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Pets
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Le Gite Les Altéas Ref: F37129

Set in the Loire valley, within the grounds of an ancient winery, this pair of charming cottages offers peace and comfort in a pastoral setting of meadows and vineyards, just a few minutes’ walk from the pretty village of Assay. Their comfortable rustic interiors feature exposed limestone walls and heavy oak beams. There is an attractive shared swimming pool in the enclosed grounds. The town of Chinon is nearby, where the medieval château is steeped in memories of Joan of Arc. For a great family day out, Poitiers is home to Futuroscope - a giant high-tec film theme park, where a collection of virtual-reality rides draw onlookers into the action on screen, set in several acres of greenery and undulating lakes.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, corner kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC, over-bath shower

  • Radiators (at cost)
  • TV.

Location: 300m N of Assay (shops), 2.5km N of Champigny/Veude (small towns), 8km N of Richelieu (medieval town, restaurants), 12km S of Chinon (market, château, wine production, all facilities), 50km SW of Tours (city, château, all amenities), 50km N of Futuroscope theme park (Poitiers).

Both Properties: Shared swimming pool (13m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 2m)

  • Garden
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.
Both Properties:
  • Garden
  • Shared swimming pool (13m x 5m, depth 0.8m-2m)
  • Fans in all rooms
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • CD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

WAS
NOW
£199-£699
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rouessé-Vassé Ref: FVS017

Good touring base

Sarthe

This 15th-century house, close to the owner’s home, is located in a peaceful area near a forest and offers very spacious holiday accommodation with a nicely decorated interior. The kitchen opens onto a covered terrace, ideal for dining.

Guests can enjoy a lake 2km away and many water activities are available. For riding enthusiasts there is also an equestrian centre. Explore this beautiful area, including castles, and all party events such as concerts at Sablé or la Nuit des Chimère (magical projections in the old town of Le Mans).

Nature lovers can enjoy the beautiful walks through the forest full of deer.

Shop 4km, restaurant 6km.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 twin bedrooms.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (fuel at cost), all other fuel and power at cost, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance. Turning stairs to upper floors. Some sloping ceilings.

WAS
NOW
£29-£550
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Le Lude Ref: F72115

In a unique location, set on the edge of the river Loir with sounds of the rushing water all around, this carefully restored ancient water mill offers an ideal retreat from the stress and noise of everyday life. The interior is comfortable and simply decorated with white walls, retaining, traditional features of exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace. The pleasantly furnished sitting room has wonderful views of the lovely mill stream and dam. You can fish for your supper and find a pleasant spot for al-fresco dining in the large garden. Near to this charming property, you can discover the famous city of Le Mans with its 24hr racing track and old quarter. To the south is the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

Ground floor: Dining room with corner kitchen and open fire. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin with door to courtyard. Bathroom with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with glass fronted fire. Three bedrooms; one double, two single. Shower room. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Private garden
  • Courtyard
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Glass fronted fire
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Parking for three cars
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Unsuitable for young children due to river frontage.

Location: 4km NW of Le Lude (all facilities, pool, tennis). 44km SW of Le Mans (historic city, all facilities). 60km NW of Tours (city, old quarter).

WAS
NOW
£419-£1170
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Maison Cleré Ref: FVM037

This beautiful, semi-detached holiday property provides a great base for any family holiday. Furnished to a good standard the property benefits from a well-equipped kitchen, a cosy living room and a grand dining room, ideal for family meals, the outside of the property is also ideal for dining al-fresco. Located in the region of Maine-et-Loire, in the lovely village of Cleré sur Layon, providing an ideal touring base. Surround by great cities including, Cholet, Angers, Tours, Nantes, Poitiers and Noirt, providing ideal for days out, with lots to see and do for all the family. If the beach is your thing, the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne is less than 2 hours away by cars.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. First floor: Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Second floor: Two bedrooms: One double with additional single bed, one single

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Internet access
  • On street parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Low beams in some rooms.

Location: 100m from shop, 2km from lake, 6km from Vihiers (wednesday market, theatre), 6km from restaurant, 42km from Cholet (museum, church), 59km from Angers.

WAS
NOW
£220-£640
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Prunay-Cassereau Ref: W14961

Tranquil rural location

Loir et Cher

Set in a tranquil rural location, this detached holiday cottage has been sympathetically restored in traditional French country style.

Outside, a playhouse is provided for children in the form of a restored horse-drawn caravan, whilst a neighbouring lake provides ample fishing for the keen angler.

The riverside town of Vendôme is close by and provides a high-speed rail link to central Paris. Also nearby are the chateau towns of Blois and Amboise, the latter being famous as the home of Leonardo da Vinci, during his final years.

Shops 1km, café/bar and restaurant 10km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Oil central heating, open fire in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£303-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Hercé, nr. Gorron Ref: W15003

Rural location

Mayenne

Nestling in an untouched rural area of the Mayenne, this detached holiday cottage retains a wealth of character including exposed beams, and many original features.

There is a large enclosed garden with patio to enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. There’s a large selection of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants in Gorron less than 10 minutes away, a busy small town with a market on Wednesdays.

