The Loire Valley’s riverside city of Angers is a perfect spot to base yourself and discover the region’s vineyards, castles and gardens. The lively University city merits exploration, too, boasting a medieval fortress, a fine arts museum and a mostly pedestrian old town. For a comfortable stay with a local’s touch, here are our top picks for the best Airbnbs in Angers.
This apartment aptly named “The Candy House” sees jars of candy placed among its soft and sweet decor. Centrally located in the heart of Angers, you can catch views overlooking the Place du Ralliement (Ralliement Square) and easily venture out by foot to discover the city. For those with a car, a 24/7 parking garage is available just steps away. A building elevator (a rare feature in France) and sleek appliances add modern-day convenience to this traditionally French abode.
This super chic unit in Anger’s historic centre is kitted out with contemporary furnishings, a small terrace backdropped by street views, and a beautifully tiled kitchen and bathroom. While you may feel so at home that you’ll never want to leave, within a short walking distance are pubs, restaurants and cafés (and the food-loving hosts are more than happy to share their favourite addresses to dine and drink). You’ll find many of the town’s main attractions such as the Angers castle and the Museum of Fine Arts close by, too.
For a relaxing moment in the countryside, be sure to check out this 17th-century windmill turned newfangled guesthouse. Found in the village of Savennières, just 20 kilometres outside of Angers, a stay here is best suited for those exploring the Loire Valley by car. Breakfast is served daily and includes a variety of cakes, brioches, yogurt, coffee and homemade jam. For dinner, the hosts are happy to prepare you something to nibble while you overlook the vineyards from your private terrace, or you can whip up a feast with your market haul in the mill’s kitchen.
This 15th-century home sits in a quiet area across the river from central Angers. Stone walls and exposed wood beams add warmth and a French touch, while updated amenities such as air conditioning and an on-site washing machine ensure the utmost comfort during your stay. Unwind with a walk around the nearby Lac du Maine (Maine lake) or in your backyard garden with a glass of a local Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé wine.
Just a 15-minute walk from the train station, a stay on La Vagabonde allows you to play out your maritime fantasies. While you can’t set sail, you can enjoy life docked on the Maine river on this boat made entirely from wood (typical of the Loire Valley). Suitable for one or two guests, the houseboat includes a small kitchen, bathroom and bedroom outfitted with a double bed and a window that looks over the lake. For dinner, dine al fresco as you watch the sunset from the bow of the boat or head to one of many restaurants nearby.
Perfect for families, this spacious house rests in a residential part of town within walking distance of the city centre. Children can safely enjoy playing outside in a fenced-in yard while parents will appreciate relaxing on the back patio and in the sun-soaked hammock. A tasteful and crisp decor adds to the home’s allure, as does the complimentary Nespresso coffee, dishwasher for easy cleanup, and reading nook complete with a shelf full of books. With a large dining area, five bedrooms and two bathrooms, this house can accommodate up to eight guests.
This well-located loft just a few minutes’ walk from the train station will do just the trick if you’re looking for a simple yet pleasurable stay in Angers. Natural light, high ceilings and hardwood floors matched with brick walls, wood beams and a fireplace provide the perfect combination of both modern and cosy. At a reasonable price and size, this unit is ideal for solo travellers and couples.