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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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                                                                                          A charming property in lovely surroundings.

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                                                                                          There were 10 of us of various ages in our party so the location was ideal. The swimming pool is superb, plenty for children to do, snooker, table tennis etc. The grounds were lovely and so well maintained by Roger, the caretaker who was always available and most accommodating. each bedroom had its own en suite, always plenty of hot water and only a short distance from an excellent supermarket, zoo and various other places of interest.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                          La Guitiere is a wonderful property full of charm and character!

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                                                                                          Eight of us stayed at La Guiltiere for a week in August.; and what an incredible week it was too! The house and gardens were full of charm and character, well equipped and incredibly comfortable. We spent the week walking, kayaking, horse riding, vello railing, playing badminton and cricket, visiting nearby towns and obviously feasting and drinking! Our kids(4 teenage girls) cycled around the area everyday and made friends with Jennifer's horses, donkey and Wonka the dog! It was a truly fun-packed week- the icing on the cake being Jennifer the owner and her lovely family who live next door. Jennifer was incredibly warm and welcoming, highly efficient in helping us organise activities and just terrific to have around! We would most definitely recommend this property and would love to return for more!!
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                          Beautiful house, pool and garden, great location

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                                                                                          This is an ideal family holiday home. It is spacious, modern and well designed, with light rooms and a full range of equipment. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor facilities, including a good sized pool which the children aged 6 and 10 took full advantage of. Some unusual extras, such as the hot tub, petanque court and table tennis table, as well as the horses, guinea pig and rabbit! The house is very clean and well maintained. Yvan and Sylvie are very welcoming hosts and keen to ensure that their visitors enjoy their stay. It is about a 10 minute quiet walk to the good sandy beach at Ste Marguerite, which has a delightful small cafe. There is a nearby local small shopping centre with boulangerie, excellent butcher and other shops, and a well stocked quality market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can wholeheartedly recommend it.
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016