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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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                                                                                                      Small but perfectly formed.

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                                                                                                      We had a warm welcome from Sylvie. Everything was well thought out in this peaceful spot .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      The Perfect Escape

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                                                                                                      If you are looking for a quiet getaway, in a less travelled part of France, you should love this house. Situated on a hillside, with amazing panorama view of the old volcanoes, it is 'the perfect escape'. Small towns and villages to explore, quite roads to walk, run, cycle or just sit outside and relax. Well maintained and presented, providing spacious living with everything you will need. Friendly, helpful owners who are easy to deal with and communicate well. Have stayed here twice and have just booked to go again. It is that good!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2015

                                                                                                      Wonderful Gite

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                                                                                                      France is our favourite holiday destination, so this year we decided to visit the Puy de Dome region. After searching Home and Away we found a beautiful gite in Vernet la Varenne. Upon making contact with the owner (Lynne) I knew that this gite would meet or even surpass my expectations, and I was not disappointed. Before departing for our journey Lynne supplied all the necessary details of the gite and full directions. This gite is furnished to a very high standard, and all you require for your stay is to hand. The area around the gite is very beautiful and you have very lovely views of woods and the mountains. It snowed during our stay and this made the views even more delightful. The hospitality showed by Lynne was perfect, we were given full privacy, but when we asked questions she was willing to share her knowledge, experience and tips of the region. We do hope that in the near future we can visit Lynne again and stay in this wonderful gite. Thank you. Regards Rita and Andre
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2016