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Luxury Converted Barn

Country house with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and private pool in Saint-Dizier-Leyrenne, France

From £679 per week

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Country house to rent in Saint-Dizier-Leyrenne, France

Fabulous barn conversion for rent in the lovely, rural region of Limousin in France.

  • Country house
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Washing machine

Country house overview - owner's description

This idyllic rural hideaway was a traditional 18th century barn diligently converted by a master craftsman, for nearly a decade, into a newly renovated luxury home, designed with the holiday guest in mind. The historic barn has a relaxed and uncluttered style that captures the pace and feel of Limousin living.

The hub of The Barn is a lofty living room centered around a charming wood burning stove. The room has huge ceilings and links bedrooms and bathrooms with commanding views of the surrounding landscapes. Luxurious bed linen and sumptuous towels are all provided to ensure you feel pampered during your stay. With the softest goose down and feather duvets and pillows to snuggle beneath, you will without doubt, enjoy a very comfortable nights rest.

It features many modern conveniences including broadband WiFi, heated floors, designer wet room and baths, and a well-equipped high-tech country kitchen close to an outdoor terrace for a relaxed connection between inside and out. Its split level terracing and lighting is dramatic and perfect for outdoor entertaining. Upon arrival, all guests will find a courtesy pack of provisions, to welcome you after your journey.

Nestled on an acre of honest and wild land, the grounds are peppered with antique farm accessories and include a private meadow and pond. There are miles of nearby forest trails for walking, flat country roads for cycling, and it’s just a minutes drive to a long list of Limousin’s must-see sites and towns.

The Barn is a magical spot in a little known region of Central France which remains unspoiled by tourism and present-day bustle for a deeply peaceful and relaxing getaway.

Beds & Baths

Sleeps up to 9 people in 4 bedrooms, one a family room sleeping 4.
Ground floor: Double room – Luxury walk-in shower room across hall.
First Floor: Large Single room – Jacuzzi Bathroom across landing.
Master double bedroom – Ensuite.
Second Floor: Family room. 1 double bed + 2 singles – Accessed by Spiral Staircase.

Living Space

Huge open reception room. 10kw wood burning stove. Cosy living room area. Separate reading/coffee area. Second spiral staircase leads to dedicated TV/entertainment mezzanine level.


Split level patio areas, leading to wild 1 acre of ground. 16 ft above ground swimming pool. Half barrel barbeque. Large gravelled parking area, original well. Outdoor dining table, seats 10. Wild pond.

Household Amenities

Well equipped country kitchen with 8kw wood burning stove. Stainless steel, 5 burner gas stove. Double size electric oven. Large refrigerator/freezer. Huge farmhouse dining table. WiFi internet. Satellite TV with all the usual freeview channels. Hundreds of DVDs/videos. Stereo system with many CDs. Mezzanine library, well stocked with a wide range of books. Table football. Underfloor heating to most of ground floor.

Notable Features

• Ideal for small groups or families with children.
• A holiday for those who want to relax, with activities on hand if needed.
• Superb location within a short distance of swimming lakes.
• Recent renovation with simple, uncluttered décor. With the benefit of all modern conveniences.

Nearby Facilities

St Dizier Leyrenne (2km) All basic supplies – Small shop, Tabac, Bar, Pharmacy, swimming lake.
Bourganeuf (10km) Supermarket, Bars, restaurants, weekly market, cinema.
Lac Vasiviere (45 minutes) Huge swimming lake, beaches, water sports.
Limoges (1 hour) Department capital. Airport, night clubs.

The Area
The Limousin region of France is often referred to as "The French Lake District". It is a geographically diverse, little known region in Central France, dotted with lakes and covered by lush meadows, rolling hills, and extensive forests. Small farms, sandy beaches, marinas, and forest trails provide all the makings of a relaxing vacation away from crowded tourist destinations. If you are looking for a secluded provincial hideaway, the Limousine area offers total peace and quiet with miles of uninhabited countryside and starry skies. For those who seek activities the area offers a host to choose from including hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, and golfing. Indigenous culture and cuisine are celebrated everywhere with markets, fairs, music, as well as food festivals, where visitors can sample traditional dishes known for their rustic and hearty quality.

Saint Dizier Leyrenne
The local village, has two bars/restaurants and all the amenities (pharmacy, doctor, baker, small supermarket, hair dresser...), and a ten hectares fishing lake.

A medieval town (10 kms), has more shops, a bigger supermarket, a few restaurants, a cinema. The famous "tour Zizim" (15th century), the church and all the ancient buildings make it a lovely atmospheric and historic town.

Museum of electricity - Bourganeuf
The museum charts, from 1886, the history of electrification in the region to the present day.

Giant Maze - Gueret
This huge labyrinthe covers two hectares. There are 14 questions that, if answered correctly, enable the visitor to exit the maze more easily.

Wildlife park - Les Loups de Chabrieres - Gueret
Several enclosures where a variety of wolves are bred including the white wolf.

