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Periwinkle Yurt

Haute-Loire, France

Last cache: 07:46:33, Friday 23 August 2019

Auvergne Naturelle

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Children very welcome. Sorry no pets. Please note if there are 3 or 4 children, space can be tight.

A friendly yurt site in stunning surroundings. Learn survival skills, paddle in the river, then gather round the campfire in the evening


After enrolling on a Ray Mears bushcraft course, Rob's growing love of the great outdoors led him and Kathryn to their own patch of unspoilt French wildland, far away from city stresses. Their yurt site's surrounded by stunning scenery and sleepy villages. Children can write letters to the fairies in the fairy garden (strictly no adults) or let loose in the play area, and guests of all ages can join in the nightly campfire or find the little river on site for paddling, dam building and gentle river walks.

The four yurts are light and uncluttered, handmade from ash coppice and set in private grassy clearings, accessed along paths cut through the long grass and wild flowers – Periwinkle is hidden away in the woodland behind Rosehip, or if it's views you're looking for, try Forget-me-not at the top of the hill.

Rob runs his own bushcraft courses three days a week – you can learn to make a fire without matches or whittle your own bow and arrows and go off hunting the fearsome Beast of Gevauden. On your days off, 10 minutes’ drive away you can swim in the lake (with beach) at Champagnac-le-Vieux, or take the tourist train down the Allier Gorge for a bird's eye view of the river below.


The important stuff

  • Check in is from 4pm
  • Check out is before 10am
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Kingsize bed and up to 4 camp beds for children

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge. Travel cot, high chair and baby bath provided

Space for 4 children from €10 per child per night Camp beds and sleeping bags provided.

Kids & Pets

Children very welcome. Sorry no pets. Please note if there are 3 or 4 children, space can be tight.


  • Shared kitchen in barn, with 2 hob gas burner, microwave, large fridge and washing up facilities


  • Shared shower block (private shower for each yurt)
  • Private compost loo next to yurt

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Solar lighting
  • All bedding provided for main double bed
  • Sleeping bags for camp beds
  • Towels provided


  • Board games, cards, books and kids worksheets all available in the barn

Getting there

Auvergne Naturelle, 43440 Le Cros, FRANCE

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By plane

The nearest airports are Clermont-Ferrand, just over an hour's drive away, and Lyon, 2½ hours' drive away.

By public transport

The nearest train station is Brioude, 30 mins' drive away. The nearest bus stop is in Champagnac le Vieux, 10 minutes' drive away. Pick-ups may be arranged in low season for a fee.

By car

Take the A75 from Clermont Ferrand south towards Montpellier.

Take the exit at Junction 18 and onto the D76 towards Brassac-les-Mines

**This route takes you past the supermarket. The satnav may take you another more direct way**

At the next junction, keep straight on the D76.

At the next junction turn right, staying on D76 towards Centre Ville.

At the next roundabout, turn right and head towards Sainte Florine.

The Intermarché supermarket is on your right:

Address for satnav: 2 rue des Sarilleres, 63570 Brassac-les-Mines

Open from 8.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Saturday**

You are now approximately 40 minutes drive away.

From the supermarket, turn right and keep straight on until you come to the next main road, at the T junction, turn left (over a railway crossing).

At the roundabout, turn right onto D76 Brioude,

At the next roundabout turn left onto D5 Auzon

Keep on the D5, passing through Auzon and heading towards Champagnac-le–Vieux

At Champagnac-le-Vieux , take the left exit on the D588 to Laval-sur-Doulon

Keep on the D588, following the signs for La Chaise Dieu.

You will come to the village of Laval sur Doulon.  When you come to the crossroads, at the phone box in the village, take the road to the right, the D562 signposted to St Didier sur Doulon.  Keep going along this road for approx 1 km, crossing over a small bridge with a river.

After the small bridge there is a house (Moulin de Diat on the right), then after this a small white house on the left.  We are the next house after the small white house, on the right hand side of the road, signposted, Le Cros.  There is a signpost for PARKING on the left hand side of the road BEFORE the house and campsite.  Please park here and Robert and Kathryn will come to greet you!

