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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
Ardentes Ref: FEC003

Outdoor swimming pool

Indre

Set in idyllic countryside, with green fields and vineyards on the doorstep, the pretty towns of Blois and Tours are within driving distance. The house is set on the banks of the Indre river, along which you can fish for approximately 3 km. In the garden you will find tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball and a sandpit for the children. There is also a games room with table tennis and a gym for adults.

The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a terrace and there is a garage for 2 cars. The old wing, which was previously used by the servants, is now a laundry room. On the ground floor are 2 bedrooms with four poster beds, and one with bunk beds, a large family kitchen will accommodate everyone, the lounge is comfortable and homely with elegant decor and a fireplace.

On the first floor there are 2 large bedrooms, both with double bed, and 2 twin. In the summer months the area is a hive of agricultural activity. Wine tasting and cheese can be delivered along with fresh bread in the morning.

Shop and restaurant 2.5km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with Jaccuzi bath, shower cubicle, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk room. First floor: 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

Electric heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge (no fuel provided), woodburner in kitchen (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV (French channels only), video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, garage parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. Friday to Friday changeover day. NB: One bedroom is connecting. Some bedrooms with sloping ceilings and beams. River frontage.

WAS
NOW
£263-£2299
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Grange Ref: F37132

Set in a beautiful mature garden with a woodland area and sweeping countryside views, this detached country house has a private pool and sunny terrace just yards from the door. The interior has been refitted and decorated to a good standard by the British owner and offers comfortable holiday accommodation in this much sought after area. The imposing city of Tours, the heart of the Touraine, is only 20 minutes south and has a variety of shops, ancient château and attractive restaurants as well as the renowned wine producers and vineyards. Many famous châteaux are to be found nearby with splendid gardens to explore, such as Villandry or Chenonceau, or Azay-le-Rideau with its impressive son et lumière, or the fairytale inspiration for Sleeping Beauty at Ussé.

Ground floor: Living room with ornamental wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room with French windows to terrace and pool. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together to make double). Bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Open tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (beds can be pushed together to make double). Shower room/WC

  • Large mature lawned garden with terrace
  • Woodland area
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1m to 1.8m) with Roman steps open May-Oct
  • Gas central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (English channels)
  • DVD/CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2.5km SW of Beaumont-la-Ronce (shops, bar/restaurant), 9km NE of Semblancay (château), 15km N of Tours (city, château, airport), 18km W of Château Renault (town, most facilities).

WAS
NOW
£619-£1759
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Censie Ref: F53140

Tucked away along a quiet country lane, this attractive detached holiday property provides an excellent touring base from which to explore the picturesque and historic region of France. Spacious and well-equipped, La Censie features a private swimming pool, gymnasium and games room, in addition to these facilities, the mature garden is home to a large lake which makes an ideal spot for summer barbecues. The local town of Cossé-le-Vivien is only 3km from La Censie and has most amenities. A little further lies the pretty town of Ballots which offers visitors a lakeside beach with windsurfing and kayaking as well as nature walks and all terrain biking. Also close by is the historic town of Laval, well known for its Chateau and ramparts, with a bustling atmosphere and boasts excellent bars and restaurants as well as seasonal dinner cruises along the River Mayenne. Another nearby attraction is the picture-postcard town of Vitré, considered to be one of the finest medieval centres in Brittany.

Living room with wooden floor, beams, French doors to garden. Dining room, tiled floor and French doors to decking. Kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Games room. Shower room/WC. First floor: Four bedrooms: One kingsize, one double, two twin, all with beams and sloping ceilings. Bathroom/WC

  • Lawned garden with lake
  • Patio
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 1.8m)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Gym with WC
  • Games room with snooker table
  • Table tennis
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 3km from Cossé-le-Vivien (all amenities), 10km from La Rincerie (lakeside beach, wind surfing, swimming), 18km S of Laval (shops, restaurants, nightlife, golf), 38km SW of Vitré (historic town).

