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“Séjour super agréable et reposant pendant un semaine avec nos 3 filles (16, 11 et 4 ans) malgré une météo mitigée, dans un gîte intelligemment pensé et idéalement situé. Que du bonheur! Merci aux propriétaires pour leur accueil à la fois chaleureux et discret."      Mr & Mme Bemelmans, Sarthe

“Très bon accueil dans un gite très confortable. La cheminée allumée à notre arrivée était très agréable ! Beaucoup de balades à faire dans les environs”                   Mme Noel, Ile de France

“Merci à Alan et Sue de nous avoir permis ces sympathiques vacances en Cantal. Gentillesse et discrétion sont au rendez-vous. Le gîte est très agréable, bien équipé, et décoré avec goût et nous avons autant profité de l'extérieur que de l'intérieur, compte tenu de la météo. Idéal pour des vacances en famille. Le repos et la détente s'imposent ici d'eux-même ! Que de bonheur et de plénitude grâce à la nature sauvage environnante ! Nous vous recommandons ce gîte et ne regrettons qu'une seule chose : ne pas pouvoir y séjourner plus longtemps ! Bon séjour à tous à Ydes Bourg !”                       Mr & Mme Santicchi, Alpes-Maritimes

“Très bon séjour dans un endroit calme et confortable. Des propriétaires accueillants et charmants. Que du plaisir...nous y reviendrons chez alan et sa charmante épouse.”           Mme Gasnier, Indre-et-Loire

Un gîte à recommander absolument. Des propriétaires accueillants et discrets. Une demeure spacieuse et lumineuse. Tout y est bien pensé. Une multitude de petits détails assurent le confort. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié le poêle à bois pour l'atmosphère chaleureuse (déjà garni à notre arrivée) et le bois mis à disposition. Les lits faits, les équipements en général, la vaisselle de bonne qualité, la propreté des lieux, sans oublier le bouquet de fleurs sur la table...    Nous y retournerons avec plaisir.            Mme Persello, Ardeche

Avons passé un excellent séjour au calme dans ce gite ou les propriétaires sont accueillants, beaucoup de discrétion, .mais toujours disponible gite bien agencé, très fonctionnel ,très propre également gite a recommander.                    M et Mme Claude, Gironde

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour (famille avec enfants de 6 et 8 ans) ; tout est parfait : le gîte, les propriétaires (charmants et très accueillants, discrets) et la région. Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir.                         Famille Hussenet, Rheims

Nous avons passé un agréable séjour au calme dans ce gite où les propriétaires sont le recommande a toutes les personnes qui souhaite passer des vacances au calme dans une région très touristique. Merci encore a Allan et Sue pour leur accueil et leur confiance.  M et Mme Lemonnier

Le gîte est bien agréable à vivre, avec des espaces confortables, aménagé avec goût. Nous avons même réussi à prendre nos petits déjeuners dehors au soleil ! Les enfants ont beaucoup profité des balançoires, et fait des câlins à la chienne. Lieu idéal pour se partager entre balades (sur place ou vers le Puy Mary), visites (châteaux, Salers), le vélorail et le lac de Bort-les-Orgues. Merci aux propriétaires pour leur accueil très sympathique et discret.           Mme I.Lecuyer

“Un séjour trés agréable et nous recommanderons La Grange à nos amis”                S. Gilroy, Royaume Uni

Guest Book

“Very pleasant and relaxing stay for a week with our 3 daughters (16, 11 and 4 years) despite mixed weather, in a cottage intelligently designed and ideally located. Bliss! Thanks to the owners for their warm welcome & discretion.”                   Mr & Mme Bemelmans, France

"We had a lovely week at La Grange. The owners, Alan & Sue, were friendly, welcoming and happy to suggest places to visit. The Gite is an old converted barn with a well furnished, spacious, modern interior. There are good views of the surrounding countryside from the first floor living area. It is a convenient location for visiting most areas of the Auvergne. Locally good for walking and cycling."        Mr & Mrs Read, Derby

“Very nice welcome to a very comfortable gite. The roaring fire on arrival was very nice! Many walks to do around the area.”      Mme Noel, France

