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Maison Blanche at Le Mouy Vieux

Vernet-la-Varenne, France
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Peaceful location-superb views-stylish interior

Maison Blanche has its own private entrance & parking area alongside the gîte.

A private lawned garden with BBQ, dining and relaxing areas either in the sun or shaded by the verdant vines and wisteria on your own private terrace from where you can enjoy superb views of the valley and distant mountains.

Large studio type accommodation with modern stylish & comfortable furnishings, the kitchenette is well equipped with hob/oven,microwave,fridge, coffee maker & ironing facilities but if there is anything you need please ask.

Comfortable sofa & chairs to cosy up in front of the large wood burner fireplace in Autumn & Winter (first basket of logs supplied)+ electric wall heaters

Dining area seats up to 4

Romantic four poster bed+folding screen for privacy

Single bed/cot/high chair, if required.

Spacious wardrobe & drawers.

Modern shower room/WC (constant hot water)

Satellite TV/DVD


Maison Blanche is in a peaceful location with stunning views but only 2kms away from Vernet la Varenne with a bar and restaurant, small supermarket, bakery, butchers, Pharmacy and medical centre.

There is a popular swimming lake with it’s own bar/ restaurant open in summer only 1.5 kms away.

The area is ideal if you love walking and discovering the local wildlife, especially in April when the pastures are full of wild daffodils and in May with all the colourful wild flowers and butterflies in the fields and hedgerows.

You will find booklets of local routes and organised walks in the gîte along with information on other outdoor activities such as bike hire, pony trekking.

The town of Issoire is only 17 kms away and has a great weekly Saturday market in it’s medieval centre as well as many individual speciality shops and restaurants along it’s narrow old streets.

There is also a big Carrefour supermarket and shopping

Mall just off the A75 If you need to shop before you arrive.

The beautiful church of St Austromine with it’s amazing colourful interior is definately worth a visit as are the many old romanesque churches and medieval hilltop villages in

the area.


Lynne Barlow Gerrard

Member Since 2008
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018
Why Lynne Barlow Gerrard chose Vernet-la-Varenne

It’s superb location, outstanding views, peace & quiet.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
        • Open plan studio type accommodation with sleeping area. Folding screen for privacy. King size four poster bed. Extra single bed or cot can be provided for a small charge.


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Shower room & toilet

          Location Type

            • Mountain
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                          Quality 100% cotton designer bedding
                        • Fireplace
                          Grand inglenook fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Electric wall mounted radiator + Fan heater in shower room
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Garage
                        • Parking
                          Parking next to the gîte
                        • Towels Provided
                          Quality white towels Bath sheet + bath towel + hand towel & flannel provided for each guest and changed weekly or on request.
                        • Tumble Dryer
                          Use of tumble dryer in separate laundry room for a small charge
                        • Washing Machine
                          Use of washing machine in separate laundry room for a small charge
                        • Wood Stove
                          Log burner basket of logs & firelighters supplied


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                              Open plan kitchen
                            • Microwave
                              Microwave with grill
                            • Oven
                              Electric oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                              Gas hob
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Alfresco dining on the terrace
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Private south facing terrace
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • not suitable for children
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • volcano
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              14 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              We loved our stay with Lynne Gerrard. She was a delightful hostess, property and location wonderful

                                                              Christine G.

                                                              The property was very well appointed, clean and tastefully decorated. Equipped with all that was required and in an idyllic location with splendid views. The nearby village (2km) had a small but well stocked supermarket, excellent restaurant, and swimming lake which was very pleasant after a hot day.

                                                              Lynne was lovely, welcoming and helpful. I have no complaints at all and highly recommend this property.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for such a great review, I am so pleased you loved your holiday here at Le mouy vieux.

                                                              Lovely guests too welcome back anytime !

                                                              Lovely gite, stunning views and wonderful hostess in Lynne

                                                              Josephine Y.

                                                              We were looking for a a break to recharge our batteries and our time here was just the ticket. Our gite was pretty, comfortable and well equipped and the outside space was wonderful with beautiful views of the region. Lynne was a thoughtful and considerate host who looked after us well and her dog, Louie made a great playmate for our dog who regularly went round to call for Louie.

                                                              The surrounding area was lovely too and we really enjoyed our morning stroll to the Boulangerie and afternoon dip in the lake was a real treat.

                                                              Thanks for everything Lynne, we feel that we made a friend and we will be returning!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              It was a pleasure to welcome my lovely guests to Le mouy vieux it makes it all worthwhile to know how much they enjoyed their stay and their walks exploring the local amenities in the surrounding area.

                                                              I look forward to welcoming back my new friends and "Barney dog" too.

                                                              Maison Blanche is a delight. Cosy, comfortable and with everything you could possibly need.

                                                              Richard P.

                                                              We arrived later than planned in the dark. Lynne was there to meet and greet us and helped get us quickly settled into Maison Blanche. When we woke after a good sleep in the comfortable bed we could really appreciate the view, the solitude and delight of Le Mouy Vieux.

