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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.

Katherine Hick

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Katherine Hick

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2015
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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


St Aulaye Barn Rental Photos and Description

Spacious open plan barn sleeps 6. Big fully fenced, private garden.

Privately situated in its own grounds, this stylishly converted barn provides the perfect opportunity for your French countryside holiday. It has a cool open plan interior with good light and space. One double bedroom is en-suite whilst the two other double bedrooms share a bathroom. Watch the sun go down from the balcony or dine al fresco on the patio or in the newly built garden abri.The large, fully fenced garden and oak wood are perfect for relaxing in the sun or shade. Close to St Aulaye, the tiny hamlet of La Ganetie is on a hill above the Dronne valley with countryside views across the valley. The river Dronne and local lakes are great for fishing. In summer both Aubeterre and St Aulaye create riverside beaches with restaurants and river swimming. You may hire canoes and paddle down the rivers having great fun when you hit the unexpected shutes! There are sign posted walks along the river and through the forests all around. After a busy day exploring the vin yards, historical sites, Art galleries and beautiful countryside of the Perigord vert, you will love to come home to relax in the elegant ambiance of 'Katy's Barn'.

The Terrace and Garden: Enjoy eating outside on the terrace, in the abri or in the shade of the oak wood. The house and garden overlooks the rich countryside of the Perigord Vert while the evergreen bamboos in the top hedge and the fruit trees in the hedge running along the tiny country lane ensure your privacy. The garden is very pretty in Spring with cherry, apple and plum blossom and the song of the nightingales, In summer and autumn the cherries, Mirabels and figs are ripe to eat.

Local Area: Close by, the historic Market town of St Aulaye has amenities such as banks, restaurants, Art galleries and shops including a good sized Carrefour supermarket which stays open till late. In the summer enjoy the beach and the swimming in the River Dronne where there is a playground and café/restaurant which frequently hosts live music and entertainment. You may stroll from the barn to Cheneau where you can see the Chateau and Mill beside the river and there are plenty of woodland and riverside walks close by. Riberac, Chalais and Aubeterre are all within twenty minutes drive and provide further opportunities for exploration, marketing and shopping. The Chateau de Talleyrand in Chalais now houses an excellent restaurant and Art Gallery.


Walking and cycling - there are many way-marked trails in the area. The little winding lanes and white roads provide good routes along the river and through the forests and hills.

Horse riding. (It is probably best to book this before you arrive as the stables get very busy in the summer)

Cycling: There are a number of bike hire companies which will deliver the bikes to your door step.

Bird watching. Wild animals such as deer are common in the forests.

There are lakes and rivers for fishing, canoeing or swimming.

Visit historical sites including Roman villas, Romanesque churches, pre-historic cave paintings and carvings, the Museum of Pre-history.

Suitable flights from UK.

Easy jet flies to Bordeaux from Liverpool, Gatwick and Bristol

Flybe to Bergerac from Exeter, Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton with connection to other airports in UK. Also Bordeaux to Southampton Leeds Bradford to Bergerac.

Ryanair: Bristol to Bergerac. East midlands and Stansted to La Rochelle. Leeds Bradford and Liverpool to Limoges.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Katherine Hick (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Katherine Hick

The photo above is the first winter party held at the barn in 2010. The conversion wasn't completely finished but the beams were great places to hang the decorations!

Originally from Yorkshire, I have worked in England, Spain, Africa and South East Asia as an artist and art teacher for about thirty years.

Katherine Hick purchased this barn in 2007

Why Katherine Hick chose St Aulaye

During my first visit to the barn, walking around what was then an overgrown field, gusts of white butterflies rose from the long grass and the wild flowers and shafts of afternoon sun shone through the oaks and across the field. It made me feel joyful. I decided straight away that that was the place for me.

What makes this barn unique

The countryside in this part of France is lovely and the barn is only a short trip to river where there is a beach, swimming and a restaurant in the summer. The area is full of places to visit and the barn is centrally placed for day trips to the coast or to the prehistoric caves to the east. The garden is big and quiet and peaceful. It is big enough for children and dogs to race around and play and there is plenty of space inside and outside the barn to relax or to get on with some drawing.

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Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Autumnal idyll

  • 5 of 5

The cottage we found as described after almost 24 hours travelling from Canada. We stopped briefly to visit a relative in Bonnes then Jenny provided directions and met us at the barn at 9.30pm. Absolutely everything we needed was present with Sally finding all equipment necessary to cater for a dinner party before we left, even coming to terms with the unfamiliar oven.

