Peaceful location-superb views-stylish interior
Lynne Barlow Gerrard
- english, french
Why Lynne Barlow Gerrard chose Vernet-la-Varenne
It’s superb location, outstanding views, peace & quiet.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Fabulous rural retreat in the heart of real France
Maison Blanche is the perfect gite from which to explore all parts of the Auvergne.
We couldn't have wished for a warmer,more friendly welcome from Lynne, and a more beautiful home for our holiday. The gite is clean, very comfortable & tastefully furnished. And the terrace is perfect for eating & relaxing. The surrounding views look out over the beautiful pastures,woods & hills, which are full of birds,butterflies & wildflowers.
It was our first visit to the Auvergne & is now our favourite region of France. It felt like stepping back in time.
Highlights were swimming in Lac Chambon with snow still on the peaks in the distance; driving over the mountain roads around Puy de Sancy; eating crepes In Mont Dore; market day in Issoire, & relaxing by our local lake in Vernay.
We would definitely return & fully recommend it to anyone.
Thank you Sally & Paul for your wonderful review.
I am so happy you had a great holiday discovering and falling in love with the beauty of the Auvergne .....just as I did 13 years ago !
It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I look forward to seeing you again in the future.
á bientôt mes amis
We loved our stay with Lynne Gerrard. She was a delightful hostess, property and location wonderful
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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