Roanne Holiday Cottages & Homes (4)
- 4 BR
- 4 BA
- Sleeps 14
2 - 7 night min stay
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Roanne is a modest sized town in the Loire department of the Rhone-Alpes in central France. Situated on the Loire River, it is a pretty town with some fine historic buildings and local houses. It is famous for its textiles, agriculture and in particular for its highly-acclaimed restaurants which are run by the Troisgros family. The town has a theatre, a beautiful Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and a local museum of Italian, French and Roanne earthenware. The town is also famous for its historic coaching inns such as the Tete Noire which has wonderful painted frescoes.
Dining out is a must from your holiday home in Roanne. La Maison Troisgros was awarded the highest acclaim of three Michelin stars back in 1968 and has since been named the “Best French restaurant in the world”. It specializes in French cuisine and Burgundy wines. The River Loire provides plenty of activities including boat trips and fishing. Further up the River Loire, above the navigable part, are narrow gorges which are popular for climbing, hiking, caving and canyoning. The area is a nature-lover’s paradise with a rich historic and cultural heritage. The Rhone-Alpes region is popular with cyclists and the Tour de France cycle race often passes through the area in July.
Visit the ruins of the fortress which was built by Lords of Roanne in the 11th century. There are also several ruins from the Roman period and a mediaeval chateau and several 15th century houses to see. The nearby town of Vichy has the Palais des Congres-Opera, a historic monument in a magnificent Belle Époque building. The Thermal Centre of the Domes is a great place to visit and sample the Vichy spa waters which are used for their healing properties.
Roanne holiday rentals enjoy fairly dry sunny summers with average temperatures reaching 27°C (81°F) in July and August. During the summer the area has up to 10 hours of sunshine per day. Winters are fairly mild with daytime highs averaging 6°C (43°F) in January with slightly more rain showers during the cooler months.
The nearest airport serving holiday rentals in Roanne is St Etienne (EBU) Airport which is 58 km away. It has regular flights with several airlines including budget airline Ryanair. Slightly further away is Lyon (LYS) Airport which is about 110 km drive away. For those wanting to drive to the region, take the ferry or Le Shuttle from Dover to Calais and drive down the E15/N7. The Eurostar passenger train runs direct from London to Paris, offering a speedy service, with TGV connections running to Lyon. From there a hire car will be required to reach Roanne.