|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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!
Nous avons été enchanté de notre séjour chez vous, si bien que tous veulent revenir l année prochaine.
Nous n avons pas trouvé très efficace le lave vaisselle ...
sinon tout est parfait
Nous avons passé une semaine en famille dans cette superbe maison!
Dès notre arrivée on se sent comme à la maison. On trouve tout nos repères très facilement.
La maison est très très confortable.
L'accueil était parfait. La remise des clés est facilité par Michel qui habite le village et qui est vraiment très sympathique et aidant. La maison est grande et il y a plein d'espaces différents: espace enfants, espace jeux, espace piscine, espace coin du feu...
La maison se situe à 15 min des pistes de ski ce qui nous a permis de passer quelques heures au grand air.
Nous n'avions plus envie de partir et c'est sûr on reviendra avec grand plaisir.
Une mention spéciale pour Michel qui nous a beaucoup aidé lors de notre crevaison! Un grand merci!
Nous avons passé la semaine de Noël 2015 avec toute notre grande famille ( 10 adultes et 13 enfants dont 2 bébés !) dans cette superbe maison restaurée avec goût : prestations haut de gamme, grand confort, piscine chauffée très appréciée au retour de randonnées très variées, salles de jeux pour les enfants, billard pour les parents, TV, Wifi !!! Rien ne nous a manqué, que demander de plus ?
Nous avons déjà recommandé cette propriété à plusieurs amis ...
Nous avons tous décidé de revenir ...
Un gite immense, les prestations et les pièces sont très agréables, chaleureuses.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour. On adoré
On pense même en faire le lieu de notre rencontre annuelle.
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.”
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$563|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.