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Holiday cottages in France offer the perfect opportunity to explore wonderful culture and heritage while you relax and unwind in complete comfort. In fact there are few better ways to immerse yourself in the local community and enjoy a completely unique and authentic French experience than a holiday cottage. But with so much fantastic variety you’re going to be a little spoiled for choice, so we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best places to enjoy your holiday in France.

Famed for romance, gastronomy, art and culture, for many, Paris is the French ideal. Holiday cottages in and around the ‘City of Light’ often offer unrivalled access to its many attractions. Take a bird’s eye view from the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the masterpieces in the Louvre or just go for a leisurely stroll in the park, a holiday home in the capital presents you with a wealth of welcome options. Then again, you may choose a holiday over the channel to get away from it all, soak up the relaxing ambience and bask in a more inviting climate. If this is the case then we’d highly recommend taking a look at our featured French holiday cottages on the Riviera. Renowned for glamour, golden sands, sparkling blue waters and grandiose cultural celebrations, it’s the perfect place to join the jet set or sit back and relax by the pool! If you’re seeking more rural pastures then the northern France is the perfect place to get out and explore the country's heritage. Alongside spectacular castles and medieval towns there’s a wonderful culture of wine and gastronomy to enjoy. If all that sounds a little passive then, thankfully, the north is filled with fantastic locations to get out and about.

Wherever you choose to enjoy your break, you’ll find a wealth of choice in our featured French cottages. In fact, one of France's biggest attractions is that it’s an all year round destination, with activities to satisfy in every season. Beach breaks are one of the highlights of the summer months, and you’ll find a wealth of fantastic stretches of coastline, offering surfing, sailing, or the well-earned opportunity to sit and soak up the sun. The rural regions offer rolling landscapes that are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. Then of course there are the vineyards and historic regions for those looking to explore France's heritage. And things barely cool down in the winter months, as thousands of holidaymakers take a short trip to the Alps to enjoy snow sports, the wonderful après-ski and the stunning scenery.

If you're ready to begin your own exploration take a look at our featured holiday cottages in France today.

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  • Ectot-l’Auber, nr. Rouen

    Ectot-l’Auber, nr. Rouen

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    Ref: W11622

    This semi-detached house set in a vast garden is ideal for a couple to rest after discovering the Norman country around. Only 16.75 miles (27km) from the coast with Veules-les-Roses, a delightful little seaside resort hidden between high wooded cliffs, and near St. Valéry-en-Caux a little harbour with a casino. Dieppe 25 miles (40km) is an interesting historic town popular with British tourists for two centuries. Rouen is only 18.5 miles (30km) with its wonderful gothic cathedral and its superbly restored city, which you must explore on foot. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1.25 miles (2km), beach 16.75 miles (27km).

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, shower room with basin, separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet.

    Electric heating, colour TV, radio, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No children under 6. NB: This property is not suitable for children due to the deep pond in the garden.

  • Le Boncoin - Le Chic

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

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    Ref: F85301


    These two holiday cottages have been renovated by the owner who lives nearby, and who will advise on places to visit in this lovely area on the Vendée side of the Marais Poitevin. Le Chic (ref F85301) is a semi-detached cottage and features original stone walls, exposed beams and a cosy wood-burning stove in the living room. It has a small sitting-out area to the front and a grassed area to the side. La Grange (ref F85303) is a detached property with original stonework, wooden floor, exposed beams and a wood-burning stove. Outside there is an enclosed garden which is perfect for sitting quietly in the shade of the hot summer sun. Hire a canoe (payable locally) and explore the local canal network, or visit the pretty villages, markets and beaches of the Vendée and Charente.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove and beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling

    • Grassed area (across small road)
    • Natural grounds
    • Patio
    • Electric heating
    • Blu-ray
    • Cot
    • On street parking
    • Barbecue
    • F/freezer.

    Location: 3km from Le Mazeau (shops, bar and restaurant), 4km from Damvix (bars, restaurants), 11km SW of Benet (supermarket, most facilities), 25km W of Niort (large town), 50km E of La Rochelle (beaches).

    Both properties: Wood-burning stove

    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture.

  • Les Hirondelles

    Fuilla, Pyrénées-Orientales

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    Ref: F66132

    Located at the foot of the Pyrénées Mountain Range, this is one of two barn conversions within the discreet owners grounds. Peacefully located, it enjoys panoramic views over the local countryside and is an excellent holiday base to explore this breathtakingly beautiful region of France. Located only 3km from the fortified city of Villefranche de Confluent, a must is to take the small yellow train up to the high mountain peaks at Mont Louis. Discover picturesque villages such as the spa town of Vernet-les-Bains (6km). This area boasts over 320 days of sunshine per year, so take advantage and play a round of golf on top of a mountain at Fort Romeau (40km), laze on the beaches of Lake Matemale, both 5000 feet, or head to the historical town of Perpignan and endless miles of golden sandy beaches, 65km. Fly via Perpignan, Carcassonne or Girona (Spain). Can be booked with F66131.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and patio doors to terrace. Spiral stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • Shared enclosed terrace
    • Gas heating
    • Shared w/machine and t/dryer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture
    • On street parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: Outskirts of Fuilla (shop and restaurant 800m), 10km SW of Prades (all facilities), 50km SW of Perpignan.

