Barn with modern open plan interior, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including wet room
- English, French
About Juliet McLauchlan
Hi my name is Juliet, I have been renting out the Gite since 2016. I really enjoy meeting everyone who stays and helping them to have enjoy a great holiday. Holidays are very important to people, so the Gite and pool are always clean when you arrive. I provide information of places to visit and see in the area and I am always around if you have any questions. I am from the UK and I was bought up in the West country, in Bath. I have two children, and two grand children. I had many jobs while the children were growing up, but ended up being an HR Manager for a company of International Consulting Engineers, which was great. I then lived in Spain for 5 years, then returned to the UK for a few before moving to France in 2014. The gite was originally just an open barn, it has been fully renovated, giving a bright and contemporary feel.
Juliet McLauchlan purchased this Barn in 2012
Why Juliet McLauchlan chose Jumilhac-le-Grand
La Grange @ Le Coulon is situated in a small hamlet 3 minutes drive from the village of Jumilhac Le Grand with its picturesque fairy tale chateau, we are in the north of the Dordogne with lush country side surrounding us. We fell in love with this property mainly because of the great views. The location is excellent as you are close to the village which has a Post Office, restaurant, bars, shop, butchers, chemist, 2 bakeries, hair dressers etc. and less than 10 minutes from St Yrieix La Perche. A small town which offers all the local amenities you would expect, local markets, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, hospital etc. There are so may places to visit from small villages and towns to cities such as Limoges and Perigueux which have wonderful cathedrals and fascinating architecture, as well as lots of restaurants where you can try many local dishes. Many towns have regular markets with local produce.
What makes this Barn unique
Outside our Barn conversion has a large raised terrace, (30 sq m) with fantastic views, with a dining area offering a table and chairs and sun shade for up to 8 people, also a barbeque. The solar heated pool is new this year, there are also sunbeds and we provide towels for the pool. The Interior of the barn has a contemporary feel, but still has exposed beams and handmade wood doors which gives it a rustic feel. We have a level entry to the downstairs living area which is open plan with 3 settees in the lounge area, 2 side tables a wood burner as well a TV and DVD player. The dining area has a square table which seats 8. The kitchen has an electric oven and gas hob, there is microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, toaster, coffee maker and cutlery and crockery pots and pans etc. we provide Tea Towels. There is a single bedroom and a wet room on this level. We have attachable support handles for the wet room and a shower stool should they be required. The entrance hall has a galleried landing leading to 3 double bedrooms and a bathroom, there are wardrobes in all the upstairs bedrooms as well as draws. We provide bed linen and duvets. All pillows are anti allergy. We also provide bath sheets, bath, hand and pool towels. Fictional books and DVD's are also available to borrow. Dogs are welcome to come and stay, but our garden is not enclosed, so dogs will have to walked on a lead. Although the terrace is enclosed with a fence and gate. If you should wish to bring your bicycles with you we can offer you somewhere secure to store them, or alternatively bikes can be hired locally. We feel that the barn is suitable for couples and families (unfortunately we do not provide furniture for babies and very young children). We can accommodate someone who has mobility issues as we have a level entrance to the ground floor and the terrace as well as a downstairs wet room and bedroom. We live on site so we will be here to welcome you and answer any questions you have.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Quiet relaxing venue.
A beautifully presented gite. Juliet was the perfect hostess, she was there when we needed her. We've stayed in a lot of places with lots of rules, but the hosts here were so laid back we could completely relax without worrying. Lovely day out at the velorail, but the one thing we learnt too late eating out was the lunch midi plat du jour. Meals out otherwise are expensive! A definite home from home.
Thank you for your great review, it was lovely to meet you and your family, and I am pleased that you all found your holiday in the Gite relaxing and like a home from home. I would happy to welcome you as guests again.
Kind regards Juliet
High quality accommodation and a good base to explore from
We had a very peaceful couple of weeks staying at The Grange @ Le Coulon. The Grange has a very well equipped kitchen and dining facilities and a spacious veranda, and the whole gite has been finished to a very high standard. The pool was cleaned daily by the hosts who were close-by and were very welcoming. The surrounding area is delightful and rural, with plenty of markets in the villages and towns, and Jumilhac Le Grande makes a good base to explore the surrounding area. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Thank you for your great review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday here at La Grange. It was nice to meet you and your family and we would be happy to see you again in the future.
Kind regards Juliet and Grant
Lovely property in a beautiful location
Juilet and Grant made us feel at home straight away. Nothing was too much trouble. There was a welcome pack and they were on hand if we needed anything. Beautiful views in a quiet location with loads of intersting medival villages to explore.The plunge pool was very welcoming. Would definitely book again.
Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and the area. Thank you for leaving the property so clean and tidy, we would be happy to have you stay again.
Kind regards Juliet and Grant
Would definately recommend!
We had a great week at La Grange @ Le Coulon with our 3 teenage daughters and our dog. The gite is newly renovated to a high standard and was very clean, spacious and comfortable with a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens out onto a large terrace overlooking the pool and countryside view. It was a great place to relax as well as having lots to do within a short driving distance.
We will definately recommend to others!
Thank you very much for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at La Grange. It was lovely to meet you all including Jake who was very well behaved. We would be be happy to welcome you back as guests at any time. Kind regards Juliet and Grant
Brand new Very clean Gite. Felt like home.
