The rates shown below are for renting the gîte for six people for a one week period. This is normally from Friday or Saturday, but we may be able to be flexible about change-over dates by arrangement.
The property should be vacated on your leaving date by 10 am and arrival should be after 4 pm. Bed linen is provided and includes bath towels. Swimming towels are not provided.
The Cantal has, in the past, been relatively isolated from much of the rest of France due to the geological features of mountains, volcanic peaks and steep valleys however the recent extensive upgrading of the road system means this wonderful countryside can now be easily accessed in a day's drive from Britain.
Alternatively, you could make an overnight stop en-route for a more leisurely journey.
With the availability of inexpensive flights by Ryanair from London (Stansted) to Limoges and Brive, short breaks of a few days as well as long summer stays are feasible, with travel time just a few hours from home. You can also travel by rail from Britain and arrive at Aurillac (via Paris Bercy) or Figeac (via Paris Austerlitz) railway stations, both about a half hour's drive away from Lessal.
One really needs a car to enjoy a holiday deep in the countryside, so if you decide to come by train, or to fly to any of the nearby airports, book car hire as well: it is easily arranged from the larger stations and the airports. If you just don't drive, we can arrange to collect you from either Figeac or Aurillac, and you can book a shopping trip with us. We have several bicycles which would take you to the local restaurant, or further if you are energetic.
There are flights from Paris to Rodez and Aurillac: both cities are about 45 minutes from Lessal by car. There are also flights from various airports in the UK to Limoges or Toulouse, which are much larger airports and are about two and a half hours away by car. In the summer months there are flights to Brive (Vallèe de la Dordogne) from London City Airport: Brive is only a 90-minute drive away.
An effective way to make the most of your time is to take an evening Eurostar from London to Paris, and then stay overnight at or near Paris Orly airport (a metro ride from Gare du Nord). Catch the morning HOP! flight to Aurillac: it arrives at about 10 am. This isn't nearly as lavish as it sounds, and you could easily make it more expensive by having dinner and some sight seeing in Paris.
If you are driving here you may wish to use the GPS decimal coordinates 44.692N, 2.292E, or degrees/minutes/seconds 44° 41' 31" N, 2° 17' 31" E, depending which format your GPS prefers.
From the West: Join the A20 at Brive in the direction of Toulouse to Junction 56. Leave the A20 and head to Figeac. From Figeac you take the N122 to Aurillac as far as Maurs.
From the North-east: Go via Aurillac following signs to Montauban. You will enter Maurs on the N122.
From Maurs: The N122 goes through Maurs, you can see from the map that it has a circular road where the bastide walls used to be. Take the exit to St Constant, the D663 which goes down a hill over the railway lines past the station.
After the sign for St Constant there is a boulangerie on the right set back from the main road. Half a mile further turn left onto the D28, just before the bridge over the Cele river. It is signposted to Mourjou and Calvinet. It also says "Maison de Chataigne suivre Mourjou".
From the South-east: From Rodez, take the road to Decazeville past Rodez Airport. At Decazeville follow signs to Aurillac on the D963. There is a bridge over the Lot where you don't have right of way. At St Constant turn right on to the D28 immediately after the bridge over the Cele. It is signposted to Mourjou and Calvinet.
From which ever direction you have come from: Follow the winding road for three and a half miles until you reach a house sign posted Triane. The next group of houses is Lessal. At a small and slightly skewed crossroads, you will see the Lessal sign, turn left (which is straight ahead), the D28 curves away to the right on a blind corner. Continue up the hill to the end of the road past a farm on your left. The house is the very last one on the left. The road ends there and turns into a grass track.
If you find yourself in Mourjou you have gone about 3 miles past us.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Dennis & Caro