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Peaceful old farmhouse with stunning views across the valley

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Space 200 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

6 bedrooms, .3.5 bathrooms, sleeps 12

The house is in the historic centre of Murat-Le-Quaire a beautiful and very old village. The area is known for its stunning countryside (great for cycling, walking, skiing, fishing etc) and hearty mountain food but there are also lots of historic buildings and sites to see.

The house is just 10 minutes from the local ski resort of Le Mont Dore and only five minutes from La Bourboule which is a very popular summer resort with lots of restaurants, shops, supermarkets etc and a superb, and very child friendly park called Parc La Fenestre . La Bourboule also has tennis courts and a fabulous new indoor swimming pool. In the summer you may prefer to swim in the Plan D’eau swimming and fishing lake that is less than 10 minutes walk from the house. Or take a short drive to Borts des Orgues or Lac Chambon both of which have beaches and offer excellent swimming along with kayaking, sailing, water parks and boat hire.

Murat-le-Quaire itself has a great café/restaurant the Relais de la Toinette where you can also order bread for collection. There is also a shop/tea room which sells local produce such as cheese, auvergnian ham, honey and Myrtille (blueberry) Jam and a goat farm where you can visit the goats and buy cheese at the same time.

Our traditional Auvergnian farmhouse with the characteristic round slates used in the area is arranged on three floors and has been completely recently refurbished thoughout to a high standard with solid oak floors, staircase and doors.

The very sunny south facing front garden is enclosed to keep young children or dogs in and has superb views across the valley.

On the ground floor is a large kitchen dining room with a wood burning stove and a large dining table that comfortably seats up to 12 people with a comfortable sitting room next door with a 40in flat screen TV.

About the Skiing: A review on mountainpassions.com recently described the ski area,'While the Auvergne may lack the sheer gravitas of the French Alps, it offers one unique attraction: the chance to ski down the flanks of an extinct volcano in the startling landscapes of the Parc Régional des Volcans.' Yes the landscapes are stunning & the skiing is quite extensive (85km in total) with two linked resorts: Le Mont Dore on the north facing slopes and Superbesse over on the sunnier side of the mountain. There's also a small resort at nearby Chastreix which is well worth a day visit.

Ski resort: It's a very French resort with just enough english speaking ESF instructors to go round. The skiing is suitable for all levels of skier including some very challenging off-piste when the conditions are right. The website rates the area as offering some of the best off-piste in France. The other big attraction are the prices! A six day high season adult ski pass costs just 125 euros.

The area also has plenty of cross country skiing, snow shoeing and even ice climbing.


It's a great area for both on and off-road cycling. The Tour de France passed through Murat le Quaire in 2011 and visits the area every few years. There are plenty of marked mountain bike (VTT) trails too some of which start almost from the front door.


It’s also a great area for hiking and running. And even in high season it's possible to walk for miles without seeing a soul.


There is an excellent 9 hole golf course close to Le Mont Dore and about 15 minutes drive from the house. It's at 1100m so is closed from 15th November to 2nd April due to the snow. Other activites available locally include a spectacular high ropes centre at Le Mont Dore, 10 pin bowling and ice skating and two casinos at Le Mont Dore and La Bourboule.

More Details

Property Manager
Ben Tisdall at West Country Lets
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 January, 2017

About Ben Tisdall at West Country Lets

Former journalist and publisher who now runs a holiday cottage agency in Devon. Keen trail runner, cyclist and triathlete in my spare time.

Ben Tisdall at West Country Lets purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Ben Tisdall at West Country Lets chose Clermont-Ferrand area

Fabulous location at a very reasonable price with skiing, hiking, swimming, mountain biking and road cycling more or less from the door. The bargain price was because it needed total renovation. Of course we completely under-estimated the cost and time to do the renovations but in the end we were very pleased with how the house turned out.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Extremely peaceful, great views, sunny garden & great location. But Tim, the British carpenter who did most of the work, did a terrific job. The Oak floors, doors and skirtings fitted throughout give the house a great feel.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Ce gîte est vraiment super. Des très bons moments. Le vin chaud de Mont Dore, le patin à glace, ski de fond au lac de Guery. Super!

