|The Old Barn||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
Situated on a quiet lane, the old stone built 2 storey barn was recently converted 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, shops 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 and sunloungers 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 heater.
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.|
This rural area of La Dordogne has 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. Also on the River Vézère and Dordogne.
Enjoy 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)
In the village centre of St Jean de Cole you can paddle in the river , 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. In Summer, various activities are organised by the local Tourist office for both children and adults.
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. There are Cycle Hire companies locally.
Grotte de Villars Cave network, about 10 mins away by car,has original prehistoric paintings among 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.
Try the adventure park at Bussiere Galant (approx 30 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.There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,is Equestrian Farm Hippocamp at Lempzours . There are Municipal golf courses at Périgueux and Limoges, open to the public. A 9 hole course near Excideuil (about a 30 minute drive) Brantome, known as the Venice of the Perigord, is famous for its street cafes on the river Dronne.
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. In the village center you have La Perla, Le Temps des Mets , Restaurant St Jean and Chez Robert.
Saturday is market day in Thiviers (also Tuesday in summer). There are also various other shops and 3 supermarkets for buying fresh food to prepare at the Old Farmhouse and Barn.
Brantôme also has a great weekly market on Fridays plus various little boutiques to browse and likewise Excideuil has an excellent market on Thursday. Look out for the vide greniers which are normally Saturday or Sunday https://vide-greniers.org/24-Dordogne
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.
Follow the Richard the Lionheart Route visiting the chateaux and castles where King Richard stayed during the beginning of the 12th Century, where rumours of legend, treachery and intrigue abound. There are no less than 16 chateaux on the route, which spans the Charente, through the Perigord Limousin National Park and south into the Dordogne.
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. South West France, with around 11,000km of rivers and over 3,000 lakes is perfect for anglers at all levels. Fish include trout, carp, catfish, pike, bream, perch, barbel and many more. Fishing permits are readily available in local village newsagents where you see the "Presse" sign and from the tourist information office in St Jean.
There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,is Equestrian Farm Hippocamp at Lempzours 0553 526199 or Les Écuries de Milhac-de-Nontron both of which are just a 10 minute's drive away. You can book for lessons or days out trekking. The National Stud headquarters at Pompadour is about an hour's drive with a lovely race course and where you can tour the stables.
Brantome Police Horse charilty provide a unique forever, loving home in the heart of the beautiful French countryside for 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.
Its said that there are 1001 in La Dordogne. The nearest are Puyguilhem, Hautefort, Jumilhac and Bourdeilles.
You can go Gold panning near Jumilhac on Tuesday in June & September and Tuesday plus Thursday in July & August. There are also some candle-lit evening tours of the Chateau.
We have just returned from a holiday at the immaculate Old Barn (Jul-Aug '19).
John and Carolyn are perfect hosts who live close by and are able to offer plenty of advice on the local area. The Old Barn is a few hundred metres outside the beautiful village of Saint Jean De Cole, sitting just off a very quiet lane. The gardens are large and there is plenty of space for kids to run around. Outside seating is provided and there is also a small verandah off the kitchen which is perfect for dinner. A hammock at the top of the garden was a lovely place to relax. Internet and UK TV helped keep the kids entertained between trips out and about,
We hired bikes for a week from Mike and Anna at Dordogne Cycle Hire, and every morning my daughter and I would ride down to the village shop to buy fresh croissants for breakfast. The local area is perfect for cycling with a disused railway running past the village from Thiviers to Saint Pardoux (the Voie Verte)
Saint Jean De Cole has an excellent village store run by Sandrine, and also boasts 3 restaurants and a small creperie. Within the village is also a very useful Tourist Information Office with English speaking staff.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Old Barn and also the neighbouring Farmhouse, to friends and relatives so give it a go.
It was a great pleasure having you and your wonderful family stay - in both the Farmhouse and the Old Barn. You certainly seemed to pack a lot of fun, adventure and culture into you holiday....along with some relaxation of course...and you still managed to leave each property in perfect order.
As you know, we would be very pleased to welcome you back here at any time.
John and Carolyn
This really was a charming gite with lots of character, beautifully furnished and very clean for our arrival. John and Carolyn were both very accommodating and friendly and recommended plenty of things to do. We really enjoyed visiting the local caves, kayaking and relaxing at the stunning local lake beach which had free parking, plenty of shade and good amenities. Situated in a very rural location but near enough to the beautiful village of St Jean-de-Cole, where we were able to access the all important croissants and pain-au-chocolat for breakfast as well as the choice of lovely French restaurants for the occasional evening meal at a sensible price. The weather was extremely hot but the stone and tiles of the gite kept the temperature inside lovely and cool. We would definitely recommend this gite and this idyllic area of France.
Thanks for the review Melanie. It was a pleasure having you stay here and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We are also gratful to you for leaving the Gite very clean and tidy. We hope to see you here again.
John and Carolyn
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