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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
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L’Auneau Ref: F45101

This pretty detached Colombage farmhouse provides comfortable holiday accommodation in a traditional rural setting. Located in a tranquil corner of this picturesque region, L’Auneau also features a large fishing lake close to the house with free fishing rights granted to guests by its owners. The local area and nearby towns are rich in historical interest and activities including golf and forest walks. La Ferte St Aubin boasts a 17th-century castle, whilst the picture-book town of Beaugency sits on the banks of Loire and features 11th-century architecture and riverside walks. A visit to the region’s heart, Orleans, offers both historic interest and a contemporary shopping and dining experience.

All on ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with open fire, tiled floors, French doors and corner kitchen. Three bedrooms: Two double, one with sloping ceiling, one twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

  • Enclosed garden
  • 2-acre natural grounds with pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 2km from Ligny-le-Ribault (shops, bars), 15km from La Ferte St Aubin, 19km from Beaugency, 25km from Orléans.

WAS
NOW
£269-£538
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Le Moulin Ref: F72120

Le Moulin (de Cherre) is an extra special cottage, lovingly restored and furnished in traditional French style with oak beams, stone fireplaces (wood burner), trouffleau stone walls and rationale windows. Set in a beautiful countryside, overlooking the Loir river, complete with the natural habitat on the adjacent island, this special cottage is a calm and beautiful haven. This is châteaux country complete with all the modern comforts, yet set in an ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere. Adjacent to the original mill and mill house, there are fishing rights to the river, and its picturesque setting makes this ideal for art/painting or cycling/touring holidays.

Living/dining/kitchen. Utility. Shower/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower/WC. Bathroom/WC over-bath shower. Second floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed. Twin bedroom

  • Riverside garden
  • Terrace
  • Heating
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • Playstation 3
  • Wi-fi
  • Three cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking.

Location: 1km from archaeological site, 6km from Le Lude (shops, bars, supermarkets), 28km SE of La Flèche (zoo, bars, restaurants, cinema), 48km SW of Le Mans, 50km N of Tours, 58km from Samur (vineyards), 173km from Nantes (airport).

WAS
NOW
£43-£1019
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ballots Ref: W14667

Peaceful location

Mayenne

La Gardiere consists of two, semi-detached converted holiday cottages and the owner’s holiday residence. If you aim to relax, then these cottages are for you, they have views all around the lush Mayenne countryside. Both cottages are practical, each with a well-equipped kitchen, modern furnishings and appliances, the private garden areas are compact but adequate, ideal for a barbecue or relaxing.

Guests have use of the large grounds, ideal for the children to run around. Activities in the area include cycling, fishing, golf, and within walking distance is the nautical park of La Rincerie, 800m, which offers water sports and windsurfing.

For lovers of French culture and history the Loire has numerous historic sites and monuments including wine tasting. Visit historic Angers with its medieval chateau, 70km, and Chataubriant famous for its fine restaurants, 34km. Take a trip to the coast and visit Mont St Michael, a great day out.

Shops, restaurant 4km, café/bar 800m

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom and basin, separate toilet, 2 twin bedrooms (one can be double). First floor: Mezzanine with twin beds.

Electric heating all fuel and power included in rent May to September, €40 supplement October to April, cot, digital TV, DVD player, radio, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, shared grounds and orchard, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: There is a step in the garden, sloping banks in the grounds and stream nearby (empty in summer months).

WAS
NOW
£152-£550
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
Les Fours à Chaux Ref: F49159

Situated just a short drive from the lovely Saumur, this property is full of character and is part of an imposing old coach inn. The owners who live in the adjoining property have modernised the interior. A patio door from the living area leads to private enclosed terrace and an open mature garden. The area offers 150km of cycling tracks along the river Loire passing through Saumur otherwise you can admire the surrounding scenery on a boat trip. Locally there is plenty to do and see like the prehistoric sites of troglodyte dwellings, local vineyards of Saumur and famous châteaux of Chinon, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Angers. Can be booked with F49162.

Entrance hall. Living/dining room with corner kitchen, tiled floor and exposed beams. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Two double queen-size bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over bath shower. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Shared grounds
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from Dampierre (shop, bar, restaurant), 4km SE of Saumur (city), 8km NW of Montsoreau (village), 50km E of Angers.

WAS
NOW
£319-£899
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Lissière Ref: FL139

Set in the heart of the Loire Valley this is an ideal location for those seeking peace and quiet. Within 20 acres of walled park and gardens with a further 375 acres of woodland for walks and jogging, this renovated holiday property forms part of the original stable block adjacent to the owners château. Facilities are shared with one other rental property but each has their own private garden areas. A shared pool is set within a circular walled garden and the tennis court is situated near the owner’s château. The nearest shops and horse riding are a 5-minute drive to Mer. It’s just 10 minutes drive to Beaugency with larger shops, restaurants and indoor pool. The historical town of Blois is a 20 minute drive and it’s an easy drive to the Loire châteaux, the better known being Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny. Or discover the historical cities of Orléans and Cléry with their Romanesque abbeys, basilicas and museums, and for golf enthusiasts there are some golf courses in the area.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Small TV room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC.

  • Shared grounds with artificial pond (take care with children)
  • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 12m, depth 1m - 2.1m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Shared tennis court
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen included.

