Discover the region
Nearby, you will discover Volvic, the city of water and stone. The famous springs and other attractions are within walking distance of the house.
Walking through the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park you can climb its iconic colourful volcanoes.
Though less well known, the scenery of the gorges of the Sioule will attract you - as also will their refreshing coolness during the summer.
Lastly, despite the extremely quiet, rural location of your accommodation, Riom and Clermont-Ferrand are easily reached, providing plenty of opportunities for historic and cultural visits!
The House of Stone (see the website)
When you set foot inside the House of Stone you will be in the heart of an old quarry. There you will learn about Jean Legay Chevalier's story. He worked the quarry at the beginning of the 19th century. There is a video demonstration of how the quarrymen worked. Those same workers discovered the source of the famous Volvic water.
The Source of Volvic water (see the website)
Who has never opened a Volvic bottle? The special quality of Volvic water is attributable to the fact that it is naturally filtered through several different volcanic rocks. Near the House of Stone there is an Information Centre. Many activities are organised during the summer season including walking, mountain-biking hiring orienteering and geo-caching.
You can read full programme here. It is advisable to book a few days beforehand calling 04 73 64 51 39 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tournoël Castle (see the website)
When you get to Volvic, you will notice a medieval structure overlooking the town. You can walk from your accommodation to the ruins of this castle; visiting is possible during the summer season.
The Enval Gorges (click link to Rando website)
We recommend a walk here at the beginning of spring to see the waterfalls and flowers which cover a wooded area.
Sculptures Way (Fais’Art) (click link to Rando website)
Along this 7-kilometre circuit children delight in discovering various Volvic stone sculptures, some of which are concealed by vegetation!
Veygoux Manor (see the website)
Visit this completely restored seventeenth-century estate and you’ll experience in 3D a multi-sensory account of the adventures of General Desaix who spent some of his childhood here before going on to become Napoleon Bonaparte’s faithful friend around the time of the French Revolution.
Vulcania (see the website)
This amusement park explains the functioning of volcanoes and their place on planet earth.
The Sioule Gorges
A sight not to be missed is the panoramic view of the River Queille's meander. We recommend also a walk along the river; and we can advise you on suitable swimming locations too.
Le Gour de Tazenat
This very beautiful lake is located in a volcanic crater. You can walk around it and even swim in it.
Le Puy de Dôme
The opportunity to scale Puy de Dome should not be missed. From the top you have 360-degree breathtakingly beautifulviews of the Puy’s mountain range. Throughout the year it is possible to make the ascent by train. It is worth noting that there are all-year-round activities available in this region. (more information)
Les puys de la Vache et de Lassolas
If your children are interested in geology, take them to these mountains where they will discover scoria and other volcanic features in what is a veritable lunar landscape.
Le volcan de Lemptégy (see the website)
Though not on the scale of Vulcania, Lemptegy is nevertheless interesting. On entering this crater you will see a multitude of forms and colours and understand better how volcanoes work and their effect on their surroundings.
Museums, the historic centre, fountains, the black stone cathedral: all good reasons not to forget to visit the capital of the Auvergne.
This is a city full of charm. The Saturday morning market is particularly lively.
Servieres, Guery, Chambon: these beautiful lakes are ideal walking (though not swimming!) locations.
Le Puy de Sancy
The massif du Sancy is ideal for keen mountain walkers.
Vichy, Thiers, St Nectaire, Orcival, Issoire...
Each of these places has its own character and architectural heritage. They are all worth making a detour to see.