Within a short drive is the riverside town of Mayenne where boats can be hired for a trip down the river. Half an hour away is the historic town of Fougères with its château, restaurants and shops.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

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

Electric heaters, open fire in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, digital TV, DVD player, freezer, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

WAS
NOW
£210-£620
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Ancien Four A Chaux Ref: F49162

This imposing holiday property stands on a hillside with panoramic views overlooking the vineyards. The semi-detached house is on different levels with two separate entrances allowing more privacy for the family, and nestles in a large private garden together with a glorious terrace and an enclosed triangular swimming pool. The spacious interior is light, airy and lovingly restored with white washed walls and modern facilities throughout. This region of France is an area of natural beauty with magnificent châteaux, historic villages and ancient stone caves. The vineyards encircle the château towns of Saumur and Chinon, famous throughout France for their wines. The River Loire offers leisurely walks, 150kms of cycling tracks, river trips and fishing. Do not miss Tours and Angers with their historical quarters, medieval monuments and fine restaurants. Can be booked with F49159.

Ground floor: Two bedrooms: One queen-size, one twin (can be double). Shower room. Separate WC. Steep stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/corner kitchen with wood-burning stove. Open-tread stairs to second floor: Large mezzanine with double bed, additional double sofa bed and en-suite bathroom (no door) with shower attachment. Separate WC

  • Private garden with steps and small drops
  • Enclosed terrace
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 5.5m x 3.5m, depth 1.5m)
  • Electric heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Dampierre (river, bar, restaurant), 4km SE of Saumur (château, all facilities), 8km NW of Montsoreau (picturesque village), 50km E of Angers (château, all facilities, airport), 69km E of Tours (airport, trains to Paris).

WAS
NOW
£420-£1220
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Shared use of swimming pool

Maine-et-Loire

This charming holiday cottage has been tastefully decorated, complete with a fitted kitchen and satellite TV. The owners have an above ground 6m circular swimming pool with shower, which is available for guests’ use.

Situated just walking distance to the village. Noyant, 10km, has a swimming pool and sport complex, as does Avoin 25km. Bauge with its golf course, motor-cross circuit and water sports is only 26km. Also the famous chateau town of Saumur with many restaurants, bars, cafés and shops, and the Tank Museum and local vineyards is only 26km.

Visit Tours, 39km, with its old quarter, museums, fine restaurants and many attractions near the riverbanks. Take the TGV train from Tours to Paris, only 50 minutes.

Shops, café/bar and restaurants 200m.

Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room with toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No children.

WAS
NOW
£230-£660
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Rouaudière Ref: W14237

Countryside views

Mayenne

This detached, ground floor holiday cottage is set in a quiet location with countryside views from the private garden.

The property has the added attractions of a large woodburning stove in the lounge, exposed beams and a well-equipped kitchen.

This is an ideal holiday base to explore some of the most unspoilt countryside the Mayenne Region has to offer, as well as plenty of other activities close by, including the medieval town of Pouancé with its lake for canoeing, fishing and swimming. Brittany is close by for a day at the coast.

Shop 5km, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Electric convector heaters, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €35 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, micowave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to entrance.

WAS
NOW
£30-£459
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Moinerie Ref: F49154

The private swimming pool and the flowery garden are a good enough reason to want to stay here. Situated in open countryside, the property stands in 3 acres of gardens with fruit and nut trees and a very large unfenced fish pond. The owners, who live in the grounds, have restored and modernised the farmhouse with meticulous attention to detail, with wooden floors in the bedrooms, pastel-coloured walls, pretty fabrics, fine furniture and a games room. Why not head for one of the many attractions to visit in the Loire. Angers with its château and fascinating tapestry, shops and good restaurants. Nearby, Nyoiseau, Domaine de La Petite Couere, with 198 acres of park offers animal species, leisure activities and pleasant country walks. The pretty town of Segré offers shops, restaurants, a weekly market and plenty of activities to enjoy locally. Fly via Angers or Nantes.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room, well equipped corner kitchen. Summer kitchen. Steps to two bedrooms: one double, one kingsize. Bathroom/WC with spa shower cubicle. First floor: Bathroom with over bath shower. Separate WC. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite nursery.

  • Private enclosed garden with significant drop
  • Two terraces
  • Shared grounds
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.2m)
  • Central heating
  • Woodburning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two TVs (English channels)
  • Games room with pool table, DVD, TV (French channels)
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Play area
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking.

Location: 4km S of Segré (local amenities, château) 12km SW of Le Bourg d’Iré (attractive views of the river), 21km NE of Château Gontier (mini Disneyland) 27km E of Nautical Park (windsurfing, water-sports), 30km SE of Angers (château, cathedral, gardens, market, canoeing, all amenities).

WAS
NOW
£570-£1560
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
La Picardière Ref: F37139

This 19th century barn has been renovated to a good standard with great attention to detail and features exposed beams, cathedral ceiling and tiled floors. The property is furnished with elegant antiques mixed with rustic pieces and the under-floor heating and large woodburner make it wonderful for out of season breaks. There is also a superb heated, enclosed, outdoor swimming pool with a large sunny terrace. The discreet owners who also offer chambres d’hôtes in their house are happy to help. This region of the Loire Valley offers endless possibilities for visiting famous châteaux and vineyards, as well as the troglodyte caves. A wealth of day trips can be enjoyed nearby, including Paris, only 50 minutes away by train (TGV) from the cathedral city of Tours. Poitiers with the dazzling Futuroscope theme park is ideal for all the family. The surrounding countryside is a haven for walking and cycling and an 18 hole golf course is available at famous Cheverny.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with two additional single beds on mezzanine. Double bedroom

  • Private garden
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Private enclosed terrace
  • Shared heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1 to 1.5m)
  • Under-floor heating/air conditioning
  • Woodburner
  • W/machine
  • Shared t/dryer
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Stereo
  • Plasma satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 6km SW of Herbault (supermarket), 16km N of Amboise (château, all facilities), 32km NE of Tours (city, TGV station).

WAS
NOW
£54-£1310
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