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Local Information for Gite La Cellette

There is so much to see and do in the Puy De Dome department and surrounding area, here are some of our favourites that we would like to share with you.

Local amenities

There are ample shops in Pionsat which is approx 3km from the house. You never need to go far for supplies as there is a compact Intermarche as well as a Casino supermarket, tabac, butcher, 2 bakers, florists, bank, and post office. A market is held in the village square every Friday morning and is well worth a visit for local produce, particularly the wonderful cheeses of the region.

A dentist, doctor and optician can also be found in the village.

The Chateau de Pionsat dominates the village, look out for the many concerts and exhibitions which are held there throughout the year.


Nearest Towns 

The nearest towns to Gite-La-Cellette are St Eloy les Mines and St Gervais, St Eloy les Mines being the bigger of the two. At St Eloy there are supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, sports centre and doctors. Both towns have man-made lakes with beaches ideal for swimming, walking, sunbathing and relaxing. Both also have local markets once a week selling many local products and tourist information centres open in the summer season.

Riom

The old town of Riom, with its outstanding architectural heritage is 40km away. The town features numerous houses dating from the 16th Century. The centre of the town has many boutiques and smaller local shops selling local and upmarket products. To the outskirts of the town in the commercial centre there is larger commercial shops and supermarkets. 

Montluçon

Auvergne's second largest town, wonder through the restored medieval old town and enjoy a drink or a meal at the many bars and restaurants.Work your way up to the chateau that once belonged to the Dukes of Bourbon. Or savour the gastronomic delights of the cheese shops  and indulge your sweet tooth at one of the chocolatiers which line the old cobbled streets.

A little way out of the town is the Centre Aqualudique de la Loue which with it's many pools, waterslides and outside areas makes for a great day out.

The Sioule River

Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Pont Du Menat for a great day messing about on the river. See www.sioule-loisirs.com for further details.

Head to Plage de Cofolant for a great day at Aqua'ludic where you can take a picnic, relax by the shore of the lake or make use of the canoes, kayaks, large inflatables , pedaloes and paddle boards all for one inclusive price. See www.aquaterra.fr for further details.

Let it snow!!!!

This section would not be complete without some information about the various Winter activities that are available. Super Besse and Le Mont Dore offer some fantastic skiing/snowboarding/sledging/nordic skiing and are a great alternative to the more expensive Alps. It is possible to leave the house and be on the slopes within 1 & 1/2 hours (Le Mont Dore), then be able to get back to the house in time for dinner. Check out www.sancy.com for further details on this fantastic area.


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