Spacious detached villa, with large master bedroom (Superking bed + single daybed), smaller twin (kids)bedroom with salle d'eau, spacious living/dining area opening onto private South & West facing terraces with views across fields to woods. Fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom (double sink, bath with shower over)with separate WC. WiFi, flat screen TV (French & UK freeview), WiiFit, DVD, library. Gas BBQ & outdoor seating areas. Shared 17mx10m swimming pool, tennis court. BikeHire available
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 gite & manoir. Gite has French & UK Freesat TV stations, DVD player, Gas BBQ, outdoor seating & sunloungers. Bike Hire available
Everything is accessible to all our guests in both gites & B&B - Pool, Tennis, WiFi, extensive grounds, breakfast option in manoir, huge DVD library
Interaction with guests
We are on site as we operate a bed & breakfast from our Manoir, but as gite is totally private, (approx 50metres away from the manoir ) guests can interact as much - or as little - as they wish..... There is a small Gitefor2 on site (40metres away) but far enough away for no disturbance.....but if booked in conjunction with family gite perfect for extended families as living space & terraces in family gite can accommodate a large family.
Other things to note
During months of April/May/June/September/October 25% discount if booking gite for a 'couple only'. Supplement will be charged if 'extra' guests stay for any part of stay to bring price to that published.
Pool open late May till mid-September only.
Tennis coaching with local coach by request.
Art Classes available by request with local artist.
Pamper Days can be arranged @ local spa.
family portraiture sessions with local photographer.
Wide choice of Vineyards & Cognac distilleries within 1hr drive - tours can be arranged.
Lots of night markets in summer months & regular markets throughout the year.
Bike Hire available with delivery & pickup direct to gite.
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.
Secure gated entrance to estate (guests have key to gain admission to gate)
Pets NOT accepted @ La Betoulle.
Smoking only on outdoor terraces please.
The facilities on site (pool, tennis etc) are only for paying guests - friends staying nearby may visit by prior arrangement - limited to 2 adults only please (no pets, no children) Non-residents may NOT use pool/tennis.
No parties unless the entire estate has been reserved for a maximum of 18 people.
Property to be left clean & tidy as found please.
For stays in excess of 5 nights, security deposit taken on arrival against loss or damage.
John & Penny have owned the La Betoulle estate since March 2004 - this year will be their 14th season running the 2 self catering gites which were started by the previous owners & the luxury B&B that they have created in 4 rooms in their house. The property has a high percentage of regular guests - 2016 saw 12 families returning to the 2 gites between the months of May & October & an equally high number of returning guests of all nationalities in the B&B.
We have spent our lives travelling the world - working in the Middle East & Africa as well as throughout the UK Home Counties & Europe. We have owned property in France since 1989, so know the country (& its food & wine..)well - we love living in the unspoilt Charente region with its quiet peaceful roads, rolling hills & farmland & especially the wide choice of restaurants in the region of France - something for everyone.... The summers are long & hot, the winters can be mild... the coast is not too far for a day trip & the towns of Limoges & Angouleme are within an easy drive + the beautiful city of Bordeaux is an easy day trip. We love visiting Futuroscope as we have a passion for anything cinematic or to do with the moving image. There is a huge DVD library @ La Betoulle - guests are welcome to borrow films for no charge. Books play a large part in our lives & guests can always find something to read. In the past we played a lot of tennis & occasion golf, but no longer have the time for playing either frequently, despite a tennis court on the estate. John has an Medical, Computer & Telcomms engineering background & Penny has worked as a radiographer for over 30yrs - mainly in Neurology - CT & MRI scanning. When we are not tending to the needs of our guests we love to travel - currently we enjoy exploring Italy, South Africa & the US, but hope to visit friends in New Zealand in 2018 & re-visit India soon. We have a passion for food - both cooking & eating, & love to discover new flavours & ideas , which we hope we are able to transmit into our diverse breakfast menu. We make our own bread (when time allows) & Penny loves to bake afternoon 'treats' for her guests at weekends. Breakfast is included in the price for B&B guests, but our self-catering guests are welcome to join in @ the buffet breakfast for a supplementary charge. We offer a restaurant reservation & menu translation service & are happy to book any outside activities for our guests.Most of all we love to give our guests a relaxing holiday & see how they unwind during the course of a stay with us.