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Stunning 4* house with Indoor Pool, Snooker room,games room Sleeps 18-22



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
6+ Bedrooms. Sleeps 18+(max 22) in rural village near Murat, close to ski resort

Luxury 4* family-friendly holiday cottage near Murat in Cantal, Auvergne with indoor heated swimming pool, snooker room with full sized snooker table and children's games room. In the heart of the Volcanic National Park in the Massif Central, France. Beautiful rural location in Virargues, just 5km from the medieval market town of Murat. This recently renovated stone farmhouse offers four levels of accommodation and walled south-facing gardens. Just 15 minutes from Le Lioran ski resort, and at the heart of walking and mountain bike trails this property offers the ideal base for an active outdoor holiday. 6+ bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including two en suites, plus pool, a stunning snooker room with full sized table and separate spacious games room with table-football and table-tennis tables. The ground floor offers a large open plan kitchen and living/ dining space with range cooker, games table/reading corner, open fire and underfloor heating. Large dining table. The first floor has 4 bedrooms and a television room with two occasional double sofa beds for additional flexible sleeping accommodation. The second floor sleeps 8 people with ease.

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More Details
  • Sleeps 22
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are a Francophile family who love spending our time in france. Our house is perfect for sharing with family and friends, whether you want active or relaxing holidays. We hope you will enjoy our holiday home as much as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the owner


Je vous envoie ce petit mail pour vous dire que nous avons passé un très bon moment dans votre gîte à Virargues! Nous avons bien récupéré les clés chez le voisin qui est très sympathique et l'endroit est vraiment magnifique; vous avez fait un sacré joli travail!!!

Nous avons bien profité de la cheminée, de la salle de jeux et des alentours!!! tout le monde était ravi....ne manque plus que la piscine et le billard!!!!

Le seul bémol peut etre était au niveau du chauffage: il semble que les radiateurs étaient programmés pour s'arreter la nuit et nous n'avons pas réussi à les régler...comme il faisait très froid ce we (-4°C)!! mais avec la cheminée et les couettes nous n'avons pas eu trop froid!

en tout cas, c'était vraiment un chouette week end, et je ne manquerai pas de recommander cet endroit autour de moi et de vous recontacter si nous organisons un autre week end dans le futur!
Nov 2009
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27 Reviews

based on 27 holidaymaker reviews

Moutiers Savoie

notre séjour très agréable chez vous

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été enchanté de notre séjour chez vous, si bien que tous veulent revenir l année prochaine.

Nous n avons pas trouvé très efficace le lave vaisselle ...

sinon tout est parfait

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comme à la maison

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une semaine en famille dans cette superbe maison!

Dès notre arrivée on se sent comme à la maison. On trouve tout nos repères très facilement.

La maison est très très confortable.

L'accueil était parfait. La remise des clés est facilité par Michel qui habite le village et qui est vraiment très sympathique et aidant. La maison est grande et il y a plein d'espaces différents: espace enfants, espace jeux, espace piscine, espace coin du feu...

La maison se situe à 15 min des pistes de ski ce qui nous a permis de passer quelques heures au grand air.

Nous n'avions plus envie de partir et c'est sûr on reviendra avec grand plaisir.

Une mention spéciale pour Michel qui nous a beaucoup aidé lors de notre crevaison! Un grand merci!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbe à tous points de vue !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé la semaine de Noël 2015 avec toute notre grande famille ( 10 adultes et 13 enfants dont 2 bébés !) dans cette superbe maison restaurée avec goût : prestations haut de gamme, grand confort, piscine chauffée très appréciée au retour de randonnées très variées, salles de jeux pour les enfants, billard pour les parents, TV, Wifi !!! Rien ne nous a manqué, que demander de plus ?

Nous avons déjà recommandé cette propriété à plusieurs amis ...

Nous avons tous décidé de revenir ...

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbe gite rénové avec goût.

  • 5 of 5

Un gite immense, les prestations et les pièces sont très agréables, chaleureuses.

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour. On adoré

On pense même en faire le lieu de notre rencontre annuelle.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, UK

Fantastic House!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at Maison Southby over the Christmas/New Year Period. We were able to ski every day, (the resort was just a 15 minute drive away), and it was fantastic to return from the slopes to such a gorgeous house. The house had everything we could wish for and more. A very well equipped kitchen, (I was very impressed by the creme brulee tool!!), beautiful bedrooms, and the most luxurious, relaxing, sunken bath I have ever had! The kids loved sleeping in the mezzanine bunks - and with a games room too they were in holiday heaven.

Many thanks for letting us stay in your fantastic house!

The Lockwoods

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Third visit confirms first impressions

  • 5 of 5

Maison Southby is a tastefully renovated traditional farmhouse in the peaceful hamlet of Viragues. The extra few hours to get to this remote-feeling part of France are well worthwhile, the driving not taxing at all. The sight of English cars is a rarity, the locals welcoming, treating us more as a curiosity, than foreign tourists to be tolerated.

