Le Gîte des Lutins

Come and spend a spring, summer, autumn or winter holiday in « Elveden » / « Le gîte des lutins » , a gîte that combines traditional charm with modern conveniences. Suitable for four people, it has a large garden at the rear with play-things for children and plenty of parking-space outside the front. The property is situated at the end of a little road just outside the pretty village of Omps, in the northern part of the Châtaigneraie, that area of the Cantal (or Southern Auvergne) which the Romans planted with chestnut trees 2,000 years ago.
The gîte is two-and-a-half kms away from the neightbouring village of St-Mamet-le-Salvetat, where there is a bakery, a butchers, a pharmacy. a doctor’s surgery and a small supermarket. But the departmental town of Aurillac, with its Saturday market and shops of all kinds, is just 15 km to the north-east, and the charming market town of Maurs is just 20 km to the south.

The gîte was originally a small barn and is built of exposed stone. It has recently been converted into a restful holiday home whose tasteful interior features include honey-coloured wood, lime-washed walls, stout oak flooring, hand-made furniture and wrought-iron fittings.

The gîte has two bed-rooms. One, in the alluring style of a log cabin, is on the upper floor in a converted attic. Please note, however, that this room is not suitable for children aged five years and under as it has to be reached via an open-plan staircase and is only partially enclosed by banisters. The other bed-room is not so large, but has a small balcony and is reached by means of an outside stairway.

The attractive modern kitchen is well-lit and practical. It is equipped with a self-cleaning oven, a microwave, an induction hob, a dish-washer, an extractor hood, and good-quality china and utensils.

The well-designed modern bathroom is painted in warm, restful colours and includes a good-sized shower and heated towel-rail.

The sitting room downstairs is equipped with a large flat-screen TV on which you can play DVDs and Blu-ray. It also has a three-seater settee and an arm-chair. Guests have unlimited access to the internet by means of a WIFI box or cable. In the winter, it can be heated by a stove that burns wood pellets, produces a gentle heat, and is easy to use.

The sitting room gives out onto a small courtyard in front of the house, and this connects with a terrace leading to the garden at the rear. Both features are paved with handsome granite blocks and furnished with a garden table, a Weber barbicue, a parasol, and deckchairs with sun-shades attached. The terrace is partially enclosed by a curved stone wall,

The gîte shares a heated, south-facing swimming-pool with the neighbouring house - where the gîte’s owners live. Measuring 11 by 4½ metres, the water is unchlorinated and is kept clean by a salt-based filtration system.

The house and garden look out over hills to the south, east and west, and mountains to the north, and the garden at the rear contains the residue of an old orchard, with walnut trees, lime trees, chestnut trees and apple trees. It is equipped with a picnic table and benches, offers shade and is secluded by a low, dry-stone wall.

Nor must we forget either the beautiful surrounding countryside with its broad vistas, rolling meadows, lakes, dramatic autumn colours and magical evening light, or the picturesque villages, or the friendly atmosphere of the local street-markets, or the seven or eight varieties of local hand-crafted cheeses! In the summer, you can go swimming or boating in the large lake-cum-reservoir from the sandy beach at Lacapelle-Viescamp, about six km. north-west of Omps. A tree-top adventure trail (parcours) has recently been added to the facilities there for use by older children. In the winter, there are skiing facilities in the mountains at Le Lioran, about 50 km. to the north-east.

The Cantal is a very rural French Department and much of its northern half is in the mountains of the Massif Central. As the whole Cantal has less than 150,000 inhabitants, it is less densely populated than many British towns. In the north, its mountain paths are ideal for walkers, ramblers and naturalists ; in the south, it is traversed by the River Lot ; and if you are looking for peace, quiet and unpolluted air, then the entire Department is just the place to spend an unforgettable holiday.

To our regret we do not accept dogs.


Pascale Soulié

Veyrines Haut - 15290 Omps

Phone: (+33) 6 72 92 58 80

Email: contact@gitedeslutins.fr