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.

Maison De L'Amerthyste

The Chateau De Montfort domininating the skyline over the swimming lake at Le Vernet La Varenne, has an Amethyst expo as the region is famous for an Amethyst vein running through the Livradois hills. This is the most important vein in France. The vein goes straight through La Tourette and crystals are scattered about the farm, a collection of which are on the wall in the private pool garden.

Bars and Restaurants (except lakeside bar please book, numbers are in our visitors book).

Auberge du Vernet La Varenne  is a 4km walk where you'll also find the swimming lake and Lakeside Bar which has been recently refurbished.

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! 

Chez Marthe The restuarant 6km in Condat Les Montboissier has a bar and offers lunchtime meals and also has a Tabac. Please check for evening meals in the summer.

Moulin De Civadoux located 7km down the valley towards Sauxillanges. Civadoux is a trout farm with its own restuarant

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!

National Parks

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!