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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in the Issoire Area, Auvergne your home away from home

The Issoire region is south of Clermont-Ferrand in the Puy-de-Dome department of the Auverge. The rugged volcanic backdrop is softened by rolling green hills. The bustling town of Issoire makes a great base for visitors staying in holiday homes in the Issoire region with plenty of local shops, arcaded houses, a belltower and other attractions.

Things to Do in the Issoire Area, Auvergne

Outdoor Activities: The narrow lanes surrounding holiday homes in the Issoire area are suitable for country walks, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and nature spotting. Go swimming and sailing on Lake Feyt and Lake Auriac. In the winter, enjoy skiing and winter sports in the nearby mountains.

Explore the Volcanoes: One of the main attractions in the area is the “Chaine des Puys” extinct volcanoes. Many of the high peaks still have their craters intact, making it easy to see how the rocky landscape was formed. The high point is the “Puy de Dome” which is topped with countless antennas.

Go Fishing: Holiday homes in the Issoire area of the Auvergne are popular with fishing enthusiasts as the freshwater lakes and rivers provide excellent angling opportunities.

Places to Visit Around the Issoire Area, Auvergne

Thiers: Thiers is the home of Sabatier knives, favoured by chefs worldwide. Situated beside the rushing River Durolle which once powered the grinding wheels, the city has many merchant houses dating back to the 14th century with half-timbered facades. The historic churches are also interesting to visit.

Saint-Saturnin: The pretty village of Saint-Saturnin is about 20 km from holiday homes in the Issoire area. Saint-Saturnin Castle was where Catherine de Medici established court with her son Charles IX. The cobbled streets lead to the old ramparts with a steep drop on the other side. There are plenty of pretty houses around the central square and the church is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture.

Volvic: This spa town is world famous for its bottled water and is about 55 km from holiday rentals in the Issoire area. Take a tour of the Volvic water bottling company then visit the old quarries known as the “Maison de la Pierre”. The ruins of the old Chateau de Tournoel make a dramatic backdrop to the town and the 12th century church of St-Priest is worth exploring.

Weather in the Issoire Area, Auvergne

Holiday homes in the Issoire area enjoy temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F) in the sunny summer months with some rain showers. Winters are cool, averaging highs of 6°C (43°F), with snow on high ground.

Travel to the Issoire Area, Auvergne

St Etienne (EBU) is the nearest airport to holiday homes in the Issoire area, 81 km away, and it has regular budget flights from most major European cities. There are also regular train connections between Paris and Clermont-Ferrand making it very easy to reach the Issoire region.

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                                                                                                      best of two lifestyles

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                                                                                                      My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful week at the "Smiling Pumpkin" cottage. We had the best of two lifestyles. The cottage is very modern with all the up do date furnishings one could hope for in such a very traditional rural setting. We could observe a very different way of life from a comfortable setting much like that which we know. The photos are accurate and the appliances are easy to use despite limited French. Patricia welcomed us on arrival and stopped by several times during the week to be sure everything was as expected. The location is excellent for touring the Auvergne. We would definitely recommend this unit to family and friends thinking of coming to this part of France.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely welcome from host Lynne, lovely setting, pleasantly furnished, small but very comfortable.

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                                                                                                      We were welcomed warmly by our host Lynne who lives next door. We were invited for drinks during our stay which was lovely. Lynne was accessible and very helpful and friendly but ensured we had our privacy. The setting is lovely with stunning views. The gite is comfortable, open plan and suitable for a couple as its quite small, nicely furnished and good quality bed and linens. There is a nice sitting out area where you can dine and sunbathe and enjoy the views. We enjoyed our stay very much and enjoyed meeting Lynne and her brother. There is a Michelin starred restaurant in Sarpoil, a short drive away but you need to book well in advance. Lots of medieval villages nearby and good walking country. We would like to return and would recommend to our friends to stay in the other larger gite next door which is larger and also very nicely furnished.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Excellent - Better Than The Pictures

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                                                                                                      Our family stayed a week in this beautiful farmhouse. It is a great feeling to arrive at a week long vacation stay and realize that it is better than the pictures. We felt like guests in someone's house. We did not feel like we were in a rental. Secondly, the views from the windows are stunning! Our criteria were to find a place "away from it all" accompanied with beautiful views. This property hit the mark. The owners appear to be extremely professional and there were no surprises. We highly recommend it and we hope to return.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016