|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Luxury 4* family-friendly holiday cottage near Murat in Cantal, Auvergne with indoor heated swimming pool, snooker room with full sized snooker table and children's games room. In the heart of the Volcanic National Park in the Massif Central, France. Beautiful rural location in Virargues, just 5km from the medieval market town of Murat. This recently renovated stone farmhouse offers four levels of accommodation and walled south-facing gardens. Just 15 minutes from Le Lioran ski resort, and at the heart of walking and mountain bike trails this property offers the ideal base for an active outdoor holiday. 6+ bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including two en suites, plus pool, a stunning snooker room with full sized table and separate spacious games room with table-football and table-tennis tables. The ground floor offers a large open plan kitchen and living/ dining space with range cooker, games table/reading corner, open fire and underfloor heating. Large dining table. The first floor has 4 bedrooms and a television room with two occasional double sofa beds for additional flexible sleeping accommodation. The second floor sleeps 8 people with ease.
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We are a Francophile family who love spending our time in france. Our house is perfect for sharing with family and friends, whether you want active or relaxing holidays. We hope you will enjoy our holiday home as much as we do.
Katherine Southby purchased this farmhouse in 2005
This property was owned for many generations by longstanding family friends of ours who we met through a school french exchange. With their help and support we have renovated the old farmhouse and adjoining barn over many years and brought it back to life in the heart of this rural French village.
The house has so much space that you can get away from it all even when you are on holiday in a large group. We have the indoor heated pool, plus three games rooms - an adult zone with a full sized snooker table and dart board, a children/teenage zone with table tennis and table football, plus a toddler zone with toys to play with. All this with the beautiful Cantal countryside on your doorstep and many walking and cycling routes right from the front door.
Je vous envoie ce petit mail pour vous dire que nous avons passé un très bon moment dans votre gîte à Virargues! Nous avons bien récupéré les clés chez le voisin qui est très sympathique et l'endroit est vraiment magnifique; vous avez fait un sacré joli travail!!!
Nous avons bien profité de la cheminée, de la salle de jeux et des alentours!!! tout le monde était ravi....ne manque plus que la piscine et le billard!!!!
Le seul bémol peut etre était au niveau du chauffage: il semble que les radiateurs étaient programmés pour s'arreter la nuit et nous n'avons pas réussi à les régler...comme il faisait très froid ce we (-4°C)!! mais avec la cheminée et les couettes nous n'avons pas eu trop froid!
en tout cas, c'était vraiment un chouette week end, et je ne manquerai pas de recommander cet endroit autour de moi et de vous recontacter si nous organisons un autre week end dans le futur!
We had a fantastic week at Maison Southby over the Christmas/New Year Period. We were able to ski every day, (the resort was just a 15 minute drive away), and it was fantastic to return from the slopes to such a gorgeous house. The house had everything we could wish for and more. A very well equipped kitchen, (I was very impressed by the creme brulee tool!!), beautiful bedrooms, and the most luxurious, relaxing, sunken bath I have ever had! The kids loved sleeping in the mezzanine bunks - and with a games room too they were in holiday heaven.
Many thanks for letting us stay in your fantastic house!
Maison Southby is a tastefully renovated traditional farmhouse in the peaceful hamlet of Viragues. The extra few hours to get to this remote-feeling part of France are well worthwhile, the driving not taxing at all. The sight of English cars is a rarity, the locals welcoming, treating us more as a curiosity, than foreign tourists to be tolerated.
The house is extremely spacious with an open plan ground floor. The kitchen is well equipped and can easily cater for large numbers. The bedrooms are comfortable and the top floor games and sleeping area provides a hide-away for the younger members of the party. In the depths of winter heating was efficient - the open fire a pleasure rather than a necessity - and hot water plentiful. The house seems to swallow up large numbers of people without feeling crowded. Murat is just 5 minutes drive and offers all the food shopping you’ll need.
If you are a cyclist then you will probably have to make the difficult decision between bringing your road bike and your mountain bike. If you are lucky enough not to have to face this quandary, then bring both. The road riding offers fantastic scenery, and long climbs and descents which are so rare in Britain, whilst the off-roading is almost limitless and you’re likely to have the trails to yourself.
The kids say as follows:
“We love the table tennis and table football tables, and the single bunks which make good dens. We sledged down the field opposite in the winter, and in the summer we played cricket. The surroundings are really good for walking and cycling. The new swimming pool at Saint Fleur was brilliant, especially the current. The skiing is good for kids.”
Wow! What a place!
At one stage on this holiday there were 21 people in the house - 10 adults, 10 children and one baby, and yet we never felt on top of one another. Maybe that was because the fabulous weather for the fortnight in July meant that we coudl all spill outside into the garden or further afield to the stream for picnics. Or maybe it is because the cleverly designed layout of the house means that as well as everybody having their own comfortable and individual bedroom space, there are also three other communal areas to be in, depending on what you want to do.
The open plan living room/dining room/ kitchen meant that whoever was whipping up a feast was still very much a part of the holiday fun. The card table/salle des jeux cleverly set into an alcove at the back of the main room offers the perfect teenage hideaway. The laptops were out making good use of the wireless broadband connection in the 'internet corner' whilst the younger children played in the playrooms on the top floor, or unwound in front of a DVD in the tv area on the first floor.
This is a rural part of France and as such appeals to those who like being outdoors. Walking, exploring the volcanoes, cycling and lots of activities up at Le Lioran (including ice skating, mini golf, luge, ropes course) featured heavily in our holiday. So too did fine food and wine, and we enjoyed a fantastic meal on the terrasse overlooking the Puy Mary at Auberge Aijean - highly recommended.
