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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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  • Limeuil

    Limeuil

    Grade
    7
    6
    3
    5
    Ref: FAD296

    This beautiful and spacious holiday house has been luxuriously renovated and has air conditioning. It has a large patio area facing the outdoor swimming pool (55m²) with sun loungers. The owner lives on site and is available should you need assistance or advice during your holiday. The house is set in Limeuil, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, in the heart of the Périgord Noir area, and is surrounded by some pretty villages such as Monpazier, Beaumont, Cadouin, Belvès, Beynac, La Roque-Gageac and Domme. Sarlat (36km) is also a must see in the region. The Dordogne River is nearby for water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing, or you might prefer to visit a nearby castle or cave, or even enjoy a round of golf. This holiday house is perfect for enjoying peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 4 bathrooms with basin (no toilet), 1 bathroom with separate shower and basin (no toilet), 6 separate toilets, 6 bedrooms: 5 double, 1 twin.

    Central heating, oil heater, cot, highchair, 7 colour TVs (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Up to 3 pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Eglise Neuve d’Isaac

    Mussidan, Dordogne

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: FDO40

    Set on a hilltop, with panoramic views, this spacious, detached converted farmhouse is ideal for families. There is plenty of space for children to play in the garden, while the fenced outdoor swimming pool is a sure attraction. Relax on the south facing covered terrace or enjoy a barbecue in beautiful surroundings. Mussidan, with its bustling Saturday market, is just a 10-minute drive, while Bergerac with its lovely medieval town centre is a 20-minute drive. Ideally placed for wine connoisseurs as you are within reach of some of Europe’s best vineyards and châteaux. There are several lakes with sandy beaches and windsurfing within a 30-45 minute drive.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Large, well-equipped kitchen. Four bedrooms: One double with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin, two single. Separate WC. Open tread stairs to double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Large lawned, rough and natural grass garden
    • Covered terrace
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.75m to 2m), open May-Oct
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Two t/cots
    • Highchair
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 10km from Mussidan (shops, restaurants, tennis, bike hire, canoeing), 20km from Bergerac (old town, museum, boating), 35km from Périgieux (historic town with numerous attractions).

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  • Puivert

    Puivert

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: FLA163

    This cosy holiday property is located just outside the village of Puivert and 50m from a beautiful lake where guests can enjoy fishing and water sports. Puivert is a charming mountain village which has a partly ruined, yet well-preserved château dating from 1170, with a strong Cathar connection. The ski slopes are only 40km away at Camurac. The beautiful city of Carcassonne and its citadel classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is only 60km. For a day at the beach, the Mediterranean is 2 hours by car. From the house you can travel around the region due to the large network of hiking trails, especially around Lake Montbel (12km). Andorra and its famous ski resort of Pas de la Casa is only 100km and the popular spa town of Ax-les-Thermes is 75km. This beautiful holiday house ensures you have a relaxing stay in sunny Languedoc. Shop 10km, restaurant 150m.

    Ground floor garage: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. First floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single.

    Central heating, cot, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, garden, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Ground floor rooms located in the garage. Steps from balcony to garden.

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  • Montélimar

    Montélimar

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    1
    Ref: FPD180

    At the edge of the Drôme Provençale, this large character holiday house is an ideal holiday property to enjoy the beautiful Provence sunshine. It is situated in a lovely wooded park and is equipped with an inviting outdoor swimming pool (open May-Oct), a large terrace, BBQ and a solarium. The interior is cosy and stylish in a neo-Provencal style. Close to the city of Montélimar, which is dominated by the 12th-century medieval castle, and where you can stroll on the streets, sit in the restaurants, or enjoy a visit to one of the nougat shops in the shade of plane trees. Discover the authentic perched villages overlooking the fragrant fields of lavender, vineyards and olive groves. To the east, Grignan is worth visiting, as well as the magnificent gorges of the Ardèche and its magical caves such as Chauvet and Madeleine. Shop and restaurant 1.5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet). 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single, 1 bunk.

    Central heating, woodburner in dining room, satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, carport for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • La Maison Renard

    Créhen, Côtes d’Armor

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: F22260

    Set in a quiet rural hamlet at the edge of the picturesque village of Créhen, this detached holiday house is surrounded by fields and hedges. It is only a short distance from the seaside resort of Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer. Built into the hillside, this lovely property enjoys split-level style accommodation spanning across three floors, and provides a good quality of furnishing and decoration. On the side of the house, facing the lovely lawned garden, enjoy the split-level decked sitting-out area, spread across three levels. North Brittany has a spectacular coastline with superb beaches such as Sables d’Or les pins and Saint-Cast-le-Guildo. The cliffs and lighthouse in Fréhel are a must, offering wonderful views over the sea. There are also sailing and windsurfing activities and two main golf courses within half an hours’ drive.

