Holiday cottage for 5, Centre Val de Loire - VE005247

Vijon (13km from Boussac), Indre, Loire Valley Reference: VE005247 Advertiser since: 20 January 2017
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The Barn at Vijon Self Catering Flexible 2 5 1 Extra full-size single bed located on the Gallery

About this property

The Barn at Vijon - Serenity for the Soul. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The Barn is a beautifully renovated detached building located in the small village of Vijon. With stunning countryside views from the balcony, a private secluded garden and comfortable furniture throughout, guests can expect to find a place to relax, unwind and enjoy their surroundings.

The village itself has a small bar - the spot where many of the walkers and cyclists who stay in Vijon tend to finish their walks or rides. Nearby Boussac and Sainte Severe Sur Indre (both 10 minutes away) have supermarkets, restaurants, shops, pharmacies, boulangeries and banks along with their traditional weekly markets.

For the adventurous, 20 minutes from us is Sidiailles with it's walks, climbing, watersports, tree adventures and zip wires across the lake. Discover too the many churches, chateaux and historic sites of the region. Whatever you want to do or wherever you want to go in this part of Central France you will find that Vijon is a perfect base, being at the crossroads of the Indre, Cher, Allier and Creuse departments so come and enjoy this tranquil part of France - it really is a perfect escape!



Kitchen and dining

The Barn has a fully equipped kitchen featuring electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, healthy grill, toaster, fridge, washing machine, fast-boil kettle, cafetière. It is located on the same first-floor level as the open-plan dining/lounge area where, when eating at the dining table, you look out over the stunning views of the open countryside.

The dining table seats 4 and, as well as indoor dining, a table with 4 chairs is located on the balcony and outside in the garden is a barbecue and dining table with comfortable garden furniture for 4 people.

Living rooms

Our guests regularly comment how lovely it is to have such an open and airy space in which to relax and dine. The whole of the first floor is dedicated to kitchen, dining and lounge space. Your lounge area has a two-seater settee and two easy chairs.

There is UK (free to air) television along with a wide selection of dvds, games and books.


There are 2 bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin. An extra full-size single bed is also available on the gallery. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and have plenty of hanging space, shelves, bedside cabinets and hair dryers. Radiators are located in each bedroom for winter nights.


The bathroom is located on the same level as the 2 bedrooms and has an enclosed shower, toilet and washbasin. We provide all towels, Eco cleaning products and fosse-friendly tissue paper. There is also a heated towel rail.


During the "Colder" months 01OCT/30APR heating is provided by the use of radiators in each bedroom, towel rail in the bathroom and a wood burner in the main living area. A heating supplement for these months is applicable and is charged locally at 10 Euros per night.


Television, dvd, games and books.

Garden and outside

Private gated entrance. Comfortable garden furniture with 2-seater settee, 2 chairs and large table. Parasol and barbecue.

Parking and garages

Car parking on site for 2 cars immediately outside the Gite (lit by sensor light at night).

Visitor suitability

This Barn at Vijon is equally suited to singles, couples and families accommodating between 1 and 5 people. As the accommodation is predominantly located on the first floor it is not suitable to handicapped persons. Children of all ages are welcome with their families, however we must advise caution at all times due to the existance of a first floor outdoor balcony and a gallery. The property is not suitable for guests with animals nor for guests who smoke as The Barn at Vijon is a Non-smoking property.
For visitors who are seeking a rural idyll, for those who are seeking somewhere to unwind and relax, for those who wish to explore the surrounding area on foot, by bicycle or by car The Barn at Vijon is most definitely suitable.

Information about any additional facilities

With it's rural location The Barn at Vijon provides an excellent opportunity to view the local wildlife. In the fields beyond you can see the Limousin and Charolais cattle, a wide variety of birds in the trees around the property and sometimes you can even see Deer prancing across the fields. Binoculars are provided in the Barn for guests.

The view of the night sky is undisturbed by light pollution so there are some fantastic views to be had of the moon and stars - we even provide a telescope for you to use!

A Barbecue is located in the garden along with all the tools and a supply of Charcoal. Picnic chairs and a picnic basket is provided for those full days out.

