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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
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Le Bourg Ref: FL120

This restored old Sarthois farmhouse is set in 2 acres of private informal gardens of grass and trees. It offers a beautiful covered terrace with barbecue for al fresco dining or simply relaxing in the shade near the pool. Vibraye, with its shops, restaurants, tennis, riding and bike hire is a 5-minute drive, and there’s a further selection of shops and restaurants at La Ferté-Bernard, 12km away. There’s a swimming lake with sandy beach, watersports and children’s attractions including mountain bike circuit at Lavaré, a 15 minute drive, and an 18-hole golf course at Bellême (40km). The forest of Vibraye has 6000 hectares of oak woodland with extensive trails and cycle paths. Le Mans, with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24-hour race circuit is 50km away. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley (approximately 90 minutes away), famous for its châteaux (Chambord, Cheverny, Blois and Amboise), and wine (Chinon and Saumur). Chartres is an hours drive, and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room with patio doors to terrace/kitchen area with beams and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Two bunk bedrooms, one with two additional single beds. Shower room/WC. Separate staircase to: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

  • Private lawned garden
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m) open Jun-Sep
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Swings
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 12km from La Ferté-Bernard (shops, restaurants), 40km from Bellême (golf), 50km from Le Mans (24-hour race circuit, cathedrals).

WAS
NOW
£759-£1930
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Pontigne Ref: W14283

Ideal touring base

Maine-et-Loire

This lovely detached holiday cottage on the owner’s estate is close to a forest with pedestrian and cycle tracks and only 5km from Bauge with its impressive church bell tower.

The property has retained original exposed beams, stone walls and tiles and there is a gravel terrace surrounding the cottage with a large open spaced garden. For the energetic there is a good golf course 3km away.

There are many historical attractions in the region, the castle of Angers is 45km, the riverbank town of Saumur with its vineyards 36km and Tours with its cathedral 60km.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms.

Bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, private garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. Wednesday to Wednesday changeover day.

WAS
NOW
£102-£640
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Brain-sur-Alonnes Ref: FVM038

Rural location

Maine-et-Loire

This wooden holiday chalet has a large living room opening onto a furnished terrace and private garden, and with a fenced area with goats and chickens. There is some wheelchair access with wide doors, walk-in shower, accessible toilet, and one double bedroom also on the ground floor.

Saumur is 15km, and along the Loire Valley there are many castles to discover, while for cyclists, there is the 8km riverbank trail.

Also worth a look is Angers with its castle, and famous Apocalypse Tapestry.

Shop and restaurant 1km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all fuel at cost, power included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), 5 DVD players, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£197-£359
Shortlist
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).

WAS
NOW
£640-£1829
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Private above ground swimming pool

Mayenne

This delightful detached timbered holiday cottage is tastefully furnished, with beams in the lounge/kitchen/diner and a woodburner. There is a large garden and swimming pool (depth 1.2m, open mid May-mid Sep) with views of the fields and lake. You can enjoy a barbecue on the terrace or a swim in the pool.

Walks from the property are a must for wildlife lovers. Red squirrels and a variety of birds can usually be seen in the garden. Within a short distance you can discover outstanding views of the Mayenne.

The historic town of Fougères (18km) has a château, or take a day trip to Mont St. Michel and St. Malo. Fly via Rennes or Dinard.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, 2 single beds on mezzanine.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open tread staircase to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£210-£620
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Baccon Ref: W14396

Ideal touring base set in large grounds

Loiret

Neighbouring the ancient village church in Baccon with lovely Loiret countryside and close to the River Loire, only 19km from the historic city of Orléans.

This restored, semi-detached, stone-built holiday cottage has views across 7000m² of open fields from the terrace.

There is much to see; Blois, Chambord, Cheverny and Beaugency, further afield are famous vineyards and sporting activities.

Shop 4km, cafe/bar and restaurant 5km.

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

Electric convector heaters, open fire in lounge (initial fuel provided), initial 8kw supply of all other fuel and power included per day, remainder by meter reading at end of stay, colour satellite TV, video player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, private lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom plus single bed and twin bedroom.

