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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

The Barn in Vijon - Stunning Gite for 1 to 5 people - truly an oasis of calm!

Newly renovated, The Barn at Vijon offers guests spacious accommodation with panoramic views over beautiful rural countryside. Boasting exposed beams, characterful stone walls and secluded private gardens. The accommodation is equally suitable for an individual, couples or families (up to 5 people) offering 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) with a full-size extra bed available. Shower room with WC, separate WC, open plan kitchen, dining, lounge with gallery. Enjoy the spacious south-facing balcony with stunning views whilst having breakfast or an aperitif or why not do some stargazing (great night-time views with no light pollution) there's even a telescope provided!

On arrival guests will find 'storecupboard' essentials such as fresh bread, eggs, milk, butter, marmalade, jam, tea, coffee and sugar. To celebrate your arrival we will also have a bottle of wine chilling for you in the fridge! Fresh produce from the garden is available in season. Also, toilet rolls, soap, washing up liquid, soap powder etc - everything you need to get your holiday started. All linens are provided.

Free WIFI. Free-to-air UK and French TV. Extensive library of DVD's. Books, games and puzzles.

RATES FROM £15 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (based on 5 people sharing during high season). See detailed rates for full information.

All rates shown are for 7 nights. For shorter stays please enquire.

More Details

John and Anne Thomson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About John and Anne Thomson

John, from West Yorkshire and Anne, from Northumberland came to France in search of “The Good Life” in 2005. For 6 years they ran a successful Chambres d’hotes business in the Creuse and in 2012 decided that the time was right to undertake a new challenge. After renovating their own property they turned their attention to the barn and completed the transformation from an empty, unloved building that it was into the beautifully restored Gite that it now is.

John and Anne Thomson purchased this barn in 2012

Why John and Anne Thomson chose Indre

Knowing the area around Boussac and Sainte Severe we were delighted when we found our new property in the village of Vijon in the very south of the Indre. As well as finding our new home we also knew that the barn, which came with the property, would make an ideal gite for visitors to also enjoy the area. It took us 18 months to completely renovate the barn into the accommodation that we are now proud to provide.

This is the very northern edge of the Massif Central region, where it meets the flat plains of central France that lie to the north. The landscape here in the southern Indre is very much like that found in the Dordogne or Correze departments further south, with forested hills, small fields and traditional farmhouses. Because the roads are quiet and the region is not part of the major tourist destinations in France it is also an excellent destination for cycling or hiking.

What makes this barn unique

The Barn at Vijon is situated right in the heart of the tranquil French countryside. At the boarder of the Indre, Creuse and Allier departments you are ideally located to visit the many castles, churches, museums, galleries, parks and gardens in the area. With its quiet country lanes the area is very popular with cyclists and for walkers there are many signposted routes and walks to be had around and near Vijon.

You too can enjoy “The Good Life” in our converted barn where an oasis of calm awaits. We are on hand to do all we can to ensure you experience a relaxing, rewarding and enjoyable holiday in the heart of rural France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at the Barn (La Grange) at Vijon at the end of September 2016. The Barn has been beautifully restored/renovated and transformed into a wonderful holiday home. It is a comfortable house for 4 people. The house was very clean, and the owners very helpful. John and Anne live next door in a separate house. You have your own privacy and they theirs, but if you need help they are nearby and accessible. The views from the veranda, where you can sit, are wonderful. You see the garden, the countryside and the Limousin cattle. The Barn is located in Vijon, close to the church. Vijon is a very small community, with one shop that sells basic groceries and is also a cafe / bar. The coffee is very good and low priced. The nearest place of importance is La Chatre, 25 minutes by car. John and Anne were very good hosts, very informative, and they gave us the privilege to visit them and enjoy some English hospitality. Anne prepared a wonderfull Quiche! Thanks John and Anne, hope to see you again.
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Vijon in Centre

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs toilet with washbasin
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Main bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) with a full size extra single bed available and small extra child bed available (for children under 8 years)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Outside: Private gated entrance with parking for 2 cars. Secluded garden with seating areas and barbecue. Stunning views over rural countryside. Storage area for bikes etc. Towels/linen included, changed weekly.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)


A perfect "Get away from it all" hideaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a perfect spot to relax and unwind, then look no further - this beautiful property in the middle of nowhere in the middle of France offers the perfect setting. The owners, John and Anne, welcomed us with a basket of local goodies and were always available without being intrusive, and the property was spotlessly clean, characterful and tastefully restored and decorated. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Barn to anone looking for a peaceful and relaxing break in a beautiful part of rural France.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt and Sonja for your lovely comments - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you found The Barn at Vijon to be the perfect place to unwind and relax. It was great to meet you and hope to see you again sometime.
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Peaceful and quiet rural retreat with beautiful outlook

