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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.

Bedrooms 3
Space 180 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Spacious open plan barn sleeps 6. Big fully fenced, private garden.

Privately situated in its own grounds, this stylishly converted barn provides the perfect opportunity for your French countryside holiday. It has a cool open plan interior with good light and space. One double bedroom is en-suite whilst the two other double bedrooms share a bathroom. Watch the sun go down from the balcony or dine al fresco on the patio or in the newly built garden abri.The large, fully fenced garden and oak wood are perfect for relaxing in the sun or shade. Close to St Aulaye, the tiny hamlet of La Ganetie is on a hill above the Dronne valley with countryside views across the valley. The river Dronne and local lakes are great for fishing. In summer both Aubeterre and St Aulaye create riverside beaches with restaurants and river swimming. You may hire canoes and paddle down the rivers having great fun when you hit the unexpected shutes! There are sign posted walks along the river and through the forests all around. After a busy day exploring the vin yards, historical sites, Art galleries and beautiful countryside of the Perigord vert, you will love to come home to relax in the elegant ambiance of 'Katy's Barn'.

The Terrace and Garden: Enjoy eating outside on the terrace, in the abri or in the shade of the oak wood. The house and garden overlooks the rich countryside of the Perigord Vert while the evergreen bamboos in the top hedge and the fruit trees in the hedge running along the tiny country lane ensure your privacy. The garden is very pretty in Spring with cherry, apple and plum blossom and the song of the nightingales, In summer and autumn the cherries, Mirabels and figs are ripe to eat.

Local Area: Close by, the historic Market town of St Aulaye has amenities such as banks, restaurants, Art galleries and shops including a good sized Carrefour supermarket which stays open till late. In the summer enjoy the beach and the swimming in the River Dronne where there is a playground and café/restaurant which frequently hosts live music and entertainment. You may stroll from the barn to Cheneau where you can see the Chateau and Mill beside the river and there are plenty of woodland and riverside walks close by. Riberac, Chalais and Aubeterre are all within twenty minutes drive and provide further opportunities for exploration, marketing and shopping. The Chateau de Talleyrand in Chalais now houses an excellent restaurant and Art Gallery.


Walking and cycling - there are many way-marked trails in the area. The little winding lanes and white roads provide good routes along the river and through the forests and hills.

Horse riding. (It is probably best to book this before you arrive as the stables get very busy in the summer)

Cycling: There are a number of bike hire companies which will deliver the bikes to your door step.

Bird watching. Wild animals such as deer are common in the forests.

There are lakes and rivers for fishing, canoeing or swimming.

Visit historical sites including Roman villas, Romanesque churches, pre-historic cave paintings and carvings, the Museum of Pre-history.

Suitable flights from UK.

Easy jet flies to Bordeaux from Liverpool, Gatwick and Bristol

Flybe to Bergerac from Exeter, Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton with connection to other airports in UK. Also Bordeaux to Southampton Leeds Bradford to Bergerac.

Ryanair: Bristol to Bergerac. East midlands and Stansted to La Rochelle. Leeds Bradford and Liverpool to Limoges.

More Details

Katherine Hick
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Katherine Hick

The photo above is the first winter party held at the barn in 2010. The conversion wasn't completely finished but the beams were great places to hang the decorations!

Originally from Yorkshire, I have worked in England, Spain, Africa and South East Asia as an artist and art teacher for about thirty years.

Katherine Hick purchased this barn in 2007

Why Katherine Hick chose Saint-Aulaye

During my first visit to the barn, walking around what was then an overgrown field, gusts of white butterflies rose from the long grass and the wild flowers and shafts of afternoon sun shone through the oaks and across the field. It made me feel joyful. I decided straight away that that was the place for me.

What makes this barn unique

The countryside in this part of France is lovely and the barn is only a short trip to river where there is a beach, swimming and a restaurant in the summer. The area is full of places to visit and the barn is centrally placed for day trips to the coast or to the prehistoric caves to the east. The garden is big and quiet and peaceful. It is big enough for children and dogs to race around and play and there is plenty of space inside and outside the barn to relax or to get on with some drawing.