                                                              The Auvergne is a wonderful part of France and Lynne's gite is an ideal place for a couple (or couple with dog) to hang out, relax, explore and enjoy the secrets of the hills and valleys either side of Issoire.

                                                              The gite has everything needed for a comfortable stay with a glorious wood burning stove and an endless supply of oak logs to hand. A good hot shower too! What more could you want?

                                                              Lynne and brother Malcolm were wonderful hosts and Louis made a good companion for our dog Martha. We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality.

                                                              Thank you. We loved it. And had fun.

                                                              Richard Michele Martha

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much Richard & Michele,

                                                              So happy you loved your stay with us at Le Mouy Vieux

                                                              It was my pleasure to welcome such lovely guests along with their adorable pup Martha.

                                                              Hope you come back one day.

                                                              Our stay at Maison Blanche - September 2016

                                                              John S.Sutton Coldfield

                                                              We had a very enjoyable week in this very attractive area. The gite fully lived up to expectations as set out in the published details – beautifully furnished, very well equipped and beautiful bed linen. It was spotlessly clean on arrival. We enjoyed Lynne's company (and her brother’s) and two lovely meals which she cooked for us at an economical price. We can thoroughly recommend this property to any future guests. We will definitely return in the future, although it is doubtful whether it will be next year due to other commitments.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for such a great review it was a pleasure to welcome you to Le mouy vieux, lovely guests who I hope to see again in the future.

                                                              Lovely welcome from host Lynne, lovely setting, pleasantly furnished, small but very comfortable.

                                                              Clare H.

                                                              We were welcomed warmly by our host Lynne who lives next door. We were invited for drinks during our stay which was lovely. Lynne was accessible and very helpful and friendly but ensured we had our privacy. The setting is lovely with stunning views. The gite is comfortable, open plan and suitable for a couple as its quite small, nicely furnished and good quality bed and linens. There is a nice sitting out area where you can dine and sunbathe and enjoy the views. We enjoyed our stay very much and enjoyed meeting Lynne and her brother. There is a Michelin starred restaurant in Sarpoil, a short drive away but you need to book well in advance. Lots of medieval villages nearby and good walking country. We would like to return and would recommend to our friends to stay in the other larger gite next door which is larger and also very nicely furnished.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for such a great review.

                                                              It was our pleasure to welcome you to Le mouy vieux we really enjoyed your company and a perfect evening relaxing with you over drinks and nibbles on the terrace, hope you do come back to stay and we can do it all over again !

                                                              Best wishes


                                                              Relaxing and tranquil accommodation

                                                              Rosemary O.

                                                              The Gite is charming and very comfortable - a real home from home. The garden and terrace are lovely and the views are fabulous. The location is very quiet but not too far from shops for groceries. Lynne was very welcoming and helpful during our stay. We had a lovely week here touring the region on our motorbike and would definitely recommend it if you like tranquility and independence.


                                                              Vernet-la-Varenne, France

                                                              As well as the outstanding scenery from the gîte you can enjoy the view of the magnificent panorama of the chaine de volcans and the puy de dôme from the top of the lane. Vernet la Varenne is only 2kms away there you will find a restaurant and bar, supermarket, bakers, butchers, pharmacy & medical centre and a small weekly market everything you may need on a daily basis. The popular swimming lake 1.5 kms with it’s own café bar open during the summer. Vernet la Varenne many years ago used to be the centre for mining Amethysts in the region and now from Amethyst museum in the Chateau de Montfort perched on the hill above the village you can set off with a local guide on a Amethyst hunt and find your own which you can then clean and polish in the centres workshop. There are many local markets, brocantes, vide greniers, music festivals and fêtes held in the area during the summer. Issoire has a lively evening market and multiple music venues on Friday’s during the summer when the bars and restaurants set up their tables in the street well worth a 20 minute drive down to town to soak up the atmosphere! The beautiful church of St austromine in the centre of Issoire with it’s amazing and colourful painted interior must not be missed The abbaye at Chaise dieu a medieval benedictine monastery with it’s ancient ‘ danse macarbe’ mural is also very popular for its renowned international music festival late August every year the town is packed with music lovers and artistes. The town of Puy en Velay set in the crater of an extinct volcano is the setting off point for the pilgrims on the historic route to Santiago de Compostela and it’s amazing church and statue of the black madonna both perched high on top of spinacles of extinct volcanic lava, amazing ! Places of interest to visit within a short drive such as the hilltop medieval villages of Usson and Montperoux. Both have excellent restaurants especially Bistro Zen in Montpeyroux which is owned by a local michelin star chef who also owns the La Bergerie at Sarpoil only 5 kms from the gîte Lots of leaflets for you to browse and plan your walks and sightseeing trips are left for you in your gîte


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Guests are requested to clean the gîte, strip the beds and leave the linens and towels folded for collection on day of departure. If you do not have the time or if you would like to arrange a cleaner there is a charge of 30€

                                                              14 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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