  • Couesmes-Vaucé

    Couesmes-Vaucé

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    Ref: FVA029

    This 18th-century barn conversion invites you to spend a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The upstairs lounge opens to a wooden balcony looking over the surrounding rolling countryside. The property has a lake where you can fish. The surroundings are ideal for walking. The region has many historical sites to visit, such as the beautiful medieval towns of Domfront, Laval and Alençon, famous for its lace. Fougères is a must-see. This house is an excellent starting point to discover the majestic Mont St Michel along with Avranches and Saint-Malo without forgetting the D-Day Landing beaches. The owners will be delighted to help you discover the area. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and basin, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, dishwasher, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open tread turning stairs. Internal steps (some stone). Sloping ceilings and low beams in some rooms. Step to terrace. Fishing lake nearby.

  • Les Henardiers

    Ste. Cécile, Manche

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    Ref: F50134

    In a secluded hillside setting by a small hamlet, not far from the coast, this detached cottage is an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. The cosy rustic interior retains many traditional features, including beamed ceilings, and the living room features a large open fireplace with wood burning stove. Outside, the south-facing terrace boasts fine views across the valley. The nearby town of Villedieu-les-Poêles has a bell-making and copperware industry stretching back 900 years, and copper pots and ornaments gleam from almost every shop window in its picturesque streets. The coast and fishing port of Granville are only half an hour’s drive away, and the spectacular Mont St. Michel is also within easy reach.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with access through to bathroom/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden area
    • Orchard
    • Electric convector heaters
    • Wood-burning stove
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km S of Ste. Cécile (shop, bar), 4km S of Villedieu-les-Poêles (all facilities), 20km NE of Avranches (town, Mont St. Michel Bay), 25km E of Granville (beach).

  • La Boulangerie

    Mestry, nr. Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

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    Ref: F14174

    This charming, remodelled cottage sits in a serene area in the grounds of a rare Art Nouveau manor with a private driveway entrance. La Boulangerie has a tastefully furnished living room with decorative stone fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and sun-filled breakfast nook where you may take in stunning sunsets and views. You are welcome to enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens in front of the manor, which include an ornamental pond and dovecote. It is an excellent base from which to explore and is just 20 minutes from the historic D-Day landing beaches.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to patio. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond 80m from property.

    Location: 8km from Isigny-sur-Mer (all amenities, restaurants), 15km W of Grandcamp Maisy (beach), 18km W of Bayeux (tapestry, museums, cathedral), 45km W of Caen (ferry port, city, chateaux, shops).

  • Antibes

    Antibes

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    Ref: FCA100

    Antibes, the historic town and famous tourist resort on the French Riviera, has a lovely sand and pebble beach, where relaxing or water sports can be enjoyed. These air conditioned holiday apartments are set on a complex, located just 900m from Port Vauban, with its Mediterranean courtyards and flagstone streets. All the apartments are air conditioned and equipped with a balcony and elegant garden furniture. The reception is open around the clock from May to September and the hospitable staff can communicate in three languages. A shared swimming pool is located in the garden with a children’s pool, and another one on the roof with sunny terrace and panoramic views of the sea and the old town. Shop 200m, restaurant 375m and beach 900m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, twin beds in lounge.

    Satellite TV, wi-fi, dishwasher, balcony, shared grounds, outdoor furniture. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • Salignac-Eyvigues

    Salignac-Eyvigues

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    Ref: FAD257

    This pretty stone cottage with a large, shared, heated salt-water swimming pool (60m²) has its own enclosed and private terrace. Guests have use of a whirlpool during the summer season, ping-pong and badminton. Salignac-Eyvigues has a magnificent château and many facilities including cafés, restaurants, bakers, a variety of small shops, banks, and a supermarket/petrol station. It is well placed for visiting many local attractions. There are many opportunities for sampling the wonderful local produce including walnuts, foie gras and a variety of locally grown wine. Canoe hire on the River Dordogne is an ideal way to enjoy spectacular views of the many castles. Visit Sarlat 17km and Montignac 20km for more days out. The discreet friendly owner is always on hand to offer help and advice if you need it. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, dining area, kitchen, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, microwave, large lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to garden, slope in garden.

