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St Mars-sur-Colmont Ref: W14099

Peaceful setting

Mayenne

In a peaceful setting just outside the village of St. Mars-sur-Colmont, this rural, detached stone built holiday cottage has a wooden terrace overlooking a small private lake where fishing and a small boat are available. There is a living room featuring stone walls, beams, a woodburner and French windows leading onto the terrace. In addition to the pretty town of Mayenne, you are close to Normandy (12km) and further afield the famous Mont St. Michel with its large beaches (81km). The spa centre, Bagnoles de l’Orne offers sporting activities, lake, pavement cafés and casino (40km).

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1.3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin plus child’s single bed.

Electric heating (in bedrooms only), woodburner in lounge, all fuel at cost, power included in rent May to Sep, €100 supplement Oct to Apr, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, microwave, wi-fi (€15pw), garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: There is a small lake in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£250-£710
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set within 20-acre grounds

Mayenne

These two semi-detached holiday cottages are situated in the lovely grounds of the Château de Plessis, set within 20 acres of public parkland and surrounded by magnificent trees, well-tended gardens and even maze gardens and share a private road leading to their entrances. Very attractive, they retain original features such as ancient beams and are ideal for a relaxing holiday away from it all or as a base to visit this beautiful region of France.

Close to 3 well-known rivers, the Sarthe, Mayenne and Loire, activities in the area include fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming in picturesque riverside settings. Within a short distance is the château town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, with its port, restaurants, bars and leisure activities.

Within an hour you can be in Angers, an elegant, historic city packed with culture and interest. There are many châteaux in the Maine-et-Loire and nearby vineyards of the western Loire are worth a visit. The legendary city of Le Mans, with its 24-hour racing circuit and ancient buildings, is also within easy reach.

Shop and restaurant 14km, café/bar 2km.

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

Oil central heating, €50 supplement for fuel and power, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared parkland, shared terrace, garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Beams and sloping ceilings in most rooms. Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£159-£449
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Le Verger Soreau Ref: F49167

Restored using the traditional ‘tufa’ stone of the Loire region, this elegant detached beamed holiday cottage offers tranquillity and comfort in equal measure. Furnished to a very good standard and located close to the historic château town of Saumur, Le Verger Soreau is an ideal location from which to sample this historic region’s culture and wines. The many spectacular châteaux which are located across the Loire Valley draw visitors from around the world. Saumur’s own château overlooks the Loire river, whilst nearby Montsoreau, featuring a smaller and more intimate château, is just as picturesque.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Double bedroom. Shower room/WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Air conditioning on first floor
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 3km from Saumur (all amenities, historic town, chateau), 15km E of Montsoreau (picturesque village, river views), 17km E of Doué-la-Fontaine (zoo, Roman site, gardens), 32km W of Chinon (medieval town, château, wine production, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£270-£830
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Rue de Main Ref: F53138

Centrally placed in the charming country village of Brains-sur-les-Marches, Rue de Main is a comfortably equipped, single-storey, detached holiday cottage with a mature garden and easy access to local amenities. Nearby Guerche-de-Bretagne boasts one of Brittany’s largest markets and a protected area of forest, whilst the bustling town of Laval offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining as well as an impressive golf course. Pouance, a 20-minute drive from Brains-sur-les-Marches, features a lakeside beach. Also within easy driving distance of Brains is the historic cathedral city of Rennes and the half-timbered houses and cobbled streets of the ancient town of Vitré.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with kitchen area, sloping ceilings and French doors to garden. Study. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC with step to shower. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle.Tiled floors throughout

  • Enclosed garden
  • Patio
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km from St. Aignan-sur-Roe (local facilities), 9km from Guerche-de-Bretagne (all facilities, large market, forest), 30km S of Laval (golf, shopping, restaurants), 85km from Mayenne.

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£310-£750
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Le Closeau Ref: F49139

Set in the pretty village of Courléon, this cosy cottage has been restored to a good standard and has an enclosed lawn and terrace, with only fields and vineyards beyond. The château at Gizeux is only a few minutes away and nearby Baugé has an interesting old town with winding streets and a leafy marketplace. Across the river is Saumur with its magnificent hillside château, cavalry school and modern shops and restaurants. Further afield is the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine, where animals roam in natural tufeau caves, the city of Angers with its unique tapestry, and the vineyards of St. Nicholas and Bourgueil are just a ten minute drive.

All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom with access to single bedroom.

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Electric convector heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Combination m/wave/oven/grill
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: Courléon village, 4km E of Vernoil (shops, bar), 15km from Borgeuil, 20km NE of Saumur (all facilities, château), 25km SE of Baugé (golf), 25km from the Loire Valley and its châteaux, 30km from Fontevraud (royal abbey), 45km from Tours.

WAS
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£199-£579
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Vernie, nr. Le Mans Ref: W10805

18th century converted mill

Sarthe

This 18th century detached mill cottage has been carefully restored and retains most of its original millstones and machinery. This has been incorporated into the interior design, making this a very unusual property.

Visit Le Mans, 18 miles (30km), famous for the 24 hour race where you’ll find plenty of shops, culture and the buzz of a large historic city.

