B&B in Manor and pool, Charente - PC001095_A

Saint-Claud (23km from La Rochefoucauld), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC001095_A Advertiser since: 1 August 2002

This location has multiple holiday properties

Room name Type Sleeps Bathroom Prices from (per room per night) Additional info
Hortensia Double Room 2 Private €72 TV, WiFi & access to shared tea room/kitchenette
Lotus Double Room 2 Private €75 Tea & coffee facilities, WiFi, TV
Magnolia Double Room 2 Private €75 Tea & coffee facilities, WiFi, TV
Tournesol Family Room 3 Private €82 TV, WiFi & access to shared tea room/kitchenette

About this property

B&B in Manoir. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Between Angouleme, Poitiers and Limoges you will find 4 luxury en suite B&B rooms in the Manoir surrounded by a 90 acre private estate.
Hortensia - double bed (140x190) - 10 euro discount for single occupant
Tournesol - double bed (140x190) + daybed (90x190) - suitable for a couple or 2 individuals(72euros/night) or family with 1 child (82 euros/night)
Magnolia - king size bed (160x190)
Lotus - king size bed with extra length (160x200)

All our B&B suites open onto a large, covered upper terrace with outdoor seating. Each guest room is individually furnished in antique French style. They have private bathrooms with separate wcs and fitted wardrobes. Each room is equipped with hairdryers, alarm clocks, and bathroom toiletries, fans for the long, hot summer days and underfloor heating for the cooler months. Ironing facilities available. Our king size Magnolia and Lotus suites also offer flat screen tv with French channels, private tea and coffee-making facilities and bathrobes. WiFi available in all suites, on terraces & throughout the manoir.

Each day we offer a breakfast selection of fresh fruit, juice, cereals, yogurts, bread and croissants from the local bakery with a delicious range of homemade jams, La Betoulle honey and a choice of tea and coffee or hot chocolate. In addition a freshly cooked entree which varies according to the season. Most days, home baked muffins, but every morning a surprise. Special diets can be catered for. Occasional afternoon 'treats' during the season.
All B&B guests have access to a shared coin cuisine equipped with fridge, microwave, coffee-machine and toaster.  Outdoor bbq terrace during summer months. Light supper Assiette Gourmand available for night of arrival, off season by request and bring your own alcohol.

There is a vast shared 17 x 10m pool, private tennis court, giant chess and outdoor table tennis plus great restaurants nearby.
Bike hire can be arranged, art classes with local artist, pamper days at local spa, day fishing passes at well-known lake, guests to provide own equipment.
In addition we offer 2 self catering gites, so the property is ideal for extended families. 
Please note, pool only open mid-May to late September.



Kitchen and dining

B&B has small guest kitchenette with shared microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee-machine and toaster. Complementary tea and coffee.

Living rooms

B&B in manoir has large communal seating area, as well as covered upper terrace and lower terrace.


B&B suites have a fitted wardrobes and all open onto covered upper terrace with outdoor seating. Use of shared kitchenette.


All B&B suites are fully en suite with separate wcs.


Underfloor heating and portable electric radiators.


Tv, video, dvd, cd, games box, comprehensive book, video and dvd library and wi-fi internet access.

Garden and outside

La Betoulle estate covers 90 acres of woodland, farmland and park.

Swimming pool, tennis court, giant chess and outdoor table tennis. Sunterraces with small summer kitchen offering tea and coffee-making facilities. Cold water shower and wc.

Parking and garages

Ample secure off-road parking with covered garage for motorbikes or classic cars.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for both couples or families with older sporty children.
Perfect for cyclists, hikers, food lovers, those seeking privacy, peace and quiet but not isolation.

All B&B suites situated on 1st floor accessed by grand staircase, not suitable for severely disabled or wheelchair bound. For those with reduced mobility there are toilets on the ground floor, if wishing to only go up to room to sleep.

