Beautiful lakeside house to let in Troncais - OA003657

3km from Saint-Bonnet-Troncais, Allier, Auvergne Reference: OA003657 Advertiser since: 28 April 2014
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Maison de l'Etang, Troncais Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

Fishing/Lakeside Accommodation. This apartment is in a rural setting.

Maison de l'Etang, is situated in the hamlet of Troncais and beside the beautiful 40 acre fishing lake. The house has two apartments which overlook the lake with superb uninterrupted, panoramic views.

F1, apartment has a spacious hall leading into the 'L' shaped lounge area with double french doors leading onto a traditional balcony (lovely for cool breezes on those scorching hot days!). The apartment also contains a kitchen/diner. From the hall there are 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom.



Kitchen and dining

Very sunny bright kitchen area with, electric kettle, toaster, coffee-maker, washing machine, iron/ironing board, all cutlery and kitchens utensils, crockery and pans.

Most important, a welcome 'Bouteille de vin' (a bottle of wine).

Living rooms

Wonderful, 2 way aspect of the lake with french windows onto the balcony.

Comfortable suite, dining area and coffee-table, english tv, dvds, games, cards, jigsaws and a variety of books to read. Information for the area of places to visit, brocantes, markets and activities.


Two double bedrooms (one has 2 singles).


Full bath with shower, wash hand basin, toilet and bidet.


Electric heaters in all rooms.


Sat tv, dvds, cds, games, books and cards.

Garden and outside

Enclosed private garden with sun area, garden furniture and bbq.

Parking and garages

Ample off-road parking.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all. Short flight of stone steps to entrance. Accommodation all on one level.
No steep staircase!


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Audoin & Perrin les reux Ainay-le Chateau 03360


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: All the villages have weekly markets and there are numerous brocantes throughout the summer months in the region
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, bream, roach, coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: On site fishing in lake. (holiday permit 1week costs 32 euros.)

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Nassigny
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Cerilly
Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Chateaumiellant


Name/number of nearest marked trail: All around the property


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Ainay-le-Chateau
Distance: 7 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Alexander Heath

I spend my time between the UK and France and always when in France the feeling of peace, tranquility,and a recharge of vitality ....being closer to very beautiful natural surroundings is far from the `madding crowd`.<br/><br/>

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? It is a unique, beautiful location, for everyone who loves all things natural to enjoy. Trees, water,and abundance of wildlife.
Unique benefits of property Like no other, with the views over the ever changing waters of the lake in different weather and seasons, always fascinating.......and all from the comfort of an armchair.

The Owner Recommends

Ancient Towns and Villages

In this area are ancient towns and villages with wonderfully colourful markets .... steeped in history. Chateaux, abbeys, arboretums and gardens to visit. Adventure park and zoo. Traditional fetes and concerts all contribute to this lovely region.
A paradise for walkers, fisherman and lovers of the countryside. Educational forest walks, and in the summer, horse-drawn carriage rides.
At the St.Bonnet Troncais large lake, on 15th August each year there is a magnificent firework display on the lake. It is all free and a great evening entertainment which draws all the locals and tourists alike to watch. It generally involves taking a picnic, securing a good vantage point on the lakeside and wait for darkness. Well worth the wait.
Also in September, people will come from miles distance to the forest to listen to the 'Stags' in the rutting season. (festival, `Brame ) The sounds of their calling to females echoes and reverberates in the primeval habits of time.

Forest of Troncais

The Forest of Troncais is situated to the north west of the department of Allier, in the Auvergne region of Central France. It extends over almost 11,000 hectares, between the rivers of 'l'Allier ' to the east and the river 'Cher' to the west, on a plateau with the plains of the Berry to the north and the foothills of the 'Massif Central' to the south.

The Hamlet of Troncais

The property is situated in the hamlet of 'Troncais', which is a focal point of this vast forest, due to its association with the historically ancient Forge which produced the steelwork for the renowned 'Eiffel Tour'. Within a few minutes walk you will find an excellent, cafe, bar and restaurant.

Local Amenities

In the same time by car, reach all amenities in either St. Bonnet Troncais, Ainay-le-Chateau, or Cerilly. Take a day trip of easy driving to the volcanic region of the 'Massif Central' or visit one of the many 'Spa' towns of the area.

5 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 8.8
  • Facilities: 8.8
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 2 June, 2019

The venue was excellent, good fishing, great location, Angie & John was the perfect host, lovely couple will definitely be going back. Would definitely recommend it.

Owner response

Thank you, is always rewarding to have contented guests .Malcom certainly caught some lovely fish. Would love to see you both again. Hope you enjoyed your onward holiday.

10 / 10 Jane McGrath 6 September, 2016

This property is in the most heavenly setting and was as advertised. The house was extremely cleaned and well maintained and had everything you would need. The owner was very helpful and accomodating and a pleasure to deal with. This is a perfect place if you enjoy fishing , walking and generally chilling. Great walking and biking in all the forest area. It's not hilly or mountainous. There is a very nice restaurant within walking distance and a small hotel. The supermarkets are 5min drive away and a lovely lakes for swimming all around. There is nothing I disliked about the area.

Owner response

Thank you both very much and we are glad you enjoyed the stay.The coypu have appeared again to the following guests.
Hope we will see you again sometime.

9.3 / 10 Grimes 5 September, 2016

Beautiful location overlooking tranquil lake, set at the edge of Troncais forest.
English hosts very helpful & friendly.

Owner response

Thank you very much was lovely to see you again ,sorry that the fish weren`t so obliging this time ,probably too hot for them also.

8.7 / 10 GraNar 27 July, 2016

This unpretentious, large and airy lakeside apartment is comfortably furnished in traditional French style and is situated in the very heart of the Troncais forest. Despite the remote location, it is readily accessible by good metalled roads with restaurants within walking distance and supermarkets only a few miles away by car. The local lakes are popular with anglers and the apartment is an ideal fishing base, a permit is required. As a retired couple we stayed 4 weeks at the property in June/July 2016 with the aim of relaxing, enjoying the rural ambience and exploring the local villages. We were not disappointed.
We particularly enjoyed the stunning views across the lake with its ever changing reflections and colours. We spent hours, with binoculars to hand, as the resident family of herons fished in the shallows, swallows swirled above and the many woodland birds and butterflies flittered along the bankside. Large carp came to snuffle along the shallows below the balcony and every evening a family of copyu criss-crossed the lake as they foraged. We also enjoyed walking along the numerous rough forestry tracks and waymarked woodland paths though we met scarsely another soul along them in our entire stay.
Our English hosts, John and Angie, were particularly welcoming and friendly and went out of their way to involve us in local events.

Owner response

Thanks for your kind comments , a pleasure to meet you both.