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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!

Recently 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.

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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 up to 5 people (2 Bedrooms) with a full size extra single bed available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • 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 4.962963 based on 43 reviews

Magical location and barn with outstanding hosts

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting amongst the French countryside. Perfect location in which to experience a true sense of French life.

The Barn was stunning with charming personal touches and attention to detail. Exceptional hosts who created a very warm welcoming ambiance and who put so much of themselves into creating a home from home. It was lovely to enjoy days out but it was equally lovely to come back home to the barn after a day out.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lorraine for your lovely review. It gives us a warm glow, which will see us through the winter, to know that you enjoyed yourselves so much. We'd love to see you back again sometime. As we say here in France Je vous en prie.
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A haven of peace

  • 5 of 5

We booked to stay at The Barn after a late decision to travel to this area. We liked what we saw on the website and were not disappointed. The Barn has been renovated to a very high standard and is equipped with everything needed for a short or long stay. Whilst the local area is great to visit with lots of traditional market towns we spent a lot of time enjoying the tranquil setting The Barn is in with its beautiful views across open country.

The owners John and Anne were there to greet us upon arrival and made us feel very welcome from the outset. We were provided with a welcome pack of tea,coffee,milk, eggs etc which was very much appreciated.

Vijon is a typical French rural village so if you're looking for a peaceful break with wonderful hosts and fabulous accommodation then this is the place for you.

Nick & Sharon Green.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick & Sharon for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the tranquility, the surroundings and the facilities. It makes it all worthwhile for us knowing that what we have created at "The Barn" and what we provide leaves our guests feeling refreshed, happy and contented. We'd love to have you stay with us again sometime!
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic hosts

Fabulous gite

Home from home just the place

To recharge your batteries

Peace.quite. and tranquillity

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MAGICAL - Wow! Thanks very much Mark, what a lovely thing to have said. We love that you enjoyed the place so much and it was lovely to meet you both and spend a little time with you. Really hope to see you again sometime.
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A lovely homely gite in a very relaxing, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

The gite is very well equipped and set out with super views over the countryside from the terrace and a beautiful garden too. John and Anne are wonderful hosts who provide a comprehensive set of starter provisions as well as a steady stream of freshly picked fruit and vegetables from their garden. The village of Vijon is an excellent location for those looking for a break from the rat - race back home and great for cycling on the almost unlimited quiet lanes or local walking routes. All in all fantastic!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Graham for your kind words. We are very grateful for your comments and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and having you stay with us. Hope to see you again sometime.
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Beautifully designed and renovated. Tranquil and special.

  • 5 of 5

It is a must place to stay if you enjoy a true rural and tranquil experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks "Anonymous" (though I know who you are!) It's lovely what you said and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time!
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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: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Richard; pleased that you and the family had a good time and that you found The Barn to do exactly what it says on the tin!
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John and Anne Thomson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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 Vijon

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 have both enjoyed our stay here immensly. It has been lovely and relaxing. The Barn is fantastic! You have done it beautifully. A part of France that we will never forget. We will be recommending you to all our family and friends. Thank you and good luck, hope to see you both soon when we return.
Aug 2017
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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

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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