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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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                                                                                  Rustic luxury.

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                                                                                  Every few years we feel an urge to return to rural France. This year we were joined by our grown up, growing and extended family. Our choice of region and accommodation provided a brilliant holiday - living proof that quintessential France is not a myth. The chateau and its grounds are superb. Lovely spaces for a large family group. The kitchen and eating areas gave us a chance to prepare outstanding local produce and splash the wine. (We had a wine tasting evening one night, when Thierry the local vintner brought over some fine samples and offered tips on reflective slurping. The pool and other recreational facilities were excellent - varied and well maintained. The houses and grounds are also big enough for periods away from one another; the need for space in a group holiday shouldn't be underestimated. CDLV has lots of interesting spaces both indoors and out in the grounds - maintained to a rustic high standard. Towns and villages were easily accessible and rich in culture. Large chateaux are not far from a full range of excellent shops and services. Lovely cafes in the local towns were a favourite of ours; you can still experience a strong coffee within the range of wafted Gauloises, while shopping for your morning baguette. The paths around the estate are perfect for playing boule. We took along our own trophy which was awarded at the end of a great week. It was a highlight of an excellent holiday where we were well provided for and looked after impeccably.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                  A really amazing flat. Incredible views!

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  Beautifully decorated and furnished inside with fantastic views of the chateau, river and rooftops. Very spacious - 5 bedrooms and great location in the centre of the old town but also you were in the countryside within two minute's cycle. Saumur is a lovely town and the area has a great deal to offer. Gilles, the owner, is very friendly and helpful.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                  My favourite holiday house ever: Perfection

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                                                                                  Best holiday house ever. We loved this house. We are a family with twin boys aged 4 and a 6 year old girl and we loved it. So much space inside and out, the kitchen was well-equipped, the house was spotless and stunning. There were DVDs, jigsaws, games, books, dressing up clothes (for the kids - mostly girls stuff - our boys looked great in fairy dresses). The gardens were huge with lots of passages and secret places to hide away. We used the bbq almost every night, there was a hammock, garden games, chickens, a donkey, rabbits, a dog ... We had to make a real effort to get out to see the sights. And even when we did, we raced home again. Our hosts were wonderful and didn't (seem to) mind the screaming and screeching of our vocal boys and at night, it was SO peaceful. Saw an owl. First time ever. Ok enough... Also, when my husband left his camera behind, it turned up a couple of days later in our next location. Thank you Jen. You were wonderful. We'd love to come back and are already planning a return trip for 2017.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016