  • 4 of 5

This tastefully converted barn makes an ideal rural retreat, in a picturesque setting. John and Ann are attentive hosts and made us feel warmly welcome and cared for. Everything was set up with initial supplies of milk, eggs, scrumptious home-made raspberry jam and coffee waiting for our arrival. Plenty of internal space and well laid out over three levels, functional and well equipped kitchen and dining area; all finished in appealing woodwork. South-facing balcony with a delightful aspect. Variety of shops and restaurants within a 25km radius. Looking forward to coming again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete, it was nice to meet you all and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much you would like to come back. You'll be very welcome!
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Brandnew, spotless, full of character

  • 5 of 5

After a warm welcome we made a tour of the property, which is tastefully decorated, has all amenities you can ask for and has plenty of space.

The view from the southside balcony shows the Berry countryside from its best. In St Sévère and Nouzerine are fine restaurants, with prices we can only dream of. A small shop + bar in Vijon will supply you with the most elementary goods just a few footsteps away.

Conclusion: highly recommendable when exploring the region or for tranquillity-seekers.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Renaat and Jeannine for your very kind comments. it was lovely to meet you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit.
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The Barn at Vijon is a very comfortable property with beautiful views over quiet countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a very warm and friendly welcome from John & Anne, who were very hospitable and keen to make sure we were comfortable. The Barn was well equipped with everything you could think of, plus many thoughtfully provided extras - produce from their own garden, as well as staples for the kitchen when we first arrived. They had thought of everything - hairdryers, picnic set, picnic chairs, binoculars, to name but some of the unexpected delights provided.

The property itself was spacious, with comfortable bedrooms and living area, an outside sitting area overlooking the garden and a south-facing balcony with views over the garden and countryside. It was a bird-watcher's dream as well as a lovely place to eat and relax.

This is a perfect place for those who want a quiet and relaxing holiday away from it all. The local roads are quiet and the small sleepy towns in the area are a pleasure to visit.

Thank you John & Anne for a very pleasant stay in Vijon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alison and Mike for your lovely review and for taking the time to mention the many additional items we thought would help visitors enjoy their stay - we are glad they were appreciated. You are welcome back anytime!
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A beautiful gite in a stunning part of France. Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend staying at this gite. It is absolutely immaculate, and John and Anne have thought of everything you might need. We had a wonderful week, eating all our meals on the balcony looking out over the stunning countryside, the perfect spot!

John and Anne really looked after us, bringing us delicious fruit and vegetables freshly picked from their garden.

There are lots of places nearby with various restaurants and markets, a foodies paradise.

This is a great place to stay, we loved our time there.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our property. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your comments. It was lovely to meet you and we hope that you will visit again.
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Perfect Gite!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay here last week. The gite is perfect in every way; beautifully decorated and thoughtfully furnished. Everything you could wish for is provided and John and Anne are the perfect hosts. We just loved the village - we cycled many miles - then returned to the village bar for a glass or two of beer! If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in a totally unspoilt area - look no more!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that the accommodation, the village and the area were to your liking. It was lovely to meet you and we hope to see you again some time soon.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking, balance to be paid 60 days prior to arrival.

CANCELLATION CHARGES (determined by date written notification of cancellation is received);
More than 60 days before arrival - 25%. Between 60 days (balance due date) and 30 days before arrival - 50%
Between 30 days and 15 days before arrival - 75%. Within 15 days of arrival 100%
Please ensure that you have travel insurance that includes cancellation cover.

For weekly stays changeover day is Saturday (departures by 10. 00, arrivals after 15. 00). For any other durations please enquire.

100 Euros deposit will be required on arrival - this will be refunded after your stay subject to satisfactory inspection.

During the period 01 OCT - 30 APR a supplement of 10 Euros per night will be payable locally to cover the cost of electricity for radiators and for the supply of wood for the log burner. This amount is to be paid in cash prior to departure or can be deducted from the refund of the breakage deposit if applicable.

If anything happens to you, or you cause damage at the Barn at Vijon, you are NOT covered by the home-owner's insurance. This can range from breaking a coffee-table to accidentally burning the house down. It is a normal condition of renting in France that you have third party/personal liability insurance to cover these sorts of eventualities.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions the guest confirms that he/she will be in possession of adequate travel insurance including third party/personal liability cover. Most travel insurance policies will include such cover and will also cover for cancellation charges in certain circumstances.

The Barn at Vijon is not liable for any damage/theft or otherwise to any personal items left unattended during your stay.


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