Auvergne Gite Lou Coucaye
Attractive self-catering accommodation for up to six people in a calm hamlet in the 'Haut Allier' vally, in the heart of the beautiful Auvergne region.
The valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the hillside behind the house is an officially designated natural heritage area, particularly noted for its wild birds. The area offers great opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, mountain-bike, kayaking on the river, river swimming in Summer.
This tastefully restored farm cottage gîte is in a small and friendly hamlet in the commune of Saint Ilpize, in the heart Auvergne's beautiful Haut-Allier valley, 90 km. south of Clermont Ferrand.
The stone-built gite has been carefully and attractively restored. The hillside behind (starting just behind the house) (map) is a class 1 nature reserve (ZNIEFF type 1 - French equivalent of a class 1 SSSI).
The area is a haven for nature lovers, with its wealth of wildlife - birds, mammals and plants - including eagles, deer and even small wild prickly-pear cacti.
Chazieux is at the end of the road, and there is hardly any vehicle traffic in the village.
The only traffic jams occur when the road is taken up by a flock of sheep.
Lou Coucaye has books in English and French and a radio; books about the region, toys and games for children.
It does not have a telephone nor television, though should have wi-fi Internet access before April 2006.
There is mobile phone reception within 500 yards of the gite, but in 2005, reception in the village is not guaranteed. France Telecom are supposed to be improving local reception in late 2005/early 2006 .....
The area is ideal for: nature lovers, ramblers, mountain-bikers, kayakers, ornithologists (see bird watching page ) you may see kingfishers, kites, herons, maybe hoopooes, and hear nightingales; short-toed eagles nest on the hill behind the village), anglers (fly or coarse fishing), and those interested in visiting historic monuments .. plus those who just want to relax.
* Riding stables two and a half miles from the gîte.
Average annual rainfall in Chazieux is about 600 mm(about 24 inches) per year.
(Compare this with London Gatwick 752 mm, Manchester 899 mm, Bordeaux: 851 mm, Avignon 700 mm, Lyon 826 mm, Nice 804 mm, Florence: 842 mm, Rome 792 mm)
This form is for genuine enquiries only. Your IP address will be recorded
This page was last updated: 10 November 2012