A former farm dedicated to well-being
on the Via Averna, to the north of the Aubrac lands

Neussargues en Pinatelle, Cantal Auvergne FR
hotel, Auvergne

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

When we discovered this three-hundred-year-old lava stone farm on an exceptional natural site, we immediately felt that we needed to revive the place as we could see the potential for it to be incredibly beautiful. At the time, the lake was dry and the site had been left in ruin and partly tarred. By studying the property's file, we learned that it was located on an area of land classified as a Rural Revitalisation Zone. The ecolodge project seemed the obvious choice: a project for life and a project for the land. We immediately wanted to make it a place for sharing in an effort to contribute to a better world, more connected to the earth's nature and to our own human nature. We also wanted it to be a place of development as we work closely with local contributors.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

The 3000-hectare Pinatelle massif (a real life enchanted forest full of deer, foxes and badgers) is full of walks and trails that can easily be reached from the house. We also give our guests a map of the hikes that we made ourselves. Moments of well-being can be enjoyed in our spa. Looking out over the surrounding nature, it includes a wild sauna, a hammam opposite the volcano and a hot tub with flowers from the lake. As the site is fairly isolated, the stay always includes dinner (local cuisine made with fresh produce from local suppliers) and breakfast. For the same reason and to be able to truly benefit from all of our well-being facilities, we advise guests to stay for a minimum of two nights. For those who want massages and treatments, naturalistic outings can be organised. Instants d'absolu is somewhere between ashram (a place of reconnection to the self) and a luxury hotel with the warmth of family home. It is utterly unique and guests quickly feel at home here.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

It is a house in lava stone with slate roofs that are of Templar origin. Over time a farmhouse and a barn were added. We have completely eco-rehabilitated the property, taking care not to denature it and preserve its soul. The latest work has given it a more contemporary feel while respecting the original style.

Places you would personally recommend

The site is bursting with nature! The area is covered with snow from December to April, meaning exciting expeditions across the Cézallier with a team of sled dogs is a must. Summer brings a more verdant and flowery landscape from May to August, making it ideal for fishing, horseback riding and mountain biking on the Pinatelle massif trails. During the Indian summer from September to October (the time of the deer slaughter) the forest explodes with a stunning array of colours. Beautiful open spaces are all around, along with the likes of the Puy Mary (a Cantal volcano classified as a 'Great Site of France). Little parts of heritage can also be found with wood ovens and chateaus scattered about, endearing craftsmen (potters, confituriers, organic bakers), and the unmissable "most beautiful villages in France" which include Salers, Tournemire, Blesle, Lavaudieu and the medieval village of Murat.

What is its history ?

The house is located opposite the Lac du Pêcher which was dug by Benedictine monks in the 10th century to meet their needs for fish and those of pilgrims passing through Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Located to the north of the Aubrac lands, between Mont du Cantal and the Cézallier Massif, it is located on an ancient route known as the Via Arverna. The route links Clermont-Ferrand to Cahors...And to think, when we named the project "Instants d'absolu" (moments of absolute) we did not even know about this part of its history!

Our opinion

Isolated in the middle of a landscape scattered with forests, lakes, meadows and extinct volcanoes, this former cantaloupe farm (now dedicated to the well-being) is a starting point for internal journeys and hikes through nature. The simplicity of the almost wild nature, the roughness of the lava stones and the refinement of the services offered here create a unique experience.


between 198 € and 308 € / night

Ref 397408

Open from 16th December to 18th March
and from 20th April to 11th November

Accommodation capacity

30 12 12

The house has twelve rooms and suites, one of which meets disabled requirements. All are without a phone or television to allow guests to fully enjoy nature and the concert of frogs croaking the song of the écir, the north wind that characterises this mountainous region. Stays are open to both couples and families as it is possible to rent the entire property. Guests have access to a small living room and dining room with a cosy alcove in the corner, a reading room perfect for flicking through a beautiful book or sipping a pine bud liqueur, a telescope and plaids to better enjoy the scenery and nature, and boots and fishing rods for adventures at the lake.

Facilities and amenities
  • restaurant
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • spa bath
  • Access for disabled persons

Languages spoken

English - German - Spanish


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