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Le Pressoir Ref: F49156

These two 14th century stone holiday cottages with exposed stone and beams are set in the grounds of the impressive Château Salvert in the heart of the Loire Valley. Throughout they have been furnished to a good standard by the owners, who have been resident here for many generations. The woodlands of the château grounds are home to a profusion of wildlife, including wild boar which can occasionally be seen from the window. Each has a private terrace for outdoor dining. There is a swimming pool shared with the owners and guests near the château, including an attractive barn-style pool house with a lovely view, 150m away. The château town of Saumur lies 10 minutes to the south, with a chance to sample some of the world famous sparkling wine and one of the many fine restaurants which can be found here.

Living/dining room with well-equipped corner kitchen and open fire. Laundry room. Twin bedroom with antique beds and en-suite bathroom. Separate WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC.

Both Properties:

  • Garden
  • Adjacent woodland park
  • Terrace
  • Shared heated outdoor swimming pool (13m x 6m, depth 0.90m to 2.5m, open mid-May to Sep) with pool house and small drop from pool house terrace (take care with children)
  • Open fireplace with woodburning stove(at cost)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking (2 private garages)
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking
  • NB: There is the possibility of dining and sampling French meals in the castle.

Location: Close to Neuillé village, 8km E of Longué (small town, most facilities), 10km N of Saumur (château town, all facilities), 45km E of Angers (château, city, ancient tapestry).

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£78-£1839
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Maligne, nr. Saumur Ref: W14617

Shared swimming pool

Maine-et-Loire

Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, these two holiday homes (ref: W15179 a detached, converted barn and W14617 a semi detached holiday cottage) are set on the edge of a hamlet, and within walking distance of Martigné-Briand.

Surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful location, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m), the local wine and views.

This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting. This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 800m.

Lower ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Electric central heating, woodburner in lounge (initial fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €25 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, shared washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, shared courtyard, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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£290-£849
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Ideal touring base

Loir-et-Cher

Located in the village of La Ferté-Imbault, this semi-detached holiday property is located in 400m² of natural gardens, and is ideal for a couple who wish to explore central France.

Visit the magnicent château in the village, with guided tours available (at cost). It is the largest brick building in the Loir-et-Cher department, and dates back to the late 14th century.

The city of Romorantin-Lanthenay is close by, where you can visit many gardens and cultural sites, and learn about the history of the area, with museums abounding.

Go fishing at the river, 500m away. Golf course nearby. Restaurant 200m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet, separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

Central heating, open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all fuel at cost, power included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 1 step to entrance. Sloping ceiling in bedroom and shower room. Beams throughout.

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£54-£3286
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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
Le Cedre Bleu Ref: F49170

Only a few minutes from the magnificent Loire river, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Cedre Bleu has been beautifully restored. Les Rosiers-sur-Loire has cafés, restaurants, traditional shops and a Monday market. The community outdoor pool is a 15-minute walk from the house. Nearby are quaint villages, galleries, famous sparkling white wineries, restaurants and the unusual mushroom and sculpture cave museums. Explore Saumur (30-minute drive), the Loire châteaux trail or Angers (30km) with its castle, shops and medieval district. The owners provide an excellent guide to restaurants, amenities, cycle and walking routes, historic sites, local fairs, markets and activities.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: one double, two twin. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Underfloor and electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km from Les Rosiers-sur-Loire (riverside town, restaurants, shops, swimming pool), 17km W of Saumur (chateau, museums, vineyards), 30km SE of Angers (airport, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£360-£1049
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
La Maison Rouge Ref: F41107

Alongside the owner’s home and two other cottages, Maison Rouge is a comfortable stone-built property on two floors. There is a private, walled garden area at the rear with furniture and barbecue, and off-road parking at the front. A two minute walk to Pontlevoy centre offers shops and restaurants and a local market each week. There is also a unique street museum which recounts the villlage’s history. The 11th century abbey and castle is a popular tourist attraction and just down the road in Montrichard is a genuine sandy beach with boating on the banks of the River Cher. The nearby château of Cheverny is not only a beautiful building but also has an excellent golf course and restaurant.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with fireplace. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower/WC. Bedroom with four single beds and en-suite shower (no WC). Separate WC

  • Small, enclosed garden with terrace
  • Glass fronted fireplace
  • Electric convector heaters
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV (French channels only)
  • CD/Stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: Pontlevoy village (bar, abbey, shops), 10km SE of Chaumont-sur-Loire (château with garden exhibition), 20km S of Blois (large town, château), 35km E of Tours (city, château).

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£250-£710
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mûr-de-Bretagne Ref: FBC482

Ideal touring base

Côtes d’Armor

This spacious holiday property is a pleasant detached house, with a lawned garden and is situated on the edge of a small town. There is easy access to beautiful Lake Guerlédan where you can enjoy fishing as well as a variety of watersports. Mûr-de-Bretagne is a pretty market town surrounded by forests and lakes and home to the historic Bon Repos Abbey, which is a beautiful restored monument where art exhibitions are held. This an ideal base for discovering the many treasures of the Argoat region of Brittany.

