Farmhouse in Groslier, Compains, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne, France
- english, french, german
About Tim Hughes
We have both retired from long teaching careers and now at last have the time to undertake a long- time ambition of converting the barn and stable to living accommodation. When we purchased the property Lizzie was 4 and Toby 6 months. They have experienced many adventures as we slowly renovated the main house and still, fortunately, love Groslier as much as we always have. Both are now in their twenties and Lizzie has a Masters 2 in Magma et Volcans from Clermont University. We have been very warmly received into the community and recently were asked to join the local over-60s club. Meetings generally consist of playing cards and drinking wine, both of which we approve.
Tim Hughes purchased this Farmhouse in 1992
Why Tim Hughes chose Compains
We were looking in particular for access to skiing, for geological interest, and a peaceful location. As Jan is fluent in French we also wanted an area relatively undiscovered by Les Anglais. The house met all these criteria, plus the stunning views, additional hillside land and fascinating historical links with The French Resistance resulted in an immediate decision to buy! My interest in geography and geology was more than met as we are in the Parc Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Basalt columns and granite outcrops abound. The volcanoes were last active 7000 years ago and are dormant today. We have instructed our children to check our house insurance in future years.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
If you wish to have a day with no driving, you can walk up the hillside to join one of the many signposted routes across the Cezalier. In spring and summer the variety of flowers, butterflies and moths is unbelievable, plus watching buzzards, red kites and kestrels adds another dimension to what nature has to offer. For day trips, our children loved the Adventure Park at Mont Dore. Jan and I preferred the restaurant. After many February sessions at Super Besse, we are all competent skiers. Both children have skied in National races in England, albeit on artificial slopes. Super Besse is good for beginners and intermediates especially. As we may be resident in the barn we would be more than happy to advise you on visits, but only if you wish!!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect to get away from it all
We enjoyed a relaxing 2 weeks in the Auvergne. The house was perfect for 2 families with plenty of space and was really well equipped. The owners Jan and Tim have gone to a lot of effort to think of everything you may need to make the most of your stay. There's plenty of crockery and cutlery, TV with French and English channels, loads of DVDs and books and lots of info on attractions around the area, two of the bedrooms are ensuite and the beds were very comfy!
The views are stunning, and it was amazing to be in such a peaceful location with only cow bells and crickets as background noise! A 20min drive will take you into Besse, a beautiful historic town with shops, cafes and restaurants, also nearby we enjoyed Super Besse with lots of outdoor activities, and Lac Pavin with a lovely woodland walk.
Thank you so much for your comments. It was lovely to meet you all and we very much hope you will come again.
Fantastic games room and lovely hosts.
The house was great and had lots of space. The children loved the games room full of books, DVDs and board games. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need, even 2 raclette machines! Our hosts had lots of good ideas for places to go and things to do because they know the area so well. The swimming lake was lovely and we did the horseshoe walk around Puy de Sancy.
Spacious, well-equipped, lovely location
Lovely spacious house, well-equipped for all ages with helpful owners next door. Fantastic area for road and mountain biking, with a huge choice of well signed graded MTB trails within 30-minutes drive. The house is also well located for mountain walks, swimming in lakes, inflatable aqua parks (in the lakes at Super Besse & Lac Chambon), and canoeing down the Allier. We would love to return.
Beautifully situated property with stunning views
This property is so well equipped. We could not have asked for more. My children loved the attic and games rooms and we had so much space. The pictures on the web site do not do justice to the amazing views.
Tim and Jan are amazing hosts, they were so helpful and friendly when we sought advice but also gave us privacy. Thank you.
Beautiful country house in a great location
We enjoyed a wonderful half term break at Maison Laporte skiing and exploring the local area. The house was exceptionally well equipped and presented. We were made to feel very welcome by Tim and Jan- whose local knowledge and experience was also very useful. Our two children loved the games room; we all loved the views, space and peaceful location. Access to cross country and downhill skiing is straightforward even after snow falls as the local roads are kept in good condition- would recommend winter tyres though. Would love to return in the summer to see more of this under-rated part of France. We would definitely recommend this property to other families.
This was the first time an English family had visited Maison Laporte for winter skiing. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and were happy with the house. Thank you for the lovely comments and we very much hope to see you again.
Tim and Jan
Wonderful family home in the countryside
This is a really lovely looking house which is incredibly well fitted out. It is warm and homely and has a play room that we all loved, children and adults alike, with darts, table football and more books and dvds than you can shake a stick at. Jan and Tim are kind. helpful and good fun to drink a bottle of wine with if you invite them for an evening :-) It's a great size house and for our two families gave plenty of room without feeling as though you're rattling around on your own. Everything was clean and pretty and I would recommend this to anyone. You do need a car as it is into the countryside. Nearby is Super Besse, a ski area that works as a a brilliant day out for families with lots of fun activities to do in the summer.
Beaches, cafes and boating at Lake Chambon (40mins).
Beach with children's play area, pedalos, windsurfing, indoor swimming pool at Super Besse.
River swimming and canoeing on River Allier at Brioude (45mins)
Sailing at Lake Lastioulles (45mins)
8 hour drive from Calais, leaving A75 at junction 6 to Besse.
Fly to Clermont-Ferrand from Stansted (in summer only) or to Rodez, Lyon or Limoges.
Village of Compains 3kms, medieval town of Besse 13kms, Super Besse (skiing) 22kms, Issoire 35kms, Clermont-Ferrand 55kms
Bread and croissants etc can be ordered from the bar at "Les Diablaires" in Compains, our local family run restaurant with excellent cuisine.
The picturesque medieval town of Besse has a good supermarket, a 24hour petrol station and a variety of restaurants and interesting shops. The market takes place here on Monday mornings and there are other markets in nearby villages, selling plenty of local produce.
In the tourist office, you will find leaflets of places of interest to visit and information about the various activities available, such as the challenging go-ape style adventure parks in Mont Dore and St Nectaire, horse-riding, and quad biking. Mountain bikes can be hired at Super Besse and the most intrepid can even go up in the cable car and bike down.
The area is very popular with French cyclists and has hosted stages of the Tour de France on more than one occasion..
You can swim and hire pedalos on Lake Chambon where there are 2 little beaches with cafes and there are other swimming and fishing lakes nearby. There are places for canoeing, either with your own or you can hire them and local guides can take you rock climbing or other extreme activities, including canyoning.
The town of Issoire has an unusual cathedral, Clermont-Ferrand has several museums and there are numerous chateaux in the region. Wine tasting is also an option.