Lavoute Chilhac, a clunisien site, is fascinating not only for the surrounding nature, but also for its ancient priory and its Saint Cross church from the 15th century.
ABBEY OF LAVAUDIEU
Located in the serene village of Lavaudieu, in the Valley of the Senouire, it is the only monastary in Auvergne to have saved its Roman cloister. Founded in 1050. It was a branch of the monastary of the Chaise Dieu. Stroll around the beautiful and serene village, a laberynth of little streets and magnificantly restored homes.
Volcanoes, though considered as destructive natural force, can also slow down the inescapable work of erosion. In Chilhac the remains of certain varieties of faune in a volcanic flow dating from 1.9 million years ago, have been conserved. They are consequently considered to be some of the most ancient.
WINDMILLS OF ALLY
In Ally, you will discover one of the largest windmill parks in France. There are guided tours where you can see the windmills that have been restored from the XIX century as well as the mines of Rodde. An impressive visit and a wonderful view of the Valley.
WILD SALMON CONSERVATORY
The Salmon Conservatory helps one to understand the actions that are being taken to assure the repopulation of Europe's larger rivers. There is also an exhibit which explains the life and biological cycle of salmon. Chanteuges is a beautiful village not to be missed!
The Tourist Train of the Gorges of the Allier River is a unique and marvelous experience for the whole family. Travel on one of the most magnificant railway lines in France and visit the savage Allier, where no man has gone before
LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
PROTECTED NATURAL SITES
KAYAK, CANOE & ADVENTURE
In Lavoute Chilhac, the LPO or League for the Protection of Birds, presents numerous expositions, paintings, photos and walks (some at night), to discover and explore the diversity of species inhabiting the Valley of the Allier.
The High Valley of the Allier River is a natural site, protected and part of the program, Natura 2000. There are many ways to discover this natural environment, whether through the many hiking paths, biking paths, the little beaches next to the river, you will discover that there are many animals, insects and species of faune that one can not find elsewhere.
The area offers a multitude of activites for all styles and tastes. Try a day in Langeac at the Le Parcours Aventure en Forêt, a wonderful escape into the forest for all ages, spend the day on the river, rent canoes and kayaks in Lavoute Chilhac or Chilhac.
Thrill-seekers, you can always try bunjy jumping off the bridge in Villeneuve, it is definitely stimulating!
The Allier and Senourie rivers attract many fishers, young and old. There are a multitude of peaceful spots and coves to pass the day, tranquilly, as you await your next catch. To find out more about the rivers and the different species of fish that inhabit them click below.
natural indigo dye workshops
Being the owner of a big vacation rental is great as it is a chance to meet new people and cultures- this summer I would like to invite my guests to participate in Indigo workshops- they will be held at my home near lavoute chilhac (outside). We will explore the wonder and magic of indigo - and create some motifs using different techniques of shibori... resist dyeing. This is a special opportunity for me to get to know my guests and for you to get your hands into some true blue. I also grow different dye plants in my garden, so what do you say? Workshops are 2,5 hours... for 35 euros per person.