Information about any additional facilities

Escape, Relax, Unwind in peaceful setting - privacy and tranquillity but lots of activities in the region.
Well known gourmet restaurant La Grange Aux Oies in next village (5km)
Bike hire can be arranged with bike delivery and pick up to La Betoulle.
Art classes can be arranged with local artist either on site, at her studio or as part of group at location of her choosing.
One day passes can be organised at renowned carp fishing lake by prior arrangement - guests must provide own equipment.
Pamper days can be organised in advance at local spa.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool


Creative arts


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, pike, perch
Name of nearest fishing location: River Vienne
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de St Junien Les Jouberties 87200 Saint Junien
Distance: 30 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 20 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Routes des Vins d'Haut Poitou



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Circuit Lacs de Haute Charente


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave de Saint Sornin SCA 16220 Saint Sornin
Distance: 20 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Hitchings

Having owned property in France since 1989, we bought La Betoulle in 2004 - 2018 is our 15th season running the 2 self catering gites and the 4 luxury B&B suites that we have created in our beautiful home. <br/>We have spent our lives travelling the world - working in the Middle East & Africa as well as throughout the UK Home Counties & Europe - John has an Medical, Computer & Telcomms engineering background & Penny has worked as a radiographer for over 30yrs - mainly in Neurology CT & MRI scanning

Owner's website www.manoir-la-betoulle.com
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We love living in the unspoilt Charente region with its quiet peaceful roads, rolling hills and farmland . Especially the wide choice of restaurants in the region of France - something for everyone.... The summers are long and hot, the winters can be mild... the coast is not too far for a day trip and the towns of Limoges and 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. Angouleme welcomes visitors from around the world to its attractions - notably the Comic Strip Museum & its associated International 4 day event in January, the ever popular Circuit des Remparts Classic Car Road Race in September and the Gastronomades Food Festival in November. Steeped in history the region boasts Medieval Churches, Historic Chateaux, WWII monuments as well as an excellent range of vineyards and sports activities - something for all the family to enjoy.
Unique benefits of property La Betoulle offers the prefect location to Escape, Relax and unwind with the largest outdoor pool in the region, tennis court on site (coaching available) and acres of land to explore. Properties are spacious and offer privacy without isolation. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our many reviews reflect that. We have a passion for food - both cooking and eating, and love to discover new flavours and ideas , which we hope we are able to transmit into our diverse breakfast menu. We make our own bread (when time allows) and 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 an menu translation service a are happy to book any outside activities for our guests.Most of all we love to give our guests a relaxing holiday a see how they unwind during the course of a stay with us.

The Owner Recommends

Chateau de-la-Rochefoucauld

One of the most beautiful chateaux in France - over 1000 years of history. Visit the Renaissance galleries, grand staircase (designed by Leonardo da Vinci), old kitchens and the underground Roche of Foucauld. The libraries, map room and archive are open every afternoon for guided tours. Dressing-up box for the children during the summer months. New gallery opened in 2007. Very popular during the season, especially as Chez Steph is opposite.

Chez Steph

Only open for a couple of years but now one of the most popular venues in the Charente - unbeatable setting opposite the Chateau de-La-Rochefoucauld, the best steak you will ever eat in France and as one of our guests commmented 'garlic potatoes to die for', also the best pizza for miles around, salads, tartines and superb creme brulee - incredibly popular....always a queue during the season.

Circuit des Ramparts

The Angouleme Rampart Race - classic vintage racing car road race and rally weekend - 3rd weekend in September - 50% of the drivers and cars are English - one of the biggest Bugatti and Frazer-Nash events in the world. Very popular with classic car clubs from around the world - a wonderful finale to the season.......


Allow at least a day to enjoy the experience of this high-tech theme park dedicated to the moving image. 3D cinema, several IMAX screens, hair-raising rides. New for 2008 - The Castle of Giddiness and the World of Dinosaurs. Something different to experience every time you visit.

Gourmet Restaurants

Charente Limousin has an excellent range of gourmet restaurants notably La Grange-aux-Oies at Le Chateau-de-Nieuil a short 5 minute drive away. In the summer, dine on the terrace opposite the Chateau, in the winter sit in the beautifully designed 'Grange' in front of a roaring log fire. Wonderful food - the menu changes every 3 months - many Charentaise dishes, beautifully prepared and served. A dessert trolley to die for - have as many as you want and local wines all for an all inclusive price of 46 Euros/head. Occasional 'Special Unique Menus'. An unforgettable experience.

