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Stunning 4* house with Indoor Pool, Snooker room,games room Sleeps 18-22

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 6,458 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6+ Bedrooms. Sleeps 18+(max 22) in rural village near Murat, close to ski resort

Luxury 4* family-friendly holiday cottage near Murat in Cantal, Auvergne with indoor heated swimming pool, snooker room with full sized snooker table and children's games room. In the heart of the Volcanic National Park in the Massif Central, France. Beautiful rural location in Virargues, just 5km from the medieval market town of Murat. This recently renovated stone farmhouse offers four levels of accommodation and walled south-facing gardens. Just 15 minutes from Le Lioran ski resort, and at the heart of walking and mountain bike trails this property offers the ideal base for an active outdoor holiday. 6+ bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including two en suites, plus pool, a stunning snooker room with full sized table and separate spacious games room with table-football and table-tennis tables. The ground floor offers a large open plan kitchen and living/ dining space with range cooker, games table/reading corner, open fire and underfloor heating. Large dining table. The first floor has 4 bedrooms and a television room with two occasional double sofa beds for additional flexible sleeping accommodation. The second floor sleeps 8 people with ease.

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More Details

Katherine Southby
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Katherine Southby

We are a Francophile family who love spending our time in france. Our house is perfect for sharing with family and friends, whether you want active or relaxing holidays. We hope you will enjoy our holiday home as much as we do.

Katherine Southby purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Katherine Southby chose Virargues

This property was owned for many generations by longstanding family friends of ours who we met through a school french exchange. With their help and support we have renovated the old farmhouse and adjoining barn over many years and brought it back to life in the heart of this rural French village.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house has so much space that you can get away from it all even when you are on holiday in a large group. We have the indoor heated pool, plus three games rooms - an adult zone with a full sized snooker table and dart board, a children/teenage zone with table tennis and table football, plus a toddler zone with toys to play with. All this with the beautiful Cantal countryside on your doorstep and many walking and cycling routes right from the front door.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Je vous envoie ce petit mail pour vous dire que nous avons passé un très bon moment dans votre gîte à Virargues! Nous avons bien récupéré les clés chez le voisin qui est très sympathique et l'endroit est vraiment magnifique; vous avez fait un sacré joli travail!!!

Nous avons bien profité de la cheminée, de la salle de jeux et des alentours!!! tout le monde était manque plus que la piscine et le billard!!!!

Le seul bémol peut etre était au niveau du chauffage: il semble que les radiateurs étaient programmés pour s'arreter la nuit et nous n'avons pas réussi à les régler...comme il faisait très froid ce we (-4°C)!! mais avec la cheminée et les couettes nous n'avons pas eu trop froid!

en tout cas, c'était vraiment un chouette week end, et je ne manquerai pas de recommander cet endroit autour de moi et de vous recontacter si nous organisons un autre week end dans le futur!
Nov 2009
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Virargues Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6458 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , ground floor cloak room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , ensuite to bedroom 4
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , first floor bath room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor bath room
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Single occasional sofa bed. En suite shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , Twin bedded room with additional single day bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , En suite shower room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Second floor, with lovely west facing views.
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , Second floor twin room
    Bedroom 7 - 4 twin/ single , mezzanine bunk room with 4 cabin beds
    Bedroom 8 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , First floor television room has two double sofa beds
  • Please note that the property has 6 traditional bedrooms, plus a mezzanine above the games room with 4 single cabin beds. These provides sleeping accommodation for 18. There are two further double sofa beds on the first floor landing in the television area. These enable the property to sleep a further 4 people, however these beds do not benefit from the privacy of the other accommodation. We have two folding cots available if required.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • 12 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is accessed through either the main double doors of the summer entrance, or the winter hall to the side which provides large storage cupboards for skis, boots and outdoor wear, plus secure bicycle storage. Ground floor - There is a spacious and welcoming open plan living room, dining room and kitchen taking up the whole of the remainder of the ground floor. The flexible dining tables can be arranged together to seat up to 20 dining in comfort. There are several living areas. On the ground floor guests can choose between the comfortable sofas and armchairs, the window seat, or the 'petit salon' with card table and internet access. On the first floor is the television area, which offers two further sofas. Games room - there is a large games room on the second floor with table football and table tennis. There is also a smaller play area on the same floor for younger children, with a selection of children's toys. Full size snooker table.