Chateau de Boussac
An exceptional site where the fortifications have existed since Roman times.

Is a beautiful medieval town, steeped in history and famous for its tapestries and carpets. From the richness of the Middle Ages to the hanging tapestry created for the Olympics in 2000, the wonderful know-how of the Aubusson tapestry weavers has transcended through time since the 6th century.

Aubusson is situated along the valley of the Creuse River. The town is charming with many architectural features from the Middle Ages including strange turrets, carved windows and doorways.

The "Maison du Tapissier" (closed on a Tuesday) houses permanent and temporary exhibitions in its spacious, well-lit halls, which trace the history of tapestry. Also worth a visit are the Vieux Tapissier, a 15th Century house with weavers workshops and tapestry making demonstrations, the ruined fortified château, the 13th Century church of Sainte Croix, the clock tower, and the old bridge, Le Pont de la Terrade

Modern day Aubusson has restaurants, museums, theatre, sport, cinema and shops. It is also famous for the markets held every Saturday morning. Dining out is always a great pleasure and the area is justifiably renowned for its specialities of Limousin beef, Foie Gras, Chestnuts, Champignons and Clafoutis

DArbre en Arbre
Near to Lake Vassiviere dArbre en Arbre offers a number of fantastic tree top assult courses for children and adults.

Parc Bellevue
Close to limoges, Parc Bellevue is a large adventure park with water slides, go-karts and many other amusements. Absolutely ideal for young children.

Chateau de Rochechouart
15th Century chateau which also houses the departments Centre of Contemporary Art. The chateau was built on the edge of a 20km crater formed by a meteorite 160 million years ago.

The Aquarium, Limoges
Close to the Town Hall in Limoges the aquarium has 300 different species and more than 2500 fish in an area of over 1000 square metres.

Wildlife park - Parc de Reynou
A wildlife park where you can walk among the animals (not the lions).

Gay-Lusac museum- St Leonard de Noblat
Dedicated to the life of the 19th century scientist, with photographs and a selection of laboratory equipment.

Distillery Museum - Limoges
The last, fully operating distillery in Limoges. For two centuries Limoges was an important centre for the production of local liquors from Cognac, Armagnac and Rum - The museum is well worth a visit!

Oradour sur Glane - Centre de la Memoire
A few kilometres north of Limoges is the village of Oradour sur Glane, totally destroyed by the Nazis in the Second World War, 642 men, woman and children massacred by a German Panzer Division. Walking around the centre is a unique and humbling experience. Everyone should visit the centre at least once during his or her lifetime!

Steam train journeys in the Limousin
A variety of routes from Limoges to Eyemoutiers and Ussel, provide great day out, back in time to the days of real steam. Travelling through the gorges of the Haute Vienne, with spectacular viaducts and breathtaking scenery - just a fantastic day out with memories that will last forever.

Chateau de Rochechouart
15th Century chateau which also houses the departments Centre of Contemporary Art. The chateau was built on the edge of a 20km crater formed by a meteorite 160 million years ago.

Velo-rail de Bussiere Galant
Peddle along a single track section of railway line stretching five kilometres, just seven kilometres from St Yriex.

Vulcania situated in Avergne national volcanic park
A huge, stunningly beautiful natural park of extinct volcanoes situated in the Massif Central. Offering unbelieveable experiences such as the educational centres journey to the centre of the earth.

Futuroscope - A futuristic theme park near Poitiers. Its filled with exhibits celebrating science and technology, from skydiving to spacewalking. An educational but exciting experience for both children and adults.


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4 out of 4 people recommend staying here

From Mezangers, France Sep 2010

the property was ideal for us

From Beckenham, United Kingdom Apr 2010

The converted barn was gorgeous to look at in a remote location - very pretty scenery. Everything was as described and the wood-burning stoves were fabulous. There was a fantastic library of books and dvds but we spent a lot of time exploring the villages dotted around. All in all - a very enjoyable holiday in a beautiful property.


From London

We had a wonderful holiday and the barn was great.


From Bath

We found the property delightful and spacious exceeding our expections and would recommend to our friends.
Fully equipped with all facilities, a home from home in that respect and more.
The Barn supplies plenty of entertainment with DVDs Videos, indoor and outdoor games, the kids never had a dull moment.
The region is rural and not overly populated with tourists which is a bonus if you want to get away from crowds and the rat race, yet there is still many interesting and varied places to explore.
We all throuroughly enjoyed our stay in "abarninfrance".

