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Holiday Gite Rental Near Pierrefort, Cantal, Auvergne, France

Weekly Rental:From EUR 350 to EUR 570

Property

Houses

Sleeps

4

Single/Double

2 / 1

Bathrooms

2

Pets

Not Allowed

Pool

No

La Roche is an old farm nestling half-way up the slope of a sheltered, volcanic valley which has no other houses or farm-buildings in it. At 950 m (just over 3000 ft) the air is wonderfully fresh, and the stars on clear nights are spectacular. There are fine views to the south-west, over fields and woods in the foreground, and towards the Aubrac plateau in the distance.

It’s very restful here if you enjoy the sounds of the countryside: the stream at the bottom of the valley, birds singing in the trees, cow-bells in summer, and stags rutting in the autumn. You’re away from it all, yet not cut off. It only takes 10 minutes by car to get to the small town of Pierrefort, and half an hour to the charming medieval cathedral city of Saint-Flour. There are lovely walks starting straight from the gîte, and within a radius of 40 km (25 miles) you can explore the Truyère valley, the Cantal mountains and the Aubrac plateau. The region is especially beautiful in May and June when the high pastures are adorned with wild flowers, and in September and October when the woods are tinged with autumn colours.

The property consists of a house (built in 1781), an adjoining barn (1857) and bake-house, a small pig-sty, and a water-mill down by the stream. The buildings have metre-thick walls made of huge blocks of volcanic stone. We – the owners – occupy the house and most of the ground floor of the barn (originally the cow-byre).

In 2006 we converted the upper hay-loft into a spacious gîte for 4+ people (110 m2), which has a 3-star rating (“3 épis”) from Gîtes de France. The roof has been retiled in traditional stone, and many of the original oak beams are visible inside.

You can have complete privacy if you wish, but we are on hand to give help and advice if you need it.


ACCOMMODATION:

The accommodation is on three levels, with its own entrance and hard-standing for cars, and a large garden behind (250 m2) for the exclusive use of our guests.

Main Floor
The main entrance is at this level through French windows facing south-east. They open onto a large living space (area 60 m2, ceiling height 3.45 m) with a ceramic-tiled floor and underfloor heating.
Within this space there are 3 dedicated areas:

Open-plan kitchen
Electric oven, gas hob, extractor fan, microwave, fridge-freezer (278 litres), dishwasher, filter-coffee machine, toaster, kettle, and blender.

Dining area
Rustic farm table and benches, sideboard for crockery and cutlery, and an antique dresser for cups and glasses. High-chair on request.

Sitting area
Wood-burning stove, 3-seater sofa, three swivel armchairs, coffee table, book-case.
Flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, radio, board games, French and English books for all ages, local maps, WIFI.

Upstairs
This is reached from the main floor by an open staircase with a child-safety gate at the top. The floor is made of new oak.

Open mezzanine
Two double futon-sofas, table and chairs, and two radiators. Cot.
A French window opens onto the private gîte garden, and a corridor leads to the bedrooms, bathroom and WC.

Bedroom 1
One double bed (width 140 cm), built-in wardrobe with shelves, hanging rail and double sliding mirror-doors. Built-in desk, two chairs and a radiator.

Bedroom 2
Two single beds (width 90 cm), built-in wardrobe with shelves, hanging rail and double sliding mirror-doors. Two chairs and a radiator.

The dormer windows in the mezzanine and bedrooms face south-west across the valley:

Bathroom
Sunken bath with shower, WC, and washbasin on polished granite surface. Radiator.

Separate WC with wash-basin.

Heating
The gîte has oil-fired central heating supplying all the radiators, the underfloor heating, and the hot water upstairs. All central heating is included in the rent. Hot water for the kitchen and the downstairs shower room is provided by a 200-litre electric immersion heater.
For electricity charges see Rates
Wood for the stove is free.

Garden
The gîte has an unfenced private garden (250 m2) on two levels linked by a traditional ‘miller’s ladder’. Access is by stone steps next to the main entrance, or out of the French window in the mezzanine. There is a barbecue, a picnic table with parasol, deck-chairs, an inflatable plastic paddling-pool, and a rotary clothes-line.

The land around La Roche is sloping and rocky, and small children need supervision at all times when outside.

Parking
There is hard-standing for one car to the side of the main entrance, for the exclusive use of the gîte. More parking space is available 20 metres away.
 

PHOTOS

Kitchenware Appliances

Cooker/Hob Fridge Freezer Microwave Toaster Kettle Dish Washer High Chair Washing Machine Tumble Dryer

Fixtures & Equipment

Hairdryer Iron Central Heating Log Fire TV Satellite DVD Player CD Player Internet Access

External Features

Private Garden Mountain Views BBQ Sun Loungers : Yes Suitable for Children

Local Attractions

• Water sports
The Truyère gorge was dammed in the early 1930s to provide hydroelectric power. The nearest reservoirs, upstream of Grandval and Sarrans, offer facilities for sailing, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and sail-boarding.
• Swimming
Pierrefort has an open-air swimming pool suitable for children (10-minute drive), and there is a Centre Aqualudique in Saint-Flour (20 minutes). You can also swim in the Truyère at the Pont de Tréboul (20 minutes) or at Laussac (30 minutes).
You can paddle and cool off in the stream by our mill, just 5 minutes’ walk from the gîte.

