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Small independent hotels in south central France 


A selection of independent hotels you'll love staying in

Hotel Saint Roch in Auvergne
The Massif Central is the high upland area of central southern France. While it stretches into six of France's regions, the large part of the Massif Central lies in the regions of Auvergne and Limousin. Most of this part of France is relatively sparsely populated upland country, culminating with the volcanic peaks of the Monts d'Auvergne. However the northern parts of the Limousin and the Auvergne, in particular the department of the Allier,  include the pastoral upper areas of the Loire valley basin.

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Small independent hotels in Auvergne & Limousin, 

and other areas of the Massif Central mountains






A  selective directory of nice quiet hotels.
The  iHi independent hotel guide for France lists only independent hotels offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment to travellers,
   In Auvergne-Limousin, mostly comprising lightly populated upland areas, iHi has sought out a choice of small hotels located in villages and small towns or popular areas for rural tourism.
    Limousin covers most of the western half of the map (either side of the E9), Auvergne covers most of the eastern half (either side of the E11) Lozère, also included on this page, is at the bottom of the map on the E11 route. For those looking for hotels in the main towns and cities of Auvergne and Limousin, we suggest going directly to a booking site with a large selection of hotels for these cities.
Auvergne city hotels :Click for hotels in  Clermont Ferrand, in Vichy or in Limoges: large choice of all types of hotel.

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Auvergne & Lozère Limousin

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Independent hotels in the Auvergne & Lozère

    Hotels in Auvergne
  • Bourbon-L'Archambault (03 Allier) near E11
    Grand Hotel Montespan-Talleyrand ***  If this hotel were in Paris, it could charge three times the rates it does. Out-of-the-way Bourbon l'Archambault, historic fief of the house of Bourbon, is now a small sleepy country spa town, near Moulins. This genteel hotel (with pool) occupies a historic building, decorated with period furnishings. Spacious rooms, good restaurant.
  • Meaulne (03 Allier)  near A71 - E11
    Au Cœur de Meaulne 
    Attractive contemporary hotel in an old building in the heart of the quiet village of Meaulne, not far off the A71 motorway. Meaulne is just about at the geographic centre of France. Close to the old oak forest of Tronçais. Advance booking essential, as this hotel only has six rooms... and a great restaurant.
  • Chambon sur Lac (63 Puy de Dome)
    Hotel la Villa du Lac ***  €   Located beside this beautiful lake in the mountains of Sancy, Auvergne, this family-run hotel has 7 comfortable clean rooms. Very helpful and welcoming staff. The restaurant serves traditional Auvergnat cuisine. Plenty of outdoor activities in the immediate vicinity.
  • Paulhaguet, (43 - Haute Loire) 
    Hôtel Domaine St. Roch   (photo left)  Salzuit, near Paulhaguet . Delightful boutique hotel in a recently renovated chateau on a hillside overlooking the valley. Just off the N 102 route through the Auvergne region. Spa. Listed with "relais du silence". Excellent reviews.
  •  La Chomette, N 102, (43 Haute Loire) 
     Hôtel la Crèche
     €    Three star hotel in the village of La Chomette, beside the N 102 just south of Brioude in the direction of Le Puy. Restaurant and bar. Very good value.
  • Les Estables, SW of Le Puy (43 Haute Loire)
    Hotel Francillon ** . €  Great value and a friendly welcome at this ancient guest house in the open spaces of the high plateaux of southern Haute Loire. Superb location for hikers. Restaurant serves local dishes using local produce.
  • Vezac, 4 miles from Aurillac (15 Cantal)
    The Chateau de Salles is a charming small **** château hotel in a village just outside Aurillac, capital of the Cantal. The hotel is full of character, and has a pool and a restaurant serving local Auvergnat specialities. The location in the Cere valley, with views to the mountains, is great, specially for golfers as there is a golf course close by.
  • Condat (15 Cantal)
    The hotel Lac des Moines  €     stands right on the edge of the lac des Moines, in the high Cantal regional park. Free fishing, free parking and free wifi. The lakeside location is very calm, and the hotel is a great base for hiking in the mountains of the Cantal. Very friendly staff. Restaurant. Good value for money

Hotels in Lozère
  • Massif Central, A75 - E11 motorway  (48 Lozère)
    Hotel le Rocher Blanc **  €   . La Garde, south of Saint Flour, just a kilometre from the A75 motorway, in a mountain environment, this logis on the borders of Auvergne and Lozère is great value. Good restaurant, heated pool, easy to find, peace and quiet.

Independent hotels in  Limousin

  • Saint Viance, near Brive (19 Corrèze)  Near A20
    Auberge sur Vezere    A lovely 10-room rural auberge with English-speaking proprietors. The rooms are small, but clean and comfortable, and the welcome is friendly. Quiet location only a few kilometres from the A20 / E9 and A89 motorways .
  • Argentat sur Dordogne  (19 Corrèze)
    The Hotel Fouillade **  €  is in a traditional old building  on a quiet square in the old centre of Argentat, a delightful small town on the upper Dordogne. A choice of comfortable rooms for different budgets, and a good family run restaurant with terrace serving many traditional dishes. Excellent value. 
  • Egletons  (19 Corrèze)
    The Chambres d'hôtes le Pont **  €   stands in a rural lakeside location just four minutes from the small town of Egletons, on the edge of the Millevaches natural park area. B&B guesthouse offering evening meals. Large garden. Easy access from A89 motorway. Excellent value. 
  • Chamberet (19 Corrèze)
    Les Roulottes     is an original concept in guest accommodation, a small ensemble of luxury gypsy caravans, with private bathroom and kitchenette, in an orchard environment in rural Corrèze. Covered heated pool, sauna, tearoom, childrens play area. Online booking
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Central southern France

The Massif Central covers all or part of the  following departments (listed west to east): Departments and main towns.
Limousin region:
87 Haute Vienne : Limoges
19 Corrèze : Brive
23 Creuse :  Guéret
Auvergne region
15 Cantal : Aurillac
03 Allier : Moulins, Montlucon
63 Puy de Dome : Clermont Ferrand
43 Haute Loire : Le Puy en Velay
Languedoc / Midi-Pyrenees region
48 Lozère  12 Aveyron

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 €   - Not expensive : good value for money.
€€€  Cheapest rooms generally at least 100 € per night. . Not for travellers looking for budget accommodation.
Hotels with no price marker are in between.
       Rates may vary according to  season.
Other symbols 
 Hotel with swimming pool. 
 Hotel by the sea. 
  Hotel in a rural location. 
 Environment-friendly green hotel - hôtel vert -

Other regions of France

Tourist information for the southern regions of France
Limousin: guide to the region and its sites
Auvergne web  travel and regional guide
Languedoc-Roussillon: a short tourist guide
Provence-web: a short guide to Provence 

The iHi France independent hotel guide lists  independent hotels offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment. Hotels range from four-star to two-star, and even unclassified hotels and upscale B&Bs. It is important to note that stars are not always the best guide to a hotel's real worth, as they indicate amenities and services provided, rather than the quality of those amenities. The iHi directory concentrates more on the qualities of hotels, as recognised by guests. The directory lists only hotels recommended by travellers: priority is given to small hotels with character, rural hotels offering good value for money, or town hotels away from the noise of busy streets. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.
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