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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 2 - 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!

Recently 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:
23 September, 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 have both enjoyed our stay here immensly. It has been lovely and relaxing. The Barn is fantastic! You have done it beautifully. A part of France that we will never forget. We will be recommending you to all our family and friends. Thank you and good luck, hope to see you both soon when we return.
Aug 2017
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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

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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"
average rating of 4.96 based on 41 reviews
5

Magical

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic hosts

Fabulous gite

Home from home just the place

To recharge your batteries

Peace.quite. and tranquillity

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely homely gite in a very relaxing, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

The gite is very well equipped and set out with super views over the countryside from the terrace and a beautiful garden too. John and Anne are wonderful hosts who provide a comprehensive set of starter provisions as well as a steady stream of freshly picked fruit and vegetables from their garden. The village of Vijon is an excellent location for those looking for a break from the rat - race back home and great for cycling on the almost unlimited quiet lanes or local walking routes. All in all fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Graham for your kind words. We are very grateful for your comments and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and having you stay with us. Hope to see you again sometime.
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5

Beautifully designed and renovated. Tranquil and special.

  • 5 of 5

It is a must place to stay if you enjoy a true rural and tranquil experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks "Anonymous" (though I know who you are!) It's lovely what you said and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time!
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Fantastic stay- wonderfully equipped barn in a beautiful, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Extremely well equipped barn and a much appreciated welcome-pack of bread, milk, butter etc. We had a lovely stay with our 2 kids (4 & 7) with plenty to do in the surrounding area. Local bar has the essentials but no fresh bread, croissants etc- the only down side, really. Very hospitable hosts- would recommend thoroughly. Thank you John and Ann.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Richard; pleased that you and the family had a good time and that you found The Barn to do exactly what it says on the tin!
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5

Great value, spacious gite in a quiet rural location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great choice if you want to escape to an authentically rural area. Vijon is a very small village and the barn is on the edge, looking out onto open fields. It is next door to the owners' house, but very private with a garden that is not overlooked. Owners John and Anne are very friendly and approachable, so you are in good hands. They are experienced operators so everything has been thought out. The barn is bigger than it looks in the photos and would easily accommodate a family. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Richard. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the privacy and the peace and quiet of The Barn at Vijon and it's surroundings and that you appreciated your time in our spacious accommodation - we hope you arrived home relaxed and refreshed! We'd love to welcome you back again sometime soon.
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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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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:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
2 Sep 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
 
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
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
 
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
 
Low Season
7 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
 
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
£595
for 7 nights
£595
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
1 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
 
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
2 night minimum stay
£160
for 2 nights
From
£80
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £20 per person per night

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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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