If you want to watch the world cup this year, the skybox receives BBC and ITV channels in English.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Saint-Aulaye, France

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • A security deposit of 100 Euros is required upon arrival. The deposit will be refunded at the end of your stay as long as there is no damage.
  • Refunds for cancelled bookings will be given if the barn is subsequently re-let.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Both bathrooms feature beautifully hand painted wash hand basins with fish motif.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • Bedroom 1 and 2 have wardrobes and a chest of drawers each. Bedroom 3 is en-suite. A cot and up to three extra mattresses are available if requested.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Children are welcome, stair gates are available for the safety of toddlers. Some parts of the barn are approached by stairs so only the kitchen-dining room is fully accessible by wheel chair. Elderly visitors who are able to climb a few stairs would find it accessible. Pets are welcome as long as they are house trained and do not bite! The garden is about 3/4 of an acre and is fenced. Ipod dock/speakers in the kitchen. Heating is by two efficient wood stoves.


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Stylish Barn with large fenced garden, views, fruit trees and oak wood.
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Fantastic barn conversion, great facilities, huge garden

  • 5 of 5

We (6 adults in total) stayed here for 2 weeks in August 2017, the barn in an amazing conversion retaining all of the original beams and character - there so much space you'll never feel crowded and the garden must be almost an acre in size - just brilliant

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and loved the barn. I hope you can visit again for a future holiday.
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A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was spacious and well equipped. The photos didn't do it justice.

The Barn was in a quiet location but with plenty to do and explore within a short drive away.

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything we could have wished for. Great property, great location.

All mod cons provided. And friendly hosts.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 20/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and that it was all you wished for.
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A wonderful relaxing experience from start to finish.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 13 weeks in this lovely property and really enjoyed the ambience and very quiet surroundings. Thank you Mark, Jenny and Katy

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, i am pleased you enjoyed your stay. All the best in your new home.
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The barn was gorgeous better than the photos had suggested.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three weeks with our dog Olive who loved the big garden which is fully fenced. The local beach by the river was brilliant and going in the last three weeks of September meant we had this to ourselves. The surrounding area was so peaceful and pretty. We visited a lot of the local larger villages and markets and eat out at lunchtime at chalais and aubereterre sur dronne which was a gorgeous local village with a lovely square of restaurants. We would like to thank Mark and Jenny who looked in on us once a week to make sure everything was ok and to bring fresh bedding and towels. We have to say that this is the best area of France and will be coming back again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 13/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much for your review.
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Very peaceful barn location

  • 4 of 5

The property is a converted barn with the social accommodation all on the second floor. Divided into two halves it would work extremely well for a social group. Lots of space. The garden was large and was adored by our dog!

The property is a short 20 min walk to the centre of St Aulaye (or a 5minute drive), where there is a supermarket for all your basic needs. The river nearby has a beach and is a wonderful place to relax.

Overall the place was very peaceful and ideal for a relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 13/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Bergerac or Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye
Nearest Ferry
166.9 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Golf
17.3 Kilometres
St Severan
Nearest Train
11.4 Kilometres
Chalais. Also Coutras Train Station
Nearest Motorway
31.8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye
Nearest Beach
2.7 Kilometres
St Aulaye Riverside Beach
Car: necessary

Set in a scenic hamlet in the heart of the countryside, close to the beaches and cafés of St. Aulaye on the Dronne river. The large, well wooded and private garden has beautiful views and a restful atmosphere. It is within easy reach of the popular Market towns of Riberac, Chalais and Aubetere. Fishing, swimming, kayaking and riding are available near-by and it is an excellent area for rambling and cycling. The area provides plenty of opportunity for photography, painting and sketching or you may simply relax in the sun or in the shade of the oak wood in the corner of the property. This is a good base from which to explore the historic, culinary and cultural splendors of the region. Enjoy day-trips to St. Emillion, Bergerac, Perigueux and Salat-la-Caneda or to the coastal areas of Lacanau or Arcachon or visit the vineyards and taste the wine in the world famous Bordeaux and Cognac regions.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Saint-Aulaye, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
16 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
9 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$0
Stay tax AU$0.87 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

A security deposit is required at the beginning of your stay. It is usually given in Euros(100) but the currency can depend upon your convenience. As long as there is no damage, you will be given the deposit back when you leave.
For longer rental periods please contact the owner for rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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