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Romantic Getaway in France for Two with vast pool & tennis court

Bedrooms 1
Space 419 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

Sleeps 2. 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Le Petit Bois accommodates two persons in style in a double bedroom overlooking the gardens from the 'Romeo & Juliet' balcony.

Facilities provided include:

Luxury Gîte in the same style as Le Manoir with 'Romeo & Juliet' balcony

King-sized double bed

Galley kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave & hob

Shower room

Washing machine

Freesat UK TV & French TV channels

DVD and CD player

Terrace & garden with gas bar-b-q

Breakfast option available from £5/person/day (ask for details)

Full use of La Betoulle's enormous 17 x 10 m swimming pool (AFNOR fenced for child safety and inspected annually by DDASS(French public heath dept.) for water quality)

Full use of a full -sized hard tennis court (racquets & balls available for hire)

Giant chess set in grounds (by pool)

Table Tennis

Acres of land to roam, woodland walks and local randonees (trails) to follow.

More Details

Penny Hitchings
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 11, 2015

About Penny Hitchings

My husband John and I have travelled the world in our life together and owned property in France for over twenty five years. We always dreamed of eventually settling here on a permanent basis and when we found La Betoulle we knew we had found the perfect place to open a bed and breakfast with self-catering gites. With John's extensive technical and business background and my career working with the general public for over 30 years as a radiographer, we have the ideal combination of skills to run a successful holiday business. As we enter our 12th season with a very high percentage of regular guests, we are confident that you will enjoy your stay with us at La Betoulle and wish to return. Our property is currently number 1 for the region with reviews from both B&B & gite guests - we gained a certificate of excellence this year from 2 leading travel sites

Penny Hitchings purchased this villa in 2004

Why Penny Hitchings chose Charente

The Charente is a beautiful unspoilt region of France offering a range of outdoor activities for every taste, while being close to several major towns for shopping. We are surrounded by woods and farmland. This year our farmer planted 45 acres of sunflowers, a stunning site and several local artists took advantage of coming to paint the extensive views across a sea of yellow. We are just a kilometre from the busy village of St Claud. So, while staying in a haven of peace and tranquillity, you will not be far from main services and somewhere nice to eat. Our main reason for choosing the area was the amazing range of restaurants in the region, with the real 'jewel in the crown' being La Grange Aux Oies at the nearby Chateau de Nieuil. There is something here for every age, taste budget.

What makes this villa unique

La Betoulle offers the chance to escape, relax and unwind fully in beautiful tranquil surroundings. As everything here is on a grand scale, guests in our 2 gites can have complete privacy without isolation. We are always on hand to offer advice and help in times of emergency and you can relax knowing that no problem is too big for us to assist you with. The estate covers 90 acres so your children can feel free to play and explore. They will be well occupied with tennis, table tennis, giant chess and the vast pool, all in a totally secure environment. Guests staying in the manoir on B&B basis can relax knowing they will be well looked after, but we are not intrusive on our guests privacy, they are free to come and go as they please via their own entrance with ample off-road parking.


Saint-Claud Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 419 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Combined shower room with stand alone shower cabinet, pedestal sink, WC, electric radiator, shelving, towel rails & storage cupboard
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Spacious double aspect first floor bedroom with south facing Romeo & Juliet balcony & salle d'eau. Decorated in same style as the manoir with chandeliers, & ornate coved ceilings. King size (160x200) bed, bedside tables & lamps, separate table & 2 chairs, small bookcase. Fitted mirrored triple wardrobe. Shutters on all windows, velvet curtains, fitted carpet, wall lights, wall mounted electric radiator & electric fan provided. small table & outdoor seating on balcony.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Yard
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Spacious, peaceful estate set in 90 acres of parkland, woods & fields. Tennis court (coaching available) & vast pool on site - although shared everything is on a large scale, so perfect place to escape, relax & unwind but with others on site for conversation, assistance & company. WiFi available in manoir. Everything is accessible to all our guests - Pool, Tennis, WiFi, extensive grounds, breakfast option in manoir for small fee. We are on site as we operate a bed & breakfast from our Manoir, but as gite is totally private, guests can interact as much - or a little - as they wish..... There is a larger family gite on site but far enough away for no disturbance.....(40metres) La Betoulle offers the peace & quiet of the countryside without being remote - 1km from the busy village of St Claud with 2 restaurants, 2 bakers, bank, pharmacy, tabac - whether you like sports, history, chateaux, shopping, food/wine/cognac, or just to sit & read a book - there is always something to do nearby


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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St Claud
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
St Junien
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
N10 (Poitiers-Bordeaux)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
St Claud
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Fouras (near Rochefort)
Car: necessary

Gastronomic restaurant La Grange Aux Oies at nearby Chateau de Nieuil (5km drive) superb food in stunning setting - number 1 restaurant in the region.

Wide choice of restaurants within 20min drive - something for every budget & taste - restaurant reservations can be made in advance of your stay.

Wide choice of Vineyards & Cognac distilleries within 1hr drive - tours can be arranged.

Tennis coaching with local coach by request.

Art Classes available by request with local artist.

Pamper Days can be arranged @ local spa.

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld in nearby town - guided tours available, great dressing up box for all ages.

Oradour sur Glane - WWII martyred village en route for Limoges

Adventure Park & Lacs de Haut Charente 20 min drive

Velorail from Confolens - 2.5hr journey through beautiful scenery with coffee shop at half way point.

Lots of night markets in summer months & regular markets throughout the year.

Bike Hire available with delivery & pickup direct to gite.

Porcelain shops & factories en route & in Limoges

Great shops & cinemas in Angouleme

90 mins from the city of Bordeaux

20 mins from Angouleme for the annual Comic Strip festival late January; Circuit des Remparts Classic Car Race (mid-September); Gastronomades Food Show (late November);

1hr from Cognac for annual Blues Passion Festival (July)

20 mins from Confolens for annual Music Festival (August)

Great area for househunters - we can recommend local agents & notaire.

Follow the scenic Route de Richard Coeur de Lion which covers a range of attractions based around the journeys, battles and death of Richard the Lionheart.

The Cassinomagus Roman Baths are 20km away and provide a fascinating look at the baths themselves and an exhibition hall with artefacts discovered at the site.

For golfers there are two first class golf clubs within a 30 minute drive of La Betoulle. Golf de la Preze, is an 18 hole championship course with a unique 18 hole pitch-and-putting competition course, as well as a driving range and two pitch and putting practice greens. Golf de St Junien is another 18 hole course that is just 40km from La Betoulle and visitors can enjoy the swimming pool and the excellent restaurant.


Rates & Availability

Saint-Claud Villa Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $163.42

Please note that changeover day in this property is FRIDAY - ideal for couples wishing to avoid the Saturday rush on ferries, etc. and wishing to take advantage of lower fares. We are happy to offer midweek changeovers or short stays (3-5night minimum) during the months of April-July & September-October. Gite & breakfast option available - either buffet in the manoir or daily breakfast hamper.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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