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A perfect country holiday retreat, Chez Elise

The lounge at Chez Elise with wood burning stove
7 reviews
The lounge at Chez Elise with wood burning stove
The lounge at Chez Elise.
The bedroom at Chez Elise set up with twin beds
The bedroom at Chez Elise set up with king size double bed
Bedroom at Chez Elise
Bedroom in Chez Elise
Bathroom at Chez Elise
Bathroom at Chez Elise
View from the bedroom at Chez Elise- looking towards Chameane
A view of the surrounding countryside
Signpost to our hamlet at La Vachere
Auberge and bar in nearby Chameane- 1km away - a lovely walk
Auberge and bar in St Etienne sur Usson- 4 km away - beautifull outlook
The nearby bathing lake with beach,lifeguard, tennis ,restaurant and bar.
The bathing lake with the Chateau which houses art exhibitions on the hillside
Our neighbours free range hens
Cornflowers in the nearby fields
A lovely vineyard about half  an hour drive south
Canoeing on the nearby river Allier- great fun- swimwear advised!!
The oxen are slower than the tractors, but more interesting to the children
Farming attractions at the local summer fête in nearby St Etienne sur Usson
Steam traction engine - pretty noisy
Still chugging along sixty years later, the tractor, not the driver!!
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1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 4
Vernet-la-Varenne, Puy-de-Dome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Walk, cycle,ride, swim, explore or simply relax at Chez Elise. Our beautiful 200 year old gite is situated in the stunning Livradois Forez National Park amid the dramatic landscape of the Auvergne and comes equiped with wood burning stove, dishwasher, washing machine, TV/DVD,and excellent bed and linen. The village of Vernet-La-Varenne with all amenities including a Monday morning market and a pretty bathing lake is a 5 minute drive away along quiet country roads., we often walk or cycle this scenic route.Chez Elise is a large one bedroom cottage.The upstairs bedroom can be set up as a double or twin room.Children are very welcome , and we will be delighted to provide a cot and high chair. There is a sunny south facing private terrace with garden furniture, barbecue and sun loungers, where you can relax glass in hand after an enjoyable d... Read more
Listing #HL5859427
About the Owner
Martin M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Interaction with guests
Dear guests I will be around most of the summer , do not hesitate to contact me if there are any problems, I can supply walking maps , and suggestions for activities such as hiking routes , kayaking , there are also a number of bikes available free of charge.
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Chez Elise provides everything you need for a perfect relaxing holiday. The simple yet comfortable accommodation for a couple is ideal in this beautiful location. The owners are very friendly and provide you with lots of helpful advice. After a week here we were very...More

Thank RichardOxfordshire
Management response:Responded 20 September 2016

Many thanks Richard and Gillian, we are so glad your holiday was so relaxing, and enjoyable and we hope to see you back in the Auvergne in the near future.

Reviewed 17 August 2016

This gite was everything we hoped it would be from the description given. A wonderful location and fantastic accommodation. Great ambience, spotlessly clean, almost no traffic (apart from tractors…it was harvest time) surrounded by beautiful farmland…with very friendly farmers! Thoughtfully provided local information enabled us...More

Thank 778martin
Management response:Responded 28 August 2016

Many thanks Martin for the great review , it was a pleasure to have you and Hazel as guests, and hope to see you walking in the Auvergne in years to come.

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Reviewed 21 August 2015

My wife and I recently spent a very relaxing two weeks at La Vachere. We occupied the Chez Elise gite which is absolutely fabulous and is one of two well-appointed gites available from the owners. The other gite is Chez Antoinette. The owners are very...More

1  Thank Drumbowie
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Private Garden
  • Queen Beds:(1)
  • Refrigerator
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
Large parties are not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Queen
    1 Sofa
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Dates Min stay Per night Per week
Default 5 nights
GBP 60
GBP 420
30 Jun 2018 -
31 Aug 2018
5 nights
GBP 68
GBP 476
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About the neighbourhood
There is a host of outdoor activites in the area to suit all tastes.


There is a fantastic choice, including a petite randonnee which passes the door of the gite. It is a twenty mile circular walk encompassing the two main villages in the area, and is blessed with beautiful countryside and the most spectacular views of the Cantal mountain ranges.
We will supply you with all the information needed to ensure you enjoy your walks to the full, as we have spent many a happy day traversing the counrty side.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

There is a mountain bike centre ten minutes drive from the gite, with numerous way marked trails.
We have two bicycles at the gite that can be used for exploring the surrounding region.The roads are quiet and it is a very pleasant twenty minute cycl...
Getting around
As we are in the middle of one of the biggest national parks in France a car is essential for getting around, on the other hand there are plenty of beautiful walks to be undertaken straight from the door, walking maps are supplied along with a number of bikes free of charge for cycling around the nearby villages.
The nearest station is 24km away in Issoire its 20 Minutes by train to the city of Clermont -Ferrand.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Clermont-Ferrand: 50.0 km
Railway: Issoire: 20.0 km
Ferry: Calais: 800.0 km
From Paris take the A10 motorway south via Orleans, from there follow the A71 motorway to Clermont- Ferrand and then take the toll free A75 south for 30km to Issoire.

Exit at junction 13 taking the first left cut off at 100metres onto the D999 signposted Parentignat.

Follow the D999, bypassing Parentignat, up into the hills for 20kms, following signs for Vernet-La -Varrene and St Germaine L'Herm.

Upon entering Vernet-La -Varrene turn left opposite the Post Office onto the D75, ( the road is narrow between the buildings just past the church).

Follow the D75 for 2 km. and take the left fork onto the D89 signposted Chameane and follow this road for 3 km, once through Chameane take the right fork onto the D707 signposted La Vachere.

On entering the hamlet the road turns to the left at...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 5.0 km.
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