The 9 most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central

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The most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central welcome you summer and winter alike. Here is a selection prepared by the Generation Voyage team.

The Massif Central is a mountain range in the center of mainland France. It’s not the highest, but it is the largest in the country! Of average altitude, it culminates at 1,885m at the summit of the puy de Sancy volcano, in the Puy-de-Dôme department.

The Massif Central is home to most of France’s volcanoes. Between rivers, huge limestone plateaus and mountains, between hamlets and beautiful towns, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy during your stay.

Incidentally, for an authentic holiday, discover the most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central. We’ve selected the best of them: which ones will motivate you to go there?

1. Superb chalet in Sarlat

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  • The best part: the incredible view

Sarlat is a pretty medieval town emblematic of the Périgord Noir region. It lies in the eastern part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, between the Dordogne and Vézère valleys. Here you’ll find one of the most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central: as soon as you arrive, you’ll contemplate the breathtaking view over the surrounding countryside. Its tastefully decorated 30m² are ideal for a small family in search of peace and quiet.

It’s as comfortable as you could wish for, with a well-equipped kitchen and air conditioning. A plancha is also available, as is ample parking for suitcases. Close to the Dordogne river, don’t hesitate to take a dip or try your hand at canoeing in summer! You can also explore the Vallée des 5 châteaux and take the cycle path to Sarlat.

2. Atypical Auvergne cottage

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  • The plus of housing: total disconnection

Forget the hustle and bustle of modern life and urban stress, and come and recharge your batteries in this little Auvergne chalet. Absolute peace and quiet, total relaxation and no internet or TV connection. The best we can offer is a splendid view of the volcanoes from the terrace.

But that doesn’t mean we’ve given up on comfort: this two-bedroom chalet is air-conditioned. Ideal for a family or a group of friends, close to Sauxillanges and all its amenities, it’s an ideal compromise. The town of Issoire is just a twenty-minute drive from this little haven of peace to be discovered in summer and winter alike. When can you book?

3. Forest cottage

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  • Accommodation plus points: value for money

What a splendid, picturesque chalet nestled in the forest. It’s located in the Puy de Dôme, in the heart of the Parc Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne. This single-storey cottage with garden features a cozy bedroom and a fully-equipped kitchen. Garden furniture and a barbecue await guests, who will also benefit from Wi-Fi and a well-stocked library.

In winter, snow sports and snowshoeing are a must. In summer, you can hike amidst the volcanoes (but don’t worry, they’re still asleep). Close to Lac d’Aydat and its beaches, with easy access to Vulcania and Clermont-Ferrand. We’d recommend it to a couple in love (sporty) or looking for a bucolic break in the heart of nature!

4. Spacious accommodation at the foot of the slopes

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  • Benefits of this accommodation: close to the Lioran ski resort

Do you know Laveissière, in the Cantal region of France? It’s home to the Lioran ski resort, offering winter sports activities for lovers of the great outdoors. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central, like this one. It offers four bedrooms for eight and a breathtaking view of the Bec de l’Aigle and the Téton de Vénus.

These emblematic peaks of the region are a winter and summer favorite. Situated in a quiet area of the Masseboeuf ski area, close to the slopes and trails, this is a choice accommodation. Its large 20m² terrace, bright living room and fully-equipped kitchen will win you over!

5. Large chalet for eight

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  • The best thing about this property: its remarkable decor

The « Chalet des Lacs » in Saint-Hilaire-les-Courbes, Corrèze, sleeps eight people in its four bedrooms. In the heart of a peaceful natural environment, you’re here on the Mille-Vaches plateau. Lakes are just around the corner, as are mountain biking and hiking trails. You’ll appreciate the high level of comfort, functional facilities and superb decor.

There’s even a billiards table… For cocooning enthusiasts, movie nights in front of the giant screen, warmed by the hot stove, are unforgettable. Take advantage of the presence of farms (Limousin cows are legion here) to stock up on local produce. Yummy!

6. Gigantic chalet near Salers

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  • A plus for this accommodation: the spa

Le Vigean, in the Cantal region, is close to Puy Mary, Mauriac and Salers, one of France’s most beautiful villages. This large Massif Central chalet occupies one of the best locations in the commune. It features a spa, fully equipped kitchen, large living room and four spacious bedrooms.

Its large terrace is ideal for a drink while contemplating the surroundings. Close to all essential amenities, this family-friendly rear base promises great country adventures. Come on, let us convince you to bring your (large) family!

7. Forest duplex chalet

Le kiosque, pour les amoureux ... de la nature.

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  • Accommodation highlights: right in the heart of nature

The superb La Mouynarie estate is located in Saint-Geniès, on the edge of the forest. Covering an area of almost five hectares, it is home to many animals and travelers who come to visit. The latter appreciate the presence of this Massif Central chalet, featuring a beautiful, generously glazed living room. Upstairs there’s a charming bedroom and a shower room.

A swimming pool is at your disposal, as well as a gravel courtyard with barbecue. The estate offers hiking, swimming and other activities. Once you’re out and about, all the must-see tourist sites of the Périgord Noir await you. The famous Lascaux cave, for example!

8. Exceptional contemporary chalet

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  • A plus for this apartment: modern decor

With room for ten travelers in its four beautiful bedrooms, the « La Tribu » chalet is the perfect place to import your own. Located at the foot of Puy Griou, facing the Plomb du Cantal in the small village of Les Chazes, it’s a must. With everything you’d expect from a modern, well-decorated and bright home, its 80m² will appeal to young and old alike.

Perched at an altitude of 1,290m, it’s the perfect spot for ski touring in the tree-lined mountains of the area. On the way back, the 20m² terrace with its panoramic views is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine (or hot chocolate)… before enjoying a well-earned Savoyard fondue?

9. Charming gîte in Quercy

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  • Lodging advantages: close to listed villages

Among the most beautiful chalets in the Massif Central, this cosy nest for four caught our eye. It’s ideally located between the towns of Sarlat and Rocamadour. Right in the heart of the Lot, in the Quercy region, this wooden chalet is tastefully decorated and well-equipped.

You’ll appreciate the special location between meadows and forests. Children will love the horses as much as the mezzanine and large swimming pool! Take advantage of your visit to discover Rocamadour or Cahors via Ginouillac. The Dolmen des Cloups is well worth a visit!