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Self-catering holiday rentals in for your home stay in the Pays de la Loire

France's Pays de la Loire winds its way around the beautiful Loire River with historic towns and cities, sited all the way along. The countryside is classic France. You will want to stop and just breathe in the fresh air along the river. All of this is available to you from your vacation rentals. Take the city of Tours. This ancient city will welcome you with its famous Gothic cathedral, which dates from the 12th century. Park the car and walk around, for this is a small place and you might like to spend time in a cafe, just taking in the scene. Bicycles are available for you to hire and this is an ideal way to take a ride along the river itself. Stop on one of the bridges and see why this is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in all of France. Tours likes to call itself France's garden, with good reason. Of course the wines here are famous. A visit to one of these vineyards from your vacation rentals is a perfect group activity. And why not buy some of these superb local red and white wines to take home? Or perhaps to enjoy with some of the excellent local produce to enjoy at your self-catering holiday rentals. Angers is a smaller place, and just as delightful. Lovers of fine art shouldn't miss the local Museum of Fine Arts. There is the historic castle with its many towers that will delight any family on an outing on a short break from your vacation rentals. Even on the most casual drive from your holiday rentals, often at the weekends, you'll come across markets that take over entire towns. These are well worth a visit, both for local produce and for unusual souvenirs to take home. Take a cruise from the city of Nantes down the Loire itself, the river that is the very reason for all of the history around it. To the north of the region the city of Le Mans is a beautiful enough place, with a historic centre and cathedral. And lovers of motor sport will know it as the home of the Le Mans 24-Hours, one of the most famous motor races in the world, a festival in its own right that you will never forget. When there is no racing, at other times, you can drive your own car down these roads, since the race uses public highways. The crash barriers remain in place, and you can imagine yourself travelling at three times the speed, as the racers do. The motor museum at Le Mans is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in motor-sport. Elsewhere the city of Nantes has an art festival in the summer, another must for art-lovers, when the entire city is turned over to fine art. Then you can return home to your holiday cottage down roads lined by trees, through villages where locals sit quietly enjoying a glass of wine and feel truly at home in France.

Holiday letting in Pays de la Loire for your short break

From a grand French chateau in Sarthe to traditional rustic bed and breakfasts in Vendee, holiday accommodation in Pays de la Loire is as diverse and outstanding as the spectacular countryside in which it exists, where a fabulous selection of holiday rentals in Pays de la Loire will give you the chance to discover a region liberally scattered with verdant forests and peaceful lakes and cut through by the beautiful river Loire that starts in the Bay of Biscay on the western edge of France. Holiday villas in Pays de la Loire can be found anywhere across the region providing a choice that will satisfy the requirements of any family holiday farmhouses in Pays de la Loire boasting similar credentials in spacious comfort and modern conveniences, although the same can also be said about many of the holiday gites and cottages in Pays de la Loire. Bed and breakfasts in Pays de la Loire are an accommodation option worth considering if you fancy a change from your usual self-catering villa rental in France. Holiday chateaux in Pays de la Loire being something else entirely and are perfect for a big family vacation or special celebration that involves all your family and friends. So if you're undecided about where you want to book your French holiday accommodation, in Pays de la Loire you'll be guaranteed of finding the ideal solution to your vacation dilemma.

The best time to enjoy the Pays de la Loire

Each month of the year brings its own excitements in this most atmospheric part of France. The "shoulder" seasons of spring and autumn are a great time for your short breaks to self-catering holiday rentals in the Loire Valley. The towns and cities bustle and you will want to spend time just strolling around drinking it all in. Remember, this entire area has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage area. It's not hard to see why. The region is well known for its castles and chateaux and you'll find an English-speaking guide ready to take you around some of the finest houses in all France, furnished as they were in times gone by. Chateau de Chaumont has a garden festival which shows off the fine formal style of French gardening. Stop off at a restaurant nearby for a long lunch, and treat yourself to the very finest French cuisine. Everyone knows the French are proud of their food, and you will be welcomed with open arms. Just try a few words of French and the very best will be yours. Summer in the Loire brings perfect temperatures for lazy day in your holiday villas. You may choose a holiday home in the Pays de la Loire with a swimming pool. Ideal for your family holidays on your short break. The French are famous for their light and sound festivals, and many of these take place in the summer, especially around the most well-known holiday, July 14, Bastille Day. Winter allows you to cosy up in your holiday cottages and spend Christmas as the French to, with great style. Many of the chateaux remain open, so this is an ideal time to have these magnificent houses all to yourself. Your own Loire Valley vacation rentals will be guaranteed by safe bookings on Owners Direct.

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