Barn for conversion near St Sauves d’Auvergne in the Puy de Dome department, France
Departments: Allier, Cantal, Loire-Haute and Puy-de-Dôme
Located in the heart of France, the Auvergne is a mountainous region dotted with extinct volcanoes and includes part of the Massif Central. This is a nature lovers paradise with deep forests, lakes and rivers. Outdoor sports are popular here with biking, canoeing, walking in the summer and skiing, especially cross country, in the winter. Hot water springs abound and there are a number of thermal spa towns. Famous for its mineral water and for its lace production this agricultural region is less accessible than other regions - a factor which has kept property prices reasonable. The regional capital is Clermont-Ferrand. Due to its inland location the weather is continental, with much colder winters and much warmer summers than the UK.