapes. We are surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers, maize and wheat.
At Le Grand Bois - Gites you can enjoy a peaceful, stress-free holiday beside the swimming pool or you can use the superb facilities as a base to explore the many attractions and places of interest offered by the south-west region of France!
Househunting in France? We may also be able to help. With Ians' architectural knowledge and our own renovation experience, we have lots of information to share and our small gite is ideal for longer winter lets before you commit to making the move to France yourselves.

  • Cable Satellite
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD
  • Heating
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Service
  • Microwave
  • Amenity Parking
  • Private Pool
  • Refrigerator
  • TV
  • Washer

'La Vieille Etable' sleeps 10/12 persons with spacious lounge areas, wood burning fire, dining area, shower room and fully equipped kitchen. On the gallery first floor are the bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and another shower room. There is English satellite TV as well as French,a DVD player and a box of assorted games to keep the children happy. Table tennis and table football are also available. The gite has its own terrace with garden furniture and BBQ and there is ample parking. The 10 x 5 metre swimming pool has surrounding wall for client privacy and childrens security. 'La Petite Grange' sleeps 2/4 and has a bedroom with bathroom en-suite and additional sleeping in the lounge area and is also very well equipped. If you are looking to buy your own holiday home in France, take advantage of Ians' Architectural knowledge and our own experiences over a glass of wine. Whatever your reasons to visit, you will be made very welcome here at Le Grand Bois !!

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Playground
  • Cinema
  • Fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Night Clubs
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping
  • Theater
  • Zoo/Wildlife

For active families, there are lots of ways to spend the day. Take a riverboat trip along the Charente, visit the chocolate factory, the paper mill, prehistoric grottos or the comic museum in Angouleme. Palmyre has one of the best zoos in Europe. Futuroscope at Poitiers is certainly worth the drive and there are several water parks which are great fun for both adults and children. The Dordogne is a short drive away with its beautiful towns of Aubeterre, Perigeux and Brantome or go north west to La Rochelle with its old port and yachting marina where eating out or shopping is an absolute pleasure. The Charente has an endless variety of sporting activities on offer; golf, hot-air ballooning, cycling, horse riding, quad biking, aqua-jet skiing, angling, canoeing, karting, ten-pin bowling or country walking. There are some wonderful old churches and Renaissance or classical castles and country houses to enjoy. Something for everyone!

Travel Options
  • Nearest Airport : Bordeaux at 80 kilometers distance;
  • Nearest Train Station : Angouleme at 30 kilometers distance
  • Nearest Town : Barbezieux at 8 kilometers distance
  • Travel Info: Bordeaux is our nearest International airport with the regional airports of Angouleme,La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers and Bergerac also very nearby.Paris is 2hrs 15 mins by TGV from Angouleme. If you need any help with directions or route suggestions please contact.
Rental Rates
Price Table
Season Rate
22/06/13 30/08/13 400/1600
31/08/13 27/09/13 280/1100
28/09/13 13/12/13 210/950
14/12/13 03/01/14 400/1600
04/01/14 28/03/14 210/950
29/03/14 27/06/14 280/1100
28/06/14 29/08/14 400/1600
29/09/12 14/12/12 195 / 900
15/12/12 04/01/13 395 / 1600
05/01/13 15/03/13 210 / 950
16/03/13 21/06/13 280 / 1100
  Low Season Price: £195 per Week
  High Season Price: £1,600 per Week

PRICES NOW REDUCED BY 10% Tarif is per week and includes all utilities, except in the case of a long winter let. It also includes all linen, hand and kitchen towels and a welcome pack of a tea,coffee,bread,fruit, bottle of wine etc. A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking. A cautionary deposit of £150 or £200 is also required at the same time as the balance of the rental (8 weeks before the start of the rental period) This will normally be returned 7 days after departure.A cleaning charge of £50/£80(50/80euros)will be deducted if the property is not left in clean condition. Prices are for La Petite Grange(2/4 pers.) or La Vieille Etable(10/12 pers.) respectively. The letting period starts at 5PM and ends at 10AM. The availability calendar shown is for La Vieille Etable gite only so please contact direct to confirm availability for La Petite Grange. Please contact for any late booking offers or discounts.


