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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).

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£599-£1679
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0
St Paul Ref: F72109

This elegant château, built in the Directoire style stands in extensive landscaped grounds with a beautiful lake, clay tennis court and king-sized swimming pool. The spacious interior includes marble fireplaces, polished wood floors and a living room with two pianos! The large windows offer delightful views of the parkland grounds and the rolling Sarthe countryside beyond. Gourmet restaurants abound in the area, and nearby Bouloire boasts a master chocolatier as well as a 15th-century chateau. Children will enjoy the zoo at Pescheray, and Papea City with its Wild West village and mine train. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Historic Le Mans has a thriving shopping centre, superb cathedral and Automobile museum. The medieval streets, a hotch-potch of intricate Renaissance stonework, medieval half-timbering, sculpted pillars and beams and grand classical facades, are still encircled by the original 3rd and 4th century Gallo-Roman walls. The attractions of the Loire Valley is less than an hours drive.

Steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open fireplace and piano. Second living room with French windows to garden and pool. Dining room with small kitchen area, dumb waiter to main kitchen. Narrow spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Kitchen with utility room and steps to outside. Spiral staircase from entrance hall to first floor. Five bedrooms: Double with en-suite shower. Bedroom with 4 single beds and en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. Double with en-suite shower over half bath/WC. Single with basin. Double with en-suite bathroom, over bath shower and double basin. Spiral staircase to second floor: 3 twin bedrooms with beamed ceilings, each with basin. Bathroom with over bath shower, bidet. Separate WC on each floor

  • Large grounds
  • Clay tennis court
  • Lake
  • Large fenced swimming pool (25 x 10m, depth 0.3m to 3m)
  • Telephone (payable)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Cot
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Home cooked meals, cleaning and laundry service avail
  • All linen included
  • NB: There are steep, spiral stairs with a low bannister. There is an unfenced pond close to the property.

Location: 1km NW of St Michel de Chavaignes, 5km SE of Conneré, 23km E of Le Mans, 70km N of Tours, 140km SW of Paris.

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£1310-£3259
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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).

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£619-£1759
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Panoramic views

Mayenne

This former barn provides spacious, detached holiday accommodation, with a balcony to provide panoramic views from the first floor bedrooms.

The town of Sillé-le-Guillaume is nearby, which features a lakeside beach, and acres of picturesque forest.

Further afield lies the town of Mayenne, whilst Le Mans, famous for its motor race, is also within easy driving distance.

Shop and restaurant 6km, café/bar 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower, toilet and 2 basins, 1 twin with en-suite shower, toilet and basin, 1 bunk plus single bed, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, air conditioning, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, video, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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£248-£919
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Noyant Ref: W14874

Walking distance of vibrant market town

Maine-et-Loire

Within walking distance of the vibrant market town of Noyant, Villa Noyantis is a smartly furnished holiday cottage.

A garden and patio area take full advantage of the sunshine in this picturesque region of France. The pretty town of Noyant boasts a swimming pool and a weekly market.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km, lakeside beach 8km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus 2 single beds. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Second staircase to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet and basin.

Electric and oil heating, woodburner in lounge (initial fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €30 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, Freesat TVs, DVD players, X-Box, Nintendo 54 and Gamecube, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings, first floor. Steep second staircase. Steps, fenced well in garden.

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£34-£710
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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.

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£263-£2299
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Genes Ref: F37124

In a lovely peaceful setting by the owners’ manor house, this beautifully restored 1850s house enjoys use of the extensive estate grounds and woodlands. The holiday accommodation is spacious and comfortable, boasting a restored stone fireplace in the living room, while outside is a private terrace, shared garden and heated swimming pool. Nearby is the village of St Christophe sur le Nais, with original paintings to be seen in its old church, and just half an hour away is the chateau and park of Grand Luce. Also within easy reach are the historic city of Tours, and Le Mans with its cathedral and car museum at the famous race circuit. Close by are the Loire valley wine growing regions, where producers are happy to welcome visitors.

Ground floor: Living/dining room, restored stone fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen, breakfast area. Utility room. WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Twin bedroom. Two double bedrooms, one with king-size bed. All bedrooms have beamed ceilings. Three shower rooms with WCs. Second floor: Twin bedroom with bathroom

  • Landscaped garden and 320 acres of land and woodland with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Use of heated swimming pool (13m x 7m)
  • Electric convector heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (English channels)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km to village of St. Christophe sur le Nais (all amenities), 9km N of Château du Loir, 12.5km NE of Chateau la Valliere (town), 24km NW of city of Tours (all amenities), 42km SE of Le Mans (city with Roman wall, cathedral).

WAS
NOW
£897-£45998
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
La Boucaudrie Ref: F53136

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, close to the local village, this attractive holiday property has been converted and modernised to provide all home comforts. It has been lovingly decorated in fresh colours and fabrics, together with modern furnishings throughout. The well-equipped kitchen, dining area and most of the bedrooms have large French doors with balconies overlooking the swimming pool and well-kept garden. The private setting makes the villa a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday destination or a base for discovering the picturesque region of Mayenne. Among the interesting places to visit in the Loire Valley are historic Angers with its château, superb tapestry and local vineyards, the lovely Brittany coastal resort of St. Nazaire, or Mont St. Michel can be reached within 1½ hours’ drive. This is an ideal choice of property for a larger group or families who wish to enjoy a holiday together.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two kingsized bedrooms, one with additional single. Two double bedrooms, one with additional single and shared en-suite WC. Single bedroom with shared en-suite WC. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Garden with 3 steps, fenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2m) with Roman steps, outside shower
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km from La Rouaudière (bar/restaurant), 12km N of Pouancé (all facilities, château, restaurants), 14km E of La Guerche-de-Bretagne (all facilities), 108km SE of Mont St. Michel (historic monument, coast).

