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Converted Barn In Rural Location



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Barn in Blanzay, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Quiet Location Within Easy Reach Of Many Places Of Interest

Converted barn with lots of character, beams, stone floors. One double bedroom on groundfloor with patio doors opening onto front garden. Bathroom with separate WC also on ground floor. Second bedroom first floor sharing same bathroom. Bedrooms 3 and 4 with separate access, one with double bed and en-suite bathroom the other has two single beds, tea and coffee facilities. Kitchen fully equipped for all your needs, fridge/freezer cooker with electric oven, gas hob. Kettle, toaster, microwave, table and chairs to seat 4. Large lounge/diner, wood burning stove, easy seating, coffee table. TV, books, games. This room opens onto both gardens front and rear. To the rear step out onto sunken patio through two double french doors, eat alfresco at the patio table, watch the evening sunset with a glass of wine. Step up to the garden with an abundance of trees, mainly palms and the pool. There are plenty of restaurants around the area, a list is available along with details of places of interest.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I retired to France in 2006 with my dog Travis, we love the space and the peace of the countryside. I enjoy gardening and walking and the wildlife. Spring is my favourite time of year with nightingales, cookoo, hoopoe and of course the swallows return, the air is full of the sounds of nature. There are plenty of walks or quiet roads to cycle on and not to far to go for amenities. For my family when they visit plenty to see and do and a good place to relax. I like it here I hope you do too.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hugh and Michelle Blackburn commented that the house was comfortable and well equipped, children loved the climbing wall and plenty of space for games.

The Taylor family found the house well equiped, loved the pool and climbing wall and found the area around very suitable for cycling with the family on the quiet roads around.

Hannah and Richard Marshallsay and their 3 little girls on their second visit made similar comments.
May 2013
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Our home from home

  • 5 of 5

This year was our third annual stay at Eileen's lovely barn. The reason why we keep coming back is that it is perfect for families. The house is well equipped and the children love the pool and new climbing wall. The location is lovely with lots of things to do and places to visit locally. We can't fault it and would highly recommend the barn to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing 2 week stay in Eileen's Barn. The barn is very comfortable and well appointed, and the summer kitchen is such a relaxing room to relax and eat in....we had all our meals in there!

The garden is very spacious - we had a badminton court set up, swing ball and plenty room to throw the rugby ball about. The new pool is great - the kids loved it, and so did the dog.

It is very rural and peaceful. The pub in Blanzay is very welcoming, and the food is excellent. We cycled there - 2 km. The boulangerie is excellent there also.

Very handy for Monkey Valley, Oradour sur Glane, Futuroscope, and many other local attractions. Go to the pub at the start of the holiday - Gavin and the other Patrons will tell you where to go/what to see and make you welcome.

Eileen is the perfect hostess, and will look after you thoroughly...and if you want a good blether, Terry will oblige.

We highly recommend the Barn, and will return one day!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hugh, so pleased to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay. There are plenty of attractions around the area to see and do as you have found. Although you brought your bikes I have now found a very good bike hire service who deliver to the door. The roads are quiet around here and there are bridle paths too for the keen walkers and cyclists. Water sports, canoeing or kayaking to be found not too far away on the Charante and leisure lakes with facilities such as restaurants, woodland areas, various hire facilities etc. You would be very welcome at the barn should you come again.
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A real gem

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with our stay in Eileen's lovely restored barn. The location is quiet and peaceful surrounded by beautiful countryside but not far from lovely French towns with good restaurants and markets. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the gorgeous barn has lots of space, a nice big pretty garden and the children loved the swing and swimming pool. Eilleen was very welcoming and helpful and made a real effort to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. We would highly recommend the property and also this area of France.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hannah for your kind comments, I'm so pleased to hear you all enjoyed your stay and that Eva's little stray 'Kitty' toy arrived home safely. You will find a few more pictures on my site to remind you of your stay. Next year I will update with some more DVD's books and garden games. You were fortunate to have lovely weather however there are plenty of places to explore in the area suitable for children and adults alike, regardless of weather, as you have already found. Look forward to seeing you all again. Very besst wishes Eileen
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Très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Très jolie maison en pleine campagne. La maison comprend tout ce qu'il faut pour un agréable séjour. Nous avons pris tous nos repas dans la cuisine d'été qui comprend un barbecue et un frigidaire et qui donne sur le magnifique jardin très bien entretenu. nous avons bien profité de la belle piscine et des transats installés dans le jardin. Merci à la propriétaire, très gentille et aux petits soins.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I moved to this property in 2006 with my border collie Travis and now reside in nearby Saint Romain. The area is reminiscent of the Cotswolds with it mellow limestone buildings. I love the quiet roads and lanes, the abundance of wildlife and the glorious fields of sunflowers during the summer. Although it may seem remote, the nearest town is only 10 minutes by car and the nearest boulangerie, auberge and village shop 10 minutes by bicycle. If you want the sea and beaches, a day trip is possible to La Rochelle and its surrounding coast, taking an hour and a half by car. There are many places to visit around La Garde, Vallee des Singes, La Cormeniers and a fantastic maze formed by maize. Futuroscope, historic Poitier, Angouleme and Cognac are not too far for a days outing.

Activity and Interests


An hour and half to beaches at La Rochelle


Poitiers airport 25 miles 45 mins drive. Limoges 60 miles1 1/2 hours drive. car hire needed. Poitiers station 1 hour drive. Ferry ports Caen, Le Havre, 5 - 6 hour drive 250 miles. Calais 410 miles.


Nearest village Blanzay 5 mins by car. Nearest town Civray 15 mins by car.

Couhe 15 mins drive.

Further Details:

Shops restaurants banks church at Civray. Village of Blanzay has a boulangerie, shop, auberge, church. Several other small villages around with restaurants . Details supplied at house along with places of interest to see etc. There are lakes with beaches, boats to hire and swimming facilities with cafe/ restaurants. Bike hire available with delivery and collection service.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Nov 2016 - 25 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 25% required with booking confirmation, balance to be paid 6 weeks before holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday unless prior arrangement. Departure time 10.30 arrivals not before 4 pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 30-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 3 with basin and WC Downstairs shower room with basin and separate WC


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Flexible accommodation comprising; Bedroom 1 ground floor with double bed Bedroom 2 with double bed and childs single Bedroom 3 with double bed Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds, tea/coffee facilities


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Outside: Downstairs bedroom with patio doors to front garden, small table and chairs. Sun loungers, large patio table and chairs on rear patio. Plunge pool of 5 metres above ground, with decking and climbing wall one end. Utility Room: Washing machine in garage adjacent to kitchen Loungers Cycles Stairs to bedrooms 3 and 4 Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding and towels supplied. Please bring towels for use at the pool. Weekly change of bed linen. Other: Summer kitchen with sliding patio doors to rear patio area, built in BBQ and drinks fridge. Table and chairs, door to side entrance and parking.

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