Location: 12km from Talcy (château), 15km from Chambord (château, cycle hire), 24km from Blois (château, city), 30km from Cheverny (château, golf).

WAS
NOW
£31-£1779
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Fleur de Vigne Ref: F37148

Situated just five minutes from historic Chinon, offering a wide choice of fine restaurants/bars, weekly markets and leisure facilities along the river banks. This is the wine producing region of Chinon and many vineyards offer visits and tasting. The property benefits from the features of a traditional cottage with a large living/dining room with French windows leading to the terrace and enclosed private garden. The local area around the hamlet is a haven for nature lovers with miles of surrounding countryside. Visit the picturesque village of Candes St. Martin or Montsoreau and enjoy magnificent views over the river Loire. Saumur is within easy reach with its château and sparkling wine. Golf available nearby.

Ground floor: Living/dining room, sofa bed, French windows to garden. Kitchen, French windows to terrace. Three double bedrooms, one with French windows to terrace, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom with shower attachment. WC

  • Private enclosed garden
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Woodburner
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only for hire.

Location: 5km from Chinon (château, all facilities), 30km from Saumur (château, museums, River Loire).

WAS
NOW
£339-£729
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Gasnerie Ref: F49112

Surrounded by quiet countryside of woods, river valleys and sleepy villages, this pretty cottage stands in a large colourful garden with its own swimming pool, and enjoys views of beautiful sunsets. Carefully restored, keeping its old well in front and some interesting interior features, it boasts a spacious, comfortable living room with original terracotta floor and beamed ceiling, while outside is ample space for outdoor meals and relaxation. This peaceful area is perfect for cycling and birdwatching, with 18-hole golf courses within half an hour’s drive. Ideally situated for exploring the many historic châteaux in the region and is only 15 minutes away from the Loire River and local vineyards. Cyclists can admire the views following the Loire à Vélo itinerary, a great way to explore the region. Within easy reach of the famous estates of Muscadet and Saumur. A day trip to the sea is a real possibility too, as the coast is reached within a two-hour drive.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with glass door fireplace and piano. Kitchen with breakfast area. Separate WC. Open-tread spiral staircase to first floor: Three bedrooms: One double, one single and one twin with en-suite shower/WC. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

  • Swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
  • Lawned garden
  • Unfenced pond
  • Gas central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • Wi-fi
  • Car port for 1 car, ample parking space
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Not suitable for children due to unfenced pond, or the infirm due to the spiral staircase. Maximum sleeps 5.

Location: 5km N of Bécon-les-Granits (village with shops, restaurant, post office), 25km NW of Angers (all services), 70km E of Nantes.

WAS
NOW
£34-£869
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Moulin de Cherelles Ref: T45007

This delightfully placed 18th-century mill is set in the heart of the Loire châteaux country. There is a large terrace over the mill stream for al-fresco dining and a small grassy area with a little shade at the water’s edge. A ground floor apartment next door is let all year; the tenants are extremely discreet. Nearby, historic Meung-sur-Loire dates back to medieval times. Beaugency, with its château and historic centre, is just 15km away and Chambord, with its nature reserve and the largest château in the Loire, is 40km. Blois (50km) offers a château with sound and light show, cathedral, museum of magic and historic bridge over the Loire, whilst Chaumont-sur-Loire boasts a château, sculpture trail and exhibition gardens (65km).

First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room/WC

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Start day Friday
  • NB: Parents of small children should be aware that there is a lot of water around.

Location: 7km N of Meung-sur-Loire (all facilities), 15km from Beaugency, 40km from Chambord, 50km from Blois.

WAS
NOW
£250-£3286
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
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Moinerie Ref: F49154

The private swimming pool and the flowery garden are a good enough reason to want to stay here. Situated in open countryside, the property stands in 3 acres of gardens with fruit and nut trees and a very large unfenced fish pond. The owners, who live in the grounds, have restored and modernised the farmhouse with meticulous attention to detail, with wooden floors in the bedrooms, pastel-coloured walls, pretty fabrics, fine furniture and a games room. Why not head for one of the many attractions to visit in the Loire. Angers with its château and fascinating tapestry, shops and good restaurants. Nearby, Nyoiseau, Domaine de La Petite Couere, with 198 acres of park offers animal species, leisure activities and pleasant country walks. The pretty town of Segré offers shops, restaurants, a weekly market and plenty of activities to enjoy locally. Fly via Angers or Nantes.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room, well equipped corner kitchen. Summer kitchen. Steps to two bedrooms: one double, one kingsize. Bathroom/WC with spa shower cubicle. First floor: Bathroom with over bath shower. Separate WC. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite nursery.

  • Private enclosed garden with significant drop
  • Two terraces
  • Shared grounds
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.2m)
  • Central heating
  • Woodburning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two TVs (English channels)
  • Games room with pool table, DVD, TV (French channels)
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Play area
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking.

Location: 4km S of Segré (local amenities, château) 12km SW of Le Bourg d’Iré (attractive views of the river), 21km NE of Château Gontier (mini Disneyland) 27km E of Nautical Park (windsurfing, water-sports), 30km SE of Angers (château, cathedral, gardens, market, canoeing, all amenities).

WAS
NOW
£570-£1560
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
£33-£629
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