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Les Apprets Ref: F72106

In a lovely peaceful location on the edge of the forest in the Parc Naturel, this beautifully renovated old stone farmhouse looks across the valley to woodland beyond. With its beamed ceilings and stonework walls, the interior is both charming and comfortable, while outside a south-facing sun terrace leads on to the enclosed and well-planted gardens. Just beyond is a trout stream where fishing is available (permit available locally), and close by is a recreational lake where swimming, sailing and fishing can be enjoyed. The nearby market town of Sillé-le-Guillaume offers a choice of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as tennis and riding facilities. This area is on the borders of the Loire and Normandy, giving easy access to a wide choice of attractions and places to visit.

Ground floor: Well fitted kitchen opening onto a spacious living/dining room with open chimney. Shower room. Separate WC. Twin bedroom. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with two additional single beds. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Separate WC

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Cot
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only for hire.

Location: 1km from St. Jean, 7km S of Sillé-le-Guillaume, 40km NW of Le Mans.

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£299-£849
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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
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
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).

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£43-£1019
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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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£419-£1170
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
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
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
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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NOW
£248-£919
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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
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
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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
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

This truly stunning detached holiday property is set in the grounds of the owner’s elegant 19th century château. It has been restored to a good standard, remarkably decorated with antique furnishings, tastefully chosen with care to compliment the many features, whilst including modern fabrics and fittings in the kitchen and bathrooms. The French windows lead onto a gravelled terrace on which guests can enjoy a glass of local wine in total privacy. There is a shared swimming pool near the owner’s château, 125m away. One of the highlights of this property is that the owner is a horse lover and permits guests to bring their own horses lodged in good standard stables. Rivière has an amazing position close to famous Chinon and its vineyards. It is also a delightful spot for visiting some of the finest châteaux in France: Saumur, Villandry and Azay Le Rideau are all within a short distance. Cycling along the Rivers Loire and Vienne is for the sporty visitors, as well as horse riding, boating and golfing.

Living/dining room/kitchen, French windows. Separate WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with bed length 1.85m, spa bath, separate WC and en-suite shower room. Queensize bedroom with en-suite shower room. One twin bedroom (can be double). Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Annexe: Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, double sofa bed. First floor: One twin bedroom (no door; can be double), en-suite bathroom with spa bath and shower attachment. Separate WC

  • Private garden with courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.50m to 2m) with Roman steps (closed 1pm-4pm and after 9pm)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Woodburner (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • Two m/waves
  • Two d/washers
  • Two f/freezers
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • All linen included.

Location: 4km from Chinon (château town, all facilities), 21km E of Fontevraud (royal abbey), 33km SE of Saumur (château town, all facilities), 50km SW of Tours (city, train to Paris 50mins, airport).

WAS
NOW
£570-£1580
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