Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A french country farm house set in the rolling hills of the Cantal in the southern Auvergne. There is a swimming pool heated by solar panels and a spacious garden for relaxing. The house backs on to woodland crossed by little streams and there are pleasant walks in all directions. A perfect holiday home for families with children with lots of freedom to explore the countryside and also for anyone looking for a beautiful peaceful retreat. We are 4 km from the village which has a restaurant, the Auberge de Mourjou. The area is famous for its chestnut trees and there is a big chestnut fair in Mourjou at the end of October but there are charming fetes all through the summer celebrating local produce from cherries to pork and baskets to accordians. It is possible to get in touch with the country way of life and to eat very well at the same time. For the energetic there are hills to climb, bycicles to borrow and canoeing and cayaking on the nearby river Lot.
The house is all on one level and has a large double bedroom with additional single bed and space for a cot or childs bed plus a second bedroom with a double bed and a third bedroom with bunk beds. The sitting room has two sofas and an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. There is free wifi and a big selection of books and board games as well as TV and DVD player. The kitchen is composed of a scullery and breakfast room with a big cherrywood farmhouse table and finally there is a modern family shower room with large walk in shower, WC and washbasin. The garden is equiped with table and chairs for al fresco dining as well as swings, hammock and sun loungers by the pool.
We are only 45 minutes drive from Rodez airport in the Aveyron which has cheap flights from Stansted and Dublin with Ryanair.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rodez 50 km, Nearest railway: Figeac 29 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Limousin/Auvergne region
The Auvergne is one of Frances best kept secrets and one of the most beautiful regions. Volcanic mountains, forests and mountain streams gradually turn into rolling hills dotted with small farms criss crossed by deep valleys full of undisturbed wildlife, deer, boar red squirrels, even genets. The bird life is also wonderful with buzzards, kites, harriers and owls as well as many varieties of wood peckers, hoopoes and golden orioles just to name a few that are less common in the uk. The climate is good, usually very warm in the summer with occasional thunder storms, wonderful autumn colours and cold winters often with snow but so far we have never been snowed in. The spring is probably the most beautiful time of year May and early June are a mass of wild flowers and blossom.
The tour de france almost always passes near by making the most of the steep mountains and there are always cycling enthusiasts to be seen testing themselves on the many hills, the area is also ideal for walks with footpaths marked from every village.
Aurillac has an international festival of steet theatre and music during August but there are fetes throughout the Cantal, Aveyron and Lot every weekend with fireworks and village meals that all are welcome to.
We are situated in the southern part of the Cantal very close to the Aveyron and the Lot and we tend to share their warmer weather rather than the climate found in the mountains. The area is famous for its cheese production boasting five AOP cheeses. The local cattle are easily recognised as Salers by their rich chestnut thick shaggy coats and crazy horns that grow in any direction. The cheese produced from the summer mountain pastures is known as Saler while the winter milk produces Cantal cheese. Local markets are good places to sample all the fine food produced in the area, cheeses and cured hams, dried sausage, pates, and all sorts of charcuterie as well as fresh home grown vegetables and trays of strawberries, apricots, melons and peaches.