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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Haute-Loire, France your home away from home

Take a trip to a quiet place in the south central part of France for a relaxing but thoroughly enjoyable break by staying in Haute-Loire. This is a wonderfully scenic part of the country named after the Loire River. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, gites, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.

Things to do on holiday to Haute-Loire, France

This is a very attractive region and ideal for hiking, cycling and horse riding with great gorges, mountains and countryside to explore. Holidaymakers can indulge in a few watersports in the region with canoeing, rafting and kayaking available on the Loire and Allier Rivers. Fly fishing is also popular on the rivers here. Golfers will not be disappointed as there are a few 18-hole courses in this part of the French countryside as well as tennis courts. The winter offers plenty of activities too with skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and sledding popular in the region. Visitors keen to take to the air and enjoy the magnificent views can try hot air ballooning, paragliding and hang-gliding. Self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink from local markets and stores. There are a few shops in the area to purchase souvenirs, arts and crafts. Bars, cafes and restaurants can be found in the Haute-Loire area, where visitors will get mainly local cuisine. Local specialities include lentils, beef, mushrooms and cheeses.

Places to visit on holiday to Haute-Loire, France

With such a rich history Haute-Loire has many interesting sites and ancient buildings including stately homes and mansions. Visitors will also find many churches and other religious sites such as Cloitre de la Cathedrale. A number of museums can be visited in this part of France such as the Musee Vivant du Cheval de Trait in Pradelles and Musee Crozatier in Le Pay-en-Velay. Another thing to visit of historic interest is the Vivarais Railway, which is run by volunteers and stops at interesting villages in the region. There are many beautiful parks and natural features in Haute-Loire including La Baume Waterfall made even more picturesque by the forest surrounding it. Slightly further afield to the north is the city of St Etienne, which has more museums and historic buildings.

Weather in Haute-Loire, France

The weather between June and September is generally warm with the average high in July around 27 degrees centigrade. There is an average of nine hours of sunshine per day in July. December and January are the coldest months with an average high of just six degrees centigrade. The wettest month of the year is May with an average of 11 rainy days.

Travel to Haute-Loire, France

Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) is less than a two hour drive from Haute-Loire and has flights to and from various cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Dublin, Gothenburg, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Zurich amongst others. Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer and Sixt are car rental firms located at the airport.

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                                                            Lovely gite, beautiful area, great hosts

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                                                            Such a relaxing place to stay. Lovely, homely gite, which is well equipped. Pool (with sun loungers) is wonderful set in large, well-tended and planted gardens. For us with 3 teenagers there was enough to do for a week in the area if we wanted to go out. My son and I loved the table-tennis! Owners Bernard and Ghislaine were on site which was an advantage - although our French is limited and they do not speak English, they could not have been more friendly and helpful, and we did just fine for the week with what we had! Bernard spotted that one of our tyres had 'popped' and took us to his local garage to help us sort out - we were very grateful for this. Just one note for info: local tax per person, per night, are not included in the price, nor is electricity. I think this added nearly 40 Euros? 100% recommended if you want quality facilities, peace, and relaxation in a rural setting with villages and a town within 5-30 minutes away, in a beautiful part of France (and we've seen plenty!), run by friendly hosts
                                                            • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2015
                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2015

                                                            Great property with fantastic views

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                                                            This property is clean, tidy and very well equipped, both inside and in the communal shared area outside, where you can enjoy the stunning views whilst eating your meals. The property is fantastically situated for walking with well signposted walks starting from the village and the selection of local tourist information books provided mean that you are easily able to explore the area on foot or by car.This is a beautiful area of France and whether you want towns, cities, lakes or fishing, they are all on your doorstep. We found Andrew and Sue very welcoming and perfect hosts, always happy to give suggestions of places to visit . We loved our stay and have already booked for 2015.
                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2015
                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2014

                                                            Rich in rural character

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                                                            We so enjoyed the melange of old and new trapppings that create a unique character to this farmhouse. So nice to have modern appliances and a plethora of fine quality of cookware - the frying pan made the best scrambled eggs ever! We explored so many of the surrounding villages that we had little chance to partake of your book library however we had time to watch 4 DVDs - nice collection! Thank you for keeping the home so well stocked with all the creature comforts of home.
                                                            • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2011
                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2011