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The Old Hayloft

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Situated on the edge of a small village in the Puy-de-Dome area of the Auvergne, the Old Hayloft provides an ideal base to discover a region full of history, wonderful landscapes (including volcanoes), Romanesque architecture. Within 25 minutes of the slopes of the Massif Sancy, the region offers a host of outdoor activities, including walking, mountain biking, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing and fishing etc. Spend your days exploring old fortified villages (there are 4 "plus beaux villages de France" on the doorstep, and 11 in the Auvergne), visit Romanesque churches including the Abbatiale in Issoire and the recently restored church at St Nectaire, take in the markets for local cheeses (St Nectaire, Bleu d'Auvergne, Cantal, Salers, Forme d'Ambert) and charcuterie, and visit local wine producers to taste their little-known wines, which have recently obtained AOC. The region also boasts many excellent restaurants, including some Michelin stars within half an hour's drive.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac Chambon 20 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Aulnat 30 km, Nearest railway: Issoire 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The gite is accessed by a flight of steps up from the courtyard, and most of the accommodation is on a single level. There is a very large, open plan living/dining area with well equipped kitchen. The 2 main bedrooms are on the same level and are served by the main bathroom, which has a corner bath and shower. The 3rd bedroom, with ensuite bathroom and WC, is located above the living area, and has slightly reduced headroom. The conversion from an old hayloft has been carried out sympathetically, retaining internal exposed stone walls for character. The bedrooms are large and simply, but tastefully furnished. French windows from the living room lead out to the private, south-facing terrace, equipped with patio furniture and a BBQ.

Further details outdoors

Parking is in the courtyard of the main house. There is shared access to the main gardens, which are on 3 levels and provide views over the rooftops of the village to the Puy de Lavelle and up the valley towards the mountains.

Dating from Medieval times, the village of St Vincent is situated in the valley of the Couze Pavin, which flows down from Lake Pavin in the Massif Sancy and through the village. It was once a fortified village, and retains some of the original buildings. It has a history of wine and apple production, with gardens on the edge of the village still the source of a wide range of fruit and veg. There is a small bar, from which you can order bread and croissants for breakfast in the mornings. The baker and a small, well-stocked grocery are within walking distance - only 2 km away.

There are a mass of country tracks around the village for long and short walks, with 3 passing through the village. Up the hill at the back of The Old Hayloft, the track leads up onto a plateau with lovely views across the valley and beyond.

Further details

- tourist information provided

- printed guides for walking available

- baby-bed available FOC on request

- help and guidance provided to make your stay as enjoyable as possible

The Limousin/Auvergne region

The Auvergne is France's best kept secret, with landscapes which will take your breath away. With 2 Parcs Naturels - the Livradois-Forez to the east of Issoire, and the Volcans d'Auvergne to the west - the Puy-de-Dome is a paradise for outdoor activities, and we are situated right between the two, giving you easy access to two contrasting, but equally beautiful regions.

Regular rugby and cycling events are held in the area. Performance cars can be tried at the Circuit d'Issoire and there is even has an airfield and gliding club.


This is a paradise for outdoor activities including walking, cycling, horse-riding, fishing, hang-gliding and skiing. Dotted among the old medieval fortified villages are some of the finest Romanesque churches, and its spa towns still offer the possibility to "take the waters".

Clermont-Ferrand is the departmental capital - HQ for Michelin and the successful ASM rugby team, it also has an historic centre and interesting museums.

Issoire has a lively market once a week on a Saturday and hosts an annual folk dance and music festival in July which attracts folk groups from across the world. Regular rugby and cycling events are held in the area. Performance cars can be tried out at the Circuit d'Issoire and there is even has an airfield and gliding club.

To the west of Saint Vincent is the Massif Sancy, with its volcanic landscape and lakes. There are some stunning views from the tops of puys and pics within minutes of the village. Besse is a typical market town, built in the local stone. Superbesse is the nearest downhill ski station, surrounded by miles of cross country ski tracks. To the east is the Livradois-Forez, with its undulating hills covered in forests. Sauxillanges is an historic religious centre and Ambert is where the tasty Forme d'Ambert cheese orginates. To the north is Clermont-Ferrand and the Puy-de-Dome, where the recently constructed Panoramique des Domes can take you to spectacular views of the Chaine des Puys and the Allier valley. To the south the Gorges de l'Allier offer watersports.

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2 Jan 2013


"Absolutely lovely gite."

We are a family of four who stayed in The Hayloft over Christmas to ski at Super Besse (half an hour drive away). The gite was totally perfect for all of our needs. It was tastefully decorated, spaci… More

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Calendar last updated:19 May 2014

Based in France

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