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La petite Mothe du château perdu

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The house

La petite Mothe is a charming, comfortable holiday home for two persons. Peace, space and absolute privacy.
On our enclosed one hectare grounds you are the only guests.

Originally a chicken-coop annex bread oven, La petite Mothe lies at approximately 30 meters from the main house, next to the well. The main house's tower dates back to the 11th century. Ever since those days, the main house is thought to have organically grown into a fortified manor. In the Bourbonnais archives the house is mentioned as a "château perdu".

From our driveway bordered by walnut trees, you enter onto your own private parking lot, lockable with a gate.

Obviously the small house has been extensively renovated. We have tried to keep as many of the often antique details by using original building materials.

Coming from the south-east facing terrace with view on the closed park, you enter into the living room. There is a wood stove that guarantees comfortable temperatures outside the summer season. There is a comfortable sofa and a leather reading-chair as well as a dining corner next to the kitchen entrance.

The kitchen has recently been refurbished and is pleasant to work in. Equipment includes a (table top) fridge, a four pit gas stove, a toaster and a coffee machine. We make sure that the cabinets are filled with basic alimentary needs. Apart from that, the fridge is stocked with everything you might need for your first breakfast after arrival.
Usually this includes fresh (home baked) bread, jam and vegetables out of our kitchen garden etc.

In the bathroom you'll find a shower, toilet and washing-basin.

Via an open staircase leading to the mezzanine you arrive in your bedroom. The bed is king-size (180x200 cm) with comfortable mattresses and is made with French embroidered linen and duvets. Of course there is ample room in the closets for your personal affairs.

If you cannot find books to your taste on the shelves in La petite Mothe, you are welcome to browse in our extensive library in the main house.

The terrace is equipped with a large dining table and 2 chairs plus a 2 meter umbrella. On the other side of the lawn (for the afternoon and evening sun) there are 2 lazy lounge beds and another umbrella.
A barbecue is available and a fire pot could make your summer evening last even longer.


  • Independent
  • No smoking
  • Local contact
  • Historic building
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Vegetable garden
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Table d'hôtes
  • Internet
  • Bicycles at the house
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer


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The setting of La petite Mothe is rural, with meadows and fields of wheat, maize and rye and dotted with small "hameaus" and villages.
Vichy is a quarter hour's drive away. It is a middle-sized provincial town with beautiful parks and architecture from the time of Napoleon III who made the former village into a famous thermal resort in the 19th century. Both in summer and winter Vichy offers a diverse range of cultural and shopping opportunities.

Moulins, the provincial capital, is slightly bigger and slightly further away from La Mothe, about 25 minutes by car. It has a nice medieval city center with some very worthwhile museums. A.o. the national theater and opera costume museum CNCS and the musée Anne de Beaujeu.

Within three quarters of an hour you reach Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of the Auvergne and a lively student city.Excellent restaurants and shopping here. In its sometimes steep and winding streets and alleys one can feel the history of this city that dates back to Roman times. Just outside the city lies the "Puy de Dôme" the highest (extinct) volcano of a long chain that dominates this region.

More than worth the drive (one and a half hour) is the medieval city of Bourges. Steeped in history you'll find impressive old quarters, many city palaces (a.o. that of the famous Jacques Coeur) and of course the world famous cathedral.

Closer to home there are a number of very old and picturesque villages such as Charroux, Chantelle and Ebreuil.
Almost all villages and small towns in the Bourbonnais boast of at least one castle and a 12th or 13th century Roman church.

  • Rural
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland
  • Near swimming water

Restaurants, food & wine

WINE. About 10 years ago, the red wine of neighbouring St Pourçain was granted AOC status. Already the whites and rosé wines were quite popular at the time. In the vicinity of St Pourçain, especially in the village of Saulcet, you will find quite a number of (young) dynamic winemakers with a variety of very pleasant (and not too expensive) wines.
We will gladly introduce you to our preferred suppliers!
RESTAURANTS. We find ourselves in the center of France and the region literally bustles with good restaurants. Obviously we have our favourite addresses that vary from simple brasseries and auberges with a good menu-du-jour to Michelin-starred establishments in Vichy and Clermont. We will gladly discuss them with you !
FOOD Shopping. The halles in Vichy as well of those of Gannat and Clermont Ferrand are famous for their variety and quality of regional products. The weekly markets in the surrounding villages are fun to visit, you will find a list of market day data in your holiday home. There is a good bakery in the next vilage (Broût-Vernet). Supermarkets (Carrefour, Cora and Champion) you will find in St Pourçain, Gannat and Vichy. All within about 15 kms from La Mothe.

We have the walnuts from our driveway pressed into walnut-oil. Taste it in your kitchen.

Our KITCHEN GARDEN yields enough to share its produce with our guests. In the right season you are welcome to select your fresh vegetables for your table. We like cooking and you can reserve a "table d'hôte" for a four course dinner. (including wine and coffee, €30 per person). Many people opt for this on the day of their arrival as they often have a long journey behind them.
Also this is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with your hosts and pick their brains...


