auvergne landscapes: saint-arcons-d’allier


The beautiful autumn weather is continuing, although the mornings are getting colder now, so we took the opportunity to make an afternoon excursion to the lovely village of Saint-Arcons-d’Allier.

As you can see from the photograph, it’s a pretty, quiet little village, perched on the hillside with views over the Allier valley. Many of the the individual houses used to be the “rooms” of a boutique hotel. We think that this has now closed, which is a shame, but their website still seems to be up and running, so you can get an idea of just how fabulous it was.

For me, the most distinctive features of the village are the doors of the various barns and outbuildings. They are made from gloriously weathered rough wood, and they all have different clasps and catches, many of them improvised with string and wire.

Well worth a trip, especially on such a sunny autumn day, even though, sadly, there is no opportunity for ice cream!

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