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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.

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


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday barn in Ambert area - 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
  • 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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based on 44 holidaymaker reviews

France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing, secure with heated pool.
average rating of 4.909091 based on 47 reviews

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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A great gite, with wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The gite is clean, spacious, and has all the facilities you could hope for. It is in a peaceful rural location, but only a couple of minutes away from Arlanc (with cafes, supermarket etc).

It was great to open the kitchen cupboards when we arrived to find it fully equipped with a decent number of plates/bowls/pots/pans/glasses to cope with the party of ten - so many gites fail in this area.

The pool is great - John & Morag keep it fastidiously clean even though the thunderstorms deposited leaves and debris. There are plenty of loungers and chairs outside, plus the dining table for ten on the decked area beyond the pool.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the family are really pleasant and helpful - and stay in as much or little contact as you wish - they're always around to help if you need them.

My son was able to make use of the (decent quality) electric piano downstairs + wi-fi + skype to take one of his piano lessons whilst on holiday - impressive! Morag also dug out three cases of piano music for him to peruse, not a service found at every gite :-) If you're of a musical bent, ask about the balalaika and autoharp too!

Two of us went running most mornings - it's a perfect spot - many alternate routes - you can stay on the level if you wish, or tackle the hills. On one occasion we picked up a friendly dog (i.e. it thought we we taking it for a walk) it didn't turn back when we expected it to, so it completed the last 6K with us! A quick drive up the hill saw it safely returned...

The bikes (three adult, one child's by default - but more can be conjured by John if you need them) were great, perfect for cycling around the hills, or fetching bread from Arlanc in the morning.

There is a lawn around the front of the gite which is not mentioned in the details - we used this for our traditional holiday volleyball matches.

Must visits: Le-Puy-en-Velay (a bit of a drive - about an hour, but worth it), La Chaise-Dieu (only 15 minutes away).

We also kayaked down the Alliers, which was great - 1hr20 away, and went to some of the markets (Ambert, Craponne-sur-Arzon), always worth doing - pick up some Fourme D'Ambert - yum!

Downsides: Not many - the wi-fi was quite limited in signal strength, and there are a lot of steep steps (limiting the use of the outdoor dining area a little) - that's it really...

All-in-all, we had a great time at the Walnut Mill, and would recommend it to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Wholeheartedly recommend 100%

  • 5 of 5

Our family arrived to a wonderfully warm welcome by the owners who made us all feel at ease and at home immediately.

The beautifully spacious house is set within the peaceful, unspoilt countryside providing far-reaching views over the fields, perfect for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Despite its tremendously quiet location, it offers the convenience of a well-stocked supermarket and garage close-by.

Walnut Mill is a very generously sized gite suitable for large families or groups. It is very clean and comfortable, with all the convenience of home from toys and books for the children, to the all-important washing machine and dryer! As far as holiday accommodation goes, we couldn't have asked for more.

John, Morag, Georgia and Rachel were fabulous hosts; friendly, helpful and wonderful to get to know. To them we would like to say thank you for a fabulous stay and see you again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
St Etienne
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
A75 Brioude/A72 Thiers
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Ambert area, Puy-de-Dome

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
28 May 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2016
31 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
8 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £114

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 April) we may have to make an additional energy charge of £125 per week ( max). Pets are allowed by agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Ambert area in Puy-de-Dome

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • 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 ...
  • 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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