Perched on the hill this old farmhouse has stupendous views from its hillside garden – you’ll see the Romanesque church below and woods and mountains soaring beyond. Monique, chatty and knowledgeable, speaks perfect English and knows the Auvergne well.
Your self-contained cottage has a kitchen and its own private patio but breakfast is in Monique and Daniel’s vaulted dining room. Eat copiously – bread and pastries, regional cheeses, yoghurts, delicious home-made compote – and enjoy the humour, zest and kindness of a couple who were born to hospitality.
Drive to Saint Nectaire in five minutes for shops and restaurants. There are walking trails from your door, or you can hike to the top of the landmark Puy de Dôme, the highest dormant volcano in the Chaîne des Puys – or take the petit train to the summit.