Barn in Bonnes, Nr. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful, Private Location With Panoramic Views, Villages Nearby
Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley
- english, french
About Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley
We moved to this beautiful part of France in the summer of 2007 after falling in love with the area during previous visits. We had bought the barn as a long-term project but, after working on it in the holidays for two years, finally made the decision to move our family here to live permanently. We completed the renovation and lived very happily at Les Gravats du Bost before buying and renovating a small farm a little distance down the track. 2014 sees the launch of Les Gravats du Bost as an idyllic retreat for people seeking the same peace and quiet mixed with the beauty and elegance of French life. As we develop our garden and farm with its fruit, vegetables, hens, bees and herbs we aim to develop ways of further enhancing the holiday experience of those who visit Les Gravats du Bost.
Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley purchased this Barn in 2005
Why Joceline and Jeremy Mawdsley chose Bonnes
We love this area because of its gently rolling landscape ("every house has a view!"), quiet lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, access to beautiful cities, wonderful climate and outdoor life, the strong sense of community within villages. Very good restaurants can be found even in small, nearby villages, such as Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and towns like Chalais. Excellent galleries and theatre can be enjoyed in Bordeaux as well as all the other aspects of chic city life. French life, both rural and urban, promotes family living and our family has thrived in its safe, supportive and friendly environment. The social life of family and friends is all important here and time is taken to be together and enjoy time shared! Visitors return every year and comment on the happy, relaxed lifestyle here.
What makes this Barn unique
Les Gravats du Bost is ideally placed for its visitors to enjoy the benefits of its peaceful, rural setting whilst also being able to experience French city life in nearby Bordeaux, Bergerac, Saint Emilion and Brantome. The house itself has been designed to foster hugely enjoyable and easy indoor/outdoor living - with spacious, open plan, free-flowing interiors and its secluded, safe and beautiful outdoor environment. The combination of the impressive traditional stone and timber architecture of the original building (dating back to 1840) and the elegant and simple modern finishing of its restoration, makes it a unique holiday venue, ideal for large and combined groups of all ages.
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Fantastic week in a beautiful location
We've just arrived home after a fantastic week at Le Bost. The barn conversion is beautifully done, spacious, peaceful and relaxing. Despite the heatwave, the house stayed relatively cool and many hours were spent in the excellent swimming pool! Great setup for the whole family including little ones; certainly not a criticism but the stairs are a fairly narrow metal spiral staircase, so need to take care with elderly guests or small children. Joceline was a pleasure to deal with and we were welcomed to the house with a huge pan of lovely fresh soup, bread, vegetables, cold drinks in the fridge - ideal after a day's travelling in the hot weather. All in all, a great week away and would certainly recommend to friends and family alike.
Beautiful property in a beautiful area
Amazing stay in the large spacious well equipped house in a great location.
Our 2 families stayed at Le Bost for the last week of August 18 and had an amazing holiday here. The location is great of you want to get out and explore some beautiful towns within an hours drive or even a quick visit into Aubeterre is just as good. We made full use of all the facilities, including table tennis, bikes and swimming pool. The house is much larger than the pictures show and there was plenty of room for people to occupy different spaces if necessary and equally large enough spaces for everyone to be together if they wanted to. The facilities provided will leave you wanting for nothing other than an extra week to enjoy it!
Joceline and Jerry were great hosts and made us feel very welcome from the minute of booking (12 months previous) to the minute we departed. On arrival the large vat of soup with bread and lots of other goodies was most welcome and not something that I have experienced in other places I have stayed. Dressing gowns and lavender added a bit of luxury and wow factor to the already brilliant property. If you stay here, no need to take anything other than your clothes as so much provided. We made use of the barbeque and staying outside most evenings under the lovely pergola. Highly recommended to large families of all generations as well as families holidaying together.
For days out we went to Thiviers on the Velorail, Riberac Market on a Friday, Kayaking literally 5 minutes away and a tour of Aubeterre sur Dronne and the fabulous monolithe church.
The White Family
Perfect in everyway for our weeks family reunion
I can honestly say from the minute we enquired about this property we were looked after so well by Joceline and Jez.
Joceline was quick to confirm, secure booking. Once booked she answered/suggest what to do locally, especially on arrival day as we all knew we would be in the are locally. Plenty of rivers to swim in locally and towns to explore before check in.
The conversation is stunning! We were 3 families of 2 adults/2 kids each holidaying for the 1st time together so al little worried about getting "cabin fever" with each others company! But no fear here, everyone was happy with rooms and there was so much space downstairs to spread out in.
We were unlucky with the weather, but we are British and life goes on! We still BBQ'd every night and ate outside. Facilities for kids and adults behaving like kids were perfect. swimming from dawn till bedtime, endless table tennis matches, badminton, frisbee, kite flying, football etc etc.
