A three-bedroom gîte in SW France



The Background

We moved to France in 2000 with the plan to renovate Hors des brumes as two properties. We would live in the house and let the barn as a gite. As so often happens the best laid plans never work out. For our first year of lettings the barn was not ready so we let the house and moved into the barn which was very rustic and so the pattern has continued for a mixture of reasons. Firstly, we have had so much repeat business that people have wanted to return to the house. One family have visited us six times and twice in one year; also it has taken us a long time to completely finish the renovations in the barn. After nine years we were ready to let the barn for the full season.

The barn is a magical space, quite unusual and we have tried to keep many of the original features. If you choose to holiday with us I’m certain you will have as good a holiday as the numerous guests we have welcomed over the last ten years.

The barn has even inspired poetry:

Hors des brumes

Hors des brumes is a location supreme.

So tranquil and charismatic – the food is fantastic.

Peter and Bridget our wonderful hosts

We take this wee chance to offer a toast.

To all your hard work and kindness you’ve shown

No wonder your visitor’s book, it has grown.

We hope you continue to live the good life

Dear Peter Dixon and your wonderful wife.

To live on this hillside, so peaceful and free

I now know the meaning of:

‘C’est la vie!’”

Janette – Scotland 2008

‘A fantastic two weeks away from it all. The barn was all that we could have wished for and more. Many a happy hour spent by the pool.’ Paul & Victoria from Gloucestrshire.

‘Thank you! Hors des brumes lived up to all our hopes. Wonderful views, always changing. No two sunsets the same. A vast expanse of stars – two electrical storms – one with copious amounts of rain, leading to a marvellous wave of brume (mist) moving up the valley. Also, for all the thoughtful provisions for our 6 year old twins. The holiday delivered beyond our expectations. We have had a wonderful holiday. We admire the vision that has driven your creation – what a success.’ Roger and Liz from Herts.

‘I have had a great stay here. The food was DELICOUS! The pool was FANTASTIC! And the views lovely. I think Copper and Oscar are adorable and will be sad to say goodbye to them. The frogs by the pond were funny and very amusing watch, there were loads. – Thank you.’ Anna aged 9 from Surrey.

‘Most of our time was spent by the pool and playing in the garden. We had a truly refreshing holiday. The barn is just about perfect and extremely well equipped. Bridget’s cooking went down well; our plan to have what the children didn’t want was foiled as they came back for multiple helpings. I’m not surprised many families return; it would be hard to beat our holiday here.’ Rebecca, Martin and family from Bristol.

‘Location, location, location has been an overused expression in the last decade. Hors des brumes, is a reminder of what it really means. We have all enjoyed a marvellous week in the most beautiful surrounding imaginable, under a warm sun with an equally warm welcome. One visit alone will not do it all justice, so we will have to return, next time for a lot longer.’ The George family from Worcestershire.

‘A wonderful two weeks – this is the perfect antedote to city life. Everything has been excellent, even down to the advice on when to look for shooting stars. Prepared meals were fantastic. Same time, same place next year.’ Sarah, Chris and family from Paris.