Cottage of the Week – Molly, Gennes, Maine-et-Loire

At cottages4you we sometimes find historic holiday hideaways that have been modified to favour contemporary comfort within their period surrounds. Then sometimes we find properties where so much effort has gone into preserving history that stopping to admire the unrivalled authenticity can make you wish for a few modern furnishings. We’re partial to both styles, but we truly love properties like Molly which offer a fantastic window to the past whilst also boasting a wealth of wonderful comfort.

Not that there’s much that’s typical about this 16th century former dependant of the adjoining château. Whilst every effort has been made to restore and furnish this elegant French country style property, an equal amount of effort has been made to preserve its traditional elements. What you’re left with is, basically, a wonderful holiday property and the building blocks of many a wonderful holiday tale for those lucky enough the stay there.

Molly is filled with surprises. Many original features have been retained including the flower-decked private cobbled passageway and stone stairways at the rear of the house. A terrace at the front of the holiday home provides the perfect location for alfresco meals or a glass of local wine – not to mention the perfect place to watch the world go by in this tranquil part of the Loire Region. Despite these wonderful discoveries, the most immediate surprise of a holiday at Molly is how affordable it is: 7 nights in June can be enjoyed for approximately £25 per person per night with four paying adults.

With such affordable rates there really is no excuse not to get out and about and explore your surroundings. After all, what is a castle without a kingdom? The local town of Gennes is just a short distance away. Set on the River Loire, it provides most amenities, whilst the historic château towns of Angers and Saumur are a short drive and will, if anything, only reinforce the unique historical ambience of your holiday.

To think that we can explain all of Molly’s charms in a blog post is to do the property a great disservice. While the lovely accompanying photos go a great way to conveying the abundance of historical beauty, the best way to appreciate its charms is to book a break and experience it for yourself. We’re sure a few of you are happy to hear this – and more than a few more of you will hopefully be lucky enough to experience it for yourselves.

If you aspire to live like a king in the Loire Region of France please take a look at the property listing on cottages4you and be sure to send us a postcard! We’ll be back next week with another fantastic Cottage of the Week. We suspect we may have our work cut out for us…

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