    Lower ground floor: Utility. Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sitting room. Kingsize bedroom. Bathroom, shower attachment (no WC). WC. First floor: Four bedrooms: One kingsize, one twin, two single. Bathroom/WC, shower attachment

    • Garden with sloping lawns and several steps
    • Split-level terrace with steps
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 500m from the village centre (local shops, bank), 3km from Plancoët, 7km from Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer (beach), 13km from Dinard (airport), 18km from Dinan (tourist town, ramparts).

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  • Chalet Traditionnel

    St. Avit-Rivière, Dordogne

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: FAD289

    This elegantly furnished detached Périgordian property is an ideal holiday house situated in a peaceful hamlet surrounded by beautifully kept mature gardens with a stunning swimming pool. In a traditional style, this is a lovely retreat for guests to totally unwind at, and is ideally situated for discovering the many bastides, prehistoric sites and culinary delights the Perigord is renowned for. Both cottages have large living rooms with open fireplaces, exposed stone walls and wooden beams, and easy access to numerous terraces for al fresco dining. All master bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and ample storage space. The beautiful bastide of Monpazier, with its excellent restaurants and shops is close by, while Tremolat has restaurants, weekly market, and water ski centre. The lovely city of Sarlat, with museums, markets, and theatre, and Bergerac are worth a visit.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with open fire, tiled floor. Kitchen/dining room. Two bedrooms: One double, one single. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Shower room/WC. Annexe: Ground floor: Living room with open fire, tiled floor. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Single bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Some rooms with beams and sloping ceilings

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool with Roman steps (50m², open May-Oct)
    • Oil heating
    • Air conditioning
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Car port
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 8km from Monpazier (shops, restaurants), 22km from Tremolat (restaurants, weekly markets, water ski centre), 44km from Bergerac (museums, church of Notre Dame), 50km from Sarlat (museums, markets, theatres).

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  • Maison de Fleurs

    Mardore, Rhône

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FRR002

    In the beautiful lush region of Beaujolais Hills and surrounded by nature, lies this beautiful and spacious stone holiday home which opens onto a charming, 2000m² garden. The property also boasts a large private swimming pool, three terraces and a roof terrace which offers a panoramic view. The property’s interior exudes an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity, with large windows that provide a beautiful setting. The décor is a clever blend of contemporary, baroque and rustic styles. Ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding, the area also has medieval villages, the Canal de Roanne à Digoin and a world-renowned wine heritage.

    Steps to entrance. Living room. Steps down to dining room. Kitchen. Three double bedrooms. Two single bedrooms. Shower room/WC. Bathroom with over-bath shower and double basin (no WC). Two separate WCs

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Roof terrace
    • Swimming pool (52m²), open Jun-Sep
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor. Steps and sloping banks in garden. External, open-tread stairs to roof terrace.

    Location: 3km from shop, restaurant and fishing, 8km from lake, 26km from Roanne (museum, restaurants, golf), 55km from Villefranche-sur-Saone (watersports, Church of Notre-Dame-de-Marais).

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  • Chalet la Clavella

    Morzine, Haute-Savoie

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: F74142

    Set in a quiet elevated area with panoramic views of the mountains this detached holiday property is in an excellent location for exploring this delightful region. Situated close to the centre of the typical mountain village of Morzine with its pretty streets there are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Near to the village you can go hill walking and there is an exciting summer toboggan run for children. You can also enjoy a day in the water park with its slides, sauna and Jacuzzi, or you could try ice skating in the town’s rink. Venture over the border to Switzerland to the towns of Geneva and Evian. An hour’s drive south will take you to Chamonix at the base of the spectacular Mont Blanc offering trips up the mountain in cable cars or on the funicular railway.

    First floor: Living/dining room with doors to balcony and corner kitchen. Sitting room. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with additional single bed, one with additional bunk bed. Single bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Large terrace
    • Central heating
    • Flatscreen satellite TV
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Outdoor furniture
    • NB: Maximum sleeps eight.

    Location: Morzine (all facilities), 45km S of Evian (all facilities, lake), 50km E of Geneva.

