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Renazé Ref: W15195

Ideal touring base

Mayenne

This pretty, terraced holiday cottage provides spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. Situated in a small hamlet, it is only 3km from the local town of Renazé with all amenities, including restaurants and shops.

The property is an ideal location from which to explore both the Brittany coast and the historic splendour and vineyards of the Loire Valley.

Both the historic château town of Angers and the coastal resorts of St. Nazaire or Mont St. Michel can be reached within a half hour drive. Fly via Nantes, Rennes or Dinard as well as Angers.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower, toilet and basin, 1 twin.

Electric heating, open fire in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, DVD player, video, CD player, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Beams and sloping ceilings in bedrooms, 3 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£33-£620
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Sarthe

This semi-detached holiday property is adjacent to the owners home, and is surrounded by large shared landscaped grounds, and equipped with a shared outdoor swimming pool (May-Oct 72m²).

It is located just 17km away from the department capital of Le Mans, famous for hosting the world-famous 24-hour car race, and where guests can enjoy seeing many sites and taking part in many activities.

In the city, visit the ’old town’, with ancient Roman walls and historic architecture, including the Cathédrale St. Julien, and many interesting museums and galleries.

Go fishing in the river, 200m away. Shop and restaurant 8km.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 twin bedrooms.

Electric central heating, open fire in lounge (fuel at cost), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, highchair, stere/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance. Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in upstairs rooms.

WAS
NOW
£80-£710
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Maison Rivière Ref: T28061

This attractive, well-furnished house is the home of a teacher who lets it during the summer months. The comfortable interior and unusual garden have been lovingly renovated by the owners creating a spacious living/dining room with an open fire, that gives onto a verandah facing the garden and a pretty, completely modernised kitchen. The unusual garden has large reed beds with paths cut to give access to the river bank at the bottom (a small boat is provided). Due to the presence of water, young children will require supervision, although the garden is fenced.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Verandah
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • Table tennis
  • Cot
  • Car port
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 5km NE of Châteaudun (all facilities, château), 15km from watersports centre, 25km (lake with water sports), 40km from 2 18-hole golf courses.

WAS
NOW
£259-£729
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Garenne Ref: F37168

Tucked away from the bustle of the picturesque town centre of Bourgueil, La Garenne is a picture postcard in its own right. Set in a large garden with wooded area, this detached holiday house has a private pool and sunny terrace just yards from the door. Constructed from the local limestone, this charming holiday property captures the essence of the Loire region, famed for its wines and magnificent châteaux. Although La Garenne offers modern comforts, its owners have been careful to retain its original features such as the bread oven and beams. The pretty town of Bourgueil offers all amenities and a lively weekly market, and nearby are some of the finest châteaux in France including Villandry Castle (35km away). Saumur, Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau are all within a short drive. Also nearby is the River Loire where you can enjoy cycling, horse riding, boating and golfing.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with patio doors. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and shared en-suite shower room/WC leading to double bedroom with sloping ceiling and exterior door to garden via stone steps

  • Partially enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 0.5m to 2.2m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 500m from centre of Bourgueil (shops, café/bars, restaurants), 16km from Chinon (château town), 18km N of Fontevraud (royal abbey), 25km E of Saumur (château, medieval town, River Loire), 35km from Villandry (château), 36km SW of Tours (city, airport, TGV to Paris).

WAS
NOW
£540-£1490
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£263-£2299
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

This superb 16th century stone manor house was once home to the Le Gantier family of the French nobility and offers spacious holiday accommodation in a grand style, just next door to the friendly owners’ home. The bedrooms offer panoramic views over the adjoining woodland park and there is an inviting pool available from June to mid-September just a short distance from the house. The rooms are large and light and have enormous fireplaces, and the sweeping stone staircase completes the baronial feel to this elegant house. The nearby village of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir is well known to the motoring enthusiasts who frequent the Le Mans races and exhibitions. Less than half an hour’s drive south is Tours, the centre of the Tourraine wine production.

Ground floor: Large entrance hall. Living and dining room with ornamental stone fireplace. Kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Two large double bedrooms with extra single bed both share en-suite shower room/WC. Second floor: Double bedroom with extra single bed. Bathroom/WC with over bath shower

  • Large landscaped garden
  • Terrace
  • Woodland park
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.10m to 2m)
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • Free internet access
  • CD/stereo
  • Two cots
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 1km E of La Chartre-sur-le-Loir (bar, restaurant, shops), 14km E of Château-du-Loir (shops, facilities), 40km N of Tours (château, city), 45 km SE of Le Mans (old town, racetrack, motor museum).

WAS
NOW
£650-£1729
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
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).