The Gite has been refurbished to a very high standard. Lovely and clean,very thoughtful host who provide the basics, washing up liquid, dishwashing tablets, toilet cleaner etc. Beach towels were kindly provide for sunbathing and using in the pool.
The pool was fun and very refreshing after a hot day of visiting the amazing scenery, castles and days of exploring the Dordogne region.
Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We are really pleased that it felt like home to you. It was great to meet you all and we would be happy to have you and your family as guests anytime in the future. Kind regards Juliet and Grant.
Lovely property in a great location for a fab family holiday!
The four of us had a great week staying at Le Grange and were made very welcome by the owners. The property is newly converted, very clean, comfortable and well presented. Downstairs, there is a well equipped kitchen and dining area (though the weather was so good that we ate out on the terrace 90% of the time) and the TV / lounge area had three large, comfortable sofas that would easily sit seven adults. The downstairs wet room was a great feature, allowing us to nip in from the pool and shower. The kids loved splashing around in the pool.
Each of the three bedrooms upstairs (there was a fourth good sized bedroom downstairs which we didn't use) were large and had very comfortable beds, with shaded Velux windows, which kept the rooms cool, though fans were needed on some nights due to the hot weather! The bathroom had a good size shower and bath.
Le Grange is well situated, around 2km Jumilhac le Grand, a quiet village with its impressive chateau (we had a good evening meal at Lou Boueiradour) and about 10km from Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, a market town which has the closest supermarkets and a decent range of shops, cafes and restaurants (Chez Lorenzo Pizzeria is recommended). Limoges is about an hour away and it took around seven hours to drive down from Calais.
We spent a couple of days just relaxing at Le Grange but we found lots to do without much travel - we canoed and rode the velo-rail at Corgnac-Sur-L'Isle and hired bikes at Chalus to cycle along a former railway line - about 22km in total. We also went down to Perigueux (one of the regions largest towns) and visited the impressive Roman museum, with its excavated villa. Evenings were spent chatting with a glass of wine on the terrace.
We had a lovely holiday and the high quality of the accommodation and the quiet, countryside location offered by Le Grange was the cornerstone of this. We'd happily recommend Le Grange to family and friends and would return in the future. Thanks for a great holiday!
Thank you for your fabulous review. You were brilliant guests and we are so glad that you enjoyed staying at our property and that you made the most of local attractions in our area. We would love to see you again in the future. Kind regards Juliet and Grant.
Special interest holidays:
The beautiful Dordogne landscape offers many hills, valleys, lakes and rives in the close vicinity, which is perfect for the following types of holidays
Water sports including Lake Swimming, Canoeing and Water Skiing
Numerous lake beaches in the area, all supervised during July and August including Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 10 km away.
Ferry Ports: La Grange is about is about a 7/8-hour drive from Calais, Caen/ St Malo 6/7-hours, Le Havre 7/8-hours. The Portsmouth to Le Havre crossing has a limited number of cabins which pets can travel in, on specific ferries, we recommend you talk to Brittany Ferry before booking.
Airports: Limoges Airport is a 50 mins drive away from La Grange, Bergerac Airport, 90 mins and Bordeaux Airport, 2.5 hours. To get the most from your stay we recommend a car, hire facilities are available at all airports.
Jumilhac Le Grande Village centre – 2.5Km – a little over 1 mile
St-Yrieix la Perche – 10Km – just over 6 miles
The property is part of a small rural hamlet, within 30 minute walking distance of the picturesque village of Jumilhac Le Grand with its fairy tale 13th Century Château, Post Office, restaurant, bars, shop, butchers, chemist, 2 bakeries, hair dressers etc. There is also a Sunday market during July and August.
There are well marked trails around the village and Château. The River Isle flows through the valley surrounded by woodland and is a great place to admire the local flora and fauna. There is a helpful tourist office which can advise you of many things to do in the area,
There is a municipal outdoor swimming pool (open July and August) and tennis courts (open all year) 3 mins drive down the road.
St Yrieix la Perche has 2 hypermarkets and several large supermarkets stocking everything you might want to make your holiday enjoyable. It has a quaint old quarter and is a typical French town. There is a Market every second and fourth Friday of the month. Every Thursday evening during July and August is the ‘Marche Nocturne’, where you can sit and dine, enjoying local produce being prepared for your evening meal and live music. If you want to enjoy the local cuisine there are many good restaurants to choose from. In July and August, St Yrieix hosts a classical music festival.
The surrounding area offers fishing, canoeing, walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming, gold panning and tennis. There are beautiful villages and towns to visit such as St Jean de Cole, one of the 'plus beaux villages' in France and Segur le Chateau, another ‘beau village de France’ which has a night market once a week in July and August. Also Brantome, known as the Venice of Perigord Vert has a weekly market. There are many fascinating Châteaux to visit and explore. Visit the historic caves at Grottes de Villars with ancient cave art and at Lascaux. At Arnac Pompadour you can see the French National Stud stables and a beautiful chateau, where horse racing takes place throughout the summer.
For longer days out, there is Perigueux a beautiful Roman and Moorish town which has a weekly market and also there are the attractions of the River Dordogne which are about 90 minutes away with Sarlat and Domme and other places to visit.