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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 2 - 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:
June 26, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 4.9444447 based on 29 reviews


  • 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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Manchester, United Kingdom

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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A perfect "Get away from it all" hideaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a perfect spot to relax and unwind, then look no further - this beautiful property in the middle of nowhere in the middle of France offers the perfect setting. The owners, John and Anne, welcomed us with a basket of local goodies and were always available without being intrusive, and the property was spotlessly clean, characterful and tastefully restored and decorated. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Barn to anone looking for a peaceful and relaxing break in a beautiful part of rural France.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt and Sonja for your lovely comments - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you found The Barn at Vijon to be the perfect place to unwind and relax. It was great to meet you and hope to see you again sometime.
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Peaceful and quiet rural retreat with beautiful outlook

  • 4 of 5

This tastefully converted barn makes an ideal rural retreat, in a picturesque setting. John and Ann are attentive hosts and made us feel warmly welcome and cared for. Everything was set up with initial supplies of milk, eggs, scrumptious home-made raspberry jam and coffee waiting for our arrival. Plenty of internal space and well laid out over three levels, functional and well equipped kitchen and dining area; all finished in appealing woodwork. South-facing balcony with a delightful aspect. Variety of shops and restaurants within a 25km radius. Looking forward to coming again!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pete, it was nice to meet you all and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much you would like to come back. You'll be very welcome!
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Brandnew, spotless, full of character

  • 5 of 5

After a warm welcome we made a tour of the property, which is tastefully decorated, has all amenities you can ask for and has plenty of space.

The view from the southside balcony shows the Berry countryside from its best. In St Sévère and Nouzerine are fine restaurants, with prices we can only dream of. A small shop + bar in Vijon will supply you with the most elementary goods just a few footsteps away.

Conclusion: highly recommendable when exploring the region or for tranquillity-seekers.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Renaat and Jeannine for your very kind comments. it was lovely to meet you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit.
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The Barn at Vijon is a very comfortable property with beautiful views over quiet countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a very warm and friendly welcome from John & Anne, who were very hospitable and keen to make sure we were comfortable. The Barn was well equipped with everything you could think of, plus many thoughtfully provided extras - produce from their own garden, as well as staples for the kitchen when we first arrived. They had thought of everything - hairdryers, picnic set, picnic chairs, binoculars, to name but some of the unexpected delights provided.

The property itself was spacious, with comfortable bedrooms and living area, an outside sitting area overlooking the garden and a south-facing balcony with views over the garden and countryside. It was a bird-watcher's dream as well as a lovely place to eat and relax.

This is a perfect place for those who want a quiet and relaxing holiday away from it all. The local roads are quiet and the small sleepy towns in the area are a pleasure to visit.

Thank you John & Anne for a very pleasant stay in Vijon.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alison and Mike for your lovely review and for taking the time to mention the many additional items we thought would help visitors enjoy their stay - we are glad they were appreciated. You are welcome back anytime!
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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

Vijon Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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 changeover day is Saturday (departures by 10. 00, arrivals after 15. 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 prior to departure or can be deducted from the refund of the breakage deposit if applicable.

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.
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