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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Western Loire your home away from home

The Western Loire in France is a region of France described by UNESCO as a 'cultural landscape of exceptional beauty'. It is situated on the northwest coast of France, bordered by the Loire Valley, and is made up of 5 departments, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe and Vendee. With the arrival of cheap flights to Western Loire from the UK, the lush countryside, vineyards and long sandy beaches have been opened up to British travellers, and the castle dotted along the skyline have once again become bustling centres of activity. A holiday rental, villa or holiday cottage in Western Loire provides the freedom to travel and investigate this part of France at your own pace, and with the flexibility needed to get the most out of a Western Loire holiday.

Things to do in Western Loire, France

Lovers of water and sailing will feel very much at home in Western Loire. Les Sables d'Olonne is a prime destination for sailing enthusiast, and the sea kayaking from here allows a novel exploration of Noirmoutier Island, with its rugged coastline and hidden beaches. Inland, river cruises on the Erdre River, and canoeing up the rivers of Mayenne, Sarthe and Oudron provide hours of entertainment and excitement. Boat hire or barge rental can easily be arranged on these three rivers too, and during the summer, the rivers become an exciting focus for family holidays in Western Loire, but for more relaxing use of the waterways, try the saltwater saps at La Boule, Pornic and St Jean-de-Monts.

The area is known for its landscape, fantastic for horse riding, but more popular, the cycling. Cycle tours of Western Loire are magnificent fun for cyclists of all experience and abilities, and a gite or cottage in Western Loire will give the flexibility needed to complete cycle tours at your own pace.

There are 26 full 18 hole golf courses in Western Loire, so finding a round whilst renting a villa in Western Loire should not prove a problem. Some of the best are at La Boule, Cholet and Sable-sur-Sathe.

Family entertainment can be found at the theme park Puy du Fou Grand Parc, where you can watch chariot racing, falconry and mock Viking attacks on the fortress, and for motorsport fans, the world famous 24 hour race at Le Mans is a remarkable race.

Places to holiday in Western Loire, France

Maine-et-Loire attracts 2.3 million tourists each year, drawn not only by the walking and cycling, but also by the wealth of castles, abbeys, and parks. The troglodyte caves of Western Loire have thousands of tunnels; many used as wine cellars, museums and art galleries.

Vendee has a hundred miles of sandy beaches, and is therefore a very popular destination. There are also thousands of marked footpaths and coastal cycle-ways, as well as some great fishing in both the sea and rivers.

Sarthe is a department designed for walking and cycling. With dramatic limestone scenery, thick forests and small, lush farms.

Weather in Western Loire, France The Western Loire has a mild climate, with long fresh summers, and wet winters Travel to Western Loire, France

Flights to the Western Loire come into Nantes-Atlantique Airport (NTE) from Stansted (STN), Nottingham (NQT), Dublin (DUB), Manchester (MAN), Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK), making the Western Loire more accessible than ever, and the abundance of cheap flights means there is no excuse not to book your holiday villa in Western Loire.

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                                                                                              Lovely secluded property

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                                                                                              We stayed at the beginning of June for a week The property is located in a very quiet part of Normandy, with very large grounds for the kids to play in. The house was very clean and tidy, with more bedrooms than people! The kitchen has everything that you could need. Our children loved playing the the garden, particularly collecting the eggs in the morning and playing with the rabbits that the owner keeps. The gypsy caravan was a great touch full of dressing up gear for them. The weather wasn't the kindest to us, but we had a great time. Had the weather been hot and sunny, we doubt we would done any sightseeing at all! The grounds are perfect for a long sunny day with a bottle of wine whilst the kids play in the garden. A couple of weeks after returning home, the owner emailed to let us know that one of the children had left behind one of their toys. It arrived through the post a few days later! Many thanks for a great holiday. We hope to return.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                              Beautiful villa in a lovely location

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                                                                                              We had a wonderful stay at Villa Eden. The house is lovely, clean, modern, very well maintained and extremely comfortable. The pictures are a good representation of the accommodation. The rooms were spacious and the owners have provided everything you could possibly need, even down to things like hand wash and dishwasher tablets which are things that are often not provided, but really make a difference when you are living out of a suitcase. Children are well catered for too - our 4 year old daughter loved the play area with swings, climbing frame and slide, as well as the indoor games and child friendly bedroom. The garden and outside areas are really lovely, with plenty of space and lots of chairs, loungers and dining facilities that are again, all good quality and very well maintained. Equally the bikes and helmets (of which there are many) were a great addition, and we thoroughly enjoyed the use of them. However, the jewel in the crown is the indoor pool which is fabulous. The weather wasn't always great during our stay, but with the indoor pool it didn't matter and we used it every day. As with everything else, it is high spec and well maintained. The villa's location is also very good. The villa is slightly set back from the road, in a nice peaceful location. Cross the road and you can walk along the rocky coast line. Nice, sandy beaches are a reasonable bike ride away in either direction. There are also some great woodland and coastal walks nearby and Jard is well geared up for cyclists, with lots of cycle routes to explore on. The town and harbour are both a 5 minute cycle ride or about a 20 minute walk away. There are a number of nice restaurants in and around the harbour area, a good selection of shops in the centre and there is a large Supermarket a 5 minute car ride away. Nicolas, the owner, is very helpful, considerate and prompt at replying to any questions that I had. In summary, if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday with everything on your doorstop in a home from home setting then look no further. I can't recommend this place enough. Thank you Nicolas and Christelle.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                              lovely short break at the Petit Houx - Le Ham

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                                                                                              The property was lovely with everything you would need to make yourself comfortable and English telly. The area is very picturesque and every were was easy to get to. I would say that the only issue for us was that we could not find a decent restaurant open selling high quality french cuisine. There are plenty of good supermarkets so you can get French fair from and eat in the Gite. All in all a lovely relaxing break.
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                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016