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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

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

Owner
John and Anne Thomson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 July, 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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Vijon in Indre

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • **Detailed Cancellation Charges** Cancellation after booking is made and before 60 Days in advance is loss of Deposit.
  • Cancellation Charges Between 60 and 30 days of arrival 50% Between 30 and 15 days of arrival 75% Between 15 days and arrival 100%
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs toilet with washbasin
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Main bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveller reviews)

The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"
average rating of 4.95 based on 31 reviews
5

Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week in a beautiful setting! The barn was wonderful with lots of lovely quirky touches, it was fully equipped and spotlessly clean. Great bathroom with fabulous shower. British tv channels meant we kept up with events at Wimbledon & the Tour de France! We loved the area - a slice of the rural France undiscovered by tourism! Enjoying walks from the local villages using guides at the barn & fabulous meals at the nearby hotel-restaurant La Bonne Auberge! However what will we miss most - the balcony with its gorgeous views & the daily soap opera of the bull, cows & calves in the field! Though we mustn't forget the generous hospitality of our hosts Anne & John always there if you need them but keen to respect privacy! We appreciated the stocked fridge on arrival as well as the personal touches of fresh fruit and veg from the garden & Anne's homemade preserve! Our final evening was topped off by joining the locals for their Bastille Day Celebrations & impressive fireworks on the village football pitch. We certainly hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thanks Ashley and Sue for your great review. It's always lovely to hear how much our guests enjoyed their stay with us; thanks for taking the time to do it - makes it all worthwhile! Would love to welcome you (and perhaps your friends) here again sometime.
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5

Tranquil retreat - beautiful views, comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property with every amenity and very comfortable. John and Ann were lovely hosts and very welcoming. Fruit and veg from the garden a real treat. Thank you for a restful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for your very kind review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The Barn really does look as gorgeous in real life as it does in the photos. It's beautifully furnished and very comfortable. We spent nearly every mealtime sitting on the balcony, looking out over the fields, and really didn't want to budge. Vijon is very tiny and amazingly peaceful. All you hear are the birds and the church clock, and the occasional tractor. John and Anne are lovely, and made us feel very welcome. There's a stash of bread, croissants, butter, jam, tea, coffee and milk all waiting for you when you arrive, and we had lettuce and new potatoes straight out of the veg patch as well. If you want to relax and recharge it's perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and that you returned home relaxed and refreshed. We enjoyed meeting you all and hope you may be able to stay with us again some time. You would be very welcome!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
5

Fantastic property looks exactly like the pictures

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week staying here ..owners are very welcoming and have provided everything to make the stay enjoyable and comfortable ..area is pretty and it's very peaceful

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review; so pleased you enjoyed yourselves in the accommodation and that you found it exactly as advertised. You left a wonderful review in our guestbook for others to read - thanks very much for doing that. It was great to meet you and hope you will return again sometime.
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5

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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4

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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Location

Nohant-Vic
Boussac
Sidiailles
Bourges Cathedral
Chateauroux
Montlucon
Château de Culan
Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Limoges
Nearest Barpub
Relais de Vijon, Vijon
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Les Dryades
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
A20
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
La Bonne Auberge, Nouzerines
Car: necessary

Travel:

Nearest airport with UK connections is Limoges - 90 minute drive.

6 hour drive from channel ports.

Car Hire/use of car is essential for this location.

Distances:

Ste Severe - 14 km

Boussac - 14 km

La Chatre - 30 km

Further Details:

Convenience store/bar in the village, signposted walks from the village centre, ideal base for cyclists. Numerous restaurants within a short drive. Supermarkets and banks located within 15 km.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Vijon, Centre

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
3 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter
24 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
7 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New year
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 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.

CHANGEOVER DAY
For weekly stays during high season changeover day is Saturday (Arrival after 15.00 Departure by 10.00). For any other durations please enquire.

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

WINTER SUPPLEMENT
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 on arrival along with the 100Euros cash breakage deposit.

INSURANCE - IMPORTANT
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.

BY MAKING A RESERVATION AT THE BARN AT VIJON YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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