culinary destination in a rural setting.
Our B&B is in a small hamlet
called Viviers close to Vergheas.
Vergheas is situated on the
ancient salt route
between Evaux les Bains to Le mont Dore,
on the border of the Auvergne and Limousin
regions. The customs officer
collected the tolls from all the convoys crossing from one
region to another. This beautifully restored,
fascinating building is situated in the centre of the
village of Vergheas.
At the heart of the village is a 12th
century church (registered as an historical monument)
which houses a wooden statue of the "majestic virgin",
sculpted in the holy land by a shepherd and brought to France by
Knights returning from the crusades.
This statue, (also a registered historical monument, since early 20th century and crowned in 1963.) was stolen from the church in 1976.
The statue was recognised by an antiques dealer from Paris
at an auction in Spain in 2002. After restauration the
statue was returned to the church, where it is now on
The house is surrounded by meadows in which
the white charolais cattle graze contentedly.
The Pampeluse flows through Vergheas and at
the beginning of the last century powered seven watermills.
Although they are no longer in commercial use it is possible
to visit Moulin Romme, (which
is included in the tourist watermill route).
Apart from the mills, Vergheas is known for
it's beautiful, unspoiled landscape. There
are many well-maintained paths, which are ideal for taking
walks to explore the area and enjoy the local flora and
Our farmhouse has
been sympathetically restored; as we have retained all the
original features the rooms are full of character.