Holidays in France: new website to make your decision easier

We are very excited to introduce our new website  which will help us to showcase Bijou Barn, our holiday rental in the South of France.



It has much of the original information on our blog but we have added more about the house and the region, which will show the beauty of the area and highlight the variety of things to do.

This gives more information about the house with lots of pictures of the interior as well as the garden and pool.

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About Us
A teeny taster about us and more importantly why we chose the area to settle and hopefully why it is a great holiday destination for you.

Lots to do
This section sets out places to visit with pictures to tempt you. There is also more information about the activities you can enjoy nearby and finally the experiences you can try to make your holiday perfect. We see this section evolving as the summer approaches with more information about specific events taking place in the area such as the Cahors Blues Festival.

Pricing and booking
We give details of prices and a link to our availability calendar. There is also a section explaining the benefits of booking a holiday at Bijou Barn.

Where we are
This section gives details of our location in France and our proximity to various airports and train stations to help you plan your route to us.

We have been very fortunate to receive the most lovely reviews from people who have stayed with us so we want to share what others have said about their holidays at Bijou Barn.

Read our Blog
We have transferred the posts from our old blog so everything is in one place. This is where we write about the Barn, the garden, life in France, upcoming events in the area and generally give you a taste of what to expect if you choose Bijou Barn for your next holiday.


The blog posts can be viewed by historical order, most popular or divided into the following three separate categories:-

Eat, drink and be merry
Home sweet home
Out and about

You can also sign up to receive the blogs via email as well so that you don’t miss out on a single post.

Contact us
There is a form to email so you can be in contact with us and ask any questions about Bijou Barn and the surrounding area.

We really hope you like the website and it will help you to learn much more about the house, the area and why it is a perfect holiday location.

French Holiday Rental for Cahors Blues Festival


What better way to spend your Summer holiday this year than to enjoy some fantastic live blues music in the warmth of South West France. Imagine chilling by the pool all day then travelling a short distance to savour the atmosphere of the open air Blues Festival in Cahors.



Well all this is possible as Bijou Barn is available at the moment from 02 -16 July 2016. Click here to find out more about renting our sophisticated barn with stylish charm and private pool.

Where is the Blues Festival?


Right in the centre of the beautiful city of Cahors.
Espace Clément Marot
Rue Mendes-France
Cahors 46000

When is it?

The festival kicks off on 12th July, taking in the Bastille Day celebrations and goes through to 16th July.

Who is playing at Cahors Blues Festival?

As usual with the longest running Blues Festival in France, there is always a mixture of talented musicians waiting to entertain you in the warm summers evenings that this area of France enjoys.

Here is the line-up

Tuesday 12 July
21.00 Shakura S’Aida
Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Switzerland and now calls Toronto in Canada her home, Shakura is truly an international blues artist. Her soulful voice, enthusiasm and outgoing personality will launch the Blues Festival in 2016.


23.00 Vintage Trouble
LA based band who create live-wired, straight talking, pelvis pushing juke music. They have opened for the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park London, toured North America and Europe with The Who and appeared on Later with Jools Holland.

Thursday 14 July
21.00 Taj Mahal
Born in Harlem, New York to a musical family, Taj Mahal is a Grammy award winner who celebrates over 40 years in the music business. His experience provides an emotional presence on stage, incorporating the sounds of the Pacific Isles, South Asia and West and East Africa amongst others.

Friday 15 July
21.00 Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau
JJ Milteau, a French blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter from Paris and Eric Bibb a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots team up for a wonderful on stage performance.


23.00 Sugaray Rayford
Texas born Sugaray with a gravely soulful voice that hints at his experience of hardship. A big man with an even bigger voice effortlessly conveys emotion and excitement in his entertaining performance.

Saturday 16 July
21.00 Gaelle Buswel
Singer, songwriter and guitarist from Paris. Her smoky blues voice is exceptional and will never cease to impress and she delivers great live performances with a smile.


23.00 The JBs Original James Brown Band
Twelve of the legendary supporting cast of musicians behind James Brown have reunited for a series of concerts in Europe, to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the “Godfather of Soul”. Two of the members of this group were founder members of the JB’s a and will help to revive the true music of James Brown by those very same artists who experienced the musical journey first time around. This unique event will help to highlight the defining moments of James Brown’s career which spanned six decades as one of the most influential figures of 20th century pop music.

Ticket Prices

4 day pass 112.5 euros
Evening pass 37.50 euros
Free for children under 12 years
Click here to buy tickets online

Bastille Day Celebrations

As if the list of musicians isn’t enough, this festival coincides with Bastille Day and a most impressive firework display with the stunning backdrop of the historic Pont Valentre in Cahors.

Don’t miss out on this Blues Festival with French style whilst enjoying all that South West France has to offer as a summer holiday destination.


Find out more about the Cahors Blues Festival
Find out more about Bijou Barn for your Holiday Rental