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The open plan kitchen / lounge in Chez Antoinette
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The open plan kitchen / lounge in Chez Antoinette
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The open plan kitchen / lounge in Chez Antoinette
Lounge with satellite TV and wood burning stove
Front of house Chez Antoinette
Chez Antoinette
Bedroom looking towards bathroom
Bedroom with child's bed
Bedroom with twin beds
The bedroom in Chez Antoinette set up as king size double bed
Bedroom details
The bathroom in Chez Antoinette
The garden at Chez Antoinette
The garden at Chez Antoinette during the very hot weather
The Sweet Chestnut in the garden at Chez Antoinette
Old garden bench opposite French doors
Signpost to our hamlet at La Vachere
The nearby bathing lake with a beach, restaurant and cafe.
Surrounding countryside looking towards Chameane
Auberge and bar in Chameane a 1km from the gite
The auberge and bar at St Etienne sur Usson - 4 km away
Our neighbours free range hens
Cornflowers in the nearby fields
A lovely vineyard about half an hours drive south of us
Canoeing on the nearby river Allier- great fun- swimwear advisable!!
The oxen are slower than the tractors but more interesting to the children
Steam traction engine- pretty noisy!!
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Vernet-la-Varenne, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Funchal, Portugal
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Positively wonderful!”
Reviewed 15 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

My family and I just spent a week in the wonderfully serene and enchanted gite 'Chez Antoinette'. Frances and Martin are exceptionally thoughtful and generous hosts. Highlights: bikes supplied for the whole family for touring nearby villages, the woodburning stove and barbeque, the fully equipped kitchen, gorgeous beds and linens, a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived, all the information we could hope to find about the region, a delightful lake for nearby swims, and the Auvergne itself - an unspoiled gem! We wouldn't hesitate to return for another relaxing week. Thanks so much to our tremendously kind hosts!

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Glasgow, Scotland
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“A lovely home from home in the Auvergne”
Reviewed 18 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

My wife and I spent three nights in Chez Antoinette at La Vachere in early May on our way south to Pals in northern Spain. La Vachere made for the perfect stopover point when travelling south from Calais. It is approximately 25 mins from junction 13 of the A75. We had arrived in Calais on the ferry at 11.40 am and were at La Vachere for 8pm which includes navigating the Boulevard Peripherique in Paris. We had time on our first evening for a glass of wine and a bite to eat. When we departed a few days later it was only a simple 4 and a bit hours drive to our final destination in Spain. The drive south takes your over the breathing taking Millau Bridge on the A75. An exquisite feat of design by Sir Norman Foster.

Antoinette is one of two gites available at LaVachere. Each has its own unique identity. Antoinette is a well appointed gite with all the home comforts – uk satellite tv, free wifi, dishwasher, washing machine, cooker and hob, microwave, log fire (ideal for the early summer evenings). The upstairs bedroom and ensuite are nothing short of perfect. A large extremely comfortable double bed and a generous ensuite with shower and heated towel rail. There is piping hot water and plenty of room, what is not to like. There is a fold down sofa in the living room so four could easily stay.

Issoire , the nearest major town is ideal for an explore and the big Carrefour Supermarket with all its amenities – café, restaurants, bakers etc.- is just off the A75 at Issoire at Junction 12. Carrefour fuel prices also beat the motorway services stations by quite some margin.

There is loads to do in the Auvernge but if you want to relax or break up a trip south I would highly recommend LaVachere.

If you want more info please just contact me. Last year I stayed at Chez Elise which is perfect too.

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19 May 2016
Many thanks Stephen for the very kind review, we hope to see both again in the Auvergne on your next trip .
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