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Maison de L'Etang .Fishing/Lakeside Accommodation .Tronçais Forest .Allier. Auvergne

House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Visit, 'Maison de L'Etang ', in the heart of Tronçais Forest, accommodating four persons, comfortably, after a few easy steps , all on one level.

The panoramic and always fascinating views over the 40 acre fishing lake will relax and rivet the onlooker ! especially when the sun is shining and the water sparkles like diamonds !

Giving the complete feeling of 'holiday happiness'.

The property is situated in the hamlet of Tronçais, which is a focal point of the vast Forest, due to its association with the historically ancient Forge, which produced the steelwork for the renowned 'Eiffel Tour '

In this area are ancient towns and villages, steeped in history, with wonderfully colourful markets , Chateaux , Abbeys and traditional fetes all contribute to discovery of this lovely region.

Within a few minutes, walk to a cafe/bar or good Restaurant. In the same time by car, reach all amenities in either, St.Bonnet Tronçais, Ainay-le-Chateau, or Cerilly.

Take a day trip to the Volcanic Region of the 'Massif Central', or visit one of the many Spa towns of the area, for a pampering 'treat'.

Altogether a delightful location.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach St Bonnet Tronçais Lakeside sandy beach, bathing 2 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: Limoges 150 km, Nearest railway: St;Amand-Montrond 18 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Limousin/Auvergne region

'Ancient Towns and Villages'

In this area are ancient towns and villages with wonderfully colourful markets and steeped in history. Chateaux, abbeys, arboretums and gardens to visit.

Adventure park and zoo. Traditional fetes ,brocantes ,cultural activities and concerts all contribute to this lovely region.

Paradise for walkers, birdwatchers, fisherman and lovers of the countryside. Educational forest walks, and in the summer, horse-drawn carriage rides.

At Bourbon L'Archambault ancient chateau remains ,seat of the ' Bourbons' from which the dynasty of Kings and Queens of France ,Italy and Spain originated. A great historical firework display held in and outside the Chateau enthralling hundreds watching this fabulous spectacle to commemorate. July 14th or 'Bastille' day. from the French revolution.

At the St.Bonnet Troncais large lake , on 15th August each year there is held a magnificent firework display on the lake.It is all free and a great evening entertainment which draws all the locals and tourists alike to watch.It generally involves taking a pic-nic , securing a good vantage point on the lakeside and wait for darkness.Well worth the wait.

In September, people will come from miles distance to the forest to listen to the 'Stags' in the rutting season. The sounds of their calling to females echoes and reverberates in the primeval habits of time.

When travelling through the forest ,sometimes, you may be lucky to see the wild boar , furry pigs ! which can travel at some speed but are quite shy. ( Sangliers ) the males or boar pigs can be almost the size of a Shetland pony.

'Forest of Troncais'

The Forest of Troncais is situated to the north west of the department of Allier, in the Auvergne region of Central France. It extends over almost 11,000 hectares, between the rivers of 'l'Allier ' to the east and the river 'Cher' to the west, on a plateau with the plains of the Berry to the north and the foothills of the 'Massif Central' to the south.

'Local Amenities'

In the same time by car, reach all amenities in either St. Bonnet Troncais, Ainay-le-Chateau, or Cerilly. Large supermarkets at St.Amand Montrond, Montlucon or Moulins.

Take a day trip of easy driving to the volcanic region of the 'Massif Central' or visit one of the many 'Spa' towns of the area.

Lurcy Levis

'The Hamlet of Troncais'

The property is situated in the hamlet of 'Troncais', which is a focal point of this vast forest, due to its association with the historically ancient Forge which produced the steelwork for the renowned 'Eiffel Tour'.

Troncais oak is sent to make barrels for cognac and fine Bordeaux wines because of the good quality wood.

Originally the forest was planted by instigation of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, ( a Chateau can be visited nearby at Ainay-le-Vielle which contains souvenirs of Colbert ), minister for. Louis X1V of France, to produce oak for ships of the French navy.

Within a few minutes walk you will find an excellent, cafe, bar and restaurant.

The region offers many activities. There are water sports:- at the sandy lake beach of St.Bonnet Tronçais, lake Pirot. And Etang de Goule.

swimming, sailing, canoeing and kayaks, windsurfing, boating,

fishing in rivers or well stocked lakes. ( need licence ). can be purchased at the cafe ,2 minutes walk. (day or week.)

Tennis, horseriding, golf, cycling (electric bikes for hire ) electric boats on the canal. Archery . Even flying lessons can be obtained at Lurcy-Levis. and many pleasurable walks in and around the forest.

For serious 'twitchers', you will love to see and hear birds like the ' Hoopoe', In spring the distinctive ' oop oop' can be heard all around the forest.

Other birds to be seen include ,golden oriole,turtle doves,green,and middle spotted woodpeckers,their pecking reverberates in the start,firecrest,wood warblers,

Honey buzzards,short-toed eagle,black and red Kites,and many more.

Other cultural activities include, visits to museums, Abbeys ( Souvigny & Noirlac) Chateaux (over 500 ). Theatres, music festivals, fireworks, 'son et lumier', winetasting, arboretums, beautiful gardens to visit, and organised forest nature walks.

Importantly, some of the local cusine must be sampled.

The courtiers of Louis XIV used to say," Only the dishes of Versaillies surpass the dishes of Troncais

Bustling french markets every day of the week in towns and villages, ( true flavour of countryside living ! )

Brocantes, held throughout the summer , ( for the ardent bargainhunter ! )

For those who prefer the faster pace, there are the Car and Motor cycling races at ' Magny Cours' , and Superbike Championships are held. Also a G T circuit at 'Lucy- Levis'; to International 'Go Karting', at St. Armond Montrand.

There are numerous activities through the summer. At St. Bonnet Troncais, ' The Ferme de L' etang ', organised events are held. Adventure parks, with zoo animals, all within reasonable distance. Paris and Disneyland, Puy-de-dome.( area of the volcans )

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20 Aug 2014


"Lovely location"

Good fishing location. The apartment is right on the lake so it was easy for the the boys to fish early morning/late evening. The views across the lake from the balcony are lovely; perfect for sitti… More

Thank you so much for the kind comments and very happy you all enjoyed your relaxing holiday.
Hope to welcome you again,anytime.

13 Aug 2014


"Wonderful Lakeside Experience"

Situated in the centre of the Troncais forest upon a fishing lake which is ideal for watching wildlife and fishing this is a highly recommended short or long stay holiday option. We spent a very comfortable fortnight in this spacious apartment. All the equipment and facilities you need are available and the hosts are very kind and accommodating. The location is wonderful with excellent wildlife including hoopes, golden orioles, black kite, firecrest, kingfishers and a range of woodpeckers and other birds of prey. In the local area towns like Montlucon and Herisson are delightful with medieval market places and ancient churches. A fabulous holiday option and highly recommended.

Lovely review, thank you so much and a pleasure to accommodate such appreciative guests.will be delighted to welcome you to return ,perhaps in spring or autumn as the wildlife picture is forever changing with the seasons.

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