Le Sapin Bleu home swap
Le Sapin Bleu is a beautiful 200 year old house built on the site of a 12th century chateau. The house is full of character and still has some of the original parts of the old chateau visibe including two vaulted cellars.
The gite is built on the old stone walls of the chateau and has outstanding views over the forest to the mountains.
The gardens around the house are a haven of peace and tranquillity where it is always possible to find a quiet corner to sit or to enjoy the views over the Monts de Forez and the surrounding countryside. One can watch the sun rise over the facing Col de Beal then in the evening walk two hundred metres up the hill from the house and watch the sunset over the Puy de Dome and the chain of ancient volcanoes
During the winter we have snowshoes, poles and sledges available
3* Self catering accommodation (Classified by Prefecture)
The Gite ( which is attached to the house) accommodation consists of a large bedroom with a double bed, an ensuite bathroom with a shower over the full size bath tub, toilet and wash basin.
The living room has large windows over looking the mountains with a dinning table and chairs, 2 armchairs and a convertible settee which can sleep two people. There is a television with a DVD player for your use along with a small library offering books in English, French and Dutch which you are welcome to borrow.
The gite is centrally heated with a seperate boiler to the house
3 Epis Bed and Breakfast accommodation ( Classified by Gites de France)
Five tastefully decorated, centrally heated rooms are available each individually decorated and with it’s own ambience..
Le Cerisier (The cherry tree).
A very large, well appointed room with a double bed, single bed, seating area with two arm chairs and table. French doors opening onto small balcony and views over the mountains, gardens and surrounding country side. Ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Built in dressing table and wardrobe.
Le Noisetier (The hazel tree)
A large room with a feature fireplace, seating area ensuite bathroom with bath tub and shower over, wash basin and WC.. Views over mountains, gardens and surrounding country side. Antique wardrobe and dressing table lends an authentic and characterful atmosphere. .
Le Frene (The ash tree)
Situated in the converted attic, this room features massive wooden beams some dating from the original 200 year old building.
Le Frene has twin beds, built in wardrobe and ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. The room is light and airy thanks to the velux roof light and the attic style windows give views over the surrounding country side.
Le Pommier (The apple tree)
With views over the country side and the orchard, this triangular shaped room benefits from the massive beams of the attic construction. With a tastefully dressed double bed and craftsman built wardrobe and dressing table this room has a cosy feel. A large ensuite shower room with walk in shower, WC and wash basin completes the comforts you will enjoy during your stay.
Le Tilleuil (Ash tree)
Is a large room again with beams, a double bed and seating area, ensuite bathroom with shower over full size bathtub, toilet and washbasin.
We also have 2 cots and 2 highchairs that you are welcome to use.
The large living/dining room, featuring a beautiful stone fireplace, with its’ wood burning stove provides a welcoming area in which to sit and relax or socialise with fellow guests. The kitchen /diner is well equipped with fan oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave etc,
The utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Le Sapin Bleu is a non smoking building but you are welcome to smoke outside.
Animals are not accepted
About the location
Sapin Bleu is found in the middle of the magnificent Livradois Forez natural regional park. The park is situated in the Puy de Dome department of the Auvergne region of France. The area is of outstanding natural beauty and offers extensive opportunities for exploring its beautiful landscape, towns and villages all year round. Every season, with its changing colours provides evermore possibilities.
There is something for everyone, walkers of all abilities are spoilt for choice with hundreds of miles of footpaths to explore, artists and photographers will not know where to begin! There are plenty of tracks for mountain bikes, 4x4 vehicles, fishing, boating, swimming in rivers and lakes, climbing, hang-gliding, horse riding, castles, markets, festivals, skiing, pretty towns and villages and of course eating regional specialities.
The area is also popular with touring motorbikes and we can offer secure garaging for 4 or 5 motorbikes .
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- No pets allowed
- Children welcome
- Swimming pool
- Garage / Parking
- Baby / children facilities
- Washer / Drier
- Shopping facilities
- Local restaurants
- Horse Riding
- Skiing snowboarding
- Car recommended
Closest airport: Clermont Ferrand, St Etienne or Lyon
Nearest city: Clermont ferrant
Property type: House
Location type: Rural