Loire Valley Cottages

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Traditional French self-catering cottage houses in the Loire Valley. Our holiday homes to rent comprise 3 lovely fully restored self catering rental gites located in Touraine, near the castle at Chenonceau and centrally located for the Chateaux, Vineyards and attractions of the Loire Valley, France. Our lovely holiday rental homes are owned and managed by ourselves.

Local Information - what ot do - visiting the attractions of the Loire Valley

We are in the very heart of the Loire Valley chateaux region where the River Cher takes a meandering path across key villages and wine tasting routes. You can follow this path and enjoy all the amazing views and great offerings of local villages, restaurants, local vineyards, little and large(st) chateaux.

You can visit the local Touraine Tourism Board to see what’s on offer.

And for families we have found the Experience Loire website extremely useful. Although we are not situated near the beach, there is certainly plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Loire Valley Chateaux (Castles)

A key feature of our cottages is that they are superbly located for visiting Chateaux. Some visitors have visited up to 20 chateaux in one holiday…. AMAZING. So, you can be assured there is always something to do or visit in this area.

Click here for a superb overview of the chateaux in the Loire Region.

Wine Tasting
We have been visiting the Loire Valley for some 30 years, one of the main things we fell in love with is the whole Loire Valley wine tasting experience. The very fact that you can turn up on someone’s doorstep and get the kind of reception only you can find at our local Vignerons. Most are very receptive, have an open door policy, kind, fun and enthusiastic for their love of their jobs. Don’t forget all close between 12-2pm.

Here are just a few we recommend; Chenonceaux, Amboise, Vouvray, Montloius, Saumur, Chinon, Bourgeil, Sancerre and Pouilly.

click here for map of Touraine wineries

When you book a holiday with us we give you our wine guide.

Cycling

There are now locally sign-posted cycle routes, and there is a fabulous La Loire a velo website which helps you plan out routes. We have bicycles at the cottages you can use.

Here’s a vote of confidence from a valued customer (keen cyclist) from his experience:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and appreciated the high standard and location of the accommodation. The weather was fantastic and. having taken our own bikes, we cycled 8 out of 9 days of our stay. We clocked up 390 miles and visits included Amboise, Blois, Tours, Chambord, Blere, St Aignan, the Sologne area and numerous other small towns and villages, all by bike. We only resorted to the car on one day to visit Chinon. The area is so cycle friendly - flat quiet roads and numerous other cycle tracks plus the respect that French drivers show to cyclists in general - that is by far the best way to see and get close to the surrounding countryside, towns and villages. Plus, it gives you a healthy appetite for the local food and drink. Thanks again for giving us a wonderful base for a great holiday. Best regards. Bob

Fishing

Fishing is a hugely popular sport in the Loire Valley, the lakes and the river itself present some 50 different species. There are local fishing lakes at Franceuil and Epeigne.

A great way to relax, but you must gain a permit from the local tourist office, there are 2 types of permits:

• the "day" permit (10 €), valid for one day,
• the "holiday" permit (30 €), valid for 7 consecutive days.

Visit this website for useful fishing information.

Sports

There is so much to get involved with in the Touraine region; swimming, golf, tennis, cycling, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, Kayaking and more. A great way to check out all the details you must visit Official Tourism Board for Touraine and their guide to activities.

St Aignan – Zoo Parc de Beauval

This exciting zoo has massively developed over the past 10-20 years, bringing more and more exciting and exotic animals. The children love a day out here, you can buy a return pass, so you can come and go as you please. It is big, so doing it in one day is an achievement with little ones. Take a picnic or you can buy refreshments there.

It’s not far from the lovely old town St Aignan, where there is plenty to do and places to stay and eat. Also, it is near Chateau de Valancay which is beautiful and ideal for family trips with amazing grounds.

Aquarium

Therre is a terrific aquarium inear Amboise which shows the whole of hte river Loire and its fish. Web site - sorry it 's in French!

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