La Cassotte

Another restaurant in nearby Nieuil - good local produce - 5 course menu du jour for 12 Euros/head including wine - excellent value.

Le Cheval Blanc

For a real treat we highly recommend the set lunch in Luxe near Mansle @ 17 Euros/head for 5 courses including wine - amazing value for money - a unique fine dining experience. Very popular as only available Wed-Fri weekly and usually booked in the season for 3 weeks in advance.

Le Marronnier

Opened in Aug 2005 - a traditional French restaurant serving local produce in nice surroundings - popular with the locals in nearby St Laurent-de-Ceris. Has an outdoor seating area for the summer months - also a friendly bar and menu du jour at lunchtime. Vegetarian dishes now available.

Les Grottes de Queroy

To add to that day out in La Rochefoucauld, followed by wine-tasting at St Sornin take the children to the underground grottes at nearby Chazelles - beautiful underground caves discovered by a lady looking for her dog in 1892 - several chambers thousands of years old.

Les Tilleuls and Les Platanes

Due to change of ownership we now have a choice of 2 excellent restaurants with bars in the village - a short 15-20 minute walk away. Les Tilleuls offers a more unusual menu, Les Platanes is more traditional French. Both offer set lunch menus as well as more traditional cuisine in the evenings and change menu every 2 months.

Location and activities

1km from busy village - located on 90 acre private estate

Maison de La Porcelaine

Combined with a trip to Oradour this shop offers a cheerful end to the day - 3 floors of Porcelain, tours available, a huge range at very reasonable prices - they will pack in special strong boxes for safe transportation back to UK

Marsac Brocante

1st weekend in September (same weekend as the Lille Braderie) over 900 stalls selling bric-a-brac, brocante, antiquities - good prices and lots of fun.


Two fantastic restaurants in a very pretty village - Le St-Jean offers gourmet cuisine with a twist and Auberge-de-L'Argentor offers more regional cuisine - wonderful fruits de mer and grills.

Nearest restaurant

La Grange aux Oies and Chateau de Nieuil - gourmet dining. Les Tilleuls and Les Platanes in St Claud village - traditional and bars


Lest we forget - not exactly an enjoyable day out, but worth the trip to see the 'martyred village' of Oradour-sur-Glane in nearby Limousin - preserved in the same state since the 10th June 1944. An excellent Centre de-la-Memoire presents exhibitions retracing the events that led to the massacre.


Rouillac market on 27th of every month - one of the biggest markets in France - a good day out - lots of livestock in the mornings - anything from a llama to a peacock......good range of food stalls, local wine and Pineau producers, local cheeses, fruit and veg, Limoges porcelain - something for everyone.

Sports Activities

So many sports activities in the area - horse riding can be arranged with British owned stables a short 5 minute drive away. Canoeing and kayaking on the Rivers Charente and Vienne - the centres at Condac and Exideuil are particularly recommended. Adventure Park and the Lacs de Haute Charente have something for everyone, also man-made beaches at Roumazieres, Massignac and Angouleme and miles of empty roads for cycling.

Vallee des Singes

Just outside Poitiers - unique in France - over 350 primates all in a natural setting. Have direct contact with the monkeys as they swing through the trees above your head. Get there for feeding time. Our favourites are the lemur colony and the largest gorilla group in France.

Velo Rail

Every year this proves more popular - especially with the adults - either an easy 2½ hour pedal or the harder 5 hour trip for which you will need at least 4 cyclists...start from Roumazieres, Manot or Confolens.

Weekly Market at Piegut

Just under an hour away on the border with the Dordogne, the pretty village of Piegut-Pluviers hosts a weekly market. Lots of local produce, cheese, foie gras, duck as well as local artisans and the cheapest porcelain shop in the region. One of the best markets in south west France - well worth the trip.


The wines of the Poitou-Charente region are rapidly gaining in popularity - wine tours and tastings at Ampelidae and Domain de Villemont near Poitiers to name a few of the Haut Poitou region plus St Sornin between La Rochefoucauld and Montbron, Maison des Maines near Angouleme and L'Angoumans. Two Pineau/Cognac producers worth a visit (generous tastings) are Roussille in Fleac and Guy Bonnaud at Gourville.

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