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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Paulmy Ref: W14046

Peaceful location

Indre-et-Loire

Set in a row of courtyard buildings, just 9km from Descartes, home of the philosopher René Descartes, this attractive holiday home is in a quiet location and retains original features such as exposed beams and stone fireplace.

The enclosed garden and terrace allows total privacy, perfect for a barbecue. Visit Descartes with its aquatic area, sports facilities, shops and restaurants.

For cultural events visit the medieval town of Loches, Château of Chenonceaux, Amboise and many more. Futuroscope in Poitiers is a must.

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

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. Mezzanine with twin beds (can also be double), plus single bed.

Electric heating, open fire in lounge, all fuel and power included in rent May - Sep, €40 supplement Oct - Apr, colour satellite TV (French channels only), DVD player, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed courtyard, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Three steps to entrance.

WAS
NOW
£38-£540
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
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
Gîte de Bacchus Ref: F41111

On the edge of the village, within 5km drive of the River Cher. This charming holiday cottage was built in the early 19th century, and has been carefully restored to retain many of its original features, exposed beams, and a large, open, stone fireplace. It stands in the grounds of the friendly owner’s home with its own private terrace and garden. There are bicycles available for guests to use. This is a wine-producing region, and many vineyards offers visits and tastings. An ideal location for exploring the Loire Valley, the château of Cheverny, Chambord, and Blois, with its old quarter, museum, and fine restaurants well-worth visiting. For golf lovers, the 18-hole golf course at Cheverny is only 20km.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen, open fire and double sofa bed. Bathroom with shower. Separate WC. Double bedroom. Open tread staircase to mezzanine (sloping ceiling): two single beds (one 1.2m)

  • Private garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric heaters
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • Shared t/dryer
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Two TVs (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km S of St-Romain-sur-Cher (bar, shop), 4km N of St Aignan (zoo, restaurant, shops), 23km S of Cheverny (château, golf, restaurant), 25km S of Blois (large châteaux town).

WAS
NOW
£229-£659
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Excellent views and walks

Maine-et-Loire

This semi-detached single-storey barn has been tastefully converted into a spacious holiday cottage full of French character. Set in the heart of the beautiful Loire Valley with the most spectacular views.

Vineyards, châteaux, fairy castles and lots of historic surroundings make this the perfect location. Angers is 7 miles (12 km) away, with many tourist attractions. Stroll around the château, sample the French cuisine or visit the great shops in this city.

Locally, Brissac, 1.25 miles (2 km), with its own weekly market, is just outside the grand château. It is a paradise for golf and fishing lovers.

Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

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

Oil central heating, all fuel and power included in rent June to September, €45 supplement October to May, cot, colour TV, DVD player, radio, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£34-£530
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in the grounds of the Château de la Vauguyon, these two distinctive, restored properties date from the 12th century. The Dovecote (ref 37142) is furnished in a pleasant rustic style with beams, cool stone walls and a large stone fireplace. Le Théâtre (ref F37167), once a ‘theatre’ of La Vauguyon, stands in a courtyard of buildings, part of, yet independent of, the owner’s château. Both holiday properties enjoy views across vineyards to the château at Chinon in the distance. Chinon also offers an old quarter and fine restaurants. Nearby, discover the picturesque villages of Montsoreau and Candé St. Martin. In the heart of the Touraine wine-growing district, many famous vineyards can be visited. Explore the famous châteaux of the Loire including Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Saumur. A wonderful area for cycling, with tracks on the banks of the Loire. Horse riding, boating and golf nearby.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Stairs from kitchen to first floor: Large kingsize bedroom. Large twin bedroom. All rooms have beams

  • Enclosed private garden
  • Large shared garden with unprotected small stream (take care with children)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Glass-fronted fire
  • Satellite TV
  • Sun loungers

Location: 1km from bar, restaurant and shop, 3km from Chinon (château town, all facilities), 27km SE of Saumur (château town, all facilities), 40km SW of Tours (city, TGV train to Paris, airport to Stansted).

