One of 7 Holiday cottages nr Chalais to rent - PC002350_D

4km from Chalais, Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC002350_D Advertiser since: 28 June 2007

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Joli Coin Self Catering Flexible 2 4 2

About this property

17thC Cottages 1.5km from Chalais . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chateau de Labaurie, restored from a ruin in 1649, and renovated in 1988 is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside. In the grounds are 4 self catering cottages with fully equipped kitchens, tvs/dvds and patio areas with barbecues. There is a shared swimming pool, 12 x 6, which is fenced, table tennis, badminton court, small football field and enchanting woodland walks. All the cottages are within walking distance to local market town for shops, bar/restaurants, river fishing and tennis courts. Ideal for large parties, long and short term lets. Please see our other 3 gites that are available to rent. 
Le Joli Coin has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4.
Some of our guest's reviews:
"We had the most wonderful stay at Labaurie and a most welcoming reception throughout our stay. I would highly recommend Labaurie for someone who is ready to unwind and relax in the tranquil setting of the estate"
"Chateau de Labaurie is so beautifully situated on the edge of Chalais in extensive grounds, which have been developed beautifully into a tranquil location. All of our very large family enjoyed the use of the pool and it was so nice to share it with other families who were on holiday there too, which kept everyone happy. The site is small enough to be peaceful, but large enough not to feel isolated - for us, a perfect combination! The Chateau is also well located to visit the local markets and we particularly enjoyed a canoe ride along the river from Aubeterre and some nearby lake beaches. We can highly recommend the Chateau de Labaurie as a relaxed place to take your family away on holiday".
Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers
Peaceful and refreshing
"The chateau and grounds are the perfect embodiment of France. The Joli Coin was simple and clean with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Bev & Elaine had thought of everything to entertain lively children (large pool, badminton/volley ball nets, football pitch & undercover table tennis/darts with all equipment) and energetic adults or to allow those who wished it, peace, tranquility & relaxation. They are friendly and helpful hosts who are there if needed but do not intrude. We had a fabulous time and sincerely hope to return
A very nice break Maison du Bucheron
"First impressions are very good. The Chateau overlooks the main road and the instructions for getting up the hill and into the driveway were good (sometimes these will drive you mad if they are wrong as you are always tired after the drive).
The property was very clean and well presented and the tv worked for UK sat as in the brochure.When there was a problem as minor shortage in the kitchen, our hosts (Elaine and Mr Bev) addressed it straight away.
There was plenty of sunbeds outside each unit facing the pool and a lot more actually around the pools edge.
You must try the food at the local Chateau recommended by Elaine. The food was excellent and very good value (and the owner speaks good English also 50% of their patrons are UK people). The village of Aubeterre is close by and a visit to St Emillion is a must. We only had time to go to Bordeaux for one day. You must try the park and ride its so good and very cheap
A Holiday to Remember Le Joli Coin
Twenty years ago we first visited Labourie in the very early stages of renovation of the Chateau when we wondered how on earth anyone could be brave enough to try to restore it! We loved it even then and were so pleased to return in 2007 especially to meet our wonderful hosts Bev and Elaine again and to see the amazing transformation of the Chateau. The warmth of our welcome was second to none and the meal we enjoyed in the lovely dining room that first evening was fit for a king. We opted to stay in La Jolie which was delightful for Bed and Breakfast with excellent facilities for self catering. The water was always piping hot and it was all spotlessly clean and we had several lovely days either exploring the beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside or basking in the sunshine by the side of the swimming pool. Each morning Elaine would arrive with our breakfast of fresh croissants and fruit We were only sorry we could not stay longer. The peace was bliss!
We know there is plenty to do in the area, good places at which to eat and the town of Chalais is delightful. We cannot recommend Labourie highly enough and neither can we wait to return."
Comments from owners guestbook
'We had a wonderful holiday in a beautiful place surrounded by lovely people. Very kind to our children' from a family in Ireland.
'Loved our holiday cottage and the privacy of the garden but also the communal aspect of the pool, good for Maddie'. Farnham; Surrey.
'Friendly, non intrusive owners, relaxing, welcoming & lovely Chateau' London.
'We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Property couldn't be better - best holiday in France'. Chippenham; Wilts.
'Very pleasant holiday, the children loved the pool and the cottage was very well furnished': Camberley, Surrey.
'We've had a fantastic holiday here; weather superb but this place is so relaxing': London:
''Most wonderful holiday ever, we loved the peace and dreamlike quality of the place. Hope to come back next year'  Therese and Jamie.



