|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||2||6||1||Double sofabed|
A spacious, converted 19th Century stone barn with wi-fi that sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms, lounge, dining area, kitchen, bathroom with 2 separate wc's and a utility room. Large garden with swings, BBQ and ample parking. La Grange is a gite forming half of the barn, located in the beautiful Cantal department of the Auvergne, amidst the dormant volcanoes of the Massif Central. The gite is quietly located on the edge of the small picturesque hamlet of Ydes-Bourg, close to the town of Bort-les-Orgues. Superb scenery - good for walking, sightseeing and cycling.
The large fitted kitchen is equipped with ample cupboard space and work surfaces. There is an electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle together with a comprehensive range of kitchen equipment, utensils and crockery/ glassware. The dining area has a large dining table (seats 6) with dresser.
The separate ground floor utility room has a washing machine and tumble-dryer. There is also storage space for bicycles.
The double aspect lounge has a wood burning stove, 2 settees and a coffee-table with a colour tv/ dvd player and cd player. Books, dvds and games.
The gite has 2 bedrooms; a twin bedded and a double bedroom, both with fitted wardrobes, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, reading lamps and electric radiators. Rural views from the windows.
There is also a double bed-settee providing additional accommodation in a curtained-off area of the lounge/dining room.
Clean linen provided each week.
There is a bathroom with sink and bath (with shower attachment) as well as two separate wc's (one on the ground floor and one on the second floor).
Log burning stove (wood provided) and thermostatic electric radiators.
Tv, wi-fi, dvd player (with dvd's), cd/radio, books, games.
Outside there is a large enclosed garden with a picnic table, table & chairs, bbq and swings/ slide. Badminton, football & boules.
Private, gated parking for up to 3 cars on a gravel drive.
Guests with a disability should note that the gite it arranged over 3 floors accessed only by stairs. The property is suitable for children with stair gates on the stairs and an enclosed garden with 5-bar gate.
No smoking in the gite please.
A cot (with mattress) and high chair are available (bedding for the cot is not provided).
Alan is a practical person who loves a challenge, so after many happy years of working and raising a family of three sons in West Dorset, he managed to persuade wife Sue that living in France would be an adventure. Having found a traditional stone barn in the pretty hamlet of Ydes-bourg in the beautiful Cantal, 4 years of hard slog ensued. Alan gradually transformed the barn into 2 comfortable dwellings while Sue continued to live and work in the UK. In 2012 everything was finally in place.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||In a quiet 'away from it all' position with only a 5 minute drive to the pretty village of Saignes or small town of Ydes for everyday shopping, and excellent quiet roads to everywhere else. Saignes can also be reached by footpath, a pleasant half hour walk.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gite is roomy, comfortable and well equipped for an enjoyable holiday. We're just next door should you need advice or experience any problems. This is beautiful walking and cycling country, with the added benefit of being within comfortable travelling distance (around 45mins) of the small ski resorts of Mont Dore and SuperBesse in the Winter. The down to earth and welcoming nature of the local people is the icing on the cake.|
Salers is one of the most beautiful villages in France and stands at an altitude of 950m in the "Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne" Nature Park and is a site not to be missed in the region. It is a unique 16C architectural treasure and its old houses made of dark lava stone and topped with turrets give the village an austere charm. Among the wealth of treasures to be found in the fortified town are the Church of Saint Mathieu with five 17C Aubusson tapestries.
Listed as a Grand Site de France, the Puy Mary draws some 600,000 visitors every year to the Cantal. From the top of this amazing volcanic pyramid you can enjoy one of Auvergne’s finest views.The summit is accessible from mid-May to late October departing from the Pas de Peyrol, where you'll also find a bar/ restaurant & an information centre with a museum telling the volcanic history of the area. From here, it's about a 30 minute climb and a further 200 metres higher up to the summit at 1,783m in altitude.
The village of Tournemire is listed as one of the "Most Beautiful in France", overlooking the green and leafy valley of the Doire with its magnificent chateau built in the mid-15th century by Louis II of Anjony which is not only one of the finest examples of the Auvergne's medieval architecture but also one of the best preserved. This small village with its slate or flagstone roofs is particularly noteworthy for its small Romanesque church built from multicoloured volcanic tuff.
The Auvergne has three listed ski resorts - Le Lioran, Le Mont-Dore and Super-Besse - and the presence of numerous Nordic ski areas allow for all kinds of winter fun. Whether as a family or among friends, have fun and relax in the Auvergne's highlands, on slopes which are neither too large or too small, from where you can admire the well-preserved natural setting. During the summer, hiking on the vast plateaux or crossing the region’s volcanic craters by mountain bike are rare pleasures which you can enjoy at your own pace.
Peaking at 1485 m, the Puy de Dôme is the tallest point of the Chaine des Puys, a volcanic mountain range that counts no less than 80 volcanoes aligned north to south over 30 km. To protect this natural site, listed as a Grand Site de France, but also to give access to all, the summit can be reached all year-round by an electric railway. The 15-minute journey to the summit circles the volcano, giving passengers a 360° view of the surrounding landscapes. At the summit, you can’t miss the ruins of the Gallo-Roman Mercure Temple, built in the 2nd century. An interactive information area offers more information about the ruins. Free audio guides are available.
