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Barn Conversion Near Aubeterre-sur-dronne On The Charente/Dordogne Border

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in Bonnes, Nr. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful, Private Location With Panoramic Views, Villages Nearby

Les Gravats du Bost is a recently completed barn conversion, restored to a high standard, and offering light and spacious accommodation for large or combined groups. The 6 generous bedrooms (one of which is on the ground floor) sleep 12 (additional cots can be provided) and the open plan layout incorporates 3 bathrooms (one on the ground floor), 3 large reception rooms, one of which is a beautiful timbered kitchen and dining room. Outdoor facilities comprise a new heated 10mx5m swimming pool (installed in 2014) with a large outdoor eating area, a covered games space (with games equipment including table tennis, badminton, rounders, croquet, footballs and bicycles!) and plenty of terrace and pool seating. The house is situated in a quiet and private setting with gardens of 1 acre and beautiful valley views. Conveniently near the beautiful villages of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) and Bonnes, and on the Charente/Dordogne border, the property has easy access to rural and city attractions. The region is well known for its markets, restaurants, food and wine and the cities and towns of Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion, Brantome and Cognac are all approximately an hour's drive away. In addition, the beautiful coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan, as well as the islands of Ile de Ré and Ile d'Oleron, are wonderful places to visit for the day. The property has been furnished and equipped to a high standard, with very comfortable beds and furniture, excellent equipment, linen bedlinen, cotton towels, solar panels providing hot water and underfloor heating / wood burner for bookings at cooler times of year (this is a stunning area to visit in the winter!) Its open plan layout and private location make it ideal for large family or combined groups.

Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2018

About Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley

We moved to this beautiful part of France in the summer of 2007 after falling in love with the area during previous visits. We had bought the barn as a long-term project but, after working on it in the holidays for two years, finally made the decision to move our family here to live permanently. We completed the renovation and lived very happily at Les Gravats du Bost before buying and renovating a small farm a little distance down the track. 2014 sees the launch of Les Gravats du Bost as an idyllic retreat for people seeking the same peace and quiet mixed with the beauty and elegance of French life. As we develop our garden and farm with its fruit, vegetables, hens, bees and herbs we aim to develop ways of further enhancing the holiday experience of those who visit Les Gravats du Bost.

Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley purchased this barn in 2005

Why Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley chose Les Essards

We love this area because of its gently rolling landscape ("every house has a view!"), quiet lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, access to beautiful cities, wonderful climate and outdoor life, the strong sense of community within villages. Very good restaurants can be found even in small, nearby villages, such as Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and towns like Chalais. Excellent galleries and theatre can be enjoyed in Bordeaux as well as all the other aspects of chic city life. French life, both rural and urban, promotes family living and our family has thrived in its safe, supportive and friendly environment. The social life of family and friends is all important here and time is taken to be together and enjoy time shared! Visitors return every year and comment on the happy, relaxed lifestyle here.

What makes this barn unique

Les Gravats du Bost is ideally placed for its visitors to enjoy the benefits of its peaceful, rural setting whilst also being able to experience French city life in nearby Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and Brantome.

The house itself has been designed to foster hugely enjoyable and easy indoor/outdoor living - with spacious, open plan, free-flowing interiors and its secluded, safe and beautiful outdoor environment. The combination of the impressive traditional stone and timber architecture of the original building (dating back to 1840) and the elegant and simple modern finishing of its restoration, makes it a unique holiday venue, ideal for large and combined groups of all ages.


