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A summers evening on the cottage terrace at Le Boucharel, Champagnac le Vieux, Livradois Forez

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 3km

Romantic holiday cottage for couples in a small friendly french hamlet at 860M altitude in the heart of the Livradois Forest National Park in Southern Auvergne. Lots of character with stone and original beams, fitted kitchen, cosy lounge, gallery bedroom. Clean and comfortable. No smoking. 3 star Tourist Office classification. Ideal for short or long breaks.

Take advantage of the lovely September weather for your WALKING HOLIDAYS or PHOTOGRAPHY BREAKS in this peaceful and colourful countryside. Away from traffic, crowded beaches and noise. SPECIAL AUTUMN REDUCED TARIFS, see our tarif page for more details.

MUSHROOM SEASON IN THE LIVRADOIS FOREST is SPRING and AUTUMN. Visit the Saturday market, boutique shops and restaurants in the local town of Brioude and explore the Gorges d'Allier. Then take time the following days to explore the forest for the mushrooms, fauna and flora. You can sell the mushrooms in our hamlet to a Mushroom Merchant and he will sort them for you and pay you for the edible ones.

Excellent for just relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book and enjoy in the lovely views from your own private raised terrace or garden of the surrounding countryside, forest and mountains, with spectacular evening sunsets.

Only 3K from local village of Champagnac le Vieux with boulangerie, small local shop, swimming lake with beach and summer fêtes. Maps of local walks, of either short or long duration and plentiful tourist information are available in the cottage. We are also on hand for any questions you may have in our B & B in the same hamlet.

Alternatively you can canoe/kayak/swim in the River Allier, which is just a 20 mins drive away. Many walks and cycle routes in area. Also excellent area for photography, artists or relaxation.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Champagnac le Vieux 3 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Clermont Ferrand 60 km, Nearest railway: Brioude 12 km
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 1
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

We welcome you on arrival at the cottage and are on hand to assist with any questions you may have during your holiday.

We also have a selection of books both English and French, tourist information, board games, magazines and walking maps.

Modern and clean SPA center with pools, jacuzzi's ham man, sauna's and treatments just one hours drive away. Present rates Summer to Winter 2013 for use of the pools etc is 16 euros per personne for 2H30, which is very reasonable. The car park is 1 euro. Treatments would be extra but can be booked in advance for you. A very rewarding experience and well worth a visit.

If you are missing holiday tea and cakes we welcome you to our Tea Garden in the large garden of our farmhouse B & B Accommodation in the same hamlet. Offering warm and cold drinks, cupcakes and scones.

Further details outdoors

Sun loungers, tables, chairs, parasol and BBQ.

Raised terrace with table and 2 chairs for you to enjoy the amazing views and sunsets.

You can go on forest walks straight from the front door and we have maps and information available for your use. As well as tourist information leaflets of the area.

We are just 3K from the village of Champagnac le Vieux with its boulangerie, bar and swimming lake with beach.

20mins Market Town of Brioude and river gorges, 30 mins La Chaise Dieu, 1 hour Clermont Ferrand and airport, 1 hour Le Puy en Velay.

Fly by Ryanair to Rodez, Limoges and Lyon or Flybe Southampton to Clermont Ferrand.

New for 2013 fly direct by Ryanair to Clermont Ferrand from Belgium, Netherlands and Porto.

Then take A75 toll free motorway for 30mins followed by a drive through amazing countryside (20mins) to arrive at Le Boucharel.

TGV - UK to Paris, SNCF Teoz Paris to Clermont Ferrand.

Ferry - Dover to Calais or other ports.

Further details

Fresh garden veg and fruit is available for purchase (in season) as well as home made jams.

No smoking in house or bedrooms.

Rental includes beds being made up for you on arrival and towels for use in the accommodation.

Open March - November.

Free WIFI and private parking.

Possibility to accept pets, but must be agreed at time of booking.

