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French Farmhouse - a hidden paradise in the heart of the French countryside

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom house in the picturesque village of St Privat du Dragon, France

Imagine a hidden paradise in the heart of the French countryside, where life is filled with simple pleasures: delicious food, fine wines and a secluded garden full of sunshine. Just a few hours south of Paris, this farmhouse is a true idyllic retreat, located in a tiny village that is nestled in a lush green valley. This rural part of France encourages a pace of life that allows for dreaming, relaxing and reconnecting with yourself and with others. Life flows with the rhythm of the days, eddies around meals, and pools deep and clear during late-night conversations under the brilliant stars. It’s a place to think and breathe. The rustic main house has three bedrooms and one bathroom and the garden cabin has the fourth bedroom. In the private garden, there is a 180 degree view of the valley and the woods across the way. There are also many villages and towns of interest to explore in the area, many of which have shops, restaurants and outdoor markets.

About the Farmhouse: The Farmhouse is a rustic but comfortable house in a small farming village, so you can expect to see cows and sheep in the neighbouring fields, not to mention a huge variety of flora and (sometimes astonishing!) fauna. Far from the exclusive villa rentals in the south of France, the Farmhouse offers its guests an authentic immersion experience in the French countryside, in all its natural beauty, and a return to basics with the simpler things in life. As one of our guests commented, “Rental accommodation is too often either too polished and over decorated or unimaginative and utilitarian. We don’t want a swimming pool; just a pleasant place to sit outside for meals and reading books. Your house strikes just the right note for our liking; all the necessary comforts are here and we love the simple furnishings and fittings.”

Inside the Farmhouse: The front door leads directly into the rustic Farmhouse kitchen, which is well-equipped for all your culinary activities, including eating around the table that seats four comfortably, and up to six, if you don’t mind getting cosy. Up three steps from the kitchen is the Tall Bedroom – so named for its high vaulted ceiling with original wooden log beams – where there is a large double bed and a desk. On the next floor landing there is a desk next to a window overlooking the valley. This floor also has the bathroom with a shower and the East Bedroom with a large double bed and more lovely views. The sitting room is found in the attic and is a cosy place to curl up and read one of the many books in the library, watch DVDs, play games or just take a nap. The sectional sofa folds out into a double bed and there are also two bunk beds to provide more sleeping arrangements.

Outside: Out in the garden, there is a private little cabin with a small double bed (or big single) – the perfect place to camp out in the summer! The garden itself has a terrace with a large table (seats 10-12) and parasol, gas barbeque, and the most wonderful views of the valley below.

More Details

Marianne de Kleer
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018


Saint-Privat-du-Dragon Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The new bathroom has a toilet, shower and sink. It is nice, but small, so you should be aware that if you are coming with a number of people that you will be sharing this bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , library
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , garden cabin
  • The bedrooms are spacious and lovely with rustic wooden floorboards. The bed linens are not included in the rental price, but are available for $10/person/rental. There is a folding travel baby cot available
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
The farmhouse is now equipped with wifi internet access (no computer available). We have a TV that is only hooked up as a screen to a DVD player (no channels via antenna or cable). There is a small DVD library with about 25 titles. Our kitchen pantry is stocked with spices, vinegars, oil, tea and other basics. We just ask that if you use something up, you replace it. The kitchen is rustic and basic, with a four-burner gas stove, a small half-sized fridge and a small table (seats 4 - 6), but it is well-equipped with a variety of saucepans, serving platters and dishes, as well as utensils and a dishwasher. We have catered for up to 14 people with this equipment, so it should be fine for your friends and family!


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French Farmhouse - a hidden paradise in the heart of the French countryside
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Rich in rural character

  • 4 of 5

We so enjoyed the melange of old and new trapppings that create a unique character to this farmhouse. So nice to have modern appliances and a plethora of fine quality of cookware - the frying pan made the best scrambled eggs ever! We explored so many of the surrounding villages that we had little chance to partake of your book library however we had time to watch 4 DVDs - nice collection!

Thank you for keeping the home so well stocked with all the creature comforts of home.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Copenhagen, Denmark

charming and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

We spend a week with our 2 children, and it was a perfect spot for week of rest and relaxation with the kids. The village and surrounding area is beautiful and the house is very cozy and charming. The garden outside is a great place to relax with a good book and glass of wine while children run around the village and play.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
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Nearest Airport
86 Kilometres
Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Our French Farmhouse is situated in St Privat du Dragon, a tiny village of about 40 inhabitants, at the head of a picturesque valley in the Haute-Loire département in France. The general region is called the Auvergne; a large, mountainous area of central France. St Privat is about halfway between two large cities, Clermont-Ferrand and Le Puy en Velay (a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago di Compostella), and the nearest towns are Brioude and Langeac (both at 15 kms). The Mediterranean is 2.5 hours by car (Montpellier), and Paris is 4.5 hours by train. There are lots of things to see and do: wine-tasting, buying fresh produce at the outdoor markets, shopping for antiques at local brocante markets, visiting châteaux & medieval churches, walking & biking in the beautiful countryside, practising French, savouring local specialities, and especially relaxing with a glass of wine in the secluded garden, delighting in the beautiful view.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking, hiking, sight seeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

linen rental/person/stay $11.94
cleaning fee/stay $59.72

Rates are based on double occupancy (2 people)
Additional people are $85/person/week in low season and $110/person/week in high season.
Children under 2 years of age are free. No discounts given to children over 2.

low season €365/week for 1-2 people
high season €430/week for 1-2 people
Additional people are €60/person/week in low season and €75/person/week in high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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