Holiday Farmhouse - walk to St Jean de Cole

Saint-Jean-de-Cole, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004519 Advertiser since: 14 January 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Old Barn Self Catering Flexible 2 4 2

About this property

Peaceful Location, Short Walk From Beautiful Village. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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.



Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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.

Garden and outside

4000²m of grass land and orchard.
Patio, with views over the adjoining lake and countryside beyond. Gravelled driveway.

Parking and garages

Parking on a gated drive to the side of the property - quiet country lane location.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for adults and children.

Information about any additional facilities

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.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: There are brocante/antique markets every week in the villages locally
Distance: 6 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater plus Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Cole and various lakes
Distance: 1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Excideuil about 30 mins drive plus Perigueux and Limoges
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Various
Distance: 10 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous around St Jean - you can start on two from the house

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Thiviers
Distance: 6 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Carolyn Angilly

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 Owner Recommends


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.

Activities in the Area

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 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.

Markets and Shops

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.

Richard Lionheart

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.

Brantome Police horses

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.


Nearby Brantôme is also known as the Venice of Perigord as it is set in a beautiful riverside setting.

Grotte de Villars

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.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Rickwats86 25 February, 2018

We were delighted to find the Converted Barn to be bright, clean, tastefully furnished and well equipped, when we were warmly welcomed by Carolyn & John. The new appliances sit well with the old oak beams, stone walls and wood floors.
The view from the patio doors/terrace across the garden and the lake is amazing. We passed several hours just listening to the bird-song and the rustle of leaves in the breeze.
A walk of about 10 minutes along a quiet flat country lane found us crossing the old bridge into the medieval center of St Jean de Cole. We tried 2 of the restaurants in the village square next to the Chateau. Both were excellent value and quality. The little shop is really useful (wonderful pastries and bread) and the Tourist Info office staff were very helpful.
Our travels around the area included visits to Caves at Villars, Chateaux, the white sand beach lake at Thiviers (lovely for a cooling swim), markets and flea markets (lots of choice) and a canoe trip down the river from/to the two beautiful towns of Brantome and Bourdeille.
An amazing holiday based around amazing accommodation and great hosts.

Owner response

Thanks for the super review Rick. So pleased you enjoyed your stay here and hope to see you again.

John & Carolyn

10 / 10 Lp24 25 February, 2018

Beautiful gite in an amazing village
Our approach to this lovely gite was through one of the most prettiest French villages. An added bonus was that the property was within walking distance so we had many evenings at the wonderful restaurants near the chateau. The rooms were all really tastefully decorated to a high standard, and we had our own garden area and BBQ - perfect for the warm evenings to sit outside. Easy reach of Brantome and other beautiful dordorgne villages, and to the cycle paths if you're feeling fit! Definitely recommend anyone to try this little gem!

Owner response

Thanks for your kind words and thanks to you and your lovely family for leaving the house beautifully clean and tidy. We would be delighted if to see you all again.
John & Carolyn