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Make a holiday rental chateau or holiday cottage in Auvergne, France your home away from home

Auvergne is known as France’s ‘green lung’, a land of beautiful open countryside right in the middle of the Massif Central, encompassing areas of forest, lakes, mountain peaks and the largest group of volcanoes in Europe. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, you will never get bored whilst staying in an Auvergne holiday cottage, and the vast majority of visitors return to self catering Auvergne holiday homes year after year. Tourism in Auvergne thrives due to a stunning combination of beautiful scenery, fine monuments and fantastic sport.

Things to do from a holiday cottage in Auvergne, France

There are an exceptional number of monuments, natural phenomenon and excellent attractions to see in Auvergne, France. There are two huge natural parks in Auvergne, including the fascinating Auvergne Volcanoes National Park, as well as endless trails creating a Mecca for walking, horse riding and biking in Auvergne. Travelling slowly through the region from an Auvergne holiday cottage, whether on horse-back, foot or bicycle, is made even more special by the wealth of Romanesque churches and huge self catering chateaux in Auvergne, and where better to relax after a hard day than in one of Auvergne’s 10 spa towns!

There are many sport and leisure pursuits to enjoy in Auvergne; horse riding, biking, hiking, rock climbing, sailing, rafting, windsurfing, golf, kayaking, parasailing, hang gliding and a range of winter sports, which is why self catering chateau and gites in Auvergne are so hugely popular for sporting holidays. Taking winter lodgings in Auvergne allows locals and tourists alike to enjoy cross country skiing, downhill skiing, dog sledding and excellent off-piste skiing. The majority of snow falls between January and March, which are the best time to find ski accommodation or a ski residence in Auvergne.

Places to holiday in Auvergne, France

The Auvergne region consists of four departments; Allier, Puy-de-Dome, Haute-Loire and Cantal.

Allier, the northernmost department of Auvergne, home to some of the most varied and inspiring landscape is also the location of the finest natural sporting facilities and self catering chateau in Auvergne. Horse riding, hiking, cross country skiing, windsurfing, fishing, hang gliding and even bungee jumping can be easily done from an Auvergne holiday cottage.

Auvergne holiday homes in Cantal are a walkers dream. The famous Auvergne Volcanoes National Park is perfect for hill walkers and mountaineers, who will fall in love with the stunning scenery and amazing lack of crowds. If you went to the park every day during your stay in an Auvergne holiday cottage, you would still only see a handful of people.

Puy-de-Dome has a wonderfully varied landscape, with mountains, lakes, forests and the peak of the famous Puy-de-Dome volcano attracting visitors from all over the world to take self catering Auvergne holiday homes. There is a rich culture to enjoy here too, with many excellent restaurants, lively markets and atmospheric pubs to visit.

Travel to Auvergne, France

Depending on the exact location of your self catering Auvergne holiday cottage, gite or ski accommodation, the airports of Lyon (LYN) and Limoges (LIG) receive direct flights from the UK. The TGV service from Paris also stops at both locations.

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                                      Recent Reviews

                                      Well maintained and equipped Villa in stunning location

                                      4 of 5
                                      Bel Air Villa is perched up a hill on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Le Puy. It has stunning views overlooking the town and notably towards the cathedral and the Virgin Mary perched on a volcanic outcrop. The villa was comfortable and well furnished with French traditional furniture and small modern but adequately equipped kitchen. There was plenty of cutlery and crockery. It was lovely sitting outside on the patio in a very nice garden well secured and pet friendly. You wil lhowever need good ground clearance on your car to get through the gate. There are plenty of very interesting local attractions from chateaus in the Haute Loire, churches, Abbeys and of course Le Puy Cathedral. The local landscape is fascinating, dissected valleys and high gentle rolling plateaus all enabling walking for all standards. For the adventurous there are activities trips down the Allier and Loire valleys. We sampled excellent cuisine within walking distance in Le Puy and the steep incline back will shave off a few calories. The owner was very responsive about enquiries and made sure that someone met us on arrival. We opted for paying extra for linen and cleaner.
                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                      notre séjour très agréable chez vous

                                      5 of 5
                                      Nous avons été enchanté de notre séjour chez vous, si bien que tous veulent revenir l année prochaine. Nous n avons pas trouvé très efficace le lave vaisselle ... sinon tout est parfait
                                      • Review Submitted: 14-May-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016