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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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  • Just for 2 - Tuquet

    Trie-sur-Baïse, Haute-Pyrénées

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    Ref: F65100

    This self contained converted barn is part of a traditionally built farmhouse which is the home of the British owners, situated on the edge of a small village in a quiet secluded area of Gascony. A covered balcony leads off the first floor lounge overlooking the garden and pool with distant views of the Pyrénées. The ornamental garden pond contains goldfish and is visited by herons, kingfishers and other birds. Trie-Sur-Baise offers restaurants and shops around the main square where a market is held every Tuesday. Golf, fishing, horse riding, tennis, canoeing, cycling, bird watching and walking can all be enjoyed. Spain and the Pyrénées are an easy drive.

    Ground floor: Galley kitchen. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with balcony

    • Large garden with fish pond (care needed with children)
    • Swimming pool (shared with owners) (7.5m x 5m, depth 0.9m to 1.2m)
    • Central heating in all rooms
    • W/machine (shared with owners)
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD/video
    • Free internet access
    • CD/stereo
    • Parking
    • Garden and pool furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2.5km NW of Trie-sur-Baïse (all facilities), 30km NE of Tarbes (large city, edge of Pyrénées), Toulouse and Pau (airports).

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  • Plouguernével

    Plouguernével

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    Ref: FBC618

    This little house, called a "penty" in Breton dialect, is in an ideal location for visiting and touring the region since it is situated in the very centre of Brittany. The property is on the ground floor of the owner’s home and is on hand if you need any help or advice during your stay. For swimming and water activities, Lake Guerlédan is only 15 minutes away and the beautiful pristine shores are perfect for relaxing and taking in the sun. For hiking and walking enthusiasts there are plenty of paths for you to walk along such as the ones along the canal stretching from Nantes to Brest. The region has a lot of historical and cultural gems for you to discover. Traditional villages and towns such as Plouguernével are perfect for experiencing the "Breton way of life". Shop 2km and restaurant 10m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner. Kitchen. Bathroom with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating. Woodburner in lounge. Satellite TV. DVD player. CD player. Washing machine. Fridge. Microwave. Garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep open tread stairs.

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  • Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues

    Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues

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    Ref: FPA200

    Nestled at the foot of the Provençal mountain range Montagne-de-Lure, the village of Saint-Étienne-les-Orgues enjoys a privileged location in a beautiful environment, with fresh mountain air. This holiday complex on the outskirts of the village, is not far from shops, and consists of a small number of holiday properties surrounded by greenery. The complex includes a first floor studio (FPA200), and ground floor studio (FPA201) and a three-room apartment (FPA203). The accommodation provides the following facilities - a heated shared outdoor swimming pool (not heated in July and August) and has a removable roof, crazy golf on a well-lit course, tennis, bowling, football, and beach volleyball. In addition, internet access, a launderette and TV are available at cost. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Internet connection, microwave, balcony, on street parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Plein Soleil

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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    Ref: F17232

    Situated in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, adjoining another property, F17200 Les Musses, this small modern house faces large lawned gardens. Plein Soleil is all on one level, with patio doors opening on to a private terrace, surrounded by fields of sun flowers. Only five minutes away is the small town of Saujon with restaurants, shops, a good swimming pool and a lake. Further away are the beaches of Royan where you can also enjoy lovely boat trips to the Médoc Region. The old town of Saintes offers summer classical music concerts of good value and Cognac has numerous distilleries.

    Living/dining room with double sofa bed and simple corner kitchen opening by sliding doors to private terrace. Shower room. Separate WC. One bedroom with twin beds (can be put together)

    • Large shared gardens
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km to Saujon (shops, cafés, restaurants, lake, tennis), 15km NE of Royan (shopping, orchidee gardens, casino, boat trips), 28km W of Saintes (old abbey, River Charente, summer concerts), 10km to Cadeuil (lake, bird watching).

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  • Eymet

    Eymet

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    Ref: W14670

    This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets. Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public. The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets.

    Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public.

    The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants.

    Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

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

    Colour TV, wi-fi, shared washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed patio, terrace, shared garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No children. NB: Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor. 3 steps or level rear access to property in garden.

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  • Mazan

    Mazan

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    Ref: W14986

    Tucked away just 2km from the village centre of Mazan, this restored 16th-century barn is full of history. Situated near Pernes-les-Fontaines and nestled among vineyards, the holiday property has a stunning view over Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. Explore picturesque, lively weekly markets, taste wine on the Route des Vins, laze on golden sandy beaches or visit a gourmet riverside restaurant at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (30km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

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

    Electric heating, air conditioning, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed garden, terrace, grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No children. Friday to Friday changeover day.

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  • Naussannes

    Naussannes

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    Ref: FAD320

    These three stone holiday properties adjoin one another and share lovely grounds which lead down to the river surrounded by peaceful countryside. Each property has its own terrace where you can sit and enjoy a meal outside. There is also use of a shared outdoor swimming pool (55m², open June to September) with an area with sun loungers for soaking up the sun. The area is replete with many bastide towns in the surrounding area - notably Monpazier, 14km, which is classed as one of the ’most beautiful villages in France’; it is also one of the most complete bastide towns in France. You can wander down quaint side streets and stop at one of the cafes for refreshment whilst soaking up the ambience. Bergerac 25km. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Open fire in lounge, electric heating, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread turning stairs to first floor. Unfenced river frontage.