Interesting places to visit include the town of Quintin (31km), famous for its former weaving industry and châteaux, the picturesque, medieval town of Moncontour (42km), and the large riverside town of Pontivy (25km) which is well worth a visit for its historic monuments, extensive range of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. A little further afield is Vannes (68km), a harbour town renowned for its medieval streets and aquariam.

Other activities in the area include fishing in the lake (800m), a public swimming pool (15km) and a golf course (45km).

Shop and restaurant 300m.

Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

Central heating, open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome.

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NOW
£139-£389
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Garenne Ref: F37168

Tucked away from the bustle of the picturesque town centre of Bourgueil, La Garenne is a picture postcard in its own right. Set in a large garden with wooded area, this detached holiday house has a private pool and sunny terrace just yards from the door. Constructed from the local limestone, this charming holiday property captures the essence of the Loire region, famed for its wines and magnificent châteaux. Although La Garenne offers modern comforts, its owners have been careful to retain its original features such as the bread oven and beams. The pretty town of Bourgueil offers all amenities and a lively weekly market, and nearby are some of the finest châteaux in France including Villandry Castle (35km away). Saumur, Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau are all within a short drive. Also nearby is the River Loire where you can enjoy cycling, horse riding, boating and golfing.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with patio doors. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and shared en-suite shower room/WC leading to double bedroom with sloping ceiling and exterior door to garden via stone steps

  • Partially enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 0.5m to 2.2m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 500m from centre of Bourgueil (shops, café/bars, restaurants), 16km from Chinon (château town), 18km N of Fontevraud (royal abbey), 25km E of Saumur (château, medieval town, River Loire), 35km from Villandry (château), 36km SW of Tours (city, airport, TGV to Paris).

WAS
NOW
£540-£1490
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Enclosed garden with terrace

Sarthe

Situated near the small village of Segrie, which offers all faciilties, this pretty detached holiday farmhouse has been restored in traditional French country style.

It is a delightful base for exploring the local countryside and charming villages of La Sarthe, or for relaxing and enjoying the view from the garden.

Nearby is the historic town of Le Mans (30km) with its beautiful medieval towns and cathedral, plus the famous 24-hour racing track and automobile museum. There is easy access to the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

Shop and café/bar 0.5km.

All on ground floor: Kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, small step to 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin.

Electric central heating, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent June to August, €30 supplement September to May, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps in courtyard.

WAS
NOW
£30-£620
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Le Closeau Ref: F49139

Set in the pretty village of Courléon, this cosy cottage has been restored to a good standard and has an enclosed lawn and terrace, with only fields and vineyards beyond. The château at Gizeux is only a few minutes away and nearby Baugé has an interesting old town with winding streets and a leafy marketplace. Across the river is Saumur with its magnificent hillside château, cavalry school and modern shops and restaurants. Further afield is the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine, where animals roam in natural tufeau caves, the city of Angers with its unique tapestry, and the vineyards of St. Nicholas and Bourgueil are just a ten minute drive.

All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom with access to single bedroom.

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Electric convector heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Combination m/wave/oven/grill
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: Courléon village, 4km E of Vernoil (shops, bar), 15km from Borgeuil, 20km NE of Saumur (all facilities, château), 25km SE of Baugé (golf), 25km from the Loire Valley and its châteaux, 30km from Fontevraud (royal abbey), 45km from Tours.

WAS
NOW
£199-£579
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Le Petit Troglo Ref: F41118

This unusual and carefully restored troglodyte (cave dweller) holiday home is situated half way up the hilllside, approached by a track, with a view of the local village and countryside. The interior is full of character with an ornamental fireplace in the living room, and decorated with great care and originality. Just down the track, the owners have a restaurant in the troglodyte caves. Stroll into the village or along the riverbanks, while just down the road is Montrichard with its sandy beach on the banks of the River Cher. This area is known for its châteaux, including the stuning Château of Chenonceau.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/corner kitchen. Double bedroom with wood-burning stove. Four steps to shower room with walk in-shower (no WC). Separate WC. Tiled floors throughout

  • Small garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Sloping ceilings. Curtained doorways to bedroom and shower room. Significant drop behind low wall, 7m from property. Unsuitable for children.

Location: Bourré village (bar, restaurants, shops, fishing), 4km E of Montrichard (shops, restaurants, beach, château), 16km E of Chenonceau (château, bar, restaurants), 22km SE of Amboise (bars, restaurants, château), 24km S of Blois (all facilities, château).

WAS
NOW
£390-£540
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Blandouet Ref: W14566

Peaceful setting

Mayenne

Just 4km from the medieval fortress of St. Suzanne, this carefully restored and spacious first floor holiday apartment has private ground floor entrance and open plan lounge/dining area.

Set in fifty thousand hectares of grounds shared with the owners and guests, which offer woodlands and private pond where you can fish or spend hours relaxing and enjoying the peaceful setting.

Within reach of historic Le Mans 48km, with its 24 hour racing, museum and TGV train to Paris, 1 hour, the Loire offers historic places including Evron 12km, Mayenne 35km and the famous Angers 68km.

Café/ bar and restaurant 4km.

All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom plus 2 single beds.

Geothermal underfloor heating, all fuel and power included in rent May-Sep, €35 supplement Oct-Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Private fishing lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£169-£410
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