There’s plenty to do on the days when you don’t feel like relaxing by the stream in the garden. Our favourites include:

Or why not...
  •  Enjoy excellent local French food  at the Relais Du Vermont auberge at the Col De Chemintrand mountain pass (5 minutes away) or try other restaurants in the vicinity such as Le Droubliei (10 minutes away) for fondu made from the local cheese and for its chestnut flan or try the well-reviewed Auberge Le Clos Perche at Montarcher (25  minutes)
  • Experience the Festival of Montpeloux: concerts, theatre and spectacles on throughout the summer at the natural  volcanic amphitheatre of Montpeloux (15 minutes away) or the internationally acclaimed  classical music festival of Chaise Dieu  (40 minutes away) 
  • Discover a traditional way of life by visiting the mountain-top museum of ‘upland summer pasture’ life (with local organic fare in the restaurant), 1250 metres up the mountain at the Jasserie Coq Noir (30 minutes away) 

  • Challenge yourself at the Tree-top Adventure Activity centre with the high ropes, zip-wire in the tree tops (Chateau Roche Lambert  60 minutes away)  

Visit the  French Resistance museum at Estivareilles

Walking with a husky dog pack at Praboure

  Walk with  a pack of husky dogs at Praboure (30 minutes away)

           Fly a microlite at Champdieu (1 hour away)
Swing over the stream

 Laze by the stream

Swim in the mountain lake 

Relax on the sandy beach   

 Hire a canoe on the lake

 Taste excellent local food at the Relais Du Vermont restaurant up at the mountain pass Col de Chemintrand (5 minutes from house)

Visit the Montpeloux Volcano Festival (only 15 minutes  away) to enjoy music concerts, dance, marionettes  & other spectacles  (e.g. a contemporary circus this June), all  held under the stars in a beautiful natural volcanic amphitheatre.


If you love classical music the Chaise-Dieu festival is internationally acclaimed and only 40 minutes away.

High ropes fun at Accrobranche

 Tree-top adventures  at Cunlhat or  Chateau Roche Lambert