We had a fantastic stay in September, the barn was a really unique place to stay, it had everything we needed in terms of home comforts. The location was amazing, we had a great time cycling, walking and running and it was really difficult to leave and go further afield as there was so much we could do from the barn. We also loved the donkeys and ponies who would visit from time to time! Can't wait to visit again!
We really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this accommodation to anyone who loves nature and wants to get away from it all. The views are stunning and there are some great walks right from your door. The Barn itself is a huge open-plan space which has been tastefully renovated. It has all the facilities you need, as well as local guidebooks, maps and information. The owner, Rebecca, was very welcoming and helpful - she even provided us with groceries and cooked us a meal because we arrived on Sunday evening when the shops were shut.
Two points to note: the turning to the Barn is easy to miss so try to arrive in daylight. Also, it's best to hire a car with reasonably good ground clearance as the track up is very bumpy in places.
All in all, an amazing place for a holiday. We’ll be back!
I'm going to find it hard to explain what made this place quite so extraordinary. The peace? The extraordinary countryside? The wonderful feeling of tranquillity in the barn itself...? Whatever it was, it was blissful. The barn has been beautifully converted into a VERY spacious studio with a high beamed ceiling and spectacular views down the valley and onto seemingly infinite mountain ranges beyond. It's been very simply and tastefully decorated - you can tell the owners are creative people and have made this a place they love to retreat to, it's got a warm, welcoming feel. You've got everything you would need but not any more than that - the whole thing just seems wonderfully uncluttered. It feels very much off the beaten track considering it's probably less than 20 mins to Lagrasse (by car) - once you turn off the main road you are plunged into pretty wild country side. A farmer keeps a couple of donkeys in the valley below you but other than that it seems entirely uncultivated for miles around. We did a couple of good walks directly from the house - for a city girl these were reasonably strenuous as it's hilly and rough going - you are using ancient pathways and animal paths most of the time. I was glad to have proper walking boots. Very sad to have missed seeing any of the wild boar who had made themselves a little mud bath up on the hill above us! At the highest point we got to, which was by no means the furthest or highest we could go - probably just 30 or 40 mins from the house) you could see 6 mountain ranges in two directions - it was magical. The owners leave a very comprehensive booklet about the house and the immediate area, including directions for good spots for river swimming which I would highly recommend exploring. Other than that you are left to your own devices. Perfect.
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