Rates from:
500.00 GBP


  • Heated pool, fully fenced
    Heated pool, fully fenced
  • Master bedroom
    Master bedroom
  • French country kitchen
    French country kitchen
  • Breakfast in bed
    Breakfast in bed
  • Cosy lounge with woodburner
    Cosy lounge with woodburner
  • Dining area and kitchen
    Dining area and kitchen
  • Cosy sofa
    Cosy sofa
  • Breakfast
  • Al fresco dining
    Al fresco dining
  • Twin bedroom
    Twin bedroom
  • Single room
    Single room
  • Twin bedroom
    Twin bedroom
  • Le Beau Fief Image 13
    Le Beau Fief Image 13
  • Pool
  • Wine by the pool
    Wine by the pool
  • View from the bedroom
    View from the bedroom
  • Picnic in the garden
    Picnic in the garden
  • Loungers by the pool
    Loungers by the pool
  • Beach within easy reach by car
    Beach within easy reach by car
  • Le Beau Fief Image 20
    Le Beau Fief Image 20

Le Beau Fief

Poitou Charentes, France

Per week

from 500.00 to 1200.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Victoria and Richard Houghton

Member since May 2017
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:13 minutes
  • Availability Updated:16 days


BFB's Overview

To leave the hustle and hassles of daily life far behind, this traditional stone cottage has the most peaceful setting, surrounded by the swaying sunflowers, maize fields and vineyards of the Charente countryside. Without even venturing beyond the gate, families have over 1000 square metres of land all to themselves, to pluck juicy kiwis in a private walled garden, relax by a heated pool and have teddy bear picnics in an orchard of fruit trees.

After a blissful holiday to this quiet corner of France back in 2012, British couple, Richard and Victoria knew they’d have to be back soon and just 6 months later they bought Le Beau Fief to have plenty more leisurely lunches in medieval towns, picnics by the river and sunny bike rides along scenic country lanes. They lovingly renovated the cottage to keep its rustic charm, with whitewashed stone walls and stripped wood floors, but also furnished and finished it off to luxurious boutique standards, with cool grey colour schemes and all mod cons, including Wi Fi. In the open plan living room, kids can sink into big squashy sofas to watch TV or a DVD by a wood burner while grown-ups linger at the table with a coffee or local wine. The French country kitchen is well equipped for family self-catering and the gite opens onto a private gravel patio for eating outdoors and sizzling up suppers on the barbecue.

With the Charente being second only to the Cote d’Azur for sunshine, everyone will be happy having lazy days by the pool which is heated and 1.3 metres deep all the way across, as well as fenced and lockable for parental peace of mind. Children’s pottery sessions is a fun optional extra, for little ones to make and decorate their own ceramic souvenir and foodies can learn a few secrets of French cuisine with cookery lessons from a professional chef.

Accommodation overview

Le Beau Fief is a traditional stone cottage in a hamlet of just 12 other houses, deep in the Charente countryside. The gite has 3 bedrooms and comfortably sleeps up to 5 plus babies, with 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs available. The ground floor has an open plan layout comprising a cosy lounge, dining area and kitchen. In the lounge, families can flop into two big sofas to snuggle by a wood-burner and watch TV or DVD’s, or make use of the free Wi Fi. An elegant dining table seats 6 and the French country kitchen has all the essential appliances and utensils, including an electric oven and gas hob, a microwave, a fridge and separate freezer, a washing machine and a hand blender for zuzzing up baby food. Upstairs, there are lots of books and a chest full of games on a large landing with a vaulted ceiling. Off the landing are the gite’s three pretty bedrooms – one with a double bed, one twin room and one single room, two of which have space for a cot. The gite has a family shower room with a WC and a separate WC is on the ground floor. Le Beau Fief is especially lovely for spilling outside with over 1000 square metres of grounds, including a dining patio area with a BBQ, a fenced and gated swimming pool, a sheltered walled garden and fruit orchard.

Location Information

Le Beau Fief has a totally tranquil setting, deep in the scenic Charente countryside of sunflower fields, vineyards and open farmland. About halfway down the west coast of France, it’s second only to the Cote d’Azur as one of the sunniest regions, with long dry summers and short sharp winters. The quiet country roads around the gite are perfect for exploring the area on bikes and there are several mountain bikes for families to borrow.