The Limousin/Auvergne region

Haute Loire is in Southern Auvergne and is an outdoor paradise. With its forests, rivers, streams and valleys just waiting to be explored either on foot, by cycling or canoe/kayak. Excellent scenery in all seasons, from the warmth of the summer to the snow in winter.

Come and experience the varied range of activities in all seasons in the heart of the sumptuous Auvergne landscapes. Need to unwind, get back to nature and enjoy the natural playground of outdoor activities on offer then why not take time to discover the Haute Loire.

We offer 7 day Walking Holidays staying in our Farmhouse B & B in the same hamlet. Please see website for more details.


Champagnac le Vieux is our local small friendly village. It has a boulangerie, small superette and swimming lake. Sunbath on the beach or picnic on the grassed areas around the lake. You can also walk to Champagnac direct from the cottage on the forest path, which takes about 40 minutes. (5 mins by car)

There are many other interesting walks in the area, which we have available for you to choose from. We also have a large supply of tourist information literature, summer fêtes, markets etc.

There are 2 Beaux Villages of France close by. The Beau Village of Lavaudieu is just 20 mins drive and is famous for its Benedictine Abbey built in 1057 and its Cloister, the only one preserved in the whole Roman Auvergne area. You can also picnic by the river Senouire or walk down the valley in Lavaudieu.

The charming Beau Village of Blesle is in the valley of the Alagon River and has magnificient half-timbered houses and lovely river walks.

Brioude is a lovely small french town, Famous for La Basilique Saint Julien - Roman Church (the largest in the Auvergne) constructed at the end of the 11th century. Lovely town to walk around with small boutique shops, Saturday markets, music in the summer months, Art Festivals, tea rooms, restaurants, musuems, banks, park and the River Allier, for swimming, canoe/kayak and fishing. There are also a few Chateaux and places of interest along the Allier Gorges. Including a Resistance Museum.

La Chaise Dieu (24k) has various music festivals in the summer months. The most famous one being a Classical Music Festival which takes place in August every year in the large Abbey.

The Autumn is ideal for forest walks enjoying the changing colours of the season and searching for mushrooms, which can be sold to the local merchant in the village if you do not want to eat them.

Excellent season for photography.

In the Winter months we have three ski resorts nearby. Or you can walk straight from the front door into the forest with snowshoes. You can go to the ski resort of Le Lorian direct by train (1hour) from Brioude station.

Or drive to Super Besse or Le Mont Dore.

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Review 1-4 of 4

5 Aug 2013


"Fabulous location, but bedroom access awkward"

We had a fabulous holiday. Mike and Wendy were most welcoming and always helpful. The gite was well equipped and in a beautiful and extremely quiet location. We managed to use it as an effective base from which to explore the Auvergne. The only drawbacks were that the access to the bedroom (upstairs) involved ducking under a 3ft-6in (107cm) beam and the 'en-suite' bathroom was downstairs.

24 Aug 2012


"Excellent relaxing holiday base for a taste of real France!"

My wife and I were looking for a holiday where we could disappear from the hustle and bustle from our day to day lives. We are in our mid twenties and really liked the idea of being able to truely sw… More

Thank you for your lovely review of your holiday in our forest cottage. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

20 Aug 2012


"A beautiful place to stay"

This was our second holiday in Michael and Wendy's gite, and we enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. It's cosy and clean with stunning views of hills and pine forests.… More

It was lovely to meet up with you on your second visit to our forest gite and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay once again.

10 Dec 2011


"Romantic stay in lush country side in undiscovered Haute Loire"

We had a lovely week in Michael and Wendy's gite. It's really cosy, very well kitted out and the views from the balcony are fabulous. Thanks Wendy for English tea and scones in your garden -… More

Thank you for your kind review of our Romantic Holiday Cottage. We are always pleased and interested to meet new guests and to receive positive feedback on their holidays with us. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and it was good to meet you both.

Review 1-4 of 4

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