FRANCE AS YOU REMEMBER IT. RURAL, PEACEFUL, RELAXING AND SAFE

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John Mcquade

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights
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FRANCE AS YOU REMEMBER IT. RURAL, PEACEFUL, RELAXING AND SAFE

Marsac en Livradois Barn Rental Photos and Description

Large 4 bedroomed gite (sleeps 10/12) with private heated pool

Dating from the 1850's, but completely renovated in 2006, this spacious accommodation offers a luxurious break away from it all, plus a taste of real France.

The barn has three double bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a large gallery, sleeping 4/5. In addition there are 2 bath/shower rooms and 4th toilet. For larger parties the gite has a double sofa- bed.

The fully equipped kitchen comes with all the usual appliances including catering-sized pots and pans for larger groups.

The spacious living/dining area offers direct access to the pool and deck. We have satellite TV, and a home cinema system, a large selection of books, jigsaw puzzles and games. The lower floor games room has a full size table-tennis table, a half-size snooker table and table football.

We also have high chairs and cots for very young children.

The heated pool (8 m x 4 m), large wooden deck with gas BBQ and dining table, large grassy garden, beautiful surroundings and local amenities offer something for everyone.

The G.P.S. coordinates for the gite are 45*25'35.72'N, 3*44'59.57' E [ I am using the * sign to indicate degrees].

Winter bookings of the gite [ Dec. Jan. and Feb.,March and April ] have a winter fuel supplement of 150 euros/ sterling equivalent per week. However, should the gite not require extra heating above the norm, then the fuel supplement will be fully refunded.

The pool is open from mid May until the end of September.

For groups larger than 10 persons a supplement of 10% per person per week is chargeable.

We now can accept Cheques Vacances.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only

John Mcquade

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks english, french
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
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Property Reviews

34 Reviews Write a Review
France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
average rating of 4.870968 based on 34 reviews
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France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p841829
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Marsac en Livradois Ambert area
5

A wonderful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
We have stayed at this house several times and always have a lovely time. John and Morag and their girls are extremely kind and helpful and the house is always very clean and tidy. It is a great place for a family to stay - very well appointed, plenty of space and lots of things to do locally. We would definitely recommend this house and we will be back again.
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France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p841829
+33 0473951929
Marsac en Livradois Ambert area
5

A great gite, with wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
The gite is clean, spacious, and has all the facilities you could hope for. It is in a peaceful rural location, but only a couple of minutes away from Arlanc (with cafes, supermarket etc).

It was great to open the kitchen cupboards when we arrived to find it fully equipped with a decent number of plates/bowls/pots/pans/glasses to cope with the party of ten - so many gites fail in this area.

The pool is great - John & Morag keep it fastidiously clean even though the thunderstorms deposited leaves and debris. There are plenty of loungers and chairs outside, plus the dining table for ten on the decked area beyond the pool.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the family are really pleasant and helpful - and stay in as much or little contact as you wish - they're always around to help if you need them.

My son was able to make use of the (decent quality) electric piano downstairs + wi-fi + skype to take one of his piano lessons whilst on holiday - impressive! Morag also dug out three cases of piano music for him to peruse, not a service found at every gite :-) If you're of a musical bent, ask about the balalaika and autoharp too!

Two of us went running most mornings - it's a perfect spot - many alternate routes - you can stay on the level if you wish, or tackle the hills. On one occasion we picked up a friendly dog (i.e. it thought we we taking it for a walk) it didn't turn back when we expected it to, so it completed the last 6K with us! A quick drive up the hill saw it safely returned...

The bikes (three adult, one child's by default - but more can be conjured by John if you need them) were great, perfect for cycling around the hills, or fetching bread from Arlanc in the morning.

There is a lawn around the front of the gite which is not mentioned in the details - we used this for our traditional holiday volleyball matches.

Must visits: Le-Puy-en-Velay (a bit of a drive - about an hour, but worth it), La Chaise-Dieu (only 15 minutes away).
We also kayaked down the Alliers, which was great - 1hr20 away, and went to some of the markets (Ambert, Craponne-sur-Arzon), always worth doing - pick up some Fourme D'Ambert - yum!

Downsides: Not many - the wi-fi was quite limited in signal strength, and there are a lot of steep steps (limiting the use of the outdoor dining area a little) - that's it really...

All-in-all, we had a great time at the Walnut Mill, and would recommend it to anyone!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p841829
+33 0473951929
Marsac en Livradois Ambert area
5

Wholeheartedly recommend 100%

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Our family arrived to a wonderfully warm welcome by the owners who made us all feel at ease and at home immediately.

The beautifully spacious house is set within the peaceful, unspoilt countryside providing far-reaching views over the fields, perfect for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Despite its tremendously quiet location, it offers the convenience of a well-stocked supermarket and garage close-by.

Walnut Mill is a very generously sized gite suitable for large families or groups. It is very clean and comfortable, with all the convenience of home from toys and books for the children, to the all-important washing machine and dryer! As far as holiday accommodation goes, we couldn't have asked for more.

