Want to visit a place that’s packed with all the beauty of the French countryside and more? Known as “volcano country”, the Cantal region in south-central France is home to the beguiling Cantal Mountains, one of the earliest forms of volcanic activity. With an average altitude of 710 meters (2,329 feet), the Cantal region is an impressive sight. It’s the ultimate spot to admire France’s natural beauty in all its forms, from far-reaching countrysides and majestic mountain ranges to dramatic gorges and shimmering lakes. The big draw to Cantal is the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, one of the oldest and largest provincial parks in France. Tourists visiting the park can hike Puy Mary. With its perfect pyramid-shape, Puy Mary is easily distinguishable from the surrounding volcanoes and its towering presence makes it the symbol of the Cantal Mountains. But don’t pack your hiking boots until you’ve checked out this list of the best Airbnb vacation rental in Cantal, France!
This fully furnished apartment is nestled in a wonderful park that overlooks a lovely valley. The grounds of this lodging features century-old Linden trees and an exciting horse farm. This accommodation is halfway between the Super-Lioran ski resort and Aurillac. Guests are also within reach of many tourist attractions, as well as great hiking trails. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room space provide lots of natural light. Guests have access to a mini bar, WiFi connection, TV, free parking on the premises, hair dryer, and iron. Both bedrooms offer a cushy double bed, and the second bedroom has one additional single-size bed. The kitchen is compact and nicely appointed. The host is friendly and will happily let you view the horses up close.
Haras de la Cère
This studio, in the centre of a quaint village, may be small but it’s very modern and stylish. This studio’s locale offers great spots to take strolls and admire panoramic views. This studio is near many tourist attractions and fun outdoor activities like swimming, tennis, miniature golf, and more. Being in the heart of the village, there are plenty of nearby shops and cafes to enjoy. During the winter months, there’s a shuttle to the Lioran ski resort, and the train station is 50 meters (164 feet) away. The kitchen is nicely equipped with a small breakfast bar and a Senseo coffee maker. Although there’s no wireless service, guests have access to the laundry room, a bicycle, one parking space, a television, bath essentials, and, for the little ones, books and toys.
1 beau studio a Vic sur cere
This adorable loft called La Bergerie has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Situated in at the center of the village of Coltines, this loft is part of an old agricultural sheepfold building that was erected in 1634. Having undergone a renovation in 2010, this loft currently features hardwood floors, exposed stone walls, cozy furnishings, and updated appliances in the nicely equipped kitchen. The sleeping arrangements consist of a cushy double bed and a double sofa bed for two extra people. The outdoor courtyard is a divine place to unwind and drink-in the beauty of the area. The village lies at the foot of the Cantal Mountains and is 20 minutes from the Lioran ski resort. Guests can also enjoy hiking and other outdoor sports.
La Bergerie au coeur du Cantal à Coltines
Tucked away in a lush green setting with views of the volcanoes, this three-bedroom house has a striking stone exterior with pretty wooden shutters. Bright, spacious, and functional, this house is awash in timber flooring and wood panelled walls. Two bedrooms feature soft double-size beds and the third bedroom offers two cushy single beds. This house is well-organised, clean, and just a short drive to markets and shops. The fully-equipped kitchen gives guests a chance to cook with fresh local produce that can be found in town. This lodging is near many other quaint towns, and historical castles and churches. For activities to get your blood pumping, there’s mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
Gite Les Amandies,
A complete renovation of this classic two-bedroom house, built in 1833, retains its authenticity while incorporating modern conveniences. The decor and furnishings are eye-catching, and they blend well with the equally attractive interior accents of a bygone era. This house is situated in a small hamlet at the foot of the mountain and is in close proximity to Prat of Bouc Pass and the Lioran ski resort. Tourist sights, like Puy Mary, are 20 minutes away. Guests can also enjoy hiking and biking nearby. There’s no WiFi service, but guests can expect nice amenities like a fully-loaded kitchen, TV, bath essentials, private entrance, free parking, and hot water.
