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Distinctive farmhouse on a hillside with panoramic views over volcanic landscape

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse sleeps 7, 3 bedrooms with stunning views across volcanic landscape

Our holiday home in the tiny rural hamlet of Groslier is the ultimate getaway. A converted farmhouse, the property commands stunning views across the beautiful landscape of the Auvergne. It’s a perfect base for exploring this wild and beautiful part of France: nature is on your doorstep so you don't need to go far to experience the impressive array of flora and fauna on offer. There are numerous towns and villages to explore, many with impressive Medieval and Romanseque architecture. The Auvergnats are proud of their culture, so there are plenty of fairs, musical events, shows and exhibitions to choose from. Restaurants in the area offer a superb cuisine based on wonderful local meats and cheeses, and for the adventurous there's a cafe renowned throughout France for its lunches of frogs' legs! The house is in a popular area for walking and cycling and is not far from picturesque lakes for boating and swimming.

The house is spacious and well equipped, with the living space on the first floor to take best advantage of the fabulous views. There are three bedrooms, two double rooms on the ground floor, sharing a bathroom, and a large family room on the second floor with its own bathroom. The first floor is a light open plan living space with a fully fitted kitchen, comfortable lounge with log burning stove and dining area.

The property benefits from WiFi, UK FreeView TV, electric radiators in every room, dishwasher, washing machine and cooling fans.

The house is surrounded by two acres of land, mostly laid to meadow. There is a terrace with patio furniture and a barbecue for guests to use. Access to the house is via a fairly steep drive, but there is ample parking for multiple vehicles. The house is at a fairly high altitude of 1,100m in a very rural area up a winding country lane - ideal for more adventurous cyclists!

More Details

Lucy Norton
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018

About Lucy Norton

Originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, I now live near Bedford with my husband. I work as a business valuer in a large accountancy firm. I am a keen viola player, and my viola travels to Groslier with me whenever I come. I serenade the cows while my husband goes off on his bike around the local roads...

Lucy Norton purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Lucy Norton chose Compains

I visited the Auvergne with my parents when I was a teenager, and loved the area. After getting married I brought my husband back here and he loved it too. We bought the house in 2004 (in retresopect, rather foolishly!), when it was nothing more than a derelict shell with no connected electricity or running water. We embarked on a fairly tortuous renovation project (it's tricky when you are mostly in another country!), eventually completing the basic works by 2007. By 2010 it was - at last - all decorated and ready for its first season of rental.

My husband and I love coming here, to get away from the hustle and bustle of home life and enjoy the fresh air and countryside. We enjoy walks and visiting the local shops and restaurants, and my husband gets out on his bike whenever he can.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Without a doubt the view is the defining feature of this house. We never tire of it, and with the seasons and the weather it constantly changes. It's lovely to sit outside with a glass of something and watch the buzzards and kites spiral overhead during the day, or spot the bats leaving our barn to go hunting at dusk. Inside, we've made it cosy and comfortable, and on a wet day I like nothing more than to curl up on the sofa with a good book!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Compains in Puy-de-Dôme

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , On ground floor
    Seperate WC - Toilet , On ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , On second floor; bath and separate shower
  • Two bedrooms on the ground floor share a bathroom and separate WC, while the family bedroom on the second floor has its own bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , On ground floor; window to the side
    Family Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , On second floor pitched roof, exposed beams, porthole window
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , On ground floor; windows to the front and side
  • The bedrooms are on the ground floor and second floor, with the living space on the first floor to take advantage of the spectacular views. Note - please let us know if you would like to use the child's cot.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Distinctive farmhouse on a hillside with panoramic views over volcanic landscape
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Peace and quiet with incredible views

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in this house in mid August. The location and views are brilliant, and perfect if you want to get away from it all. The area in general was quite busy (mid August) when we went to the local town and the various activities, but the house location was super peaceful and isolated. It has views across the volcanic landscape that we spent many a happy evening soaking up along with wine and local produce. The favourite location for the kids (we have 11yr old twins) was Super Besse, where there was lots to do from mountain biking, to lake action and Europe's longest zip wire.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious house in a great position for walking and cycling

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed at Groslier for a week in mid June - a wonderful time for long evenings and amazing wild flowers. We were very lucky with the weather and cycled or walked all day every day - enjoying exhilarating rides across the plateau above the house on quiet roads with fantastic views. Be warned - if you cycle in this area you're likely to be climbing 1000m - 1500m on any one ride (well that's what we did).

The house is light, spacious and comfortable, with good cooking facilities and spaces outside for sitting in sun or shade. We ate all our meals outside (which I think is probably not typical for a week here!). Just a note - you have to carry everything downstairs and down the outside steps to do this, which is fine if you're fit and healthy. Wonderful sunsets from the terrace and a chance for the birdwatcher in our party to spot a black redstart and other rareties. We enjoyed watching the local herd of cows slowly and quietly making their way along the pasture below the house each evening, and on the last night a young hare joined us too.

The market in Besse was well worth visiting on Monday morning - great to be able to stock up at the beginning of the week, as we wanted to avoid using the car as much as possible to make the most of the countryside on foot and on 2 wheels. Which we did.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you made the most of the countryside - and you are very brave for tackling the steep roads on your bikes! Thank you for choosing our property - we're glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you again in the future.
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Excellent - Better Than The Pictures

  • 5 of 5

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: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words! We're glad you enjoyed your stay, and would be delighted to welcome you back.
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The Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

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: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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maisons spacieuse, bien équipée et au calme

  • 4 of 5

Vue imprenable pour déjeuner à l'extérieur.

Propriétaire charmante.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Casa amplia bonita y acogedora

  • 4 of 5

El paisaje en torno a la casa es excepcional, y es difícil encontrar un sitio más bonito que Auvernia en el corazón de Europa. La casa está muy bien, el único pero que puede ponerse es la limpieza. Si mejora este aspecto se merecerá un 10.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Kilometres
Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Les Diablaires, Compains
Nearest Golf
47 Kilometres
Mont Dore
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
38 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Les Diablaires, Compains
Nearest Ski
22 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
27 Kilometres
Lac Chambon
Car: necessary

The main attractions are the surrounding hills and countryside. There are many maps and guidebooks in the house for visitors to use. Even if you're not up for a strenuous hike, the house makes a great 'hide' to watch the wildlife, changing patterns of weather and the routine of farmers across the valley!

It's a great area for keen cyclists - the house itself is up a 2km, 8% gradient road, never mind the cols within easy reach.

The nearby ski resort of Super Besse becomes a base for outdoor activities in the summer, with mountain biking, water sports and one of the longest zip wires in Europe for the brave!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Compains, Puy-de-Dome

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2019
6 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £223.21

Property may not be suitable for children under 5 or elderly/infirm/disabled people due to stone steps required to access the property and some steep slopes in the grounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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