WELCOME TO OUR HOME IN CALVINET
The house lies in a region of France known as La Châtaigneraie, a delightful area of outstanding natural beauty; a mixed landscape of mountain ranges, forests, lakes and rivers, rolling countryside, valleys and steep gorges in the far south-west of the region of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, close to the valleys of the Rivers Lot and Truyere and the spectacular mountains of the Auvergne and the Aubrac. It is indeed one of the most beautiful regions of France.
La Châtagneraie has, in the distant past, been relatively isolated from much of the rest of France by a lack of modern roads and air transport links. With the extensive upgrading of the road system this wonderful countryside can now be easily accessed in a day’s drive from Britain.
With the availability of inexpensive flights by Ryanair and EasyJet short breaks of a few days as well as long summer stays or long-term living are feasible with travel time just a few hours from home. You can also travel by rail from Britain and arrive at Aurillac railway station, just 35 kms away from the house.
The nearby village of Calvinet is within an easy and level ten minute walk from the house. Here you will find everything you need for your day to day living, including an award winning restaurant, a cafe/bar, a baker, a grocers, a chemist, a garage, a large, modern health centre, doctors and a dentist. The village also has an elementary school.
Aurillac, the main city of the Cantal is within 30 minutes by car and Rodez, the main city of the Aveyron within an hour away by car. These are the largest shopping centres for the area where you will be able to buy everything you need for your life in France.
Our home is located near to the village of Calvinet in the south-west of the region of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes yet within twenty minutes to the south you can be in the north of the region of Occitanie. The house enjoys a very private countryside location with splendid panoramic views of this most beautiful area of France. The house is reached by a small country lane which ends just beyond the property.
This house has a certain Auvergnat style about it yet, by local standards, is quite modern having been built in the middle of the last century. The house was later extended in the 1980s by the addition of a two storey annex, overall providing large and very adaptable family accommodation.
The house is centrally heated by an efficient oil-fired system with radiators in all rooms.
This is supplemented by a large wood burner in the main living room.
The property is very well insulated and is fully double glazed throughout.
The ground floor of the house comprises a well-fitted and modern kitchen, a large lounge/dining room and a double bedroom with a new en-suite shower room.
The annex area provides a new bathroom and another large, double bedroom with access to a beautiful, south-facing balcony terrace.
The annex can be separated off from the rest of the house and could be used as a self-contained unit for bed and breakfast if a home with business is something that appeals to the buyer.
An enclosed wooden staircase leads from the main living room to the first floor of the house where there are a further two double bedrooms. An enclosed staircase leads from one bedroom to the attic of the house, a large floored area perfect for storage.
The house is surrounded on all sides by a large, level and easily maintainable garden. The garden is mainly laid to lawn but has a number of mature trees, shrubs and flower borders. In addition to the garden there is also an area of pasture and a small woodland. There are a number of outbuildings including a garage, workshop, log store and stone built kennels. A swimming pool and sun deck is provided for those hot summer days.
The countryside surrounding the house is a delightful mix of valley views, undulating fields and forest. Dense ancient forests of chestnut, oak, beech, pine, and precipitous river gorges suddenly give way to soft, rolling pastures to form some of the most beautiful scenery in France. Deer and boar occasionally roam the surrounding fields and woods which are also home to many other smaller wildlife and birds.
It is fascinating to observe the nature of rural life in the countryside. You can spend a rewarding time exploring La Châtaigneraie on foot. There are many marked footpaths, colour coded according to walking time, which will eventually return you to the starting point. The house is situated near to one of these routes which takes you past farms up into some dense forest and open views across this wonderful landscape. The local scenery and, indeed, the whole of the Cantal, provides superb subject matter for photography and painting.
Although the countryside is stunning, there is so much more to see and do. The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela passes nearby on its way to Conques, a medieval pilgrim town and one of the most renowned of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. Similar medieval sites will be found within an easy drive from Calvinet that include Salers, Estaing, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac and Belcastel.
The nearby rivers of the Lot, the Truyere and the Doudou provide plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, paddle boarding and canoeing. The valleys and the surrounding areas are very popular with cyclists. There are beautiful walks in the immediate area of Calvinet but if you want to go further afield then the mountain range of the Monts de Cantal and the upland plateau of the Aubrac are within easy driving distance.
The weather during the summer months is generally sunny with temperatures reaching the low 30’s in July and August. Periods of really hot weather are often punctuated by thunderstorms, sometimes with spectacular lightning displays and torrential rain. But these storms don’t last for long and the days which follow are again calm and sunny. Although the temperatures can be quite high the atmosphere is rarely humid.
The days in late autumn are less predictable than in the summer months. However, you can be sure of spells of warm sunny weather and you will still be able to enjoy meals outside. The third weekend in October sees the celebration of the chestnut at the Foire de la Châtagneraie at Mourjou, nearby.
The winter time opens up a whole new field of activities in the Monts du Cantal and the Aubrac. Just over an hour's drive away these areas provide the opportunity for alpine skiing, snow-boarding, cross-country skiing, ski-touring and trekking the high uplands on snow shoes. Snow conditions suitable for these activities start to develop mid-December and they are still possible up to the end of March. The most reliable time for winter sports is the end of January and throughout February.