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The Auvergne

De Auvergne

Domaine la Terrasse is situated in the department Allier of the Auvergne, the heart of France. It borders the river Besbre, which flows through Trézelles, a small village of about 400 inhabitants. In Trézelles there is a bakery, a mini-supermarket and a pub. At approximately 8 km there is Lapalisse, a village with various shops and a magnificent castle.

In the vicinity

At half an hour’s drive there are Vichy and Moulins, both very lovely cities with lots of shops and a rich history. Vichy is known for its healing hot springs and Moulins for its craftsmen living there. Closer to Trézelles there is Saint-Pourçain, where the very first vineyards originated. Phylloxera caused there to be no wine production for a long period of time, however, grapes are now being grown again. A visit to the wine cellars and a wine tasting is definitely worth your while. There is a wine museum with a large winepress dating from the 17th century. Every Saturday morning there is a big weekly market.

Nature’s beauty

De Auvergne

Just behind Lapalisse there is Montagne Bourbonnaise, a stunningly beautiful nature reserve where you can hike. You can visit “Cascade de la Pisserotte”, which you can reach by foot or by mountainbike. Châtel-Montagne with it’s Roman church and many work-shops is definitely worth a visit. The Allier is known for the river of the same name, the Allier, one of the few natural rivers of Europe. It is a meandering gravel river of about 400 km with beautiful banks offering splendid views to bird-watchers and nature lovers. Also, the forest of Tronçais with its ancient oaks is a fantastic area for hiking and cycling. 

Activities

De Auvergne

We live in a mountainous area that is ideally suited for mountainbiking. There are plenty of wintersport activities in winter. You can practice your skiing skills in Loge des Gardes. In summer the slopes can be descended with a large scooter or mountainbike. There is also a bobsleigh run. The many lakes and rivers in Val de Besbre are a feast for the eyes for water lovers, be it for fishing, swimming or canoeing. Many villages in the area organise various markets. At 30km of Trézelles, in Dompierre sur Besbre, you will find “Le Pal”, an amusement park with a zoo, a park for young and old! In Vichy there is a great new leisure pool and an 18-hole golf course. There is also Vulcania, a theme park in the Puy de Dôme.

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