After our first week of complete relaxation, exploration of the library and use of the woodburner, Mark came round to replenish the woodpile. In our second week , the weather was much nicer and our walks longer, through the woods to Puymangou and its small chateau being the most adventurous. We travelled further, to Dommes with its wonderful panorama of the Dordogne valley, to Cognac and to Perigueux and elsewhere. It being off-season we were able to get around and visit the most interesting places easily without the normal crush. The downside of course being many more commercial places are closed, even Le Sud in Bonnes closed after our visit on our second night for their annual break. We enjoyed the ability to eat at home with a nice bottle of wine, to visit friends or to dine out, the highlight being Le Lavoir at Siorac de Riberac. How I long for a clone of that establishment and its proprietor in the Prairies. We visited the markets locally in Chalais and Riberac, preferred Riberac and can still taste the wonderful cheese purchased there.

Looking forward to another visit with other family members earlier in the autumn next year if diaries will allow.

Thank you again Jenny, Mark and Katy

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you manage a return visit in the future.

Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing stay at Katy's Barn in the last week in October. The amazingly warm weather meant that we enjoyed the out door space. The garden is safe for dogs , and our Labrador had a great time, exploring the lovely garden.Despite the warm days it was cool enough in the evenings for us to fire up the lovely wood burning stove, for nice cozy evenings.

Great walks to Chenaud from barn, or the Grand Etang Jemeye had lovely walks round the lake or through the woods. We even managed a dip in the lake! Markets at Chalais (mon) and Riberac (fri) had lots of local produce and character. Day trips to Brantome and St Emillion. within easy reach. But most of all we enjoyed just relaxing in the barn and the garden, enjoying the views and the wildlife.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for the good suggestions for day trips and activities from the barn.

We've just re booked for 5 weeks in the Spring!

  • 5 of 5

Our first impression upon arrival at Katy's barn was Wow! Such a beautiful barn in a stunning location. Just the 2 of us with our 2 dogs stayed for 2 weeks. The barn itself is spacious, light & airy with loads of space to store bikes etc - not too large for 2 people but also we would imagine a great space for up to 6 people

Jenny & Mark couldn't be more helpful & were always on hand to offer help & assistance if needed, as well as lots of advice on where to visit in the area.

The area itself is very pretty & although rural it is in striking distance of both the pretty town of St Aulaye & the larger town of Chalais which has a market on Monday mornings.

As other reviewers have mentioned it is a perfect place if you have dogs, the large garden is totally enclosed & the barn has wooden & tiled floors throughout. There are loads of walks in the area, a particular favourite of ours was along by the river in Chenaud (about 1km away)

We had a day in Bordeaux, which was a beautiful city & very easy to get to by train. We drove to Coutras (1/2 hour away) left our car in the free parking & then took the easy journey by train that cost about 20 euros per person return. We also visited Bergerac, Sarlat, St Emilion, Aubeterre & Brantome to name but a few.

The barn is very well equipped & we generally ate in most evenings. We did have a couple of meals out, one at the Chateaux in Chalais which was good but a little expensive, also Bar le Sud in Bonnes is good, but only if you are missing fellow Brits as although the chef is French (& the food very tasty) not a word of French is to be heard!

We would definitely recommend a stay here, so much so that we have re booked to come & live the French life for 5 weeks next Spring. Top tip - If you stay for more than a week, Katy gives a discount on subsequent weeks!

The only things that we didn't get on so well with was that the pillows were very soft (so we might bring our own next time) & the best bedroom had twin beds in it so we ended up pushing them together in the hope that one of us didn't fall down the gap in the middle! The wardrobes were a bit old & musty & so we didn't feel we wanted to put our clothes in them & the gas cooker in the kitchen seemed to cook everything at full blast even when turned down low. Other than that everything & more than you would expect from a holiday cottage.

Many, many thanks to Katy, Jenny & Mark & Rusty too!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

A beautiful haven of peace in SW France

  • 5 of 5

Our family (4) spent 2 weeks here. It's a secluded setting in a tranquil hamlet near the Dordogne - Charente border, with great views from the house and garden to the rolling wooded landscape beyond.

The house is a stunning barn conversion on two levels, with direct access to the garden from both levels. It is clean and well-maintained, with modern facilities throughout. There's plenty of space and light. On one side of the vast upper level there's a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. On the other side is a large sitting area with comfy seating, TV, wifi and a well-stocked bookcase - this was a great area to relax in. The giant exposed roof beams and central balustrade add to the sense of space.

