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Barn conversions - large heated pool - sleeps 4 - 26 - Les Chouettes

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Les Chouettes

Les Chouettes (The Owls) has been converted from the old milking barn into a large contemporary dwelling of for eight (or ten people). The limestone walls have been kept partly exposed in the sitting room (and downstairs bedroom) which with the wood burner nestling in the chimney place provides additional ambience. There is a well equipped kitchen opening up to the dining room making meal times a social event. The windows look out onto the farm courtyard with the trellis work of clematis, honeysuckle and roses.

There are two main bedrooms with king size beds and satellite TV along with ensuite bath/shower rooms. The other two twin bedrooms have two single beds though each are large enough to accommodate a third bed if requested. The twin bedrooms share a shower room and a wash room, each with their own toilets. The first floor has an oak style wooden floor.

A large terrace with wood furniture is accessible from the dining room and the courtyard of La Ferme des Tourterelles.

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About the property

La Ferme des Tourterelles

Set on the borders of a regional park and champagne vineyards, La Ferme des Tourterelles provides an oasis of calm. There are four cottages recently converted from barns, sleeping 8/10, 6/7, 4/5 and 4 people, each decorated to a high standard providing all comforts. Each have their own private terrace surrounded by honeysuckles and roses. They line a courtyard and all have access to the large garden and outdoor heated swimming pool which have fabulous views of the rolling hills of forest and arable fields.

You can relax on one of the many terraces, play games such a table-tennis or boules. There is much to occupy you from visiting the medieval towns of Bar-sur-Aube or Troyes, shopping in the biggest factory outlets at Troyes, having fun at Nigloland the 3rd largest amusement parks in France, following the champagne route discovering great good value champagnes, walking or cycling in the countryside, or partaking in the water sports on the lakes in the Regional Park nearby.

La Ferme des Tourterelles at Eclance: We are situated in Eclance on the borders of the champagne producing region and the ParkRegional Naturel of the Forest d'Orient. Eclance is a small though social village with our guests welcome to attend any social gathering. It is predominantly a village based on agriculture. La Ferme des Tourterelles used to house dairy cattle whose milk was used by the Eclance cheese maker to make a cheese well known in these parts. Whilst we have been able to revive at least the farm buildings, the cheese maker is now no longer in existance.

Our gardens and pool look out onto the forest of the Regional Park, with the forests and its wildlife protected as a Natura 2000 site. Wildlife is abundant with the seasons greeting different birds as they migrate across our region. Deer and wild boar can also be seen.

For those who book a week at La Ferme des Tourterelles, a bottle of champagne is on offer from our favourite champagne makers Philippe Legout from Rouvres-les-Vignes.

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Sarah Lacey
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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May 24, 2017

About Sarah Lacey

James a chartered builder and Sarah, who worked in IT as a Client Director, both British, had a dream of renovating a group of old barns to create a holiday haven and with La Ferme des Tourterelles in Eclance, they certainly found such a project. It has taken over 10 years to get to lovingly restore all the old buildings to life. They are now tackling their own home!

Sarah Lacey purchased this barn in 2003

Why Sarah Lacey chose Aube

It was a great project based on lovely limestone buildings and wooden frames. Whilst almost a ruin, it gave a clean template to create modern interiors whilst maintain the character of the old buildings. It is set on the edge of a small village in the champagne region with glorious views from their land which was large enough to build a big swimming pool. It was also only 4 hours drive from Calais so it is in easy driving distance for guests to join them (as well as to get back to the UK to see family and friends).

What makes this barn unique

Watch the sun set over the forests and fields from the terrace. Hear the cranes as they fly by twice a year in their V formation marking the seasons. Likewise, watch the swallows as they rest on our gutters and roofs in the early morning waiting for their breakfast and suddenly swooping down throughout our courtyard as if a conductor waved their baton for them to start. Get drawn into the huge skies at night trying to identify the constellations and catching sight of the shooting stars. Watch the bats come out to feed in the early evening as you start to prepare your BBQ's (no they will not be looking at your food!). Walk down the courtyard and be enveloped by the aromas of the roses, lavender and honeysuckle. We hope you love these experiences.

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Prices for Les Chouettes are based on two people per bedroom, a total of 8 people.
2 additional single beds are available at 40€/55€ per week, 30€/45€ per week-end each, thus beds for 10 people. (Price low season/high season).

Bed linen and towels provided. Please bring towels for use by the swimming pool.

End of stay cleaning service 95€.