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Stunning 4* house with Indoor Pool, Snooker room,games room Sleeps 18-22
average rating of 4.8867927 based on 57 reviews

Très bien!

  • 4 of 5

C'est la 2 ème fois que nous venions pour fêter Noël en famille. C'est toujours aussi sympa. Enfants et adultes se régalent avec les randonnées et la piscine au retour. Nous viendrons une 3 ème, c'est sûr!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbe maison parfaitement rénovée

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons passé un week-end exceptionnel dans cette maison très chaleureuse avec un paysage enneigé immaculé à l'extérieur: des conditions idéales pour un séjour entre amis avec des enfants.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Depuis 3ans on se regale

  • 4 of 5

Nous nous retrouvons tous les ans au mois d’octobre au gite southby depuis 3 ans déjà et nous sommes ravis !

Le cadre est superbe, le gite extrêmement bien équipé.

Notre séjour se passe à merveille. Nous sommes ravis de profiter de la piscine.

Un gite exceptionnel!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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un superbe week end dans une superne demeure

  • 5 of 5

Nous étions 6 couples avec chacun 1 a 2 enfants . la maison est très bien aménagée et chaque famille a pu trouver sa place . Nous n'avons pas eu l'impression d’être les uns sur les autres. les équipements sont très complets et rien ne manque pour vivre sans souci a si nombreux. la maison est décorée avec beaucoup de gout. et la cerise sur le gâteau : la piscine intérieure. C'est certain nous reviendrons !

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Superbe maison!

  • 5 of 5

Nous venons de passer une semaine dans cette immense maison et c'est avec regret que nous avons dû la quitter... Elle est tellement spacieuse que tout le monde peut avoir son intimité et les pièces de vie sont suffisamment grandes pour partager les bons moments tous ensemble. A noter que la maison est plus sympa en vrai qu'en photos, ce qui est assez rare pour le souligner. Les enfants étaient également ravis avec les prestations proposées (Piscine, Tennis de table, baby-foot...). Bref, nous y retournerions avec plaisir!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Moutiers Savoie

notre séjour très agréable chez vous

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été enchanté de notre séjour chez vous, si bien que tous veulent revenir l année prochaine.

Nous n avons pas trouvé très efficace le lave vaisselle ...

sinon tout est parfait

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
175 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
690 Kilometres
Caen (Calais - 800km)
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
J23 - A75, Massiac
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Le Jarousset
Car: necessary

Virargues is a rural hamlet in the Cantal department of the Auvergne. Situated in the heart of the Volcanic National Park, the medieval market town of Murat with its quaint streets, bars, restaurants, outdoor and indoor market and shops is only 5 minutes away. Murat also offers a leisure centre, swimming pool, tennis courts and childrens playground. The property is 15 minutes by car to Le Lioran ski resort offering both winter and summer sports including both skiing and mountain bike trails accessed from its network of lifts. Childcare is available at Lavessiere nearby and babysitting may be arranged locally subject to availability. Extensive walking and mountain bike trails are easily accessed from the property.

Scenic highlights include the Puy Mary - the highest volcano in Europe offering stunning views nearby.

Also in the local area: * Chateau d'Alleuze * Viaduc Garabit *Chaudes Aigues thermal springs *Canoing on the Truyere River *Gorges of the Jordanne *Velorail at Allanche

And further afield:

* Vulcania

Other Activities: aerial ropes course; kayaking; dog sledding; sledging; mini golf; ice skating; orienteering

Ski: The ski resort of Le Lioran is situated in the Monts D'Auvergne area of the Cantal department in the Massif Central region, and is the Auvergne's biggest ski station. The lift served area extends from 1250 metres to 1850 metres. There are 60 km of lift served runs served by 17 drags, 6 chairs and 1 cable car. There are 150 km of cross country trails in the area with 21km over four circuits accessible from Le Lioran. The resort features a snow park. There are all kinds of runs from cruising blues to steep blacks served by 24 lifts and now covered by 55 snow canons. There is some good and interesting off piste, for example from the téléphérique and also after a short climb to the Puy du Rocher. It is also a good destination for snow shoes, cross country skiing with many challenging circuits and ski touring.

There are three ski schools available, ESF, ESI and Yetis, all of which are good. Both group and individual lessons are available for children and adults.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $577.9

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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