A jewel in the forest, a fairy tale haven. Creak along the parquet, swan around the salon; sleep in one tower, wash in another. The castle has been in the family for 800 years, and the traditional rooms have furnishings worthy of the troubadours who once sang here.
Philippe and Martine are nurturing the castle as their parents did, with joy – and updating a bit. Breakfast on brioche, yogurt, eggs, cheese, and honey from their hives, stroll from peaceful lawn to sweeping view, settle in to sociable dinners at the delicious, candlelit table.
Closed half the year – it’s too vast to heat between November and April – the welcome is warm. Philippe recommends châteaux: d’Aulteribe for romance, Chassaigne for rose gardens. Swim at the local grand lac, borrow bikes, explore the Auvergne countryside. Summer brings music concerts: rock in Thiers, classical in Vollore.