The converted barn
Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
- english, french
About Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
We have lived in France since 2004. Having lived in the Perpignan area, we decided to move to St Jean de Cole in April 2014 after discovering this beautiful village.
Mr John & Carolyn Angilly purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Mr John & Carolyn Angilly chose Saint-Jean-de-Côle
The house enjoys the peace & quiet of the countryside but the village is just a short walk away.
What makes this Cottage unique
The view at sunrise is stunning - makes a brilliant start to the day.
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A gem of a place
Nestled in a perfect peaceful and quiet location just outside the small but beautiful St. Jean de Cole, this lovely property exceeded our expectations and provided an idyllic base to explore the northern Dordogne. Our hosts, John and Carolyn we’re friendly, helpful and ready to give us advice on all the local amenities. Everything was immaculate, not just the inside of the property but the surrounding external area and extensive garden and grounds. The property is well equipped and the welcome pack was indeed most welcome. We loved our visit and would highly recommend it to others.
Thank you for this lovely review Brendan. So glad you all enjoyed you visit and we hope to welcome you back again soon...perhaps with friends/family and you could have both the Old Barn and the Farmhouse ?
exceptional accomodation in a lovely setting
The property has everything that you require for a self catering holiday. It was very clean and well laid out
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, the village of St Jean de Cole is vibrant and beautiful with excellent restaurants. There is a stunning flower festival. The cottage is beautifully furnished and the owners are very kind. The weather could have been better but that is just a chance one takes.
Lovely property in a beautiful location
We stayed in The Barn at the end of September. The property is lovely, full of character; the photos do not do it justice. Both Carolyn and John met us at the property even though we arrived late.
The area around St Jean de Cole is beautiful and great for walking, canoeing and visiting historical villages.
Fantastic time, will definitely be back. Hope to See you again John and Carolyn.
Ruth and Shaun
Thanks for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed the property and surrounding area and would, of course, be very pleased to see you back here. There is so much to see and do here, I think you found a week was not long enough
John & Carolyn
Excellent accomodation with stunning views and just a short walk away from beautiful french village
We have just returned from an amazing two weeks staying in the converted barn/old cow shed in St Jean de Cole. The barn was beautiful and it had everything we could have wanted. It had been decorated beautifully and we fell in love with the place. The view outside was stunning and we spent many hours in the garden enjoying the view of the garden and the lake at the bottom and just relaxing and enjoying many BBQs and French wine of course!
Ours hosts John and Carolyn were so helpful, even rushing out to buy eggs for us when we arrived later then planned. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they left a few goodies and wine in the fridge with was very thoughtful and just needed on arrival.
They helped with local information and places to go and also let me know where the nearest brocantes could be found which we enjoyed.
All in all a really wonderful relaxing holiday home which I cannot praise enough. There was the added bonus of only a short walk to the pretty village of St John de Cole to visit restaurants etc.
Thank you John and Carolyn for letting us stay in your wonderful house, hopefully we will be back in the future.
Jan and Joe Hennessy
Thanks for the super review Jan and Joe.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. When the little things we do to help you enjoy your holiday are appreciated that makes us very happy too.
We would be delighted to welcome you here again - à bientot.
John & Carolyn
Peace and quiet in the French countryside
We had a lovely time at John and Carolyn's wonderful cottage - peace and quiet and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our son loved the large garden to play football and we loved going for walks nearby. The cottage is very well equipped or if you prefer to eat out it is just a short walk and you are in the historic "beau village" of St Jean De Cole which has a number of excellent restaurants. A lovely place to chill and relax and good for families too as there are 2 lake beaches within easy travelling distance.
- opportunities abound. The Voie Verte is a 17km stretch of converted 19th century railway line linking Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers via 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 equipment for the whole family including electric bikes. Best to contact in advance English spoken. www.dordognecyclehire.com. Being the Regional Natural Park of the Perigord Limousin we are fortunate in having well signposted and maintained pathways with a choice of routes through fields and woodland. Some routes are signposted from outside the house.
We have a soft golden sand lake beach only 10 mins away at Nantheuil. Surveillance during high season and an inexpensive snack bar/café. Free access and good parking. We have some beach towels available.
Grotte de Villars
The Villars Cave, about 10 mins away by car, is one of Perigord’s largest underground networks and has 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 is well worth a visit too.
There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,Les Écuries de Milhac-de-Nontron which is just a five 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 you can tour the stables.
There are Municipal courses at Périgueux and Limoges, open to the public. A 9 hole course near Excideuil (30 minute drive) with nice club house facilities. We understand you are welcome to stay all day and play as many rounds as you wish. www.essendieras.fr E-mail email@example.com Telephone (0033)(0)5 53 55 34 34 (English spoken).
Canoes can be hired at Brantôme on the River Dronne and locally at Corgnac sur l'lisle (just outside Thiviers). There are also various canoe hire pick-up and drop-off locations along the River Dordogne.
On the Route National RN21 direction Limoges, past Chalus. Well sign posted.
Gold Panning in the area of Jumilhac le Grand is available twice weekly during July and August and can be arranged with some advance notice at other times, it usually takes an afternoon and you’re pretty much guaranteed to take home some gold you found in the river. The Chatueau here is magnificent. Open every day between June and September. During July and August there are Thursday night tours where the castle is lit by candles and the guides are in costume. We understand at least one of the guides speak English.
Adventure Obstacle Course
Fun for all the family at Espace Hermeline https://en.espace-hermeline.com/ Bussiere Galant near Chalus (approx 30 minutes away) with, apart from the obstacle course, a recreational lake, velo rail, tennis courts and mini-golf etc
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. If you prefer preparing your own food, there are markets every day in one of the local towns or villages and Saturday is market day in Thiviers where you can also find Supermarkets and many other shops,
Saint Jean de Cole
You can walk along to the village – about 700 mtrs. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You could paddle in the river Cole, play tennis or table tennis and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the bars or restaurants next to the 12th century Château de la Marthonie, which is considered an ancient monument.
Brantome- known as the Venice of the Perigord, is famous for its street cafes on the river Dronne and it's stunning chateau and abbey at the base of the sheer cliffs. Brantome also has a large selection of traditional french shops, a lovely park by the river with shady picnic areas and a fantastic Friday market.
Richard Coeur de Lion
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.
Parc du Reynou
Close to the city of Limoges, it is home to around 600 species of animals and birds in 45 hectares of geographical areas, african, asiatic, american plains, an australian area and a mini-farm. The 80 hectare park is also the location of Reynou Castle with landscaped walks.
Fishing - 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 and from the tourist info office in St Jean