Beautifully renovated barn to let in Charente - PC005445

Courgeac (6km from Montmoreau), Charente, Poitou Charentes Reference: PC005445 Advertiser since: 15 October 2015
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Grange Lapin Self Catering Saturday 6 14 4 Cot for baby

About this property

Beautifully Converted Barn with Private Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Grange Lapin is a large and beautifully renovated stone barn located in a stunning and tranquil location with far reaching views over the French countryside. The barn is fully equipped with all the modern facilties, yet still retains the character features of huge oak beams and Charentais stone walls. There are breathtaking views from every room, and the well established, spacious garden leads in to the surrounding countryside. The 10.5 x 5.5 m pool is totally private to the property and surrounded by a decking patio with plenty of space for sun bathing with views over the sunflower fields and forests beyond. The pool has an alarm system and is fenced with lovely cast iron fencing, so is very safe for children. The property can sleep up to 14 people plus cot and is extremely spacious both inside and out and makes for an inexpensive option for a large family or group get together.
The stunning town of Aubeterre sur Dronne is only 15 minutes away with its unusual Romanesque monolithic underground church and voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. A wonderful beach and swimming area has been created at the river, which is great fun for all the family. There is also a lovely golf course near Aubeterre with a bar, terrace and restaurant.
Montmoreau St Cybard is a lively town with a train station (you can catch a train to nearby Angouleme or Bordeaux here), bars and restaurants, swimming pool and tennis courts, which are only a few minutes away.

A cot and highchair can be provided upon request.



Kitchen and dining

The dining area has a large table able to seat 14 people.
The modern and well equipped dining kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, dining table) has a fantastic breakfast bar made with reclaimed oak beams and Douglas pine. It makes a for a great atmosphere for sitting having an aperitif whilst creating some wonderful French dishes.

Living rooms

A light and airy entrance leads to the large dining kitchen with breakfast bar, separate dining area and in turn leads to the lounge with patio doors leading out to the huge patio, pool and garden beyond.
There is a large lounge with comfortable seating, and with exposed Charente stone walls and huge oak beams. Double doors lead to the stunning pool area and there is a wood burner for cosy winter evenings. Satellite tv with all UK Freesat channels, plus dvd player and wi-fi internet access.


There is a downstairs en suite bedroom for anyone who may have trouble with the stairs as well as a separate toilet and hand basin.
Upstairs there are 5 very spacious and airy bedrooms leading off a landing featuring huge oak beams.
The master King bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and there is a second large double en suite bedroom.
A twin bedded room, and 2 children's rooms both with 3 single beds.


There is a house bathroom and the king size bedroom, the double bedroom and the downstairs twin also have en suite bathrooms.
There is a ground floor toilet.


Wood burning stove and heaters can be provided for the cooler months.


The private alarmed 10.5 m x 5.5 m pool is surrounded by decking with views out over the countryside to the pretty village of St Martial beyond and with plenty of space for sunbeds and tables. The pool is surrounded by lovely cast iron fencing decorated with vines and honeysuckles. There area a selection of boardgames, boules and a small library.

Garden and outside

The lounge leads to a large patio with pergola for al fresco dining with beautiful views over the countryside. Large garden surrounding the property and there is a 10.5 x 5.5m pool surrounded by decking. The pool is alarmed and fenced.

Parking and garages

There is a dedicated parking area with plenty of parking space.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for children and elderly people as there is a ground floor en suite bedroom.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Chalais
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Aubeterre sur Dronne
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Montmoreau
Distance: 5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Lots

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Wineries all around the property and local towns offer tastings of wine Pineau and Cognac
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lesley Dorman-Groves

We both decided a change of lyfestyle was in order, and we left our careers in the UK in 2004 to come to the Charente for a more relaxed pace of life and an occupation that would give us time to travel. Toby was the general manager of an electrical engineering company and I was a project manager in reprographics and print. We renovated a farmhouse and converted 2 barns and then built a cattery, and after a lot of hard work we made a very successful gite complex.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Because of the stunning location and the ability to create a beautiful and spacious gite.
Fields of grapes, rows of vines, nodding sunflowers, forests of towering oak trees and turreted chateaux perched high above winding rivers - when you're in the Charente, you'll see some of the loveliest countryside in France. Grange Lapan is situated amongst these sunflower fields and is a very spacious property so ideal for large groups or just families needing a little more space. We have provided all the modern facilities you would expect but kept as much of the original character as possible, giving Grange Lapain a wonderful homely yet very French feel.
Unique benefits of property Wonderful views, extremely spacious and very tranquil. Great pool area for the children and the town of Montmoreau and Chalais are on the doorstep.

The Owner Recommends

Wonderful places to visit

Officially listed as one of « The Most Beautiful Villages in France» since 1993, it has welcomed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in north west Spain, visitors and tourists for over 1000 years. Two important historical monuments add to the cultural status of Aubeterre sur Dronne; the extraordinary, monolithic, underground Church of St Jean and the Romanesque Church of St Jacques, with its stunning façade. Visitors and tourists can enjoy meandering through the ups and downs of the narrow streets, popping in to admire the many specialist shops, including a leather worker and potters, and then settling down in the village square, Place Trarieux, at one of the cafés or restaurants, comfortably shaded by ancient lime trees.
You can visit Cognac and take one of the very informative tours or one of the many local wineries. There are some great markets in the local villages of Chalais, Aubeterre and Villebois Lavalette not to mention the huge market in the pretty town of Riberac. There are some lovely walks around the property and also great cycling.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 Mumofpickles 19 August, 2019

Lovely spacious rural property with amazing views and very few neighbours. The owners are very welcoming and friendly.

We all loved the pool. It was big enough for 8 of us on inflatables to be in the pool together!

Local towns were very pretty, we particularly liked aubeterre sur dronne about 25min drive.

There is plenty to do in the area, canoeing, wine tasting, walks, markets.

If you like goats cheese, you should definitely visit “La Ferme de la Thibauderie” in the evening you can have a tour of the farm and we even got to help milk the goats which the children loved.

If you’re in the area you must try the pineau - it’s lovely! The ladies at Conte Filles offer a great free tour of their property with samples at the end.

Owner response

Dear Michelle
Many thanks for taking the time to review Grange Lapin, we really appreciate it. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday and it was lovely to meet you all.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and hopefully we can welcome you back again in the future.
Kind regards