Vulcania is a volcano inspired theme park where you can enjoy a 3-hour outing to explore the interior of a totally natural volcano on foot or on a little train, with the assistance of a knowledgeable guide. During this fun visit you will encounter some geological treasures and learn all about volcanoes.
From Riom-ès-Montagnes to Lugarde, travel on one of the most beautiful railway lines in France, with over 100 years’ history. This charming old-fashioned train will take you to the large and wild spaces of the Cézallier plateau, 1020 metre high, the land of the great yellow gentian plant. During this railway ride, you will enjoy the pastoral landscapes, the Barajol viaduct, the herds of Salers cows, the ancient train stations, the views of the Sancy massif and the Cantal massif.
This artificial lake is 21km long. The massive dam at nearby Bort les Orgues retains the waters of the Dordogne river making it one of the biggest lakes in France. This large stretch of water allows a lot of tourist activities: boat trips along the lake, swimming, fishing, jet ski, water skiing or just lazing on the sandy beach. The adjacent, picturesque Chateau du Val on the waters edge also makes for a pleasant visit as well as the impressive Orgues - a volcanic formation, shaped like organ pipes, with spectacular views over the Cantal.
This nearby restaurant is set in a traditional Cantal barn & offers authentic Auvergne cuisine served inside the barn or on its terrace.
The Piste Verte is a 15-km cycling lane going from Cheyssac to Parensol and passing through Ydes. It was built on a former railway track, it passes through a 600m long tunnel & over viaducts. You can walk, ride, or use your roller-skates without any effort as the gradient is fairly level... It is very safe, and you can take your children with you. You can start from wherever you like, in whatever direction you choose. Bike hire is available at the old station building in Ydes.
From the sheltered valleys & woods to the peak of Puy Mary, hikers of any skill level can enjoy the paths in the Cantal, most notably the GR 400, which tracks its way around the entire Puy Mary volcano. Also don't miss the many local footpaths around Ydes-Bourg, a real paradise for experienced hikers and beginners alike.
As well as the nearby 15km long traffic free Piste Verte, the Cantal has 25 cycle circuits; something to offer cycling enthusiasts of all levels. One of the main routes winds through more than 150 km of gorge, high plateau and picturesque peak, offering specatcular views & near non-existant traffic.
Our return visit to La Grange was really lovely. Shame the weather wasn't quite as good as last year but the beautiful setting and peace and quiet was just as relaxing. We went home refreshed and ready for anything! Alan and Sue are really hospitable and ever ready to recommend good restaurants and sight seeing excursions. The gite is well equipped, comfortable and excellent value for money.The Cantal deserves to be better known to British tourists. There are fabulous walks and the piste verte cycle ride around Ydes is a great half day excursion.
Thank you very much for your review, Judy & david. It was a great pleasure to welcome you back this year and we are delighted that your second visit was as rewarding as your first. Sue & Alan
We enjoyed a lovely week at La Grange at the beginning of August. The gite was well equipped and spotlessly clean. The supermarket and other amenities were easily reached by a 5min drive into Ydes.
Cycle routes and the 'Piste Vert' were easily joined from the gite which suited us as a family. We also very easily drove to Puy Sancy and Puy Mary, part of the amazing volcanic region of the Massif Central.
Closer to home, our children age 4 and 7 loved the swings and slide in the garden...a big hit!
The owners Sue and Alan ,who live adjoining to the gite, where extremely friendly and more than happy to offer guidance or suggestions of things to do and places to see. We also found the wealth of information left in the gite really useful to help plan our time there.
Overall a great French holiday in a quiet hamlet within beautiful surroundings.
Thank you for your lovely review and we're glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was good to see the swings and slide being put to good use by the children! Best wishes, Sue & Alan
What a wonderful gite from which to explore this great region of France! The converted barn is set in a lovely peaceful valley with cowbells tinkling in the distance. We have stayed in numerous gites in France over the past 20 years and this one gets full marks for cleanliness and thoughtful organisation. The owners were fantastically helpful with local information and very friendly too. We would highly recommend this property to anyone planning to walk or cycle in the Auvergne.
Thank you very much, Miranda and Francis, for your very kind review. We very much enjoyed meeting you and sharing our beautiful corner of France. Sue & Alan
We all had a lovely time at La Grange. We had a very warm welcome from our very helpful host who had left us a bottle of wine, and some colouring and some chocolate coins for the children (aged 3 and 5). The gite is very comfortable and well equipped. The garden was a huge hit with the children who loved playing with the play equipment and playing on the lawn. The weather was such that the wood burner was wonderful company in the evenings (although the gite was plenty warm enough!). The hamlet that the gite is in is very picturesque and is closely situated to a small river. We spent the evenings playing pooh sticks! There is a wealth of information about activities to do in the area in the gite, including some lovely looking walks. We would definitely recommend a stay at La Grange.
Thank you for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet all of you, and the fairies by the gate were very grateful to Rose for their crystals!