Beautiful walks can be found in the area. Directly from the house you can walk several routes, varying from several miles to complete daytrips. Another possiblity is that we drop you at the beginning of the route so you can walk towards our house at your own pace or that we provide a picknick at a prearranged/designated spot. Our house is situated on the GR3a, an alternative route to the GR3. This is part of the two to threethousand kilometre journey (depending on the route) from the Netherlands to Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain.
The district of La Montagne Bourbonnaise is a beautiful area to ride a bicycle. You can ride still quiet mountain roads quite well, although you need to take into account have that the route contains some serious rises and descents. The areas lends itself to beautiful mountainbike rides. For the devotee the area also offers the possibility to make an organised exploration by means of a quad (4-wheel motorbike).
During the winter period the skiing district of La Loge des Gardes is a relaxed region to go skiing. There are several descents, although these are not the spectacular slopes of the major skiing districts. Here you can find a pleasant/jovial French atmosphere where you can make use of materials and ski-runs against very alluring prizes. The districts also offers many cross-country skiing possibilities.
Besides our own pool, the area offers sufficient swimming possibilities. La Mayet de Montagne and St. Clement both offer small lakes you can visit for a swim. The “Lac de Villerest” resevoir is situated at about 20 kilometres and here, besides swimming you can also rent e.g. a pedal boat or a canoe.
The surroundings is perfect for horseback riding. We can recommend a riding school/stables nearby, where you can take (organised) rides.
The rural district has nice villages that are worth a visit, nice to combine with a cardrive. The villages of Vichy and Roanne are at a reasonable distance. If you want to drive further you could go to the beautiful area of Clermond Ferrand. Look at region for more information.