The large gently-sloping garden is very secluded. It features a large outhouse close to the main barn, which offers a covered eating/sitting area. We ate here most of the time. The garden also has an oak wood along the top border - sit up there under the shade, read a book, enjoy the views across the valley, achieve inner peace!

We found the location was ideal for local amenities (St Aulaye, 5 mins by car) as well as trips further afield (Bordeaux, approx. 1 hr). The surrounding area has lots to offer families. There's a nice swimming area with a sandy beach on the river at St. Aulaye, next to an open-air restaurant. Nearby Chalais (15 mins) has a big market on Mondays. The beautiful village of Aubeterre (15 mins) has some good places to eat, and the subterranean monolithic church is well worth a visit. You can also hire kayaks on the beautiful Dronne river - descending the weir was fun.

On our arrival the manager was friendly and helpful, and we had a hassle-free stay.

I'd highly recommend this rental to anyone who wants a relaxing French holiday in beautiful surroundings. We'll certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Rural France

  • 5 of 5

We travelled as a family of 6 (parents and adult children and partners) and found Katy's Barn to be perfectly positioned for a relaxing holiday enjoying long lunches in picture box perfect French villages and towns and the Barn to return to for sociable evenings in. There is plenty to see and do within an hour's drive of the property, excellent Friday market at nearby Riberac or if you choose to stay put the Barn provides a huge and thoughtfully designed space to relax in with a great family kitchen/dining area and masses of utensils, pots and pans for cooking. We all appreciated the WiFi and the different outside areas for playing ball games or just quietly reading. We all had a fabulous time and have very happy memories. A big thank you to Katy and Jenny.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for posting your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay.
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Peace & Tranquility in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

If you want a relaxing, peaceful holiday but with amenities not too far away and even want take your dog/s then Katy's Barn is the perfect place. The location offers French countryside at its best with nearby towns offering local historical interest and Saint Aulaye is a lovely real French small town.

The barn gives one open plan space to spread out and relax and the atmosphere created by the conversion is superb. If you desire you can still keep in touch with the 'real' world as Katy has all the wi fi, tv, ipod techy stuff working very well.

It was great to have a meet and greet from Jenny and Mark who were not far away if we needed assistance. Thank you.

If you love nature and animals then the environment around the barn won't disappoint.

Thanks Katy.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very glad you enjoyed your stay at the Barn. Thanks for your excellent review.


Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Bergerac or Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye
Nearest Ferry
166.9 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Golf
17.3 Kilometres
St Severan
Nearest Train
11.4 Kilometres
Chalais. Also Coutras Train Station
Nearest Motorway
31.8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye
Nearest Beach
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye Riverside Beach
Car: necessary

Set in a scenic hamlet in the heart of the countryside, close to the beaches and cafés of St. Aulaye on the Dronne river. The large, well wooded and private garden has beautiful views and a restful atmosphere. It is within easy reach of the popular Market towns of Riberac, Chalais and Aubetere. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and riding are available near-by and it is an excellent area for rambling and cycling. The area provides plenty of opportunity for photography, painting and sketching or you may simply relax in the sun or in the shade of the oak wood in the corner of the property. This is a good base from which to explore the historic, culinary and cultural splendors of the region. Enjoy day-trips to St. Emillion, Bergerac, Perigueux and Salat-la-Caneda or to the coastal areas of Lacanau or Arcachon or visit the vineyards and taste the wine in the world famous Bordeaux and Cognac regions.


Rates & Availability

From £95 Per night

St Aulaye Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
Apr 18 2015 - May 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
May 30 2015 - Jul 3 2015
2 night minimum stay
High season
Jul 11 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late autumn.
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 19 2015
2 night minimum stay
Winter early '16
Jan 9 2016 - Mar 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £80.00
Pet Fee £0.00
Notes The security deposit is usually given in Euros(100) but the currency can depend upon your convenience.
Each subsequent weeks' rental has discount:
20% discount on second and subsequent weeks' rental.
For longer rental periods in low season please contact the owner for rates.
20% discount on first week for returning visitors.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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St Aulaye Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms feature beautifully hand painted wash hand basins with fish motif.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1 and 2 have wardrobes and a chest of drawers each. Bedroom 3 is en-suite. A cot and up to three extra mattresses are available if requested.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Children are welcome, stair gates are available for the safety of toddlers. Some parts of the barn are approached by stairs so only the kitchen-dining room is fully accessible by wheel chair. Elderly visitors who are able to climb a few stairs would find it accessible. Pets are welcome. The garden is about 3/4 of an acre and is fenced. Ipod dock/speakers in the kitchen. Heating is by two efficient wood stoves.

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