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

Bedrooms 7
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Gareth Wilding
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, A little French
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

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 Charente

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Absolutely fantastic... Sadly we were only staying for 36 hours but so wish it could have been 36 days or even weeks. The house and gardens are just perfect for either a small or large group with amazing attention to detail at every opportunity. Looking forward to our next visit to enable us to do a little more discovering.

We were completely blown away by the view from the garden of Belle Etoile: a vast field of beautiful sunflowers and in the distance trees and rolling hills. As befits a summer home, the property has a lovely barbecue area and entertaining space and a fully enclosed pool of ample size with plenty of loungers for sun bathing alongside a comfortable seating area for sipping chilled Rose whilst enjoying the view. The main house is very cosy and comfortable, with a fully equipped kitchen and a good-sized sitting room in which to relax after dinner. The property has a gite next to the main house, which has recently been modernised and includes two double bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms. One of the barns has been converted into a games room which, amongst other things, houses a pool table, table football and a table tennis table. The surrounding villages are pretty and very French with some lovely restaurants. There is also a conveniently located hypermarket a short drive away. I would not hesitate to recommend Belle Etoile as a home from home and we will definitely be returning.

We stayed here in October half term and had incredible weather which meant we could enjoy the amazing outside area at Belle Etoile. My husband and I swam in the pool (we are quite brave unlike our fair weathered friends we were holidaying with !). We had all our meals outside enjoying the spectacular views. The evenings became cooler so we spent these inside house which is extremely well equipped. It is obvious that the owners use this as their second home as there is everything you need to put together a meal for friends and family. The bedrooms are really nicely furnished and we will return again this year if we can !

We had a FANTASTIC two weeks at Belle Etoile. It was everything we dreamed of! The property is stunning. The house is perfect and had everything we needed. The views from the house are stunning along with the pool and garden. Great location with lots to do and visit. We took our bikes and did lots of cycle rides through beautiful french villages. We were a party of 12 (6 adults and 6 kids) and we all had a brilliant time. We will definitely be back! Thank you x

What a wonderful location for a cosy Christmas. Central heating, Log fires, beautiful walks and loads of lovely red wine. Great time had by all
Mar 2015
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Ronsenac Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 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 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor, servicing bedrooms 3 and 4
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , 1st floor, servicing bedrooms 1 and 2
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury Farmhouse and Gite with spectacular rural views, heated pool, games barn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views and stunning local villages to visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma
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  • 5 of 5

Can't wait to come back

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning farmhouse in the countryside of Bordeaux

  • 5 of 5

Spent a few amazing days down at Belle Etoile to celebrate Gareth's birthday a couple of weeks ago. The setting is beautiful and the house is spectacular. Loads of room and given that there were 14 people around the place, it still felt spacious and open. The pool is great, the pétanque court in excellent condition and with the addition of the new fire pit, we were able to keep ourselves amused and warm long into the night. Bike hire was excellent, golf course was a huge amount of fun and the woodland restaurant divine. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Phil, we are looking forward to your return.
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The most idyllic setting and beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in a fabulous house in the middle of the French countryside.The house has been upgraded to have fantastic facilities, great showers ands bathrooms with a very well equipped kitchen.

We would definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We look forward to your return.
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Fabulous Accommodation - Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

A charming period farmhouse in a beautiful rural location with amazing views across open countryside. With its many stunning bedrooms, it is the perfect place to stay with a large group of friends and family. The kitchen is spacious and homely with every need catered for and became the main hub of activity and socialising on the rare occasions that we weren't enjoying the outdoors. We visited in October and the weather was so warm that it was fanastic to still be sitting outside at midnight drinking and chatting. The 20m heated pool is a real bonus, set away from the house with a large seating & sunbathing area to the side. The surrounding area is very picturesque providing great cycling terrain and we even managed to squeeze in a round of golf. This is a trully wonderful escape, I will certainly be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back to our little corner of paradise.
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Fantastic setting, beautiful farm house

  • 5 of 5

A lovely setting for a very relaxing holiday. The facilities at this lovely French farmhouse are outstanding. It's great to go to a place where so much thought and care has been put into making your stay so comfortable. There's also loads to do in the surrounding towns. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Bordeaux Merignac Aeroport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
499 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
46 Kilometres
Resto Golf de la Prèze, 16220 Écuras
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
SNCF, 4 Place de la Gare, 16000 Angoulême
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
N10, Angouleme
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Le Lavalette
Nearest Beach
119 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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 - 40 minutes drive east.

Villebois-Lavalette - 9 minutes drive north-east

Angouleme - 30 minutes drive north

Cognac 1 hour drive north west.

Chalais 30 minutes drive south west

Aubeterre sur Dronne - 40 minutes drive south

Brossac 40 minutes drive south west

Bordeaux 1hr 30 minutes drive south west

Further Details:

Super U (supermarket) is 4.5km and approximately 6 minutes drive away, selling everything you need.



Tél : 0545649595 1hr 20


Rates & Availability

Ronsenac Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 6 2017 - Jun 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 11 2018 - May 2 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
May 3 2018 - Jun 6 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 7 2018 - Jul 18 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 19 2018 - Sep 5 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2018 - Dec 19 2018
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 2 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2019 - May 1 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
May 2 2019 - Jun 5 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 6 2019 - Jul 17 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 18 2019 - Sep 4 2019
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $544.74
Stay tax $0.54 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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