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Rural Cottage With Private Pool In Large Garden



Updated: 24-Nov-2016
Cottage nr Lurcy-Levis, Allier, Auvergne, France - Located In Rural Central France

Bought originally as a holiday home the house had not been lived in for more than 20 years and has now been lovingly restored with plenty of character remaining despite being heavily insulated against both heat and cold. We bought the cottage from the previous owners last year and intend to retire here when the time comes. It feels large as both bedrooms, the living area, and kitchen diner are all 15 foot square. It is very warm in winter with heating provided by a wood burning stove and air distribution system with air-conditioning to additionally heat or call in the children's bedroom and living area. The bathroom has underfloor heating. 16 foot diameter by 48 inch deep pool installed for the 2013 season.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought a small but well equipped gite (La Gravette) a few years ago. Having been letting and visiting the area for a while we decided to find a larger more permanent home for ourselves. For a few years we will be letting our farmhouse (Le Rif) on a gite basis for those who need more space or accommodation. If you have any questions do fill in the form and we will get back to you. Steve and Mary

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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

West Yorkshire

Summer 2013

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay in a picturesque location of France. We have two young children who were happily entertained by the large spacious garden. Local lake nearby for swimming and a beautiful castle which had interactive activities for children. The gite was a good price; well within our family budget. Would definitely recommend. Correspondence from the owners was excellent from booking to our return to England.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Misha for your review. We love the house ourselves and spend as much time as we can there for the same reasons our guests come and stay. We do pride ourselves in our response to guests queries and requests - if we are missing anything just let us know and we will try to provide.
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Washington Tyne & Wear

" magnifique "

  • 5 of 5

This will be our third year back to La Gravette, Always a warm welcome, and i don't just mean the fantastic weather!!

Fantastic retreat for a relaxing holiday. Rural and quite but always people around to give a helping hand if needed.

Central to some fantastic villages and cities, one of the most beautiful villages is Apremont-sur-Allier, just google it you will see what I mean

We as a family both 43 and kids of 7 (boy) and 11 (girl) will just keep going back year after year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jason for your review. This is our second year of owning La Gravette and we are very pleased to know that returning guests are happy and come back yet again. The previous owners set a high standard for us to follow and we are grateful for that and hope to continue to provide a unique holiday experience in a lovely part of France.
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From the Owner

To purchase a house with a barn and 2 acres is beyond most people's budget in England. Another important feature was to have no neighbours, we live in a similar location in Mid Wales. In the countryside where we live there is literally no crime, the youths are incredibly polite, and all the neighbours visit bearing wine. One of my neighbours has not locked his house for 15 years, and we leave our car open with money, phones and DVD screen inside. There is no light pollution, an incredible amount of wildlife, and the weather can be +40 or -20 with great blue skies - rarely is it a drizzly grey day. With great food, cheap wine and a 200 euro council tax - what more do you want.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Eric's at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Calais at 354 Miles Nearest Train : Nevers at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Kangaroo at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Goule at 8 Miles Car: necessary


Lakes such as Goule (8 miles) and Pirrot have sandy beaches that have been specifically constructed. At Goule there are tubes, food and watersports. Only 3 miles away at Couleuvre there is a free pool with lifeguard, petting zoo, and lake that can be fished for 5 euros.


It is 354 miles to Calais which takes us 5 hours when obeying the 80mph speed limits on the smooth and quiet French roads. The best alternative is the train that takes less than 2 hours from Paris to its first stop Nevers, at which point car hire is available and you are only 30 miles away. You will need a car.

Travelling by air is possible and is our quickest way of getting to La Gravette (via Tours) but the flights are mainly mid-week - ask us for details we may be flexible with dates.


Just over 3 miles away is Lurcy-Levis, a good sized village with modern supermarket selling petrol, several bakeries, two restaurants, two take-aways and a racing circuit that you can privately hire.

Under 3 hours from Nevers to Paris by train for a break from the peace of the country ?

Further Details:

2 miles from Troncais - the largest oak forest in Europe with plentiful walks and restaurants

15 miles to Aprement, one of the most beautiful villages in France, chateaux and restaurant

19 miles to Magny-Cours (French Grand Prix) offers many car and bike related events.

20 miles to the fortress at Bourbon with thermal baths.

20 miles to Souvigny monastery, the pilgrimage centre of Europe 1000 years ago.

35 miles to Moulins, cathedrals and see the birth place of Joan of Arc.

40 miles to Sancerre and Pouilly for great wine although closer vineyards are available.

50 miles to Le Pal animal and theme park, cheaper and better than Disney in my opinion.

70 miles to Clermont-Ferrand the massive central and the new vulcania theme park

Fishing, gorges, canoeing, other water sports, and more …

Starter pack contains: Two cold beers, Bottle water, French stick, Quantity of butter and homemade jam, Salt, pepper, sugar, some tea bags, coffee and some milk. Couple dishwasher tablets, quantity washing powder and washing-up liquid. Ecover toilet roll (note that we have a biologically primed sceptic tank).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
27 May 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Changeover day is Saturday. You are asked to vacate by 10 am, and arrive no earlier than 2 pm. These dates and times may be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Please note that seasonal prices may alter during the year to reflect availability and the time of year. Any prices displayed are for available weeks only and do not apply to periods that have already been booked or are prior to the current date. Full details of historical pricing is available on request if you have a need to compare these. We endeavour to provide a competitive price for a unique and peaceful holiday experience.

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Updated: 24-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs bathroom with wc, shower, mirrored cabinet with shaving point inside. Heated floor for winter use. Towels and a toilet roll included.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) + cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a 160cm bed and plenty of light from a window, a velux and a patio door leading out onto a small balcony. Bedroom 2 has two singles with quality mattresses and cot. Two Z beds are available (please bring linen if you wish to use these).


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: BBQ furnished with charcoal for the first burn. Seating for 7 plus table, 2 sun loungers. 16 foot diameter by 48 inch deep pool for children (sole use). Sand pit. 3 Bikes available. Most routes are not hilly and ideal for cycling. Vegetable garden that is no-longer required. Please help yourself to whatever is in season. More than an acre of mowed lawn surrounded by fruit trees and hedges. All bed linen and a set of towels is included. Please bring your own towels for pool use. The property is cleaned at changeover and linen provided. WiFi is available. Other: Plenty of outside space if you wish to bring tents etc.

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