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Luxury Farmhouse and Gite with spectacular rural views, heated pool, games barn.

Ronsenac, France
  • Farmhouse2368 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms6
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

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.

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.

Property Manager

Gareth Wilding

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
english, A little French
Calendar last updated:
Mar 12, 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.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed
      • Bedroom 3
        3 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        3 twin/ single, 1 child bed
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 6
        3 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 7
        1 queen, 1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed and occasional day bed, Bedroom 3 with 3x single beds, Bedroom 4 with 3x single beds and occasional day bed, Bedroom 5 with double bed and Cot, Bedroom 6 with 3x single beds, Bedroom 7 with double bed.


      • 6 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, 1st floor, servicing bedrooms 1 and 2
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, 2nd floor, servicing bedrooms 3 and 4
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, tub, shower, En suite to Bedroom 5 in gite
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower, En suite to Bedroom 6 in gite
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower, En-suite to bedroom 7 on the ground floor
      • Bathroom 6
        toilet, shower, Wet room to service garden and pool users
      • Bathroom 1 shared between bedrooms 1 and 2. Bathroom 2 shared between bedrooms 3 and 4. Bathroom 3 en-suite to Bedroom 5. Bathroom 4 en-suite to Bedroom 6. Bathroom 5 en-suite to Bedroom 7. Bathroom 6 ground floor wet-room servicing garden and pool users.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      2x fully equipped living rooms in both the house and the gite.
                    • Fireplace
                    • Heating
                      Oil fired central heating in farmhouse and electric radiators in gite.
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi available throughout the farmhouse. Occasionally it is available in the Gite, however the property is in the middle of the French countryside so the signal strength is variable!
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Sheets and duvets/duvet-covers provided on all beds
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Parking
                      Covered parking for one car, and space for up to five more cars on the drive.
                    • Telephone
                      A landline is available for emergency calls.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels provided for each occupant. You are kindly requested not to use bath towels around the pool. Pool towels can be requested when booking for an additional charge.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Large capacity tumble dryer available.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Large capacity washing machine available
                    • Wood Stove
                      Wood-burning stoves in farmhouse living room and in open plan gite.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Cafetiere in both kitchens
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Both kitchens fully equipped with crockery, glassware and utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          Dishwasher in both kitchens
                        • Freezer
                          Upright fridge-freezer in both kitchens
                        • Kitchen
                          Main kitchen in house, and kitchen in gite both fully equipped
                        • Microwave
                          Microwave in both kitchens.
                        • Oven
                          Fan-oven in both kitchens
                        • Refrigerator
                          Upright fridge-freezer in both kitchens
                        • Stove
                          Induction-hob in house, LPG hob in gite
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster in both kitchens


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Farmhouse kitchen table seats 10 Gite kitchen table seats 6 Pergola outside table seats 16
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 16 people


                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Books
                                  Some novels and other books are provided.
                                • Foosball
                                • Game Room
                                  The Games Barn is equipped with a pool table, table-tennis table, table-football, and dart-board. Also a netball hoop and ball, football, rugby ball, croquet set, cricket bat and stumps.
                                • Games
                                  An assortment of board games available in the farmhouse living room.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blu-ray player (with surround sound in the house) in both living rooms.
                                • Pool Table
                                  Pool table in the Games Barn
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  UK FreeSat channels available on both TVs.
                                • Stereo
                                  iPod docking station in both living rooms.
                                • Television
                                  Both living rooms in house and gite each equipped with 42" HD LED TV
                                • Video Library
                                  Assorted collection of DVDs and BluRays


                                    • Balcony
                                      The gite has french doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking the courtyard.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      We do not provide bicycles at the property ourselves, but we recommend the guys at http://www.bikehiredirect.com/ who will deliver and collect whatever combination of bicycles your group requires.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The gravelled courtyard surrounds the pergola and adjoins a purpose-built floodlit boulodrome (Boules/Pétanque court), and is also the location of the fire-pit.
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf International de la Prèze - approximately 45 minute drive away. Domaine de La Prèze 16220 Ecuras - Rouzède Web. http://www.golfdelapreze.com/ tel. +33 (0)5 45 23 24 74 fax +33 (0)5 45 23 25 23 E-Mail info@golfdelapreze.com
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      http://brantomecanoe.com/english/ Approximately 30 minutes' drive away is Brantome Canoe, which we highly recommend.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Garden area overlooking the pool, our signature walnut tree with hammock chair, children's swings, and adjoining paddock where the kids can kick a ball about in their own space.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Upright charcoal chimenea barbecue
                                    • Tennis
                                      There is not a tennis court at the property, but a well maintained communal court is available - and rarely busy - less that 3km away in Ronsenac.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Large uniform depth private pool with 20 metre swimming lane. A large sun-terrace adjoins the pool with two large parasols and 8 sun-loungers. Pool area is surrounded with security fencing


                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • golf
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • Notes on accommodation: Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate large all adult or single-sex groups, or pets of any sort. Outside: Aside from the unique solar-heated swimming pool with its 20m length-lane and sun terrace, the on-site facilities include a dedicated flood-lit petanque court (or boulodrome), and the additional games barn contains a full size table-tennis table, pool table, table-football and a dart board. The pergola for al-fresco dining is complemented by a charcoal chimenea barbecue and the fire pit. There is a netball hoop, croquet set and assortment of garden games and an adjoining paddock in which to play them, with swings for smaller children in the garden and a hammock to be hung from the walnut tree. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble-drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Pool towels available for a supplement. The property is cleaned, and the linen and towels are changed, at the beginning of each rental. For fortnight bookings an interim clean and change can be arranged for an additional charge.

                                                                  19 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Half Term Short Break

                                                                  Nigel W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Stylish , clean with amazing. views

                                                                  Emma W.

                                                                  Loved our visit to Cognac, a short drive away . Will definitely visit Belle Etoile again soon

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you back.


                                                                  Gareth W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, come back soon. x

                                                                  Beautiful Property

                                                                  Helen L.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you Helen. We look forward to welcoming you back to Belle Etoile.

                                                                  Beautiful property, idyllic location - just superb

                                                                  Dan F.

                                                                  Bit of a late review considering it was nearly a year ago - but paying the balance to return again this year has invoked some great memories.

                                                                  The location is the first thing that hits you - the view from the grounds seems to go on for ever. the house, imposing as it is, nestles beautifully into the surrounding landscape, enhancing the view rather than detracting from it. Sitting by the pool and looking across the valley with a G&T is as near to perfect as you achieve.

                                                                  The interior is perfectly suited for large groups of family and friends - it seems to have everything both adults and kids could need for a blissful holiday.

                                                                  The additional bonus was the weather we had - unbroken sunshine!

                                                                  Would recommend a visit to the Cave de Saint Sornin for some brilliant local wines and products.

                                                                  Looking forward to returning in just a few weeks time to make some more memories.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your kind words Dan, we look forward to welcoming you back to Belle Etoile.


                                                                  Ronsenac, France

                                                                  Coast/Beach: The west-coast sandy beaches of Royan are accessible in approximately 1hr 40mins. Travel: 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 Distances: 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 Further Details: Super U (supermarket) is 4.5km and approximately 6 minutes drive away, selling everything you need. ZAC DE SIGALAUD 16320 VILLEBOIS LAVALETTE Tél : 0545649595 https://www.magasins-u.com/superu-villeboislavalette http://brantomecanoe.com/english/ http://www.le-lavalette.fr http://charlemagne.fr http://www.cognacwinetours.com http://bit.ly/1mHuQtE 1hr 20 http://bit.ly/1q1jKkd http://bit.ly/1pB8kG7

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  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.

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