Les Essards Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Family Bathrm - Large bath and Wetroom Style Walk-in Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite to Master Bedroom. Walk-in Wetroom Style Shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground floor bathroom.
  • Large family bathroom with wet-room style shower, bath, wc, washbasin. Bathroom 2 is an ensuite to the principle bedroom and has a wet-room style shower, wc, bidet, washbasin. Bathroom 3 is on the ground floor and has a cubicle shower, wc and washbasin.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , Ground Floor. Space for additional single bed(s) or cot(s)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite Bathrm. Space for additional single bed(s) or cot(s)
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is the largest and has a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a double bed. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have twin beds. Bedroom 5 has a double bed. Bedroom 6 (on the ground floor) is a large double bedroom with twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 14 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: On the ground floor is an entrance hall, a large sitting room (35m2, with the original vaulted beams of the barn exposed, full height glazed doors - a replacement for the original barn doors - and the mezzanine of the first floor encircling it), a large, fully fitted, timbered kitchen opening into the timbered dining room (equipped for and seating 12, with high-chairs if needed), a further very large sitting room (80m2 with UK satellite free view+ TV/DVD player, CD player/radio) wood burner and windows and doors opening out onto and looking out over the garden and valley beyond), spacious double bedroom (with twin beds, armchairs and fitted wardrobe), shower room (with shower, wc, washbasin, washing machine and laundry equipment). Upstairs are five spacious bedrooms and two further bathrooms (one, a large family bathroom - with bath and wet-room style shower - and the second, an en suite to the principal bedroom - with large, wet-room style shower). Outside: The garden of 1 acre offers a simple, open lawned space on which games of football, rounders, badminton, boules etc can be enjoyed. It all overlooks a beautiful valley and the property benefits from real privacy and seclusion. A new 10mx5m salt-system swimming pool has been installed in 2014 and has full safety fencing and enclosed tiled surround with chairs and sun loungers. There is a large outdoor dining and seating terrace as well as a covered games space with table tennis. A BBQ and family games are provided (badminton, boules, rounders and footballs) as well as bicycles to make the most of the beautiful country tracks which surround the property. The property is surrounded by natural and farmed countryside and it is possible to walk and cycle safely from the front door without having to use any roads. Wildlife is plentiful with regular sightings of deer, hares, buzzards, kestrels, owls, cranes, bats - and sometimes boar! Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron, laundry basket and laundry equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen bedlinen is provided with a weekly change of bedlinen for stays of more than one week. For guests' convenience, both bath and swimming towels are provided.


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Barn Conversion Near Aubeterre-sur-dronne On The Charente/Dordogne Border
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Perfect in everyway for our weeks family reunion

  • 5 of 5

I can honestly say from the minute we enquired about this property we were looked after so well by Joceline and Jez.

Joceline was quick to confirm, secure booking. Once booked she answered/suggest what to do locally, especially on arrival day as we all knew we would be in the are locally. Plenty of rivers to swim in locally and towns to explore before check in.

The conversation is stunning! We were 3 families of 2 adults/2 kids each holidaying for the 1st time together so al little worried about getting "cabin fever" with each others company! But no fear here, everyone was happy with rooms and there was so much space downstairs to spread out in.

We were unlucky with the weather, but we are British and life goes on! We still BBQ'd every night and ate outside. Facilities for kids and adults behaving like kids were perfect. swimming from dawn till bedtime, endless table tennis matches, badminton, frisbee, kite flying, football etc etc.

Kayaking a must! We had the river to ourselves on the 12KM trip as thunderstorms seem to deter other kayakers that day. Kids loved it, though paddles had to be downed when lightning appeared.

A few extra pounds put on with the Boulangerie in Bonnes a must every morning for breakfast and countless baguettes for the day! Far better than those from the supermarkets and a very appreciative lady who ran the shop.

15 mins drive from nearest large supermarket in Chalais where all essentials can be stocked up. Some great bottles of Red wine for less than 5 Euro's, especially the Bergerac......

We managed to get all 12 bikes up and running so lots of use of these from kids and adults off exploring the area.

Joceline and Jez were so welcoming from the minute we stepped thru the door. Huge hamper of goodies to see us thru arriving of snacks, meats, cheeses, beer, wine and her legendary home made soup. Both were very keen to stress to make ourselves at home and enjoy the house and not to worry about any minor breakages that would happen with 3 families with kids and stone floors. As it happens no one dropped any plates or glasses! They were always on hand, by text, if we had any questions.

Perfect in everyway......

Thanks and we just maybe back to enjoy the barn again (hopefully in the sunshine!)

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous, spacious property

  • 5 of 5

This property surpassed all expectations. Four generations shared this beautiful home for a week and a wonderful time was had by all. Off to a wonderful start with a delicious welcome pack provided by our hosts, we made good use of the bikes, lovely pool and array of games provided for our use. The area provides rich pickings for lovely walks, cycling and exploring towns further afield.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The photographs of this property show an attractive building and surroundings but in reality it is even better than portrayed. We had a fabulous time here and everything was in place to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The facilities were excellent and the owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The soup provided by Joceline Mawdsley was superb and together with a quantity of food supplied to start the holiday made settling in so easy. We could not fault anything and would have no hesitation in recommending this property. We did not stray far from the property but the nearby countryside was very attractive. All in all, a fantastic holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect -Exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

The property and location was perfect. We were a four generational family and the house, gardens and pool suited us perfectly. Joceline and Jeremy were extremely helpful from the time we booked the property and ensured that we had everything we needed -as our family included two toddlers. The home made soup, bread and cheeseboard plus other goodies was a perfect welcome when we arrived after a long journey. The house was fully equipped and very relaxing.

We really didn't want to leave and would love to return again.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best ever holiday home

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal property for our large family holiday. We were surprised how large and well equipped it was with a good sized swimming pool. There were so many nice touches- an amazing welcome pack of food, fruit and goodies of the region, plus homemade soup!

