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The Barn at Vijon - "Serenity for the Soul"

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
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.

More Details

John and Anne Thomson
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn around the Vijon around the Indre

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • 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
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Downstairs toilet with washbasin
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Main bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • 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 ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • 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 4.9333334 based on 46 reviews

Beautiful evenings with a tremendous view

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully renovated and well-equipped barn with a lot of loving details, with a tremendous view over the sloping fields and groves . Relaxed and very quiet evenings on the balcony with a white owl flying by. Beautiful garden. Very friendly hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review - we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay recognising the quality of the accommodation, the facilities, the garden, the views and the tranquil evenings out on the balcony. We hope you will come again.
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  • 5 of 5

So much detail in the property - everything you need and more.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciated the time and effort we put in to help our guests enjoy their experience with us. Hope to see you again!
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Beautiful location. Very clean and well equipped. Hosts were so helpful.

  • 5 of 5

John and Anne were the perfect hosts. Had a great folder with all the information of restaurants, shops, POIs etc. The Gite was lovely, clean and well stocked and the views were fabulous.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julie for your kind words - we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and that our accommodation and facilities were so well received. Hope to see you again sometime.
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: 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

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: 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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn around the Vijon,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New year
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
3 Jan 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
13 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
27 Apr 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
High Season
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
31 Aug 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

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 cash deposit will be required on arrival - this will be refunded within 7 days of 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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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