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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.



Updated: 26-Aug-2016
Spacious open plan barn sleeps 6. Big fully fenced, private garden.

Privately situated in its own grounds, this stylishly converted barn provides the perfect opportunity for your French countryside holiday. It has a cool open plan interior with good light and space. One double bedroom is en-suite whilst the two other double bedrooms share a bathroom. Watch the sun go down from the balcony or dine al fresco on the patio or in the newly built garden abri.The large, fully fenced garden and oak wood are perfect for relaxing in the sun or shade. Close to St Aulaye, the tiny hamlet of La Ganetie is on a hill above the Dronne valley with countryside views across the valley. The river Dronne and local lakes are great for fishing. In summer both Aubeterre and St Aulaye create riverside beaches with restaurants and river swimming. You may hire canoes and paddle down the rivers having great fun when you hit the unexpected shutes! There are sign posted walks along the river and through the forests all around. After a busy day exploring the vin yards, historical sites, Art galleries and beautiful countryside of the Perigord vert, you will love to come home to relax in the elegant ambiance of 'Katy's Barn'.

The Terrace and Garden: Enjoy eating outside on the terrace, in the abri or in the shade of the oak wood. The house and garden overlooks the rich countryside of the Perigord Vert while the evergreen bamboos in the top hedge and the fruit trees in the hedge running along the tiny country lane ensure your privacy. The garden is very pretty in Spring with cherry, apple and plum blossom and the song of the nightingales, In summer and autumn the cherries, Mirabels and figs are ripe to eat.

Local Area: Close by, the historic Market town of St Aulaye has amenities such as banks, restaurants, Art galleries and shops including a good sized Carrefour supermarket which stays open till late. In the summer enjoy the beach and the swimming in the River Dronne where there is a playground and café/restaurant which frequently hosts live music and entertainment. You may stroll from the barn to Cheneau where you can see the Chateau and Mill beside the river and there are plenty of woodland and riverside walks close by. Riberac, Chalais and Aubeterre are all within twenty minutes drive and provide further opportunities for exploration, marketing and shopping. The Chateau de Talleyrand in Chalais now houses an excellent restaurant and Art Gallery.


Walking and cycling - there are many way-marked trails in the area. The little winding lanes and white roads provide good routes along the river and through the forests and hills.

Horse riding. (It is probably best to book this before you arrive as the stables get very busy in the summer)

Cycling: There are a number of bike hire companies which will deliver the bikes to your door step.

Bird watching. Wild animals such as deer are common in the forests.

There are lakes and rivers for fishing, canoeing or swimming.

Visit historical sites including Roman villas, Romanesque churches, pre-historic cave paintings and carvings, the Museum of Pre-history.

Suitable flights from UK.

Easy jet flies to Bordeaux from Liverpool, Gatwick and Bristol

Flybe to Bergerac from Exeter, Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton with connection to other airports in UK. Also Bordeaux to Southampton

Jet2.com: Leeds Bradford to Bergerac.

Ryanair: Bristol to Bergerac. East midlands and Stansted to La Rochelle. Leeds Bradford and Liverpool to Limoges.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

The photo above is the first winter party held at the barn in 2010. The conversion wasn't completely finished but the beams were great places to hang the decorations!

Originally from Yorkshire, I have worked in England, Spain, Africa and South East Asia as an artist and art teacher for about thirty years.

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20 Reviews

based on 20 holidaymaker reviews


The barn was gorgeous better than the photos had suggested.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three weeks with our dog Olive who loved the big garden which is fully fenced. The local beach by the river was brilliant and going in the last three weeks of September meant we had this to ourselves. The surrounding area was so peaceful and pretty. We visited a lot of the local larger villages and markets and eat out at lunchtime at chalais and aubereterre sur dronne which was a gorgeous local village with a lovely square of restaurants. We would like to thank Mark and Jenny who looked in on us once a week to make sure everything was ok and to bring fresh bedding and towels. We have to say that this is the best area of France and will be coming back again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much for your review.
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Very peaceful barn location

  • 4 of 5

The property is a converted barn with the social accommodation all on the second floor. Divided into two halves it would work extremely well for a social group. Lots of space. The garden was large and was adored by our dog!

The property is a short 20 min walk to the centre of St Aulaye (or a 5minute drive), where there is a supermarket for all your basic needs. The river nearby has a beach and is a wonderful place to relax.

Overall the place was very peaceful and ideal for a relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review.
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Serenity in rural France

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 5 week stay in La Genetie Barn. Despite the weather being unseasonably cool it did not stop us enjoying the locality and indeed the house itself. The Barn presented a fantastic stage for our extended holiday in France. A constant flow of friends and relatives from the UK ensured some lively evenings. The atmosphere was extremely relaxed and the support provided by Mark and Jenny was marvellous.

We missed our canine companions who unfortunately could not make the trip from Australia but they would have loved the garden and the many walks in the surrounding lanes and forests.

The markets, especially Ribourac on a Friday morning, were an absolute experience to be enjoyed. And finally we recommend Bergourac for a day trip, as the most attractive town locally while not being a tourist trap (at least in May).