On arrival guests will find a wide variety of "store cupboard essentials" such as tea, coffee, sugar, bread, butter, marmalade, jam, milk, eggs - even a bottle of wine to celebrate your arrival - everything you should need to see you through the first couple of days as well as all bed linen/towels, toilet paper etc.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Boussac Market (Thursday) Sainte Severe Sur Indre (Wednesday) or La Chatre (Saturday)
Distance: 11 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Varies
Name of nearest fishing location: Available at many plan d'eau's during fishing season
Distance: 20 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Les Dryades
Distance: 16 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Châteaumeillant



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Local routes signposted in Vijon


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave des Vins de Châteaumeillant
Distance: 21 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Thomson

John (a Yorkshireman) and Anne (a Geordie) moved over to France to live permanantly in 2005. Having managed a successful Chambres D'Hotes business in the Creuse department for 6 years a move to Vijon (in the Indre) 4 years ago gave the opportunity to renovate the independant barn within the grounds into a self-catering Gite. John worked for 30 years in the UK travel industry prior to retiring and Anne worked for many years in the areas of Nursing, Charities and Volunteer services.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Vijon is ideally situated at the junction of 3 departments. At the very south of the Indre, the very north of the Creuse and at the western edge of the Allier. The rural position of the small village of Vijon is enchanting. There are many signposted walks in the area and the quiet country lanes are equally attractive to cyclists. The two nearest towns of Sainte Severe Sur Indre and Boussac offer our guests everything they need in the way of shops, banks, pharmacies, boulangeries, butchers etc. The larger town of La Chatre (Indre) is a 30 minute drive with the cities of Montlucon (Allier) and Gueret (Creuse) reachable within 50 minutes. There are many tourist attractions in the area such as Chateaux, Churches, lakes, historic sites, geological sites, adventure parks as well as lake swimming and beaches. Many of our guests simply like ro relax and enjoy the tranquility and comfort of their accommodation taking advantage of the private garden and balcony with views of the countryside.
Unique benefits of property The Barn at Vijon has been recently renovated to provide spacious and comfortable accommodation in peaceful surroundings. The accommodation, which is all on the first floor, boasts exposed beams and feature stonework with much of the original architecture on view. The large open-plan living/dining area makes the most of its first-floor location with views through the double doors leading onto the south-facing balcony, from where there is an unobstructed 180 degree view of the countryside beyond. There are 2 bedrooms (One double and one Twin) along with an extra bed (located on the mezzanine). The main bathroom features a shower, toilet and washbasin with another separate toilet with washbasin downstairs by the entrance and the access to the garden. The property features it's own gated entrance, off a quiet lane, where parking for 2 cars is possible. A storeroom is located on the ground floor where there is space for bikes and any other equipment that guests wish to store.

The Owner Recommends

Boussac Market

Vibrant typical French Market every Thursday morning. Cafés on the street and Town square where you can enjoy people watching as well as taking a well-earned break from shopping.

Maison de jour de fête

In Sainte Severe Sur Indre (11km from The Barn at Vijon) is the exhibition celebrating the film Jour de fête ("The Big Day"). It is a 1949 French comedy film directed by Jacques Tati in his feature film directional debut. Jour de Fête tells the story of an inept and easily distracted French mailman who frequently interrupts his duties to converse with the local inhabitants, as well as inspect the traveling fair that has come to his small community. Influenced by too much wine and a newsreel account of rapid transportation methods used by the United States postal system, he goes to hilarious lengths to speed the delivery of mail while aboard his bicycle.
The Maison Jour de Fete is open daily during the summer months - it traces the adventure of the film and the meeting between Jacques Tati and the inhabitants of Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre. Discover Jacques Tati and his film in an unusual museum where the visit is made in Scénovision®.
A dvdv copy of the film is also available for you to view in the Barn at Vijon.

Branché Aventure - Sidiailles

At Sidiailles (25 minutes from the Barn at Vijon) you can swim or sail on the water, Zip wire around and across the water or walk around the water - many activities are available; A hiking trail of 13 km to walk around the lake, Pedal boats, canoes and electric boat rental, Play areas for young and old (ages 3 to 12), Two beach volleyball courts all located near a supervised beach with swimming.
And for a small gourmet break, sandwiches, ice cream, cold drinks await you at the snack-bar near the beach.
It’s a great place to spend the day.

The vineyards of Châteaumeillant

The origin of the vineyards of Châteaumeillant can be traced back to the 5th century. Châteaumeillant was the Meylan of the Biturigians, and home to the Biturican vines, the Médiolanum (the Roman name for Milan) of Peutinger, an important road junction between Rome and Gaul and a major storing ground for amphorae.

Gregory of Tours confirms the existence of vines in this region in his Historiae Francorum of 582.