Food & Drink

At Auvergne Naturelle

Breakfast is included on every morning of your stay – a continental breakfast with fresh bread, local jams and honey, fresh pastries, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, fruit juice, tea and coffee.  

There's also a little on-site shop with basics such as milk, bread, butter, cheese, pasta, sauces, water, beers, wines and ice creams. 

Dinner is offered 3 times per week which consists of a main course and dessert and wine (for adults)

Pubs & Restaurants

Auberge de Chassignolles (04 71 76 32 36) - Traditional locally sourced French cuisine. Excellent food. Approx 20 minutes by car.

Auberge du Doulon -Open every day from 15 July—15 August except Tuesday evening and closed all day Wednesday for lunch and dinner. Great value traditional French meals. Dinner from 16 Euros per person. Children’s menu available. 20 mins by car.


At Auvergne Naturelle

Bushcraft courses are available three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from approx 10am-12pm,  although Rob and Kathryn are flexible and can work out days to suit you if this is possible.

Adults 20 Euros

Children 13 - 16 years old, 15 Euros

Children 12 years and under, 10 Euros

Children who would like to participate in courses require adult supervision.

Woodland Crafts

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Spend the morning whittling away, making a spoon or a walking stick. You will cut the wood from the woodland and use this to carve yourown spoon or walking stick.  For the younger ones, there is the popular bow and arrow making, followed with a walk through the woods to catch some wild boar or even the Beast of Gevauden  - the wolf-like creature of the Auvergne!

Fire Making

Learn the different techniques used to make a fire from using a fire stick to just the sun !  Once you know how - you can light the camp fire to make a delicious cake and also make the camp fire in the evening!  You will learn about the best woods to use and the way in which you can create fire without any lighters or matches.  

Tracking & Trapping

A discovery course which involves setting traps over the site to catch small mammals, insects and anything that may be swimming in the river.  A wildlife camera is also used which can often capture wild boar images.  Find footprints and faeces ( if you feel brave!) to help identify animals.

Target Practice

Practice your aim and fire with 20 shots of an air rifle at targets.  For children age 10 and over and adults.     

Places to Visit

Most beautiful villages of France – Blesle, Lavadieu

Market towns – Brioude, Issoire


Outdoor & Active

Walks around the site and area

Great roads and trails for mountain biking

Donkey walks which can be arranged from the site

Canoeing and kayaking, white water rafting, canyoning

Adventure treetop play areas

Lakes nearby – the nearest is Champagnac le Vieux, 10 mins' drive away

Small river, great for river walks at the bottom of the meadow

Volcanoes to visit – Puy de Dome

River Allier and Allier gorges - either go for walks or take the gorge tourist train

Meet your hosts

From owners Rob and Kathryn:

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"We started the business five years ago in 2008 – Rob completed a bushcraft course in 2007 and we wanted to combine our love of the outdoors  with living & working in the country.  We found a house on the internet with 20 acres of land (meadow and woodland) in an area of France we had never even heard of - perfect for a yurt campsite!"

Wildlife & Environment

Auvergne Naturelle is situated on 20 acres of woodland and meadow in the Livradois National Park. Deer are spotted every day and this is a fabulous area for birds of prey. There are lots of wild boar (although harder to spot), beautiful butterflies, all types of insects, snails etc. The showers and the lights in the yurts are all solar powered.

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Our guests say...

If this is feedback then just keep doing exactly what you are doing! The way we were greeted and shown around was relaxed and friendly, the location, quality of the facilities and sense of freedom for kids and adults alike were excellent.



Brilliant! Great attention to detail everywhere. Loved the bed. Very comfortable and had great sleep. Compost loo was very civilised and clever. Liked having a shower allocated to each yurt. Fresh local breakfast provided. Opted for the evening meal which worked well for a gluten free, a vegetarian and kids! Loved the campfire in the evening. We made friends and our children (10 & 5) loved every minute. They keep asking when are we going back!



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No charge Travel cot, high chair and baby bath provided

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1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


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2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


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We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


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(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


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Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


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