Barn Conversion and Large Pool near Ruffec - PC004951

La Foret-de-Tesse (14km from Ruffec), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC004951 Advertiser since: 24 August 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Grange Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Beautiful Barn Conversion Set in Idyllic Countryside. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

"One of the best 20 best gites and villas in France 2018" as recommended in the Sunday Times travel supplement. See Link:

La Grange is a stunning converted barn with large swimming pool consisting of 3 bedrooms, bathroom and separate shower room. The property is located in the beautiful village of La Forêt-de-Tessé in the Charente area of France. Features include a spacious lounge with galleried landing, large dining room and kitchen. It also boasts covered outdoor eating areas for barbecues and an amazing Moroccan garden with bar and seating area.

La Grange has been converted and furnished to an extremely high standard. The lounge has a fireplace with a logburner, sumptuous leather couches and cobbled floor. A feature spiral staircase leads to the gallery and bedrooms. The large master bedroom is beautifully furnished with antiques and silks. The quirky twin bedroom is dominated by the oak beams giving a medieval ambience. Bedroom 3 has a single day bed which converts to twin beds. The main bathroom has a Victorian bath with shower, bidet, loo and washbasin. The shower room includes a loo and handbasin.

The kitchen is fully-equipped and includes a washing machine, dishwasher, double oven and fridge-freezer. The dining room accommodates 6 diners comfortably and opens onto the stunning Moroccan garden. The illuminated garden and bar is an ideal place to sit and eat in the evening under the vines and olive trees. There is a gas barbecue and patio heater. Alternatively there is another relaxing eating area under cover overlooking the swimming pool. The main garden has numerous fruit trees and guests are welcome to help themselves to walnuts, apples, cherries and grapes if the birds haven't beaten them to it!



Kitchen and dining

Fully-equipped separate kitchen adjacent to the dining room.

Living rooms

Huge high ceiling lounge with galleried landing. Comfortable sofas and large tv with UK Sky.


3 bedrooms - 1 double and 2 twins.


One full family bathroom and a separate shower room, basin and wc.


Log fires and electric heating as well.


Wi-Fi, games, videos and of course a huge swimming pool.

Garden and outside

Extensive gardens with numerous fruit trees. Large seating areas around the swimming pool and a unique 'Moroccan Garden, well lit for use at night.

Barbecue and huge covered outside dining area to enjoy the evening air.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking area.

Visitor suitability

Guests will probably be families and be able to enjoy the beautiful walks that are a feature of the area. Guests also have the use of bikes.

Information about any additional facilities

La Grange is entirely private, all facilities including the swimming pool are for the exclusive use of our guests.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Numerous flea and antique markets
Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Wonderful walks through the forests

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Sensier

Susan & Graham Sensier are both English but live permanently in France. Their house is next door to La Grange and they will always be on hand to help out in case of any difficulties.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Susan & Graham visited the area on holiday and fell in love with the village of La Forêt-de-Tessé and when the opportunity arose they decided to make it their home.
Unique benefits of property La Grange offers both peace, tranquillity, privacy and the opportunity to explore a most beautiful part of France.

The Owner Recommends

Visit Verteuil

The nearby town of Verteuil-sur-Charente is a must place to visit - it is a medieval town with a castle, riverbanks and wonderful restaurants.

The town of Cognac is nearby and definitely worth a visit.

The local markets are great fun and you can pick up some interesting bargains.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.4
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.4
10 / 10 julian thew 23 August, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful week at la grange – the property is stunning & the several outside seating spaces meant that there was plenty of room for everyone to get together or to find a quiet spot.
Sky TV was a bonus for the kids as was the large pool which was used by all from morning to night.
We had a lovely holiday & really do hope to come back another summer!
Thank you Susan & graham.

Owner response

Thankyou to a lovely family, and we really look forward to seeing you all again.
Love to you all from Susan, Graham & Grace.

10 / 10 Brian, Debbie, Lettie and Finn. 25 July, 2018

As a family, we have been renting Gites in France and Italy for many years and we are used to a high standard of accommodation and facilities. La Grange, however, really is a cut above. The converted barn is so good. The word quirky does not do it justice since that would suggest that it is a bit random which it most certainly is not! . Beautifully decorated, very comfortable and wonderfully laid out. The kitchen is so well equipped - the bedroons and beds are so comfortable and the seating areas, both inside and out, are just so splendid. The bigger than average pool is nothing short of fabulous - and deep! Even a covered gazebo beside the pool for relaxing out of the sunshine. So unusual for a property to actually be better than its advertisement!
Oh yes - and the hosts! So welcoming - so concerned with the enjoyment of their guests but never intrusive. Really - such brilliant people.Brian, Debbie, Lettie and Finn would all like very much to thank Graham and Susan for the great time we had! We all could not recommend this place enough.

Owner response

Thankyou Brian and family
We thoroughly enjoyed your stay and the time spent in your company - would love to see you back again sometime.
All our very best wishes to you all.
Susan and Graham.

9.5 / 10 Gareth 16 July, 2018

My wife and I had a relaxing two weeks break here during a hot spell in July. This location is quiet and peaceful with Restuarants and shops close by. Beautiful countryside surrounds La Grange which with its own swimming pool and well fitted accommodation was perfect for our needs. The accommodation is clean, well maintained and regularly serviced.
We would certainly return to this place and the area around it and would recommend it to those seeking a ge toe pace to their break. We drive down by car from Calais along the toll roads so although a long drive a stress free one.

Owner response

Many thanks for your review and we hope to see you here again sometime.
All our very best wishes
Susan & Graham.

8 / 10 Glenn & Mary Miller 8 July, 2018

First and foremost, the hosts Susan and Graham are very welcoming and look to make the stay as easy and pleasant as possible.
For us, this property was all about the outside space with an excellent pool and decked areas for sunbathing with which to while away the day in total relaxation, and numerous areas in which to eat, indeed we only used a few of them for which the Moroccan garden was by far the favourite.
The property has everything you need for a stay and is large and spacious, there were three of us in our group and we never felt crowded in any way.

There are a number of steps in the property which need to be respected especially while wearing sunglasses as it cuts down your natural vision but no incidents in our party, just merely an observation.
The property is opposite a church where they ring the bells twice a day, the evening ringing at 7 was not an issue however the morning ringing at 7 certainly started the day off!
Everything is a drive from the property be it supermarkets or restaurants but you soon get used to it and the roads are pretty much empty so no real issue but again an observation.
This really depends on what you are looking for in a Gite and if you want rural, peace and quite and off the beaten track this delivers.

All in all our party enjoyed the week and everything the Gite had to offer, would we go back, maybe, but that’s not a negative, just a reflection that personally we would have preferred to walk to local amenities.