Between 1220 and 1275, a series of charters were issued relating to the means of production of quality wines, and the labour which was enlisted under feudal rule, known as the "corvée". Amongst the governing principles established under these charters was the principle of the "ban des vendanges" or the announcement of the official start of harvesting, which exists even today.

In 1773, new vine stocks were brought from Lyons.

By 1830, Gamay, the native variety of Beaujolais, had become the most widely planted vine in this area.

Châteaumeillant is especially renowned for its "vin gris", or grey wine, which is produced by pressing the Gamay grapes immediately after harvesting.

The wines of Châteaumeillant were awarded the V.D.Q.S (Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure) quality status in 1965.

Maison de George Sand et parc - NOHANT-VIC

30 Minutes from The Barn at Vijon is the house of the writer with all her furniture and family souvenirs, puppet exhibition, park and gardens, big library with references to her work and her life. Historical 6ha park with gardens, an orchard, flower beds, rose gardens, vegetable gardens and woods, all around the writer's house. Subtle and original place, the fragile result of George Sand's love for the Regions of Nohant and of the Vallée Noire. The garden of the property is faithful to the taste of George Sand for nature, for instance the two big cedar tress planted when her children Maurice and Solange were born. Label "remarkable garden".

Museum of George Sand - La Chatre

Located in the town of La Chatre (30 minutes from The Barn at Vijon) is a 15th-century fortress with souvenirs of George Sand, Greek and Estruscan pottery and an ornithological collection. Through its varied collections, the George Sand Museum (Musée de France) invites you to meet George Sand through her work and her memories, to discover the region that she described in her rural romances thanks to her ethnological and artistic heritage and then to Travelling with birds from around the world.

Golf Les Dryades

20 Minutes from the Barn at Vijon is the Golf Course Les Dryades. It's a 6,100m, 18-hole (Par 72) golf course tree-lined, 16 water areas and 51 bunkers, located in a ravishing landscape of hedged farmland in south Boischaut. Practice and putting greens. Bar, Brasserie and Restaurant at the Hotel and Spa Resort Les Dryades.

Château d'Ars

30 Minutes from The barn at Vijon is The Chateau d'Ars - a beautiful dwelling with medieval origins, remodelled during the Renaissance. It once belonged to Gustave Papet, doctor and friend of George Sand. She set several scenes of her novel Les Beaux Messieurs de Bois Doré (The Fine Gentlemen from Bois Doré) here.

Sainte Sévère sur Indre

Jacques Tati came to live in Sainte Sévère (11km from The Barn at Vijon) in the heart of George Sand Country, in 1947. Two years earlier, he had taken refuge at ‘Marembert’ in the village of Vijon to escape forced labour in Germany. He fell in love with Berry and the people of Follainville (alias Sainte Sévère sur Indre). He promised them he would come back and make a great film. Through five months of filming, the team and the inhabitants of Sainte Sévère developed great understanding. The whole village took part in this great adventure.

Le village de Lys Saint Georges

Located 45 minutes North of The Barn at Vijon - George Sand wrote of this tiny picturesque village : “a poetic parish in sublime surroundings”. Walking through the village, you will see the fifteenth and sixteenth century castle, “where Ludovic Sforza languished eighteen months” La Vallée Noire (The Black Valley) by George Sand, the church of Saint Léger (thirteenth and fifteenth centuries), the Parliament House, and a stall for shoeing oxen. The gardener’s cottage houses a recreated typical local interior from the late nineteenth century. On the road to Neuvy, you will see a charming tiny leper chapel dating from the thirteenth century. It is a private castle.

Crozant - Impressionists Inspiration

Crozant is 50min from The Barn at Vijon. At the beginning of the XIXth century, the site of Crozant was one of the high place of the outdoor paralogism for more than 500 famous Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet or Armand Guillaumin. Their desire to grasp as accurately "the real" has led them to borrow this path many times. In turn, the visitor will be immersed in these places where light reveals the colors of these landscapes. In front of the most remarkable panoramas, it will grasp what constitutes the soul of this "country". Wooded gorges, scattered moors and bubbling waters have been immortalized. But this nature is not fixed, here, the dipper diver, there, the goshawk, somewhere, the otter. Let us settle in the tranquility of these places and take time for an artistic inspiration.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.4
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 8.4
  • Facilities: 9.6
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 8.2
10 / 10 Allan and Joan 17 September, 2018

