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Bedrooms
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Pets
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Château de la Cour Ref: F37165

Built on a hill with views over the countryside near Azay-le-Rideau, this 15th century listed manor is adjacent to the owners magnificent 17th century château. This detached holiday property retains original features including an impressive staircase, beams, wooden floors and open fireplaces. The attractive interior reflects the owners’ flair for interior design, hence modern comforts and local antiques. Outside the 30 hectares estate has woodlands, spacious landscaped gardens and large lawns with an attractive ornamental pond. Guests can enjoy the shared swimming pool and tennis court, spend time with the horses and donkeys, or explore the vineyards and winery. The treasures of the Loire Valley are at your door, including the Châteaux of Azay, Ussé, Villandry, Chinon, Langeais, Saumur and Tours. For a more quiet life there are over a hundred cycle tracks alongside the riverbanks (bike hire available). Home cooked meals available (at additional cost, welcome breakfast free of charge).

Living room. Steps to dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC, low door, low ceiling. Steps to laundry room (in annexe). Spiral stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom, steps to en-suite shower room/WC (no door). Double bedroom, low door and step to en-suite shower room

  • Private garden
  • Terrace
  • Shared landscaped grounds, unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Shared grounds, woodland (30 hectares), sloping banks
  • Large shared courtyard
  • Shared swimming pool (14m x 5m, depth 1.1m-2.2m)
  • Shared tennis court
  • Gas heating
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two f/freezers
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Some rooms have uneven tiled floor.

Location: 5km E of Azay-le-Rideau (château, most facilities), 13km SE of Langeais (château, most facilities), 18km SW of Villandry (château, bars and restaurants), 30km SW of Tours (city, TGV to Paris, airport).

WAS
NOW
£719-£1899
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Dampierre-sous-Brou Ref: W14378

Peaceful countryside setting

Eure-et-Loir

Set in peaceful countryside near the Perche Regional Park, this attractive detached cottage has been restored to offer a very comfortable and well-kept holiday home, with a games room full of children’s games and toys.

Many original features have been retained, including exposed beams, tiled floors and fireplace, and there is plenty of space outside to sit and relax in total privacy.

It is 5km from Brou, offering shops, bars and restaurants, and Disneyland and Paris are possibilities for day trips.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

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

Open fire in lounge, initial 8kw power included in rent, remainder by meter reading at end of stay, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, private lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£279-£558
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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Rouaudière Ref: W14237

Countryside views

Mayenne

This detached, ground floor holiday cottage is set in a quiet location with countryside views from the private garden.

The property has the added attractions of a large woodburning stove in the lounge, exposed beams and a well-equipped kitchen.

This is an ideal holiday base to explore some of the most unspoilt countryside the Mayenne Region has to offer, as well as plenty of other activities close by, including the medieval town of Pouancé with its lake for canoeing, fishing and swimming. Brittany is close by for a day at the coast.

Shop 5km, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Electric convector heaters, woodburner in lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to Sep, €35 supplement Oct to Apr, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, micowave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to entrance.

WAS
NOW
£30-£459
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in a quiet hamlet, this cosy detached holiday property is near Tours, with its riverbanks, cathedral, museums, famous gardens including the old quarter full of pavement bars and restaurants. It is furnished and decorated to a good standard with modern comforts tastefully designed to blend in. This delightful area is steeped in history and surrounded by charming villages and famous châteaux including Chenonceaux, Amboise, and the medieval town of Loches with its ancient royal prison, cobbled streets and markets. The region is famous for its wines, visit Montlouis and Vouvray for wine tastings. NB: The discreet owners live next door. There may be B&B guests in a room on the first floor.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room/WC

  • Shared grounds with lawned area and terrace
  • Swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 1.1m - 2.5m)
  • Heaters (at cost)
  • W/machine (shared)
  • T/dryer (shared)
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 4km SW of Cormery (shops, bar/restaurant, river), 19km S of Tours (leisure parks, all facilities, train to Paris, 50 min), 18km NW of Loches (château, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£108-£3286
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Le Bourg Ref: FL133