HIKING. You can either depart straight from the garden into the fields, or choose from any of the circuits set out by the department in the Val de la Sioule and the rest of the Allier County. Walks vary from one and a half to three hours, lead through beautiful country and are very doable, even for less trained individuals. Booklets as well as detailed maps are at your disposal at La petite Mothe. Walking is truly a pleasure here, even in winter when it is cold and still.
BIKING. We have two mountain-bikes on loan.
SWIMMING. Is possible at any of the numerous little beaches and inlets of the Sioule. From Ebreuil and some other villages upstream, CANOE trips can also be made on the Sioule.
GOLF. There are three golf courses within 20 minutes from La Mothe; Golf de Briailles where we play ourselves, a simple 9-holes club with added challenging pitch and put circuit, Golf de Montpensier, 18 holes, and one of the country's oldest clubs: Sporting Vichy, also 18 holes. We have 2 sets of clubs on loan.
RIDING. There is a pleasant stable in nearby Jenzat for either indoor lessons or country rides.
BROCANTE. In spring, summer and autumn, hardly a weekend passes without a "vide-grenier" (flea) market somewhere nearby.

But of course you may decide to just simply stay at home, on the terrace or near the wood stove with a good book!

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding
  • Near theme park
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Mountain sports
  • Flying and gliding

Further remarks

Your hosts live in the main house and in principle are always available for any practical help or advice. However they also know how make themselves invisible to you so as to guarantee your privacy.

La petite Mothe is furbished for two persons but certainly suitable for a couple with baby. We can supply you with baby basics so that you do not need to carry all of your own equipment with you. We have available: a high stool, a dressing mat, a wooden baby-bed and a small inflatable pool. (€50 per week, €10 per day)

There is no washing machine in the small house, but of course, if the need arises, you can always do your washing at the main house. There are drying lines in the kitchen garden.

Supply of all linen, cleaning costs and fire-wood for the stove are included in the rent.

The climate at La Mothe is a moderate continental one. We have on average 1900 sun hours per year.

La Mothe is easily reachable from the autoroute A71 Paris-Bordeaux. Less than 15 minutes from sortie "Gannat".

Feel free to contact us on +33 470 567 192 or +33 6 42 82 59 74 or use the contactform to send us an email.

Additional price info and offers

HIGH SEASON : rentals per week only
MID SEASON : price per night €85 (including breakfast)
LOW SEASON : price per night €75 (including breakfast)

Price includes

  • Cleaning fee, Towels, Bed linen

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Birgit de Beer van Beek has last updated the calendar on 02 Dec 2018

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Visitors of La petite Mothe du château perdu evaluate this property in the past 4 years with an average of:

Visited in August 2018

Onze vakantie duurde bijna drie weken en dit was geen dag te lang. De rust heeft ons ongelooflijk deugd gedaan.
We hebben genoten van het kleine gezellige huisje met de schitterende giga tuin.
De versgeplukte tomaten , komkommer en kruiden waren overheerlijk.
Bij de familie De Beer voelden we ons direct thuis.
Als je in deze streek bent, zeker doen!

Visited in July 2018

Een heerlijk, sfeervol huisje met een prachtige tuin waar je altijd of in de zon of in de schaduw kunt zitten. Wij zagen groene spechten op het grasveld en hoorden de wielewaal dudeljo-en. Verder een en al rust en we sliepen dan ook heerlijk in het comfortabele bed. In het huisje is alles wat je maar nodig hebt aanwezig en de wifi werkt perfect, ook op het terras. Birgit en Geert-Jan zijn de gastvrije eigenaren die ons welkom heetten met heelijke courgettesoep en een ontbijt met o.a. lekker zelfgebakken brood. Uit hun moestuin konden we pakken wat we maar wilden hebben. Hier is vakantie echt vakantie.

Visited in June 2018

Wat een prachtige plek, wat een rust en wat een gastvrije eigenaren is het eerste wat in ons opkomt als we terugdenken aan deze vakantie. We hebben genoten van het knusse huisje, de prachtige tuin met overal een plekje waar je in de zon kunt zitten. Bij kouder weer snort de kachel gezellig. Er zijn leuke plaatjes in de buurt om te bezoeken en je kunt mooie wandelingen maken in de omgeving...kortom een aanrader!

Visited in January 2018

Door omstandigheden hadden we plots de behoefte om Nederland te ontvluchten en zochten een schuilplek om tot rust te komen en de zorgen van alle dag achter ons te kunnen laten. La petite Mothe bleek de ideale plek en Birgit en Gert-Jan de ideale gastvrouw en -heer. Hun warme en begripvolle persoonlijkheid maakten samen met de knusse woning die precies groot of klein genoeg was dat we weer tot rust konden komen. Ze waren betrokken en ontzorgden ons met hun gastvrijheid.
De warme en gezellige houtkachel hield ons en het huisje in de winter aangenaam warm. Het huisje is van bijna alle gemakken voorzien en wat je mist, kan geregeld worden.
Een heerlijke plek voor twee personen en, zelfs in de winter, genoeg te zien en te doen in de omgeving. Birgit en Gert-Jan konden ons uitstekend van tips op allerlei gebieden voorzien.
Kortom, een zalige rustige plek om je terug te kunnen trekken bij twee geweldige mensen.

Visited in September 2017

Het is een heerlijke plek in de Auvergne!
Wij zijn hier helemaal tot rust gekomen en dat al vanaf de eerste dag.
Hele hartelijke eigenaren waarbij een wederzijds vertrouwen meteen aanwezig was, erg fijn.
We hebben mooie wandelingen gemaakt en een aantal leuke fietstochten in de omgeving.
Leuke plaatsjes bezocht en daar hoef je niet ver voor te rijden...of te fietsen
Lekkere groenten uit de moestuin gegeten.
Een tuin tot je beschikking waar je heel veel prive hebt en overal een zonnige plek en avonden met vogel zang.
Kortom een zalige plek om tot rust te komen heerlijk met een goed boek.
Een aanrader


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