Stonemasons Barn

Barn hosted by Sam

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath


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The Stonemason’s Barn was once used as an animal store and was renovated by the local stonemason. It's full of quirky features and has some unusual stone decorations on the outside. Suitable for a romantic couples hideaway, it's a perfect rustic & cosy barn with oodles of character! The Stonemason's Barn has a private garden area, patio & garden furniture. It also has it's own designated parking space and access to the shared swimming pool and terrace. Not suitable for children.

The space
Enter through a laurel archway, and discover your private garden and Stonemason’s Barn, which was once used as an animal store and was renovated by the local stonemason. It's full of quirky features and has some unusual stone decorations on the outside. The Barn sleeps 2 adults and is a perfect little hideaway with a rustic, cosy feel and lots of character! Stonemason's Barn has it's own garden and patio with garden furniture for al fresco dining . Also a 'bistro' spot beyond the French doors from the living room where you can have a coffee (or a Pineau!) with a view over the pool and the terrace. The Barn also has it's own designated parking space, and access to the shared swimming pool and grounds

Downstairs, the rustic kitchen has everything you will need with a gas oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave. There is also a large shower room and loo. The cosy lounge/diner has a wood burning stove, dining table for four people and the French doors open to enjoy the warm summer evenings. You can relax and watch the large flat screen TV, curl up with a book from our collection, or listen to your favourite music on the docking station.

Upstairs you will find a large, beamed bedroom with skylight and French doors opening to a Juliet balcony. There is a double bed and a single bed with additional trundle bed beneath, and plenty of clothes storage.

This gite is for 18 and overs only.

All sockets are 3-pin British, so there is no need to bring loads of adaptors with you.

A welcome basket with tea, coffee and essentials will be waiting for you on arrival, with our pleasure.

Where you'll sleep

1 double bed, 1 crib

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Long term stays allowed

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4.80 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews


Where you’ll be

Les Alleuds, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

The climate of the Poitou-Charentes is one of the mildest in France, second only to the Mediterranean coast in hours of sunshine. Famous for sunflowers, miles of regimented vineyards and thousands of acres of wide, green spaces begging to be explored. Gentle rivers and waterways wander throughout this region, and ancient towns straddle those river banks with offers of “une table avec une vue” while you linger over lunch or stop for a drink. Oysters are a big local speciality of the region, as is the Pineau Cognac aperitif. (Yummy!)
Our two gîtes are situated between the market towns of Sauzé-Vaussais and Chef-Boutonne in the department of the Deux-Sèvres.
The area surrounding Sauzé-Vaussais was the backdrop of many wars and fights in ancient times and the town has a Romanesque church, a small hotel, bars, a supermarket, boulangeries (of course) and an English tea shop. Chef-Boutonne also has several bars and restaurants, and both towns host weekly markets where you can buy fresh, local produce. Sauzé-Vaussais has a lake with children's play area - a really great day out and there are other spots just like this. “Plan d’eaus” they are called, locally. The delightful Château Javarzay at Chef-Boutonne is well worth a visit, although ‘spoilt for choice’ as there are so many beautiful Châteaux in striking distance.
If you like a bargain, why not wander around some of the many local brocantes (car boot sales - but with style!) which are held throughout the year. If you fancy nipping out for a quick drink to our "local", try the La Chat bar in Melleran- it's within cycling/walking distance and is run completely by volunteers. The bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings and offers good food, very reasonably priced drinks, and games etc for children.
Just down the road, the ancient town of Melle has silver mines and three Romanesque churches to visit. With, of course more great little bars and restaurants including a lovely pizzeria. We are ideally placed for exploring the glorious Charentise countryside which is bursting with sunflowers during the summer months. The area surrounding our gites is perfect for walking. We also have a selection of adult and children's bikes on site which you are welcome to borrow.
There are some wonderful beaches less than 2 hours drive on the spectacular Côte Sauvage, but even closer still is the holiday resort of Châtellion Plage and the cosmopolitan seaside town of La Rochelle, one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coastline; with it’s huge marina, a very large aquarium and a botanical garden .
Civray, Ruffec and Confolens are all lovely places to visit where you can picnic on the river or hire a boat at Marais Poitevin (Venice Vert or Green Venice) and spend the day meandering through the collection of sleepy water ways. Still with rivers in mind, why not spend the day kayaking on the Charente - great family fun! Even enjoy a little white water in places - but nothing too crazy...
There are numerous historical towns within an easy drive such as St-Jean-d'Angély, Chauvigny and Parthenay, all of them with their individual stories to tell. Why not ‘swing by’ La Vallée de Singes (valley of the monkeys) at Romagné, which is a wildlife park with no fences or cages! Visit the famous Poitou donkeys for guided visits and animal rides - just 30 minutes down the road... or La Planète des Crocodiles - an hour away in Civaux!
If you want a full day of adventure we would recommend La Palmyre Zoo at Royan (one of the best in France, so I’m told), the Puy du Fou theme park, south of Cholet. Perhaps Futurescope at Poitiers, only an hours easy drive away.
This is a great area where you can have the best of all worlds - peaceful countryside, seaside resorts, ancient towns and cities and numerous family attractions. Even without the glorious sunshine, (and as the 2nd sunniest spot in France, we have plenty of that) we think there is something for everyone!
At Rustic France, we are at the heart of a thousand activities; but, when you are ‘back at base’, unwind and relax into Charentaise life. Of course, you could always just take a glass of cool Pineau and sit by the pool, on the terrace, or in the garden and relax in the French countryside outside the majestic Tobacco Barn or the romantic Stonemasons Barn...

Wish You Were Here!!

Hosted by Sam

  1. Joined in April 2018
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You know when you love the pace and style of a particular life SO much, you just have to recreate that feeling every day? Well, that's what drew me to buy, love and share this 'hidden gem' gite complex in South West France.

The surrounding area has all my favourite things, fresh air, nature in the form of rivers and sea, meadows, vineyards and forests. Added to this a continental society obsessed with eating, drinking and enjoying the outside - for as long as the year allows. Which is quite a bit!

I have travelled a lot, I know what I like in a holiday or mini-break, and so I hope to recreate that for others too.
I love languages anyway, and so whilst my French is 'passable', the aim is to be fluent - even when I'm talking to the bank or the tax office!!

France is the birth place of 'cinema' - their word, of course, and so my love of movies is right at home here.
The joy of exploring wonderful cities will be increased as I now live so close to so many, and fantastic European train travel and links mean Spanish, German and Italian cities are within super easy reach too!

Food and drink - my favourite thing, and France is just so good at it! I aim to build on my cooking skills and learn as much as I can from local culinary genius!!
Wish You Were Here!!
You know when you love the pace and style of a particular life SO much, you just have to recreate that feeling every day? Well, that's what drew me to buy, love and share this 'hid…

During your stay

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    Things to know

    House rules

    Check-in: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Checkout: 10:00 AM
    Not suitable for children and infants
    No smoking
    No pets
    No parties or events

    Health & safety

    Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
    Carbon monoxide alarm
    Smoke alarm

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