Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Montpeyroux and the farm

After a gorgeous day spent at our friends’ house barbecuing, in and out of the pool, and relaxing, we had decided to meet again the next day as the weather forecast was favorable and the company pleasant. Marine had talked some time about a farm in Montpeyroux that the children would enjoy. I’ve been to Montpeyroux once (when my mother was visiting) and enjoyed the village immensely despite the cold weather, so I was enthusiastic to return now that it was warmer.

Ferme pédagogiquela Moulerette” was a fun Sunday excursion for the kids. Less than 30 minutes from Clermont-Ferrand and within walking distance from the historic Montpeyroux district, there are goats, pigs, cows, horses, geese, rabbits and chickens, as well as pony rides and cheese-making activities. Upon paying the minimal entry fee each child received a bucket full of stale bread that the animals greedily devoured, and for an additional few euros could have a pony ride. We were able to have a try at milking a goat (which Lauris wanted nothing to do with) and see some baby piglets. Lauris especially liked feeding the goats, although the play area (with little tricycles and other toys) came a close second…

Once the kids had their fill of visiting with the animals and the adults had their samples of the chevre made right there on the premises we continued on to Montpeyroux for a nice afternoon stroll around the town. The sunlight on stone was warming and picturesque, and as the evening approached we decided to stay for dinner at the La Vigne.

The atmosphere was charming, with stone walls and archways separating the two dining rooms from the entryway. In the winter I can imagine the giant fireplace probably radiates heat, and during the summer months the outdoor seating area would be full as the restaurant is in the heart of the village. The food was delicious and the service excellent! I had the lamb and was delighted with the seasoning (garlic and herb) as well as the accompanying veggies, but best of all was the fresh chèvre appetizer and the moelleux au caramel dessert with warm oozing caramel sauce and cool crème fraîche to sate my taste buds.

As we began our descent from the village to our car the sun was setting, disappearing behind the chaîne des puys. With only a short ride home the excursion amounted to a perfect day trip, combining fun for the whole family with child-friendly activities, beautiful sights and a delicious meal. Now that we’ve been in the winter and spring, maybe a summer trip is in order?

1 comment:

  1. This looks great! I will have to take my boys up for sure!


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