Loire Valley | French Holiday Homes

The Loire Valley deserves its nickname of ‘the garden of France’. The region has castles surrounded by lavish meadows, bright yellow mustard fields, dense forests, wonderful vineyards and, above all, the country’s longest river. Rent holiday homes in France and venture along this river as it flows through historic towns and cities towards the sea. During the 17th century, the Loire Valley was a region full of royal families who built many of their spectacular castles here. These castles are popular to visit while self-catering in France, and have become famous all over the world for their elegance and majesty. If you are looking for a holiday destination with plenty of activities, history and natural beauty, our villas in the Loire Valley are a fantastic option.

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French villas for history buffs

Visitors from all over the world flock to the Loire Valley on self-catering holidays to get a glimpse of the wonderful valley and its unique history. Next to the Loire’s charming tributaries such as the Indre, Vienne or Cherin you will find wonderful castles on the banks, including the 15th century Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes, which has been restored to be one of the major attractions of the city. Other points of interests include the medieval towns and villages that are full of history such as the old town in Guerande or La Ferte Bernard also known as the ‘little Venice of the West’. Our French apartments and villas are located across the region and can be booked any time during the year.

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Enjoy the diverse landscape of the Loire from villas in France

Rent a gite in the Loire Valley and explore the picturesque environments, including well-manicured castle parks and gardens. The lush vineyards are testament to the fertile soil in the area, whilst the Loire River itself is flush with a rich range of flora and fauna. Book French country cottages and hike along the river banks admiring graceful migratory birds returning home, or take a simple stroll, plucking cabernet Franc and Chenin grapes straight from the vine. Immortalise these elegant landscapes in photograph while exploring by boat or on foot, and discover one of the most beautiful regions in France.

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Cuisine in the Loire Valley

This holiday region is famous for delicious wine and a warm climate. We recommend you take a trip to Nantes or Montsoreau, where you will find a wide range of local white wines, pearly sparkling wines and sweet dessert wines to choose from. In addition to this, while renting French villas nearby, you can also delight in that staple of French cuisine: cheese. Enjoy goats cheese on a warm salad, fresh fish rillettes or rich roasted game dishes followed by a sweet tarte tatin. To season this delicious cuisine, regional salt is widely used and produced locally from saline swamps in Noirmoutier and the Guerande Peninsula! Look forward to all these delicious flavours and more when you book French gites with NOVASOL.

Seaside activities on the Loire’s Atlantic coast

Although the region is dominated by towns and cities that crop up along the winding Loire River, there is also a significant and intriguing stretch of Atlantic coastline which is fun to visit on family holidays. The northern coast of the region, at the mouth of the Loire, shares a similar culture to neighbouring Brittany, and the language of Breton is still spoken in pockets here. The Brière Regional Natural Park is located right on the border, and is within easy reach of gites in Brittany. Holidaymakers who are renting French holiday cottages in the south of the Loire region visit the seaside town of Les Sables-d'Olonne which has some great beaches and plenty to do.

Enjoy self-catering in Nantes

Nantes, the sixth largest city in France, is located on the banks of the Loire River and has a long and diverse history. Founded in 70 BC and invaded by the Romans, Franks, Normans, Saxons and Britons, there is plenty of history to be seen and enjoyed when you rent French cottages or apartments in Nantes. With cultural and historical activities everywhere, the lively and innovative environment is encapsulating throughout the year. Delight at the ancient architecture mixed in with modern creations like those found at Les Machines de l’île, where huge mechanical animals and fairground rides create a unique and noteworthy attraction – perfect for family holidays with young children.

Holiday rentals in France – Angers

Angers offers visitors a typical French night-life, historical street-ways and numerous shopping opportunities. Some of the major attractions in Angers are the Museum of Fine Arts, the David d’Angers Gallery, the Regional Angers Marce Air Museum, The Pince Museum and the Jean Lurcat Museum. While renting French apartments in the city, you can explore the medieval castle that is adorned by 17 towers and also has the largest medieval wall tapestry in the world. The 17th century ‘House of the Craftsman’ is also worth visiting on self-catering holidays, where you can see some marvellous displays of local crafts from many local artisans.

Service – why NOVASOL?

NOVASOL is one of the largest providers of self-catering holiday lettings in Europe, and have over 50 years’ experience. With this valuable knowledge and a huge wealth of villas in France – in the Loire, Brittany, Provence and many other regions – NOVASOL is the perfect starting place for your holiday. We conduct checks on all of our rentals before they are let, which is one reason our customers are satisfied and want to spend their holidays with us year after year. Our consultants will be happy to help you choose between our French villas and apartments, as per your family requirements. We also have local offices in our holiday destinations which ensure you have full support before, during and after your holiday.