Surroundings


‘Le Relais des Eléphants Colorés’ is situated in Les Guis, near the towns of Virlet and Pionsat, amidst the woords and meadows of Combrailles. Combrailles is a quiet, hilly farmers region in the department of Puy-de-Dôme in the Auvergen; the green heart of France. Frequently you will come across herds of cows being taken from meadow to meadow.


At 5 km from the Chambre d'Hôtes lies the village Pionsat. Next to a castle with museum (Musée de la Résistance), you will also find a supermarket, hotel/restaurant, bakery, butcher and several other shops here.


In the immediate vicinity of the Chambre d'Hôtes are beautiful hiking and cycling trails, where there is a chance to encounter small game such as deer, foxes, martens and raptors.


Within half hour drive is a beautiful golf course (Golf de Sainte-Agathe), where golf lovers can play a challenging game on the hilly landscape. At our site -before or after- the short swings can be practiced on our practive green (with bunker). Within one hour drive from the Chambre d'Hôtes are several other golf courses.


Of course there are also wonderful day trips to make. Large cities such as the university town of Clermont-Ferrand with beautiful old buildings from lava stone, but also Riom and Montluçon are worth visiting.


In the nature of the Auvergne it is more than enjoyment. Examples are the Gorges de la Sioule, where several canoe trips can be made, and the beautiful volcanic area Puy-de-Dôme, where you can among others do paragliding, mountain climbing, swimming in a volcanic lake or one can visit the theme park Vulcania.


Furthermore there are many other possibilities, such as visiting various châteaux, unwind in one of the many thermal baths and spas, wander at brocante markets, but a visit to local markets with specific regional products such as cheese (Bleu d'Auvergne) and sausages should not be missed.

In short, the Auvergne has much to offer for both young and old!


In our Chambre d'Hôtes we have plenty information availale about the surroundings and of course would love to help you on your way.


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