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  • Trégunc

    Trégunc

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    Ref: FBF568

    This charming holiday home is situated in a quiet hamlet between the beautiful traditional villages of Névez and Trégunc. It has a contemporary kitchen and a spacious lounge with a high vaulted ceiling, a wood burning stove and windows opening onto a patio and large garden. The mezzanine bedroom is located above the lounge with 2 single beds that can be pushed together. A short walk will take you to a small river estuary for a quiet and picturesque promenade, while the villages are accessible by foot or bicycle, and excellent markets with local products. Discover Pont Aven with its shops and its artistic heritage (6km). The port of Concarneau with its walled citadel and its beautiful beaches is also worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 1.5km, beach 4.5km

    Ground floor: lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, mezzanine with twin beds.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open tread turning stairs to mezzanine bedroom.

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  • Callac, nr. Carhaix

    Callac, nr. Carhaix

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    Ref: W14828

    In a traditional village with a pretty, secluded garden, this detached cottage is just a short walk from the village centre. Cosily and elegantly furnished, it is practical and well-equipped for a couple. An ideal base from which to discover central Brittany. Explore the well maintained foot and cycle paths, or go further afield towards the bustling village of Huelgoat, in the Monts d’Arree National Park. Carhaix is 20km, Brest airport 90km. Shop and café/bar 0.5km, restaurant 1km, beach 43km.

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

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, garden furniture, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Steep, narrow stairs to first floor. 6 steps to garden, then further steps to entrance.

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  • St. Jean-aux-Amognes

    St. Jean-aux-Amognes

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    Ref: FGN010

    This lovely holiday house has a large garden and is set in the grounds of a 17th-century castle in the heart of Burgundy. The main living area has a beamed ceiling, and the property is equipped with all comforts for a stay in the countryside. Discover the park of Morvan and its lakes, either by hiking or cycling. To the northwest lie the vineyards of Sancerre-Pouilly, and Nevers is 15km away with its famous Magny Cours circuit. Enjoy cycling along the banks of the Loire, or swimming and fishing in its waters. Day trips to the vineyards of the Beaune region, Chablis, the famous Basilica of Vézelay and the ancient city of Autun are possible. Shop 5km, restaurant 2km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

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  • Guern

    Guern

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    Ref: W14588

    Nestling in a quiet hamlet in the heart of Brittany, this pretty 16th-century stone-built cottage and converted water mill are set amidst acres of idyllic grounds, complete with river, mill pond and a large stocked lake with trout (free fishing available for guests). Lovingly restored and traditionally decorated by the British owners, incorporating beamed ceilings and log burners. The quaint mill house "Le Moulin" with its millstream trickling alongside, provides cosy accommodation for two, with views across the mill pond and lakes from its rear patio, while the spacious "Maison de Niziau" features exposed stonework and a pretty patio overlooking the river. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and cycling. The historic town of Pontivy, with its château set on the River Blavet, weekly market and restaurants serving traditional Breton fayre is 12km away. Also within easy reach are the lake of Guerlédan and slightly further afield, Mûr de Bretagne, with their beaches and watersports. The coast is easily accessible, with the Golfe du Morbihan, inner sea, well worth exploring. Carnac is renowned for its rows of 2000 standing stones which constitute the most important prehistoric site in Europe. Shops 12km, café/bar and restaurant 3km.Nestling in a quiet hamlet in the heart of Brittany, this pretty 16th-century stone-built cottage and converted water mill are set amidst acres of idyllic grounds, complete with river, mill pond and a large stocked lake with trout (free fishing available for guests). Lovingly restored and traditionally decorated by the British owners, incorporating beamed ceilings and log burners. The quaint mill house "Le Moulin" with its millstream trickling alongside, provides cosy accommodation for two, with views across the mill pond and lakes from its rear patio, while the spacious "Maison de Niziau" features exposed stonework and a pretty patio overlooking the river. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and cycling. The historic town of Pontivy, with its château set on the River Blavet, weekly market and restaurants serving traditional Breton fayre is 12km away. Also within easy reach are the lake of Guerlédan and slightly further afield, Mûr de Bretagne, with their beaches and watersports. The coast is easily accessible, with the Golfe du Morbihan, inner sea, well worth exploring. Carnac is renowned for its rows of 2000 standing stones which constitute the most important prehistoric site in Europe.

    Shops 12km, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. Single folding bed on request.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, video, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, microwave, shared garden and grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: River, pond and unfenced lake close to property. Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Étables-sur-Mer

    Étables-sur-Mer

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    Ref: FBC492

    This holiday property is a pleasant, second floor attic apartment in the owners’ elegant house, and is accessed via a small shared garden and patio. The property is situated close to St-Quay-Portrieux, a lovely seaside resort with several sandy beaches suitable for lazing, swimming or walking, a casino and stunning coastal footpaths. Other towns worth visiting include St.Brieuc (23km), which has an ancient cathedral, a picturesque centre with half-timbered, medieval houses and a museum of art and history, and Pontrieux (25km), a pretty historic town stretching along the banks of the River Trieux. Other activities available include fishing (400m), a public swimming pool (2km) and a golf course (3km). Shop and restaurant 500m, beach 400m.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower cubicle and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, microwave, shared garden, shared patio, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Stairs to entrance. Sloping ceilings throughout.

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