WAS
NOW
£679-£1799
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Les Heraults Ref: F37136

This beautifully restored cottage is situated close to the medieval town of Loches. Les Heraults retains much of its original character with exposed exterior stone walls and beamed ceilings. The house has been furnished in an elegant French country style with exceptional attention to detail. The decked terrace offers a private view of the surrounding fruit trees and is the perfect location to sample one or more of the wines from this historic region. The picturesque riverside town of Loches with its 11th century keep and cobbled streets is a popular attraction. Slightly further afield are the châteaux of Chenonceaux and Amboise, and the historic Montresor, considered one of France’s prettiest villages.

Living/dining room with sofa-bed, kitchen area. Three steps up to bathroom. Separate WC. Spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom

  • Large garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Outdoor play area with football pitch
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • Meal on first night/breakfast on first morning (on request)
  • Bed linen only for hire.

Location: 2km W of Loches (historic town, shops, restaurants), 19km W of Montresor (village), 30km S of Amboise (château town, most facilities), 42km SE of Tours (cathedral city).

WAS
NOW
£339-£940
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Le Clos du May Ref: F36102

The owner has taken great care in restoring this cottage. The lovely interior has been superbly finished to a impressive standard. There is a large patio with lawned garden, alongside the shared swimming pool. This property really offers the best of both worlds. A quiet location, yet close to many amenities in the town of Châteauroux only 4km away. For those who wish to venture further, the famous town of Bourges with its pretty centre full of bars and weekly market, is 59km away. Close to the Brenne National Park with its thousand lakes and 5300 hectares of parkland, this is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. If you don’t want to cook, join the B&B guests for dinner in the owner’s house.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom, two shower attachments. WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one plus single bed

  • Lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Courtyard
  • Shared pool (5m x 10m, depth 0.3-2m)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Freezer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV (English channels)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 2km S of Le Poinçonnet (shops, bars, restaurants), 15km S of Villedieu (18 hole golf course), 5km S of Châteauroux (all services), 120km E of Poitiers (flights from Stansted).

WAS
NOW
£59-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
10
Pets
0

Château de Villejovet is located in the southern part of the Loire Valley, directly on the River Indre. This grand property has been lovingly restored and transformed into an exclusive holiday resort with approximately 1000 m2 of grounds. The result is a small castle of extraordinary beauty, which has been equipped to a very good standard, and has the benefit of a swimming pool on the large terrace. Château de Villejovet is perfect for meetings, family reunions, celebrations and family holidays or friends alike. An ideal base for families, this property offers many facilities to keep everyone entertained of all ages, including free internet access, satellite TV, tennis court (cement), football field, outdoor table tennis and squash court. Guest also have the possibility of fishing along the river, 3km away. Golf course nearby. Please note: The property layout is over 5 floors.

Living room/dining room. Sitting room. Two further dining rooms. Two kitchens. Games room. Ten double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle. Nine shower room/WCs. Four separate WCs

  • Garden with sloping banks
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • CD/stereo
  • Internet access
  • Two cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Pool table
  • Basketball hoop
  • Table tennis
  • Football field
  • Squash court
  • Tennis court
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • Start day Friday
  • NB: Sloping ceilings and low beams in some rooms. Steps to pool. Unfenced river 50m.

Location: 50m from River Indre, 2.5km from shops and restaurants, 15km from Châteauroux (city, all facilities), 15km from Le Poinçonnet (shops, bars, restaurants), 29km from Villedieu (18-hole golf course), 124km from Poitiers (airport, church, cathedral, shops, restaurants).

WAS
NOW
£57-£3440
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Gìte de Morfontaine is located in a pretty and tranquil location close to the Loire town of Noyant. Mature trees surround this charming, adjoining holiday cottage, which has been lovingly restored by its owners next door. A swimming pool and a Jacuzzi room provide rest and relaxation - a chance to recharge your batteries for the country walks and on-site lake fishing! The surrounding area provides plenty to see and do. Nearby is the beautiful château town of Saumur, which overlooks the River Loire where you can enjoy cycling as well as horse riding, boating and golfing. For a day out, Paris is only 50 minutes by train from the cathedral city of Tours.

Living/dining room, 2 single beds. Kitchen. Twin bedroom. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC. External stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom, en-suite bathroom/WC

  • Garden
  • Shared grounds, drops, lake (take care, children)
  • Terrace
  • Shared pool (9.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.5m)
  • Heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • Jacuzzi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • BBQ
  • No smoking
  • All linen included.

Location: Morfontaine (lakeside location, fishing), 8km S of Noyant (all amenities), 28km N of Saumur (château, old town), 41km NW of Chinon (riverside town, château, vineyards).

WAS
NOW
£72-£1049
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