de la Vigne
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Département: Cantal (15)
you have never visited the Cantal, you are in for a pleasant surprise
a holiday to remember. To experience it at its best, stay at the
awe-inspiring fifteenth century Château de la Vigne, a medieval
of grand proportions, owned today by the Count and Countess de la Tour,
descendants of the family who constructed it.
The château was built with two round towers under pepperpot roofs and a square tower that served as a keep and to which a building was added in the 18th century. Among other notables, Princess de Condé and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau stayed at the château in 1767. Today, the château is a warm and welcoming step back in history for all who visit here.
The owners are delightful and friendly, and everyone is made to feel at home. Guest rooms are accessed via the round tower shown above in this photo up an ancient circular stone stairway. The top floor of the tower houses an incredible miniature automobile museum ~ the collection of the Count from his childhood to the present day. Guests should be sure to take the tour of the museum. The Salle de Justice and Chapel boast amazing sixteenth century frescoes on the walls and ceilings, and many of the rooms are in their original state with their paneling, floors and ceilings well preserved.
Now, you can take exciting hot air balloon rides with Montgolfier Salers. You know, of course, that the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon, so this is an authentic experience! Make your reservations to stay in one of the lavish guest rooms at Château de la Vigne and learn more about flying over the magnificent Cantal countryside in a balloon. It will whisk you away for your amazing flight right from the Château's gardens.
The location of the château is excellent ~ atop a hill overlooking the gentle, rolling landscape of the Cantal with views into the nearby village of Escorailles. The morning mist over the Monts du Cantal followed by striking sunrises will long be remembered, as will the symmetrical and impressive French style gardens with a panoramic view beyond. Guest rooms offer great variety from a medieval room with stained glass windows to a spacious rose-colored room with a warming fireplace. Breakfast is served in the 18th century dining room in front of a roaring fire in cooler weather. Hostess, Countess Anne de la Tour, loves to cook and is offering cooking courses, and both the Count and Countess give French Language Immersion classes.
3 doubles, 1 twin all en suite. The bathroom of one guest room
a shower and tub; all others have tubs with hand-held shower.
Prices: Doubles and twins € 130 per night for 2 people.
Suite: Chambre Rose (king bed) + Chambre Directoire (twin beds) for 4 people € 220
Breakfast is € 9 per person.
Guest rooms non-smoking.
Dinner: € 29 per adult, wine not included / €12 per child. Not available from July 10 to August 20. Good restaurants in Mauriac and Salers.
Cottage: suitable for 2 or 3 persons, self-catering € 350 per week in June and September; € 460 per week in July and August. Television.
Paris Apartment: suitable for two to four people; available May to the first of November with a 5-night minimum. Priced at € 700 for five days; € 900 for a full week and € 1600 for two weeks. Includes sitting room with balcony, living area with sofa bed, kitchen, bathroom and one double bedroom in approximately 700 square feet of space. Métro Charles de Gaulle-Etoile is an 8-minute walk from the apartment.
No animals please.
Telephone not available. Television available but not in guest rooms.
Easter through October.
From Bordeaux: by auto take the A89 direction Brive, then the N89 direction Tulle, direction Argentat on the N120, direction Pleaux on the D980, and to Ally by the D680. Château very well signposted.
From Paris: by auto take the A10 to Orléans; continue south on the A71 as far as Clermont - Ferrand. Take the A89 changing to the D922 direction La Bouraboule. Continue on the D922 to Bort-les-Orgues all the way to Mauriac where you'll take the D681 into Ally. Château well signposted.
Clermont-Ferrand (Lyon & Toulouse somewhat farther)
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