Amid the vines & orchards in a tranquil village in the coastal region of the Charente Maritime, this charming barn conversion is furnished to a high standard & suitable for up to 4/5 people. Our property is on the edge of the hamlet of Fribaud. We have fantastic views over the French countryside. The sunsets in the evening have to be seen to be believed. There are often sunflowers
growing in the fields next to us and this makes for wonderful photo opportunities Fribaud is an ideal spot if you just want to chill out and enjoy the peace and tranquility. If you are feeling energetic, there are quiet leafy lanes for a stroll or a cycle ride. It is also ideally situated to tour the Charente Maritime with its many and varied coastal resorts, the oyster beds, the vineyards, the historic towns and villages (Saintes is ten minutes away - it is rich in roman architecture, the Charente river gently flows through the town and it has wonderful markets selling local produce every day except Mondays but on the first Monday of the month all the roads are closed to accommodate a huge foire).
This an ideal spot for a relaxing break but it is ideally situated for beaches (eg Royan 25 min). The beaches range from quiet coves (St Palais sur Mer) to vast wide and wild (Cote Sauvage), country walks, world famous seafood & wines & Cognac. Children are made very welcome. Zoo at La Palmyre, Aquarium at La Rochelle.
During the summer months there are lots of activities in all the communes in the area including firework competitions and displays and outdoor musical concerts. Many of these are free and very enjoyable.
A large comfortable lounge with leather settees and tv and dvd player. There is a book case with a variety of fiction and non fiction and dvds.
There is also a two seater settee which converts into a very comfortable single bed. Large dining table and chairs.
There is a large storage to the rear of the barn - ideal if you wish to store your bicycles securely. There are various games and buckets and spades for the children to enjoy.
There is a barbecue for which the coals are provided.
There is a large lawned garden with mature trees. Ideal for adventurous children or for finding a shady spot to snooze, read or sip the local wines. Outside area - patio with table and four chairs, barbecue, sun beds.
The lounge is always cool even on the hottest of days.
Double bedroom - double bed, bedding including bedlinen, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables with table lamps, mirror, hair drier.
Mezzanine bedroom - two single beds,duvets and bedlinen, bedside tables with lamps, hanging space, mirror.
Kitchen/diner - Table, four chairs, welsh dresser, gas cooker, fridge, freezer, electric kettle and teapot. Very well equipped and including tea towels.
Luxury shower room - multi jet shower, hand basin unit and wc. All towels provided.
This is a recent barn conversion to a very high standard. The owners live in a traditional, Charentaise stone farmhouse on site and you can be sure of a warm welcome. To find out more please do not hesitate to contact them and they will only be too pleased to share their love of this beautiful corner of France.
Fribaud Pastorale Guest Book: A great week - great accommodation in a great location. Very quiet and peaceful. Sat and watched the sunset over Fribaud.
Josie and Roy were always on hand for help and advice and have done a fantastic job in their barn conversion.
We really enjoyed our stay and everything was provided for an excellent holiday. Very impressed and we will be recommending Fribaud Pastorale to our friends.
Had a lovely week, the barn is very comfortable and has all you need for a relaxing holiday. After watching the sunset over the fields, the stars begin to appear. Never seen so many. Then slept like a log. Wonderful.
Everywhere is easy to get to from here - Royan, St Palais, Ile d'Oleron, Ile de Re. All have great beaches.
Thank you for having us - its been fantastic. Lovely weather, lovely food, great accommodation. Coming back soon.
Roy and Josie are spot on - Roy even came to find us when we were lost!
Fribaud Paatorale Guest Book continued: What a wonderful slice of heaven! The weather has been perfect, the accommodation beautiful and our hosts superb! We will certainly be returning!
As I write this, the sun is streaming through the barn doors and its almost 8 pm. We shall be really sad to leave but are so happy that we have found such a stunning place to stay with such welcoming hosts. All in all, a great place to stay to visit the coast and inland.
A relaxing week in a beautiful region. The accommodation is so very well equipped, Josie and Roy have thought of everything. Made good use of the BBQ in the evenings. Lots of interesting places to visit and great places to eat. Great to come back to a peaceful, quiet location after a day sightseeing. Thanks Roy and Josie.