Auvergne holiday gite with private pool.

Livradois-Forez National Park

Alongside its sister national park, Parcs De Volcans, these 2 parks are the best kept secret in France.
Stunning scenery with volcanic mountains teaming with widlife. Warm summers and blue sky skiing winters. 

Our nearest Supermarket (Carrefour Contact, very good) and cheaper fuel depot can be found in Sauxillanges (12km) down the valley. Sauxillanges also has a collection of Boulangeries, bars and a cash point machine.

Nearby Le Vernet La Varenne (4km) has a boulongerie, Proxy storie (village shop), chemist, tourist info office, Post office and fuel station (not cheap) and is the main fast route back down to Issoire (25km) our nearest town for everything. Le Vernet La Varenne plan d'eau, swimming lake, is a must see with the kids with its pedalos, tennis, summer life guard and restuarant/bar.

Bars and Restaurants (pleae book, numbers are in our visitors book).

Le Bar St Thomas.We cannot more highly recommend our local bar and restaurant. Just across the field in the village is a very warm welcome from Pat and John. Pichets of wine, cool pints, an amazing menu to die for and a serpent fire for those cooler evenings. The walk home under the stars is quite special.

Auberge de La Source in Chameane at just 2km walk. A fantastic view for Alfresco dining,  the menu is set other than for weekends. Definitely worth a visit!

Auberge De Margot in Usson (between Sauxillanges and Issoire). Great food, great ambience. Book the balcony/terrace for a view towards the "Chaine De Puy" (volcanic chain) amazing!

The Livradois-Forez National Park, alongside thier sister park, Parc De Volcans, are some of the best kept secrets in France.

Across the two parks there is so much to explore! There are 250 volcanoes spread across the parks, we ourselves are sat on a fortified mount, La Tourette, a bastion at the head of a valley.

Outdoor activities

The Tour De France often passes nearby with the mountains popular with cycling enthusiasts. Walking and kayaking with Canoe France at Lavoute Chillac (1hr) get you to those places that the family car passes by! Or a trip on the summit train up the Puy De Dome.

For the more adventurous, Crapa Hutte quad bikingTyrolienne Fantasticable zip liningAir Domes Parapente paragliding and with Super Besse ski reort, and Le Mont Dore ski resort only an hour way the choices are endless. For the more laid back horse ridingfishing the Alliers and wine tasting may be more to your liking.... 

For the more relaxed it may just be a visit to the local medieval village, vineyard, mushroom shops in La Chaise Dieu, St Nectare or Fournols cheese shops or brocante!