This cottage is really great and here are some highlights: the mulled wine at Mont Dore, ice skating and cross country skiing at Lake Guery. Great!
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Murat-le-Quaire in Puy-de-Dôme

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • toilet & basin - Toilet , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ground floor
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
  • Ground floor - Walk in shower with washbasin WC. First floor – Ensuite bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. First floor - Shared bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. Second floor - Basin & WC.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Or divides into 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Or divides into 2 singles
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 (ground floor) - Kingsize Double 200 x 160. Master Bedroom 2 (ensuite first floor) 200 x 180 (Superking) or two single beds 200 x 90. Bedroom 3 (first floor) - Kingsize Double 200 x 160. Bedroom 4 (first floor) - 200 x 180 (Superking) or two single beds 200 x 90. Bedroom 5 - 2 single beds 200 x 90 (can be pushed together). Bedroom 6 - 2 single beds 200 x 90 (can be pushed together). 1 camp bed or baby's cot also available..
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Raclette machine. logs for woodburner provided free of charge.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


4/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Peaceful old farmhouse with stunning views across the valley
average rating of 4.0 based on 6 reviews

Très belle maison

  • 5 of 5

Très belles prestations pour 12 personnes, espace et confort. 3wc et 3 salles de bain et 1 cabinet de toilette, c'est vraiment très confortable pour 12.

Nous avions 6 motos et une voiture, d'où de ce fait une certaine difficulté à stationner tous les véhicules.

Un petit congélateur serait le bienvenu.

Une maison située au centre d'une zone riche en promenades (à pied ou en moto, très belles routes peu fréquentées) et en gastronomie ( Relais de la Toinette à Murat et à découvrir restaurant "le lac bar" à Chambon sur Lac (tripes, tête de veau...à super prix)

A conseiller!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Bonjour Ben, L'aménagement extérieur n'est pas à la hauteur de l'aménagement intérieur. En effet, aucun local pour ranger nos vélos, pas de place pour garer les voitures dans votre cour et si l'un d'entre nous voulait sortir, il fallait déplacer les autres voitures, et il y avait des travaux à l'entrée du chemin communal. L'éclairage est insuffisant dans la cuisine et 2 ampoules grillées n'ont pas été remplacées par votre correspondant. Les deux poubelles sont abîmées surtout au niveau du couvercle. Quelques problèmes au niveau du four (propreté et indications sue le bouton...on ne sais pas vraiment où on en est).

Toutefois, nous avons passé un bon séjour. Lorsque nous sommes arrivés nous avons trouvé la location moyennement propre. Les conseils donnés par mail et dans la maison étaient bons et malgré les remarques ci-dessus, nous recommanderions votre maison à nos amis.

Peut-être à bientôt.

Bien à vous.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Clermont Ferrand
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Relais de la Toinette
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Le Mont Dore
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
La Bourboule
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Relais de la Toinette
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Le Mont Dore
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Plan D'Eau
Car: necessary

Great location less than 1 hour from Clermont Ferrand (mainline train station and airport) and around 2 hours from Limoge airport.

In the winter sledging, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and dog-sledding are all available in Murat le Quaire. Nearby Le Mont Dore also offers ice-skating & ten pin bowling.

And there's a fabulous brand new indoor swimming pool in La Bourboule less than 2km from the house.

In the summer there is a plan d'Eau swimming and fishing lake just a short walk from the house + three large lakes nearby. The walking, mountain biking & road cycling in the area are all superb. There is also a golf course & a brilliant high ropes course in Le Mont Dore. La Bourboule has a large park with amazing playgrounds, crazy golf, train rides etc for children.

Restaurants: The local restaurant, Le Relais de la Toinette, just 50 metres from the house is excellent & great value for money. La Bourboule (2 km away) has around 20 restaurants (including the excellent L'Amuse Bouche which is the best in the area but still great value, bars, lots of shops & even a casino.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Murat-le-Quaire, Puy-de-Dome

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Price
19 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
6 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
21 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay


  • Arrival time 4pm, departure by 10am. For weekend booking outside high season arrival and departure times are more flexible. In high season minimum stay is 7 nights. Outside high season minimum stay is 2 nights.
    25 percent deposit on bookin. Balance payable 8 weeks before arrival. You can pay in euros or sterling by Paypal, bank transfer or cheque.
    Rates exclude cleaning (75 euros refundable if you do it yourself) and linen hire (8 euros per person including sheets, towels etc)
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