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  • Plomeur

    Plomeur

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: FBF041

    Located in the beautiful Plomeur, at the western end of Brittany, this traditional natural stone holiday property, has spacious accommodation including a lounge with open fire and traditional kitchen. Centrally located it is the ideal starting point for exploring the surrounding area. Plomeur is known as the town in bloom, decked with hanging baskets and planters filled with flowers. A flower festival is held in April, with flower shows, mosaics and sculptures all made from flowers. Close to Pointe de la Torche a surfers paradise, and with coastal trails where you can watch the petrels and gannets from various lookout posts. The city of Pont-l’Abbé is just 10km. Shop 3km, restaurant 3.5km and beach 1.5km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom (no toilet), shower room (no toilet), 2 separate toilets with basin, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 single.

    Open fire in lounge, cot, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to entrance.

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  • Maison La-Fontaine-Saint Martin

    La-Fontaine-Saint-Martin

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    5
    Ref: FVS020

    This very beautiful, 19th-century castle is an ideal holiday property set on the edge of town in a huge wooded park. To the rear are beautiful views over the lake where swans glide, and where you can also fish for carp and pike. This breathtaking and exceptional property is spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Each room has its own bathroom. The property is close to Malicorne where you can visit the factories of the Faïencerie d’Art, and at La Flèche, 15km, you can visit the zoo, the leisure centre, beach, paddle boats, aquatic centre and sailing club. Visit Le Mans, 30km, with its old city and its exciting historic centre, shopping and museums. For a day trip, discover the castles of the Loire and taste the wines of region. Angers and Saumur, with its famous horse show (the Cadre Noir) await you. Sports lovers will appreciate the golf courses, hiking trails and bike rides. In August, a Baroque music festival takes place in Sable-sur-Sarthe, 30km, and a medieval festival in Parcé, 20km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Turning stairs to first floor: Three double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/WC. Two single bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Large garden with lake (take care with children)
    • Central heating
    • Shared w/machine
    • Shared t/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from restaurant, 5km from shops, 15km from La Flèche (zoo, beach, aquatic centre), 60km from Angers (airport)

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  • Ti Ar Feunteun

    Saint Evarzec, Finistère

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    1
    Ref: F29225

    Set in the village of Saint Evarzec, this property has been comfortably furnished in a modern style, with its light and airy rooms overlooking the patio and neat gardens. This is an ideal base for a seaside holiday, with 7km of fine sandy beach close at hand – the beaches at Beg Meil, Cap Coz and Mousterlin are some of the most sought after in Brittany. The nearby resort of Fouesnant has many attractions in addition to its beaches, including watersports, tennis and golf. Nearby Concarneau is one of the most important fishing ports in France and has a good range of shops and restaurants. Should you tire of the sea air, don’t miss the culinary delights of the region, including galettes, crêpes and, of course, fresh seafood.

    Open plan living/kitchen/dining room with woodburner and patio doors to terrace/garden. Bedroom with wide single bed. WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Four bedrooms: Two double, one twin, one single. (All first floor bedrooms under eaves with low sloping and panelled ceiling). Bathroom with shower cubicle (no WC). WC

    • Garden
    • Telephone
    • Heating
    • M/wave
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Video
    • T/cot
    • Garage for 1 car plus parking space
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Start day Friday.

    Location: Saint Evarzec (basic facilities), 5km N of Fouesnant (golf course), 10km SW of Quimper (shopping, restaurants).

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  • Le Lude

    Luché Pringé, Sarthe

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: F72115

    In a unique location, set on the edge of the river Loir with sounds of the rushing water all around, this carefully restored ancient water mill offers an ideal retreat from the stress and noise of everyday life. The interior is comfortable and simply decorated with white walls, retaining, traditional features of exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace. The pleasantly furnished sitting room has wonderful views of the lovely mill stream and dam. You can fish for your supper and find a pleasant spot for al-fresco dining in the large garden. Near to this charming property, you can discover the famous city of Le Mans with its 24hr racing track and old quarter. To the south is the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

    Ground floor: Dining room with corner kitchen and open fire. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin with door to courtyard. Bathroom with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with glass fronted fire. Three bedrooms; one double, two single. Shower room. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Private garden
    • Courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fire
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Parking for three cars
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for young children due to river frontage.

    Location: 4km NW of Le Lude (all facilities, pool, tennis). 44km SW of Le Mans (historic city, all facilities). 60km NW of Tours (city, old quarter).

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