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About the House ~

The house is in the tranquil upper village, away from the main road. It lies within a catapult shot of a restored 13th century crusader castle -- just inside the fortified village walls, which can still be seen. There is none of the tourism clutter you will find in Provence and on the Mediterranean coast.

The massive stone construction keeps the house cool in summer. Heated floors and wood burning stoves (you’ll find split, seasoned stove-length wood outside your front door at no charge) make it cosy in cooler weather.

This vacation rental home was once a working farm house with rooms formerly devoted to livestock sheltering, hunting, wine-making, pigeon keeping, chicken raising, meat processing, hay storage, grain threshing, fruit processing, and a making a home for generations of Auvergnats. Look for clues to the past in the renovation and decoration details.
Birds love our courtyard. You will too. It has herbs and berries in season, a pleasant kitchen balcony and a sun-dappled pergola for outdoor dining.

About the Village ~

The village of Montaigut is picturesque and unspoiled, with warm, dry summers, crisp winters and gentle winds: sweet weather compared to the crowded Midi.

You will see smiling ramblers and hill walkers passing your 16th century front gate at all times of the year. The village is a crossroads of many quiet walking trails (and also tracks or "chemins" for all-terrain bicycles). They are well marked and maintained and you can head off in any direction and find something new. Check out the 100 wine caves in St. Julien. Look in our house library for maps and descriptions.

From the house, it is a short (but steep) walk down to the boulangerie, fromagerie, and charcuterie. Pick up fresh croissants for breakfast while the coffee brews.

There is a supermarket 2 kilometres down the road, and a fair sized town (Champeix) another kilometre on, with hairdressers, hardware store, bank machine, drug stores and internet café. Friday is market day.

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About the Region ~

Auvergne geography is rolling hills and farmland, lakes, rivers and striking volcanic mountains. It has a distinctive rural architecture, classic Romanesque churches, famous cheeses and an attractive regional cuisine.

A fascinating history of crusades and struggles among the great European powers belies its peaceful present. You may have heard of Vercingetorix and the Romans, famously recreated by the French comic strip characters Asterisk and Obelisk. Our castle was at one point shared by two brothers, each the general of a great international army (the Templars and the Hospitalers) so tiny Montaigut was once upon a time a European power itself.

Visit the caves, home long ago to cave dwellers, the hot springs, and the potteries. The French visit often – this is a traditional holiday area for tourists from other parts of France. Kids should enjoy the Parc des Volcans and the excellent private Musee Servaire in Condat, which has dinosaur stuff and much more.

Shop in Issoire (16 km) or the regional centre of Clermont Ferrand (26km). Both have fun small shops and vast supermarkets and department stores. You will find fresh fish, fine meats, and sophisticated packaged foods (try the fish soups). There are exciting restaurants in both cities. Check the local paper for weekend flea markets (vide greniers).

Winters are crisp and snowy in the nearby mountains. There is excellent downhill skiing (Mont Dore and Super Besse). The summer trails become cross country ski routes in winter, even in the hills around Montaigut.

How to Get There ~

This holiday rental is approximately seven hours drive from Calais and four hours on the auto-route south from Paris. Less by train. Car rentals are readily available in Clermont Ferrand. There is an airport in Clermont with Air France flights to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Ryanair flies to St. Etienne.

A fine base for touring, Montaigut is roughly equidistant (4 to 5 hours by car) to Bordeaux, the Pyrenées, Côte d'Azur, and the French Alps; closer to the Loire and Rhône valleys, and next door to the Dordogne.
 

 

 

Montaigut.net :: Holiday Rental in France, France Vacation Rental, hotel, villa, apartment gite, cottage, Auvergne, Midi, Provence

Holiday Rental in France, Rent a Home in Montaigut-le-Blanc, Puy de Dome, Auvergne, France I just wanted to let you know how much my family enjoyed our stay in Montaigut-le-Blanc at the Maison des Vignerons. The house was beautiful, as was the location. There were seven of us and we were all very comfortable in the home. We received the warmest of welcomes from Francoise.

Thank you for making your home available to us.
 Holiday Rental in France, Rent a Home in Montaigut-le-Blanc, Puy de Dome, Auvergne, France

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Los Angeles California

 

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