It was the perfect place to stay We had a wonderful holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Place - perfect all year round

  • 5 of 5

This house really is very special. It is in a beautiful position overlooking rolling hills and the terrace is surrounded by fragrant lavender and roses. We were a mixed age group and the teenagers were kept happy with the table tennis, pool, boules and large lawn where they played games of rounders and football.

The inside is spacious and comfortable and the kitchen is really well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Everywhere is immaculate. Even though we spent most of our time outside I can imagine it being very cosy during cooler months with the wood burner on.

Jocelyn goes the extra mile to make sure guests feel welcome on arrival with a basket of local goodies and delicious home made soup in the fridge so that you are able to have a meal on the first night - really appreciated after a long day driving and means there is no need to rush out immediately to the local supermarket for food.

Our family had a wonderful relaxing week here. It is a beautiful area of France to explore but the house is such an idyllic place that we were happy just to stay by the pool and have long lazy lunches on the terrace - bliss!

Highly Recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Bergerac Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
324 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Manoir de Longeveau
Nearest Train
33 Miles
Nearest Motorway
23 Miles
A 89
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre River Beaches
Car: necessary


The river beaches found at Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (both 5 minutes' drive away) are wonderful places for relaxing, family days out, offering quiet, beautifully clean sandy beaches, swimming, tennis, tree climbing, canoeing and relaxed, very good French dining.

Atlantic coastal beach resorts are approximately 2 hours' drive away.


There are four very good small airports nearby, used by RyanAir, EasyJet, FlyBe, British Airways and Aer Lingus, with an excellent, regular service from the main airports of the United Kingdom.

Bordeaux airport is 1.5 hour away.

Bergerac airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away.

Limoges airport is 2 hours away.

La Rochelle airport is 2 hours away.

Calais is approximately 8 hours' drive, Le Havre 6 hours, Caen 5.5 hours, Dieppe 6.5 hours, Cherbourg 7 hours, St Malo 5.5 hours and Roscoff 7 hours.


The nearest villages of Bonnes and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne are 5 minutes' drive away, offering small shops, bakeries, restaurants/cafés. Chalais and Riberac are excellent, larger towns nearby with supermarkets and banks etc.

Bordeaux is 1.5 hours away, Bergerac is 1 hour 15 minutes, Saint Emilion is 1 hour, Angouleme is 1 hour, Cognac is 1 hour 20 minutes, Poitiers is 2.5 hours, Brantôme is 1 hour, La Rochelle is 2 hours, Royan is 2 hours 20 minutes and Ile de Ré is about 2 hours 30 minutes away.

Further Details:

The character of Les Gravats du Bost has been designed to reflect the remarkable area in which the property is situated : spacious, peaceful, beautifully high-quality but relaxed and family-friendly.

It was our home for the first three years of our life in France and we now live in a small farm nearby, down the rural path that runs past Les Gravats du Bost. With an option of supplying the house with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and honey from our farm, our aim is to make your holiday a thoroughly relaxing and memorable stay. Living close to Les Gravats du Bost as we do, we are on hand to assist guests during their stay or to help with any queries.

At cooler times of the year, the modern oil-fired underfloor heating system, double glazing and large wood burner ensure that the property is a sung retreat too - Christmas is an especially beautiful time here, with bright sunny days and glittering, frosty landscapes. The efficient solar panels also ensure that there is an excellent supply of hot water for visitors, along lines that are as eco-friendly as possible.

This beautiful corner of France has exceeded our dreams since our move here from England in 2007. The combination of its tranquil and private, rural setting with the chic, historic towns and cities within easy visiting distance makes it an ideal location for mixed groups of all ages. The excellent local markets, restaurants and wine and food shops ensure that the whole area is a heavenly spot for food lovers!

Visitors have the choice of spending their entire stay at Les Gravats du Bost, with space, privacy, swimming, leisure activities and stunning views on tap - or to venture out and visit the wide range of attractions that make France such a special place to enjoy.

We are certain that all visitors to Les Gravats du Bost will return home, restored and revitalised after their very French recharging of batteries and will want to have another visit to look forward to in the year ahead!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $39.52 per person per night
Damage Deposit $658.67

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 50% is required to secure the booking. The balance is payable six weeks prior to the stay. A refundable security deposit of £500 is payable just prior to the commencement of the stay. This will be returned in full to the client within seven days of the end of their stay in the absence of excess cleaning or damage. During peak seasons, bookings are restricted to a minimum of 7 nights. Outside of these seasons there is a minimum of 3 nights. Please discuss your requirements with the owner

Changeover Day:
Changeover day, during peak seasons, is on a Saturday. There is greater flexibility at other times of the year and this can be discussed and agreed with the owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.