3 other reviews

We had a wonderful time over the Christmas period. The barn was lovely and the space you have created fitted our needs perfectly. The decorations and tree were beautiful and I would like to thank you for putting in so much effort to make the whole experience the Christmas we wanted it to be. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your property to others and would be happy if you wish to quote any of this feedback on your website. I wish you luck with your rentals in the future. Kind regards, Hans (Wiltshire UK)

The best holiday weve had,we visit france every year.The barn was much bigger and even better in real life,a real home from home,with lots of advantages i quickly got used to.,a spa bath,and my favourite a fabulous haven of a library on the top tier.not to mention extra bathrooms,a total must,as we also took our 3 girls and my oldest daughters boyfriend.We stayed for 2 weeks,and also had a couple of friends join us with their baby son.I had to be practically kicked out as some other guests were arriving,we would definitely have stayed another week otherwise.The area is just gorgeous everything ,and more ,we needed was just a short drive away.The neighbours are the BEST,stu and marielaure were so lovely and couldnt do enough for us.we got together several times and had bbqs,drinks and shared lots of laughs.In fact they will remain good friends forever,their two boys are adorable and my girls and them quickly became firm friends,tears were shed upon leaving.Simone,again just over the road was also friendly and welcoming and my middle daughter spent many happy hours with her two children. I loved the shopping just 15 mins away,spent a fortune,and we visited the manmade beach many times,try to get there its amazing,so peaceful clean and beautiful.We had a great day out at the nearby adventure park,space hoppers,what a blast from the past.Chris the owner was fabulous and,although in the usa himself on holiday,was available on the phone,whenever we needed him (we got lost on way to barn on first day} I cant wait to return and will definitely be booking up again soon.Thank you so much,chris,stu,marielaure,and all the lovely french people we met who made us so welcome.Big hugs to little ben x

Returned recently from a holiday at abarninfrance! We intended a chilled out holiday and the hamlet location is ideal and suited us perfectly. We even made friends with the old lady across the road, Simone. Gave her some home made soup, she replied with home made apple juice the next day! Spent several days at lake Vassiviere, not too far away. Lovely for picnics, bread, wine, cheese etc. A few lakes in the area which are ideal for swimming, nearest nice one is about 15 min drive away at Gueret. We felt very Lords and Ladies of the manor in the barn, it is very grand and impressive. Our group was six and the kitchen/diner was more than adequate. Outside/patio area is delightful, especially in the evening, the sun sets in the most perfect place. Fancy barbeque is provided and was well used. We could have done with a few more barbeque tools, tongs etc. Lots of interesting places to visit in the area, surrounding countryside is beautiful, lots of hamlets, markets and cows! Dont count on doing anything between 12 and 2pm, everything is closed. Slightly irritating, until we got used to the idea. Nothing much to grumble about. The nearest shop is a drive away, about 2kms, unless your feeling fit for the walk. We were woken by the visiting bread vans horn more than once, but the service is more welcomed than scorned. All in all, a beautiful property, lovely area, great holiday.

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This country house is:

45km from the nearest beach 2km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 72.8km from Limoges-Bellegarde Airport 20km from Gueret 611.6km from Calais 30km from Stunning Lac Vasiviere

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Cycling 15km Fishing 15km Golf 15km Horse riding 45km Mountain biking 15km Sailling 45km Swimming 45km Walking 15km Wind surfing 45km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 45km Museum 45km Shopping 15km Theatre 15km Cinema 15km

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This country house is in the countryside and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a barbecue, a children pool area, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is recommended as the country house is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is available if required.

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 4 January - 9 January 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 April - 5 June 2019: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 1 July - 4 September 2019: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 November - 4 December 2019: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 4 January - 9 January 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 April - 5 June 2020: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 1 July - 4 September 2020: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 November - 4 December 2020: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 4 January - 9 January 2021: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 April - 5 June 2021: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 1 July - 4 September 2021: changeover day is Saturday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 November - 4 December 2021: the minimum stay is 4 nights.



  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 January - 31 January: £14.00 per night, paid with booking

  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 February - 28 February: £14.00 per night, paid with booking

  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 March - 31 March: £14.00 per night, paid with booking

  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 October - 31 October: £15.00 per night, paid with booking

  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 November - 30 November: £14.00 per night, paid with booking

  • heating+ logs for wood burners

    1 December - 31 December: £14.00 per night, paid with booking



4 bedrooms, Sleeps 9:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed, 2 single beds
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed

There is also 2 double sofa beds in library


4 bathrooms including 1 en suite, 3 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 9, Dining area seats 8, Central heating, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Childrens pool area

Suitable for


Extra information

Stunning views across unspoiled rural countryside, endless rolling hills/fields. Miles of wooded tracks, suitable for all kinds of activities. Alternatively The Barn is ideal for leaving all thoughts of work behind you, and letting yourself melt into your surroundings, drinking in the sweet air and exploring the wildlife and glorious landscapes of the lakes and forests that abound in the Limousin region, but above all, The Barn will, without doubt, work its magic, and before long you will find yourself simply compelled to little more than relax within the grounds.


Average rating from 4 reviews

Private Owner From Torpoint, United Kingdom Member since Jul 2008

I have spent the last 6 years lovingly converting the 18th century barn from cow shed to luxury holiday home. Carrying out all the work myself, the result is something that is truly unique.

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I have spent the last 6 years lovingly converting the 18th century barn from cow shed to luxury holiday home. Carrying out all the work myself, the result is something that is truly unique.

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