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If you are looking for self catering accommodation in the Loire Valley you’re in the right place as we have an extensive selection of gites in the Loire Valley for you to choose from.

The Loire River and the Loire Valley was given World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2000 for the unspoilt nature and architectural heritage that extends some 280 km from Sully-sur-Loire in Loiret to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Anjou; the perfect location for your cottage holiday accommodation in France!

Often called the Valley of the Kings, the Loire Valley is home to a record number of Renaissance chateaux and medieval fortresses. French nobility flocked here between the 15th and 18th centuries to lavish their wealth on creating the grandest and most magnificent chateaux.

These include the chateaux at Sully-sur-Loire, former home to the Duke of Sully, Chateaux de Chambord which counts 365 chimneys, one for each day of the year, while Chenonceaux was built above the river Cher. The gardens at Chaumont sur Loire and Villandry are of world class reputation.

Discover the region’s historic cities with their many elegant shops, pretty cobbled streets, tree lined avenues and convivial cafes. Tours is a lively, vibrant city which has plenty to see and to do, including 30 street markets. Every May, Orléans hosts a week of lively celebrations in honour of its heroine Joan of Arc who liberated the city in the 15th century. Blois is home to a magnificent royal chateau built in the middle of the town. The town of Amboise was home to Leonardo da Vinci, who lived at Clos Lucé which now features scale models of his ingenious inventions; it also has fine chateaux with terraces that overlook the Loire Valley. Chartres has a UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, half-timbered houses and a delightful old town.

Cycling is a popular way to explore the Loire Valley thanks to the Loire à Velo network of cycling paths which criss-crosses the region, taking you near the main attractions. The Zoo at Beauval is amongst the most respected zoos in Europe or enjoy a family day out at the Mini Chateaux Park which features small replicas of the Loire Valley’s famous chateaux.

Hot air balloon rides are one of the region’s lesser known attractions and are undoubtedly the best way to appreciate the beauty of the region and its chateaux.

Take a wine tasting tour of the troglodytes’ caves of Vouvray, also the name of a prize winning sparkling white wine. Back at your cottage; sip some Sancerre, Muscadet or Rosé d’Anjou with some local goat’s cheese and a baguette. Fresh water fish including perch and pike are also amongst the local specialities.

For self catering accommodation in this beautiful see our cottages in the Loire Valley.

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  • Le Lude

    Luché Pringé, Sarthe

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: F72115

    In a unique location, set on the edge of the river Loir with sounds of the rushing water all around, this carefully restored ancient water mill offers an ideal retreat from the stress and noise of everyday life. The interior is comfortable and simply decorated with white walls, retaining, traditional features of exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace. The pleasantly furnished sitting room has wonderful views of the lovely mill stream and dam. You can fish for your supper and find a pleasant spot for al-fresco dining in the large garden. Near to this charming property, you can discover the famous city of Le Mans with its 24hr racing track and old quarter. To the south is the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

    Ground floor: Dining room with corner kitchen and open fire. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin with door to courtyard. Bathroom with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with glass fronted fire. Three bedrooms; one double, two single. Shower room. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Private garden
    • Courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fire
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Parking for three cars
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for young children due to river frontage.

    Location: 4km NW of Le Lude (all facilities, pool, tennis). 44km SW of Le Mans (historic city, all facilities). 60km NW of Tours (city, old quarter).