Éclance Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite bedroom 1. Sink.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite bedroom 2. Sink. Ground floor. Easy access
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Sink. Access from corridor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Sink. Access from corridor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Double aspect windows. Ensuite bathroom. TV satellite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ground floor. Ensuite shower room. Fridge & kettle. TV sat.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Third single bed possible on request from 30-55€
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Third single bed possible on request from 30-55€
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The downstairs bedroom and facilites have been designed to make it easy for someone hard of walking or in a wheelchair access. Unfortunately, the courtyard is laid to stone so this does not make it easy if you ahve a wheelchair with narrow wheels. There is an outdoors table tennis table and boules/petanque court as well as a croquet set. Toilet paper is available in the bathrooms on your arrival though you will need to replace them through the week. Cycles and toys are available for children. The outdoor heated pool is large 15m x 7m. Available from mid may to mid september. It is shared with the guests staying in Les Tourterelles, Les Moineaux and Les Hirondelles. More often than not, we find that due to the many activites around, each family express surprise how it appears to be for their private use as other guests are out or use the pool at different times


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(3 traveler reviews)

Les Chouettes
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderfully comfortable Gite

  • 5 of 5

Four children under 9, parents and grandparents - a tall order for a gite to suit ev eryone but Les Chouettes certainly provides all that you'd want - space, comfort and warmth in surroundings that allow the children freedom in safety and the adults the chance to relax in beautiful surroundings. The barn has been converted with sensitivity, in very good taste with simple but really comfortable furniture, great beds with white cotton bed linen and lovely pictures. We all felt we could live there indefinitely!

We were too early in the season for the swimming pool but we had a log burning stove instead, all ready to curl up with a book beside it.

Sarah and James are great hosts - there if you need them and happy to chat if you need information but also happy to leave you alone.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful, welcoming house in Champagne region

  • 5 of 5

Following a hectic 2 days at eurodisney, what a relief to arrive at such a haven of rural tranquility! The house has been beautifully renovated and is very well equipped throughout. The beds are very comfortable and the bed linen is very luxurious! It was lovely to have a wood burning stove, and the kitchen was ideal for feeding large numbers. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly, and the whole set up was perfect for a family holiday with 4 children aged from 3-8.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We finished our renovations of an old barn to create Les Chouettes at the end of 2011 so it is wonderful to receive such a good review. The kitchen is open to the dining room which makes a convivial place to prepare and eat meals together as a family or group.
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Paris, France

Magnifique:la campagne avec tout le confort!

  • 5 of 5

Superbe week-end prolongé entre amis avec enfants. Nous avons réservé toute la propriété et les propriétaires Sarah et James ont été adorables: depuis les échanges préalables par e-mail (ajouts et disposition des lits dans les différents gîtes, commande pain et viennoiseries avec livraison quotidienne) en passant par leur accueil (bouteilles de champagne au réfrigérateur!) et leur disponibilité. Car Sarah et James vivent dans une maison indépendante de la propriété et préservent ainsi totalement l'intimité du groupe. Tous les gîtes ont été conçus avec goût et matériaux de qualité, ils sont très fonctionnels et sont magnifiquement équipés et décorés. L'allée centrale, coupée de la circulation, permet de se déplacer à pied en toute quiétude et de laisser les enfants aller et venir en toute sérénité. A l'arrière de la propriété, une piscine aux dimensions imposantes avec accès sécurisé, une terrasse extérieure avec barbecue et une superbe pelouse magistralement entretenue avec une vue ouverte sur les champs de colza finissent de compléter un cadre de vie totalement dépaysant et ressourçant le temps du séjour. Je recommande vivement !!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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"Nestling in a wooded valley, Nigloland is a fun day out for the young and young at heart. T..."
Nearest Airport
82 Kilometres
Aéroport Paris Vatry
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Golf de l'Hermitage, Vendeurvre sur Barse
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Hostellerie La Chaumiere, Arsonval
Nearest Beach
12 Metres
Port Dienville, Lac Amance
Car: necessary

We are on the borders of the Regional Park of the Fôret d'Orient with three large lakes, one dedicated to wildlife, one to power water sports and one to sailing/windsurfing etc; with the route du Champagne, Côtes des Bars. Nigloland the third largest amusement park is only five minutes away nestling in a wooded valley with gardens, great fun for all. The largest factory outlet shopping area in Europe can be found on the outskirts of Troyes only 40 minutes away. Explore the narrow streets of the medieval centres of Troyes and Bar-sur-Aube (10 minutes) for us. The area is renowned for the many wooden churches. Our back garden looks out onto fields and rolling hills with woodland. Cycle the quiet roads or off road, many walks around the area, and masses of wildlife. You can stay here for long, we are within 2 hours drive to Reims, Nancy, Dijon, Chablis & Beaune and Paris by train.

Golf: 3 Golf courses are available nearby.


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