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Le Grand Bois~Vieille Etable

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Gite | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

"LE GRAND BOIS", originally a cognac producing farmstead, has been tastefully converted into our home together with two gites and an enclosed swimming pool in our large wooded garden.

"LA VIEILLE ETABLE" which has been 3 STAR *** rated by Charente Tourism, has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people and if rented with "LA PETITE GRANGE" ( sleeps up to 4) can together sleep up to 16 family and friends in spacious comfortable accommodation with the "WOW" factor!!

The gites have their own private entrance with parking for up to six cars. The bread oven and well remain but we have built a 10 x 5 meter swimming pool in the garden for the exclusive use of our clients. The garden has lots of fruit trees and nut trees and plenty of space to disappear with a glass of wine and a book.

At "Le Grand Bois" you can enjoy a peaceful,stress-free holiday beside the swimming pool or you can use the superb facilities to explore the many attractions and places of interest offered by the south-west region of France.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Royan, St. Georges de Didonne.
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 7 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bordeaux, Limoges, La Rochelle, Poitiers, Bergerac, Nearest railway: Angouleme
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
General CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking

The Poitou-Charentes region

The Poitou Charente Region has an endless variety of activities and attractions to visit.You will find lots of info. and brochures to give you ideas in the gites.


There are several indoor and outdoor water parks to choose from which are great fun for adults and children. La Grande Prairie is just 20mins away and has a lake with a supervised sandy beach for swimming, canoes, boats, windsurfing, fishing, tennis courts and childrens' play areas. The boating club also puts on a fantastic free Fireworks Display around the second week of August each year. Just a couple of minutes from the lake is Nautilus which is an indoor leisure complex with swimming, flumes and even an ice rink.

JONZAC is a very picturesque town around 25 mins away, which has a traditional french market place, a pretty little Chateau, shopping, restaurants, a terrific leisure centre called Antilles and a great park with swimming, boating, adventure trails, horse riding and lots of activities for all ages of children.

Or if you prefer ther are lots of places where you can swim in the river Charente itself !!

ROYAN is a fabulous seaside resort with long sandy beaches and nearby is PALMYRE where the Zoo is one of the best in Europe.

COGNAC is a 40 min. drive from here. This historic town has shops, restaurants, cafes and of course, the famous cognac distilleries. The Grand houses of Remy Martin, Hennesey, Martell and Camus, just to mention a few, offer tours and tastings. There is also a Blues festival, a Jazz festival and several other riverside events held here during the summer months.

The DORDOGNE is a just short drive away with the beautiful medieval towns of Aubeterre, with its monolithic Church, Perigeux, where you must have lunch in the Place St. Louis and Brantome, where you can meander through the lanes or cool off in a canoe on the river.

LA ROCHELLE, with its old port and yachting marina is well worth a visit.Eating out or shopping is a real pleasure.You must try the oysters or seafood platter here!

The CHARENTE also has lots of sporting activities on offer, such as hot-air ballooning (the European Championships take place about 3kms from Le Grand Bois and provide spectacular viewing from the gites in early August), cycling, horse riding, quad biking, aqua-jet skiing, fishing, canoeing, karting, ten-pin bowling or simple counrty walking. Something for everyone!

BORDEAUX is an amazing city full of culture and fabulous architecture ~ as well as the wine !

There are of course some wonderful old churches and Renaissance or classical Chateaux and country houses to enjoy too.


The south-west region is renowned for its many cognac and wine producers,such as Remy Martin,Hennessy,Courvoisier,St.Emillion,Bergerac and Blaye. All welcome visitors and offer tours and tastings. Follow the "Vignoble Trail" around some of these world famous producers tasting the odd glass or two as you go!


If golf is your game,there are excellent courses at Cognac and Angouleme,both about half an hour away and others at Royan or down into the Dordogne.


