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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

The Barn in Vijon - Stunning Gite for 1 to 5 people - truly an oasis of calm!

Newly renovated, The Barn at Vijon offers guests spacious accommodation with panoramic views over beautiful rural countryside. Boasting exposed beams, characterful stone walls and secluded private gardens. The accommodation is equally suitable for an individual, couples or families (up to 5 people) offering 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) with a full-size extra bed available. Shower room with WC, separate WC, open plan kitchen, dining, lounge with gallery. Enjoy the spacious south-facing balcony with stunning views whilst having breakfast or an aperitif or why not do some stargazing (great night-time views with no light pollution) there's even a telescope provided!

On arrival guests will find 'storecupboard' essentials such as fresh bread, eggs, milk, butter, marmalade, jam, tea, coffee and sugar. To celebrate your arrival we will also have a bottle of wine chilling for you in the fridge! Fresh produce from the garden is available in season. Also, toilet rolls, soap, washing up liquid, soap powder etc - everything you need to get your holiday started. All linens are provided.

Free WIFI. Free-to-air UK and French TV. Extensive library of DVD's. Books, games and puzzles.

RATES FROM £15 PER PERSON PER NIGHT (based on 5 people sharing during high season). See detailed rates for full information.

All rates shown are for 7 nights. For shorter stays please enquire.

More Details

John and Anne Thomson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About John and Anne Thomson

John, from West Yorkshire and Anne, from Northumberland came to France in search of “The Good Life” in 2005. For 6 years they ran a successful Chambres d’hotes business in the Creuse and in 2012 decided that the time was right to undertake a new challenge. After renovating their own property they turned their attention to the barn and completed the transformation from an empty, unloved building that it was into the beautifully restored Gite that it now is.

John and Anne Thomson purchased this barn in 2012

Why John and Anne Thomson chose Indre

Knowing the area around Boussac and Sainte Severe we were delighted when we found our new property in the village of Vijon in the very south of the Indre. As well as finding our new home we also knew that the barn, which came with the property, would make an ideal gite for visitors to also enjoy the area. It took us 18 months to completely renovate the barn into the accommodation that we are now proud to provide.

This is the very northern edge of the Massif Central region, where it meets the flat plains of central France that lie to the north. The landscape here in the southern Indre is very much like that found in the Dordogne or Correze departments further south, with forested hills, small fields and traditional farmhouses. Because the roads are quiet and the region is not part of the major tourist destinations in France it is also an excellent destination for cycling or hiking.

What makes this barn unique

The Barn at Vijon is situated right in the heart of the tranquil French countryside. At the boarder of the Indre, Creuse and Allier departments you are ideally located to visit the many castles, churches, museums, galleries, parks and gardens in the area. With its quiet country lanes the area is very popular with cyclists and for walkers there are many signposted routes and walks to be had around and near Vijon.

You too can enjoy “The Good Life” in our converted barn where an oasis of calm awaits. We are on hand to do all we can to ensure you experience a relaxing, rewarding and enjoyable holiday in the heart of rural France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at the Barn (La Grange) at Vijon at the end of September 2016. The Barn has been beautifully restored/renovated and transformed into a wonderful holiday home. It is a comfortable house for 4 people. The house was very clean, and the owners very helpful. John and Anne live next door in a separate house. You have your own privacy and they theirs, but if you need help they are nearby and accessible. The views from the veranda, where you can sit, are wonderful. You see the garden, the countryside and the Limousin cattle. The Barn is located in Vijon, close to the church. Vijon is a very small community, with one shop that sells basic groceries and is also a cafe / bar. The coffee is very good and low priced. The nearest place of importance is La Chatre, 25 minutes by car. John and Anne were very good hosts, very informative, and they gave us the privilege to visit them and enjoy some English hospitality. Anne prepared a wonderfull Quiche! Thanks John and Anne, hope to see you again.
Sep 2016
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Vijon Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • **Detailed Cancellation Charges** Cancellation after booking is made and before 60 Days in advance is loss of Deposit.
  • Cancellation Charges Between 60 and 30 days of arrival 50% Between 30 and 15 days of arrival 75% Between 15 days and arrival 100%
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet , Downstairs toilet with washbasin
    Bathroom - shower , Main bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) with a full size extra single bed available and small extra child bed available (for children under 8 years)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
Outside: Private gated entrance with parking for 2 cars. Secluded garden with seating areas and barbecue. Stunning views over rural countryside. Storage area for bikes etc. Towels/linen included, changed weekly.