Set in over 2 acres of open land with rough grass, shrubs and trees, this converted barn provides modern and bright holiday accommodation on two levels. Scandinavian-style furniture and lots of light characterise this renovated house. Attached to the house is a covered terrace with barbecue and long wooden refectory table and benches for leisurely outdoor dining. 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 is 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 with extensive trails and cycle paths. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley (approximately 90 minutes), famous for its châteaux and wine. Le Mans, with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24-hour race circuit is 50km away. Chartres is an hour’s drive, and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams, tiled floors and French doors to terrace. Laundry room. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room/WC. Spiral staircase to first floor (low beams): Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite wet room/WC

  • Lawned garden
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open Jun-Sep
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • CD/stereo
  • Swings
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • 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
£810-£2159
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Chemellier Ref: W14981

Close to local amenities

Maine-et-Loire

This ’troglodyte’ cottage is fully restored and retaining its original pale tufa stonework. It lies within walking distance of forest walks and is close to an open air swimming pool (seasonal) at nearby Gennes.

The town of Gennes itself lies on the Loire river.

Angers and Saumur are both within easy driving distance, as are many of the area’s spectacular châteaux. An ideal holiday base.

Shop 1km, café/bar and restaurant 300m.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. Second floor: 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

Underfloor heating, convector heaters, open fires in lounge and kitchen (initial supply of fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May-Oct, €30 supplement Nov-Apr, bed linen included in rent, colour TV (for DVD use only), DVD player, freezer, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in lounge and second floor bedroom. Spiral stairs or external steps to bedrooms.

WAS
NOW
£229-£659
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Le Grand Gaigné Ref: FL136

This well presented holiday barn conversion has extensive gardens with lawns, well maintained flowerbeds and magnificent views. The swimming pool with security cover, can be heated on request and is shared by the owners who live on site in a neighbouring property. However the pool cannot be seen from owner’s property. It is 2km to the village of Domfront for restaurant and shops. Further shops and a tennis court are available at Conlie, 4km. There is a swimming lake for children at Sille-le-Guillaume, 15km, as well as plenty of walks in lovely forests close by. The world famous Loire châteaux are about an hour and a half drive and Le Mont Saint-Michel is worth a day trip to the Brittany coast, a 2 hour drive. Le Mans, famous for its 24 hour race, is also only 20km away.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen area. Separate WC. First floor: Four twin bedrooms (can be double), each with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin and single bedroom sharing en-suite bathroom/WC. Open-tread, open-sided, spiral stairs to mezzanine with single bed (unsuitable for children)

  • Three steps to large garden
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1m to 2m, heated on request, at cost)
  • Heating (on request, at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Piano
  • Table tennis
  • Children’s play area
  • Garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1.5km from Domfront (restaurant, bakery), 4km from Conlie (shops, tennis court, restaurants, market), 15km from Sillé-le-Guillaume (swimming lake, forest walks, château, restaurants), 20km from Le Mans (Old Town, museums, gardens, cathedral, markets), 120km from the Loire Valley (châteaux).

WAS
NOW
£799-£2159
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

This comfortable semi-detached holiday property, set in an acre of grounds lies in the beautiful Mayenne countryside. La Metairie Aux Ballets retain many original features such as beamed ceilings and wooden floors, which complement the interior furnishings. Nearby is the pretty village of Ambrières with a leisure park offering swimming, canoeing, tennis and boat hire while horse riding and lake fishing can be enjoyed locally. Further on is the town of Mayenne where boats can be hired for a trip down the river. Within a short drive are Domfront and the spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. Normandy’s most famous landmark, Le Mont Saint-Michel, is also within easy reach for an essential day out.

Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with sloping ceilings. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

  • Garden
  • Electric heaters
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • PlayStation 3
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km from Ambrières-les-Vallées (restaurants, local facilities, swimming pool, leisure park), 12km N of Mayenne (all facilities), 44km W of Fougères (château).

WAS
NOW
£208-£740
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
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