Renovated 17th century farm in beautiful countryside close to the Loire river

Renovated 17th century farm in beautiful countryside close to the Loire river


Feb 2011

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
1 Bathrooms
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About our home

Our house is an old family farm from the XVIIth century. It has been totaly renovated 14 years ago. The 1 m wide stone walls and the oldness of the house made the pattern quiet special.
The main room (which was the old barn) is a large and very high ceiling room with the kitchen, the dinning area, a wood stove and a sofa.
There have 3 real bedrooms and an open bedroom. A small bedromm with a double bed, a larger one with a single bed, and in the attic another bedroom with a double bed.The open bedroom is downstairs with a double bed. Extra matresses available if needed. The bathroom has a bath, and toilettes are separated.

Downstairs there is also another lounge area with the television, internet, the old fireplace with a modern wood stove, and an area closed by curtains where is the open bedroom(with a double bed). This room is very cosy, very fresh in summer and warm in winter (from the stove !).
The whole house has wood flooring, except the room in the attic which has a natural fiber carpet.

Outside there is an area to eat in the shade. Swings, trampoline, and other children toys.

We also own the little house just in front, where there is our garage for the car, bikes (that you can borrow), tools...


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  1. We are a family of 5. Olivier works as a commercial in the graphic arts, and Gregorie works as an independant in educational help. We have 3 children: 2 boys of 18 and 16, and a girl of 12. We also have 3 cats, they mainly live outside.
    We did our first exchange in 2011, and all loved it. Since we have done 11 swaps all in different countries, and highly enjoyed each experience. We both travelled before having children, and find house swap a nice way to show the world to our children, making them more open on new people and cultures, as welle as teaching them respect.
    We also love hosting people (we own a "gite"), and so we will be happy to have you enjoy our house, to discover our beautiful area.

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Where is it?


La Fayolle in dialect means "the village at the top of the mountain."
Perched on the mountain above the village of Chamalières sur Loire, La Fayolle counts twenty houses. It is a very cute, quite, well untertained and friendly hamlet.
It is surrounded by woods, even though there is a nice view on the Loire valley.
The first village is 4 km away: Chamalières/Loire (Church and Priory from Xth century), where walking, biking , fishing along the Loire are possible. To swim in summer: a few open air swimming pools within 15 km, and a little further some lakes. Many typical village markets around, with local farm products (nice meat and local cheese).
The Haute-Loire has a very important historical heritage:
castles dating from the XIIth century, and the city of Puy en Velay which is 35 km away (with its the Cathedral and surroundings)- -(World Heritage of UNESCO, and starting point of the 'Via Podiensis', one of the itineraries of the pilgrimage of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle) Also the site for many festivals.
Nature is very present in this region. The hilly land between rivers, plains, forests and volcanoes gives beautifull sightseeings. It offers all kind of activities outside and lots of things to enjoy.(

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