Les Frênes

St Nectaire, Puy-de-Dôme
Bed & Breakfast

No pretences to luxury here, just the comfort of a real home. You stay in a cottage, breakfast handsomely and revel in the hospitality


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


Perched above Saint Nectaire, the old farmhouse has stupendous views from its hillside garden of the romanesque jewel below and woods and mountains soaring beyond. Monique, chatty and knowledgeable, enthuses her guests with descriptions of the Auvergne in perfect English. She doesn’t pretend to offer luxury, just the cosy comfort of a real home. You stay in an attached one-bedroom cottage with a shower and kitchen area downstairs. Breakfast is in Monique and Daniel’s vaulted dining room, full of exposed beams and stone; eat copiously and enjoy the humour, zest and kindness of a couple who were born to hospitality. Astonishing value.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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
From 3pm
Check out
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants in St Nectaire, 2km.


Nightly price
from €60
1 Cottage for 2
From €60


We had to go again to this delightful B+B after our first visit three years ago and we found it every bit as enjoyable: thanks to the warm welcome from Mme Deforge, the comfortable accommodation and an excellent breakfast.

Richard, Bishop's stortford

After looking for places to stay in the Auvergne we found this lovely cottage, Les Frenes, set high in the mountainside above the picturesque town of St Nectaire. Initially we only intended to stay for one night but were so glad we stayed longer.It was a gateway to lots of beautiful places. Monique was so helpful in recommending activities that suited our needs - resulting in an adventurous and amazing walk between two lakes ( Guery and Serviere ) and a trip up to the top of Puy de Dome. Her breakfasts were lovely and the whole experience was great value for money. Thank you.

Veronica, London

lovely lady made sure our stay was enjoyable. very clean and her breakfasts second to none. the area was very varied with lots to do and see

Bob & carol, Cheshire uk

We returned to stay at Les Frenes for the 4th time. It is simply gorgeous and peaceful with fantastic facilities. Monique will help to make your stay perfect in any way she can. The accommodation is typically French and everything is provided to help to make your stay memorable. Breakfast is unforgettable - the table is laid with such care and attention to detail and the food perfect. I have no doubt at all that we will be visiting for the 5th in the near future.


Having found this delightful place we extended our 2 night stay (twice) to make it a full week as we liked it so much & only left reluctantly as we had to start heading for home. The location of Sailles is ideal for exploration of the Sancy part of the Auvergne & our host supplied us with plenty information on what to do and see in the area. Mme Deforge made us very welcome and allowed me to practise my French every day, for which I thank her. If only we could have stayed for longer. For those who like the freedom of B+B and a friendly atmosphere I would certainly suggest a stay at Les Frênes.


We stayed 3 days in this beautiful and comfortable bed and breakfast situated above the picture-perfect town of St. Nectaire with stunning views of the snow covered peaks. The location is perfect for day excursions to beautiful nearby villages and Mont-Dore. Monique and Daniel Deforge own and run this beautifully restored, ample farmhouse. They are warm, welcoming, very helpful with their knowledge of the region and speak English.


We loved our overnight stay here - Monique is very welcoming and great with suggestions on where to go. The views are superb (we were lucky enough to arrive in warm fine weather) and we would have loved to have more time to explore. The room was comfortable and spacious and Monique's breakfast was divine. Lovely!


We had a wonderful week at Les Frenes. It is beautifully situated, perched above St Nectaire. The accommodation is lovely: a self-contained 1-bedroom 'cottage' with its own little garden area. Madame Deforge is very welcoming and helpful. It is a great base for discovering the delights of the magnificent Puy de Dome area. We would be very happy to stay at Les Frenes again some time and we are recommending it to friends and family.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Monique Deforge

  • Located in the Volcanoes Park of Auvergne and its beautiful landscapes, St-Nectaire is a modest village, despite its well-known name... Former spa town , it keeps amazing architectural vestiges dating from the Belle Epoque.
  • Now it no longer attracts people for its thermal waters but many visitors come for its magnificent romanesque church and its ideal location close to major tourist sites ( Puy de Dôme, Puy de Sancy, lakes etc....)
  • The area is a paradise for hikers Come in spring if you like wild flowers and birds, in autumn for sumptuous colours.
  • Our small hamlet, Sailles, offers an exceptional view of St-Nectaire-le-Haut,further the medieval castle of Murol against the backdrop of the chain of Monts Dore dominated by the Puy de Sancy. A visual overview of the Auvergne.
  • Let's not forget that Saint-Nectaire is mysteriously called the capital of Auvergne megaliths ( 3 dolmens and 2 menhirs can be found in the area ) and its timeless glory is also linked to its famous cheese.
  • If you love untouched nature, one night stay won't seem enough and like lots of our visitors, you'll want to come back!