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Le Bourg Ref: FL120

This restored old Sarthois farmhouse is set in 2 acres of private informal gardens of grass and trees. It offers a beautiful covered terrace with barbecue for al fresco dining or simply relaxing in the shade near the pool. Vibraye, with its shops, restaurants, tennis, riding and bike hire is a 5-minute drive, and there’s a further selection of shops and restaurants at La Ferté-Bernard, 12km away. There’s a swimming lake with sandy beach, watersports and children’s attractions including mountain bike circuit at Lavaré, a 15 minute drive, and an 18-hole golf course at Bellême (40km). The forest of Vibraye has 6000 hectares of oak woodland with extensive trails and cycle paths. Le Mans, with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24-hour race circuit is 50km away. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley (approximately 90 minutes away), famous for its châteaux (Chambord, Cheverny, Blois and Amboise), and wine (Chinon and Saumur). Chartres is an hours drive, and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room with patio doors to terrace/kitchen area with beams and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Two bunk bedrooms, one with two additional single beds. Shower room/WC. Separate staircase to: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

  • Private lawned garden
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m) open Jun-Sep
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Swings
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 12km from La Ferté-Bernard (shops, restaurants), 40km from Bellême (golf), 50km from Le Mans (24-hour race circuit, cathedrals).

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£759-£1930
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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
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.

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£26-£2220
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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
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Le Grand Gaigné Ref: FL136

This well presented holiday barn conversion has extensive gardens with lawns, well maintained flowerbeds and magnificent views. The swimming pool with security cover, can be heated on request and is shared by the owners who live on site in a neighbouring property. However the pool cannot be seen from owner’s property. It is 2km to the village of Domfront for restaurant and shops. Further shops and a tennis court are available at Conlie, 4km. There is a swimming lake for children at Sille-le-Guillaume, 15km, as well as plenty of walks in lovely forests close by. The world famous Loire châteaux are about an hour and a half drive and Le Mont Saint-Michel is worth a day trip to the Brittany coast, a 2 hour drive. Le Mans, famous for its 24 hour race, is also only 20km away.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen area. Separate WC. First floor: Four twin bedrooms (can be double), each with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin and single bedroom sharing en-suite bathroom/WC. Open-tread, open-sided, spiral stairs to mezzanine with single bed (unsuitable for children)

  • Three steps to large garden
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1m to 2m, heated on request, at cost)
  • Heating (on request, at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Piano
  • Table tennis
  • Children’s play area
  • Garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1.5km from Domfront (restaurant, bakery), 4km from Conlie (shops, tennis court, restaurants, market), 15km from Sillé-le-Guillaume (swimming lake, forest walks, château, restaurants), 20km from Le Mans (Old Town, museums, gardens, cathedral, markets), 120km from the Loire Valley (châteaux).

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£799-£2159
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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
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).

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NOW
£419-£1170
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
10
Pets
0

Château de Villejovet is located in the southern part of the Loire Valley, directly on the River Indre. This grand property has been lovingly restored and transformed into an exclusive holiday resort with approximately 1000 m2 of grounds. The result is a small castle of extraordinary beauty, which has been equipped to a very good standard, and has the benefit of a swimming pool on the large terrace. Château de Villejovet is perfect for meetings, family reunions, celebrations and family holidays or friends alike. An ideal base for families, this property offers many facilities to keep everyone entertained of all ages, including free internet access, satellite TV, tennis court (cement), football field, outdoor table tennis and squash court. Guest also have the possibility of fishing along the river, 3km away. Golf course nearby. Please note: The property layout is over 5 floors.

Living room/dining room. Sitting room. Two further dining rooms. Two kitchens. Games room. Ten double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle. Nine shower room/WCs. Four separate WCs

  • Garden with sloping banks
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • CD/stereo
  • Internet access
  • Two cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Pool table
  • Basketball hoop
  • Table tennis
  • Football field
  • Squash court
  • Tennis court
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • Start day Friday
  • NB: Sloping ceilings and low beams in some rooms. Steps to pool. Unfenced river 50m.

Location: 50m from River Indre, 2.5km from shops and restaurants, 15km from Châteauroux (city, all facilities), 15km from Le Poinçonnet (shops, bars, restaurants), 29km from Villedieu (18-hole golf course), 124km from Poitiers (airport, church, cathedral, shops, restaurants).

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£57-£3440
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