WAS
NOW
£529-£1519
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This stone pavilion is set in the wooded grounds of a breathtaking neo-Renaissance fairytale château, just 10m from an orangerie, which has an indoor BBQ and table tennis. There is access from here to the private fenced lake – boat and fishing equipment can be provided and the owner also provides a welcome hamper. Adjacent to the orangerie is the beautiful walled pool garden, with a main and children’s pool, both set in magnificent formal and totally enclosed gardens. The local shops, restaurants, bars and tennis are in Meslay a 3 minute drive, or for a greater choice of shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife and golf, the historic town of Laval situated on the River Mayenne is well worth the 15 minute drive. Croquet, table tennis, badminton, fishing and boules are all on site, and the leisure park of ’’La Chesnaie’’ is only a 5 minute drive. The caves and grottos of Saulges are a 15 minute drive, and the renowned zoo at La Flèche is 45 minutes away. Angers and the grand châteaux of the Loire are an hour’s drive, as is the famous Le Mans racing circuit.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Shower room/WC with Jacuzzi bath. First floor: Kingsize four-poster bedroom. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom

  • Enclosed garden
  • Large grounds with fenced lake
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1m - 2m) and children’s pool (2m x 4m, depth 0.4m) with fountain nearby
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • Table tennis
  • Boules
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Meslay (shops, restaurants, bars), 15km from Laval (shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife, golf), 108km from Rennes, 199km from Tours (airport).

WAS
NOW
£440-£1199
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

What was once a busy working farm is now a tranquil holiday destination, having been carefully converted into charming semi-detached holiday cottages with the added attraction of a large outdoor swimming pool, shared with two other holiday cottages. Set within four acres of land, both Le Martinet (ref F37169) and Le Pigeonnier (ref F37170) offer guests a taste of the country and access to some of the region’s most historic centres. La Brenne National Park, situated close to La Richardiere, is a renowned wildlife reserve and a must for visitors to the area. Châteaux, wine, and sunflowers are the three icons of the Loire region. Futuroscope Science Park is within easy driving distance.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with living area, patio doors to patio, beams and tiled floor. First floor: Living room with double bed, French doors to balcony, sloping ceilings, beams and wooden floor. Shower room/WC.

Location: 4.5km from Le Petit Pressigny (local amenities, Michelin star restaurant), 14km S of Ligueil (all amenities), 24km SW of Loches (Medieval market town), 60km S of Tours (cathedral, museums, shops).

Both properties: Lawned garden

  • Patio
  • 4 acres of shared grounds with pond (take care with children)
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.45m to 1.65m), open Jun-Aug
  • Oil central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£260-£740
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This beautiful cottage is prettily decorated with antique oak furniture, including an old grandfather clock. Enjoy eating outside in the evenings in the flowery garden and open conservatory. The enclosed private swimming pool offers total privacy to enjoy the sun. If you ever get tired of relaxing in this beautiful place, there’s plenty to do in the area from cycling, boating, water-skiing and lovely country walks. Conveniently situated for exploring the Cher Valley, the medieval town of St. Aignan with its château and famous zoo and the impressive Château of Cheverny with a luxury golf course. Nearby is the beautiful city of Blois with its gothic château. There are many local vineyards in this region. The owners are close to hand to give help and advice.

Ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to mezzanine sitting room. First floor: Double bedroom

  • Private lawned garden
  • Patio
  • Swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2 to 1.6m)
  • Pool house
  • Outdoor conservatory
  • Electric heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 4km from Selles/Cher (all facilities), 42km SE of Blois (château, large town), 32km SE of Cheverny (château, golf), 16km E of St. Aignan (zoo, restaurants, shops), 32km S of Chambord (park, château).

WAS
NOW
£319-£940
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Rivière Ref: FL104

This 19th-century French barn has been converted into a modern, bright holiday home, refurbished using many original features such as exposed beams and timber framework. There are basic supplies in the villages of Souday and Valennes. You have a choice of shops, restaurants, tennis, riding and market in Vibraye, 7km, or for a wider choice, the town of St-Calais, 15km. For the active there’s a swimming lake, mountain bike circuit and children’s games at Lavaré, a 25-minute drive, and an 18-hole golf course at Bellême, 50km. The forest of Vibraye has 6000 hectares of oak with extensive trails and cycle paths. Le Mans with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24 hour race circuit, is approximately an hour’s drive. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley, approximately 90 minutes’ drive, famous for its châteaux (Chambord, Cheverny, Blois and Amboise), and wines (Chinon and Saumur). Chartres is an hour’s drive and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Laundry room. Double bedroom with adjacent room for cot, patio doors, en-suite bathroom/WC. Two twin bedrooms, one with patio doors. Bathroom/WC with wet room. First floor: Living room. Down two steps to dining room/kitchen. Separate staircase to double bedroom, en-suite wet room/WC

  • Lawned garden, sloping banks
  • Terrace
  • Private unheated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m) open Jun-Sep
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Cot
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Locked annexe in grounds (owner’s use only).

