Spend a French Holiday in This Dreamy 17th-Century Loire Valley Manor House

Glyn Ridgers Photography/Courtesy Olivers Travels

Visit local vineyards and retire to a countryside home with historic architecture and a working fireplace at this dreamy rental. 

In the Loire Valley, you can go château hopping, eat your weight in soft and crumbly cheeses made from fresh goat's milk, and sip endless glasses of Crémant—the Loire has France's second-largest concentration of sparkling wine-producing vines. Given all that, it makes sense to seek out likewise idyllic and luxurious accommodations in the Loire Valley, like this 17th-century manor house, Manoir De Levesque. 

Located in a secluded part of the Loire Valley in central France, but just a few minutes' drive from the historic town (and Europe's rose capital) Doué la Fontaine, the home has an undeniably romantic presence. Surrounded by rolling lawns and countryside beyond, Manoir De Levesque has a brick facade with the kind of faded white paint that looks charming rather than rough around the edges. 

Glyn Ridgers Photography/Courtesy Olivers Travels 

Interiors are surprisingly bright and airy, with windows offering views of the landscaped grounds, and ceilings featuring exposed rough-hewn beams. Original stone walls, along with arched doorways and a massive stone fireplace drive home the historic character and lend an undeniably cozy vibe to the manor. Moreover, the home is expansive. There's space for 18 guests, between the four bedrooms in the main house, and three bedrooms in the adjoining cottage, a newly renovated space that'd be perfect for a family with kids. 

Visit in the summer months, and you'll be able to use the heated salt-water swimming pool. Like any good manor house, this one also features an elegant outdoor lounge, where you can drink and dine while soaking up the fresh countryside air. Complete with a grill and jukebox, the outdoor space would be an unbeatable spot to relax after a long day of wine tasting and castle visits. 

If you need a Loire Valley holiday, and accommodations for a large group that appreciates history and style, then head over to Oliverstravels.com to book a stay at Manoir De Levesque.