September 4, 2020
Wir verbrachten zwei kühle regnerische Tage in Laval-sur-Doulon. Robert and Kathryn waren sehr aufmerksame und warmherzige Gastgeber. Robert feuerte morgens und abends den Ofen in der Scheune an, sodass wir es uns vor dem Feuer gemütlich machen konnten. Tagsüber kam meist die Sonne heraus. Unser Sohn war sehr begeistert vom Luftgewehr schießen unter Roberts aufmerksamer Anleitung. Unsere Kinder genossen es, mit Olive und Daisy zu spielen und die kleinen Kätzchen und Hund Willow zu streicheln. Wir spazierten durch den sehr malerische Ort Auzon (ca. 15min entfernt). Im kleinen Touristenbüro dort bekamen wir sogar einen kostenlosen Ortsplan. Sehr lecker fanden wir auch die Saucisson Sec und den Käse sowie frisches Obst direkt vom Erzeuger vom Bauernmarkt in Brioude. Am Sonntag verwöhnte uns Kathryn mit einer feinen Lasagne. Die Yurte und die Scheune sind sehr geschmackvoll und mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet.
Vielen Dank für zwei schöne Tage in der Natur.
This summer my daughters and I returned to Auvergne Naturelle for our second family holiday on the site. The warm welcome and the beautifully organised and decorated yurts and barn made our arrival feel very special, while the ongoing and carefully judged hospitality of Rob and Kathryn, especially their excellent cooking and the daily organisation of any bread and pastries we needed, meant the whole holiday was an absolute pleasure and just so, so easy! This is a very special place – the perfect ‘Goldilocks’ campsite where there is plenty of space for everyone in the beautifully landscaped wooded gardens: all yurts allow privacy and space for family relaxation but, at the same time, the kids can always find someone to play with and something to do. Daisy and Olive organised games for our gang of kids every night after they’d finished roasting their marshmallows around the communal campfire and they all tore shriekingly around the campsite, the valley echoing with their shouts and laughter until they were all ready to collapse into sleep. The river at the bottom of the site is perfectly wadable and, as the days warmed up, became the perfect place to cool down, especially when Rob led one of his bushcraft sessions on tracking and trapping animals around the site and up the river. Another bushcraft session had the kids making bows and arrows or whittling spoons – a project that took up all the spare moments of our week. A final mention should be made for the most beautiful camp site showers ever. The showers are situated half way down the slope of the campsite and are beautifully constructed, down to an artfully removed plank of wood which means that you shower with a full view across the rooftop of the barn and the slopes of the valley. For memories that will last forever and a really luxurious but authentically natural family holiday – this really is the perfect place. After a week, it was too early to leave but we know that we’ll be back!
As we are not the most experienced campers, we were wandering what is was going to be like.
But it far exceeded our expectations.
Although you're sleeping in the middle of nature, you have all the comfort you need.
The yurts are very spacious, have mosquito nets and one of the coziest beds we've ever slept in.
Each yurt has its own shower cabine, with a nice view on the sun coming up over the mountains in the morning.
The site is very child friendly, there were a lot of things to do and to explore for our 3-year old.
(Don't miss the hidden fairy village a little bit higher up the hill).
There is a little charming river just a 100 meters away, or you can go to the lake for a swim, which is just a few minutes driving.
Every night there is a cosy fire, where you can meet the other people or just to read a book.
The camp site is very quite in the evening, you feel almost alone in the whole valley.
And we highly recommend to try out Kathryn's cooking skills!
Thank you Kathryn, Rob, Daisy and Olive for your hospitality!
June 6, 2018
Beautiful setting, child friendly,
superbly appointed yurts and the most wonderful hosts. Kathryn and Rob run a really secluded, intimate campsite with just four luxurious yurts. They provide wonderful food three nights per week and really could not have done more for our three boys who had the absolute time of their lives playing in the forest, investigating the fairy garden, bushcraft with Rob and their personal favorite: making bows and arrows, wooden spoons, wood carvings and fires...with more wood. Going off to sleep each evening was wonderful listening to the river flowing and the wildlife singing and I haven’t slept as well for years, those beds are so comfortable. My own personal favorite time was the early morning slipping into the inside -outside showers and watching the sun rise over the forest and hills as I washed myself into another day in
Paradise. Those are the showers and the views I hope they have in heaven! I must just mention the fabulous breakfasts of coffee, pastries, croissants, delicious bread (la corun, I think) all served with beautiful local jams and honey and don’t get me started on all the great day trips we took! I couldn’t recommend Auvergne Naturelle enough. We all can’t wait to go back
In the July.
Absolutely fantastic week, highly recommended. We stayed with our 2 children (3 years and 6 months) and the whole family had a great time. The set up is excellent and everything has been thought through and presented to high standard. Despite plans to explore the local area we had everything we needed on sight and ended up staying put apart from an afternoon at the local swimming lake. Very relaxing and enjoyably.
Spent a week with our 2 boys aged 11 and 9. We all loved it and want to return. Proper slow pace but only after you have destroyed the wonderful breakfast provided. Bushcraft days were excellent fun and strangely therapeutic! Kathryn provided highly useful details of markets and local attractions even sorted out local kayaking and we ended up doing that twice too. Yurts are very spacious and very individual. No over looking neighbours. Some days we just stayed put too. The view from our washroom will never be beaten.