Auvergne Chateau

Auvergne France: (IT-FRSRYG)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/france_auvergne_chateau_riding_escape.aspx

Introduction
Auvergne France
Happily secluded in the bucolic countryside of Auvergne and a scenic three hours outside of Paris, you will find a charming French chateau peacefully waiting for you nearby the lush green forests of Tronçais. A most dignified mansion, its history dates back to 1836 when it was built by Count Eugène de la Roche amidst the 100 acres of enviable parkland and adjacent to the ancient ruins of the original castle, Château du Mont. After fulfilling lifestyles elsewhere, Monsieur and Madame Tissier wish to achieve their dreams of creating idyllic perfection for international guests and offer the best in sublime rural tranquility and curious discovery. They welcome you to accompany them at the handsome 19th century chateau, and stay as their guest in one of the tastefully decorated, clean and comfortable 19 guestrooms equipped with modern bathroom facilities and antique furnishing, with glorious views of the noble countryside you will soon explore by horseback, where history and stunning landscapes are plentiful.

A delightful country experience, riding holidays at the chateau are highlighted by gourmet fine dining, generous hospitality and the recently renovated and modernized 30 horse equestrian center. When not in the saddle, visitors can also enjoy fishing and canoeing on the pristine lake, mountain biking the many lush nature paths of the tranquil property or rest and play in the quiet ambiance of the library and billiards room in an elegant atmosphere of relaxation and culture. 
 

Accomodation



The handsome chateau dates back to 1836 and has glorious views over its 100 acre estate from a position of sublime rural tranquility. Its hilltop position offers wonderful views of the estate's 100 acres including the lake, forests and fields. From its southern exposure, the terrace provides views of the estate and farmlands, church towers and the traditional bocage.
Large, flower-filled terracotta pots along the terrace enhance the area, making it the perfect place for enjoying a refreshing drink or meal.
When the days turn hot, relax or nap in the shade of old, spreading trees. At the heart of the property is the beautiful, romantic 19th century mansion, completely renovated and operated as a small hotel with just sixteen rooms of a very high standard.

The Chateau offers four room categories: Standard, Comfort, Superior and Deluxe.

The regular package includes the Superior room category, which we are happy to upgrade to a deluxe category or downgrade to a "Standard" or "Comfort" level.
There are a total of 19 rooms , of which there are 16 in the Chateaux and 3 standard rooms in the Pavillion de Jardin.
Each room features a bath or shower, free WiFi Internet access, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and a reversible air-conditioning system.

Pavilion (13-22 sq.m): Our Garden Pavilion rooms (next to the Château) are furnished in typical country residence style. They are located on the ground floor and lead out directly onto the gardens. These rooms are ideal for guests with pets, and are also popular for their accessibility and direct access to the grounds. Can fit up to 3 guests. Double bed (standard or king) or 2 twin beds.

Standard (13-22 sq.m):
Our Standard rooms are furnished in typical country residence style. They are north-facing and offer a view of the horse training tracks. Can fit up to 3 guests. Double bed (standard or king) or 2 twin beds.

Comfort (16-26 sq.m):
Our Comfort rooms are south or north-facing and offer a panoramic view over either the Bourbonnais woodlands or the horse training tracks. Can fit up to 3 guests. King bed or 2 twin beds.

Superior (22-27 sq.m):
Our Superior rooms are south or north-facing and offer a panoramic view over either the Bourbonnais woodlands or the horse training tracks. Can fit up to 3 guests. King bed or 2 twin beds (1 single and 1 king-size double).

Deluxe (35 sq.m):
Our Luxury room is the Château's flagship room and is ideally situated at the end of the main building's west wing. It boasts views from three sides (south, west and north) and overlooks the magnificent Bourbonnais woodlands. It features a bath, free WiFi Internet access, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar, a courtesy tray and a reversible air-conditioning system. Can fit up to 3 guests. King bed.

There are stylish drawing rooms if you need to unwind, a billiard room if you feel in the mood, a hammam and a heated pool over by the orchard and kitchen garden. The swimming pool is open from June to September.



A gourmet restaurant with roots deep in the Bourbonnaise tradition offers local cuisine with produce from the chateau's own vegetable gardens, neighboring farms, or local markets. The chef, David Martin, Toque d'Auvergne, will ravish your senses with an inventive cooking which keeps authenticity and true tastes: vegetables of the day, products of the land, Charolais meats and absolutely fresh fish.
Meals are served in the hunter's dining room, the more intimate Directoire Salon, or outside, on the inviting terrace. The regular package includes standard evening meals with some of the dinners being of the "gourmet" category with 5 courses.
There is also an excellent wine cellar and wine menu.



Breakfast with home made jams , pasties and bread, is served from 7.30 to 10.30 in the breakfast room. If you prefer more privacy, it can also be served in your room. 
Lunch is served from 12.30 to 2 and dinner from 7.30 to 9.30.
There are some culinary classes available.



