CHAMBRES D'HÔTES AT BELLENAVES, FRANCE
The chambres d’hôtes are in the hamlet Balady, 3 kilometres from the little village of Bellenaves, between the towns of Montmarault, St. Pourçain, Gannat and St. Eloy. Next to our house you can see a green valley and everywhere there are Charolais cows grazing. As Balady is on a hill, there is a stunning view to the south, towards the Puy the Dôme. The house is in natural stone, and inside many original features have been kept: beautiful chimneys, wooden beams, and in the kitchen there is even an original stone sink. Starting in May 2018, there will be 2 bedrooms with bathrooms and a fully equipped flat. Read the details, concerning each accommodation.
The story about Maison Balady
We are Marco and Marjolein Verseput from the Netherlands. In 2010 we bought our house in the southern part of the Allier (Auvergne). We were already sure that one day we will come and live here and provide chambres d’hôtes. But when? This is our story.
Firstly we are both passionate about cooking and patisserie. We loved to enjoy a good meal with a glass of good wine. Beside our daily work we have always been involved in organizing leisure activities. In 2009 we spent our holiday in the south of the Allier, and we fell in love with the area and the people here. When we went home we started to look for houses in the Allier. In December we visited 4 houses with our 3 children. The first of these charmed us immediately, with its thick natural stone walls and original architecture, its beautiful chimneys, its ancient beams and the stone sink (1800), in the kitchen. We fell in love with it ! However, with just the walls and a good roof, it was not habitable. After visiting again in early 2010, and collecting together all the information, we bought the house in July. Then we camped in the garden and improvised. Little by little we have restored the house. In 2014 we finished the house, installing a kitchen and a staircase to the first floor.
While renovating it, we felt we were on holiday. We explored the region and discovered many walks. We wanted more and more to move here and to start the chambres d’hôtes. We decided to move here for good in the spring of 2018. At the moment we are enlarging the accommodation, with a flat and more bathrooms. Very soon we will be starting a new life in France. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Maison Balady. Contact us by phone, e-mail or fill in the form below, so that we can inform you directly of the availability.
breakfast / lunch
In the living-room or on the terraces on sunny days, we will serve a delicious breakfast. We offer regional and home-made products, for example bread, a boiled egg, cheese, home-made jam, fresh fruit, fromage blanc, muesli and each day a surprise. For guests who are going out for the day, we can prepare you a picnic-lunch.
There is a free WIFI network, but the speed is slow, like everywhere in the French countryside. We would ask you not to download big files as France has a strict law about this, we must respect the limitations.
For those who want to take the ‘Grande Randonneé du Val de Sioule’, we can take you by car to the starting point and fetch you at the end. (Maximum distance 20 kilometers).
Every two days we will refresh your room. For a stay of more than 5 days, we will change the sheets, in the middle of your stay.
On the terrace of the landscaped garden, you can enjoy the sun and the view. And you can use the swimming-pool which is 5 x 3,5 meters.