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Renovated Barn With River Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Barn in La Trimouille, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France - Central Village Location Close To All Amenities. Excellent Base For Tourism And Relaxation

This riverside two-bed accommodation is situated close to the mini supermarket, bar/restaurants, boulangerie and other facilities. It is on two levels with the open-plan living/dining room and kitchen downstairs and the two bedrooms upstairs, each with en-suite shower rooms.

Barry Ware
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Barry Ware

We moved to France permanently in 2006 and for the past eight years we have restored the house and barn - far removed from our previous careers in retail, restaurants and catering. We now enjoy the riverside terrace for relaxing and summer eating with a view on nature and the splash of swallows on the water.

Barry Ware purchased this barn in 2000

Why Barry Ware chose Vienne

We wanted a property a reasonable distance from the ports so we could drive down from home in a day. The Vienne is far enough south to catch the long, hot summers and the area is now served by two airports - Poitiers and Limoges - which are about an hour away. The countryside here reminded us of Oxfordshire where we lived.

What makes this barn unique

We purchased an historic house and barn in need of lots of renovation but we could see what the end result could be. The property is situated in the village square on the water's edge with all the local amenities close by and it is a convenient location for exploring.


La Trimouille Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • River
  • Village
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom has a double bed, bedroom 2 has twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Outside: The riverside terrace has raised flower beds and access to the river bank. There is a barbecue and garden furniture for guests' use. There is a public car park in front of the property but secure parking can be provided if required. Utility Room: Cloakroom with laundry facility. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included in the rental price and will be changed at the end of each week. All cleaning and paper products provided.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Renovated Barn With River Views
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

A lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Riverside Barn, in spite of disappointing weather. We were met by the owners and shown around, and they provided a very comprehensive welcome pack, which included a delicious home made cake. The house was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay.

We had visited the area before, but enjoyed returning to St Sevin and Montmorillon. There is a lovely terrace overlooking the river, but we couldn't make as much use of this as we had hoped due to the weather.

The gite is quietly situated on the bank of the river, and a lovely place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Riverside Barn. Sorry the weather was not good.
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very relaxing and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Barry and Vivien are excellent hosts. They were there to greet us when we arrived and showed us around the Barn.It is very well appointed, immaculate and extremely comfortable. They are there whenever you need them but will also leave you alone to relax and enjoy your holiday. The Barn is right on the riverside and you can sit and watch the wildlife on the river from either the patio or living room. La Trimouille is lovely village with plenty of amenities including boulangerie, little supermarket (which is a few steps away) and great takeaway pizza!! Thank you both for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah Thank you for your review we are very please you enjoyed your stay with us Barry and Vivien.
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

This was probably the best house we have stayed in.

The house itself was like a brand new show home. Immaculately presented, clean enough to eat off the floor. Even the garage was perfect and uncluttered and spacious. The house had everything that you needed and a thoughtful welcome pack including wine, water, cheese and a baguette. Vivien even baked us a cake for our arrival, a very special touch.

The gite has a great location right by the river. It is next to a well stocked shop and opposite a bar. There is a Moroccan restaurant over the river, which was unfortunately closed during our stay.

La Trimouille is within easy reach of some beautiful towns, such as Montmorillion, Chauvigny, le Dorat and Bellac amongst others.

Barry and Vivien are great hosts, always available to recommend things to do and places to visit. The house has dozens of books about France, lots of local maps and guides.

I cannot recommend The Riverside Barn highly enough. This is a very special place indeed.

I do hope we can stay there again.

Thank you so much.

Andrew & Julie

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew and Julie, Thank you for a great review. Barry and Vivien
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We couldn't have wished for better...

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4 with two teenaged children and we stayed for a week at this property and loved everything about it.

The house itself is immaculately clean, beautifully presented and brilliantly equipped. The 'welcome pack' was fantastic with delicious homemade cake, milk, butter, cheeses, wine and much more, plus Barry and Vivian had made sure that the house was really well stocked with all the usual annoying little things you have to buy like washing powder, toilet rolls, dishwasher tablets, tea, coffee, sugar etc etc.

We loved being so close to the river, the view up and downstream are beautiful and we enjoyed watching the ducks, kingfishers, swallows, fish and coypu (not otters as we originally thought!!) from the terrace or sitting room window. The terrace itself is great and a perfect place to enjoy the sun, again it has everything you could possibly need and is so prettily planted.

The village of La Trimouille is quiet but not dead and has everything you need... a very well equipped shop next door (where are got our daily crossiants and baguette) and a great little bar/restaurant over the road and even a florist and a pharmacy. We went to the bar/restaurant most evenings for an early drink and the staff were very friendly and also ate there one evening and had a great pizza.

There is also so much to do in the surrounding area - we did a fantastic 11km circular walk from the house one day that took us along the river. Also we went kayaking in a nearby town Chauvigny which was great fun. My son and husband also used the tennis courts that are in the village and were very impressed with them. I also recommend the shops in Poitiers - so much variety and great for clothes! Also the nearby town of Mortmorillion is definitely worth a visit.

Finally, Barry and Vivian are wonderful hosts - such lovely people and really knowledgable about the area so handy to ask if you want advice or recommendations.

We have stayed in a lot of places in France but I can honestly say that this has been the best for so many reasons and is really excellent value.

We look forward to our return visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rachael and Bruce, Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Best wishes Vivien and Barry.
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fabulous place in a wonderful area

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had an extraordinarily interesting and relaxing week at this beautiful spot. Barry and Vivien have done a really superb job in restoring the barn. Comfortable, tasteful, supplied with everything one might want, right down to the awnings on the deck that are on wheels so you can always place the shade where you need it. The surrounding towns were fascinating to explore, and Barry and VIvien were always available and happy to advise on places to go or eat. Very highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andrew and Yoshie, Thank you for a wonderful review. It was lovely to meet you both, have a good journey home. Kind regards Barry and Vivien.
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A Special Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

This was a holiday to remember! The patio was right on the river...a great barbecue...relaxing chairs...lovely planting. The property was very thoughtfully and tastefully kitted out with everything we needed to make our stay easy and comfortable. Super clean with a mix of modern and original features. Barry and Vivien gave us a great welcome and were unobtrusively around if we needed anything. Lots of places to go and great weather. Highly recommended!

Thanks again Barry and Vivien and lovely to have met you!

John and Sandra

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John and Sandra, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Barry and Vivien.
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There is a swimming lake at Chaillac (25 mins by car).


The nearest airports are Poitiers or Limoges. Use of a car is essential.


Montmorillon (nearest town - 15km)

St Savin Abbey (Unesco site, frescoes - 21km)

Chauvigny (medieval town, birds of prey show - 39km)

Les Herolles (monthly market on 29th - 12km)

Chaillac (swimming lake - 23km)

La Vallee des Singes, Romagne (monkey valley - 77km)

Parc de la Haute Touche, Azay le Ferron (zoo park - 47km)

Futuroscope (technology park, breathtaking shows - 73km

Parc St Cyr (leisure park around the lake - 65km)

Further Details:

The village has a mini supermarket, two bar/restaurants, a boulangerie, pharmacy, bank, hairdressers, cinema and tennis courts.


Rates & Availability

La Trimouille Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 1
Jan 7 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 2
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $129.36

Booking Notes:
25% deposit due on confirmation of the booking. Balance due 28 days before the holiday starts.


Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday to Saturday from 2nd May to the 6th September 2015
at other times can be flexible. Arrival time after 4-15pm and departure time is before 10-00am.

Notes on prices:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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