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Magnificently Converted Barn Situated In Saint Claud, Charente, France



Updated: 15-Jun-2016
Barn Conversion in Saint Claud, Confolens, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France - Peaceful Location With Outside Spa And Sun Terrace, Outdoor Swimming Pool 2 Minute Walk From House

Comfortably sleeps 8 people plus 2 infants, this magnificent large four bedroom barn conversion accommodates two families sharing and provides spacious accommodation for a smaller number of guests. Children enjoy the large garden to play and have fun. The lit terrace provides a lovely place to relax with a glass of wine in the evening. There is a hot tub, plenty of space to sit in the sun or shade and guests enjoy eating outside, under the covered terrace. The barn has solid stone walls and exposed beams throughout with natural tiled floors throughout the ground floor that keeps the house beautifully cool in the summer months. Under floor heating, radiators and an open fire make it comfortable in the winter months.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

The house is a family holiday home purchased by its owners in 2005. It was an old barn which the local Artisan used as his workshop. Throughout the years the owners who are builders themselves, have lovingly restored and converted it with the help and support of the local Architect and local Artisans into a beautiful family holiday home. The renovation work was finally completed in 2012 and this is the first time it has been placed on the rental market. We are confident the house will appeal to people of all ages who will carefully look after it and get as much enjoyment from the house as we do.

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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic stay in beautiful house in Charente

  • 3 of 5

We arrived after a very long drive to a beautiful house, with everything that we needed and more. The space and layout more than met the needs of ourselves, our parents and our two teenaged children with separate spacious bathrooms, pool table and table tennis. Close enough to the centre of St Claud for our children to have some independence and have a walk into the village, whilst a quiet and peaceful location in which to enjoy cooling off in the tub. We ate outside every day under shade and with the aroma of Lavender from the garden. A fantastic based from which to explore local history - Resistance Monument, Angouleme, Piegut Pluviers, Oradour Sur Glane and the lake and activity centre in Bussieres Gallant - all recommended and within reasonable travelling distance. Without doubt our best holiday in France yet, and by far the most comfortable and beautiful house. Highly recommended - enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Luxury and space

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant experience at this house. The first thing to mention is that owner Craig was very accommodating and helpful. We enquired about availability and moved in on the same day - he helped us get out of a mid-holiday crisis with another house which wasn't up to standard so we were and are very thankful.

We landed on our feet though, the house is amazing. It is the most spacious holiday let we've ever stayed in and is finished to a very high standard. The pool table, ping ping and hot tub were well used! We enjoyed playing games on the large lawn. And the house doesn't really need a pool because there is a public outdoor pool about one minute's walk away, which is big and relatively quiet when we were there in August. We were 5 adults and two small children and the house was incredibly spacious and felt luxurious. The town is quiet and peaceful, has a few shops and bars and a very good boulangerie. There are lakes and castles within an hours drive.

We would love to go back in future. Thank you again Craig.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here during the summer and the place is beautiful. Perfect for families or couples who are after a nice relaxed holiday. Lots of things locally to do in the Charentes region and very close to many pretty towns. The two local bakers are both great and the local bar Les Platanes is a great place to visit during the day or evening for food and drink and the owner Patrice and his staff are great company and very accommodating.

The house itself is very homely and extremely spacious. It has 4 huge bedrooms, a huge kitchen/diner and a tv and pool/billiards room with all British free view channels. The whole house is very modern but has kept all of its original features.

I'm looking forward to going back very soon and would recommend the home to anyone looking to stay in the area. Its very luxurious at a great price and is, in my opinion, preferable to staying in local chambre d,hote (B&B). I can see this place being booked up very quickly

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Fantastic home

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing property, extremely well built and beautifully equipped. The garden is safe for children, the house has so much space with places to entertain. There are plenty of interesting places to visit in the area for both young and old, the village has a great bread shop and a couple of good restaurants. We can't wait to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

The Charente is home to some stunning countryside, from vineyards of the west, the forests, mills and valleys of the east. It studded with chateaux and offers scope for cycling, fishing and nature based breaks. The River Charente offers scope for day trips on boats or longer trips on barges and river boats as well as canoeing and Kayaking. The summers are generally warm and sunny. Another great reason is the food and wine in the Poitou-Charentes. The region is noted for its great local delicacies too, cheese, honey, poultry, butter and snails as well as fine restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars. There is a variety of things to see and do such as leisure parks, golf and beautiful towns and villages. A trip to the coast offers the gorgeous islands of Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron down to Royan.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Limoges at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Les platenes at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : St malo at 400 Kilometres Nearest Train : Angouleme at 30 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Rochelle at 100 Kilometres Car: recommended


Several man-made beaches with lake/river swimming nearby - the closest is at Roumazieres - 20 mins.