• Fishing
The rivers and reservoirs nearby are well stocked with fish. Permits obtainable locally).

• Pony-trekking
The Centre Equestre de Chabridet (10 minute drive) offers rides round the local countryside.

• Tennis
There are public courts in Pierrefort (10 minutes away).

• Golf
The 9-hole course at Le Battut has spectacular views over the Truyère (25 minutes away).

• Skiing
There is a very reasonably-priced resort at Le Lioran which offers downhill and cross-country skiing at all levels. The resort itself is on the far side of the Plomb du Cantal (one hour’s drive), but it is accessible from the col du Prat de Bouc on our side (35 minutes’ drive), where you can hire equipment, and take ski-lifts up to the ridge and the pistes on the other slope. There is usually good snow from mid-December till early March.

The nearest cross-country skiing and snow-shoe trails are at Gourdièges (10 minutes’ drive); more reliable snow and more extensive trails can be found higher up at Cézens and Vigouroux (30 minutes’ drive), or at Prat de Bouc.

Special Rental Conditions

Included in the rent:
– bed linen (beds made up for you)
– central heating (underfloor and radiators)
– hot water upstairs
– wood for the stove
– gas for the kitchen hob
– 56 Kwh of electricity per week

Not included in the rent:
– Electricity above the 56Kwh weekly allowance.
We read the gîte meter on your arrival and your departure,
and charge you at cost for any extra.
– Local tourist tax (« taxe de séjour ») of 0.99 euros per person (over 18) per night, from January to December inclusive. Gîtes de France will add this to your invoice.

Less than one week:
– 1 or 2 nights: 50% of weekly rate
– 3 – 6 nights: pro rata of weekly rate

Extras on request:
– hire of bed-linen: 12 euros per bed
– hire of towels: 10 euros per person
– high-chair (free)
– cleaning service at the end of your stay: 50 euros

Cleaning:
You are expected to leave the gîte clean and tidy when you leave.
If you prefer to use our cleaning service, please let us know in advance.

Deposit:
If you wish, Gîtes de France can deduct the 200 euro deposit from your bank card, refundable at the end of your stay. Alternatively you can pay us by cheque or in cash on your arrival. This is to cover us against minor loss or damage.

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Property Exterior

Private Garden:
Yes
Mountain Views:
Yes
BBQ:
Yes
Sun Loungers:
Yes
Safe for Children:
Yes

Local Attractions

• Water sports
The Truyère gorge was dammed in the early 1930s to provide hydroelectric power. The nearest reservoirs, upstream of Grandval and Sarrans, offer facilities for sailing, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and sail-boarding.
• Swimming
Pierrefort has an open-air swimming pool suitable for children (10-minute drive), and there is a Centre Aqualudique in Saint-Flour (20 minutes). You can also swim in the Truyère at the Pont de Tréboul (20 minutes) or at Laussac (30 minutes).
You can paddle and cool off in the stream by our mill, just 5 minutes’ walk from the gîte.

• Fishing
The rivers and reservoirs nearby are well stocked with fish. Permits obtainable locally).

• Pony-trekking
The Centre Equestre de Chabridet (10 minute drive) offers rides round the local countryside.

• Tennis
There are public courts in Pierrefort (10 minutes away).

• Golf
The 9-hole course at Le Battut has spectacular views over the Truyère (25 minutes away).

• Skiing
There is a very reasonably-priced resort at Le Lioran which offers downhill and cross-country skiing at all levels. The resort itself is on the far side of the Plomb du Cantal (one hour’s drive), but it is accessible from the col du Prat de Bouc on our side (35 minutes’ drive), where you can hire equipment, and take ski-lifts up to the ridge and the pistes on the other slope. There is usually good snow from mid-December till early March.

The nearest cross-country skiing and snow-shoe trails are at Gourdièges (10 minutes’ drive); more reliable snow and more extensive trails can be found higher up at Cézens and Vigouroux (30 minutes’ drive), or at Prat de Bouc.

In the area

This Property is situated in Cantal, Auvergne

Nearest Airport: Rodez at 1 hour 50

Nearest Station: Saint-Flour at 30 minutes

Nearest Ferry:

Nearest Beach:

Nearest Ski Resort: Le Lioran

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town or village.


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Whether you're planning your next holiday, or simply want to find out more about our properties, you can contact our Owners & Agents directly for more information

Contact Person: Catherine Slater

Phone: +33 (0)471 233 792

Mobile: +44 (0)7950 830 503

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