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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.

    Excellent! 4.3/5
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    • 3 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Separate Toilet
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    House #6574218
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      Excellent! 4.5/5
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
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      Apartment #6308693
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 2 BA
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        House #1780896
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          Excellent! 4.6/5
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
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          House #6079645
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            Excellent! 4.6/5
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            • Studio
            • 1 BA
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            Apartment #1461509a
            13
            Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.8/5
              (24 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
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              House #1146770a
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                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                • 3 BR
                • 1 BA
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                House #1374777a
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                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  House #874016a
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                  Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
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                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #594475a
                    2
                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (41 reviews)
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      House #1287635a
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                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                        (15 reviews)
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                        • 4 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Separate Toilets
                        • Sleeps 12
                        Villa #589146a
                        15
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                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                          (22 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #6594841
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Apartment #1446463a
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 3 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              House #6995482
                              3
                              Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                (31 reviews)
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1297433a
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                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (9 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #1519614a
                                  9
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                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                    (8 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    Apartment #1417999a
                                    8
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #6369002
                                      1
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                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
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                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #827742
                                        5
                                        Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (14 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #1458838a
                                          14
                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                            (29 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Mobile Home #883949a
                                            29
                                            Viewed 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (6 reviews)
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              House #1395785a
                                              6
                                              Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                (27 reviews)
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                                                • 5 BR
                                                • 4 BA
                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                Apartment #645999a
                                                27
                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Apartment #1472959a
                                                  11
                                                  Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                    (17 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #589668a
                                                    17
                                                    Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                      House #907720a
                                                      14
                                                      Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                        (15 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Apartment #1632271
                                                        15
                                                        Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          House #1421976a
                                                          10
                                                          Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #6929606
                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              House #954890a
                                                              5
                                                              Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                (15 reviews)
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #1490082
                                                                15
                                                                Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (38 reviews)
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                                                                  • Studio
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #1674308
                                                                  38
                                                                  Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Cottage #8171419
                                                                    10
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #1459819a
                                                                      2
                                                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        House #1374697a
                                                                        3
                                                                        Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (11 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Apartment #6150412
                                                                          11
                                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (9 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                                            Apartment #1476538a
                                                                            9
                                                                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                              (8 reviews)
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              Villa #1446982a
                                                                              8
                                                                              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                House #6737379
                                                                                3
                                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (10 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  House #655927a
                                                                                  10
                                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #1361342a
                                                                                    10
                                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (20 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #1365796a
                                                                                      20
                                                                                      Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                        (16 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        House #1307935a
                                                                                        16
                                                                                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                          (13 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          House #673513a
                                                                                          13
                                                                                          Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                            (13 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilets
                                                                                            • Sleeps 10
                                                                                            Cottage #1411156a
                                                                                            13
                                                                                            Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                              (25 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              House #6452228
                                                                                              25
                                                                                              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                (17 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilets
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                House #650002a
                                                                                                17
                                                                                                Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Mobile Home #8082632
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (21 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    House #976223a
                                                                                                    21
                                                                                                    Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (11 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Cottage #488925
                                                                                                      11
                                                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      A very special apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved this 'boutique' apartment. The interior is amazing - the artefacts which adorn the apartment make it feel unique and there is a real sense of history to the place which seems fitting when you are looking up at the beautiful Saumur Chateau. The full length windows mean that you have a sense of the outdoors and it was lovely to have so many plants around, which is unusual in a holiday rental. We found Gilles a very kind and attentive host and it was great to see him out and about around Saumur too! Saumur is a wonderful town - and the location of the apartment means that you are right at the centre of city and riverside life. It is extremely handy for bike hire and also not too far away from kayak rental. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Saumur.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage for a relaxing holiday

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Le Petit Bijou is a lovely cottage in a peaceful location. The covered porch was a great place to sit out no matter what the weather and the garden was perfect for our dog and young daughter and great for a BBQ and relaxing in the evening. Jane the owner was on hand if we needed anything and was very friendly. The cottage is a short walk from Mouliherne so perfect for getting the morning croissants. There is lots to see and do in the area. We would definitely recommend a stay at Le Petit Bijou.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017