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Charming, comfortable barn conversion for four/five in idyllic setting

Corme-Royal, France
  • Barn990 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Spacious 2 Bedroom barn conversion, sleeps 4/5 tranquil yet close to resorts

Amid the vines & orchards in a tranquil village in the coastal region of the Charente Maritime, this charming barn conversion is furnished to a high standard & suitable for up to 4/5 people. Our property is on the edge of the hamlet of Fribaud. We have fantastic views over the French countryside. The sunsets in the evening have to be seen to be believed. There are often sunflowers

growing in the fields next to us and this makes for wonderful photo opportunities Fribaud is an ideal spot if you just want to chill out and enjoy the peace and tranquility. If you are feeling energetic, there are quiet leafy lanes for a stroll or a cycle ride. It is also ideally situated to tour the Charente Maritime with its many and varied coastal resorts, the oyster beds, the vineyards, the historic towns and villages (Saintes is ten minutes away - it is rich in roman architecture, the Charente river gently flows through the town and it has wonderful markets selling local produce every day except Mondays but on the first Monday of the month all the roads are closed to accommodate a huge foire).

This an ideal spot for a relaxing break but it is ideally situated for beaches (eg Royan 25 min). The beaches range from quiet coves (St Palais sur Mer) to vast wide and wild (Cote Sauvage), country walks, world famous seafood & wines & Cognac. Children are made very welcome. Zoo at La Palmyre, Aquarium at La Rochelle.

During the summer months there are lots of activities in all the communes in the area including firework competitions and displays and outdoor musical concerts. Many of these are free and very enjoyable.


A large comfortable lounge with leather settees and tv and dvd player. There is a book case with a variety of fiction and non fiction and dvds.

There is also a two seater settee which converts into a very comfortable single bed. Large dining table and chairs.

There is a large storage to the rear of the barn - ideal if you wish to store your bicycles securely. There are various games and buckets and spades for the children to enjoy.

There is a barbecue for which the coals are provided.

There is a large lawned garden with mature trees. Ideal for adventurous children or for finding a shady spot to snooze, read or sip the local wines. Outside area - patio with table and four chairs, barbecue, sun beds.

The lounge is always cool even on the hottest of days.


Double bedroom - double bed, bedding including bedlinen, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with table lamps, mirror, hair drier.

Mezzanine bedroom - two single beds,duvets and bedlinen, bedside tables with lamps, hanging space, mirror.

Kitchen/diner - Table, four chairs, welsh dresser, gas cooker, fridge, freezer, electric kettle and teapot. Very well equipped and including tea towels.

Luxury shower room - multi jet shower, hand basin unit and wc. All towels provided.

This is a recent barn conversion to a very high standard. The owners live in a traditional, Charentaise stone farmhouse on site and you can be sure of a warm welcome. To find out more please do not hesitate to contact them and they will only be too pleased to share their love of this beautiful corner of France.

Fribaud Pastorale Guest Book: A great week - great accommodation in a great location. Very quiet and peaceful. Sat and watched the sunset over Fribaud.

Josie and Roy were always on hand for help and advice and have done a fantastic job in their barn conversion.

We really enjoyed our stay and everything was provided for an excellent holiday. Very impressed and we will be recommending Fribaud Pastorale to our friends.

Had a lovely week, the barn is very comfortable and has all you need for a relaxing holiday. After watching the sunset over the fields, the stars begin to appear. Never seen so many. Then slept like a log. Wonderful.

Everywhere is easy to get to from here - Royan, St Palais, Ile d'Oleron, Ile de Re. All have great beaches.

Thank you for having us - its been fantastic. Lovely weather, lovely food, great accommodation. Coming back soon.

Roy and Josie are spot on - Roy even came to find us when we were lost!

Fribaud Paatorale Guest Book continued: What a wonderful slice of heaven! The weather has been perfect, the accommodation beautiful and our hosts superb! We will certainly be returning!

As I write this, the sun is streaming through the barn doors and its almost 8 pm. We shall be really sad to leave but are so happy that we have found such a stunning place to stay with such welcoming hosts. All in all, a great place to stay to visit the coast and inland.

A relaxing week in a beautiful region. The accommodation is so very well equipped, Josie and Roy have thought of everything. Made good use of the BBQ in the evenings. Lots of interesting places to visit and great places to eat. Great to come back to a peaceful, quiet location after a day sightseeing. Thanks Roy and Josie.


Josie Ogley

Member Since 2006
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About Josie Ogley

After many years holidaying in the are we decided to buy a house just for the summer. We bought a ruin and gradually renovated it ourselves. We have a Charentaise house and the barn to let is at the rear of the property. Gradually, we fell in love and never wanted to go home at the end of our stay. We had the opportunity to retire early and have now lived here permanently for 20 years. Our property is the last down the lane. Therefore there are amazing views over open countryside. The sunsets are incredible so it seems a pity not to sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. We have lived our dream and all our guests follow suit. I often see guests late at night taking photographs. We were fortunate to be offered to purchase a piece of land opposite and this is an ideal spot to play games. As we live at the front this gives privacy for our guests but we always are on hand to help if needed. We just love to share our home and are pleased to say that others appreciate the location, the views and the tranquility.