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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 33 reviews

Fantastic stay- wonderfully equipped barn in a beautiful, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Extremely well equipped barn and a much appreciated welcome-pack of bread, milk, butter etc. We had a lovely stay with our 2 kids (4 & 7) with plenty to do in the surrounding area. Local bar has the essentials but no fresh bread, croissants etc- the only down side, really. Very hospitable hosts- would recommend thoroughly. Thank you John and Ann.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great value, spacious gite in a quiet rural location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great choice if you want to escape to an authentically rural area. Vijon is a very small village and the barn is on the edge, looking out onto open fields. It is next door to the owners' house, but very private with a garden that is not overlooked. Owners John and Anne are very friendly and approachable, so you are in good hands. They are experienced operators so everything has been thought out. The barn is bigger than it looks in the photos and would easily accommodate a family. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Richard. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the privacy and the peace and quiet of The Barn at Vijon and it's surroundings and that you appreciated your time in our spacious accommodation - we hope you arrived home relaxed and refreshed! We'd love to welcome you back again sometime soon.
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week in a beautiful setting! The barn was wonderful with lots of lovely quirky touches, it was fully equipped and spotlessly clean. Great bathroom with fabulous shower. British tv channels meant we kept up with events at Wimbledon & the Tour de France! We loved the area - a slice of the rural France undiscovered by tourism! Enjoying walks from the local villages using guides at the barn & fabulous meals at the nearby hotel-restaurant La Bonne Auberge! However what will we miss most - the balcony with its gorgeous views & the daily soap opera of the bull, cows & calves in the field! Though we mustn't forget the generous hospitality of our hosts Anne & John always there if you need them but keen to respect privacy! We appreciated the stocked fridge on arrival as well as the personal touches of fresh fruit and veg from the garden & Anne's homemade preserve! Our final evening was topped off by joining the locals for their Bastille Day Celebrations & impressive fireworks on the village football pitch. We certainly hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thanks Ashley and Sue for your great review. It's always lovely to hear how much our guests enjoyed their stay with us; thanks for taking the time to do it - makes it all worthwhile! Would love to welcome you (and perhaps your friends) here again sometime.
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Tranquil retreat - beautiful views, comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property with every amenity and very comfortable. John and Ann were lovely hosts and very welcoming. Fruit and veg from the garden a real treat. Thank you for a restful stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah for your very kind review. It was lovely to meet you both and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

The Barn really does look as gorgeous in real life as it does in the photos. It's beautifully furnished and very comfortable. We spent nearly every mealtime sitting on the balcony, looking out over the fields, and really didn't want to budge. Vijon is very tiny and amazingly peaceful. All you hear are the birds and the church clock, and the occasional tractor. John and Anne are lovely, and made us feel very welcome. There's a stash of bread, croissants, butter, jam, tea, coffee and milk all waiting for you when you arrive, and we had lettuce and new potatoes straight out of the veg patch as well. If you want to relax and recharge it's perfect.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and that you returned home relaxed and refreshed. We enjoyed meeting you all and hope you may be able to stay with us again some time. You would be very welcome!
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Fantastic property looks exactly like the pictures

  • 5 of 5

Had a great week staying here ..owners are very welcoming and have provided everything to make the stay enjoyable and comfortable ..area is pretty and it's very peaceful

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review; so pleased you enjoyed yourselves in the accommodation and that you found it exactly as advertised. You left a wonderful review in our guestbook for others to read - thanks very much for doing that. It was great to meet you and hope you will return again sometime.
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Bourges Cathedral
Château de Culan
Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Relais de Vijon, Vijon
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Les Dryades
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
La Bonne Auberge, Nouzerines
Car: necessary


Nearest airport with UK connections is Limoges - 90 minute drive.

6 hour drive from channel ports.

Car Hire/use of car is essential for this location.


Ste Severe - 14 km

Boussac - 14 km

La Chatre - 30 km

Further Details:

Convenience store/bar in the village, signposted walks from the village centre, ideal base for cyclists. Numerous restaurants within a short drive. Supermarkets and banks located within 15 km.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $25.75 per person per night

25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking, balance to be paid 60 days prior to arrival.

CANCELLATION CHARGES (determined by date written notification of cancellation is received);
More than 60 days before arrival - 25%. Between 60 days (balance due date) and 30 days before arrival - 50%
Between 30 days and 15 days before arrival - 75%. Within 15 days of arrival 100%
Please ensure that you have travel insurance that includes cancellation cover.

For weekly stays during high season changeover day is Saturday (Arrival after 15.00 Departure by 10.00). For any other durations please enquire.

100 Euros deposit will be required on arrival - this will be refunded after your stay subject to satisfactory inspection.

During the period 01 OCT - 30 APR a supplement of 10 Euros per night will be payable locally to cover the cost of electricity for radiators and for the supply of wood for the log burner. This amount is to be paid in cash on arrival along with the 100Euros cash breakage deposit.

If anything happens to you, or you cause damage at the Barn at Vijon, you are NOT covered by the home-owner's insurance. This can range from breaking a coffee-table to accidentally burning the house down. It is a normal condition of renting in France that you have third party/personal liability insurance to cover these sorts of eventualities.
By agreeing to these terms and conditions the guest confirms that he/she will be in possession of adequate travel insurance including third party/personal liability cover. Most travel insurance policies will include such cover and will also cover for cancellation charges in certain circumstances.

The Barn at Vijon is not liable for any damage/theft or otherwise to any personal items left unattended during your stay.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.