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£719-£1839
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Le Moulin Ref: F72120

Le Moulin (de Cherre) is an extra special cottage, lovingly restored and furnished in traditional French style with oak beams, stone fireplaces (wood burner), trouffleau stone walls and rationale windows. Set in a beautiful countryside, overlooking the Loir river, complete with the natural habitat on the adjacent island, this special cottage is a calm and beautiful haven. This is châteaux country complete with all the modern comforts, yet set in an ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere. Adjacent to the original mill and mill house, there are fishing rights to the river, and its picturesque setting makes this ideal for art/painting or cycling/touring holidays.

Living/dining/kitchen. Utility. Shower/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower/WC. Bathroom/WC over-bath shower. Second floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed. Twin bedroom

  • Riverside garden
  • Terrace
  • Heating
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • Playstation 3
  • Wi-fi
  • Three cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking.

Location: 1km from archaeological site, 6km from Le Lude (shops, bars, supermarkets), 28km SE of La Flèche (zoo, bars, restaurants, cinema), 48km SW of Le Mans, 50km N of Tours, 58km from Samur (vineyards), 173km from Nantes (airport).

WAS
NOW
£43-£1019
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Badecon-Le-Pin Ref: W14317

Private outdoor heated swimming pool

Indre

This large, detached holiday property, with an annex, is located near Argenton-sur-Creuse and has a spectacular riverside position with panoramic views of the River Creuse (fishing available with licence). The spacious interior is pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide a home from home feeling for your holiday.

The first large terrace attached to the property is ideal for outdoor dining and the second terrace is adjacent to the private heated swimming pool (10 x 4m, depth 1-1.8m) which shares views of the river.

Close to the Brenne National Region Land of George Sand, with over 1000 lakes and 5300 hectares of parkland, a paradise for nature lovers. For a taste of history, Chateauroux, 29km, St. Savin, 57km and Bourges are well worth a visit. Take a day trip to historic Poitiers, 98km, with its famous Futuroscope Theme Park.

Shops 3km, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom (can be kingsize) with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. First floor: 2 bathrooms with shower cubicle, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 four poster double (7ft wide), 1 twin, 1 single. Annex: Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms (can be kingsize).

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent Jun-Sep, €60 supplement Oct-Apr, bed linen included in rent, cot, digital TV, DVD player, CD player, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, private lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: River nearby. 6 steps to entrance. Significant drops and water features near the property.

WAS
NOW
£26-£2220
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Lissière Ref: FL139

Set in the heart of the Loire Valley this is an ideal location for those seeking peace and quiet. Within 20 acres of walled park and gardens with a further 375 acres of woodland for walks and jogging, this renovated holiday property forms part of the original stable block adjacent to the owners château. Facilities are shared with one other rental property but each has their own private garden areas. A shared pool is set within a circular walled garden and the tennis court is situated near the owner’s château. The nearest shops and horse riding are a 5-minute drive to Mer. It’s just 10 minutes drive to Beaugency with larger shops, restaurants and indoor pool. The historical town of Blois is a 20 minute drive and it’s an easy drive to the Loire châteaux, the better known being Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny. Or discover the historical cities of Orléans and Cléry with their Romanesque abbeys, basilicas and museums, and for golf enthusiasts there are some golf courses in the area.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Small TV room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC.

  • Shared grounds with artificial pond (take care with children)
  • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 12m, depth 1m - 2.1m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Shared tennis court
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen included.

Location: 12km from Talcy (château), 15km from Chambord (château, cycle hire), 24km from Blois (château, city), 30km from Cheverny (château, golf).

WAS
NOW
£31-£1779
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Domaine du Parc Ref: F49157

There is something glorious about the panoramic view from this property, overlooking the river Loire and the Château of Montsoreau. This handsome modern villa is set above the village in a quiet lane and is immaculately presented with a large private pool area, sun terrace and delightful garden, maintained by the discreet owners in the adjoining property. The interior has been tastefully furnished and decorated. Activities on site (at cost) include aqua aerobics, family gymnastics, relaxation sessions, walks, cycle rides, children’s workshops and outside games. There are bars and restaurants in Montsoreau, or for a greater choice head for Saumur, just five minutes away. Visit picturesque Candes St. Martin or the Loire châteaux including Chinon and Villandry. Many vineyards offer tastings and the banks of the Loire are ideal for cyclists. There is a market every Sunday morning and a flea market every second Sunday in the month. Park near to Troglodyte caves with lovely views overlooking Loire.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and patio doors to courtyard terrace and garden. Shower room. Two queen-size double bedrooms. Two double bedrooms leading to shared dressing room. Two bathroom/WCs with shower attachment and bidet. Two separate WCs. Open tread stairs leading to mezzanine: Sitting room

  • Landscaped garden
  • Terrace
  • Courtyard
  • Private heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2.5m) with Roman steps
  • Pool house
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Three satellite TVs (English channels)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Two t/cots
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Unsuitable for the infirm.

Location: Montsoreau (bar, shops, château, magnificent views), 3km S of l’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, 10km E of Saumur (château), SW of Tours (city, TGV to Paris, airport), 13km W of Chinon (vineyards).

WAS
NOW
£640-£1829
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