Josie Ogley purchased this Barn in 1989

Why Josie Ogley chose Corme-Royal

Our first holidays in France were in Brittany. Each year we tried further south until we reached Biarritz. The Charente Maritime became the area of choice. The French countryside, roman architecture, markets, beaches, climate .... this area became our second home. Before buying the property we drew a triangle on the map - Royan, Pont l'Abbé' Saintes. We searched and searched and eventually found Fribaud in the commune of Corme Royal. We didn't want our house to be directly on the coast but near enough for an afternoon out. There are beaches here to suit all tastes. We have two French grandchildren and their favourite beach is on the Cote Sauvage. Our English grandson's beach is St Palais sur Mer. For me it is St Georges de Didonne. But the list is endless ....... Saintes is our nearest large town and we just love it. The roman architecture, boat trips on the Charente, the shops and the markets. A good way to spend a Sunday is to visit the market, buy wonderfully fresh ingredients for lunch, stop for a coffee to soak up the atmosphere and then home for a long leisurely lunch in the garden, a stroll round the village and then a glass (or two) of Pineau de Charentes watching the sun go down.

What makes this Barn unique

Our property is ideally situated for all types of holiday. La Rochelle, Rochfort, Cognac, Bordeaux, Atlantic coast and beautiful countryside are all here. The area is flat so is ideal for cycling and walking. We try to make our guests very welcome. We are not intrusive but are always on hand to help. (Bicycle repair kits, trips to the doctor). We have a large garden and land suitable for children to run, play football, etc in safety. You can be sure of a warm welcome.


    • Kids Welcome
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • There is one double bedded room plus a mezanine bedroom with twin single beds. Sofa bed in lounge. All bedding is supplied. The accommodation is very comfortable.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, luxury power shower
      • The bathroom has a large, luxurious, multi jet power shower, WC and wash basin unit. All towels are supplied.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village


            • wheelchair inaccessible


                • nude beach
                • caves
                • cinemas
                • forests
                • library
                • marina
                • museums
                • churches
                • playground
                • recreation center
                • restaurants
                • ruins
                • winery tours
                • zoo

                  Leisure Activities

                    • beachcombing
                    • bird watching
                    • gambling casinos
                    • horseback riding
                    • paddle boating
                    • scenic drives
                    • sight seeing
                    • walking

                      Local Services & Businesses

                        • ATM/bank
                        • groceries
                        • hospital
                        • laundromat
                        • medical services

                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                            • sailing
                            • cycling
                            • fly fishing
                            • freshwater fishing
                            • golf
                            • hiking
                            • jet skiing
                            • pier fishing
                            • fishing
                            • snorkeling
                            • sound/bay fishing
                            • surfing
                            • swimming
                            • tennis
                            • water skiing
                            • wind-surfing


                                • Our guests all tell us how comfortable they have found the accommodation. We have tried to think of everything to make your stay with us a memorable one. The spacious ground floor lounge with dining table and chairs for six, UK TV, DVD and cd/radio is always cool and very comfortable. The patio doors leadsout on to the terrace with barbecue and dining furniture for six. This is an ideal spot to sip wine and enjoy the views of the setting sun which are truly incredible. This is our favourite spot and our guests agree with us. The large garden has sun and shade which ever you prefer. The kitchen is very well eqipped. This is an ideal property for family holidays. We have a large garden and some woodland opposite our house which is wonderful for children to play in.

                                  House Rules

                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                  Cancellation Policy

                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                  13 Reviews


                                  Latest reviews

                                  Josie was marvellous and she makes our stay looks like a dream.

                                  Murielle P.

                                  The country side is lovely, full of birds, and sunsets were unforgettable. The garden was exactly what we were looking for. The location was a perfect one, not far from the sea, not far from the big cities and out of any agitation.

                                  perfect for a tranquil getaway

                                  Peter K.

                                  A lovely property providing all the amenities that any holidaymaker could possibly want with the added attraction of a glorious garden setting. Perfect for a peaceful holiday. Josie, the lovely lady who owns the property was very friendly and welcoming and was always on hand with suggestions of places to go, if needed. Beware, that if you have any mobility problems the stairs up to the kitchen may be a problem, but Josie points this out on the website.

                                  Fantastic rural holiday gite

                                  Philip P.

                                  4th time we have come to this gite. It is very cosy and located in a beautiful area..close to beaches and many great towns such as Saintes, bordeaux, cognac, rochefort, La Rochelle, Limoges etc. Roy and Josie are perfect hosts, always on hand for advice and for a chat but also very discreet. Would suit a range of users.. Good for a romance break but also safe and ideal for families. We will be back no doubt at some point in the future.

                                  Elaine and Phil, Inverkip

                                  Authentic character in a lovely setting

                                  Stephen A.

                                  The property is a converted barn which the owners have fitted out to a really high standard. The setting is picturesque, the outside space ample in size and the surroundings quiet and peaceful.

