The green, volcanic peaks of the Auvergne represent one of Europe's most unusual landscapes. Pastoral in character, this mountain region has much to offer in terms of impressive natural scenery, as well as old, romantic sites with hot springs and a typical style of church architecture. The extinct volcanoes of the Auvergne, with the close to 6200ft-high Puys, form the core of the Massif Central. Inaccessible for many years, the region is one of the economic problem zones of France, with the departements of Allier and Cantal particularly prone to migration to urban areas. Largely deforested, the mountainous, sparse terrain and bitter climate are not conducive to intensive agriculture, and dairy farming predominates. The famous cheeses Fourme d'Ambert, Cantal and St-Nectaire come from the region. In the few larger towns, such as Clermont-Ferrand, Le Puy, Moulins, Montlucon and Aurillac, some important industries have been established. In the Auvergne, activities like hiking, cycling, kayaking and paragliding ae popular whilst a wide range of Gites Ruraux and Gites d'Etape provide the infrastructure.
The property is situated in the lovely town of Commentry, in a residential area. The land is approximately 3 800 sq m and it is surrounded by mature trees and is long, narrow and sloping. Water, electric, gas and sewerage connections are near the boundaries of the property (the area is served by a communal sewerage system, so there is no need for an individual sewerage system).
Our beautiful and spacious 215 m2 house is situated on a quiet 1,200 m2 property with the French Jura mountains behind us and a small agricultural field in front. We are in the EU, minutes away from Geneva, Switzerland, and the Geneva Airport, and situated in the back of one the nicest towns in the area, Divonne-les-Bains. The house has a large, open living room/dining room area; a large farmhouse-style kitchen, 5 bedrooms, and 3.5 bathrooms. The two main bedrooms have balconies.
In the Cantal department of the Auvergne and approached via remote controlled electric gates, we have 62 acres/25 hectares of valley and wooded hillside, about a kilometre of Category 1 river bank (La Bertrande), plus three lakes and a weir. Previously a trout farm, there is now a barn with haystore, two large looseboxes, tack/feed room and insulated workshop with woodburner (19 metres x 7 metres in total).