Current Date
1 Reviews of Property 40158 Barbezieux

Review 3524 :

From: From Owners GuestBook

Review Submitted: 12/11/2010

Rating5 out of 5

An ideal family holiday spot
P&D York
Review Submitted: October 10, 2008 Date of Stay: August 2008
We had agreed as a family that we'd like to go away together as part of my "significant" birthday celebrations. I booked Le Grand Bois and we were delighted to find a beautiful, well equipped and very well maintained traditional property in a huge, very child friendly garden with walled and gated pool. Linda & Ian, the owners, made us very welcome and made sure we felt we could contact them at any time during our stay with any queries whatsoever. In fact, one of our party did need to attend A&E and Linda very kindly went along to ensure our lack of detailed French didn't cause difficulies in communications - that made such a difference and gave us the confidence to know that the problem had been thoroughly investigated and treated.
14 of us aged from 6 weeks to 62 years had the space and comfort to enjoy our holiday as we each wished. A lovely area for walking and only a short drive to towns and shops. Very well placed for good days out to places like Cognac, Brantome etc with their historic centres and wide variety of restaurants.
We had a wonderful holiday and would heartily recommend Le Grand Bois. We did worry somewhat when a couple came to the adjoining small property in case we were too noisy but they were very friendly and didn't seem too disturbed by our noisy family.
There was plenty of room to find a quiet and shady place in the garden for anyone wanting their own bit of peace and quiet and the pool was large enough for everyone to enjoy swimming, splashing etc - one of our grandchildren learned to swim whilst we were there so another cause for celebration.
I can't imagine anyone not enjoying a holiday in this super place.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you all had such a good time and to hear that since then you are enjoying a very active retirement. We hope that your travels will bring you back to Charente again soon!

Rating5 out of 5

La Petite Grange
Davemo Glasgow
Review Submitted: September 10, 2010 Date of Stay: June 2010
We spent a week here in June 2010 and found both the level of accomodation and the hospitality of Iain and Linda to be amazing. We normally visit France later in the year and unfortunately we had a lot of rain and clouds - we even used the log burner on a couple of evenings. This didn't stop us having a great holiday as there are lots of great places to see and it is a pleasure to drive around the quiet country roads in this area. The Dordoyne is not far with its gorgeous villages and scenery and the area is littered with Chateaux in various states of repair.

Unless you are luckier with the weather (It is generally very warm and sunny all summer) and plan to enjoy the lovely gardens and pool you will need a car to get out an about as this is a very rural area with the nearest shops and supermarkets about 10K away. The small gite is very spacious, comfortable and well equipped and we got the "5 euro tour" of the big house which looks fantastic for a large group. We also spent some time with our hosts who are great company - we will definitely return.

Dave n Mo - Glasgow
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Rating5 out of 5

magical family holiday
jorod somerset
Review Submitted: January 9, 2010 Date of Stay: July 2009
our entire family 12 of us ranging in age from 1 to 64 enjoyed this wonderful property . the accomodation is superb spacious modern(the bathrooms are a joy)every thing hs been thought about and provided from stairgate ,highchairs, cots,games and even a boat for the pool.the pool is excellent ,gated for safety and is kept spotlessly clean by linda. linda and ian plus there family go out of there way to make sure you enjoy your holiday, nothing is too much trouble. the gite is in a lovely rural setting with safe and easy walking with plenty to see from vinyards(one very nearby to taste and purchase from ,we can recommend all the wines!) to the hamlet with ducks, tractors(we have a grandson obsessed with them) there are plenty of places farther afield for siteseeing trips to the beach,visits to congnac, chateaux the list goes on.we were happy to spend a lot of time at the gite as the weather was fantastic and the pool and lovely garden with lots of room for energitic adults and children but with shade and quiet spots for the more senior. some of our party flew from bristol to bordeaux and as the airport is about an hour and a half away this worked out well.the town of barbezieu is only 6 miles away and has 3 supermarkets bakeries patisseries ,restaurants,banks,etc.we all had a fantastic holiday at this supeb gite it is of 5 star standard with owners to match.we will certainly be returning.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Rating5 out of 5

Le Grand Bois
Bob, Alison & Family Cardiff, Wales
Review Submitted: July 15, 2008 Date of Stay: August 2007
The Gites are very well furnished, comfortable and in an excellent location. As our family is forever growing we were looking for somewhere that could accommodate all 16 of us and the dogs! We occupied the two gites for two weeks in August 2007 the weather wasn’t particularly good, but there was still plenty for everyone to enjoy. During the thunderstorms there was plenty of space to sit quietly reading a book, play games, watch the telly even play indoor table tennis and when the weather was dry we enjoyed garden games or time by the pool.

There is plenty of space to walk and play with the dogs and some lovely places to visit close by.