Gite Fontaine du Barry proche du lioran
Perched at an altitude of 920 meters (3,018 feet), this mountain cabin offers a unique lodging opportunity. Needless to say, given its elevation, the terrace is the highlight of the cabin, affording spectacular bird’s-eye views. The double bed is cushy and there’s a tiny sofa bed underneath the mezzanine that can accommodate a child. The shower and toilet are attached to the exterior of the cabin, but be warned the structure is not heated. The kitchenette features a coffee machine, stove, oven, and toaster. The fridge, however, is located in the basement of the host’s home 50 meters (164 feet) away. This cabin is in the heart of Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, so you’re sure to view some amazing scenery.
Cabane en montagne
Nestled in the Cantal Mountains at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,608 feet), this two-bedroom house is ideal if you’re looking for a remote hideaway. The interior provides a rustic, yet comfortable ambience. The kitchen’s modern appliances are displayed alongside a large wood-burning stove in the dining area. The main bedroom offers a soft double bed, and the double doors open out to the inviting garden that affords expansive views of the mountains. There’s also a hammock for lounging and an intimate bistro table for two. The host is top-notch and provides an initial provision basket with coffee, tea, toilet paper, soap, etc. However, you’ll need to stock accordingly for the remainder of your visit. Amenities and services can be found in Cheylade, 4 kilometres (2.48 miles) away.
Maison le Vernet
Tucked between the pastoral countryside and majestic mountains is this two-bedroom thatched cottage with a fairytale-like exterior and a trendy interior. This renovated cottage is fully furnished and decorated in a modern style, and the stone and wood features throughout are eye-catching. The fireplace keeps the abode toasty in winter, and during the summer months, enjoy a lovely time in the beautifully manicured garden. The garden features a picnic table with an umbrella for shaded outdoor dining. Towels and bed linen are available for an extra charge and no WiFi is on-hand. However, there’s TV, hot water, a washing machine, free parking on the premises, and a full-service kitchen. For convenience, the town of Aurillac is 15 minutes away.
Gîte La Chaumière del Coyan
This two-bedroom Auvergnat-style home sits at an altitude of 950 meters (3,116 feet) in the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park. This house is in a prime location, with sparkling lakes and scenic hiking trails. Visit the medieval town of Salers, as well as many ancient castles in the area. There are also several charming shops in the vicinity. This house is replete with antique furnishings, and there’s a well-appointed American-style kitchen. Both bedrooms are cozy and provide cushy double beds. At the end of the day, relax in one of two walled gardens. A BBQ grill with a table and chairs can be found in one of the gardens, making for pleasant surrounds during an outdoor meal. No WiFi is available, but the place is equipped with a TV, bath essentials, bed linen, indoor fireplace, washer, hair dryer, and shampoo.
Found on a mountainside populated with a menagerie of animals, this three-bedroom house is the ultimate in coziness. This accommodation exudes a nice mix of Old World charm and New Age zen, from its huge inglenook in the dining area to its top-floor yoga room. This house offers comfy beds dressed in top quality bedding. The locale is perfect for leisurely strolls or serious hiking. You can ski in winter, swim in summer, and explore many intriguing villages and castles all year around. The Lioran station and Sarrant Lake is roughly 30 minutes away, and Vic on Cère’s swimming pool in the middle of the mountains is 20 minutes away.
Au coeur du pays vert...
Cantal has enduring appeal
If you’re eyeing dramatic landscapes, beautiful Romanesque churches, and alluring medieval castles for your next trip, then the stunning Cantal region is the go-to place. Even if you just want to satisfy your taste buds, you can’t go wrong in Cantal. With its rich farming traditions and famous cheeses, you’re sure to get nothing but the best when eating in Cantal. With this list of Airbnb vacation rentals, you’re certain to get a top-rated place to call home while experiencing your exciting French adventure.