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  • Maison La-Fontaine-Saint Martin

    La-Fontaine-Saint-Martin

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    5
    Ref: FVS020

    This very beautiful, 19th-century castle is an ideal holiday property set on the edge of town in a huge wooded park. To the rear are beautiful views over the lake where swans glide, and where you can also fish for carp and pike. This breathtaking and exceptional property is spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Each room has its own bathroom. The property is close to Malicorne where you can visit the factories of the Faïencerie d’Art, and at La Flèche, 15km, you can visit the zoo, the leisure centre, beach, paddle boats, aquatic centre and sailing club. Visit Le Mans, 30km, with its old city and its exciting historic centre, shopping and museums. For a day trip, discover the castles of the Loire and taste the wines of region. Angers and Saumur, with its famous horse show (the Cadre Noir) await you. Sports lovers will appreciate the golf courses, hiking trails and bike rides. In August, a Baroque music festival takes place in Sable-sur-Sarthe, 30km, and a medieval festival in Parcé, 20km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Turning stairs to first floor: Three double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/WC. Two single bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Large garden with lake (take care with children)
    • Central heating
    • Shared w/machine
    • Shared t/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from restaurant, 5km from shops, 15km from La Flèche (zoo, beach, aquatic centre), 60km from Angers (airport)

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  • Le Grand Gaigné

    Domfront-en-Champagne, Sarthe

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    5
    Ref: FL136

    This well presented holiday barn conversion has extensive gardens with lawns, well maintained flowerbeds and magnificent views. The heated swimming pool with security cover 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 bedroom with additional single bed (for child) with en-suite bathroom/WC and open-tread, open-sided, paddle, spiral stairs to mezzanine with single bed (unsuitable for children)

    • Three steps to large garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared heated swimming pool (72m², open May-Oct)
    • Heating (on request)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • Piano
    • Table tennis
    • Children’s play area
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    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).

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  • Le Bourg

    Vibraye, Sarthe

    Grade
    12
    5
    1
    2
    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.

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

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  • Ardentes

    Ardentes

    Grade
    14
    7
    1
    4
    Ref: FEC003

    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, woodburner in kitchen, 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.

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  • St Paul

    St Michel de Chavaignes, Sarthe

    Grade
    17
    8
    0
    2
    Ref: F72109

    This elegant château, built in the Directoire style stands in extensive landscaped grounds with a beautiful lake, clay tennis court and king-sized swimming pool. The spacious interior includes marble fireplaces, polished wood floors and a living room with two pianos! The large windows offer delightful views of the parkland grounds and the rolling Sarthe countryside beyond. Gourmet restaurants abound in the area, and nearby Bouloire boasts a master chocolatier as well as a 15th-century chateau. Children will enjoy the zoo at Pescheray, and Papea City with its Wild West village and mine train. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Historic Le Mans has a thriving shopping centre, superb cathedral and Automobile museum. The medieval streets, a hotch-potch of intricate Renaissance stonework, medieval half-timbering, sculpted pillars and beams and grand classical facades, are still encircled by the original 3rd and 4th century Gallo-Roman walls. The attractions of the Loire Valley is less than an hours drive.

    Steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open fireplace and piano. Second living room with French windows to garden and pool. Dining room with small kitchen area, dumb waiter to main kitchen. Narrow spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Kitchen with utility room and steps to outside. Spiral staircase from entrance hall to first floor. Five bedrooms: Double with en-suite shower. Bedroom with 4 single beds and en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. Double with en-suite shower over half bath/WC. Single with basin. Double with en-suite bathroom, over bath shower and double basin. Spiral staircase to second floor: 3 twin bedrooms with beamed ceilings, each with basin. Bathroom with over bath shower, bidet. Separate WC on each floor

    • Large grounds
    • Clay tennis court
    • Lake
    • Large fenced swimming pool (25 x 10m, depth 0.3m to 3m)
    • Telephone (payable)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Home cooked meals, cleaning and laundry service avail
    • NB: There are steep, spiral stairs with a low bannister. There is an unfenced pond close to the property.

    Location: 1km NW of St Michel de Chavaignes, 5km SE of Conneré, 23km E of Le Mans, 70km N of Tours, 140km SW of Paris.

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  • Château de Villejovet

    Ardentes, Indre

    Grade
    20
    10
    0
    9
    Ref: FEC002

    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. Eight shower room/WCs. Four separate WCs

    • Garden with sloping banks
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Oil central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • 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
    • 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).

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