For the water enthusiast, 9.25 miles (15km) away there is a lake suitable for windsurfing and boating.

Shops 6.25 miles (10km), café/bar 0.6 miles (1km), restaurant 8 miles (13km).

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, 2 single beds on mezzanine.

Oil central heating, open fire in lounge/diner (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV, hi-fi, telephone, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Step to entrance. Unfenced river next to property.

WAS
NOW
£43-£499
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Brosse Ref: F49145

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.

Entrance hall. Separate WC. Living room with antique furniture and open fire with view of castle. Well equipped, fitted kitchen/dining room with woodland view. Double bedroom with antique bed and en-suite bathroom. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with antique bed. Shower room/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).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).

WAS
NOW
£38-£1720
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Confluence Ref: F37158

Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Candes St. Martin which is side-by-side with the village Monsoreau, both considered to be amongst the prettiest villages in France. This semi-detached holiday cottage has a spectacular riverside position with panoramic views of the rivers Loire and Vienne. This charming cottage has been restored to a wonderful standard, blending country style comfort throughout the kitchen and dining area. The bedrooms are elegantly furnished and every room enjoys lovely views of the garden or river. Nearby is historical Chinon, Saumur and Tours, renowned for their châteaux and sparkling wines, which can be tasted at local cellars. Water sports are also available locally.

All on ground floor: Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French door to terrace, well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor and beamed ceiling. Utility. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for children). Double bedroom leading to twin bedroom with piano, each with patio doors to terrace and garden. Shower room/WC. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Separate WC

  • Private lawned garden
  • Private terrace
  • Shared courtyard
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Plasma satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • Piano
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: Candes St. Martin (bar/restaurant, boat trips), 500m from Montsoreau (shops, restaurants, château), 11km E of Saumur (all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Indre-et-Loire

La Cachette (or “The Hideaway”) is an ideal holiday retreat for two. A secluded garden and terrace offer guests the chance to make the most of the summer sunshine whilst the swimming pool (7.2m x 3.6m, depth 1.2m) is perfect for cooling down.

Situated close to the Loire river itself, La Cachette, an apartment adjoining the owner’s home, is within easy access of some of the region’s most famous sites.

Nearby Château Ussé, said to be the inspiration for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a must see, as are the many other châteaux and centres of wine production such as Saumur and Chinon.

Shop 6km, café/bar 500m, restaurant 3km

All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €20 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, CD player, w/machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£189-£530
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Gîte de l’Ecluse Ref: F49163

Located in the northern part of Maine-et-Loire and close to the borders of Sarthe and Mayenne, this attractive detached holiday apartment, part of the owner’s home, was once a boat house, and stands on the River Sarthe with its lock close by. It offers an enclosed, well-kept garden, above ground swimming pool with a raised terrace overlooking the garden and river. The interior is furnished in a traditional French style, whilst including colourful fabrics together with leather sofas and an attractive verandah for dining in the cool evenings. There are three golf courses within 30km, as well as watersports and riding. Gourmet restaurants can be found in the pretty town of Sablé-sur-Sarthe. Also within easy reach is historic Le Mans, famous for its 24 hour racing track and old town. To the south is Angers with its medieval château and local vineyards of the Loire.

All on first floor: Step to living/dining room with corner kitchen, open fire, sloping ceilings, tiled floor and patio doors to terrace. Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room with bidet and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

  • Private enclosed garden with small fish pond and six steps to raised balcony
  • Private terrace
  • Raised private swimming pool (9.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.3m)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • Two m/waves
  • Freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Start day Friday.

Location: 4km from Brissarthe (café/bar, restaurant), 4km S of Morannes (shop, café/bars, restaurants), 21km S of Sablé-sur-Sarthe (château, golf, restaurants, most facilities), 33km N of Angers (all facilities, château).

WAS
NOW
£210-£3286
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£54-£1310
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated on the edge of a forest in Le Poinçonnet, close to the town of Châteauroux, these two elegant, adjoining holiday properties each have a terrace and garden for outdoor dining. Complete with a shared swimming pool, terrace and large sheltered patio, along with 4000m2 lawned gardens offering plenty of space, also shared with the owners’ other guests. Both properties are wonderfully decorated and tastefully furnished. Visit the Brenne National Park with its thousand lakes and parklands, a paradise for nature lovers. 30 minutes away lies Nohant, close to Le Châtre, where novelist Georges Sand was brought up and where Frédéric Chopin composed some of his greatest works. Discover the Roman remains of Bourges, 59km, a town conquered by Caesar.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with single sofa bed and French doors to terrace/well-equipped kitchen area. Kingsize bedroom (can be twin) with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower. Separate WC.

Location: 2km S of Le Poinçonnet (shops, café/bars, restaurants), 5km S of Châteauroux (all facilities), 10km E of Brenne National Park (wildlife, châteaux, abbeys), 15km S of Villedieu (golf course), 120km E of Poitiers (historic city, Futuroscope, airport).

Both properties: Private lawned garden

  • Private terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.3m to 2m)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV (Freeview)
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Both properties can be interconnected via a lockable door. Can also be booked with F36102.

WAS
NOW
£117-£729
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