The house is extremely spacious with an open plan ground floor. The kitchen is well equipped and can easily cater for large numbers. The bedrooms are comfortable and the top floor games and sleeping area provides a hide-away for the younger members of the party. In the depths of winter heating was efficient - the open fire a pleasure rather than a necessity - and hot water plentiful. The house seems to swallow up large numbers of people without feeling crowded. Murat is just 5 minutes drive and offers all the food shopping you’ll need.

If you are a cyclist then you will probably have to make the difficult decision between bringing your road bike and your mountain bike. If you are lucky enough not to have to face this quandary, then bring both. The road riding offers fantastic scenery, and long climbs and descents which are so rare in Britain, whilst the off-roading is almost limitless and you’re likely to have the trails to yourself.

The kids say as follows:

“We love the table tennis and table football tables, and the single bunks which make good dens. We sledged down the field opposite in the winter, and in the summer we played cricket. The surroundings are really good for walking and cycling. The new swimming pool at Saint Fleur was brilliant, especially the current. The skiing is good for kids.”

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
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From the Owner

This property was owned for many generations by longstanding family friends of ours who we met through a school french exchange. With their help and support we have renovated the old farmhouse and adjoining barn over many years and brought it back to life in the heart of this rural French village.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rodez at 175 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Murat at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen (Calais - 800km) at 690 Kilometres Nearest Train : Murat at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : J23 - A75, Massiac at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Jarousset at 2 Kilometres Car: necessary

Virargues is a rural hamlet in the Cantal department of the Auvergne. Situated in the heart of the Volcanic National Park, the medieval market town of Murat with its quaint streets, bars, restaurants, outdoor and indoor market and shops is only 5 minutes away. Murat also offers a leisure centre, swimming pool, tennis courts and childrens playground. The property is 15 minutes by car to Le Lioran ski resort offering both winter and summer sports including both skiing and mountain bike trails accessed from its network of lifts. Childcare is available at Lavessiere nearby and babysitting may be arranged locally subject to availability. Extensive walking and mountain bike trails are easily accessed from the property.

Scenic highlights include the Puy Mary - the highest volcano in Europe offering stunning views nearby.

Also in the local area: * Chateau d'Alleuze * Viaduc Garabit *Chaudes Aigues thermal springs *Canoing on the Truyere River *Gorges of the Jordanne *Velorail at Allanche

And further afield:

* Vulcania

Other Activities: aerial ropes course; kayaking; dog sledding; sledging; mini golf; ice skating; orienteering

Ski: The ski resort of Le Lioran is situated in the Monts D'Auvergne area of the Cantal department in the Massif Central region, and is the Auvergne's biggest ski station. The lift served area extends from 1250 metres to 1850 metres. There are 60 km of lift served runs served by 17 drags, 6 chairs and 1 cable car. There are 150 km of cross country trails in the area with 21km over four circuits accessible from Le Lioran. The resort features a snow park. There are all kinds of runs from cruising blues to steep blacks served by 24 lifts and now covered by 55 snow canons. There is some good and interesting off piste, for example from the téléphérique and also after a short climb to the Puy du Rocher. It is also a good destination for snow shoes, cross country skiing with many challenging circuits and ski touring.

There are three ski schools available, ESF, ESI and Yetis, all of which are good. Both group and individual lessons are available for children and adults.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house has so much space that you can get away from it all even when you are on holiday in a large group. We have the indoor heated pool, plus three games rooms - an adult zone with a full sized snooker table and dart board, a children/teenage zone with table tennis and table football, plus a toddler zone with toys to play with. All this with the beautiful Cantal countryside on your doorstep and many walking and cycling routes right from the front door.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 600 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, ground floor cloak room
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, ensuite to bedroom 1
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, ensuite to bedroom 4
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, first floor bath room
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, second floor bath room


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Single occasional sofa bed. En suite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed, Twin bedded room with additional single day bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite shower room
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Second floor, with lovely west facing views.
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, Second floor twin room
  • Bedroom 7 - 4 Single Bed, mezzanine bunk room with 4 cabin beds
  • Bedroom 8 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon, First floor television room has two double sofa beds
  • Please note that the property has 6 traditional bedrooms, plus a mezzanine above the games room with 4 single cabin beds. These provides sleeping accommodation for 18. There are two further double sofa beds on the first floor landing in the television area. These enable the property to sleep a further 4 people, however these beds do not benefit from the privacy of the other accommodation. We have two folding cots available if required.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • 12 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The house is accessed through either the main double doors of the summer entrance, or the winter hall to the side which provides large storage cupboards for skis, boots and outdoor wear, plus secure bicycle storage. Ground floor - There is a spacious and welcoming open plan living room, dining room and kitchen taking up the whole of the remainder of the ground floor. The flexible dining tables can be arranged together to seat up to 20 dining in comfort. There are several living areas. On the ground floor guests can choose between the comfortable sofas and armchairs, the window seat, or the 'petit salon' with card table and internet access. On the first floor is the television area, which offers two further sofas. Games room - there is a large games room on the second floor with table football and table tennis. There is also a smaller play area on the same floor for younger children, with a selection of children's toys. Full size snooker table.

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