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Peaceful Cottage In Walking Distance To One Of France's Most Beautiful Villages - The converted barn

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights



The converted barn

The 2 bedroom newly converted barn is on the same 4000² mtr property as the old farmhouse but has its own private entrance and outdoor seating areas/terrace which are clearly separated from the farmhouse. The Barn has spacious and comfortable accomodation for 4 people.

If you wish to book both the barn and the house, please contact us.

With its own private side entrance, the ground floor is a bright open plan 40 sq mtr lounge dining and kitchen area. There are original stone walls and oak beams along with comfortable sofas, a farmhouse style dining table and chairs and a well equipped kitchen. There is free Wifi and freeview UK TV channels on a new flatscreen television. Double french doors lead out from the kitchen to a dining patio overlooking the garden and view to the lake.

Stairs from the lounge take you to the oak beamed double and twin bedrooms. The double has an en-suite shower room and there is additionally a separate bathroom with shower over.

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About the property

L'Ancienne Ferme

Situated on a quiet lane, the spacious stone built single storey converted farmhouse and 2 storey barn has 4000m² of private gardens with views of a lake and surrounding countryside and is within easy walking distance of the picturesque village of Saint Jean de Cole with its restaurants, shop and Tourist information office.

The refurbished farm house has original beams, a stone fireplace and has been furnished to ensure a comfortable peaceful holiday with plenty of space for 4 people. (can sleep 5)

There are two large bedrooms, one with a King size bed and a double bedroom. There is a third bedroom between the double bedroom, the lounge and the bathroom with a single bed. The bathroom has a walk in shower in addition to the bath. The farmhouse style Dining kitchen with range cooker is fully equipped and there is also a separate formal dining room. The lounge features a stone fireplace with Log burner, flat screen TV with UK channels and comfortable seating . Free Wifi broadband internet access is available and the cottage has ample parking.

To the rear of the cottage, double French doors take you from the lounge to the upper patio then to the dining terrace, the covered seating area, barbecue area and on to the private lawned gardens.

Like the main house, the 2 bedroom Barn conversion is stone built with original old beams. The new interior created in 2016 provides a ground floor open plan 40 sq mtr lounge with dining area and kitchen. Double french doors to the rear lead to a dining patio and look out over the garden to the lake on the land next to ours.

Stairs lead up to the two good sized bedrooms - the double with en-suite shower room has a view over the gardens and next to the twin bedroom there is a separate bathroom with shower over as well. Oak beams exposed stone walls and chestnut wood floors are featured in the bedrooms which have antique wardrobes and dressing tables.

Like the main house, the Barn is fully equiped. It has a new flat screen TV with UK freeview channels and Wifi. It has its own side entrance, parking area and outside seating area to the rear.

The house and converted barn are separated by a section of the original Barn and outside, a hedge and garden gate, allowing privacy from the other section of the property. Each has its own access to the lower garden. Alternatively, together they make ideal accomodation for a family or group of friends.

You may want to pick a peach, plum, pear, apple or a few cherries from the trees in the orchard or just sit and watch the wildlife including red squirrel, deer, coypu, buzzards, etc that pass by the garden from time to time.

We will be here to welcome you and will always be close by if needed.

You can rent the main house for 4 (plus an additional child in bedroom three) or the Barn for 4.

If you wish to book both the house and the Barn please contact us for a quote.

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Mr John & Carolyn Angilly
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2018

About Mr John & Carolyn Angilly

We have lived in France since 2004. Having lived in the Perpignan area, we decided to move to St Jean de Cole in April 2014 after discovering this beautiful village.

Mr John & Carolyn Angilly purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mr John & Carolyn Angilly chose Saint-Jean-de-Côle

The house enjoys the peace & quiet of the countryside but the village is just a walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The view at sunrise is stunning - makes a brilliant start to the day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Carolyn & John, thanks to you both we have had a most enjoyable stay in your lovingly finished home. We are leaving with lovely memories of our time spent here , in lovely St J de C, your house and also you as hosts who were very special and caring
Jul 2016
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If you wish to stay in both the Farmhouse and the Barn gite, please contact us. The Farmhouse and the Barn Gite are separated by a 12 meter wide stone barn. The gardens at the rear of the properties are separated by bushes , plants etc and a wooden gate so each property has privacy but could be used together if you require.


Accommodation and facilities for The converted barnin Saint-Jean-de-Côle in Périgord

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , bathroom in barn
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to double bedroom in the barn
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Bed 1 in the barn. Views over the rear garden
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin bedroom barn. High ceilings and beams
  • 2 large bedrooms in the house - king and a double. There is a further child size single bed between the double and the bathroom. The Barn building has 2 double size bedrooms, a double with ensuite shower room plus a good sized bedroom with 2 single beds.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The converted barn
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

A superb barn conversion that exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

John and Carolyn have done amazing job in converting the barn into a spacious, comfortable and stylish holiday home. The living area has a light airy feel, the kitchen is well equipped and the two bedrooms each have good bathrooms. The piece de resistance, however, is the back deck which gives glorious views over the garden and the countryside beyond. All this within walking distance of a very attractive village.