  • Nice

    Nice

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    Ref: FCA505

    This ground floor apartment is located next to the owner’s villa, facing a beautiful pond covered with water lilies in the summer. It consists of a small comfortable kitchen, a lounge/bedroom and a bathroom. Enjoy breakfast under the trees surrounded by the scent of fragrant flowers and orange and lemon trees of this beautifully maintained Mediterranean garden. Situated on the heights of Nice, the area is particularly quiet and is an ideal base for exploring the old town of Nice, 6km, and the renowned Promenade-des-Anglais, 7km. Shop 1km, restaurant 2.6km and beach 7km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, double bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps from road to garden. Unfenced pond in garden.

  • Maison de Grâce

    Barenton, Manche

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    Ref: F50216

    These delightful holiday cottages situated close to the town of Barenton have been renovated to excellent standards by the friendly English owners. Both offer guests tranquil accommodation amidst peaceful countryside surroundings. Maison de Lilli (F50200) peeks out from behind a hedge hiding its traditional Colombage exterior from passers-by. Inside, thoughtful detailing has guarded the spirit of the original property whilst providing a cosy yet spacious interior for guests. Although smaller than its sister property, Maison de Grâce (F50216) takes full advantage of its more compact dimensions by offering a comfortable and charmingly appointed open-plan living area and includes an elegant four-poster bed. Both cottages boast private garden areas with views over the surrounding countryside. The pretty hillside town of Mortain is within easy driving distance and is well known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls. A little further afield lies the ancient town of Domfront whose half-timbered houses and narrow streets remind visitors of its 11th century origins. Avranches, a strategic location during World War II, is only 50km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double four poster bed, beams and tiled floor. Steps down to kitchen with French doors to terrace, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Lawned garden
    • Electric heaters
    • H/chair.

    Location: 3.5km of Barenton (all facilities), 18km NE of St. Hilaire-du-Harcouët (market town), 15km NE of Domfront (château, old town), 50km of Avranches, 65km E of Mont St. Michel (Benedictine island monastery).

    Both properties: M/wave

    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

  • Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

    Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

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    Ref: W14789

    These 2 traditional stone-built holiday cottages look out onto the same yard, but each has a private terraced area for peaceful evening barbecues in this rural hamlet. The cottages are cosy and cheerful; one in shades of blue, and one in green. There are original beams and a woodburner in the open-plan living areas. You can enjoy uninterrupted strolls in the local countryside, with hills and picturesque riverside footpaths. There is a historic château locally, as well as the attractive market town of Châteauneuf. The regional capital of Quimper, with its imposing cathedral, is nearby, and the coast is within easy reach to both south and west; with the popular Bénodet, Concarneau and Fouesnant for family fun on the beach, or the wilder and more remote Crozon Peninsula. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.These 2 traditional stone-built holiday cottages look out onto the same yard, but each has a private terraced area for peaceful evening barbecues in this rural hamlet. The cottages are cosy and cheerful; one in shades of blue, and one in green. There are original beams and a woodburner in the open-plan living areas. You can enjoy uninterrupted strolls in the local countryside, with hills and picturesque riverside footpaths. There is a historic château locally, as well as the attractive market town of Châteauneuf. The regional capital of Quimper, with its imposing cathedral, is nearby, and the coast is within easy reach to both south and west; with the popular Bénodet, Concarneau and Fouesnant for family fun on the beach, or the wilder and more remote Crozon Peninsula.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (English channels only), DVD player, wi-fi, shared washing machine, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

  • La Bergerie

    Granges d’Ans, Dordogne

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    Ref: F24241

    These charming, traditional stone cottages are situated on the edge of a quiet hamlet, in pretty gardens that include a large terraced swimming pool with views across a wooded valley. The beautiful countryside around the cottages is dotted with walnut groves and fields of maize and sunflowers. Very close by is the historic village of Hautefort, with its shops, restaurants, museum, imposing château and attractive Coucou leisure lake. This is the heart of the area known as the Périgord and offers a wealth of attractions. The historic riverside town of Montignac, with shops, restaurants and canoe hire, the medieval market town of Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac and the city of Périgueux are all within an easy drive. Sharing a large south-facing swimming pool, the two holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation, each with its own sitting-out area and barbecue offering a degree of privacy. Le Bosquet is a pretty detached cottage with a private garden, whilst La Bergerie adjoins the discreet owner’s home and benefits from a covered terrace.

    Ground floor: Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room/WC. Stairs direct to first floor double bedroom with beams and low ceiling

    • Covered terrace

    Location: 3km SW of Hautefort (château and gardens, local amenities), 23km N of Montignac (historic riverside town, canoe hire), 48km N of Sarlat (medieval market town), 59km E of Périgueux (historic capital of Dordogne, cathedral, river, Wednesday market, all facilities).

    Both properties: Shared grounds

    • Shared pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.4m, open June-Sept) with Roman steps
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue No smoking.

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