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Love Nest – Get away from it all in this romantic candlelit shepherd’s cabin rental

If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, this renovated shepherd’s hut in France could be the tonic.

Buron de la Chambe is located 1,300 meters high in the Auvergne Volcanoes National Park, near the charming town of Aurillac. There is no Wi-Fi and there is no electric light.

But there are impressive interiors, as these pictures reveal, with cozy rooms, wood burners, and a working kitchen – all the result of a painstaking eight-year restoration project.

Great escape: Buron de la Chambe stands 1,300 m (4,265 ft) high in the Auvergne Volcanoes National Park

Great escape: Buron de la Chambe stands 1,300 m (4,265 ft) high in the Auvergne Volcanoes National Park

There is no Wi-Fi and there is no electric light.  But there are impressive interiors, as the pictures reveal, with cozy rooms, wood burners, and a working kitchen - all the result of a painstaking eight-year restoration project.

There is no Wi-Fi and there is no electric light.  But there are impressive interiors, as the pictures reveal, with cozy rooms, wood burners, and a working kitchen - all the result of a painstaking eight-year restoration project.

There is no Wi-Fi and there is no electric light. But there are impressive interiors, as the pictures reveal, with cozy rooms, wood burners, and a working kitchen – all the result of a painstaking eight-year restoration project.

Owner Nancy Tate told MailOnline Travel that when she and her husband Martin bought the cabin, there was 'grass growing through the roof and dirt filling most of the rooms'.  In the photo, the cozy dining room

Owner Nancy Tate told MailOnline Travel that when she and her husband Martin bought the cabin, there was 'grass growing through the roof and dirt filling most of the rooms'.  In the photo, the cozy dining room

Owner Nancy Tate told MailOnline Travel that when she and her husband Martin bought the cabin, there was ‘grass growing through the roof and dirt filling most of the rooms’. In the photo, the cozy dining room

The abode is lit only by candlelight, but there is a solar panel that provides enough electricity to charge electronic devices through an electrical outlet.

The abode is lit only by candlelight, but there is a solar panel that provides enough electricity to charge electronic devices through an electrical outlet.

The abode is lit only by candlelight, but there is a solar panel that provides enough electricity to charge electronic devices through an electrical outlet.

Owner Nancy Tate told MailOnline Travel that when she and her husband Martin bought the cabin, there was “grass growing through the roof and dirt filling most of the rooms”.

Explaining his original purpose, he said: ‘During the summer the shepherds came here to make cheese from the milk of their cattle.

‘That’s why the hut is half underground, as it needed to be damp and cold to make the cheese. There was another place nearby where they would put the cattle and sleep upstairs in a wooden hut. ‘

While the cabin, or buron as it is traditionally known, was left in shambles, Nancy and Martin were able to see the potential and began buying it in 2005.

To restore the structure to its former glory, with some amenities, they employed local merchants, and work began in 2009.

Nancy said it was a ‘painfully long project’ in which each stone was collected individually and as there is no path, supplies had to be carried.

Explaining the original purpose of the hut, Nancy said: 'During the summer, the shepherds came here to make cheese from the milk of their cattle.

Explaining the original purpose of the hut, Nancy said: 'During the summer, the shepherds came here to make cheese from the milk of their cattle.

Explaining the original purpose of the hut, Nancy said: ‘During the summer, the shepherds came here to make cheese from the milk of their cattle.

While the cabin, or buron as it is traditionally known, was left in shambles, Nancy and Martin were able to see the potential and began buying it in 2005. In the photo, the kitchen area

While the cabin, or buron as it is traditionally known, was left in shambles, Nancy and Martin were able to see the potential and began buying it in 2005. In the photo, the kitchen area

While the cabin, or buron as it is traditionally known, was left in shambles, Nancy and Martin were able to see the potential and began buying it in 2005. In the photo, the kitchen area

Local merchants were hired to restore the cabin to its former glory, with some added conveniences such as wood burners.

Local merchants were hired to restore the cabin to its former glory, with some added conveniences such as wood burners.

Local merchants were hired to restore the cabin to its former glory, with some added conveniences such as wood burners.

One of the bedrooms in the buron, with two single beds separated by a wooden beam

One of the bedrooms in the buron, with two single beds separated by a wooden beam

One of the bedrooms in the buron, with two single beds separated by a wooden beam

The cabin has capacity for 10 people for a minimum of two nights between the months of May and October.

The cabin has capacity for 10 people for a minimum of two nights between the months of May and October.

