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We spent a really relaxing week in this away cosy cottage. The heated pool is fantastic – our first four days were very hot and it was brilliant to be able to use the pool to relax and cool off. The grounds around the cottage are mainly meadow with some wonderful old trees and also an abundance of buddleia bushes which attracted a wide variety of butterflies. We were welcomed with a gift of goats cheese from the creamery along the lane and some honey from Lucas's hives!
Everything in the house is very clean and functions as it should, although a little small in the cottage, we were able to make use of the annex as we were four adults. Both had excellent shower and bathroom facilities and everything you could need on holiday. The outside space was fabulous.
Our only issue was that one night, some large hornets came into the house attracted by the lights – but we were able to remove them and were careful to keep the doors closed when the lights were on after that! We also found the cottage very hot, an electric fan for the hot nights would have been welcome, but as it got cooler later in the week this wasn't an issue.
It really is a beautiful place and we found the peace and quiet very relaxing. The surrounding towns and villages were also quiet as a lot of the traders seemed to choose the week we visited to take their own holidays – after the main holiday season was over we guessed! We didn't have time to fully explore and would love to return to find out more about the region one day.
Thank you, Lucas and family, for the use of your wonderful holiday cottage.
Karen, Julian, Katy and Roger.
We enjoyed our stay at the Vieux Pommier. It is a characterful old building which has been renovated and equipped to the highest standard. The setting is very tranquil and the balcony is ideal for enjoying a long lingering meal on a warm summer's evening. Isabelle could not be more friendly or helpful. As she could not be there the whole time, she even had her friend come by to check everything was alright after an overnight storm.
The gite is conveniently located for exploring Vichy and not too far from Clermont-Ferrand and the Puy de Dome. There are plenty of walking options nearby, with stacks of information including walk books and maps. English speakers should be aware that most of the information is in French and it is French TV only, but Isabelle speaks excellent English. Visitors should also be aware that it is fairly lengthy drive (20 minutes) to the main road, but that is the price you pay for such a tranquil location.