49 Maine et Loire
Nantes (capital), Angers, Le Mans, St Nazaire.
Loire, Sarthe, Loir.
The Pays de la Loire region was only created in the late 20th century to serve as a "zone of influence" for the capital Nantes. It is made up of five very different
departments and covers over 32,000 km's2. It is a prosperous region with a growing population that now numbers over 3.5 million. The five departments are:
Loire Atlantique - this is the most highly populated department with over 1.2m people living here, many of them in Nantes which is home to the Prefecture. Nantes was described by Time magazine as "the most liveable city in Europe" and is often seen as the most desirable place to live by French citizens. Located on the banks of the Loire river it is jam packed with chateaux, churches and museums and offers a beautiful contrast in architecture between historic and modern. The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is perhaps the most famous and encapsulates the controversial roots of the city which still sees itself as part of Brittany. Indeed, the castle served as the historical centre of Brittany up to separation in 1941. Modern Nantes is a hive of innovation and commerce and the driving force of the regional economy.
The Loire-Atlantique has a strong Breton culture and it is worthwhile visiting the harbour in Saint-Nazaire, the historic town of Ancenis and the delightful chateau in Chateaubriant.
Maine et Loire - this department has a varied landscape. Both the north and south are fairly hilly with great swathes of the forest while the centre of the department sweeps down towards the river valley. The departmental capital is the beautiful city of Angers which lies on both sides of the river Maine, which is spanned by no less than six bridges. The districts alongside the river have many flourishing nurseries and market gardens and are renowned for the quality of their fresh produce and cut flowers. The city of Angers boasts a beautiful 12th-century cathedral as well as the huge Chateau d'Angers which is a 9th-century castle located on a rocky ridge overhanging the river. The famous liqueur "Cointreau" is produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, a suburb of Angers. Maine et Loire has many navigable rivers making it popular with both locals and tourists who like "messing about on the river". There are countless famous chateaux to explore and the towns of Cholet and Saumur are worthy of visits in their own right.
Mayenne - the inhabitants of this proud and historic department are known as Mayennais which, contrary to popular opinion, is not the source of the word Mayonnaise. Covering over 5,000km2 the department only has a population of 300,000 and property here can prove excellent value for money as prices are generally low. the Prefecture is in the market town of Laval which is located on the river Mayenne close to the border with Brittany. Laval is famous for the production of fine linens but nowadays much of the economy is centred around the excellent technology park which is home to many thriving and innovative companies. Rather confusingly the department also has a prominent town called Mayenne which sits on the river. Sadly it was badly bombed during world war II but it does have an attractive chateau and Romanesque church.
Sarthe - This department is named after the river Sarthe and around 300,000 of it's inhabitants (over half of the population) live in Le Mans. This world famous city is, of course, renowned for the "Le Mans 24 hour classic" - a sports car race that started in 1923 and is commonly known as the Grand Prix of economy and efficiency. The race begins in the mid-afternoon and runs for 24 hours over distances of well over 5,000km's. Entrants and spectators come from all over the world and the race has many imitators. Le Mans itself has a beautifully preserved old town with remnants of a Roman wall and Roman baths down by the river. The department of Sarthe has other, historical, towns to visit. La Fleche is the second biggest town in the department and has a castle, grand military school, famous zoo and the lakes of La Monnerie which cover around 50 hectares.
Vendee - the Vendee is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in France. The coastline extends to over 200km's, most of which offers sandy beaches and safe bathing. Inland is the Marais Poitevin, sometimes known as "the green Venice" where you can explore the 970 km2 marshland by punting along the narrow canals - a unique treat that has tourists flocking in throughout the summer. The department is crossed by four rivers and the prefecture is in the town of La Roche sur Yon. This town was specially chosen by Napoleon 1st to host the prefecture and has expanded ever since. Indeed, one of the main sites is the statue of Napoleon (on Napoleon square!) close to St Louis church. Two other towns of note in the department are Les Sables d'Olonne which is a pretty, seaside, town famous for being the start and finish of the Vendee Globe yacht race and Fontenay le Comte which is a historic town of 15,000 inhabitants a little further inland.
La Bouillatrie: Unwind in the tranquility
of our restored 19th century farmhouse
in the beautiful Vendée countryside in a rural French setting in the beautiful Vendee, only an hour from La Rochelle and 70 kms from the beach. The accomodation consists of 3 Gites each with fully equipped.
