Le Ballon Bleu
Our 'treehouse' studio
|We fondly call our studio apartment the ‛treehouse'.
It earned that nickname when the main house was still under construction and we used the studio as a temporary home. We used to sit on the balcony before the balustrade was put up, legs dangling over the edge of the platform, watching the birds who, obviously, mistook this wooden house for a new tree. There are many birds in this part of the Auvergne. It's no coincidence that the area has been assigned the status of a European ‛Natura 2000' bird habitat. There is a special observation site for migratory birds about a mile from our home.
Our house is named Le Ballon Bleu because we fly our own (mostly) blue hot-air balloon, with space in the basket for just two passengers. Studio guests can book such an exclusive flight with us during their holiday - champagne baptism included.
The studio is an apartment of about 30 square metres. It comprises a sleeping area and settee with a decently sized double bed, a couch where you can sit with a book and ample storage space; the kitchen has a table where you can sit to eat while looking at the view of the landscape. The compact kitchen is fully equipped: fridge with three-star freezer compartment, four-burner gas stove, oven and dishwasher. The bathroom comes with a thermostatic shower, toilet, washbasin and a full-sized washing machine. There is a lot of space to store your personal things, too.
We love animals but our half dozen cats have decided that other pets are not welcome. Donkeys are no great lovers of strange dogs either, and we have had some bad experiences with dogs killing some of our free-ranging chickens. So please don't bring your pets.
Finally, we must emphasize that this is truly a studio for two. If you bring a baby, though, you can borrow a baby-bed for free if you can't bring your own.