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

The Mauriac area of the Auverge in the Massif Central is an area of rugged volcanic mountains and pretty countryside scattered with tiny hamlets which remain much as they have for decades. The 18th century houses with slate roofs are surrounded by pretty gardens and the area has many rivers for boating and fishing. Holiday homes in the Mauriac area are the ideal base for those who enjoy hiking, biking and scenic drives. Explore tiny churches, shop on local markets and enjoy fine food and wine.

Things to Do in the Mauriac Area, Auvergne

Pick Mushrooms: The forest of Quinsac is the perfect place to go mushroom picking, a very pleasurable way to enjoy the Auvergne countryside. Alternatively, buy some freshly picked at the local market.

Go Fishing: Holiday homes in the Mauriac area of the Auvergne are popular with fishing enthusiasts as it has many freshwater lakes and rivers providing excellent angling opportunities.

Outdoor Activities: The narrow lanes around the Mauriac area are ideal for country rambles, hiking, cycling and nature spotting. Go swimming and sailing on Lake Feyt or Lake Auriac, go horseback riding and in winter, enjoy skiing and winter sports at higher altitudes.

Places to Visit Around the Mauriac Area, Auvergne

Thiers: The sombre town of 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 interesting medieval architecture. The old town has many merchant houses dating back to the 14th century with half-timbered facades. The three old churches in the town are also worth exploring.

Parc des Volcans: The Mauriac area has rugged volcanic formations best seen in the Parc des Volcans, the largest regional national park in France. Look for the crest of extinct volcano domes, including viewpoints from the Monts du Cantal and Puy Mary. The Vulcania Theme Park is also very informative and fun, within easy reach of holiday rentals in the Mauriac area.

Aurillac: This pleasant town has a historic centre which is crammed with interesting small shops, just north of the Place du Square. It also has two large weekly markets which draw locals from far and wide to buy the local produce.

Weather in the Mauriac Area, Auvergne

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

Travel to the Mauriac Area, Auvergne

The nearest airport to holiday homes in the Mauriac area is the Clermont Ferrand (CFE) Airport which has regular budget flights from most major European cities. It is about 80 km away and is easy to reach by hire car.

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Recent Reviews

A biker's paradise retreat.

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We loved Lanobre. If you're lucky you can catch the locals having a village carnival, a great & friendly atmosphere and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening. During our stay we had offers of assistance from Sylvie's family and friends on places to go etc. a big thank you to all. The property has character though some elements are on the basic level, for example the clothing storage in the bedrooms was very limited. This could be an issue for a family group, though we were fine with this. The property over looks an orchard and the distant hills, rather than spending our free time in the pleasant back garden we opted to sit out on the pavement drinking tea (as the English do! ) savouring the view and enjoying a spot of tranquillity. Beware of the church bells! From 7am till 10pm they chime hourly, which after the initial shock on hearing them (being from a city its unusual for us ) it added to the charm of the village. The garage has ample room for 3 to 4 motorcycles, and the surrounding area has some great roads & views to tour, be aware though some smaller D roads are tight and knarly. In conclusion, the property is comfortable & spacious with a charistmatic but creaky charm ( floor boards will let you know some ones walking!) A pleasant vista to the hills. Friendly people & stunning scenery. A great place to stay.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Great value for money in a well equiped gite.

5 of 5
A beautiful quiet part of France with large attractive valleys and stunning scenery from the top of the volcanoes. The gites are situated overlooking a small river and for much of the time this was all you could hear. The hosts were very friendly and nothing was to much trouble and although the gites are not super luxurious they are comfortable with everything you need and great value. There are a lot of walks with fantastic scenery in the surrounding area. Guillaume is the local fishing guru for the area full of advice and offers lessons or escorted fishing trips. If you like the outdoors and outdoor activities this area is well worth a visit.
  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016