Le cuisinier en Combraille

Vergheas, Puy-de-Dôme
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)4 73 52 19 54

An enchanting farmhouse with generous hosts, delicious homegrown food and hidden corners in the garden


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Pets welcome

The Experience

This beautifully restored old farmhouse is surrounded by meadows, forest and peaceful gardens. Cees and Jakob, who used to run a cookery school, live on site and are warm and convivial hosts.

Breakfast is a buffet of fruit salad, homemade jams, cheese, bread and eggs, and you can dine at separate tables in the dining room, on the veranda or in the garden. Jakob will also produce dinner by request using home-grown fruit and veg and wine from their extensive cellar; they’ll happily ply you with drinks and snacks too.

Find your own space in the garden to read or doze, walk to the village (20 minutes) for a spot of not-very-many-people watching or order a picnic hamper and head off on marked trails. You need to drive to good restaurants, weekly markets and medieval villages.

Le cuisinier en Combraille - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Your calm, welcoming hosts
  • Lazing in the flower-filled gardens
  • The tasty breakfasts and suppers
Le cuisinier en Combraille - Gallery

You should know

  • WiFi is quite slow and there’s no TV
  • Dogs must stay on a lead outside your room
  • Not ideal for children unless they’re (very quiet) foodies


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Children over 8 welcome. Pets by arrangement: €6 per pet per night.
Christmas, New Year, 4 November - 31 December, 1 January - 20 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, €28 per person.


Nightly price
from €71
Extra bed/sofabed available €20 per person per night.
1 Twin/double
From €90
1 Family room for 3
From €96
1 Twin
From €71
2 Doubles
From €71



A very special place,with charming hosts, fabulous food, and set amidst glorious countryside.

Diane, Presteigne

What an amazing find! Beautifully restored farmhouse and stables in quiet countryside - so quiet you can hear nothing of modern life, only wildlife and your own heartbeat. Jacco and Cees were wonderful and welcoming hosts and produced a superb meal, perfect for the hot temperatures we were experiencing. The garden is beautiful with many hidden areas to explore and a lovely pergola to sit under and enjoy the peace and maybe a pre-dinner drink. The bedrooms in the old stables had remained a perfect temperature without the need for air conditioning and many little comforts were provided.

David, Milton Keynes

A lovely little Eden. Lots to see nearby, but once you get here you'll just want to curl up with your favourite book in the garden before tucking in to a delicious dinner...

June, Sawday's inspector

What a lovely place to stay. The accommodation was superb, very good quality. I love the area, very rural and picturesque. From the moment we arrived, we realised this was a wonderful find. When it came to the evening meal we were blown away. The level of cuisine was Michelin grade. Our hosts could not have been more helpful. You will not regret staying here. Thank you both for the wonderful food and being the highlight of our France visit.

David & Shelagh, Rutland

A fabulous stay in renovated farmhouse. Jakob and Cees are perfect hosts. Beautiful surroundings and gardens. The farmhouse has been renovated to the highest standards obviously a labour of love for the owners. Would definitely stay again and would recommend others. We ate in the restaurant - the food was amazing all produce was fresh from the gardens which is a lovely touch.

Nadia & Karl, England

Staying here was a moment of pleasure and unparalleled healing. The bedroom, the living areas, the garden, everything is excellent quality.

Sylvia & Didier, Belgium

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The neighbourhood

The nearest village, Vergheas, is 2km away or a 20-minute walk. Auzance (10 km) has a pizzeria as well as a market on Tuesdays, Fontaniers (15 km) has a small auberge restaurant and St Gervais d'Auvergne (25km) has an excellent restaurant too. Sights within an hour’s drive include Menat with its medieval cloisters and Montlucon’s impressive Dukes of the Bourbon Castle. Aubusson is an hour away.

Local points of interest from Jakob Scheper

  • Located in a century old farm house, B&B ´Le cuisinier en Combraille’ in Vergheas is all about tranquility, relaxation and fabulous food. Your two hosts have created an oasis of well being and luxury, where they are ready to welcome you.
  • You can enjoy lovely evening dinners after a stroll around the beautiful gardens with their breathtaking views. The clean air of this wild and unspoiled area of France will encourage you to let off steam by hiking or cycling on the many green lanes.
  • Area teeming with history. Vergheas is situated on the very limit of the Auvergne. An area where there are still many remains of the Roman occupation, like the remains of a roman road in Vergheas.
  • The list of castles to visit is almost too long. You could spend weeks to visit them all. Just a few examples: Chauvigny on the impressive gorge of the river Sioule. Domaine Royal de Randan, once the residence of Adélaïde d'Orléans.
  • The Auvergne offers abundant nature. Be it in a relaxing way, walking or cycling on level roads, or sporty in hilly areas. Playing Golf on the 150 acres course Sainte Agathe. Lonely Planet placed the Auvergne in the list of best areas to visit worldwide.
  • Visits include: Vulcania, a museum explaining origin and history of vulcanism. The Puy de Dôme, the largest volcano of the Massif Central, where you can take a train to take you to the top. Viaduct de fades, a 500-meter-long train viaduct.


Jakob Scheper

Jakob and Cees are originally from the Netherlands. Jakob was a trained chef and florist and created the flower-filled garden right next to the house, and Cees was an engineer and IT technician for IBM who is now in charge of organising things. They bought the farmhouse, which was built for the son of a wealthy landowner after the Franco-German war of 1870, and spent a good five years restoring it after which they ran a cookery school before opening as a B&B.