We have three, 3 star self catering cottages (gîtes), all located in the restored farmhouse building with its tiled floors and oak beams, each with their own entrance, outside terrace, and access to the swimming pool, garden, and all the other on-site facilities. Each gîte sleeps between 4 and 6 people, and the Fountain and Courtyard gîtes can be combined through an interior door to accommodate larger families.
The property is in an ideal situation for house hunters in Pays de Loire and Charente regions.
The beautiful Vendée region is known for its long summer days, courtesy of its unique micro-climate. Its rolling “bocage” countryside hides a thriving tourist economy, with many local attractions such as the Puy du Fou – voted the world’s best theme park in 2012, walking and cycling paths, water sports, fishing spots, fine restaurants, and some of the best sandy beaches in Europe.
The Fountain Gîte: is decorated to a high standard, sleeps 4 people.
The Courtyard Gîte: is decorated to a high standard, sleeps 4-6 people.
The Garden Gîte: is decorated to a high standard, sleeps 4-5 people.
WiFi available and Pets Welcome
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The Loire Affair: Set in the quiet wooded countryside of the Loire Valley area in France just 20 minutes north of Saumur, and 45 minutes
from Tours airport, a true, french, stress-free location for your holiday yet just a 40 minute drive to the Le Mans circuit for moto gp, classic car and 24 hour races. Our ‘Romantic Retreat’ - a
quiet child-free zone - is ideal for short breaks/weekends. With full catering service available and collection / return to Tours airport if required, this is the place.
There are two Gites - fully equipped - or accommodation in the Longere house, where you can enjoy a full catering service, there is a twin bedded en suite room upstairs, and double room en suite downstairs with patio area . All guests have use of the Pool and Hot Tub
COME & ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME
Le Petit Grenier: is a studio gite on ground level.
L'Ecurie Gite: let us introduce you to our luxury 1 bedroom gite.
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Hirondelle Farm: The Stable has been tastefully renovated and offers very comfortable accommodation.
The Stable was beautifully renovated 11 years ago and has had a full refurbishment for the 2015 season. Including a new bathroom, a flat screen TV in the lounge, new beds, mattresses and bedding and offers very comfortable accommodation.
The building retains all the original French character with exposed beams and a woodburning stove
The building retains all the original French character with exposed beams and a woodburning stove.
Private garden, including patio and BBQ, and parking facilities.
A timber surround above ground pool, and a large lawn.
If you are looking for a spotlessly clean, comfortable and superbly equipped French holiday home, including UK satellite TV and Wi-Fi, you have found it!
Set in the beautiful Western Loire only 6Km from the walled historic French town of Chateaubriant, Hirondelle Farm nestles in the hamlet of Le Perray surrounded by peaceful fields of corn-on-the-cob and sunflowers.
The village of St Aubin des Chateaux is about 2 kilometres from the farm, where you will find a butcher, baker, bar, post office, chemist and a corner shop selling most things. We also have travelling shops, including a bread van, who visit the hamlet regularly
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Moulin De Rabion: This beautiful historic property is located just north of Saumur in the Loire Valley. Situated in 18 acres with millstream and a river, the grounds and local area provide numerous activities such as riding and walking, and don’t forget the world-renowned wines available in the region. We’d love to welcome you for a wonderful holiday or even just a flying visit.
The Gite: is a secluded traditional French-style farmhouse in the grounds of the chateau comprising attached barn and stables with the living accommodation converted in luxury style to provide a high quality cottage with one double bedroom.
The gite has it’s own driveway and gate to the road and its own enclosed garden and parking area.
Moulin De Rabion: Bed & Breakfast in the Chateau. This beautiful historic property is located just north of Saumur in the Loire Valley. Situated in 18 acres with millstream and a river, the grounds and local area provide numerous activities such as riding and walking, and don’t forget the world-renowned wines available in the region. We’d love to welcome you for a wonderful holiday or even just a flying visit. The B&B has two independent rooms on the first floor, each has en-suite bathroom facilities and a double bed.
On the top floor we have a room with a double bed and a twin bedded room. Enclosed as a suite these rooms also have a shared bathroom and toilet.
Breakfast is served in the dining room and dinner is available on request.
La Huttiere: Two holiday cottages in the Loire Valley,
ideal located for visiting all the historical sights and attractions of the region.
Located deep in the heart of the Loire Countryside, these 2 Gites 'Lily' and 'Rose' offer charm and tradition with modern, comfortable accommodation.