Prices start at € 1,250 (£ 1,077) for two nights with the third free or € 2,200 (£ 1,900) for seven nights

Prices start at € 1,250 (£ 1,077) for two nights with the third free or € 2,200 (£ 1,900) for seven nights

The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people for a minimum of two nights between the months of May and October. Prices start at € 1,250 (£ 1,077) for two nights with the third free or € 2,200 (£ 1,900) for seven nights

But thanks to the The couple’s hard work, the buron is now a luxurious lair, which Nancy describes as the “ultimate love nest.”

And just getting to Buron de la Chambe is an adventure in itself.

The trip involves a 30-minute walk along a gravel track, with luggage left in a 4×4.

There are two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and full bathroom with a tub in an old stone trough.

Nancy said the highlight is an outdoor shower with “the best view in the world towards the mountains and beyond.”

The abode is lit only by candlelight, but there is a solar panel that provides enough electricity to charge electronic devices through an electrical outlet.

In terms of supplies, there is a base kitchen at the buron with salt, olive oil and coffee, but additional supplies can be ordered at

In terms of supplies, there is a base kitchen at the buron with salt, olive oil and coffee, but additional supplies can be ordered at

In terms of supplies, there is a base kitchen at the buron with salt, olive oil and coffee, but additional supplies can be ordered at

Owner Nancy describes her vacation rental as the 'ultimate love nest'

Owner Nancy describes her vacation rental as the 'ultimate love nest'

Owner Nancy describes her vacation rental as the ‘ultimate love nest’

A look at the full bathroom with a bathtub in an old stone trough

A look at the full bathroom with a bathtub in an old stone trough

The dining room with a rustic chandelier.

The dining room with a rustic chandelier.

A look at the full bathroom with a bathtub in an old stone trough (left) and the dining room with a rustic chandelier (right)

In terms of supplies, there is a basic kitchen in the buron with salt, olive oil, and coffee, but additional supplies can be ordered.

There is an outdoor well with drinking water or bottled water can also be provided.

Describing the type of guests they have received since they started managing their rental in 2017, Nancy says: ‘We’ve had all kinds of people from all over.

‘Some come as a family and others as a couple. We have had three marriage proposals, which I have helped organize, so it’s fun! We’ve also had a lot of creatives who want to come and write here and be isolated. ‘

Nancy, who is originally from the USA, recommends that guests stay a minimum of three days so they can ‘fully benefit from the seclusion’.

She concludes: ‘In terms of when to visit, I particularly love fall [autumn].

However, summer is fantastic too and there are so many amazing hikes you can do. There is a small forest next to the cabin, which should not be missed. It’s like the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter. ‘

The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people for a minimum of two nights between the months of May and October. Prices start at € 1,250 (£ 1,077) for two nights with the third free or € 2,200 (£ 1,900) for seven nights. Visit www.burondelachambe.com.

Nancy said the highlight is an outdoor shower with 'the best view in the world towards the mountains and beyond'

Nancy said the highlight is an outdoor shower with 'the best view in the world towards the mountains and beyond'

Nancy said the highlight is an outdoor shower with ‘the best view in the world towards the mountains and beyond’

The owner Nancy recommends visiting the small forest next to the cabin, which is 'like the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter'

The owner Nancy recommends visiting the small forest next to the cabin, which is 'like the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter'

The owner Nancy recommends visiting the small forest next to the cabin, which is ‘like the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter’

Describing the type of guests they have received in recent years, Nancy says: 'We have had all kinds of people from all over.  Some come as a family and others as a couple.  We have had three marriage proposals, which I have helped organize, so it's fun!  We've also had a lot of creatives who want to come and write here and be isolated. '

Describing the type of guests they have received in recent years, Nancy says: 'We have had all kinds of people from all over.  Some come as a family and others as a couple.  We have had three marriage proposals, which I have helped organize, so it's fun!  We've also had a lot of creatives who want to come and write here and be isolated. '

Describing the type of guests they have received in recent years, Nancy says: ‘We have had all kinds of people from all over. Some come as a family and others as a couple. We have had three marriage proposals, which I have helped organize, so it’s fun! We’ve also had a lot of creatives who want to come and write here and be isolated. ‘

Nancy, who is originally from the USA, recommends that guests stay a minimum of three days so they can 'fully benefit from the seclusion'.  In summer, the area is said to be a hiker's paradise.

Nancy, who is originally from the USA, recommends that guests stay a minimum of three days so they can 'fully benefit from the seclusion'.  In summer, the area is said to be a hiker's paradise.

Nancy, who is originally from the USA, recommends that guests stay a minimum of three days so they can ‘fully benefit from the seclusion’. In summer, the area is said to be a hiker’s paradise.

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