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Saint Gervais d'Auvergne - a rural market town

Saint Gervais d'Auvergne, which is located in the volcanic Puy-de-Dôme department of the Auvergne region of southern central France, is a rural market town set in bucolic countryside and offering good access to many of the attractions of this region. Saint Gervais is very much an agricultural town, with a weekly market selling local produce and an economy centred on the raising of the beautiful Charollais beef cattle.

Architecture, history and amenities on offer

The architectural and historical heritage of Saint Gervais includes a Romanesque church, complete with original bell tower and interesting statues, some authentic houses and various notable French resistance sites including a fascinating Resistance Museum. Sadly, the chateau was destroyed by fire. In addition to the Monday morning food market, there are several shops and services in the town. An organic produce fair is held every September. Bars and restaurants complete the picture, offering the chance to really enjoy life in this pretty town.

Enjoy the outdoors at Lake Philippe

Meanwhile, for those who love being outside in the fresh air, the lovely lake (Lac Philippe) on the edge of town offers swimming, fishing and windsurfing, and is a popular spot for camping weekends.

Visit Vulcania and the Puy-de-Dôme Volcano

The surrounding area has many sites of interest. The region is well known for its volcanic origins, and a visit to the Vulcania volcano park and to the Puy-de-Dôme Volcano is highly recommended. The nearby Sioule Gorges are stunning, and offer opportunities for adventure sports as well as providing spectacular views.

Explore vibrant Clermont Ferrand

The main city of Clermont Ferrand is worth a visit, as in spite of its industrial past and to an extent, present, it is a lovely city, offering a great architectural and cultural heritage, and a vibrant modern and social life. Thiers is worth a visit, with its heritage of cutlery making, while another to add to the itinerary of places to visit is Issoire, which has a famous Abbey.

How to get there

The airport of Clermont Ferrand is useful for connections from Paris, but at this time it is not offering direct flights from the UK, so you will probably have to fly from Britain to Limoges or Lyon if you wish to travel by air. Limoges is served by Ryanair and Flybe and Lyon by easyJet, British Airways, Bmi Baby and Air France. There is a TGV stop in Clermont Ferrand, making rail travel a good option. The town is found along the D227/D987. The nearest major roads are the A71 and the A89.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Gervais d'Auvergne

Property in Saint Gervais offers great value for money, as the Auvergne in general has not yet achieved the high levels of popularity seen by other regions of France with overseas buyers. If you are looking for a cheap option for holidays, but want to make a little investment at the same time, consider the mobile home offered (at the time of writing, 2011) with its own swimming pool for the price of just 51,000 Euros. Making this a more permanent proposition by developing the site to include a bricks and mortar house may even be possible, but it would be necessary to check first to see if planning consent would be available. Otherwise a property ripe for complete renovation is also available at just 36,000 Euros.

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Saint Gervais d'Auvergne AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Gervais d'Auvergne?

Saint Gervais lies in central France, in the north-west of the Puy-de-Dôme department.

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Population: 1,272

Access: By air: Fly to Lyon or Limoges. By rail: The TGV runs to Limoges and Lyon. By road: The town is found from the D227 or D987.

Economy: The economy is based on agriculture, most specifically the rearing of Charollais cattle.

Interesting fact: Saint Gervais was an important centre for the French resistance movement during the Second World War.


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