Puy-de-Dome accommodation in Auvergne
Description of Puy-de-Dome accommodation in Auvergne
1 Reviews of Puy-de-Dome accommodation in Auvergne
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2013 by Phil Smith
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Just taking in all the fantastic scenery of the Auvergne around Le Mont Dore, but
the highlight was walking to the top of Puy de Sancy (over 1800m high) and back
via the the ridges on both sides of the valley
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The area is ideal for walkers or most kinds of outdoor activities. There are
lots of waymarked and signposted trails, that range from gentle woodland
strolls to full mountain hikes.
Le Mont Dore is a small resort town - it was busy in late July but not crowded
and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It also hosts a number of
music festivals - the Retro Rock festival was on while we were there, with
bands playing for free at a number of cafes and bars around the town.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We travelled independently to the Auvergne and stayed for a week at a friendly
bed and breakfast run by Caroline and Matt. They are well integrated with the
local community and businesses, and make every effort to reduce environmental
impacts in the way they run their business.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We really enjoyed the week in the Auvergne it is very unspoilt and it is an area
you can "get away from it all".
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Planet and peopleNot only is Le Mont Dore located in an area of outstanding natural beauty but it also benefits from a railway station. Our Auvergne holiday accommodation is only a couple of minutes walk away and so it is possible to travel here from the UK entirely by public transport with minimum impact on the environment. We are also only about 7.5 hours from the channel ports so again it is not necessary to travel here by plane.
We encourage guests to respect the flora and fauna within the Parc des Volcans and to take advantage of the tranquillity of the Nature Reserve within the Parc. For our part we do our utmost to recycle wherever possible and try always to use eco cleaning products.
At our Auvergne holiday accommodation we source all our cheeses, meat and most of our fruit, vegetables and jams locally. We work closely with local businesses to arrange equipment, tuition and guiding and encourage guests to visit the local cafes and restaurants, all of which are independently owned.
When renovating our Auvergne holiday accommodation we used only local artisans and have installed an ecological boiler to heat both the house and hot water. We can arrange tours of local farms to taste the local cheeses and there is a museum nearby where it is possible to see how people lived in this beautiful but harsh environment in previous centuries. We dont charge high season supplements because we dont want to discriminate against families and those working in the educational sector.