The Barn is a lovely converted building in the quiet village of Vijon surrounded by picturesque countryside. On arrival we were greeted by John and Anne a very warm and welcoming couple, who provided us with a welcome pack of eggs, milk and other items which was very much appreciated as we arrived late evening. The accommodation was beautifully presented, clean and tidy. Clean bedding and towels were provided for our second week. The extra bonus of home grown fruit and vegetables from their garden was wonderful.
The local markets at La Chatre and Boussac are excellent, we enjoyed browsing the stalls selling a wide variety of local produce.
For those wanting to experience outdoor activities, visit Base Nautique de Sidiailles where there is boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, a beach, and zip wires across the lake.
Sarzay chateau is well worth a visit. You can wander around this site without a guide and actually pick up and touch things.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Barn and would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet relaxing holiday.

Owner response

Thank you Allan for your very kind comments - it was lovely to have you all stay with us at The Barn at Vijon and we are so pleased that you enjoyed everything. We do try very hard and it is good to know from your comments that we seem to be doing it right. You would be welcome back anytime.

10 / 10 Holiday2018 3 September, 2018

John & Anne are warm and welcoming hosts.
Their property is spotless and beautiful, set in a very quiet, small village. They provide a welcome pack of eggs, wine, milk, bread along with Anne’s homemade preserves.
There is a lovely restaurant in nearby village and about 15 mins away a small town with eating places, supermarkets etc. Bourges is 60kms away and well worth a visit for the cathedral alone, views from roof are spectacular.
There a several walks straight from the property through the village and surrounding countryside.
All in all a lovely, relaxing place to unwind.

Owner response

Thank you Rosemary for your very kind words - Anne and I could not be more delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. Lovely of you to mention the welcome pack so that others are aware of what we provide for their arrival. You would be welcome back anytime!

5.7 / 10 Stephen Kerby FCA 27 August, 2018

We actually had a very good week -however on arrival we found a babies dummy under one of the beds which suggests that this area had not been cleaned.The cooker had a glass front and it was obvious that there was some sort of damage as the bottom had been covered with foil which when the oven was switched on revealed some bad damage which the owner had not informed us about.

The worse part was that after we left we received an email stating that we had damaged the microwave and that our cash deposit of 100 euros was being retained .We never used the microwave -why would you when there is such fantastic food in France.Following subsequent arguments -see The Barn at Vijon Facebook - the owner stated that he had heard us shout “put it in the microwave “ from the garden which is a blatant lie.Until this lie I was prepared to consider that the owner had overlooked cleaning the microwave and had not realised but I believe he was aware of the damage.Logic suggests that whoever damaged the oven also damaged the microwave.

We have contacted Brittany Ferries and they have promised to look into.

It has left a sour taste and completely ruined the week.However I will not stop until I have the deposit refunded.

I would suggest that if anyone is considering going to Vijon that they check all equipment with the owner present and ensure that you collect your deposit before leaving.

Owner response

Having been in the Travel/Hospitality industry for over 40 years I know very well the saying “you cannot please all the people all the time” – In this particular case it could not be more true.
The guests who stayed the week before complimented us on the property being “spotless and beautiful” and, along with other reviews on this site, gave us 10/10 for cleanliness - this guest marked us 2/10! All our other reviews show 10/10 for value for money - this guest (a party of 4 people paying £20 per person per night) marked us 1/10 for value!
If you read the reviews posted on here (and 50 other 5* reviews across multiple sites) and if you were to see the comments in our guestbook (including those written by this particular guest) you would think that this review was of a different property all together!
I am sorry to say that this review is not about the beautiful setting of The Barn at Vijon, the warmth of our welcome, the facilities and the quality of the accommodation. No, it is more about someone who, as soon as it was discovered that during their stay a Microwave Oven had been damaged, threatened to give us “bad reviews” and to “not get angry but get even”. It is always going to be a case of “their word against ours” but our photographic evidence and the fact that our previous guests left the property in excellent condition point to only one fact - that a perfectly good Microwave oven had been damaged not before their stay, not after their stay but DURING their stay.

10 / 10 Joris 17 October, 2017

The Barn is a highly recommended 5 star destination. John & Anne’s many years of professional experience in tourism come together in this lovely spot: great location, nicely decorated, TOP (really!) clean and fully equipped. As they are so kind to foresee everything you need for your breakfast on day 1 you can enjoy your stay from the moment you arrive (and don’t have to waste your first hours collecting groceries). If you wish to fully enjoy this magnificent calm rural corner of France you just found a perfect base to start …