Each Gite can accommodate up to 6 guests. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms (en-suite). Cots are available for the younger members of the family.
Outside ther is 10 hectares of gardens, grounds and woodland. Situated at the end of a long track makes La Huttiere a very secure and safe place for even your smallest children to run around and have fun!
We also have an 'out-of-ground' swimming pool for everybody to enjoy.
Each cottage has a private patio with outside dining area.
'Lily' has 2 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people.
'Rose' has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 6 people. We also have cots available if needed.
La Boumelle Gites: Discover "la douceur angevine" at la Boumelle, 4 beautifully renovated gîtes with a shared pool in the Loire Valley countryside.
Our Gites are ideal for couples or young families and with its large swimming pool provides the ideal location for a relaxing holiday.
The gîtes are set in the heart of the Loire Valley and well located for visiting the ancient Loire Châteaux or tasting the many celebrated Loire wines...
The gites have their own private gardens and and are ideally situated for walking or cycling through the gentle orchards and forests that surround the area....
La Boumelle is situated on the edge of the "parc national" just 10 minutes from the riverside town of Saumur and an hour from Angers and Tours. The area benefits from a climate that is the hottest (but not too hot) in the northern half of France and perfect for cultivating vines.
The property was built around 1850 and served as accommodation, stables and a wash house. The gîtes have been recently renovated to a high standard, conserving the original rustic features of the wooden beams, local tuffeau stone walls and tiled floors.
4 Lovely gites at La Boumelle.
La Laverie, the ancient wash house.
La Maison de l'Ouvrier, the old workman's cottage.
L'Écurie, the old stable.
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La Roultiere: 6 Unique Gites in the Heart of the Loireis. A former working farmstead with a traditional longiere (which houses four gites) and the largest barn in the vicinity, which now houses two gites.
Each gite is decorated in a way to help you unwind; their pale walls and uncluttered ambiance helps evoke a sense of calm and relaxation. We have sourced a lot of the furniture from local brocantes and lots of our guests comment on their quirky appearance....adding lots of character and warm rustic charm.
La Roultiere is an old hamlet dating back to the 1700s. Now this little collection of dwellings and barns is a small community consisting of ourselves, the gites, and Madam Bureau, our elderly neightbour who has lived here since the 1930s. It is very typical of the hamlets that dot our rural area.
La Grange is new for 2015 forming part of the original grain/hay store for the village now offered as a four bedroom gite sleeping 8/9 people.
La Fermette is the oldest part of the longiere at La Roultiere. ideal for the larger, or extended family.
L'Ecurie has often been described as the perfect summer house. L'Ecurie is a two bedroom (sleeping max 5) gite.
Grand Grenier is a spacious1st floor gite, sleeps 5 plus baby in 2 bedrooms. Used to be the hay loft!
La Veranda is in the middle of the longier. With two double bedrooms,
La Terrasse (sleeps 4 plus cot) is a cool, shady, ground floor gite, with a private terrace and covered veranda.
Blanc Bonnet: Set just outside the small village of Vimarcé, is a detached, one bedroom cottage with a completely private and secluded garden surrounded by farmers’ fields. The bedroom, with king size bed and old tiled floor and the salon, with wood burning stove and original tomette floors, are both large for a cottage - both about 27 square metres [ 300 square feet ]. The views from the garden towards the Sillé forest are wonderful.
The cottage has just been completely renovated. A new modern and well equipped kitchen and bathroom installed whilst the original features have been retained.
Rental price includes electric heating in all the rooms.
There is also a wood burner in the salon, hot water and electricity, bathroom towels, duvets, pillows & crisp clean bed linen. There is a large basket of logs waiting in the salon and afterwards there are plenty of logs in the wood store.
The nearest local shops are 5 minutes drive away in the neighbouring villages of St Pierre sur Orthe and St Martin de Connée where you can find the traditional boulangerie [ bakery ], tabac/épicerie [ small general store & bar ], organic bakery and, in the square, L’Homme Vert, the local bar.
Of course there are plenty of other nice restaurants at Sillé le Guillaume, Evron, Villaines la Juhel and small local eating places at St Pierre-sur-Orthe, at La Boissière, at St Georges sur Erve, and St Germain-de-Coulamer all 5 to 10 minutes drive away.
So why not come and enjoy the peaceful delights of the Mayenne ? Everything is included in the price you pay - including logs, electricity, towels and bed linen. So there are no hidden extras.