La Platriere Retreat
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This superb cottage offers you spacious accommodation with the possibility of sleeping up to 6 people. It is situated within 3acres of gardens and part of La Platriere Retreat guests are welcome to use the large outdoor swimming pool and petanque, and enjoy the stunning views across the valley of rural countryside.
The owners (English) live in the main house which they run as a Bed and Breakfast (Please send us an email if interested in this option), so are always at hand should you have any questions or need assistance during your stay. The cottage adjoins the main house and has its own enclosed private garden and private parking space.
Inside is designed with your comfort in mind, all linen and towels are provided and included in the price and for those cooler months the cottage is well insulated and centrally heated.
La Platriere offers peace and tranquility in the heart of France and is perfect for people who are seeking a quiet getaway in a part of France that is traditionally rural, with plenty of history and natural beauty.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake beach 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Clermont Ferrand 110 km, Nearest railway: Moulins-sur-Allier 39 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen with dining area is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay, with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, electric oven, hob and extractor hood. During wet weather guests can use for a small charge the tumble dryer in the main house. The dining area has French doors leading out into the private garden and outdoor furniture and barbeque. Open plan beams lead the way into one of the two sitting rooms where for your entertainment are TV, video player, music centre, and a selection of books and games.
The other sitting room can double up as a 3rd bedroom as it has a good quality bed-settee. Also downstairs are the bathroom (with french bath, shower, and vanity unit with basin) and separate toilet. A beautiful open-tread oak staircase leads upstairs where there are 2 adjoining bedrooms (one double, one twin-bedded). Both bedrooms have exposed beams and dormer windows look out across the garden to the countryside beyond.
|Further details outdoors|
The cottage garden has outdoor furniture, parasol and barbeque. All guests are welcome to enjoy the larger gardens at La Platriere, which include the large swimming pool surrounded by sun terrace where you can laze away hot summer days relaxing on the sun loungers. For the slightly more energetic guests can play boules on the petanque pitch, or maybe a game of croquet. (equipment provided)
The rental is for up to 6 people and includes bedding and towels. There is a cleaning charge of 40 euros per week which is payable on arrival. During winter months when the central heating is on an additional cost of €30 per week applies for fuel costs. A non-refundable deposit of €100 (for 1 week) or €200 (for 2 weeks) is required on booking with the balance to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. A damage waiver deposit of 150 euros is required on arrival. This is returned at the end of your stay minus any breakages.
The cottage is available from 4pm on the date of arrival and we would ask guests to leave by 10am on the day of departure. Changeover day is Saturday.
The Limousin/Auvergne region
La Platriere Retreat is situated in the department of Allier in the region of Auvergne, in the heart of France. We are close to the departments of Cher & Berry in the region of Centre and also close to the border of the Nievre in the region of Bourgogne (Burgundy).
With a wealth of unique landscapes, rich history and cultural heritage, Auvergne offers something for everyone. The region boasts of an exceptional variety of lakes, waterfalls and running through the region is the river Allier. In fact water is everywhere in Auvergne and offers excellent fishing, bathing, windsurfing, and other water sports including white-water rafting. The area is also known as the "green lung" of France.
We're located in a bit of a micro-climate, with little rain and can be very hot summers.
The cottage is about 5kms from the Troncais Forest, with its 300 year oaks. With 10,000 hectares, the Troncais is the largest oak plantation in Europe and probably the world. This region is sure to capture your heart with its white water, numerous springs, Gallo-Roman sites, gently undulating landscape, chateaux, churches and the haunting sounds of deer belling in the woods. Why not stay with us in the Autumn, when guided tours at sunset to the Troncais are available to hear the eerie sound of the belling of the deer or go wild mushroom picking (you can take your collected mushrooms to the local pharmacy who will advise you of which ones are safe to eat). There are numerous lakes in the forest, most with beaches for swimming. Windsurfing, canueing, kayaking are available at Etang de Goule just 5 minutes drive away. There are local horseriding, fishing, walking and tennis.
15 minutes drive from La Platriere is the spa town of Bourbon l’Archambault, which is the birthplace of the Bourbon kings. With its impressive fortress built before the '100 years war', this is a must for visitors who can explore its impressive remains and admire the stunning views from its hilltop position. It's great fun for children too. Whilst there you may wish to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon at the Thermal baths. The Auvergne has approximately 500 chateaux, which range from the stately, to the fortified or medieval, and is the ‘land of the Bourbon dukes’. Montluçon (40 kms away) is also home to the Bourbon Dukes and has an historic centre and numerous museums. Even its Romanesque art, can be surprisingly inventive. Medieval fortresses and long dormant volcanoes dominate the landscape of the Auvergne region of central France. This is a world of memories and picture postcards, of ancient stone villages surrounded by gently rolling hills. Visit Moulins the capital of the Allier and see the historial parts of this beautiful city with its cathedrals and museums.
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20 Sep 2013
"Real, rural France"
My husband, two teenage daughters, our Border Collie and I stayed in the gite at La Platriere for 2 weeks this summer. What a lovely, peaceful setting. The gite has everything you could want and the b… More
18 Aug 2013
"Escape from it all!"
This is our second visit to La Platriere and we were blessed with lovely warm days. Andy & Jackie are terrific hosts and are happy to help you discover the region. Alternatively you can stay by the cl… More
23 Sep 2012
"Peace and Quiet"
We visited La Platriere this September and we delighted with the location and standard of the property,it is located in a truely wonderful part of France.Andy and Jackie were available in case of any problems,and willing to offer help and advice on places off interest or local shops. There is a large garden with a lovely pool,which was well looked after. The only possible downside to some people could be the lack of local restaurants and the need to drive about 12k to the supermarket for your shopping. I can only say for ourselves that we would have no hesitation in returning and would recomend this property to anyone looking for a quiet holiday in a lovely part of France.
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