Gite near Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, France - Peaceful, Rural Location, Lots For The Family To Do
Jamie and Dawn Taylor
About Jamie and Dawn Taylor
Dawn and I have 4 children - 10-19 years old, and fell in love with La Belle Aube when it was just a plot of land (and a family of 4), for its peaceful setting and fantastic views. At La Belle Aube we love that moment after arriving when we first sit on the terrace, open a bottle of wine and just soak up the view. Our boys on the other hand make straight for the pool and jump in, laughing and shouting. When they were younger it was roaming about the gardens, playing games without us worrying about where they were. On an evening we love to sit on one of the terraces or just wander about the garden, glass of wine in hand, just enjoying the views and peace and quiet. We know how difficult it can be for a family with young children to go on holiday so we try to provide everything a family would need for a great holiday!
Jamie and Dawn Taylor purchased this Bungalow in 2007
Why Jamie and Dawn Taylor chose Orival
As soon as we saw the stunning views across the valley, the peace and quiet of Les Palennes, the rolling hills of the South Charente, we knew this was where we would build La Belle Aube. Since building La Belle Aube we have found great restaurants in every direction. Lots of interesting places to visit and lots for families, both young and old, to do. Aubeterre Sur Dronne is our favourite place with Sel Et Sucre for pankcakes and an ice cream parlour for our children and a great bar for us!
What makes this Bungalow unique
Great views, peaceful environment and safe and secure gardens for young children to enjoy. La Belle Aube is all on one level with large doors and easily accessible living areas, bathroom and outside areas.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Family Holiday with our twins
We have 4.5-year-old twin girls who have autism. Safety is a big concern and we were happy that the property was fenced in, (along with the safety fence for the pool). We had a great time and loved the morning trips to get fresh croissants and other pastries. The view is beautiful. We would love to visit again next year.
Fabulous family holiday
A wonderful relaxing break! The house and gardens provided a luxurious, yet safe environment for our young family to enjoy. Contact with the Jamie and the team of people he has in France running the property was quick, very friendly and efficient.
We particularly loved picking the amazing cherries from the tree in the garden.
We have rebooked for next year and cant wait to return already!
Fantastic with all amenities
Lovely and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle. Wonderful views good walks fantastic swimming pool and good to have air conditioning hope to be back
A lovely property with great facilities and a lovely pool. Plenty of space for the kids!
This was our 4th visit to La Belle Aube and once again it did not disappoint, the weather was fantastic, the pool was great to relax and cool down and the facilities in the house were good too, especially with the disabled access which is important to us. Plenty to do around and about with the beach at Aubeterre and the tree climbing at Poltrot. Also, plenty of nice restaurants in Chalais and Aubeterre. All in all another great visit.
A thouroghly relaxing holiday
This was our third visit to La Belle Aube and we are able to relax as soon as we arrive. We have 12 year old daughter and 6 year old autistic twin boys so having a safe and secure environment is vital to us to ensure we enjoy our holiday and La Belle Aube offers that in abundance. The children spent each day in the swimming pool and the boys enjoyed playing with the toys available at the property. Would highly recommend for all ages. We have already booked our holiday at La Belle Aube for next year.
There are several lakeside beaches within 5 -15 minutes drive of our gite, providing several activities such as canoeing, pedalos, etc. There is also the river Dronne for kayaking and there are also several water parks within the area providing further facilities such as slides, etc.
Return flights are available from Stanstead Airport, via Ryanair. Bordeaux and Bergerac airports are approx 1.25 hours away and are serviced by Ryanair, Bmibaby and FlyBE from many UK airports. Limoges and Poitiers airports are approx 2.25 hours away. The French TGV passes through Chalais, which is approx 5 minutes away. We are 6-8 hours away from the Channel ports depending on which one used. A car is essential for the area.
The local market town of Chalais is only 4km away, providing for all your shopping needs, along with a good selection of bakers and butchers to choose from. Aubeterre sur Dronne, a "plus beaux village" is 9 km, and has a nice peaceful square to while away and afternoon. Here you will also find access to the river Dronne and a lakeside beach, tennis etc.
Angouleme, with its fortified medieval centre is 40 mins away. Bordeaux is about an hour.
On arrival we provide a welcome pack including bread, ham cheese, coffee, tea, etc. There are many good restaurants within the area, many of which are very family friendly. The Chateau in Chalais has a very good reputation and is also happy to have children. Aubeterre sur Dronne is a lovely little hillside village with a small central square with 4-5 restaurants. Here you can have a meal, crepes, coffee or maybe something a little stronger. The market town of Riberac, once the capital of the Dordogne, is approx 25 minutes away and has a bustling high street with lots of shops and restaurants. You can also visit St Emilion for a wine tasting session, which is approximately an hour away.
Bordeaux with its shops, restaurants and bars is an hour away or for something a little different you could take the TGV from Chalais into Bordeaux.