A great gite, with wonderful hosts!
The gite is clean, spacious, and has all the facilities you could hope for. It is in a peaceful rural location, but only a couple of minutes away from Arlanc (with cafes, supermarket etc).
It was great to open the kitchen cupboards when we arrived to find it fully equipped with a decent number of plates/bowls/pots/pans/glasses to cope with the party of ten - so many gites fail in this area.
The pool is great - John & Morag keep it fastidiously clean even though the thunderstorms deposited leaves and debris. There are plenty of loungers and chairs outside, plus the dining table for ten on the decked area beyond the pool.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the family are really pleasant and helpful - and stay in as much or little contact as you wish - they're always around to help if you need them.
My son was able to make use of the (decent quality) electric piano downstairs + wi-fi + skype to take one of his piano lessons whilst on holiday - impressive! Morag also dug out three cases of piano music for him to peruse, not a service found at every gite :-) If you're of a musical bent, ask about the balalaika and autoharp too!
Two of us went running most mornings - it's a perfect spot - many alternate routes - you can stay on the level if you wish, or tackle the hills. On one occasion we picked up a friendly dog (i.e. it thought we we taking it for a walk) it didn't turn back when we expected it to, so it completed the last 6K with us! A quick drive up the hill saw it safely returned...
The bikes (three adult, one child's by default - but more can be conjured by John if you need them) were great, perfect for cycling around the hills, or fetching bread from Arlanc in the morning.
There is a lawn around the front of the gite which is not mentioned in the details - we used this for our traditional holiday volleyball matches.
Must visits: Le-Puy-en-Velay (a bit of a drive - about an hour, but worth it), La Chaise-Dieu (only 15 minutes away).
We also kayaked down the Alliers, which was great - 1hr20 away, and went to some of the markets (Ambert, Craponne-sur-Arzon), always worth doing - pick up some Fourme D'Ambert - yum!
Downsides: Not many - the wi-fi was quite limited in signal strength, and there are a lot of steep steps (limiting the use of the outdoor dining area a little) - that's it really...
All-in-all, we had a great time at the Walnut Mill, and would recommend it to anyone!
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