In summary, we had a wonderful vacation which will be hard to replicate anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. I am very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
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Beautiful location for a refreshing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed a very peaceful holiday at the Barn. The facilities were great and exactly as described. Katy and Jenny were very helpful . There are some good places to visit nearby including the kayaking at St Aulaye, or relaxing in the hamlet is also very pleasant. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. It is much appreciated. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. I hope you visit again.
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Autumnal idyll

  • 5 of 5

The cottage we found as described after almost 24 hours travelling from Canada. We stopped briefly to visit a relative in Bonnes then Jenny provided directions and met us at the barn at 9.30pm. Absolutely everything we needed was present with Sally finding all equipment necessary to cater for a dinner party before we left, even coming to terms with the unfamiliar oven.

After our first week of complete relaxation, exploration of the library and use of the woodburner, Mark came round to replenish the woodpile. In our second week , the weather was much nicer and our walks longer, through the woods to Puymangou and its small chateau being the most adventurous. We travelled further, to Dommes with its wonderful panorama of the Dordogne valley, to Cognac and to Perigueux and elsewhere. It being off-season we were able to get around and visit the most interesting places easily without the normal crush. The downside of course being many more commercial places are closed, even Le Sud in Bonnes closed after our visit on our second night for their annual break. We enjoyed the ability to eat at home with a nice bottle of wine, to visit friends or to dine out, the highlight being Le Lavoir at Siorac de Riberac. How I long for a clone of that establishment and its proprietor in the Prairies. We visited the markets locally in Chalais and Riberac, preferred Riberac and can still taste the wonderful cheese purchased there.

Looking forward to another visit with other family members earlier in the autumn next year if diaries will allow.

Thank you again Jenny, Mark and Katy

  • Review Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you manage a return visit in the future.
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing stay at Katy's Barn in the last week in October. The amazingly warm weather meant that we enjoyed the out door space. The garden is safe for dogs , and our Labrador had a great time, exploring the lovely garden.Despite the warm days it was cool enough in the evenings for us to fire up the lovely wood burning stove, for nice cozy evenings.

Great walks to Chenaud from barn, or the Grand Etang Jemeye had lovely walks round the lake or through the woods. We even managed a dip in the lake! Markets at Chalais (mon) and Riberac (fri) had lots of local produce and character. Day trips to Brantome and St Emillion. within easy reach. But most of all we enjoyed just relaxing in the barn and the garden, enjoying the views and the wildlife.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for the good suggestions for day trips and activities from the barn.
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From the Owner

During my first visit to the barn, walking around what was then an overgrown field, gusts of white butterflies rose from the long grass and the wild flowers and shafts of afternoon sun shone through the oaks and across the field. It made me feel joyful. I decided straight away that that was the place for me.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac or Bordeaux at 63 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Aulaye at 2.7 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : La Rochelle at 166.9 Kilometres Nearest Golf : St Severan at 17.3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chalais. Also Coutras Train Station at 11.4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Montguyon at 31.8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Aulaye at 2.7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St Aulaye Riverside Beach at 2.7 Kilometres Car: necessary

Set in a scenic hamlet in the heart of the countryside, close to the beaches and cafés of St. Aulaye on the Dronne river. The large, well wooded and private garden has beautiful views and a restful atmosphere. It is within easy reach of the popular Market towns of Riberac, Chalais and Aubetere. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and riding are available near-by and it is an excellent area for rambling and cycling. The area provides plenty of opportunity for photography, painting and sketching or you may simply relax in the sun or in the shade of the oak wood in the corner of the property. This is a good base from which to explore the historic, culinary and cultural splendors of the region. Enjoy day-trips to St. Emillion, Bergerac, Perigueux and Salat-la-Caneda or to the coastal areas of Lacanau or Arcachon or visit the vineyards and taste the wine in the world famous Bordeaux and Cognac regions.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
5 Nov 2016 - 10 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter and late Spring
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
10 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late winter
3 Feb 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

The security deposit is usually given in Euros(100) but the currency can depend upon your convenience.
Each subsequent weeks' rental has discount:
20% discount on second and subsequent weeks' rental.
For longer rental periods in low season please contact the owner for rates.
20% discount on first week for returning visitors.

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Updated: 26-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

The countryside in this part of France is lovely and the barn is only a short trip to river where there is a beach, swimming and a restaurant in the summer. The area is full of places to visit and the barn is centrally placed for day trips to the coast or to the prehistoric caves to the east. The garden is big and quiet and peaceful. It is big enough for children and dogs to race around and play and there is plenty of space inside and outside the barn to relax or to get on with some drawing.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 180 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms feature beautifully hand painted wash hand basins with fish motif.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 and 2 have wardrobes and a chest of drawers each. Bedroom 3 is en-suite. A cot and up to three extra mattresses are available if requested.


  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • Children are welcome, stair gates are available for the safety of toddlers. Some parts of the barn are approached by stairs so only the kitchen-dining room is fully accessible by wheel chair. Elderly visitors who are able to climb a few stairs would find it accessible. Pets are welcome as long as they are house trained and do not bite! The garden is about 3/4 of an acre and is fenced. Ipod dock/speakers in the kitchen. Heating is by two efficient wood stoves.

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