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John Mcquade

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French

France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing, secure with heated pool.

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday barn in Arlanc - The Walnut Mill

4 Bedroom gite (sleeps 10/12). Heated pool, large deck with BBQ, great views.

Dating from the 1850's, but completely renovated in 2006, this spacious accommodation offers a luxurious break away from it all, plus a taste of real France.

The barn has three double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a large gallery, sleeping 4/5. In addition there are 2 bath/shower rooms and 4th toilet. For larger parties the gite has a double sofa- bed.

The main living space in the gite is the large open plan raised ground floor. This 9.5 meter square ( 31 feet by 31 feet) allows the large kitchen, generous dinning area and spacious seating zone to be fully integrated. The cook(s) are not banished from the life of the party!

The fully equipped kitchen comes with all the usual appliances including catering-sized pots and pans for larger groups.

The spacious living/dining area offers direct access to the pool and deck. We have satellite TV, and a home cinema system, a newly installed Wi Fi booster that gives great coverage in the gite and on the deck, a large selection of books, jigsaw puzzles and games. The lower ground floor games room has a full size table-tennis table, a half-size snooker table and table football. New for 2015 we are offering The Tree House for those who would like to sleep in the Great Outdoors. We would ask that guests wishing to do so, bring a sleeping bag. The Tree House has an old brass double bed or soft carpet for outdoor types! It also has electricity. Back in the gite,

we also have high chairs and cots for very young children.

The heated pool (8 m x 4 m), large wooden deck with gas BBQ and dining table, large grassy garden, beautiful surroundings and local amenities offer something for everyone. See the pool by following the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijgwHNbtubg

The G.P.S. coordinates for the gite are 45*25'35.72'N, 3*44'59.57' E [ I am using the * sign to indicate degrees].

Winter bookings of the gite [ Dec. Jan. and Feb.,March and April ] have a winter fuel supplement of 150 euros/ sterling equivalent per week. However, should the gite not require extra heating above the norm, then the fuel supplement will be fully refunded.

The pool is open from mid May until the end of September.

For groups larger than 10 persons a supplement of 10% per person per week is chargeable.

We now can accept Cheques Vacances.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Mcquade (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for making us fell at home as soon as we arrived. Gite had everything we needed for a great family and friends holiday. We're sure to be back!!
Oct 2010
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(47 traveller reviews)
France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing, secure with heated pool.
average rating of 4.9148936 based on 50 reviews
5

A wonderful week in the French countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at John and Morag's gite. The house was wonderful and had plenty of room for our family of 10. The kids loved the pool, the tree house, and the game room. John and Morag were really helpful before we arrived and during our stay. Before we arrived, Morag helped me find and schedule a private chef in the area (Arthur Lefranc - I highly recommend him - www.arthurlefranc.fr) that came to the gite and prepared a 3 course meal for us. It was wonderful and reasonably priced! During the week, Morag and John also gave us some suggestions for activities and helped us make reservations over the phone. Our favorite day trips were visiting the town of Le Puy en Velay about 45 minutes away from the gite and hiking to the top of Le Puy de Dome (about 90 minutes away). The countryside and towns surrounding the gite are beautiful and several of them have weekly markets that we enjoyed. Overall, it was a great week and I would highly recommend this place to others!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Attractive and well maintained property

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this property. The downstairs was great with a large open plan living room and kitchenand upstairs had 3 double bedrooms plus a mezzanine with extra beds. John and Morag were great hosts who made sure we had everything we needed. We loved the pool and the outside area with the barbecue. The kitchen was very well appointed with every pot, pan or utensil you could possibly need. The living area was ideal for chilling out and there was a games room with table tennis and table football. The area was very rural but there was a well stocked supermarket a mile away. We enjoyed the peacefulness of the property but you need to be organised about shopping as shops are not open all the time. Good restaurants in Ambert can recommend Les Copains. Chaise Dieu, Puy en Velay, Thiers and Clermont Ferrand are all worth visiting

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Perfect holiday location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful, clean and well furnished Gite in one of the most beautiful parts of France, it is a perfect holiday location for all generations.

Morag, John and the twins who live next door are delightful and could not do enough to help us without being intrusive.