Location: 4km from Valennes (basic supplies, crêperie), 4km from Souday (shops, restaurant), 7km from Vibraye (shops, restaurants, tennis, riding, Friday market), 30km from La Ferté-Bernard, 75km from Amboise (Leonardo Da Vinci museum).

WAS
NOW
£57-£2159
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Carelles Ref: W14638

Private splash pool

Mayenne

Situated in the Mayenne countryside, close to the borders of Normandy and Brittany, this characterful detached property has been restored to provide a comfortable holiday home for large families.

It has large grounds, a games room with table tennis and a private, octagonal splash pool (available Jun - Sep).

Leisure and watersports at Ambrères, 23km, and the spa centre of Bagnoles de l’Orne, 50km, has a lakeside casino and golf course. Coast 64km.

Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 9km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, games room, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 steps to 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin plus child’s single bed. Mezzanine with single bed.

Oil central heating, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €100 supplement Oct to Apr, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi (€15pw), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£299-£880
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Dame-Marie-les-Bois Ref: FEI037

This pretty, terraced, stone holiday cottage is spacious and beautifully decorated. Featuring exposed beams and stonework and a woodburner in the lounge, there is a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Gorund floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 2 double bedrooms, one plus 2 single beds.

WAS
NOW
£629-£1749
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated on the edge of a forest in Le Poinçonnet, close to the town of Châteauroux, these two elegant, adjoining holiday properties each have a terrace and garden for outdoor dining. Complete with a shared swimming pool, terrace and large sheltered patio, along with 4000m2 lawned gardens offering plenty of space, also shared with the owners’ other guests. Both properties are wonderfully decorated and tastefully furnished. Visit the Brenne National Park with its thousand lakes and parklands, a paradise for nature lovers. 30 minutes away lies Nohant, close to Le Châtre, where novelist Georges Sand was brought up and where Frédéric Chopin composed some of his greatest works. Discover the Roman remains of Bourges, 59km, a town conquered by Caesar.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with single sofa bed and French doors to terrace/well-equipped kitchen area. Kingsize bedroom (can be twin) with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower. Separate WC.

Location: 2km S of Le Poinçonnet (shops, café/bars, restaurants), 5km S of Châteauroux (all facilities), 10km E of Brenne National Park (wildlife, châteaux, abbeys), 15km S of Villedieu (golf course), 120km E of Poitiers (historic city, Futuroscope, airport).

Both properties: Private lawned garden

  • Private terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.3m to 2m)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV (Freeview)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Both properties can be interconnected via a lockable door. Can also be booked with F36102.

WAS
NOW
£117-£729
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Maupertuis Ref: F72113

Formerly a hunting lodge, this charming property has been sympathetically restored and retains its original turret and stone spiral staircase. Set in its own grounds, the property features a large lawned garden with colourful flowerbeds at the front and rear of the house. The property also enjoys a sun-trap conservatory, ideal for dining, and an enclosed heated swimming pool. The house is situated within walking distance of the historic town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, with its port and château. Slightly further afield is the 15th century Abbey St. Pierre in Solesmes, and the Château and forest of Durtal.

Living room with French windows to patio. Large dining room with open fire. Spacious well-equipped kitchen leading to conservatory. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Separate WC. Stone spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom with additional pull out bed

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Private heated indoor swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1m to 2m)
  • Oil central heating
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • F/freezer
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Games room with table tennis and darts
  • Outdoor play area with swing
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km NE of Sablé-sur-Sarthe (riverside town, shops, bars, restaurants), 25km NW of La Fléche (large town, all facilities), 50km SW of Le Mans (city, cathedrals, motor racing).

WAS
NOW
£599-£1679
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Indre-et-Loire

La Cachette (or “The Hideaway”) is an ideal holiday retreat for two. A secluded garden and terrace offer guests the chance to make the most of the summer sunshine whilst the swimming pool (7.2m x 3.6m, depth 1.2m) is perfect for cooling down.

Situated close to the Loire river itself, La Cachette, an apartment adjoining the owner’s home, is within easy access of some of the region’s most famous sites.

Nearby Château Ussé, said to be the inspiration for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a must see, as are the many other châteaux and centres of wine production such as Saumur and Chinon.

Shop 6km, café/bar 500m, restaurant 3km

All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €20 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, CD player, w/machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£189-£530
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