John and Carolyn are excellent hosts, providing quick responses to all communication before and during our stay. On arrival they provide both good local information, and a very welcome starter pack of wine and cheese, etc.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to do this super review Jim. We very much enjoyed having you here and our little chats. We hope we can welcome you both back soon. Kindest regards John & Carolyn
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A Perfect Stay !

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year in a row at John and Carolyn’s property in St Jean de Cole and it lived up to our high expectations from last year. This time three generations of our family took both properties. It is a perfect set-up for two/three families with a very large, safe and well-maintained garden for the kids to run around, and plenty of space for the adults to spread out. The rooms are comfortable, stylish and well-furnished, the kitchens are well-equipped and the outdoor areas offer lots of choice and shaded areas for relaxing, eating or simply chilling out.

The property is within very easy walking distance to St Jean de Cole with its stylish and welcoming restaurants/bars, as well as being very central for a lot of activities and attractions in the area including local markets, castles, caves and a wide range of sporting activities.

John and Carolyn are excellent hosts. They worked hard to meet all our requirements for extra beds/cots/high chairs etc and were anxious to ensure that we had everything we needed to make it a comfortable and enjoyable time.

Simply perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten die umgebaute Scheune gemietet, alles ist sehr liebevoll eingerichtet, der Garten ist grandios, John und Carolyn absolut hilfsbereit. In der Touristinfo kann man detaillierte Wanderkarten kaufen, Wanderwege beginnen quasi ab der Haustür. Die Restaurants in St. Cole hatten Ende September allerdings nur sehr sporadisch auf, aber die Küche in der Unterkunft ist prima ausgestattet, also machte auch das Kochen Spaß.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing a review Gisela. We hope we can welcome you here again soon We will try to learn a few German words but you speak English so well we cannot hope to reach your standard. Perhaps we will test your use of French !!
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A Beautiful Property in a Peaceful Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weeks stay in this comfortable barn conversion. Spotlessly clean and beautifully presented.

A very relaxing location; a short walk to St Jean de Cole for bread in the morning; well marked walks in the countryside from the door; and wonderfully quiet country lanes for cycling. Really enjoyed our trips to Château de Puyguilhem and the Grottes de Villars, neither was too busy and both well worth a visit. A canoe trip from Brantome to Bourdeilles was everyones favourite! John and Carolyn were very helpful and quick to respond with any query we had. We would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nicola. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and we would love to see you here again.
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Perfect spot to relax

  • 5 of 5

John and Carolyn made it very easy to book their property and were very welcoming when we arrived after a long, tiring journey. As soon as we walked through the door, we relaxed. The property is extremely comfortable (one of the best we've ever stayed in) with a lovely airy living area with a proper sofa! The bedrooms were also very comfortable and everywhere was spotlessly clean.

The little terrace was wonderful to step onto through the French doors from the kitchen area in the morning. The view of the garden, lake and the trees beyond was spectacular. We spent many a happy hour sitting there eating meals, reading books or wildlife spotting. We saw a red squirrel, deer, a green woodpecker, a heron, many beautiful butterflies and lots of hummingbird hawk moths on the buddleia but the strangest sighting has to be the resident coypu!

From the property you can do several walks in the area and we purchased a map from the local Office de Tourisme in Saint-Jean-de-Côle for just a couple euros. We managed to do two of the walks and they are very well sign posted and take you through beautiful countryside. You can also walk to the village of Saint-Jean-de-Côle, which is very picturesque.

We did a lot of day trips out and would recommend visits to Brantôme, the caves at Villars, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Montignac, the chateaux at Jumilhac-le-Grand and Hautefort, Nontron, Limoges (we went by train), Bergerac, Bourdeilles and Terrasson-Lavilledieu. If you go to any of these places on market day, it can be very busy and parking is tricky but the experience of the local markets is worth it. We would also suggest a visit to Brantome Police Horses, which is a very special place run by lovely people.

We've been back just a few days and the tan is starting to fade but our memories of this beautiful place will always be with us.

Thank you John and Carolyn for sharing this little bit of French heaven with us.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our thanks to you, Trish & Pete, for choosing our place to stay and for the lovely review. I think you will also remember the sneezing horse at Brantome for some time too! Glad you saw the funny side of it and so pleased that you had such a busy and enjoyable holiday. We hope to welcome you back again soon John & Carolyn
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Highly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 10 day stay in the converted barn! I truly can't say enough about how clean and comfortable this adorable little place was. When we stepped inside the first time I thought it was actually nicer than it appeared in the photos. Cozy, just so cozy! The barn was immaculate and well furnished with everything we needed. We especially enjoyed breakfast and dinner on the patio looking out over the beautiful gardens! The converted barn definitely met and exceeded all of our expectations.

John and Carolyn were amazing hosts, going out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and having a good holiday. They were full of information about the area, there in a flash when we had a problem with the door lock (repaired in a flash as well) and respectful of our privacy in every way. They genuinely cared about our stay in every way.