The Château provides for an array of activities from (of course) exploring the beautiful surroundings on horseback, fishing its rich pristine lake, canoeing, mountain biking through the many nature paths, cooking classes, as well as indoor entertainment from the French Billards room to the quiet luminous ambiance of the Library room. The on-site hammam has massage/treatment rooms.

Facilities:  Restaurant, Bar, Hammam, Outdoor Pool, Reading Room
Room Facilities:   Bedroom Slippers, Hair Dryer, Satellite TV, Mini Bar, Phone, High Speed Internet, A/C

Superior Room


Deluxe Room


Comfort Room
 

Standard Room

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding



Amenities
Covered arena (20m x 40m)
Two outdoor arenas (30m x 60m and 20m x 40m)
Panel walker (for 4 horses)
Lunging ring
23 stalls (3m x 3m)
Gallop track (800m)
64 acres of fields
Paddocks (300m² à 800m²)
Numerous trails on and outside of the property

Staff
Annabelle Freby manages the business but focuses on the race horse activity.
Katia Machado and Laetitia Parola (professional instructors) share their time to provide instruction from Tuesday to Sunday morning.
When necessary, Suzan Roberts, English native and non-professional rider, provides assistance for English translation.

Itinerary



Sample Itinerary -
Subject to changes.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer from the train station to the chateau (about 30min), explore the grounds and relax. Dinner and overnight. No riding today.

Day 2: Breakfast, Lessons or trail ride (2 hours) by arrangement, light lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast, Lessons or trail ride (2 hours) by arrangement, light lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Free day to sight-see and explore the area, no riding. Dinner.

Day 5: Breakfast, Lessons or trail ride (2 hours) by arrangement, light lunch and dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast and a lesson or trail ride (1 hour), light lunch and departure. The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.

We have included 2 hours of riding each riding day of your stay and 1 hour only on the morning of your departure day. *Additional riding hours can be paid for locally.



The equestrian center is well know for breeding and training high quality Thoroughbred race horses, but of course there are many excellent school or trail horses for the riding clientele. Riding groups are kept small to a maximum of 6 riders. The rides explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the estate or you can opt for riding instructions in the arena in the disciplines of dressage, cross country or stadium jumping. If you like nature and horses, you will be enchanted with the daily trail rides or riding instructions. Explore the endless diverse landscapes of the Cantal and watch the chain of volcanic hills rise in front of you with its 80 volcanoes and the Massif of Mountains Gilds. Bourbonnais is the ancient province of the center of France.

The trainers speak limited English, so they are supported by an English lady (a rider as well), who provides the translation, which works quite well.



Next to the horseback riding options, there are other outdoor activities available from fishing, hiking, canoeing or visiting the local markets.


Rates and Dates for Auvergne Chateau

Rates include:

Accommodations in superior rooms, all meals including two gourmet dinners (except for lunch on arrival day), 4 riding days - about 2 hrs each on days 2 thru 5 and 1hr on morning of departure.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20196 days, AP (High)€1350$1620
    • Single supplement€635$765
  • B
    20196 days, AP (Mid)€1315$1580
    • Single supplement€600$720
  • C
    20196 days, AP (Low)€1280$1535
    • Single supplement€565$680
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

** Shorter package available -- please inquire for daily rates

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

** Shorter package available -- please inquire for daily rates


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Discount for Pavillon Room, pp -295 $-355
2019 Discount for Standard Room, pp -195 $-235
2019 Discount for Comfort Room, pp -100 $-120
2019 Upgrade to Deluxe Room, pp 100 $120
2019 Non-rider discount -350 $-420

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 03/01 - 04/30 6d / 5n 6 days, AP (Low) 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 05/01 - 06/30 6d / 5n 6 days, AP (Mid) 2 /6 Reserve
A 2019 07/01 - 08/31 6d / 5n 6 days, AP (High) 2 /6 Reserve
B 2019 09/01 - 09/30 6d / 5n 6 days, AP (Mid) 2 /6 Reserve
C 2019 10/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 days, AP (Low) 2 /6 Reserve

Dates Note: ** Flexible tour dates -- any day of the week

Rates do not include:

Lunch on arrival day. Beverages. Steam room (20€) for 20-minute treatment. Beauty treatments (99 €). Cooking Classes (from 45 €)

Other Info
Meeting: Ygrande
Airport: Clermont-Ferrand
Transfer: by taxi from train station

Climate:
                                         Clermont-Ferrand area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

45

48

55

60

67

74

79

78

72

63

52

46

Average Low Temperature (°F)

30

31

35

39

46

52

55

55

49

44

36

32

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

9

13

15

20

23

26

26

22

17

11

8

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-1

0

2

4

8

11

13

13

10

7

2

0

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

4

5

7

9

7

6

6

6

6

6

5

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The region benefits from a mild and somewhat humid climate, dominated by the influence of westerly Atlantic winds.
In the mountains of Auvergne, the climate is characteristic of a mountainous region: long cold winters oppose short and warm summers.
During Spring, late frosts are frequent and can compromise the harvests.
Clermont-Ferrand is one of the driest cities of France, just behind Marseille. It is also one of the warmest cities in summer.

What To Bring: