|Le Tilleul||Self Catering||Friday||2||4||1|
The gite is located amongst the extinct volcanoes of the Massif Central, in the small historic village of Saignes, which is surrounded by farmland and rolling hills. The village has remnants of a ruined chateau with a chapel that overlooks the town on an extinct volcano as well as many fine old houses and an historic 12th century church. The village has a good range of small independent shops, bank, post office, restaurant and bars and there is a market on Tuesday mornings. Supermarkets & more shops/ services can be found in the nearby towns of Ydes & Bort les Orgues (both 10 mins drive). The gite location is quite peaceful, in a cul-de-sac near the centre of the village, and the surrounding roads see little traffic, making them excellent for walking or cycling.
The fitted kitchen is equipped with ample cupboard space and work surfaces. There is an electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, toaster, coffee-maker, electric kettle together with a comprehensive range of kitchen equipment, utensils and crockery/ glassware. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer. The dining area has a dining table with pine dresser.
The lounge area has a wood burning stove, 2 settees and a coffee-table with a colour tv/dvd player and cd player. There are a selection of books, dvds and games.
The bedrooms are arranged as a double room (with traditional French furniture) and a twin bedded room, both having wardrobes and bedside cabinets. Both bedrooms have electric radiators and reading lamps. Bedding/ linen is provided.
The bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, a wc, a washbasin and is heated by a wall fan heater. Hair dryer and towels are provided.
The open plan lounge/ kitchen area has a wood burning stove (logs provided) as well as an electric radiator. The bedrooms and bathroom are heated by electric radiators.
Television (French channels) with dvd player. Radio/cd player. Books, games and dvds.
Small private walled garden laid to lawn with an outside covered seating area and bbq. Children's play equipment.
Private parking space for one vehicle, additional parking nearby in the village.
Guests with a disability should note that the gite is arranged over 2 floors accessed only by stairs. The property is suitable for children with an enclosed and gated garden.
No smoking in the gite please.
A cot (with mattress) and highchair 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 3 sons in West Dorset, he managed to persuade wife Sue that living in France would be an adventure. In 2012 we finished converting a stone barn into a house and gite in the pretty hamlet of Ydes-Bourg, in 2014 we purchased a second property in the nearby village of Saignes which was converted into another gite in 2015.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Saignes is a picturesque and historic village that still retains a selection of small shops, bars and eating places yet the beautiful Cantal countryside is only a short walk from the gite.|
|Unique benefits of property||The gite is in the centre of the village, close to the shops and services yet in a quiet cul-de-sac location and within a short walk to the surrounding countryside. The gite is comfortable and well equipped for an enjoyable holiday. We live in the adjacent village 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 and 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.
This was a lovely cottage in a really convenient location right at the heart of the village, and perfectly located for exploring lots of different areas of the Auvergne. The property had everything we needed, with lots of local info about walking etc, and our sons really appreciated the swings and the small garden. Sue and Alan were also super helpful, letting us stay a bit longer in the cottage when we had car problems. We'd love to return one day and highly recommend.
Hello Anna - thank you very much for your review and we're so glad that your car problems didn't ruin your holiday. Sue & Alan
NB:As we scrub the gite out thoroughly between visitors, could you indicate what prompted you to mark a '9' for cleanliness please, in case we're unknowingly neglecting something? Thank you, Sue
Perfect for a couple, cosy and comfortable. We were able to walk down to the boulangerie in the morning to get our just cooked pan au chocolate and if we ran out of anything there were the local shops, larger supermarkets are just 5 minutes drive away. So much scenery to see & do all within an hours drive, Puy Mary being the highlight but every corner bought spectacular views and the dams, viaducts volcanos & waterfalls were amazing, a lovely unspoilt area.
Hello Adrian & Sarah - we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, despite the unseasonal downturn in the weather. It was a pleasure to meet you and we thank you for taking the time to add a review. Sue & Alan.
This is a lovely gite in a lovely area, and Sue and Alan are friendly and helpful hosts. They gave us lots of information and ideas about visits and activities, and attended to any queries immediately. Everything is new and in good working order, the house is quite spacious and the wood burner is easy to use and makes it really cosy.
The countryside is a combination of dramatic and pretty, and so the folder of local walks is a great resource of detailed information, with walks at all levels of strenuosness. You can really get to know the different aspects of the landscape and the Auvergne way of life. It is so beautiful and unspoilt, and great if you want to practice speaking French.
The gite has a great location in the village, with a lovely outlook onto gardens and old buildings. It's very peaceful, especially sitting outside having a leisurely breakfast or supper. The village has everything you could wish for, all within easy reach. There's a fabulous boulangerie, small supermarket well stocked with local specialities, great butcher and weekly market. There's also a small tourist info, with details of events in local villages, like car boot sales and festivals.
Thank you very much for your lovely review, Janet. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful part of France and it was a pleasure to meet you. Best wishes, Sue & Alan
Lovely setting in a rural village, with a view on pretty old buildings and a field with sheep. The house is well equipped and well maintained and Alan and Sue are incredibly responsive to any queries. We loved having the friendly convenience store and baker (opens at 6:30 AM!) about 50 meters away, as well as the nice walks of varying levels of challenge from the village. There is a very comprehensive collection of maps etc. in the gite. The gite is situated within easy reach of interesting sights and activities within the area. We had a lovely stay.
Many thanks Marieke for your nice review.
Hope to see you all again sometime.
Sue & Alan