Ian & Linda are very friendly owners who provide an excellent service. A fantastic holiday had by all.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Great to hear from you and glad that you have good memories of your stay with us in spite of those few bad days' weather. Sometimes it is just nice to chill out with family and friends.By the way, we are hoping to add another bedroom to our house soon if the family keep growing!!

Rating5 out of 5

Le Grand Bois Gites
Chaumiere Jersey, Channel Islands
Review Submitted: June 12, 2008 Date of Stay: June 2008
It was around five years ago when we first saw the property known as Le Grand Bois. A typically old French farmhouse with numerous barns and outbuildings all set around an internal courtyard which was home to two adopted, feral and very untouchable cats. Linda and Ian had owned the property for about two years at that stage and had sympathetically converted the farmhouse into a modern home for themselves with all creature comforts without losing the French style of architecture and internal ambience.

The barns and outbuildings had yet to be converted into gites, and from their condition at the time, it seemed a daunting if not impossible task. However, having recently seen the results of their labours, Linda and Ian should now be justly proud of their efforts in providing luxury accommodation for their guests in traditional French style.

With their new roof structures completed, the gites are spotlessly clean, very nicely furnished with comfortable beds, well-fitted bathrooms and kitchens and both have wood-burning stoves for those chilly evenings. Outside there are paved terraces with tables and seating to go with the barbecues provided for alfresco dining on the warmer sunny evenings. A wellcome pack of basic foods for breakfast and the bottle of wine on the table adds the finishing touch.

On entering their own farmhouse, it didn’t escape our notice that the feral cats had now made themselves at home as well on their own individual blankets and just love being made a fuss of, obviously, old barns are not the only things that have been converted.

There is a beautiful swimming pool in a sunny position for guests, all surrounded by an orchard and open fields, offering a very peaceful country setting. Nearby towns have several supermarkets for provisions, along with local shops and restaurants. A very relaxing spot to get away from things, with the back-up of Linda and Ian on the premises to help out with anything you need and advice on visiting the nearby towns and attractions. Well worth a visit.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great to see you both again and catch up on your news.We are delighted that you enjoyed yourselves and just hope that you don't leave it as long before your next visit!

Pete and Annie August 2008 wrote in the visitors book:
Annie and I have had a truly splendid 2 week break here at your lovely petit gite. We needed to totally relax and have managed to do so through both the wonderful surroundings of the countryside and the gorgeous conversion that Ian and Linda have created. You are the perfect hosts and have been very helpful on numerous occassions. Many, many thanks.

Susie, Stephan and Glen July 2009. Glen, aged 11 wrote:
It was very nice. Loved the pool. Nice weather and Lind and Ian are lovely hosts.

Sheila, Justin,Jack and Justina August 2009 wrote in the visitors book:
This is our third visit to Linda and Ian and once again we have had a fabulous time with the children being a little bit older, they thouroughly enjoyed the pool and open area surrounding the gites. Glad to see that Linda can still give me a run for my money for chatting (with Justina close at our heels!) Hopefully see you next year with my mum and Justins' dad in the dig gite. Thanks again.

Jan and Dave October 2009 wrote in the visitors book:
Lovely cosy "La Petite Grange" made a super base for touring around the area and getting to know the "Real France". Many thanks to Ian and LInda for their kindness.

Dave and Mo June 2010 wrote in the visitors book:
The nicest gite we have stayed at in our many trips to France. Although we were unlucky weather wise, we had a brilliant break in this beautiful region. Ian and Linda were grat hosts and we enjoyed a wine or two together ! Hope to return soon and will be singing your praises when we get home.

Jim, Jackie and Bailey August 2010 wrote in the visitors book:
Excellent gite, great hosts, lovely neighbours, a most relaxing, stress-free week! Really enjoyed your company, advice and help. Will certainly recommend. A Bientot !

Owners Profile
This is our home where we are always available to help! Relax, make yourselves at home and enjoy !!

A few words about ourselves. We came to live in the Charente, by the way, the second sunniest area of France next to the Cote d'Azur, with our two children in 2001. We fell for a small farmstead with a lovely courtyard and a couple of barns which is now our home and two very busy gites. With Ians' architectural background, we have carefully renovated to keep the Charentaise look with many stone walls and oak beams whilst providing all the comforts and amenities that you would expect. Ian now works on lots of other projects from small extensions to obtaining full building permits for other like minded people who love "La Vie Francaise", whilst I run the gites. Our children are still with us and have settled well, with one still in education and the other gainfully employed.

You will always be made welcome here at Le Grand Bois, whether you are just passing on holiday or thinking of making the move yourselves !!

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