WAS
NOW
£366-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
La Boucaudrie Ref: F53136

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, close to the local village, this attractive holiday property has been converted and modernised to provide all home comforts. It has been lovingly decorated in fresh colours and fabrics, together with modern furnishings throughout. The well-equipped kitchen, dining area and most of the bedrooms have large French doors with balconies overlooking the swimming pool and well-kept garden. The private setting makes the villa a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday destination or a base for discovering the picturesque region of Mayenne. Among the interesting places to visit in the Loire Valley are historic Angers with its château, superb tapestry and local vineyards, the lovely Brittany coastal resort of St. Nazaire, or Mont St. Michel can be reached within 1½ hours’ drive. This is an ideal choice of property for a larger group or families who wish to enjoy a holiday together.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two kingsized bedrooms, one with additional single. Two double bedrooms, one with additional single and shared en-suite WC. Single bedroom with shared en-suite WC. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Garden with 3 steps, fenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2m) with Roman steps, outside shower
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km from La Rouaudière (bar/restaurant), 12km N of Pouancé (all facilities, château, restaurants), 14km E of La Guerche-de-Bretagne (all facilities), 108km SE of Mont St. Michel (historic monument, coast).

WAS
NOW
£719-£1839
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Le Gite Les Altéas Ref: F37129

Set in the Loire valley, within the grounds of an ancient winery, this pair of charming cottages offers peace and comfort in a pastoral setting of meadows and vineyards, just a few minutes’ walk from the pretty village of Assay. Their comfortable rustic interiors feature exposed limestone walls and heavy oak beams. There is an attractive shared swimming pool in the enclosed grounds. The town of Chinon is nearby, where the medieval château is steeped in memories of Joan of Arc. For a great family day out, Poitiers is home to Futuroscope - a giant high-tec film theme park, where a collection of virtual-reality rides draw onlookers into the action on screen, set in several acres of greenery and undulating lakes.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, corner kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC, over-bath shower

  • Radiators (at cost)
  • TV.

Location: 300m N of Assay (shops), 2.5km N of Champigny/Veude (small towns), 8km N of Richelieu (medieval town, restaurants), 12km S of Chinon (market, château, wine production, all facilities), 50km SW of Tours (city, château, all amenities), 50km N of Futuroscope theme park (Poitiers).

Both Properties: Shared swimming pool (13m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 2m)

  • Garden
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.
Both Properties:
  • Garden
  • Shared swimming pool (13m x 5m, depth 0.8m-2m)
  • Fans in all rooms
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • CD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

WAS
NOW
£199-£699
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

This stone pavilion is set in the wooded grounds of a breathtaking neo-Renaissance fairytale château, just 10m from an orangerie, which has an indoor BBQ and table tennis. There is access from here to the private fenced lake – boat and fishing equipment can be provided and the owner also provides a welcome hamper. Adjacent to the orangerie is the beautiful walled pool garden, with a main and children’s pool, both set in magnificent formal and totally enclosed gardens. The local shops, restaurants, bars and tennis are in Meslay a 3 minute drive, or for a greater choice of shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife and golf, the historic town of Laval situated on the River Mayenne is well worth the 15 minute drive. Croquet, table tennis, badminton, fishing and boules are all on site, and the leisure park of ’’La Chesnaie’’ is only a 5 minute drive. The caves and grottos of Saulges are a 15 minute drive, and the renowned zoo at La Flèche is 45 minutes away. Angers and the grand châteaux of the Loire are an hour’s drive, as is the famous Le Mans racing circuit.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Shower room/WC with Jacuzzi bath. First floor: Kingsize four-poster bedroom. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom

  • Enclosed garden
  • Large grounds with fenced lake
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1m - 2m) and children’s pool (2m x 4m, depth 0.4m) with fountain nearby
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • Table tennis
  • Boules
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Meslay (shops, restaurants, bars), 15km from Laval (shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife, golf), 108km from Rennes, 199km from Tours (airport).

WAS
NOW
£440-£1199
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Badecon-Le-Pin Ref: W14317

Private outdoor heated swimming pool

Indre

This large, detached holiday property, with an annex, is located near Argenton-sur-Creuse and has a spectacular riverside position with panoramic views of the River Creuse (fishing available with licence). The spacious interior is pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide a home from home feeling for your holiday.

The first large terrace attached to the property is ideal for outdoor dining and the second terrace is adjacent to the private heated swimming pool (10 x 4m, depth 1-1.8m) which shares views of the river.

Close to the Brenne National Region Land of George Sand, with over 1000 lakes and 5300 hectares of parkland, a paradise for nature lovers. For a taste of history, Chateauroux, 29km, St. Savin, 57km and Bourges are well worth a visit. Take a day trip to historic Poitiers, 98km, with its famous Futuroscope Theme Park.

Shops 3km, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom (can be kingsize) with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. First floor: 2 bathrooms with shower cubicle, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 four poster double (7ft wide), 1 twin, 1 single. Annex: Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms (can be kingsize).

Gas central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent Jun-Sep, €60 supplement Oct-Apr, bed linen included in rent, cot, digital TV, DVD player, CD player, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, private lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: River nearby. 6 steps to entrance. Significant drops and water features near the property.

WAS
NOW
£26-£2220
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