St Jean de Cole was delightful and we ate at La Perla many times. The historical tour given from the Tourist Information office was excellent, even in the rain with umbrellas! We recommend near-by Brantome for restaurants as well, especially Côte Rivière. Our meals there were hands down the best of our entire 2 weeks in France! Be sure to tour the Abbey and ask about the bell tower tour in the Tourist Information office in Brantome. It's quite informative and interesting. Brantome is lovely just for a stroll through the market (it's been in the same spot on Friday's since the 1500's - read the plaque about it near the bridge) or visiting the Abbey and we found ourselves there many times. There is plenty to do in the area around St. Jean de Cole yet it's quiet and relaxing with the surrounding fields and forests. And I promise you won't be disappointed staying in the Converted Barn!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your very positive and detailed review. It was great having you stay here and we would be very very pleased to see you here again. Keep in touch. Kind regards John and Carolyn
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Golf d'Essendiéras 24160 Saint-Médard-d'Excideuil
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Several local in and around the village
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Thiviers Lake beach at Nantheuil
Car: recommended


- opportunities abound. The Voie Verte is a 17km stretch of converted 19th century railway line linking Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers via Saint-Jean-de-Côle. It’s great for summer cycling as it’s well shaded by oaks, pines and acacias. Dordogne Cycle Hire provides a range of bikes and equipment for the whole family including electric bikes. Best to contact in advance English spoken. Being the Regional Natural Park of the Perigord Limousin we are fortunate in having well signposted and maintained pathways with a choice of routes through fields and woodland. Some routes are signposted from outside the house.

The Beach

We have a soft golden sand lake beach only 10 mins away at Nantheuil. Surveillance during high season and an inexpensive snack bar/café. Free access and good parking. We have some beach towels available.

Grotte de Villars

The Villars Cave, about 10 mins away by car, is one of Perigord’s largest underground networks and has prehistoric paintings amongst the stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours through part of the network take around an hour. The fairy tale Chateau de Puyguilhem nearby is well worth a visit too.

Horse Riding

There are numerous stables in the area, the nearest,Les Écuries de Milhac-de-Nontron which is just a five minute's drive away. You can book for lessons or days out trekking. The National Stud headquarters at Pompadour is about an hour's drive with a lovely race course and you can tour the stables.


There are Municipal courses at Périgueux and Limoges, open to the public. A 9 hole course near Excideuil (30 minute drive) with nice club house facilities. We understand you are welcome to stay all day and play as many rounds as you wish. E-mail Telephone (0033)(0)5 53 55 34 34 (English spoken).


Canoes can be hired at Brantôme on the River Dronne and locally at Corgnac sur l'lisle (just outside Thiviers). There are also various canoe hire pick-up and drop-off locations along the River Dordogne.


On the Route National RN21 direction Limoges, past Chalus. Well sign posted.

Gold Panning in the area of Jumilhac le Grand is available twice weekly during July and August and can be arranged with some advance notice at other times, it usually takes an afternoon and you’re pretty much guaranteed to take home some gold you found in the river. The Chatueau here is magnificent. Open every day between June and September. During July and August there are Thursday night tours where the castle is lit by candles and the guides are in costume. We understand at least one of the guides speak English.

Adventure Obstacle Course

Fun for all the family at Espace Hermeline Bussiere Galant near Chalus (approx 30 minutes away) with, apart from the obstacle course, a recreational lake, velo rail, tennis courts and mini-golf etc


Fantastic restaurants and excellent food at reasonable prices are normal here and the Restaurants in St Jean de Cole and the surrounding area are no exception. If you prefer preparing your own food, there are markets every day in one of the local towns or villages and Saturday is market day in Thiviers where you can also find Supermarkets and many other shops,

Saint Jean de Cole

You can walk along to the village – about 700 mtrs. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. You could paddle in the river Cole, play tennis or table tennis and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the bars or restaurants next to the 12th century Château de la Marthonie, which is considered an ancient monument.

Brantome- known as the Venice of the Perigord, is famous for its street cafes on the river Dronne and it's stunning chateau and abbey at the base of the sheer cliffs. Brantome also has a large selection of traditional french shops, a lovely park by the river with shady picnic areas and a fantastic Friday market.

Richard Coeur de Lion

Follow the Richard the Lionheart Route visiting the chateaux and castles where King Richard stayed during the beginning of the 12th Century, where rumours of legend, treachery and intrigue abound. There are no less than 16 chateaux on the route, which spans the Charente, through the Perigord Limousin National Park and south into the Dordogne.

Parc du Reynou

Close to the city of Limoges, it is home to around 600 species of animals and birds in 45 hectares of geographical areas, african, asiatic, american plains, an australian area and a mini-farm. The 80 hectare park is also the location of Reynou Castle with landscaped walks.

Fishing - If you like fishing you are spoilt for choice. South West France, with around 11,000km of rivers and over 3,000 lakes is perfect for anglers at all levels. Fish include trout, carp, catfish, pike, bream, perch, barbel and many more. Fishing permits are readily available in local village newsagents and from the tourist info office in St Jean


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