|The Old Barn||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
Situated on a quiet lane, the old stone built 2 storey barn was converted last year and has 4000m² of gardens with views of a lake on the adjoining property and surrounding countryside. It is within walking distance of the picturesque village of Saint Jean de Cole with its restaurants, shop and Tourist Information Office.
The barn's bright interior has ground floor open plan 40 sq mtr lounge/kitchen/dining area with feature stone walls and beamed ceiling. The french doors lead to the dining patio with a garden and lake view. From your comfortable sofa you can watch UK Freeview tv and use the free wi-fi.
On the first floor are two large bedrooms with high ceilings and oak beams, exposed stone walls and chestnut wood floors, antique wardrobes and dressing tables.
The double bedroom has an en suite shower room and the bathroom is next to the twin bedroom. The barn is fully equipped and linen and towels are included. It has a private entrance and driveway and outside seating area to the rear.
The peaceful garden includes an orchard where you are welcome to pick a plum, pear, apple or a few cherries from the trees or just sit and watch the wildlife including red squirrel, deer, coypu, buzzards, etc. that pass by the garden from time to time. The hammock may tempt you to spend a quiet afternoon too.
The English owners will be here to welcome you and will always be close by if needed.
The barn has an open plan kitchen/dining area with new cooking equipment including an oven with gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave/grill, toaster and kettle. There are ample utensils, pretty china, cutlery, glassware and an antique table/ chairs and dresser. There is also a dining table and chairs on the patio.
There is a spacious lounge in the barn with comfortable seating, UK tv, wi-fi. Oak beams and exposed stone walls with quality double glazed windows and doors.etc.
Thick stone walls help keep the property cool on those hot summer days.
The barn has a double bedroom with en suite shower room and great views of the adjoining neighbours lake and surrounding countryside. There is good size twin room with antique furniture and a bathroom next door.
The barn has a bathroom with shower over the bath and an en suite shower room to the double bedroom.
Log burner and electrical heaters.
UK tv, wi-fi , birdwatching or just peace and quiet.
4000²m of grass land and orchard.
Patio, with views over the adjoining lake and countryside beyond. Gravelled driveway.
Parking on a gated drive to the side of the property - quiet country lane location.
Suitable for adults and children.
We are about 700m along a quiet country lane from Saint Jean de Cole - officially one of France's top 100 most beautiful villages.
The village centre has restaurants, a chateau and church along with a village store and Tourist Information Office.
The town of Thiviers is about 7km from here. There you can find 3 supermarkets, a very lively Saturday open market (also Tuesdays in summer) and various other shops, banks etc. etc.
Carolyn and myself have lived in France since 2004
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||We moved from the Perpignan area after we discovered the amazing Dordogne and in particular the village of Saint Jean de Cole.|
|Unique benefits of property||We are a short walk from the village and have views over a lake and rolling countryside.|
The area around Thiviers is a centre of Gastronomy for all France. Fantastic restaurants and excellent food at reasonable prices are normal here and the Restaurants in St Jean de Cole and the surrounding area are no exception.
This rural area is made up of rolling hills of La Dordogne with beautiful rivers, forests and chateaux to visit. Try canoeing down the river at Brantôme to the historic village of Bourdeilles followed by a tour of the Chateau. Canoes can be hired at Brantôme and at Corgnac sur l'lisle (just outside of Thiviers). Also at Montignac and Les Eyzies on the River Vézère with pick up and drop off points. There are also various canoe hire pick-up and drop-off locations along the River Dordogne.
Perhaps a day on the beach just outside Thiviers where there is a lake with white sand beach for swimming and lifeguard facilities. It has free access a snack bar and good parking. (We have some beach towels).
Walk along to the village centre at St Jean de Cole to paddle in the river Cole, play tennis or table tennis (we have equipment) and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the bars or restaurants next to the Chateau and church.
Walking and cycling opportunities abound. The Voie Verte is a 17km stretch of converted 19thC railway line that links Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers via Milhac-de-Nontron and Saint-Jean-de-Côle. It’s great for summer cycling as it’s well shaded by oaks, pines and acacias. Dordogne Cycle Hire provides a range of bikes and associated equipment for the whole family which can be delivered to you here. Best to contact them in advance www.dordognecyclehire.com English is spoken.
For a family day out try the adventure park at Bussiere Galant (approx 15 minutes away) with, apart from the obstacle course, a recreational lake, velo rail, tennis courts and mini-golf.
You can also try Gold panning and Cliff climbing locally.
Saturday is market day in Thiviers (also Tuesday in summer). There are also may other shops and 3 supermarkets for buying fresh food to prepare at the Old Barn.
