Barn Owl Barn

A renovated 260 yr old barn in South West France. Sleeps six. Three ensuite bedrooms. Private pool. Lawned gardens.

The House
Barn Owl Barn is our second home in south-west France. It is a charming, 260 year old barn situation in a tiny hamlet, set in a private, walled south-facing courtyard and with exclusive use of its own completely private swimming pool. The house has been renovated with a new kitchen, en-suite bathrooms and all modern amenities, but still retains its original delightful character. To the rear, there is a sunny morning patio, surrounded by fragrant climbing plants and shrubs, leading onto a lawn with a further garden backing onto rolling farmland, often planted with sunflowers. For wild-life lovers, hoopoes nest in the hamlet, and are frequently seen on the lawn in the rear garden along with red squirrels and even the occasional deer. Many species of owl inhabit the big orchard just across the lane and can be heard on summer nights in the courtyard.

The accommodation
25ft lounge/dining room with full height beamed and vaulted ceiling and original Charentaise open fireplace, large 32" flat screen TV with satellite freeview, separate DVD player. There is an iPod hub. WiFi internet is provided. The farmhouse dining kitchen has a beamed and vaulted ceiling, recently fitted dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, new range cooker, fridge-freezer etc. The house sleeps six; there are 3 en-suite double bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor. Two of the bedrooms have king-size beds and one has twin beds. All beds have super-comfortable latex mattresses. A cot and highchair are available.

All bedlinen (apart from cot linen) bathroom and pool towels are provided, professionally laundered for each party. Our local property care company are available to answer any queries you have relating to the property or to local amenities etc.

No pets allowed. Smoking strictly confined to external areas.
From mid-morning, the south-west facing front courtyard with its private swimming pool enjoys sunshine for the rest of the day, and is well supplied with sun loungers. There is a large dining-table and 6 chairs for lunchtime and evening, with parasol and BBQ. Our property care company will check the pool during your stay to ensure a high standard of maintenance. There is a sunny rear breakfast patio, overlooking the lawned gardens and surrounded by shrubs and trees, with a parasol, and 6-seater table and chairs.

Local Amenities
The historic village of Villefagnan is situated only 5 minutes drive away, offering a couple of small pavement cafe bars, a boulangerie, a butcher, a small supermarket, hairdresser, a doctors' surgery, a bank and post office, and a covered market on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The town of Ruffec is five miles away. This is an interesting market town with pavement cafe bars, delicatessens, boutiques and other shops, together with banks, restaurants and two large supermarkets. There is an indoor market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, with fresh produce including fish and shellfish straight from the Atlantic coast, cheese, fruit, vegetables etc. In the other direction, and equidistant, Sauze Vaussais is another interesting little town, with an internet cafe, bars, shops and an excellent SuperU supermarket on the outskirts.
There are several good restaurants in the area near to Villiers le Roux. The closest is the Auberge du Noyer, just over five minutes' drive away at Londigny, with an excellent menu and a good outside eating area. Other good choices are Vertueil sur Charente, and Nanteuil en Vallee. Both of these are beautiful villages with a choice of quality restaurants.

Local activities
There is a large lake and manmade beach, with water sports available, approximately 30 minutes drive down the N10. Nearer to the house, there is a lake, beach and childrens' play area at Villefagnan and also at Sauze Vaussais.
There are fishing facilities at Villefagnan and tennis courts on the outskirts of the village.
There is a horse riding school in nearby Bernac.
The Charente river is accessible near Villiers le Roux at many places, with good restaurants on the riverside.
Boating, kayaking, and picnicking facilities on the river can be found at Condac, just the other side of Ruffec.

Places of interest
Places of interest
Throughout the local region, there are numerous mediaeval towns and villages, chateaux and churches to be explored, each with their own character and charm. For example,  the fabulous Chateau de la Rochfoucauld is 40 minutes southeast, and the fairytale Chateau de Verteuil-sur-Charente is 10 minutes south.  There are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre at Embourie. There are many 'Plus Beaux Villages de France' to be visited, most of them easily reached on a day out. The haunting WW2 'museum' village of Oradour sur Glane, on the way to Limoges, is well worth a visit. The drive down to Cognac is particularly beautiful, winding through endless sloping vineyards, picturesque chateaux, towns and villages. And Cognac itself is obviously quite spectacular.
The Atlantic Coast
If you want a complete change from the countryside, chateaux, rivers and lakes of the Charente, and fancy a day at the seaside, the departement of Charente Maritime lies between Villiers le Roux and the sea. Rochefort, La Rochelle, the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and the gorgeous islands, Ile d'Oleron and Ile de Rhe, are approximately 1hr 30 - 1hr 45 drive west.  You can get there via a glorious scenic cross-country route, or you can get there via the motorways and dual-carriageways for a quicker, but longer route.
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