About the home
A converted 17th century barn lovingly restored to retain its character and history. Originally built before the Vendee wars but burned by troops of the revolution in the 18th century, evidence of this can be seen on the stones of the walls where the colour has turned from creamy yellow to a rose hue.
It is spacious with lots of natural light and is furnished to the highest standard for 6 guests. A perfect base for exploring the Vendee and its history - or simply relax and enjoy rural France and its Atlantic coastline.
The barn is located near the village of Sigournais and its medieval château. The nearest large shopping centre is 10 minutes away in Chantonnay, although there is a small supermarket in Sigournais where you can buy virtually everything that you might need and this is only 5 minutes away. The Vendee is renowned for its excellent climate - as much sunshine as the Cote d'Azur.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Sable d'olonne, La Faute, 65km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The mezzanine can have 3 beds for children rather than use the sofa bed, children seem to love this as they all sleep together.
There are a number of books, games for adults and children, CDs for every music taste, DVDs on a number of subjects/films for adults and children. The TV is for watching videos/dvds etc there is no broadcast TV at the moment
There is also a second toilet with a wash basin
Pets are not allowed as this is farmland and ithe fields around Sigournais are home for many, many cows. The upside of this is that you can buy eggs and milk at the farms.
There is a wood burning fire in the living area - wonderful in winter.
From the patio you look over the fields to the chateau and its orginal driveway through an avenue of trees.
Baby items eg cots, sterilisers, changing mat, playpen, potty, cot etc are provides on request but only at time of booking.
Bicyles and boats can be hired locally
Further details outdoors:
Swimming - there is a beach at the Lac de Rochereau which is 5 mins away where you can swim. Also there is a swimming pool in Chantonnay but there are many sandy beaches within 40-60 minutes for your days out -sable d'olonne, la tranche, la faute to name a few.
There are 4 golf courses all within an hours drive.
These are Les Fontenelles. Famous for its driving range, this golf course with its many hedgerows provides an excellent succession of water features, maritime pine and oaks over 2 miles.
La Domangère. The highest slope in France with a wealth of shots to be played, this is a delightful course that those in search of new challenges will want to experience. (This is supposed to be one of the more difficult golf courses in France).
Port Bougenay - on the edge of the sea and bordering an enclosed forest, this golf course overlooks the marina of Port Bourgenay. With hedgerows and pine forest, this course provides a two-in-one experience.
Mazieres en Gatine. Set amongst lakes and ancient trees, this course produces surprise after surprise behind each hedgerow.
Arrival is at 4pm. Departure is at 10am
The price includes all bed linen, towels,etc and cleaning supplies as there is a septic tank.
A deposit is required at the time of booking
This ia a no smoking barn due to the enormous amount of wood
We can help you with discounted ferry tickets.
If you have a baby we are able to supply bath, cot, high chair, playpen, pramette etc, but please advise what you require at the time of booking.
It is a no smoking house due to the enormous amount of wood in the property.
The Poitou-Charentes / Vendee / Vendee region
The property is located in the Vendee, a 5 minute drive from Sigournais or 10 minutes from Chantonnay, which is the nearest large town, 45 - 60 minutes from Sable d'Olonne, la Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers.
The barn is in a hamlet nestling in the glorious countryside of the Vendee and dates from the seventeenth century. Many of the hamlet's original occupants worked at the famous chateau de Sigournais. The location is the place to unwind completely, there is virtually no traffic but sometimes the occasional tractor! It is particularly peaceful.
There are working farms close by and it is not unusual to see cows grazing in the fields around Sigournais. Over the field beyond the patio of the barn you can see the chateau and it's original driveway through an avenue of trees.
Sigournais is a 10 minute walk away. There is a general store, a hairdresser and a bar/restaurantt.
Chantonnay is about a 10-minute drive away where there are many shops including two large supermarkets. There is a general market on Thursday and a food market on Saturday. There is also a cinema and a swimming pool, plus numerous restaurants and bars.
The Sigournais area
Spend a day at the beaches of Sable d'Olonne, la Tranche or la Faute, take a boat out in the Marais Poitevin (green Venice of France). Go for lunch in the port of La Rochelle and antique hunt in the afternoon or see the sights.
The Lac du Rochereau, 5 minutes from the Barn, is probably one of the most beautiful spots you have ever seen. You can swim from its beach, take a boat out, have a picnic, admire and paint the views, or try fishing for carp.
Go for a day's sightseeing or shopping in Nantes or Poitiers. Nearby there's riding, horse racing, surfing, water sports, cycling, running, golfing and even night clubs for the energetic!
Also there's ballooning, bird watching, walks, forests, canoeing, many places of historic interest, markets, a zoo, villages, lots of bars and restaurants for the not so energetic.
Sigournais is only 25km from the Puy du Fou, the second biggest tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel tower. This is a spectacular day out for all the family. It celebrates the Vendee's wonderful heritage.
How to get there
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Driving - we can offer discounted ferry tickets with Brittany Ferries. You could sail from Portsmouth, Plymouth or Poole to St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg or Roscoff.
For air travel the nearest airports are Nantes, La Rochelle or Poitiers - you can book a car quite cheaply at any of these airports.
We supply driving instructions for your trip.
Activities near Sigournais
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
14 Oct 2012
We stayed at The Barn for a week in August 2011 and had a wonderful time. We travelled as a family with teenagers and spent some quality family time together.
The Barn was so fully equiped we... more
28 May 2012
We spent two weeks in this accommodation in Chantonnay in August 2011. Barn has all the mod cons and in great condition. Nice private backgarden where we could sit out and bbq in the evenings. Local village nice and lake nearby was very convenient if you did not want to do a big trip on a particular day. Vanessa was very helpful and we would have no hesitation in recommending it as a great base to relax and also explore the region.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|January to March||5 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 336||-||-||1 Week|
|March to May||30 Mar 13||25 May 13||£ 452||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||25 May 13||31 Aug 13||£ 557||-||-||1 Week|
|August to October||31 Aug 13||26 Oct 13||£ 452||-||-||1 Week|
|October to December||26 Oct 13||21 Dec 13||£ 336||-||-||1 Week|
|Xmas||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 441||-||-||1 Week|
|January to March||4 Jan 14||29 Mar 14||£ 336||-||-||1 Week|
|March to May||29 Mar 14||31 May 14||£ 452||-||-||1 Week|
|May to August||31 May 14||30 Aug 14||£ 557||-||-||1 Week|
|August to October||30 Aug 14||25 Oct 14||£ 452||-||-||1 Week|
|October to December||25 Oct 14||20 Dec 14||£ 336||-||-||1 Week|
|Xmas||20 Dec 14||3 Jan 15||£ 441||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Normally Saturday is changeover day but do talk to us about different days.
We can let you have discounted ferry rates with Brittany ferries crossings.
We supply you with keys and everything will be prepared ready for your arrival. You may arrive from 4pm and you must leave by 10am to give us time to prepare for the next guests.
When you book we require a deposit of 20% of the rental, we will send you a booking confirmation form and a contract for your signature. The remaining payment will be due 8 weeks before your arrival.
Prices include bed linen, towels, tea-towels, oven gloves, heating, water, electricity and some cleaning supplies as they need to be septic tank friendly.Book
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