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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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                                                              Charming, tranquil, spotlessly clean, first class accommodation.

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                                                              Pouancay is a pretty little village on a hillside, surrounded by farmland and vineyards. Sarah-Jane welcomed us and provided a thorough introduction to the facilities, also guiding us as to destinations for cycling, wine tasting, eating and site seeing. The gite was spotless and very comfortable. We spent the four days exploring the beautiful countryside on our bicycles, enjoying the food, local wines, markets and small communities within the area. A gem of a place, thank you, we hope to return in the future. We would recommend this accommodation to family and friends.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Great relaxing break

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                                                              Had a great week in a nice gite run by the marvelous Jennifer and her two sons Oliver and Emile. The property is spacious, well equipped and very restful! I had issues with my car and Jennifer couldn't have been more helpful in liaising with the garage and taking me to pick up my car. Would I recommend this property to a friend or relative? Yes I would and I hope to return next year and may even try the new gite!
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                                                              Lovely, clean villa with lots of space. Indoor pool was lovely to have. Outdoor space was slightly more limited than the photos had implied but still adequate. Generally a really well equipped property - lots of little extras included. Owner was extremely helpful . Location of property was lovely and quiet with nice beaches very close by. Easy cycle ride into Jard. Jard has lovely Monday market, lots of little shops and a large Super U close by. Would certainly recommend to friends
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                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2015