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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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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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£360-£1049
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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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£139-£389
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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Cascade Ref: F37171

This charming traditional Touraine farmhouse nestled in the French countryside, has been tastefully restored and decorated by the French owners. The property is set in a beautiful enclosed garden, with a large heated pool and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. The spacious and extremely well-equipped kitchen overlooks the garden and opens onto the terrace. The imposing city of Tours, the heart of the Touraine, is only 20 minutes south and has a variety of shops, ancient châteaux and attractive restaurants as well as the renowned wine producers and vineyards. Many famous châteaux are to be found nearby with the splendid gardens to explore such as Villandry, Chenonceaux or Azay-le-Rideau, or the fairytale inspiration for Sleeping Beauty at Ussé.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room with double basin (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms with sloping ceilings and beams. Bathroom with over-bath shower and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

  • Enclosed garden with three steps and pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 2.2m, open Apr-Oct)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2.5km SW of Beaumont-la-Ronce (shops, bar/restaurant), 9km NE of Semblançay (château), 15km N of Tours (city, château, airport), 18km W of Château Renault (town, most facilities).

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£679-£1799
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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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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Monnaie Ref: W13961

Ideal touring base

Indre-et-Loire

Peacefully located on the outskirts of Monnaie, 13km from Tours, ’town of art and history’ known for its wine, markets and medieval quarter, with watersports, golf and events for all the family alongside the riverbanks. The holiday cottage is spacious, featuring an open fireplace in the lounge/diner. From the kitchen a sheltered terrace and private garden await, whilst the property itself is situated within the owner’s forest land. Only 22km away lies the château of Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci lived out his final years. Wine tasting available locally.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 2 double sofa beds in lounge.

Gas central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player (on request), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. NB: There is a lake within the neighbouring woodland.

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£260-£740
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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

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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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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