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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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                                                                                                      Without doubt the best self-catering property we have rented. The layout for our family of 4 was perfect. Everyone had their own bedroom. The open plan living area was massive for us. The chairs and sofa were comfy. The dining table converting into a pool table was a bonus. The huge TV was great as we took a PS4 with us for DVDs, games, Netflix, Amazon video (an Xbox 360 is already there for your use anyway!) The galley kitchen is very well specced out and the utility room was handy too. As the apartment is the whole of the 2nd floor of the building (plus roof space for extra bedrooms), the outside terrace area is huge. The view out to the Atlantic is wonderful and the sound of the sea is ever there, even on calm days when waves are washing up the beach. We stayed off-season and the area was very quiet which we liked. I imagine in the summer it is chaotic as the shoreline appears to be primarily summer houses and apartments. Having said that, the seafront has a very slow speed limit so I'd guess the traffic noise is pretty minimal even in peak season. Thanks to Nicolas and Celine for the excellent communications throughout the holiday process. And also to Perrine for the meet and greet, and explanations of everything despite our mutual language barrier! We'd wholly recommend this as a base for a Vendee holiday. Within a hour's driving radius there is lots to discover.
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                                                                                                      Quiet location for a great break

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                                                                                                      Visited this property for a romantic break. Quiet location and owners that were happy to let us enjoy the property and garden with minimum fuss. October was a little cool but the owners provide logs to heat the wood burner making a warm cosy retreat. Excellent fish and chips available in the village on a Friday evening and a Sunday lunch should you want some traditional English food. Easy to get too from the port with some lovely quiet country roads and quaint villages.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017