We will be recommending this property to our friends and my husband and I hope to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Probably the best family vacation we've had!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the gite for 2 weeks and were so sad to leave, we had such a fantastic time. It's perfect for all generations and was so well equipped.

The children loved the pool, playroom and garden. John and Morag are the perfect hosts, they're warm, welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. They fixed the wifi so that I could finish some work, helped my parents to change to a more local hotel in their second week and even collected us from St Etienne train station.

Here's a video we put together during our stay... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijgwHNbtubg

We will certainly be booking again ........ thanks John, Morag & the girls (and Max of course!)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Charming gite in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and clean accommodation with an extremely well equipped kitchen, comfy sofas and beds. The games room offering table football and table tennis was a bonus and although it was too early to use the pool itself, the area around it and neighbouring BBQ space were very pleasant places to relax in the sun. Peaceful location but only minutes from a well stocked supermarket in nearby Arlanc. John and Morag were very welcoming and helpful yet unobtrusive and we had a great time which went only too quickly! Ali & James PM

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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A wonderful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this house several times and always have a lovely time. John and Morag and their girls are extremely kind and helpful and the house is always very clean and tidy. It is a great place for a family to stay - very well appointed, plenty of space and lots of things to do locally. We would definitely recommend this house and we will be back again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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Location

Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Lyon
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Arlanc
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Auvergne
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
St Etienne
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
A75 Brioude/A72 Thiers
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Arlanc
Car: necessary

The gite is located in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional Du Livradois Forez close to the small market town of Arlanc.There are good road links to the French Autoroute System. Le Puy-en-Velay and la ChaiseDieu are a few kilometres drive south whilst Thiers, Clermont Ferrand and Vichy are close by to the north. The town of Ambert is just 16 km away. This region is very unspoilt and retains its distinct French character. Traffic is light, traffic jams something you leave behind! Local markets are very traditional where people come to enjoy the local atmosphere as well as to sample the regional specialities. The International Music Festival at la Chaise Dieu is rightly famous through out Europe while the Country and Western Festival in near by Craponne - sur - Arzon makes for a very interesting weekend! For those interested in Romanesque architecture, the region has many wonderful examples.

Golf: Prospective guests would need to research local golf courses using the internet.

Ski: During the winter months cross country skiing is available locally.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Arlanc, Puy-de-Dome

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
2 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,195
for 7 nights
£1,195
 
 
Late Summer
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
£159
for 2 nights
£555
 
 
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£122
for 2 nights
£427
 
 
Christmas / Noel
19 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£640
 
 
New Year Nouvel An
26 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£640
 
 
Low Season
8 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£122
for 2 nights
£427
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £128

A booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non refundable deposit. The outstanding balance plus a fully refundable damage / cleaning deposit of £150 per week, is due 8 weeks before your stay begins. We will email to remind guests of the due date. During winter (December through till and including April) we may have to make an additional energy charge of £125 per week ( max). Pets are allowed by agreement.
The rental sum is for a maximum of 10 ( ten ) guests. If the party is for more than 10 guests we charge an additional sum of 10% per person. Note that children up to 12 years are not charged this additional sum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Arlanc in Puy-de-Dome

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Utility room with washing machine tumble and dryer, etc
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • The second (ground floor) bathroom is also a utility room. There is a large (7 kg) automatic washing machine, tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner, ironing board plus iron. Guests are provided with bath and hand towels but are expected to provide their own swimming pool towels. Guests booking for a 2 week period receive new bath towels and bed linen during their stay.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 Red Room - 1 Double Bed , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 Pool Room - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 Gallery - 5 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 Blue Room - 1 Double Bed
  • The Red Room. This large double room benefits from its own en-suite bathroom. The room has a large double wardrobe and chest of drawers. Views overlooking open countryside. The Blue Room. This large double room has two built-in wardrobes and chest of drawers. Views overlooking the garden and open countryside. The Pool Room. This large double room overlooks the pool, the deck and open countryside. It has a large built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. This room is large enough for an extra single bed should it be needed. The Gallery. This large open-plan gallery was built with younger people in mind. It has two single beds as well as bunk beds offering space for 4/5 children (or adults) to share. There are three chests of drawers, two single, one double as well as hanging space. There is also a small WC with hand basin en-suite. The Gallery is situated on the third floor of the barn. A change of household linen and towels are provided during a two-week rental period.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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