Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 7
This location has multiple holiday properties
|17th Century Barn Conversion||Self Catering||Saturday||2||6||1||Cots available on request at time of booking|
Two properties, Courtyard House and Wisteria Cottage let separately.
17th century lovingly converted barn situated in a small hamlet near Sigournais in glorious countryside is the place to unwind. A perfect base to explore rural France and to enjoy the history, attractions, excellent climate and charm of the Vendee. Spend a day on the Atlantic beaches of Sable d'Olonne, La Tranche or La Faute or alternatively take a boat out in the Marais Poitevin (the 'Green Venice' of France). The cities of Nantes and Poitiers are within easy striking distance by car for superb restaurants and shopping. Plus, Sigournais is only 25km from the Puy du Fou theme park, the second most popular tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel Tower.
Local sights include restaurants, markets, picturesque villages, lakes for swimming (5 mins away), swimming pool in Chantonnay, fishing, watersports, forests, horse riding, golf, walking, cycling, châteaux, bird life, and beaches. See our website for more details.
The shop at Sigournais is only 5 minutes away whilst the nearest large shopping centre is just 10 minutes away in Chantonnay.
The barn is spacious, has plenty of natural light and is furnished to the highest standard for 6 guests.
Accommodation comprises double bedroom, living room with sofabed, kitchen/dining area, mezzanine with 2 single beds, (you can have 3 here), large shower room with wc and separate wc. The kitchen includes oven, hob, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave and dishwasher. The property has central heating and wood burning fire, dvd, video player, cd players.
Garden furniture, bbq. loungers. Bed linen, towels and other linen are provided. Baby items (bath, cot, highchair, playpen etc) on request. Wi-fi enabled.
Sorry, no smoking inside.
Hob, oven, grill, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, dryer, crockery and cutlery for 12.
Seating for 6 and childs highchair available on request
Comfy seating for 6 people. Sofabed. There is a wood burning fire in living area - wonderful in the winter. It is a no smoking house due to the enormous amount if wood in the property. There is a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher for safety. Also Wi Fi.
The Barn. Two bedrooms sleeps maximum of 6 people. Bedroom 1 has a double bed which is an antique French double bed. There are fitted wardrobes and a seating area in the bay window. Bedroom two has 2 single beds on the mezzanine, this was originally the hay loft when the barn was built. Because of this the headroom is low but quaint yet adequate. There are 2 large fitted wardrobes, one for clothes, the other for suitcases etc. If there are 5 guests as in a couple with 3 children we can put an extra bed on the mezzanine - please advise when booking.
We can also provide up to 2 cots for babies but please let us know that you need this at the time of booking.
The bathroom is a large shower room with wc, washbasin and heated towel rail. There is a separate wc and washbasin.
Electric and wood fired.
There are a number of books, adults and children's games, cds, dvds..
Tv with both English and French channels plus a music centre.
Patio with tables, chairs, benches, bbq, parosol etc. Views over the fields which belong to the property. the field has now been turned into a large garden.
Parking for up to 3 cars
Children and babies welcome. Low allergen environment. Unsuitable for the infirm. Wheelchair inaccessible.
Central heating, linen, towels etc provided free plus cleaning materials etc. This is farmland and is home to many cows and is unlikely to appeal to pet owners. The upside is that you can buy eggs and milk at the farms. Cots, playpen, pramettes, steilizer etc for babies if required - please mention at time of booking.
You can see owls, herons, redshanks, green woodpeckers, kingfishers, avocets, terns, lapwings, storks, egrets, hoopoes, buzzards, hawks, curlews, stilts, spoonbills, eagles, otters.
A local market every Saturday morning situated in the square Les Halles in Chantonnay. Fresh produce all locally produced (next to the tourist office).
Nantes/La Roche/Poitier/La Rochelle
There are 4 golf courses all within an hours drive. These are Les Fontenelles. Famous for its driving range, this golf course with its many hedgerows provides an excellent success of water features, maritime pine and oaks over 2 miles. La Domangére. The highest slope in France with a wealth of shots to be played, this is a delightful course that those in search of new challenges will want to experience. (This is supposed to be one of the more difficult golf courses in France). Port Bougenay. On the edge of the sea and bordering an enclosed forest, this golf course overlooks the marina of Port Bourgenay. With hedgerows and pine forest, this course provides a two-in-one experience. Maxieres en Gatine. Set amongst lakes and ancient trees, this course produces surprise after surprise behind each hedgerow.
Eat with the locals. 11 Euros for 4 or 5 courses with wine at lunch time, not a lot of choice but that increases the experience! Amazing value.
This is the most famous brasserie in all of France, a truly wonderful experience. You can dine a la carte or surprisingly they have a 15 and a 25 Euro menu!
Five mins from the Barn. The lake has a beach for swimming. The Morliere restaurant where there is a bar or you can dine. You can picnic around the lake, fish for carp or just enjoy the outstanding views and the tranquillity.
Spend a day at the beaches of Sable d'Olonne, La Tranche or La Faute, take a boat out in the Marais Poitevin (the green Venice of France). Go for lunch in La Rochelle and antique hunt in the afternoon or see the sights. The Lac du Rochereau, is 5 minutes from the Barn and probably one of the most beautiful spots you have ever seen. You can swim from its beach, take a boat out, have a picnic, admire and paint the views or try fishing for carp. Go for a day's sightseeing or shopping in Nantes or Poitiers. Nearby there is horse riding, horse racing, surfing, watersports, cycling, running, golfing and even night clubs for the enegetic! Also there is ballooning, bird-watching, walks, forests, canoeing and many places of historic interest, markets, a zoo, villages, lots of bars and restaurants for the not so energetic. Sigournais is only 25km from the Puy du Fou, the second biggest tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel tower. This is a spectacular day out for all the family.
Kinours is approx a 5 minute drive away where you can lunch with the locals on 5 courses with unlimited wine for approx 11 Euros. Saturnin is approx a 5 minutes walk, this is a bar but also does workmen's lunches week days and food, lunch and evenings at weekends but will open especially for you week day evenings, but you have to book. There are lots of restaurants in Chantonnay that cater for all tastes.
Vouvant, Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle, Sable d'Olonne, La Faute, Futuroscope, Puy du Fou, La Tranche, Nantes, Poitier, Ile d'Yeu, Parthenay, Mervent Forest and the zoo.
The second most visited tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel Tower. History has never been this fascinating.
Ballooning, bird-watching, boating, clubbing, cycling, fishing (carp), golf, go-karting, horse racing, riding, running, shopping, swimming, surfing, walking, watersports and much more.
We enjoyed our stay in The Barn and can recommend staying there. Vanessa sent lots of very useful information beforehand about places to visit, restaurants, supermarkets and local maps. She also answered all our queries promptly. There was also lots of information, maps etc in the barn itself. The accommodation was clean and very well equipped. The area had some lovely walks and interesting towns and villages. However the walk signage is not reliable. We only stayed a week and never even visited the coast.
We especially enjoyed our lunch at the local restaurant Kinours in the nearby village of St Germain, excellent value. We walked to Le Moulin for an evening meal, about 20-25 minutes walk (only open evenings Thursday to Saturday) with fabulous views over the reservoir. Unfortunately Le Saturnin in Sigounais was not serving food during our stay which was disappointing and a new restaurant, Le Bistro in Puybelliard, was closed when we tried for Friday lunch so check before going.