|Gorgeous villas, cottages and gites in Western Loire...|
Visit the lovely Western Loire! Our selection of gites, holiday villas and holiday cottages will make your Western Loire experience a real treat! This is a rich and varied region of France, where the river Loire flows out into the Atlantic. So you'll enjoy the best of all worlds. Inland you can enjoy the Loire's rich natural and historic heritage. On the coast you'll discover countless gorgeous seaside resorts with magnificent sandy beaches, fishing villages and islands. Take a gite in Western Loire and follow the River Loire as it winds it way to the sea past great cities of Angers and Nantes. The banks are lined with pretty riverside villages, white stone houses and the region's famous châteaux Visit Angers, Saumur and Nantes, Villandry, Azay le Rideau, Blois, Chenonceaux and Chambord, many with spectacular Son et Lumiere shows all summer.
Book a holiday villa in Western Loire and fall in love with the famous troglodyte villages, ancient cave dwellings carved into the rock. There's endless stunning gardens and rich wildlife. You can explore the river by cruise boat or canoe, or follow the river by car or bicycle on excellent cycle tracks. The coast's legendary beaches are wonderful, both in the nearby Vendée and southern Brittany. And the attractive islands of Noirmoutier and the Ile d'Yeu, with their mild micro climates, make superb days out. Take a holiday cottage in Western Loire and savour famous wine vintages like Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray and Muscadet. Delicious. Why not wander through our Western Loire gites, holiday villas and holiday cottages? Your ideal Loire self catering holiday starts here!
When in Western Loire...
Traditionally, the area is known for its seafood, fruit and vegetables, especially mushrooms. Specialities include mouclade (mussel stew) and fish in beurre blanc. Cheese selections include Chabichou and Pyramide varieties from Le Puy du Fou, wines may come from Anjou and Saumur, and for dessert try a Cremet d’Anjou topped with fresh fruit.
Places of Interest
Admire the beautiful village of Vouvray and the art and history of Foutenay-le-Comte. Visit Bluebeard’s castle at Tiffauges or the abbey at Nieul-sur-l'Autise. Explore the Ile díYeu with its crumbling château, nature trails on Ile de Noirmoutier and the Marais Poitevin marshes; catch a ‘Son et Lumière’ show at the Le Puy de Fou theme park, or splash in the water park at Oceanile.
Sports and Leisure
Take a boat excursion around La Rochelle or the islands. Walk, canoe or fish (licence required) in the Marais Poitevin. Learn surfing, windsurfing and sailing at schools in Les Sables d’Olonne, Go horse riding from Aizenay or La Roche-sur-Yon, hire bikes or watch a local horse race. Treat yourself to a hot air balloon trip or a thalassotherapy treatment. There are also many tennis courts and several golf courses in the area.
The Atlantic beaches and countryside of the Vendée enjoy a micro climate with more hours of sunshine anywhere in France outside Provence.
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