Just 13 houses make up the tiny hamlet of Le Grand Fief and in perfectly French style, a local baker delivers fresh baguettes several times a week, letting everyone know he’s here with a toot of his horn. There are several bars, restaurants, shops and a supermarket in the market town of Aulnay de Saintonge, 10 minutes’ drive from the gite and nothing could be a tastier take-away than one of the herby spit roast chickens from the Sunday market.

The lovely old town of Saint Jean d'Angely is only 20 minutes’ drive, with a historic abbey, half-timbered houses and one of the best markets in the region. The town also has a superb aquatics centre with swimming pools, whirlpools, a 54-metre waterslide, sauna, steam rooms and sun terrace, or families can have a picnic by a lake, with a playground, pedalos and mini golf. Just 10 minutes from the gite, near Dampierre sur Boutonne, little ones will love to pet the super cute and shaggy donkeys at the Poitou Donkey Sanctuary and maybe have a ride on a tractor pulled by donkeys. Another nice little attraction, 30 minutes’ from Le Beau Fief, is the Port Miniature of Saint-Savinien, where children can sail an amazing fleet of mini boats, steamers and ferries around a lake.

An hour away, the Chocolaterie Letuffe at Angouleme offers Willy Wonky style tours of the factory and 90-minute workshops to make and decorate chocolate creations, while Choette Land at Poitiers is a fabulous indoor play centre with giant inflatable slides, go karting and more. Le Palmyre Zoo at Royan is renowned as one of the best in Europe and the Aquarium at La Rochelle gets visitors under the waves and up close to an eye popping array of the world’s marine life. The historic seaport city of La Rochelle as a whole is one of the must visit highlights of the region, from the quayside restaurants around the harbour to the ancient ramparts and buzzing walled town, crammed with pavement cafes and boutique shops. There are many sandy beaches near La Rochelle including one of the longest at the seaside resort of Chataillon Plage. From La Rochelle, families can also cross the big suspension bridge to check out the dune backed beaches, criss-crossing cycle tracks and chic harbour towns of the Ile de Re.

Nearest medical services: Saint Jean d’Angely, 10 mins.
Getting here: La Rochelle is the nearest airport to Le Beau Fief (45 miles/ 1 hour), with direct flights from the UK with Easyjet, Ryanair and FlyBe. Saint Malo is the nearest cross channel ferry port (3hrs 30 mins) and Caen is 4 hrs 30 mins.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival


25 May - 28 Jun 2018 : £600 /week29 Jun - 19 Jul 2018 : £920 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : £1120 /week31 Aug - 27 Sep 2018 : £650 /week28 Sep - 8 Nov 2018 : £500 /week26 Apr - 23 May 2019 : £540 /week24 May - 27 Jun 2019 : £650 /week28 Jun - 18 Jul 2019 : £930 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : £1200 /week30 Aug - 26 Sep 2019 : £670 /week27 Sep - 7 Nov 2019 : £540 /week25 May - 28 Jun 2018 : €683.94 /week29 Jun - 19 Jul 2018 : €1048.708 /week20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018 : €1276.688 /week31 Aug - 27 Sep 2018 : €740.935 /week28 Sep - 8 Nov 2018 : €569.95 /week26 Apr - 23 May 2019 : €615.546 /week24 May - 27 Jun 2019 : €740.935 /week28 Jun - 18 Jul 2019 : €1060.107 /week19 Jul - 29 Aug 2019 : €1367.88 /week30 Aug - 26 Sep 2019 : €763.733 /week27 Sep - 7 Nov 2019 : €615.546 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 20%

Balance: 30 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 5 + infant in 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin bedroom and 1 x single bedroom.

Airport under 2 hours drive

La Rochelle, 1 hour away by car, appox 45 miles.

Ferry Port

Saint Malo – 3 hrs 30 mins (220 miles). Caen – 4 hours 30 mins. 10% discount with Brittany Ferries.

Any Pool

Private heated pool, same depth at 1.3m. Fully fenced off, gated with bolts.

Nursery Gear (additional)

2 x travel cots, 2 x high chairs, baby monitor, plastic cutlery/bowls, sippy cups, playpen, baby bath, booster step, corner cushions, toddler seats for bikes (5 mountain bikes supplied), stairgates, bottle steriliser, hand blender, socket covers, and fire guard.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

This child friendly cottage has kids’ books, toys and u-rated DVDs.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Large courtyard with plenty loungers, chairs, dining equipment and shady spots. High-walled and gated.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided

Pet Friendly

2 well behaved dogs are accepted.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

2 x travel cots and highchairs are provided.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Log burner in the lounge.

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