Condac on River Charente - 20 mins.

Lacs de Haute Charente and Nautilus at Angouleme, 30-40 mins.

Coast of Western France accessible by road, between 2 and 3 hrs.

Royan and the beaches of the Gironde Estuary, 2 hrs.

La Rochelle, Rochefort and Isle de Re, 2.5 - 3 hrs.


If arriving by air, car hire is essential.

Easily accessible via several airports with daily flights from UK.

Flights from Edinburgh, Stanstead, East Midlands, Liverpool and Southampton to Limoges, Poiters and Bordeaux.

Flights from Stanstead to Poitiers, approx 70 mins.

Tours, 2hrs.

Bordeaux - 2 hrs

Ferry ports of Caen, St Malo, Le Havre approx 5 hrs

Ports of Boulogne, Calais & Eurotunnel appox 7 hrs


Nieuil, 5km.

La Rochefoucauld, 20 km.

Confolens, 20 km.

Angouleme, 40 km.

Limoges, 65 km.

Bordeaux, 165 km

Further Details:

Saint Claud has a large outdoor heated swimming pool, sun terrace and an infant swimming pool with flumes and slides 200 metres from the entrance of the barn. There are 2 bakers, hairdressers, a bank, post office, small supermarket, hotel restaurant and 3 bars. Several excellent supermarkets are within a 20km radius. There are 2 restaurants in the village.

There is a wide range of restaurants to suit all budgets within 30 mins drive, but for something special we recommend La Grange Aux Oies, gourmet dining in a beautiful setting, just a 5 mins drive.

There is easy access to water activities at Les Lacs de Haute Charente. The beautiful chateau at la Rochefoucauld is just a 15 min drive away, well worth a visit and to complete the day combine with a visit to underground caves and a wine tasting nearby. Just a half-hour drive from the historic town of Angouleme, famous for the Vintage Car Road Race every September, comic strip museum, covered market and restaurants. It is an hour's drive to the beautiful towns of Limoges, Poitiers, Cognac, Aubeterre, Brantome and Perigueux. The city of Bordeaux is an easy 2 hour drive. There is a wide range of activities for all the family nearby including Velo Rail, Adventure Park, horse riding, canoeing and kayaking. There are many vineyards to visit in the region including local Pineau/Cognac distilleries with extensive tasting.


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £200 is required to secure a reservation.
The balance is payable no later than 8 weeks prior to the start of the stay.
A refundable £200 security deposit is payable with the balance. The security deposit will be returned within two weeks of departure.
Payment in UK Sterling by cheque or Internet bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day in high season is normally Saturday. Arrival any time after 4pm. Departure 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house offers the chance to escape, relax and unwind. It is quietly positioned in the friendly village of Saint Claud. Within a few minutes stroll is a heated outdoor swimming pool, supermarket, 2 boulangeries, cafes, restaurants, bank, pharmacy, doctors, petrol station and hairdresser.

Property Type

  • house


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with WC, WHB & shower. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with WC, WHB & shower. Family bathroom on upper level with WC, WHB with bath and over head shower. Ground floor toilet with WC & WHB


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - king size bed with fitted wardrobes Bedroom 2 - king size bed with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3 – double bed with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 4 – twin beds with fitted wardrobes.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The barn is surrounded by its own garden where children can play and have fun. There are two entrances to the property, one gate side access and one gate driveway access with ample parking. The lit terrace provides a lovely place to relax with a glass of wine in the evening. Guests can also enjoy the use of the large hot tub. There is plenty of space to sit in the sun or shade and guests enjoy eating outside, under the covered terrace. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, work surface, clothes dryer, iron and iron board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Bed linen and towels included, please bring own beach towels. The house will have been cleaned and prepared in advance of your arrival to get your holiday off to a great start. Other: Games room/family room full size American pool table 9 ‘x 5’, Table Tennis(indoor/outdoor), Plasma TV with Freesat, DVD and VCR player, two sofas with coffee table, selection of games, DVD’s and books.

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