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Character Property With Country Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Converted Barn near Bourbon L'Archambault, Allier, Auvergne - Tastefully Converted French Barn In A Peaceful Location

Le Grand Chene. The barn stands within the grounds of the main farmhouse and has been lovingly converted to a large house with a large level patio area and sensory garden leading to the front and a private garden to the rear, laid mainly to lawn with small trees and edged with flower borders.The gite offers modern facilities but still retains it's original style, character and features, with exposed beams and natural stone walls. To the side of the property is a large tiled hallway with massive doors front and rear that can be opened to allow cool breezes through on hot summer days; perfect for evening meals. A wood burning stove has been installed, with hot air ducting, to heat the barn on chilly spring or autumn evenings and throughout the winter. There is ample off-road parking for up to 3 cars in front of the gite. The main property is a small farm of 7 hectares (12 acres), where we keep our 4 horses. There is even an original French bread oven housed within the smallest barn.

Diane Babbage
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 January, 2017

About Diane Babbage

Diane and I moved to France in 2008. We came to the country, house hunting, in 2007 and stayed at a gite for the week.

I am a retired policeman and Di has left work in the health service. We love the countryside, horses and being out doors as much as possible.

We love the French way of life with the politeness, food, and the culture. The wine helps as well!

We love the Allier as it is a very unspoilt area of France.

We have enjoyed the work involved in converting the barn into a house and hope that those who visit will love it.

Diane Babbage purchased this barn in 2008

Why Diane Babbage chose Allier

The Allier is a very green and fertile area. It is interspersed with hard wood forests, lakes and open country side.

The villages are all individual in character with fantastic architecture. There are numerous churches and chateaux scattered around. The area is unspoilt clean and fresh. Farming is the main industry with cattle and sheep in abundance.

The towns of Moulins and Vichy are the two main areas of commerce and both are beautiful places.

Further south and still in the Auvergne you have the Massif Central Mountains and the Puy-de-Dome, a national park of 80 extinct volcanoes.

The local people are very welcoming and always helpful.

Bourbon L'Archambault, has retained its medieval history with it's castle and narrow streets. Even on a busy day it is very quiet.

What makes this barn unique

The gite is set in a quiet rural location, in an old traditional farm. It is in an elevated position with wide ranging views. It has very easy access to Bourbon which nestles in a valley about 3kms away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jon, Sue and family: "Lovely, spacious, well equipped and peaceful gite. We've had a very relaxing holiday."

Lee, Tessa and family: "Thank you for a memorable stay in a beautiful gite"

Lydia and Andy: "Fantastic place, beautiful location, welcoming hosts. Would love to come back again soon. Still much to explore. Recommend walking up the Puy de Dome and cycling locally"
Apr 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Bourbon-l'Archambault in Auvergne

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 upstairs contains a toilet, shower cubicle and sink. Shower room 2 downstairs contains a toilet, sink and open shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 is a very large double bedroom on the first floor with large wardrobe and dressing table, with views over the surrounding countryside. Bedroom 2 is a large double bedroom on the ground floor with ensuite wet room. There is a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Large double doors open from this bedroom onto the large parking area in front of the gite. Bedroom 3 has 2 single beds and a wardrobe. There are also 2 single beds on the large landing area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The premises is heated with a log burner and hot air convection around the bedrooms. There are room fans available in hot weather. There is wifi access in the gite. Also provided are: a fire extinguisher, smoke and CO2 detectors, first aid kit, hoover and cleaning materials The garden to the rear is well fenced and suitable for children and dogs. We have an assortment of bicycles which are available for you to hire. If you wish to bring your own horse on holiday with you, stabling and turn out are available for up to 4 horses. Hay can be supplied free of charge but you will need to bring your own hard feed. Outside: The large rear garden is laid mainly to lawn with good fencing, a few mature trees and flower borders. It is a sun trap, facing in a southerly direction. The front garden is in the courtyard to the old farm house. It comprises a large patio area and sensory garden using scented plants in raised planting areas, with many herbs which you are welcome to pick and use for cooking. There is ample parking to the front for up to 3 cars and all off road. A barbecue, garden table and chairs and 2 lounger chairs are available.


5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

We have been Giting now for about 10 years, with 3 - 5 Gites each year. This is, without doubt, one of the best, if not the best, of all those. The Gite itself is very spacious and comfortable, everything is as listed and described. The owners, Diane and Jerry are present, but not at all intrusive. When we left we felt we had made two new friends. There is enough to do and see in the area to last anybody for a week at least. Thesmall city / large town of Moulins needs at least 2 days to do it justice. We have no hesitation at all in recommending this one with absolute confidence.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a Gem.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved our 9 days in this converted barn. Plenty of space and very comfortable place in such a peaceful setting. Great place to relax but needed longer to explore all there was to see and do in the area. Jerry and Diane so helpful with advice and local knowledge.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Two weeks in Summer

  • 5 of 5

As Family with three teenagers we arrived to a very warm welcome after our drive from Calais. The barn - well the photos don't lie - and if anything it's so much better. Three teenagers took over upstairs and loved the quirky building. There is lots and lots of space no matter what people want to do. The Barn & kitchen in particular is fully equipped with everyting you need for an S/C holiday. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, with lots of small villages in the area- one lasting memory being caught in what seemed to be an impromptu mini Brazilian street salsa !! If you are coming here you will already know that you need the car - and to get to "large" towns you need to be prepared to drive. The forest, lake, horse riding were all good. We took off and explored and weren't disappointed. The supermarkets are 5 mins drive away and have everything you need.

Plenty of space in the garden for relaxing, sunbathing, or playing badminton at 9 o'clock at night when a thunderstorm is rolling in - I think we made more noise than the thunder ! All in all a Great two weeks thanks to Jerry and Di for their attentive but not intrusive hospitality. Coridalement from Andrew, Kirsten, Sian, Zander & Sorry (Raichel)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Converted barn near Bourbon L'Archambault

  • 5 of 5

Excellent property just out of the town. Very quiet in the countryside but only 5 minutes into the town so don't feel cut off and isolated. Huge kitchen/diner/lounge beautifully appointed. Fabulous closed in garden at rear with patio furniture for eating out in the glorious sunshine. Gravelled courtyard at the front decked with flowers. 2 beautiful bedrooms upstairs with bathroom and large ground floor bedroom with bathroom attached with shower, toilet and wash basin. Lovely patio door from this bedroom. We went with 3 friends and the 5 of us had plenty of space and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Would strongly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 3
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Bookings are taken by telephone or email. A deposit of 100 pounds per week is payable on booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before the start of your holiday. Please ask about method of payment when you book. Bookings between October 1st and April 30th will be subject to an extra charge for logs.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but may be flexible. Arrival is after 4pm on changeover day and departure is before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in pounds for up to 6 people for unit 1 and up to 2 people for unit 2. This includes 500kw hours of electricity, gas, bed linen and towels. A refundable damages deposit of 150 euros is requested with the final payment.
Stabling or turn-out can be provided for up to 4 horses at 10 euros only per horse per night DIY or 20 euros only per horse per night full livery.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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