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

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 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
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 7, 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.

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
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • 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 ...
  • 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.


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Luxury Farmhouse and Gite with spectacular rural views, heated pool, games barn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Half Term Short Break

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Nigel, we are so pleased you had a great time and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Stylish , clean with amazing. views

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you back.
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous, all of it.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunningly beautiful location which is matched by the tastefully modernised and decorated property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, come back soon. x
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen. We look forward to welcoming you back to Belle Etoile.
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Beautiful property, idyllic location - just superb

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Dan, we look forward to welcoming you back to Belle Etoile.
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Bordeaux Merignac Aeroport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Jimmy's Bar
Nearest Ferry
482 Kilometres
Ferry Terminal, 35400 Saint-Malo
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf de l' Hirondelle, 16000 Angoulême
Nearest Train
28 Kilometres
SNCF, 4 Place de la Gare, 16000 Angoulême
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
N10, Angouleme
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Le Lavalette, Villebois Lavalette
Nearest Beach
119 Kilometres
17200 Royan
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $577.9
Stay tax $0.58 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

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.