Thursday, 4 June 2009

A Place in the Auvergne (Holiday rental)

Charming, two-storey, stone holiday cottage with stunning views in one of the most idyllic, least known corners of the Auvergne. (Parc National Livradois-Forez.)

2 double bedrooms; shower-room; kitchen/living room with wood-burning stove.

Fully equipped (dishwasher; linen, travel cot, high chair, walking buggy and backpack for toddlers; maps, walking suggestions, terrific library.) No TV. 

Ideal for walkers, writers, painters, mountain bikers, hang-gliders and skiers in winter (40 mins from Chalmazel; one of the best communes in France for kite-snow surfing and cross-country skiing).

We can also offer (prices on request):
  • Guided farm visits (cheese makers, organic vegetables, honey, beef etc.) all within the same commune. 
  • Creative writing classes
  • Music classes
  • Guided walks by mountain experts and naturalists
  • Special long-weekend walking visits; Pick-up from Lyon airport ( 2hr drive) or Vichy train station (3 hrs by direct train from Paris; 75 min drive)
  • Food and drink arrival box (all local produce)
  • Laundry service

Local bars and markets:

  • Auberge/bar in the commune's bourg (10 min walk).
  • Le Coq Noir (Mountain jasserie museum, resto and concerts - 12 mins drive)
  • 12 mins drive from market town of Ambert (market day: Thursday a.m; one of the best markets in France according Patricia Wells' The Food Lovers Guide to France)
  • Other markets: Montbrison (Saturday, 45 mins) Puy-en-Verlay (Saturday, 75 mins)
  • Chaisse-Dieu: 30 mins

Completely independent from main house but shared courtyard (private access and terrace for holiday cottage).

€300 per week (heating supplement in winter; €50 supplement for 2nd adult couple)

For more pictures, please see below.

For more information please contact belindawalthew AT

To see pictures of the area throughout the seasons, explore the photos on this blog by date.

View from cottage

Wood-burning stove



Main bedroom



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