A lovely 2 bed rural gîte just an hour drive from Clermont Ferrand, skiing at Super Besse, the Vineyards of Boudes and the peaks of the Puys, making it an ideal base for walking, exploring, cycling, sampling local produce, or simply relaxing.
Holiday Rental St Germain L'Herm, France
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Being our second home there are all the comforts you'd expect, including laundry facilities so no need to be weighed down with lots of luggage.
An open plan lounge/diner allows plenty of space to enjoy yourself. The dining table extends to seat 6 for formal dining but there are also comfortable leather sofas for a more relaxing time. As well as the TV (both English and French channels) there is a DVD player that not only plays DVDs and CDs but also plays mp3s and movies and music from USB sticks. There is a selection of DVDs and CDs provided but please feel free to take your own.
The wood burner is an extremely effective source of heat, and this together with period furniture, wooden beams and tiled or wooden floors help the building to retain its authentic farmhouse feel.
Despite being small the kitchen is packed with everything you need to whip up culinary delights, be they from scratch using the tasty locally sourced produce or a little something thrown into the combination microwave. As well as this there's a cooker, a fridge with ice box, a kettle, toaster and coffee maker, and all the utensils you'll need.
The bathroom and toilet are also on the ground floor and are separate from each other. There is a bath with shower over so you have a choice of both.
The 2 double bedrooms are on the first floor. One overlooks the hamlet and floods with sunlight in the morning whilst the other overlooks the garden and gets the sun in the afternoon.
The garden is south facing so gets the sun all day long and the original cobbled farmyard makes a lovely patio. The large stone BBQ makes outdoor eating a pleasure and the fire pit means even once the sun goes down you can extend the fun late into the evening. In addition to the house there is also a barn, a stable and a garage which whilst currently undeveloped add to the grandeur of the site as a whole.
The local area is safe for children to enjoy the freedom to explore the natural world and is a haven for dog walkers with many trails right on the doorstep. Our pets are part of our family and we wouldn't dream of going away without them, so your family pets are as welcome as you are and we can highly recommend a local vet for passport purposes. There's an abundance of bird life for the twitchers among you, free WiFi internet is available from the Tourist Information centre in St Germain l'Herm, and for those who like a bit of the mystical, there is even a stone circle just up the road!
Located at 1107m high in the stunning Livradois Forest National Park in the Puy-de-Dôme department of the Auvergne, you will find our farmhouse gîte in the tiny hamlet of Ardennes. Our nearest village St Germain l'Herm is just a short 5 minute drive away. It is is uniquely situated to not only be surrounded by a multitude of local attractions, but also to be a base to travel slightly further afield. We're not only on the northern edge of the Massif Central, itself stunning thanks to being the largest concentration of extinct volcanoes in the world, but we're also within easy travelling distance of 6 of the famous Plus Beaux Villages, most beautiful villages in France - Usson, Lavaudieu, Blesle, Montpeyroux, Saint Floret and Saint Saturnin.
The local area abounds with chateaus and fascinating architecture, and the local tourist information centre is stocked with ideas of places to visit catering for all ages and tastes. There are places to swim, canoe, climb, trek, nature watch, go down caves and mines, ride a horse, go fishing, eat cheese, have a spa, see the fabulous countryside from a train, visit the zoo, see the local crafts people at work or learn about volcanoes at the Vulcania Theme Park. The local markets are a treat if you're an early riser and for the best bread you've ever tasted you simply cannot beat the local boulangerie.Note: map positions are approximate, often based on the nearest town (ie not exact postion) and subject to error!!';}
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Prices and Availability
Unlike most others gîtes we don't charge higher rates for peak seasons or school holidays. We want to give our guests the same great value the whole year round so we charge the same rate regardless of which week it is. Whether you're staying to ski or sunbathe, whether it's the Easter Bank Holiday or a week in September, your holiday is just as important to you so we see no reason why you should have to pay more just because of the date. Price wise it's low season all year round with us - just £400 per week! Book 2 weeks together and it's even cheaper - just £680 for the fortnight!