Enjoy one of France's most celebrated regions - the Loire Valley – a treasure trove of sights, sounds & tastes waiting to be explored!

Set against a backdrop of castles, vineyards, national parks, forests & lakes - you'll never tire of your surroundings and never be short of places to discover, wines to taste or châteaux to visit. Home to the world famous Le Mans Racetrack & it's wild calendar of events, visit medieval streets, dine in candlelit squares, pop to the beach, doze in the sun or just stay in and relax. . .

At this website, you can book a gîte, plan your travel & holiday, and discover the sites & attractions.

The region of the Loire -
the flavour of 'Old France'

It has been said; the Loire feels familiar, like going back to a favourite old neighbourhood, where historical stories of kings & queens, scholars & saviours still echo through the streets. Magical and calming – the perfect recipe for a most relaxing & stress-free holiday. Lose yourself in the romance & history of the region, still unspoilt & feeling almost lost in time . . .

The valley forged by the Loire - France's largest river – is a wonderland carved out by one of the few untamed rivers in Europe. The rich and powerful made no mistake: The dramatic scenery is the perfect backdrop for the multitude of Chateaux, Manoirs and religious edifices they built, still enduring today in the breath-taking architectural & historical souvenirs recognised by UNESCO as a site of World Heritage.

Our little part of the Loire is altogether more quiet & relaxed than the Disney-styled mania centred over the main attractions 40km to the south. Here is an entirely more private & secluded location, a perfect base for a more diverse holiday. There is a wealth of activities in the vicinity & inumerable day-trip destinations, but you can also just stay in & enjoy the utter peace & quiet of the place!

Relax & unwind amid the unforgettable mix of sights, sounds, tastes & smells of the 'jardin de France'. Bring your own games & even your golf clubs to practice on our private fairway & putting green.

Local activities such as a days carp fishing can be arranged at our local private lake at special rates or organise a day trip to Paris.

Located in North-Western France, between Le Mans & Tours. Conveniently located for travelling, a very direct 10 mins from the A28 motorway, and just 2km from the centre of the local town; a lovely traditional french town where you'll find shops, restaurants, bars, supermarkets & bakeries.

Did you know . . .

Just 2 hours drive south of the Normandy Coastline and the WW11 Landing Beaches, the Pays-de-la Loire is a beautiful region with a rich plantagenet heritage. This is the gateway to the Loire Valley with 100's of castles to visit and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Paris in 54 minutes by TGV train from Le Mans Train Station. Close enough for day trips, visit the Eiffel Tower, the Galleries Lafayette, boat trip down the Seine, the Louvre, Garden de Tuilleries are all at hand.

Wine - A big proportion of France's most famous wines are produced in this region.Traditionally regarded as the northern limit of viticulture the climate is very favourable for vines, especially in heat waves like 2003, 2005 & 2009. The region benefits from it's own micro-climate seeing roses bloom & strawberries redden well before it's southern neighbours. The area actually receives as many hours of sunshine per year as Toulouse. Which means a lot of wine caves to visit for tastings!

A Heavenly Retreat

A hop, skip & jump from all transport links - you too could be sipping wine on the terrace, watching the sun go down! A haven of peace & tranquility - a magical holiday destination where relaxation is guaranteed and an easy getaway for overnight stays, short breaks & holidays. We have a delightful selection of holiday cottages, Glamping or Bed & Breakfast accommodation to choose from catering for every mix of tastes, budgets & numbers. So whether you're looking for a romantic break with loved ones, a night's stop-over en-route to somewhere else, or a fantastic family fun holiday - then come and take a well earned break at our private 15 acre estate!

We believe in making holidays simpler; so you'll find our location perfectly easy to find, a whole variety of accommodation available, shops & restaurants just 1 minute away (or a short walk via footpath), stay any length of time on any days, and all manner of activities & day trip destinations on the doorstep. Our fun accommodation & friendly service makes for an easy & relaxing atmosphere where children and pets are safe to play. There are communal gardens, private spaces, terraces & BBQ's to enjoy dining alfresco or a glass of wine. Quality of life is the highest priority here, and we combine all the best bits about the 'Loire' with a few 'closer-to-home' preferences on comfort & service:

Set against amazing scenery, our accommodation oozes French character & charm with many original features, quality furnishings, Freesat English TV & DVD players, WiFi, modern kitchen & bathroom facilities & thoughtful creature comforts making them all cozy & homely. Please use the coloured tabs above to scroll through the accommodation available, and if you would like to check availability, book or have any questions please use the form provided or drop us an e-mail and tell us what you need - we promise to reply promptly.

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One of the most alluring features that brings such fame & notoriety to the Loire is the concentration of so many castles & fortresses, not only beautiful, awe inspiring creations, but carrying such deep historical significance.

The Loire Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, the recognition it deserved & its rightful place amongst the elite & truly important monuments of the world. The sheer density of monuments is enough to take your breath away, as many more architecturally stunning castles exist than appear on this list alone.


A unique experience for those who want to enjoy their own wigwam!

Enjoy the traditional charm of camping with a modern twist: stay in your own ENORMOUS wigwams furnished with real double beds and clean sheets! For those who simply love the great outdoors, but also the creature comforts of a real bed, flushing loos & fresh sheets!

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Glamping: Wigwams come furnished with a real bed, rugs, cushions, table & fire pit (BBQ).

Can be rented in conjunction with any of our gites & have lovely bathroom suites. Come on - have some fun!

Loire Valley holiday rentals

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