“Thank you Alan and Sue for giving us the opportunity of a nice holiday in the Cantal with a warm welcome. The cottage is very comfortable, well equipped and tastefully decorated and we have enjoyed the outside as much as the inside, depending on the weather. Ideal for family holidays. Rest and relaxation is here in equal measures! We recommend this gite and only regret one thing: not being able to stay longer! Have a nice stay in Ydes-Bourg!”               Mr & Mme Santicchi, France

“Very good stay in a quiet and comfortable place. Welcoming and charming owners.Hopefully we'll come & stay again with Alan and his lovely wife.”               Mme Gasnier, France

We had a wonderful week in this very spacious and comfortable house. The house is very well equipped including bike racks in the large downstairs utility room. The area is peaceful and we enjoyed the sound of cow bells from adjoining fields. We had bikes with us and cycled everyday on beautiful scenic routes . The area is wonderful in this respect and caters for all levels from flat cycling on the old railway track to more challenging hills. There is also great local walking. We drove to Puy Mary for the sunset one evening and also to Mont Dore and took the cable car up Puy de Sancy for a spectacular ridge walk. We got fresh bread and croissants every day from Saignes. We made good use of the barbecue as the weather was hot and sunny all week but also enjoyed an excellent meal out in a rural restaurant recommended by the hosts. Sue and Alan were very thoughtful and helpful hosts.
We hope to return!  Paula K.

We had a fabulous 2 week holiday, spent our days cycling the very hilly but beautiful quiet roads of Cantal. We would thoroughly recommend a holiday in this very unspoilt and peaceful area of France. Our hosts were very helpful giving us good advice on local places to visit, we will definitely return. Deborah C.

Our stay at the Grange was very satisfactory. The accommodation was comfortable, peaceful, immaculate and convenient. Sue and Alan Russell were friendly and welcoming, and provided useful local information. It was in an ideal location for our purpose, giving easy access to the many interesting places we wanted to visit. Nearby Saignes is the archetypal French village with a good range of shops.  Graham & Annick, Edinburgh

The previous reviewer is dead right about this Gite. It's comfortable, clean, well-equipped and remarkably large. The setting is delightfully peaceful, a few minutes walk from the rest of Ydes Bourg which is a hamlet. All you see around you is lovely countryside and a few cows. We went for a week to do some walking and had brought a book of walks with us, but the Gite is well provided with maps, books and information about the area. Saignes is 5 minutes by car (good boulangerie for the morning croissants), and we recommend the ices in the Café de la Paix! We arrived by plane from Stansted to Clermont Ferrand - it's then an easy one-and-a- half hour drive through the countryside. Alan and Sue are very friendly and helpful and if you want to get in their very good books, bring an English newspaper with you...  This is not a particularly touristy area - we only heard English spoken once in a restaurant, although on visiting Salers (much to be recommended) we found where the tourists go. There is plenty to do, but a car is essential, of course.  Rick C.

Loved this property, had plenty of space and the open plan format of the kitchen/dining/living room produced a light and airy space. There were only two of us but could easily take the maximum 6 people. The gite was also very well equipped with outdoor equipment such as sun beds and BBQ, Sue and Alan were very friendly without being intrusive and we did spend a few hours together over a drink one evening, good company. It was very hot for our week but we could swim in the lake above the dam, walk the old railway line, bike hire at Ydes old station and just enjoy a leisurely evening at the gite followed by an evening stroll to the sound of cow bells. Good supermarket at Ydes and restaurants and bars in Saignes (1km), highly walkable. Loved the Cantal area, visited Salers and Puy Mary at 5700 feet but you will be pleased to note this can be done by car. Loved the local cheeses, St Nazaire, Saler, Bleu D'Auvergne. A really good holiday. I drove down over two days and collected my wife from Clermont Ferrand airport via Ryanair to make the most of her holiday from work, I am retired. Fly in to Clermont and hire a car, the gite is well equipped so you don't need much, visit a lovely area.  Bob C.

This is a lovely property set in a beautiful valley, surrounded by meadows and woods. The property has lovely rural views and a nice garden with a swing set which entertained our young children. The main living area is spacious and is on the first floor giving elevated views of the surrounds. The bedroom and bathroom are on the second floor (additional toilet on ground floor) but up some steep stairs (with stair gates) which our youngest (at 3) was just about ok with. The area is completely untouristy, charming and beautiful- there are lots of places to explore and things to do including gentle bike rides, nice walks, pretty villages and markets. The owners live next door and were very friendly and helpful when needed.We loved our week here and hope to return.  Zoe. London