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The House - The Barn

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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The Barn

A converted 17th century barn in a rural, medieval hamlet. Originally built before the Vendee wars and bears the scars of being burned by troops of the revolution in the 18th century. It has been lovingly restored to preserve its character and history and offers all modern comforts and accommodation for up to 6 guests.

It is spacious with lots of natural light and is furnished to the highest standard for 6 guests. A perfect base for exploring the Vendee and its history especially the Puy du fou - or simply relax and enjoy rural France and its Atlantic coastline.

About the property

The House

A choice of two holiday homes in an ancient rural hamlet near Sigournais and its medieval chateau. Both are detached ancient buildings which have been lovingly restored to retain their character and are furnished and equipped to the highest standard. Both are fully accredited 3* gites. Sigournais is the perfect base from which to explore the Vendee and its rich history, to visit many “attractions” (including the Puy de Fou), to explore the Atlantic coastline or simply to relax and enjoy the charms of rural France including its flora and fauna. Sigournais (population c1000) has one shop – a general store that caters for day to day needs and a bar/restaurant. The nearest large town/shopping centre is Chantonnay, which is about 10minutes away by car. The Vendee enjoys a “micro climate” which delivers as much sunshine and similar temperatures to the Cote d’Azur.

Vanessa Labern
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2017

Available Rentals


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


A wonderful stay in the Vendee

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful stay in the beautiful Vendee. The Barn has everything you could need for a relaxing home away from home - with all the creature comforts you might need. The layout made for a great atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy the local food. From its rural aspect, the Barn is also a great central location for exploration and we were able to take in both Nantes and La Rochelle to experience the city life. Most days we ventured along the local country lanes which had some of the most gorgeous outlooks. I was pregnant during my stay and when we realised that the facilities included all the baby gear, we quickly decided to return again in the summer with our new arrival. You will not be disappointed with this holiday spot!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that we just love to know that people enjoy our home and the area as much as we do. The baby kit only goes into the barn when needed so isn't obvious but we have cots/high chairs/bath/play pen/sterilizer/etc in fact everything you should need - just ask at the time of booking.
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Lovely stay in very well equipped-property in beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5
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Myself, my partner and our 2 and a half year old daughter spent a really lovely week in this barn conversion.

The property is extremely well-equipped and was very clean and we had everything we needed for the week and more. There was a stair gate for us to put upstairs on the mezzanine where our daughter was sleeping and Vanessa arranged for us to have some other baby/toddler items as well. It was lovely to sit in the garden and eat and we used the BBQ and our daughter enjoyed running around and playing outside.

We also made use of the wifi to do last minute research on the places we wanted to visit.

The barn is in a very tranquil village. Its surroundings are really beautiful and we were within a comfortable reach of lots of different paces of interest both inland and on the coast for day trips.

We would definitely recommend and hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Voyage en Vendée pour 4 jours au Puy du Fou

  • 4 of 5

Excellente location, très propre, super contact avec Vanessa Labern, aucun souci pour le règlement et le remboursement de la caution.

Très documenté. Puy du fou très proche. Calme, que du bonheur,

A refaire au plus tôt

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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peace and quiet in a beautiful cosy French cottage

  • 4 of 5

The Barn is a beautiful cosy French cottage with all the luxuries you need for a relaxed vacation. The Barn is situated in rural France in a quiet but pretty village called Sigournais.

The owner, a British lady, is very friendly and thoughtful.

For urban pleasures such as shopping, broad choice of restaurants and activities for children you shouldn't come to Sigournais. For relaxing and experiencing the real French rural life though, you couldn't make a better choice than renting The Barn!

The house is perfect for couples and small families. For bigger families you can rent the other property of the owner which is situated in the same homestead as The Barn.

Thanks for a lovely vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Chantonnay

  • 4 of 5

We spent two weeks in this accommodation in Chantonnay in August 2011. Barn has all the mod cons and in great condition. Nice private back garden where we could sit out and bbq in the evenings. Local village nice and lake nearby was very convenient if you did not want to do a big trip on a particular day. Vanessa was very helpful and we would have no hesitation in recommending it as a great base to relax and also explore the region.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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France holiday May - June 2011.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at The Barn in late May early June 2011 or one week. We had been in France for almost five weeks and this was the most relaxing and enjoyable of our time there. Our hosts had made our stay very comfortable and the surroundings were absolutely beautiful. The property was exceptional clean and well maintained. It had everything we required including a variety of books, internet, music, TV. Beautiful herbs outside for use when cooking gave it an extra homey feel. The owner went out of her way to assist with any queries and indeed, went the extra mile in providing customer service. Beautiful waks in the countryside with very friendly though not intrusive neighbours. We would highly commend The Barn to any prospective holiday makers.

Georgina & Graeme Dick

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Sigournais in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Hand basin
  • Large luxury shower room with WC, wash basin and heated towel rail. Separate small room with WC and wash basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Mezzanine
    In living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , In living room if required
  • Bedroom 1 is a double bedroom with an antique French double bed. There are fitted wardrobes and a seating area in the bay window. Bedroom two is the mezzanine floor where there are two single beds. (This was originally the hay loft when the barn was built). Because of this the headroom is low but quaint, yet adequate. There are two large fitted wardrobes, one for clothes and the other for suitcases, etc. If there are 5 guests as in a couple and 3 children we can put an extra bed on the mezzanine - please advise. The living area includes a sofa bed. We can also provide a cot or cots for babies but please let us know that you need this at the time of booking. BARN IS NOW WI FI ENABLED
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We are able to supply bath, cot, high chair, playpen etc for babies, but please advise what you require at the time of booking. Swimming - there is a beach at the Lac de Rochereau which is 5 mins away where you can swim. There is a swimming pool in Chantonnay but there are many beaches within 40-60 minutes for your days out. There are a number of books, adult and children's games, CD's for every music taste, DVD's on a number of subjects/films for adults and children. Pets are not allowed as this is farmland and is home for many, many cows. The upside of this is that you can buy eggs and milk at the local farms. There is a wood burning fire in the living area - wonderful in winter. It is a no smoking house due to the enormous amount of wood in the property. A smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher are for safety. Outside on the patio is a table, benchs, BBQ. In the garden sheds are 6 chairs, loungers and parasol. This patio overlooks fields belonging to the property and local chateaux

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