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Make a holiday rental home or farmhouse in Cantal, France your home away from home

Named after the mountain range which covers it, Cantal is a department of south-central France that contains a number of towns and villages, and is an ideal destination for those who prefer to spend the vast majority of their holiday outdoors. Whether you go for the skiing, hiking, walking, climbing, fishing or simply to take in the scenery, you are sure to love your holiday in Cantal, France. Accommodation options include luxury chateaus and renovated farmhouses.

Things to do in Cantal, France

Tourism in Cantal can be split into two distinct seasons, which offer varying activities. Winter receives a good amount of snow, meaning a full spectrum of winter sports can be enjoyed. This includes hundreds of kilometres of cross country runs and some of the country’s best downhill slopes at the Le Lioran ski area in Monts du Cantal.

The Cantal department is dominated by mountains which were originally volcanic peaks, meaning some excellent walking, hiking and climbing opportunities for the warmer months of spring and summer, as well as a great range of other outdoor activities to participate in.

Places to visit on holiday in Cantal, France

With Cantal covering 260 communes, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to places to visit in this rugged region, and a wide range of holiday rental accommodation in Cantal to match. Some of the best outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the Volcanic National Park in the Massif Central, fishing is popular in the Cezalier plateau and Vieillevie is regarded as one of the finest places in the area to try your hand at white water rafting.

There are also a number of culture options, with the historic Castle of Val in Lanobre, the Castle of Clavieres in Ayrens and the Museum of Art and Arqueologia in Aurillac just some of the more popular choices.

Those heading to Cantal in the hope of experiencing some top French cuisine will not be disappointed either. Hams, cheese and vegetables are the basis of many local dishes, and there is also Cantal cheese, which is firm in texture and one of the oldest cheese in France.

Weather in Cantal, France

With a number of towns and villages at different altitudes, it is unsurprising that Cantal has a many microclimates. Generally speaking, visitors heading to Cantal during winter can expect plenty of snow up in the mountains, with the eastern slopes drier and colder than those in the west. Peak summer temperatures are surprisingly warm, and exposed areas can feel well above 20C.

Flights to Cantal, France

Your destination airport will depend on your choice of base location in Cantal, but those seeking a direct flight from the UK will most likely be heading for Rodez-Marcillac Airport (RDZ), which lies in the neighbouring Aveyron department. Ryanair fly to this destination from London Stansted.

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Magical fairy tale place

5 of 5
We stayed last year as a family group - 20 people across four generations (and two dogs). We had a wonderful time. The chateau was everything we hoped it would be. Don't expect a five star modern hotel stay - while the bedrooms are comfy and quirky many with en suite, the kitchen is basic and the wifi was a little intermittent. However if you want to experience stepping back 500 years to a turretted fairy story castle set over multiple floors with thick stone ivy clad walls, a spectacular minstrel galleried hall with winding wooden staircase and an ancient stone floored kitchen, this is the place for you. Chateau Sedaiges offers authentic grandeur in lovely private gardens with a good sized private pool. We spent hours lounging around the pool or lazing in hammocks under the many mature and beautiful trees sipping wine and watching the kids and dogs enjoying the freedom of the extensive gardens. Evenings were filled with ghost hunts, BBQs and family meals in the garden or very impressive dining room. Somehow all of this is set on a fabulously personal scale leaving you feeling in no doubt that you are living in your own private family estate - if only for a week!
  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

Superbe maison!

5 of 5
Nous venons de passer une semaine dans cette immense maison et c'est avec regret que nous avons dû la quitter... Elle est tellement spacieuse que tout le monde peut avoir son intimité et les pièces de vie sont suffisamment grandes pour partager les bons moments tous ensemble. A noter que la maison est plus sympa en vrai qu'en photos, ce qui est assez rare pour le souligner. Les enfants étaient également ravis avec les prestations proposées (Piscine, Tennis de table, baby-foot...). Bref, nous y retournerions avec plaisir!
  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

Beautiful property in a stunning location.

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Stunning location, beautiful scenery, it would be difficult not to be impressed with this gem! The cottage has been a labour of love for the owners, very comfortable, impeccable attention to detail with high quality everything. An absolute pleasure to stay in & a wonderful holiday was had. Many thanks Brian & Glynis for an unforgettable stay.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016