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Dame-Marie-les-Bois Ref: FEI037

This pretty, terraced, stone holiday cottage is spacious and beautifully decorated. Featuring exposed beams and stonework and a woodburner in the lounge, there is a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Gorund floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 2 double bedrooms, one plus 2 single beds.

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£629-£1749
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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
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
Le Bourg Ref: FL133

Set in over 2 acres of open land with rough grass, shrubs and trees, this converted barn provides modern and bright holiday accommodation on two levels. Scandinavian-style furniture and lots of light characterise this renovated house. Attached to the house is a covered terrace with barbecue and long wooden refectory table and benches for leisurely outdoor dining. 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 is 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 with extensive trails and cycle paths. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley (approximately 90 minutes), famous for its châteaux and wine. Le Mans, with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24-hour race circuit is 50km away. Chartres is an hour’s drive, and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams, tiled floors and French doors to terrace. Laundry room. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room/WC. Spiral staircase to first floor (low beams): Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite wet room/WC

  • Lawned garden
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open Jun-Sep
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • CD/stereo
  • Swings
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • 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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£810-£2159
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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
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
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
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
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).

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£54-£1310
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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).

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£570-£1580
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

Peaceful location

Indre-et-Loire

Set in the peaceful village of Preuilly-sur-Claise but within easy access to many places of interest, this 18th-century holiday property has been lovingly restored, retaining many original features. The terrace and garden provide a great place to enjoy the sunshine.

Locally, there is the Brenne National Park or La Roche-Posay, a medieval town with its world-famous thermal spa.

Within an hour’s drive, visit Loire Valley, famous for its châteaux and wine. Enjoy the Futuroscope theme park or Beauval Zoo, 60km.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 500m.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet, bidet and basin. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Open fire in lounge (initial fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Sloping ceilings in second floor bedrooms. 10 steps in garden.

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£77-£790
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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).

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NOW
£360-£1049
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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).

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£640-£1829
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