7 Properties for sale in Haute-Loire, Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes, France


Located in the south-west of the Auvergne region, Haute-Loire was created in the French Revolution from lands that fell in three separate provinces: Auvergne, the Lyonnais and the Languedoc. With a strong rural past, Haute-Loire is still known for cattle farming; around one third of its surface is forested. The traditions of rural life remain strong, from country dancing to music played on instruments such as the fife and the cornemuse, a type of bagpipe. With few large towns in the department, life is largely based around village communities.

CAPITAL: LE PUY-EN-VELAY A Ville d’Art et d’Histoire, Le Puy is best known for its religious heritage. The Romanesque Notre Dame cathedral is UNESCO listed as part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route, while a statue of the Virgin towers over the city on Le Rocher Corneille.

Average property prices

Haute-Loire: €100,000

Source: Notaires de France

Access from UK

By air: There are no airports in Haute-Loire; the nearest airport is in Clermont-Ferrand in neighbouring Puy-de-Dôme

By train: Eurostar to Paris and TGV to Lyon then local services to Le Puy-en-Velay

By road: Haute-Loire is 829km from Calais


Average annual temperature: (Le Puy): 3.6°C/14.1°C

Average annual rainfall: 692.0mm

Average annual sunshine hours: 1,909.6

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Rural bliss and a simple country existence


Haute-Loire punches above its weight when it comes to Plus Beaux Villages; there are four in the department: Blesle, Lavaudieu, Arlempdes et Pradelles. Le Puy’s wealth of religious buildings adds to the cultural offering, as does the Benedictine Abbaye de la Chaise-Dieu. The River Loire and the Allier Gorges provide opportunities for watersports, high adventure and wildlife spotting. Music fans are well catered for too, with annual festivals including a country music event, a Celtic festival and a celebration of monastic music.

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