Both properties: W/machine

  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

WAS
NOW
£350-£940
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in a quiet hamlet, this cosy detached holiday property is near Tours, with its riverbanks, cathedral, museums, famous gardens including the old quarter full of pavement bars and restaurants. It is furnished and decorated to a good standard with modern comforts tastefully designed to blend in. This delightful area is steeped in history and surrounded by charming villages and famous châteaux including Chenonceaux, Amboise, and the medieval town of Loches with its ancient royal prison, cobbled streets and markets. The region is famous for its wines, visit Montlouis and Vouvray for wine tastings. NB: The discreet owners live next door. There may be B&B guests in a room on the first floor.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room/WC

  • Shared grounds with lawned area and terrace
  • Swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 1.1m - 2.5m)
  • Heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine (shared)
  • T/dryer (shared)
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 4km SW of Cormery (shops, bar/restaurant, river), 19km S of Tours (leisure parks, all facilities, train to Paris, 50 min), 18km NW of Loches (château, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£108-£3286
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Ideal holiday base from which to explore

Loiret

This charming, holiday ‘maison rurale’ is situated in the village centre at Lorcy. With origins dating back to the 17th century, this semi-detached house has been fully restored and features a spacious, open-plan living and dining area.

Close to the picturesque town of Montargis, known for its Venetian-like network of canals.

A good base for day trips to the cathedral city of Orleans, and the magnificent chateau town of Fontainebleu. Paris is 1.5 hours away.

Shop and restaurant 3km, café/bar 500m.

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

Underfloor heating, €5 per day supplement for fuel (if required), initial 8kw of power per day included in rent, remainder by meter reading at end of stay, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, portable barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£310-£620
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Maine-et-Loire

Just walking distance to the famous Fontevraud L’Abbaye where Richard the Lionheart was buried is this delightful holiday property.

This detached cottage has been tastefully restored whilst retaining many original features, stone fireplace with woodburner, beamed ceilings and terracotta tiled floor. Most of the stone walls are still remaining which helps keep the cottage cool in summer.

Visit the famous chateaux and vineyards, with Chinon (13km) and Saumur (15km), both on the banks of the river. Golfing, cycling and boat hire all available.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 500m.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, all fuel and power included in rent May to September, €40 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Open tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£230-£699
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Natural lake beaches close by

Mayenne

This stone, holiday cottage is close to Mayenne in Pays de la Loire. The owners live next door and will do their best to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

The open-plan kitchen opens onto the garden and patio, which is the perfect spot for relaxing. Activities in the area include cycling, walking, swimming and fishing. There are leisure parks, natural lake beaches and a vélorail close by. Visit Gorron and Ambrières-les-Vallées with shops, supermarkets and restaurants.

Walk around the ancient château at Mayenne and visit its gardens and museum, 20 minutes’ away, or Rennes is less than an 1.5 hours away.

Shop and restaurant 7km.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Electric heating, open fire in lounge (fuel at cost), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, colour satellite TV, CD player, internet connection, shared washing machine, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings in first floor rooms.

WAS
NOW
£57-£590
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Petite Coquais Ref: F53133

La Petite Coquais is a spacious 18th century barn conversion set in a small hamlet, amidst 17 acres of fields and woodlands together with three small lakes. It is tastefully decorated and furnished with a light and airy feel. The well equipped kitchen and dining area has large French windows giving access to the terrace and a well kept private garden. The discreet owners who live in the adjoining property allow you to fish in their private lakes. A perfect holiday base to relax in peace and tranquillity, yet is only a short drive to a wealth of cultural activities. Visit some of the famous châteaux and vineyards, Angers, Saumur, Nantes and Laval or have a day trip to the jet set resort of La Baule. Fly via Dinard or Rennes.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room with French windows. Steps to kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Steps to two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower rooms/WC. Utility

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Steps from the terrace to garden with low fence.

Location: 2km to Renazé (most facilities), 11km SW of Craon (parks, all facilities, châteaux), 40km from Laval (golf, all facilities), 140km NE of La Baule (beach).

WAS
NOW
£270-£799
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