Have we run out of things to do after a fortnight? No way! Orienteering at La Maison de la Pinatelle was sufficiently challenging to have us going back to try again, velorail at Allanche was great fun - pedalling a truck along a disused railway to a waterfall and swimming hole (fantastic), and next time canoeing beckons along with the hot springs at Chaudes Aigues, and exploring some of the historic Chateaux round about.
Get in quickly for next summer because we will be going back, and with 15-20 fitting easily in the house the price is a bargain!
This was my third visit to Maison Southby in Virargues, having previously been skiing at Le Lioran at Christmas-time. This time I brought a group of friends and we came to enjoy some summer weather.
The house was able to cope admirably with the 10 of us, and could have housed many more with ease. All the group loved their bedrooms - each one is different and has its own charm. We also loved the open plan living area and the large games room - lots of table football tournaments and table tennis matches each evening after a day spent outdoors enjoying the fantastic scenery and fabulous walking and cycling available.
We cycled into Murat each morning for the croissants and pain au chocolats - a big climb back up - the less fit may prefer to take the car! We also spent lots of time at Le Lioran on the ropes course, and went canoeing.
All in all a fantastic venue for a superb holiday. I will definitely be back!
From the moment you walk in to this welcoming family home, you know that the hosts have renovated it with quality and care. Built in the early 1900s and derelict (until recently) since the end of the second world war, this is now a very large and stylist farmhouse around 1.5km from Murat. There is a large openplan kitchen, dining and lounge area; many bedrooms and a tv area on the first floor and (wait for it) a table tennis/table football area and more bed spaces on the second floor. The great thing about this is that, if you go as a group, there is plently of room for everyone but also enough space (and quiet corners) for everyone to do their own thing.
All the hosts are waiting for now is a Peter Mayle-style book deal, so they can share the stresses and strains of making the house so attractive (and I am sure there were many). For the visitor, it is a pleasure and a luxury to share the results of their handiwork. And, since it is off the main tourist trail, you get a taste of real authentic France into the bargain.
This is a lovely old Auvergne farmhouse that is in the final (Feb 09) stage of being restored. Internally, creative use of the space has resulted in a large open plan ground floor - kitchen, dining area and lounge. The huge open fire in the lounge is a very welcome sight after a day on the ski slopes, whilst the excellent heating system keeps the house warm even when the outside temperature is -8C! The bedrooms and the bathrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors are very generously sized, and the 'cabins' on the mezzanine to the 2nd floor are loved by children and teenagers, allowing them to have their own private space. The internet access, despite the remoteness of the house, is more reliable than in parts of the UK!
The village of Virargues is tiny, with no facilities except a post box, but many other properties have been restored and are lived in permanently. There are 2 working farms immediately behind the house, with animals in the adjacent fields. A French village that is alive.
Murat is the nearest town, a couple of miles away, and is delightful. The Intermarche can supply all food needs but the excellent range of local shops in Murat is worth puffing up the hill for - the butchers is particularly recommended!
The skiing at Super Lioran is very adequate for a weeks skiing, but nothing like as extensive as the large Alpine resorts. English voices are very rarely heard. Even in high season the queues are not unbearable, but at half term we would recommend leaving your car at 1st lift at Le Lioran (not driving right up to Super Lioran) where the ski slope is then just across the road. Having lunch away from the main restaurants at the Cable-car station is also advisable, although the chocolate gouffres are excellent there! The restaurants near Le Lioran serve local specialities of Aligot and Truffade, definitly worth eating.
We had a great holiday at February halfterm and hope to be back in the future.
Virargues is a rural hamlet in the Cantal department of the Auvergne. Situated in the heart of the Volcanic National Park, the medieval market town of Murat with its quaint streets, bars, restaurants, outdoor and indoor market and shops is only 5 minutes away. Murat also offers a leisure centre, swimming pool, tennis courts and childrens playground. The property is 15 minutes by car to Le Lioran ski resort offering both winter and summer sports including both skiing and mountain bike trails accessed from its network of lifts. Childcare is available at Lavessiere nearby and babysitting may be arranged locally subject to availability. Extensive walking and mountain bike trails are easily accessed from the property.
Scenic highlights include the Puy Mary - the highest volcano in Europe offering stunning views nearby.
Also in the local area: * Chateau d'Alleuze * Viaduc Garabit *Chaudes Aigues thermal springs *Canoing on the Truyere River *Gorges of the Jordanne *Velorail at Allanche
And further afield:
Other Activities: aerial ropes course; kayaking; dog sledding; sledging; mini golf; ice skating; orienteering
Ski: The ski resort of Le Lioran is situated in the Monts D'Auvergne area of the Cantal department in the Massif Central region, and is the Auvergne's biggest ski station. The lift served area extends from 1250 metres to 1850 metres. There are 60 km of lift served runs served by 17 drags, 6 chairs and 1 cable car. There are 150 km of cross country trails in the area with 21km over four circuits accessible from Le Lioran. The resort features a snow park. There are all kinds of runs from cruising blues to steep blacks served by 24 lifts and now covered by 55 snow canons. There is some good and interesting off piste, for example from the téléphérique and also after a short climb to the Puy du Rocher. It is also a good destination for snow shoes, cross country skiing with many challenging circuits and ski touring.
There are three ski schools available, ESF, ESI and Yetis, all of which are good. Both group and individual lessons are available for children and adults.
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