Welcome to Le Relais des Eléphants Colorés

Welcome to the website of Le Relais des Eléphants Colorés.


Greetings from Virlet!

We wish to welcome you to our little piece of paradise in the French countryside.

We offer you the opportunity to stay in one of the most beautiful, natural areas in Central France.

Relax and unwind at either one of the four gorgeous ensuite bedrooms, with breakfast included or in the fully equipped two bedroomed gite with kitchen and amenities, both have access to our onsite swimming pool open from mid June to September (weather permitting)  to help cool off after a day of exploring the stunning scenery.

Our vast garden offers plenty of space to relax.

You may wish to indulge in a three course set meal at our table with local produce sourced whenever possible. This table d’hote option is additional and bookable upon at the time of your stay.

Soft drinks, Beer and local wine will also be available to purchase if required, on some nights there could even be some live acoustic music performed by Terry to entertain you as you dine.

Eléphant Colorés is located in the peaceful hamlet of Les Guis and close to the villages of Virlet and Pionsat, this area sits in the middle of the forests and meadows of the Combrailles.

The Combrailles is a quiet and hilly farming region in Puy- de-dome department of the Auvergne, the green heart of France.

The closest village is Pionsat just five kilometres away. as well as a castle with a museum, you will also find a supermarket, hotel, restaurants, bakery, butcher to name a few. This is a very picturesque area ideal for walking and cycling tours , with many opportunities to encounter local wildlife.

Just take a thirty minute drive to the excellent Golf de Sainte Agathe, a fantastic eighteen hole course where enthusiasts can play a challenging game.

Natural wonders include the Gorges de la Sioul, where various canoe trips can be made and of course the famous Puy de Dôme  volcano area where you can go to enjoy paragliding, mountain climbing, swim in a volcanic lake or visit the Vulcania theme park.

Whether you are travelling through to take in some of the sights or are craving a restful getaway, we are situated in the perfect place to satisfy your needs.

We hope to see you soon

Caz & Terry


Chambres d'Hôtes

Our Chambres d’Hôtes consists of four luxuriously furnished rooms, each with its own bathroom. The site offers a lovely terrace, a heated swimming pool, views, free Wi-Fi and boules.

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Table d'Hôtes

Table d’hôtes is also possible in consultation


Book now

Book now for an unforgettable experience of relaxation, creativity and nature in the beautiful Auvergne. We will be open in 2024 from 28th March and we look forward to welcoming you.



In the area you can enjoy the beautiful nature and culture of the Combrailles and the Puy-de-Dôme with its volcanoes, but also enjoy the many golf courses, thermal spas, castles and many other sights.

On the 8,500 m2 site you can enjoy the view, or play a game of petanque on the petanque court. Since 2017 you can also enjoy swimming in our heated swimming pool. We have a children’s pool available for the little ones. Our terrain is characterized by peace and space in a natural environment.

You can also enjoy the beautiful nature in the Puy-de-Dôme with its volcanoes (the Puys). You can go hiking and cycling here. Visit castles, a Buddhist monastery or one of the many other sights. We have sufficient information and are happy to help you on your way.


If you like peace, space and nature, this is the ideal place to stay. It is a good base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings, but there are also various options on our site itself to be lightly active or just to rest.