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Holiday cottage in Vals le Chastel – Home 12124 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Holiday cottage in Vals le Chastel – Home 12124

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  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

The cottage is of typical Auvergnat construction, with thick walls to keep it cool in the summer, it is rustic and basic in character. There are two bedrooms, the master sleeps two people and the larger second bedroom has two large singles with room for a third roll away bed. The shower room and separate toilet are on the ground floor. The house is heated by a log burner and electric heaters. Logs are provided for the first fire or two. Outside, the garden offers a wonderful view over the castle, and from here it is only a very short walk to the banks of the Doulon river, a beautiful spot where you can paddle and picnic. Better swimming is available in Vielle Brioude at La Bageasse - take a picnic !

Location description from owner

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

Vals le Chastel

Cycling, both road and off road (or ‘VTT’ in France) is excellent, with many existing trails close

The cottage is of typical Auvergnat construction, with thick walls to keep it cool in the summer, it is rustic and basic in character. There are two bedrooms, the master sleeps two people and the larger second bedroom has two large singles with room for a third roll away bed. The shower room and separate toilet are on the ground floor. The house is heated by a log burner and electric heaters. Logs are provided for the first fire or two. Outside, the garden offers a wonderful view over the castle, and from here it is only a very short walk to the banks of the Doulon river, a beautiful spot where you can paddle and picnic. Better swimming is available in Vielle Brioude at La Bageasse - take a picnic !

Location description from owner

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

Vals le Chastel

Cycling, both road and off road (or ‘VTT’ in France) is excellent, with many existing trails close by. Similarly to rambling, off road cycling means almost anywhere within reason as long as it’s done sensibly and with consideration to other people’s property. Road racing is of course very popular in France and the local winding roads which climb high into the hills are ideal for this. Needless to say the descents are pretty exhilarating too!

The area also provides wonderful walking country – the general rule is that you can ramble anywhere that isn’t specifically signposted as private. There are scores of walk leaflets and books on the shelves in the house, with suggested routes varying in distance and difficulty, and for the most part ‘balisage’ (waymarking) is pretty good. Canoeing is available from just outside Brioude and also in Lavoute Chilhac.

For the less active, there are many places close by to visit, such as Lavaudieu (officially classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages) with it’s Abbey and museum, the moving Museum of French Resistance and the magnificent ruins of Domeyrat castle which each summer holds jousting festivals. In the village itself are feudal ruins and 15th century secular frescoes in its chapel (although not generally open the key is available from the house next door to the chapel!).

Slightly further afield are Chaise-Dieu with it’s summer music festival, and the old city of Le Puy en Velay with it’s buildings set atop the lava cores of ancient volcanoes. Clermont Ferrand and of course all the surrounding Puys, the thermal spa town of Chatel-Guyon and the source of Volvic are all about an hour away.

The Gorges d’Allier is within a very short drive, with rock-climbing and white-water canoeing on offer. For the less adventurous, the tourist train from Langeac takes the scenic route along the gorge.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Julia & Danny C
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
29 Mar 2016
Years listed:
6
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 18 Sep 2006. Located in Brioude, it has 2 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate is £287.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 29 Mar 2016.

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“A Great Little Spot To Forget The World”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2011

Having recently returned from this lovely house,i thought it only fair to let others know of it's merits.Firstly,the house itself has a well stocked kitchen,with all the implements you should need.I believe the fridge is now larger than in the photos,with space for plenty of groceries and drink.The seperate loo and shower room is very handy,as is the washing machine,.The English speaking tv channels were mostly news(BBC world etc),but we just took some boxsets for the occasions we fancied something to watch,which was generally to escape the heat of the day for a while.The sofa is big and comfy by the way.The house keeps relatively cool compared to the outside,but i took a fan,which came in handy,particularly at night. Outside,the garden isn't huge,but does the job fine.It has the sun all day,and then come the evening is ideal for the BBQ to roll out.There are 2 tables,so ample space for all.Across the lane,about 75 yards away,is a stream and sizeable grassed area,We used it for a kick around,bit of cricket and French boules,before getting into the water for a cooldown.It was that simple pleasure that really made us feel like kids again.I like to think that if you are bringing children with you, they will love clambering through the stream,splashing about with mum and dad (oh god,i'm getting all idealistic and romantic now),but then that's how it made me feel.The neighbours were very friendly,as well as being helpful when required,Thankfully,one of us spoke French,which helped greatly. Away from the village,Brioude is a very nice place,with the old town full of little bars and speciality shops.Bringing the tone down a bit,for footie obsessives like us,there is a bar called St.Laurent (90% sure thats right) on the main road that has English premier league games.There's also a supermarket here for all the groceries you need.Do make sure you fill up with fuel here,as it is much more expensive on the motorways.As an example, diesel was 1.30 euros at the supermarket,and as much as 1.44 euros on the motorway. Another must see would be the village of Lavaudieu.You can imagine them filming The Three Musketeers in the quirky,cobbled alleys of this village.We dined at a lovely little restaurant called L'abbey,just off the square.They had a simple 3 course dinner for 17 euros,though they had more expensive options.We also popped there during the day for a beer on the square,watching life pass by,before looking around the old village abbey-wonderful.We also went out to la Creche hotel in the village of La Chomette,not too far away,for a lovely meal (chicken liver salad was a particular favourite).Don't tell ya wife,but if you ask them nicely,they will allow you to stay on and watch the footie (Champions league this time) with your coffee. There was an awful lot that we didn't do,but the weather was just so good,around 40 degrees,with one bad day out of seven.Anyway, there's always next time.

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