Brantôme also has a great weekly market on Fridays plus various little boutiques to browse.
Perigueux & Limoges cities have a full selection of high street brands and small individual shops. Driving around 45 mins to an hour but generally on roads with hardly any traffic so its a pleasure.
This is also Richard the Lionheart country, with car trails to follow his adventures. He died near Chalus which is only 20 minutes away.
Golf can be found about 30 Km away at Golf D'essendieras also at Limoges and Perigueux, which itself is a beautiful University city.
If you like fishing you are spoilt for choice with numerous Carp lakes and clear water rivers.
They provide a unique forever, loving home in the heart of the beautiful French countryside for our brave and courageous UK retired Police Horses and in most cases an enforced retirement - who would have no where else to go. They have recently been voted No.1 Visitor Attraction for the Brantome Area and in the top 5 out of 328 places to visit in the whole of the Dordogne from Trip Advisor Reviews. http://www.brantomepolicehorses.com/
Nearby Brantôme is also known as the Venice of Perigord as it is set in a beautiful riverside setting.
The Villars Cave, about 10 mins away by car, is one of Perigord’s largest underground networks and has original prehistoric paintings amongst the stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours through part of the network take around an hour. The fairy tale Chateau de Puyguilhem nearby there is well worth a visit too.
John and Carolyn were extremely friendly and helpful.
The property has everything one needs for a relaxing holiday,the garden and outdoor seating facilities are particularly good. Be careful getting on and off the hammock !!
10 / 10 HAYDN WHITTLE 14th June, 2018
A Beautiful gite in a charming village
the approach to this lovely gite was through one of the prettiest French villages.
The cottage set in a peaceful rural setting, with a pleasant stroll of about 10 minutes along a quiet flat country lane to the medieval center of St Jean de Cole.
The accommodation has been thoughtfully designed, with many rustic features harking back to its agricultural past.. We found the cottage to be bright, very comfortable, with tasteful decoration, and with the bonus of a well equipped kitchen. It was immaculately clean and well-appointed throughout. There were many thoughtful details, including a cool bag for picnics, information pack and wine /cheese to welcome you to the gite.
The immaculate garden was a joy with lovely views from the terrace over the adjoining lake.
There are 2 or 3 restaurants in the village near to the enchanting Chateau. They proved to be excellent value and of very good quality. The little village shop is really useful and the staff in Tourist Information office were very helpful.
A car is essential to explore the wider area- the quaint town of Brantôme with its wider selection of restaurants and shops, is about half an hour’s drive. The castle and renaissance palace in the pretty village of Bourdeille. Is well worth a visit. If you need to cool off the lake at Thiviers, with its white sandy beach, is an excellent choice
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Thanks Haydn. We are so pleased that you and Cath had a great short break and look forward to seeing you both later in the year .
Carolyn & John
The Old Barn near St Jean-De-Cole in the northern Dordogne is the most delightful location for a restful stay in beautiful rural France. The accommodation has been well designed and constructed from its original ancient past. Very comfortable, with tasteful decoration throughout and a well equipped kitchen. The gardens are a delight and the beds extremely comfortable - what more could you ask? The friendly and helpful owners are on hand to welcome you and provide advice on arrival - along with a welcome pack. Should you need them, they are nearby to answer any additional questions or give advice when it is sought.
It was lovely to see you both again. We appreciate your kind review and very much hope to see you again next year .
John & Carolyn
Lovely cottage set in a peaceful rural setting , with a pleasant stroll into the beautiful friendly village which has 3 or 4 restaurants ( in May there were some evenings when none were open). The house was immaculately clean and well appointed. There were many thoughtful details, such as a cool bag for picnics and fresh flowers to welcome us. John and Carolyn were very helpful - from booking us a local restaurant for our first evening and providing us with wine, bread and cheese on arrival to letting us know about a public holiday. We were unlucky with the weather for the first few days, but the wood burning stove kept us cosy. There are great walks directly from the cottage - our favourite was along the river to St Pierre de Cole through meadows, forests and past a ruined castle . A car is essential to explore the area- Brantôme,which has a wider selection of restaurants and shops,is nearby. We spent much of our holiday relaxing in the well maintained large garden. The property is even nicer than the photos in the advert suggest. We would highly recommend this cottage.
Thank you for your lovely review and positive recommendation Susan. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay . It's very unusual for all of the restaurants to be closed on the same evening even though it's early in the season. I think it was just a combination of personal circumstances and that short spell of weather leading to a lack of reservations on a particular evening.
We very much hope we will be able to welcome you here again soon.
John & Carolyn