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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type boat
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

♥BOAT OR VILLA: 2 amazing self-catering holiday rentals in front of the castle♥

Two self-catering rentals to be lived on ' different' concept: the LOIRE ROMANCE a traditional river boat and the VILLA de LOIRE a very beautiful apartment in a big villa at the river’s edge.

Two living environments different from the everyday life and routine located just in heart of the chic island of Offard in Saumur. A dream to come with the closeness of the water, the beautiful view, the quiet place and the romantic decoration.

For the boat the LOIRE ROMANCE we favored the massive wood for the esthetics and the comfort and in an ecological concern. We deliberately aimed at a high standard of the equipment and the comfort on board. The bedding, the kitchen equipments and the separate toilets. Tap water on board from the city. A footbridge allows a safe access on board . The boat LOIRE ROMANCE can accommodate 6 guests on board.

The VILLA de LOIRE is a very beautiful independent apartment on the first floor of a big villa of the beginning of XIXth century in a private park which offers an amazing view on the Loire and castle and restful side park. The VILLA de LOIRE distinguishes itself by one aestheticism allying the traditional and the contemporary. Canopy bed in the main bedroom and trendy decoration. The Loire so close inspires the decoration. The garden is an invitation to travel with its huge cedar of Lebanon and the palm grove and huge bamboo. You will appreciate the calm of this place.

Both holiday cottages can be rented simultaneously offering an accommodation for 11 people (6 gests on the boat the LOIRE ROMANCE and 5 guests on the apartment the VILLA DE LOIRE) either separately according to the availability.

The location just on the island d'Offard in the heart of Saumur is very well situated: You can walk from here to the bars and restaurants, to the very French open air markets of Thursday and Saturday morning. What about very fresh oyster from Noirmoutiers, strawberries, French beans or asparaguses of the sands of the Loire just picked by the day before. And the sparkling wine red rosé or white. The cream of the fine bubbles of Saumur.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018



Thank you for your interest for our holidays rentals to be lived on a 'different' concept. I am Armelle, a manager of the Sarl Different Holidays. I like creating spaces to be lived different from the every day life associating the dream, (traditional river boats, villa at the edge of the river, and soon floating summer-house.) I like the nearness of the water, the heat of materials and a romantic decoration. And so I rent a massive wooden big ' toue ' on the Loire: the Loire Romance, a very beautiful apartment in a big villa locted just in front of the Loire the ' Loire Elegance ' but also a Dutch barge of 1897 in Paris: the Seine Elegance.

ARMELLE Sarl DIFFERENT HOLIDAYS purchased this boat in 2012


Saumur Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • boat (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • American Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Salle de bains 1 - shower
    - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Chambre 1 - 1 queen
    - 2 twin/ single
    - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis Court
  • 1 bicycles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • bowling center
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Lovely houseboat with comfortable accommodations

  • 4 of 5

Love the location, but a far walk from downton Saumur in the winter. Probably lovely in the warmer weather. Beds were pretty comfortable and the water pressure was low, but the view and quiet and river were lovely.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Big Island, Hawaii

Magical time !

  • 5 of 5

I had booked two nights in George's Villa and two nights on the boat. My friends and I were so comfortable in the Villa (with amazing views of The city and the Loire River) we were not particularly wanting to move - until we saw the boat !! It was a beautiful, hand crafted tiny house in the water, constructed by George. Could sleep 6. But only one "head". We were three adults and had plenty of room. Running back and forth (bow to stern) for the best Sunset shots. Sameur is lit at night after the sun goes down. Church bells ... Breakfast on the fan tail under a small umbrella! Magical !

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Peaceful, superb views, gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

Armelle and Georges (and their chien Gork) were wonderful hosts. The landslide home is beautiful and peaceful-well appointed. Superb views of the river and short walk to the city centre for self catering. Walking/jogging areas and tranquility/quiet. The houseboat is excellent-fully equipped, rustic wood work, and beautiful sunsets. Merci beaucoup!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Séjour très agréable mais trop court

  • 5 of 5

La météo n'était pas de la partie car nous y étions du 31 décembre au 2 janvier mais nous y avons vraiment passé un très bon moment. L'accueil a été parfait. Les prestations sont vraiment de qualité (literie irréprochable, vue sur le château incroyable...).

Nous recommandons sans problème à quiconque aime la tranquillité et des "vacances différentes".

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nous avons adoré et sejours à refaire

  • 5 of 5

Location pleine de charme. Très cosy. Vu imprenable sur le château de Saumur et sur la Loire. Très bon accueil est très propre.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Très sympa

  • 5 of 5

Merci pour tout !

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
NEW! direct flights to Angers from London City
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
SAUMUR train station few mn walk from the boat
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Car: not necessary

NEW ! The Loire romance is now less than 2 HOURS FROM LONDON !

Book your flight to Angers

Return flights from £122 Travellers can now book direct flights to Angers from London City Airport with BA..

Flights leave from London City Airport and fly directly to Angers Loire Airport. The flight lasts approximately one hour. Passengers can travel in Euro Traveller (Economy) or upgrade to Club Europe (Business).

Angers Loire is a small airport located 25km north-east of the city centre. Passengers can book taxi transfers or hire cars for convenient onward travel at the terminal. The boat is 40 mn drive from Angers airport and 9 mn walk from SAUMUR train station . We can pick you up at the train station.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Nettoyage $36.92
Refundable damage deposit $246.12
Stay tax $1.11 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

La base de nos tarifs est pour 4 personnes. Comptez 15€/nuit/personne supplémentaire
( capacité maxi 6 personnes )
Le bateau est uniquement stationnaire. En cas de crue ne permettant pas l'accès à bord nous serons obligés d'annuler votre réservation et vous rembourserons les arrhes ou l'ensemble des sommes versées lors de votre réservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.