                                  Roy and Josie are welcoming hosts and have given a lot of thought to the facilities and equipment their guests will benefit from. We were there a little too late in the season to enjoy the property to its maximum - eg dwindling light and temperatures prevented dining outdoors in the evening (not to mention the poor weather!) - but I can imagine it being ideal for couples and small families in the height of summer.

                                  All in all, great value for money and warmly recommended.

                                  Wundervolle Scheune - Nähe Corme Royal

                                  Michaela P.

                                  Per Zufall sind wir auf diese liebevoll renovierte Scheune gestoßen.

                                  Die Scheune stellte sich so dar wie beschrieben.

                                  Die Ausstattung war grandios. Von Gesellschaftsspielen, über Sandspielsachen, DVD´s, Bücher, Fernsehen... war alles für sonnige, aber auch regnerische Tage vorhanden.

                                  Selbst in der Küche fand man ausreichend Geschirr und Gewürze - falls etwas benötigt wurde halfen Josie und Roy gerne aus.

                                  Man konnte sich in Scheune, aber auch Garten wie zu Hause fühlen.

                                  Für kleinere Kinder ein Traum, da sie unbeschwert alles erkunden und im Garten spielen oder mit Roy auf dem Rasentraktor umher fahren konnten.

                                  Die Scheune ist ca. 3 km von Corme Royal entfernt (Bäcker, Metzger, kleiner Supermarkt) bzw. gelangt man innerhalb von 15 min nach Saintes.

                                  Landschaftlich eingebettet liegt die Scheune zwischen Feldern und bietet Ruhe und Entspannung die man im Urlaub sucht.

                                  Die Feldwege laden ein zu Spaziergängen, Joggen und Radtouren (kaum Verkehr).

                                  Zu den nächst gelegenen Stränden in der Nähe von Royan kommt man in ca. 30 min.

                                  Josie und Roy sind ein hilfsbereites, kinderliebendes älteres Ehepaar - die direkt neben der Scheune wohnen und einem genügend Raum und Platz zum Wohlfühlen geben.

                                  Einfach ein genialer Urlaubsort zum Abschalten.

                                  Beautiful Barn

                                  Diane Alan and familyBarnsley

                                  A wonderful holiday cottage in a fantastic setting.

                                  Roy and Josie were great hosts, nothing was too much trouble.

                                  We spent 2 great weeks in this lovely accomodation.

                                  The barn has been very tastefully decorated with everything and more that you would need. All the appliances were new including washing machine, cooker, microwave and English TV to keep you up to date with home if needed.

                                  The surrounding area is very picturesque, with all the sunflowers in bloom whist we were there, whilst a little further away Saintes, Royan and Cognac are a must to visit. St Palais sur mer was our favourite beach whilst further down the road the zoo is also well worth a visit.

                                  All in all we had a wonderful family holiday, the children loved playing in the garden on an evening whilst we prepared the BBQ drinking a glass or two of the local wine and sitting watching the beautiful sunset.

                                  We would highly recommend this property and will definately be returning to continue exploring the area.


                                  Corme-Royal, France

                                  Fribaud Pastorale is set in beautiful open countryside and has the benefit of calm and tranquility with wonderful views over open countryside and amazing sunsets (in the evening dining in the garden, sipping the local Pineau des Charentes watching the sun set over the fields of sunflowers is breathtaking) but it is ideally situated to visit the wealth of activities in the Charente Maritime. Our property is ideal for couples who yearn for a quiet, romantic stay but it is also wonderful for young families. We have a large garden ideal for hide and seek. We also have a piece of land which is flat and mowed and is perfect for ball games. We have an aquarium, world famous zoo, boating lakes, outdoor and indoor swimming pools just a short drive away. In Corme Royal there are all the services you may require. Boulangerie, boucherie, tabac, restaurant, epicerie, doctor, dentist, pharmacy, etc. Fribaud is a traditional French hamlet famous for its apple, peach, nectarine and cherry orchards which give spectacular blossom in the spring and a feast of fruit in late summer and autumn. It lies off the tourist routes but is only 20 minutes from the nearest beaches. The coast has some of the finest in France with family beaches and wilder, natural stretches among the forests to the west of the region. The many islands just off the coast are perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle.The area is steeped in history with a wealth of Chateaux, Roman & medieval remains. Saintes is 15 minutes away, Royan 25 minutes & La Rochelle 60 minutes. These & the many smaller towns have wonderful food markets which offer fresh seafood, the famous Marennes oysters from the local beds which claim to supply 75% of the oysters eaten in France and many other local delicacies. Within a short drive we have many fine restaurants & we must not forget the fine wines produced on our doorstep. Other Activities: historical sites, river trips and boat hire, distilleries, zoo, aquarium, open farms, stone carving, birdwatching,

                                  Rates & Availability

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                                  Damage Deposit

                                  Bed linen, towels including beach towels and tea towels are provided. There will be a welcome gift (bread, butter, wine etc) awaiting your arrival but we will gladly do a little shopping for you (at your expense) if you let us know in advance. Gas, electricity and water are all included.

                                  13 Reviews
                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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