Enjoy local produce bought fresh from one of the daily markets, cooked at home, in the gite or BBQ and eat outdoors in the sunshine. Try the confit of duck, fois gras, sweet Charente melons, goat's cheese and seasonal fruits and nuts. This can be washed down with some chilled local rose wine or a good red bordeaux from around only a couple of euros a bottle. Or you can eat in one of the many excellent but inexpensive restaurants ( a set 3, 4 or 5 course lunch for around 12 euros !). But whatever you do,don't forget the Pineau for your aperitif and the cognac to finish!



Throughout the year there are lots of organized events in and around the Charente;




THE EUROPEAN HOT AIR BALLOON CHAMPIONSHIPS.(Held only minutes away every 2 years)







AND lots more local Fetes and Brocantes (flea markets).

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Review 1-8 of 8

10 Sep 2014


"Wonderful place for big parties"

We had a party of 6 adults and 5 children (4 to 8 Years) We all enjoyed the superb house with ample space and bedrooms for everyone.Every detail and wish catered for. Perfect hosts, generally on hand … More

10 Sep 2014


"Fantastic holiday in a wonderful setting"

We travelled as a family of 4 with 2 young children and enjoyed every minute of our stay at Le Grand Bois-Vielille Etable. The Gite has everything you could ask for to ensure a comfortable stay and is set in the most beatiful setting with a large garden that the kids loved running around. It's well positioned in the region - so getting around Charente couldn't be easier. Linda and Ian are great hosts and made every effort to ensure that we had everything we needed - as well as advice on what's happening within the vicinity of the area. The pool is very nice, the fruit trees at the bottom of the garden lovely and our first impression of the gite (if anything) was that the photos don't do it justice. Had a great time - wish the time didn't fly by so quickly! Highly recommended.

13 Aug 2014


"Great House, lovely and quiet and great hosts"

There was 10 of us staying in the 6 bedroom house so had loads of room. Lovely pool area and the kids really enjoyed the table tennis

11 Aug 2014


"perfect family/friends holiday house - great facilities"

we were one of two families staying for a week together, with children from 9 to 14. great house with everything you could think of supplied. pool was amazing and the children had a wonderful week, … More

14 Oct 2013


"What a great place to stay"

I recently stayed in Le Grand Bois for a week,Ian and Linda were very welcoming and could not be more helpful.It is out in the country,but is very accessible to Barbezieux and to Angouleme. It is a be… More

10 Sep 2013


"Excellent gite, attention to detail and hospitaility."

Lovely gite, very well equipped with super swimming pool and grounds. The hosts, Lynda and Ian, were very welcoming and helpful but not intrusive. The attention to detail was excellent with great care… More

31 Jul 2013


"Stunning, Superb, Outstanding Value!!"

This was our first holiday in a gité in france and we are so pleased we chose this one! It had everything you could possibly need for a self catering holiday, the owners even provided us with milk, bread, tea, coffee, fruit, cheese and wine for our arrival! The owners, Linda and Ian were the most helpful, welcoming hosts ever and knew everything you needed to know and gave great information about places to go, plus much more. The gité itself was renovated by the owners and is stunning, a real home from home but even better in my eyes! Could quite happily have stayed forever! The grounds were huge and fantastic for our two boys (8 & 5) who loved exploring them but the pool was their favourite! The surrounds and views are fantastic. I really cannot praise this place enough! We will be returning with family in the near future as we discovered the size of the gité is perfect for larger groups.

4 Apr 2013


"Fun in the Sun"

10 of us enjoyed a wonderful 2 weeks at Le Grand Bois (5 Adults : 5 Children). The Gite was ideal with plenty of space for everyone. No problem with bathrooms there are loads. The Swimming Pool and Table Tennis and weather were the big hits of the holiday for the children and adults alike. BBQ area was fully utilised. No problem parking and local shopping more than adequate. Lots to see locally including all the famous Wine and Brandy facilities. A good locality for cycling with quiet roads and paths. An hour or so drive to the ocean but well worth the trip. Dune Du Pilat and water park a couple of hours drive but again worth the effort. The owners are on hand to give help and advice but only if needed and were great company. Would do it again, if planning for this many people to holiday together.

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Calendar last updated:26 Jan 2015

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