About this listing
Recently converted, bright, open-plan, split-level barn in the heart of tranquil countryside on a lane to forest. Wood-burning stove, modern IKEA steel kitchen, shower bathroom, huge oak beams, enormous garden with lots of privacy. Price for 2 is for couple maximum.
The unusual location of this property means that it feels totally secluded, whilst being at the end of the village on a lane leaving the road, with high laurel hedges and leading to open countryside at back - farmland and forest. The property is flanked my impressive Linden trees and the very large garden that leads on into a large farmed field has cherry, apple, walnut, fig and pear trees.The barn is a newly converted independent extension of the family holiday fermette. Light and airy, furnished with contemporary and antique furniture, it is very spacious, peaceful, and easy to manage. With large sliding French doors downstairs and velux windows up, and some of its lovely stone walls revealed, it offers guests a tranquil, tasteful space to relax/work.
In summer, a waist high large plunge pool, hammocks, garden furniture, barbecue, and the enormous garden for sunbathing, that is not overlooked and leads out onto open field. There is a key to the village tennis court and open access to the village football pitch. Plenty of swimming also nearby: open air municipal pools and lovely Sonnette river. Great walks, beloved rambling and cycling area, + sports activities e.g. horse riding. Many local sites of interest, Chateaux and great restaurants. Neighbour and friend is the caretaker and cleaner and welcomes you on arrival, provides keys, provides fresh linen and advice. Car parking space for large car/caravan.The owner is bi-lingual in French.
Interaction with guests
None at all, we will only let when we are not there.
This is deep rural unspoilt France: beautiful light, fabulous sunsets, lovely rolling countryside, with woods, valleys, streams and open fields. Many picturesque villages with medieval churches, local arts and music festivals including the summer Jazz Festival in Cognac and the Film Festival in Angouleme. There are great local restaurants including the Michelin La Grange des Oies. Lots to visit, e.g.Cognac, the Futuroscope in Poitiers, and the coast within reach for day trips ( La Rochelle and the gorgeous Ile de Re and Oleron) whilst the historic La Rochefoucauld with its magnificent castle is a 20 minute drive away. There are many interesting brocantes for antique lovers, and lots of local produce sold direct from farmers. The local wine is a Rose and the Charente is famous for its Pinaud. The Charente coast is the oyster bed of France, and fresh oysters - and of course local mussels - are cheap and available from local fish market on a Friday. Very friendly neighbours, including next door who is the caretaker/cleaner and friend of the family.
Flights to Poitiers with cheap fly-drive options = about 90 mins drive. Local buses daily, and train from Angouleme ( on the TGV from Paris or direct from London if you take Eurostar and change in Lille = 5 hrs) stops 11 klms away at Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure or La Rochefoucauld. Option of very cheap car hire from local garage arranged by owner. Possible to do lots by bike as excellent supermarket is 7 klms away. The property has open parking at the back.
Other things to note
Everyone who has ever our house visited loves this place for its peace and tranquility, space, light and simplicity. Theres lots to do, local courses and workshops in all kinds of arts and sports,wellbeing and horse riding. There are two local swimming pools, both open air in summer, within a short drive away, and you can also dip into the cold and lovely Sonnette.This part of France has been only lately 'discovered' - bordering the Dordogne, it is nonetheless different, less mountainous, more undulating, with sunflower and maize crops, vines and in general hot summers, sunny springs and mild winters. The Charente was significant in WW2 and a big Resistance area as it was on the line between occupied and unoccupied France, so lots for those interested in this history.
Just to respect the property and the neighbours. Prefer no animals but negotiable depending on circumstances.
University Professor and writer,director, producer. I work in London and an currently Head of Department. I have a daughter going to University and my husband is an actor, writer and broadcaster. Bi-lingual in French, I have owned the entire property for some 15 years, and converted the barn recently for my own use and to let out to people who want a peaceful retreat, ideally artists, writers, those needing tranquility to work and/or holiday. the family use it mostly in august, for extended family and friends as the barn is attached to the larger old fermette house. However, you don't need to know too much about us as we will only rent the property when we are not there, so independence and privacy guaranteed. However, given this is a beloved home, we want people to use it who love what we love: literature, art, nature, good food and wine, good conversation - and this very unspoilt spot in rural France. You can find out more about the Barn on : BeaulieuBarn