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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Chez les Soeurs Ref: F72116

Experience life in a delightful French village house. The owner is an interior designer and has produced a stunning result: rooms with a high level of comfort, good quality antique furnishings, creative wall finishings, a serene symphony of fabrics, textures and colours. The silk curtains are just out of this world. You’ll find it difficult to decide what to do first: a stroll to the village restaurant or a visit to the recreational lakes where fishing, sailing and swimming can be enjoyed. Discover historic Le Mans with its splendid 24 hour racing track and fine museum. Indulge in some wine tastings in the Loire Valley, or visit some of the famous châteaux. Drive south to Tours and visit the old quarter or take the train to Paris for the day (only 50 minutes by TGV from Tours).

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room in annexe. Separate WC. First floor: Three kingsize bedrooms, one with large en-suite bathroom/WC with over bath shower and double basin

  • Enclosed gravelled courtyard
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking
  • Start day Friday.

Location: In village (shops, bar, restaurant), 11km NE of Varennes Lakes, 36km SE of Le Mans (old town, race track), 16km NE of Château du Loir (shops, all facilities), 60km NE of Tours (all facilities, TGV).

WAS
NOW
£63-£869
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Genes Ref: F37124

In a lovely peaceful setting by the owners’ manor house, this beautifully restored 1850s house enjoys use of the extensive estate grounds and woodlands. The holiday accommodation is spacious and comfortable, boasting a restored stone fireplace in the living room, while outside is a private terrace, shared garden and heated swimming pool. Nearby is the village of St Christophe sur le Nais, with original paintings to be seen in its old church, and just half an hour away is the chateau and park of Grand Luce. Also within easy reach are the historic city of Tours, and Le Mans with its cathedral and car museum at the famous race circuit. Close by are the Loire valley wine growing regions, where producers are happy to welcome visitors.

Ground floor: Living/dining room, restored stone fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen, breakfast area. Utility room. WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Twin bedroom. Two double bedrooms, one with king-size bed. All bedrooms have beamed ceilings. Three shower rooms with WCs. Second floor: Twin bedroom with bathroom

  • Landscaped garden and 320 acres of land and woodland with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Use of heated swimming pool (13m x 7m)
  • Electric convector heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (English channels)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2km to village of St. Christophe sur le Nais (all amenities), 9km N of Château du Loir, 12.5km NE of Chateau la Valliere (town), 24km NW of city of Tours (all amenities), 42km SE of Le Mans (city with Roman wall, cathedral).

WAS
NOW
£897-£45998
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Rural location

Maine-et-Loire

This delightful 18th century rural stone cottage, with its own lawned garden, lies in the heart of the Pays de la Loire.

Set in a sleepy hamlet surrounded by picturesque villages, 30 minutes from Angers with many attractions including its 13th-century chateau.

An hour from the popular Nantes and within easy reach of many other lovely towns, chateaux and places of interest. 20-minute drive to the River Loire, flanked by the Loire’s vineyards.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin. First floor: 1 kingsize bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (fuel at cost), all other fuel and powe at cost, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking. NB: Low ceiling in kitchen. Sloping ceiling in bedroom. Fenced well in garden, 100m.

WAS
NOW
£180-£399
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£570-£1580
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Blandouet Ref: W14566

Peaceful setting

Mayenne

Just 4km from the medieval fortress of St. Suzanne, this carefully restored and spacious first floor holiday apartment has private ground floor entrance and open plan lounge/dining area.

Set in fifty thousand hectares of grounds shared with the owners and guests, which offer woodlands and private pond where you can fish or spend hours relaxing and enjoying the peaceful setting.

Within reach of historic Le Mans 48km, with its 24 hour racing, museum and TGV train to Paris, 1 hour, the Loire offers historic places including Evron 12km, Mayenne 35km and the famous Angers 68km.

Café/ bar and restaurant 4km.

All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom plus 2 single beds.

Geothermal underfloor heating, all fuel and power included in rent May-Sep, €35 supplement Oct-Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Private fishing lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£169-£410
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
La Grande Touche Ref: F28103

Situated at the end of a quiet country lane just 2km from the village of Unverre, this characterful half-timbered cottage exudes olde worlde charm. The original wooden beams and exposed stone walls help to provide a rustic atmosphere. Guests have use of the grounds with a barbecue and pétanque court. Further afield the region is most famous for Chartres Cathedral, noted for its 13th century stained glass windows and the Perche Regional Park; home to the famous Percheron breed of heavy horses. In Illiers-Combray, is the house where Marcel Proust spent his childhood summers. The house is adjoining Pré Catalan garden, which is now a museum with exhibitions about the famous writer.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Separate WC. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: Twin bedroom. Mezzanine with twin beds. Bathroom/WC

  • Large courtyard garden area
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Petanque court
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only for hire.

Location: 5km from Brou (town, Perche Regional Park), 20km NW of Châteaudun, 40km SW of Chartres.

WAS
NOW
£199-£398
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
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
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

Short walk from historic Fontevraud

Maine-et-Loire

This tufeau stone detached barn conversion is situated on a quiet road. It features exposed beams and a woodburner. There is a private, partially enclosed garden to the side of the house, adjoining the owner’s discreet holiday home.

Within walking distance of Fontevraud Abbey with 900 years of history. The town of Saumur set on the banks of the River Loire with its fairytale château, world famous horse shows and sparkling wine are worth a visit, 15km. Not far away lies Chinon with the medieval fortress and wine tasting, only 13km.

Futuroscope theme park near Poitiers promises a memorable day.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 500m.

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

Central 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, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Occasionally there is a small stream to the side of the property. Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£210-£640
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Yèvre-le-Châtel Ref: W14371

Pretty village location

Loiret

This restored 18th century detached holiday cottage is situated in the small village of Yèvre-le-Châtel, officially one of France’s prettiest villages.

The interior has been decorated with taste and the enclosed garden offers unique views over the village and countryside.

The local restaurant and weekly market are within walking distance, and it is just a short drive to historic Orléans and Etampes.

Shop and café/bar 6km, restaurant 50m.

Lower ground floor: Utility room. Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower, 1 twin with en-suite toilet. Separate annexe: Lounge, shower room with toilet, twin bedroom on mezzanine.

Oil and electric central heating, open fire in lounge (fuel not included), €8 per day for all other fuel and power, 2 colour TVs, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, private enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, open-tread stairs to mezzanine. Steep, narrow, open-tread stairs to lower ground floor. Drops in garden.

WAS
NOW
£330-£660
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
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