John, Morag, Georgia and Rachel were fabulous hosts; friendly, helpful and wonderful to get to know. To them we would like to say thank you for a fabulous stay and see you again next year!
business
France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p841829
+33 0473951929
Marsac en Livradois Ambert area
5

Superb gite

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Well - what can I say about Walnut Mill - just this. If you are in any doubt of booking this gite for your holiday - just book it and enjoy - you won't be disappointed. We were a party of 3 couples and found the gite most comfortable, light and airey, clean, very well equiped and with the most convivial owners. The pool was great (inflatables provided) as was the ping pong table which brought out our competative streat. The gentlemen of our party made good use of the bikes. Free wheeling down the hills is fantastic!! It is a beautiful area to visit with fabulous scenery.

Sally W
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France as you remember it. Rural, peaceful, relaxing and safe
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p841829
+33 0473951929
Marsac en Livradois Ambert area
5

Superb gite

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Well - what can I say about Walnut Mill - just this. If you are in any doubt of booking this gite for your holiday - just book it and enjoy!! We were a party of 3 couples and found the gite most comfortable, light and airey, clean, very well equiped and with the most convivial owners. The pool was great (inflatables provided), as was the ping pong table which brought out our competative streak!The gentlemen of our party made good use of the bikes. It is a beautiful area to visit with marvellous scenery.

Sally W
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Map

Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Lyon
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Calais
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
St Etienne
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
A75 Brioude/A72 Thiers
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Arlanc
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Auvergne
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Arlanc
Car: necessary

The gite is located in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional Du Livradois Forez close to the small market town of Arlanc.There are good road links to the French Autoroute System. Le Puy-en-Velay and la ChaiseDieu are a few kilometres drive south whilst Thiers, Clermont Ferrand and Vichy are close by to the north. The town of Ambert is just 16 km away. This region is very unspoilt and retains its distinct French character. Traffic is light, traffic jams something you leave behind! Local markets are very traditional where people come to enjoy the local atmosphere as well as to sample the regional specialities. The International Music Festival at la Chaise Dieu is rightly famous through out Europe while the Country and Western Festival in near by Craponne - sur - Arzon makes for a very interesting weekend! For those interested in Romanesque architecture, the region has many wonderful examples.

Golf: Prospective guests would need to research local golf courses using the internet.

Ski: During the winter months cross country skiing is available locally.

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Availability & Rates

Marsac en Livradois Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Low Season 2014
Feb 1 2014 - Apr 18 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€530
2 nights
 
 
Easter 2014
Apr 19 2014 - Apr 25 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€650
7 nights
 
 
Spring 2014
Apr 26 2014 - May 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€650
7 nights
 
 
Early Summer 2014
May 31 2014 - Jun 27 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€750
7 nights
 
 
High Summer 2014
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€1,400
14 nights
 
 
Late Summer 2014
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€650
7 nights
 
 
Low Season 2014
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€530
2 nights
 
 
Christmas 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
€750
7 nights
 
 
New Year 2014
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 30 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
€700
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

A none returnable deposit of 25% is required to make a confirmed reservation. This sum is paid at the time of booking. The outstanding balance plus refundable damage / cleaning deposit ( 150 euros per week )is payable 8 (eight weeks) in advance of start of your visit. We will email clients to remind them of the balance due date.
Notes A booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non refundable deposit. The outstanding balance plus a fully refundable damage / cleaning deposit of £150 per week, is due 8 weeks before your stay begins. We will email to remind guests of the due date. During the winter months of December through till April we may have to make an additional energy charge of £50( maximum). Pets are allowed by agreement.
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Amenities

Marsac en Livradois Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Heating
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Utility room with washing machine tumble and dryer, etc
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • The second (ground floor) bathroom is also a utility room. There is a large (7 kg) automatic washing machine, tumble dryer, vacuum cleaner, ironing board plus iron. Guests are provided with bath and hand towels but are expected to provide their own swimming pool towels. Guests booking for a 2 week period receive new bath towels and bed linen during their stay.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 Red Room - 1 double , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 Pool Room - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 Gallery - 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 Blue Room - 1 double
  • The Red Room. This large double room benefits from its own en-suite bathroom. The room has a large double wardrobe and chest of drawers. Views overlooking open countryside. The Blue Room. This large double room has two built-in wardrobes and chest of drawers. Views overlooking the garden and open countryside. The Pool Room. This large double room overlooks the pool, the deck and open countryside. It has a large built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. This room is large enough for an extra single bed should it be needed. The Gallery. This large open-plan gallery was built with younger people in mind. It has two single beds as well as bunk beds offering space for 4/5 children (or adults) to share. There are three chests of drawers, two single, one double as well as hanging space. There is also a small WC with hand basin en-suite. The Gallery is situated on the third floor of the barn. A change of household linen and towels are provided during a two-week rental period.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books
  • Television
  • Pool Table
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Foosball
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Game Room
  • Toys
  • Piano
Outside:
  • Wood Deck
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
  • churches
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • volcano
  • restaurants
  • playground
  • pond
  • library
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • botanical garden
  • ruins
  • coin laundry
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • tennis
  • mountain climbing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • fly fishing
  • swimming
  • paragliding
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • hunting small game
  • golf
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