Kayaking a must! We had the river to ourselves on the 12KM trip as thunderstorms seem to deter other kayakers that day. Kids loved it, though paddles had to be downed when lightning appeared.
A few extra pounds put on with the Boulangerie in Bonnes a must every morning for breakfast and countless baguettes for the day! Far better than those from the supermarkets and a very appreciative lady who ran the shop.
15 mins drive from nearest large supermarket in Chalais where all essentials can be stocked up. Some great bottles of Red wine for less than 5 Euro's, especially the Bergerac......
We managed to get all 12 bikes up and running so lots of use of these from kids and adults off exploring the area.
Joceline and Jez were so welcoming from the minute we stepped thru the door. Huge hamper of goodies to see us thru arriving of snacks, meats, cheeses, beer, wine and her legendary home made soup. Both were very keen to stress to make ourselves at home and enjoy the house and not to worry about any minor breakages that would happen with 3 families with kids and stone floors. As it happens no one dropped any plates or glasses! They were always on hand, by text, if we had any questions.
Perfect in everyway......
Thanks and we just maybe back to enjoy the barn again (hopefully in the sunshine!)
Fabulous, spacious property
This property surpassed all expectations. Four generations shared this beautiful home for a week and a wonderful time was had by all. Off to a wonderful start with a delicious welcome pack provided by our hosts, we made good use of the bikes, lovely pool and array of games provided for our use. The area provides rich pickings for lovely walks, cycling and exploring towns further afield.
Fabulous place to stay
The photographs of this property show an attractive building and surroundings but in reality it is even better than portrayed. We had a fabulous time here and everything was in place to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The facilities were excellent and the owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The soup provided by Joceline Mawdsley was superb and together with a quantity of food supplied to start the holiday made settling in so easy. We could not fault anything and would have no hesitation in recommending this property. We did not stray far from the property but the nearby countryside was very attractive. All in all, a fantastic holiday.
The river beaches found at Saint Aulaye and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (both 5 minutes' drive away) are wonderful places for relaxing, family days out, offering quiet, beautifully clean sandy beaches, swimming, tennis, tree climbing, canoeing and relaxed, very good French dining.
Atlantic coastal beach resorts are approximately 2 hours' drive away.
There are four very good small airports nearby, used by RyanAir, EasyJet, FlyBe, British Airways and Aer Lingus, with an excellent, regular service from the main airports of the United Kingdom.
Bordeaux airport is 1.5 hour away.
Bergerac airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away.
Limoges airport is 2 hours away.
La Rochelle airport is 2 hours away.
Calais is approximately 8 hours' drive, Le Havre 6 hours, Caen 5.5 hours, Dieppe 6.5 hours, Cherbourg 7 hours, St Malo 5.5 hours and Roscoff 7 hours.
The nearest villages of Bonnes and Aubeterre-sur-Dronne are 5 minutes' drive away, offering small shops, bakeries, restaurants/cafés. Chalais and Riberac are excellent, larger towns nearby with supermarkets and banks etc.
Bordeaux is 1.5 hours away, Bergerac is 1 hour 15 minutes, Saint Emilion is 1 hour, Angouleme is 1 hour, Cognac is 1 hour 20 minutes, Poitiers is 2.5 hours, Brantôme is 1 hour, La Rochelle is 2 hours, Royan is 2 hours 20 minutes and Ile de Ré is about 2 hours 30 minutes away.
The character of Les Gravats du Bost has been designed to reflect the remarkable area in which the property is situated : spacious, peaceful, beautifully high-quality but relaxed and family-friendly.
It was our home for the first three years of our life in France and we now live in a small farm nearby, down the rural path that runs past Les Gravats du Bost. With an option of supplying the house with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and honey from our farm, our aim is to make your holiday a thoroughly relaxing and memorable stay. Living close to Les Gravats du Bost as we do, we are on hand to assist guests during their stay or to help with any queries.
At cooler times of the year, the modern oil-fired underfloor heating system, double glazing and large wood burner ensure that the property is a sung retreat too - Christmas is an especially beautiful time here, with bright sunny days and glittering, frosty landscapes. The efficient solar panels also ensure that there is an excellent supply of hot water for visitors, along lines that are as eco-friendly as possible.
This beautiful corner of France has exceeded our dreams since our move here from England in 2007. The combination of its tranquil and private, rural setting with the chic, historic towns and cities within easy visiting distance makes it an ideal location for mixed groups of all ages. The excellent local markets, restaurants and wine and food shops ensure that the whole area is a heavenly spot for food lovers!
Visitors have the choice of spending their entire stay at Les Gravats du Bost, with space, privacy, swimming, leisure activities and stunning views on tap - or to venture out and visit the wide range of attractions that make France such a special place to enjoy.
We are certain that all visitors to Les Gravats du Bost will return home, restored and revitalised after their very French recharging of batteries and will want to have another visit to look forward to in the year ahead!