Kitchen and dining

Cottage has fully equipped kitchen with washing machine.

Open plan dining room in cottage.

Living rooms

Open plan living area in cottage with Sky tv.


Le Joli Coin has 2 bedrooms.
One with twin beds and shower room en suite
One with double bed and shower room en suite.


Le Joli Coin has 2 shower rooms.


Electric central heating for winter lets. Pay as you go meter.


Swimming pool, small football pitch, badminton and volleyball grassed courts.

Barn with 2 table tennis tables.

Garden and outside

Woodland and meadow walks in 43 acre grounds. Small pond with carp.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages.

Information about any additional facilities

Large spacious estate with pool and cottages.


  • Cleaning

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: perch
Name of nearest fishing location: River Fishing in Chalais
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Le Manoir de Longeveau Pillac 16390 Saint-Severin
Distance: 12 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Bors de Montmoreau
Distance: 16 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: St Quenton
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Elaine Holden

We are an English married couple with 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1988
Why this location? Because of its unspoilt countryside and micro climate.
Unique benefits of property Self-catering holiday accommodation on a 17th century chateau estate in 40 acres & ideal wedding venue.

The Owner Recommends

Local Area and Activities

We overlook a pretty market town with all amenities such as river fishing, tennis courts, theatre and cinema. Not to be missed is the International Horse Jumping Show every year in the summer. Also a yearly music festival and regular classical concerts. Medieval banquets and dinner dances. Nearby are keep fit health clubs, cinema, theatre, riding stables and canoeing on the 2 rivers. We are within easy reach of St Emilion for its prestigious wines and Cognac for its fine brandy. There are river trips on the River Charente which are very popular. The Atlantic coast with its wonderful sandy beaches are only an hour away.

Local Restaurants and Bars

A wonderful selection of bars and eating places, most within walking distance.

Location and Activities

Pretty market town with all amenities.

Markets and Shopping

Local market lining the streets of Chalais every Monday morning. Variety of interesting shops and a very good supermarket.

Nearest Port

St Malo 491km, Caen 505km, Cherbourg 505km and Roscoff 623km.

Nearest Restaurant

Five minutes 1km.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 7
  • Comfort: 8
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
8.8 / 10 Post family 12 August, 2015

Staying at chateau Labaurie was heaven on earth. We never had such a beautiful accomodation, such stunning views whilst swimming in the wonderful swimming pool. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by Elaine and Bev Holden, the owners. Wine, nibbles and a pleasant first introduction to the grounds. Such nice and helpfull people. We stayed at the Joli coin. Inside everything you need including Skybox with english channels and a dvd player. The furnature is simple, the beds really good. Outside a nice place to sit where you can feast your eyes on the surrounding ancient buildings and the pool. My husband and son in law spend most of the days walking through the woods with there metal detector while my daughter and I were swimming and sunbathing. We went to Aubeterre-sur-Drone, Bordeaux, Angouleme and visited many beautiful old villages. So much to do in the Charente area. And all those millions of sunflowers. What an unbelieveble site. We can't wait to visit again. I also would like to mention the fact that there are plenty of shops in Chalais, and even a Lidl, a ten minute walk from the castle. We saw deer on the grounds and at night while the children where playing table tennis we saw bats. Thanks to Elaine and Bev. We loved it all.

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