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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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  • Chez Irwin

    St. Quentin-la-Poteirie, Gard

    Grade
    2
    2
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    1
    Ref: T30336

    Situated in the upper part of the hilltop village of St. Quentin-la-Poterie, famous for its historic and working potteries. The Pont du Gard, the ’Popes’ Palace’ and summer festivals at Avignon, Nîmes, the hills of the Cévennes, and the wetlands and beaches of the Camargue can all be visited within a day. The village has a good selection of shops, bakeries, restaurants, a supermarket, a weekly street market, and a wine ’cave’ which provides very good quality local wine, as well as local produce such as honey. Visit the bustling town of Uzès (4km), the first ’Duchy’ in France and the Duke’s Castle and the Saturday morning market. The interior has been decorated in a cheerful and fresh Provençal style.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room (accessed from courtyard). Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (under eaves)

    • Walled courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Washing machine/tumble dryer
    • M/wave
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: No children. This property accommodates a maximum of 2.

    Location: St. Quentin (most facilities), 4km NE of Uzès (all facilities), 45mins W of Avignon (all facilities airport, TGV).

  • Maison Gilla

    Wissembourg, Bas-Rhin

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: F67117

    Bordered by forests, this former farm is a peaceful retreat with a true spirit of Alsace, nestling in a small village near the German border. The interior is furnished with a mix of modern and rustic features, and retains the original beams in the spacious and comfortable living room. The spacious garden is ideal for al-fresco dining. The courtyard is shared with the owner who lives next door and is happy to prepare home-cooked meals by arrangement. Not far away are the Cleebourg Vineyards, offering a large choice of restaurants. The spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany is just over the border with low cost flights to the UK, and to the south is the bustling town of Strasbourg with its magnificent cathedral, Petite France district and many museums.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Large single bedroom

    • Lawned garden
    • Shared courtyard
    • Central heating
    • Shared w/machine and t/dryer (in outbuilding)
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Five steps to main entrance.

    Location: 5km S of Cleebourg (vineyards, bar), 10km S of Wissembourg (all facilities, restaurants), 9km from Fleckstein Castle, 45km W of Baden-Baden (Germany, casino, spa, low cost flights), 55km NE of Strasbourg (airport, all facilities).

  • Canals

    Canals

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: W15050

    These delightful semi-detached holiday cottages are located in a small village between the bastide town of Montauban (18km) and Toulouse (36km), they are in an ideal location for exploring both rural and urban France. Toulouse is both cultural and cosmopolitan. Visit the famous St. Sernin Basillica, the Musée des Abbatoirs and the Cité d’Espace. Montauban is a ’town of art and history’ with plenty to amuse all ages and interests. Alternatively, stroll or cycle along the Canal du Midi which passes through the village or visit the bastide towns of Bruniquel, Penne and Puycelci, among others, which are guaranteed to impress. Take a canoe/kayak trip along the Gorges de l’Averon and enjoy the spectacular river valley with its rocky cliffs, rapids and rock pools. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 500m.These delightful semi-detached holiday cottages are located in a small village between the bastide town of Montauban (18km) and Toulouse (36km), they are in an ideal location for exploring both rural and urban France. Toulouse is both cultural and cosmopolitan. Visit the famous St. Sernin Basillica, the Musée des Abbatoirs and the Cité d’Espace. Montauban is a ’town of art and history’ with plenty to amuse all ages and interests.

    Alternatively, stroll or cycle along the Canal du Midi which passes through the village or visit the bastide towns of Bruniquel, Penne and Puycelci, among others, which are guaranteed to impress.

    Take a canoe/kayak trip along the Gorges de l’Averon and enjoy the spectacular river valley with its rocky cliffs, rapids and rock pools.

    Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet. First floor: Utility room, bathroom with shower over bath and twin basins, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, video, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, shared enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steep stairs to first floor, sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

  • Plouha

    Plouha

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FBC064

    Surrounded by wooded grounds and set within its own lawned garden full of flowers, this former fisherman’s cottage has been converted to a holiday home whilst retaining all of its former charm.

    It lies just 1km from a sandy beach where you can spend a day by the sea.

    Paimpol, a thriving picturesque fishing port is 15km away and makes for a good visit. With its sandy coves and surrounded by majestic cliffs, it also is a delight to stroll around the cobbled streets with their characterful half-timbered houses or sample the local seafood in one of the restaurants by the port. Paimpol hosts several activities during the summer including a sea shanty festival in August, boat races, exhibitions and fireworks.

    Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 4km.

    Lounge/kitchen, bathroom with bath (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, DVD player, stereo/CD player, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

  • Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15221

    These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features. Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west. There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux. Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features.

    Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west.

    There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

    Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (DVD use only), DVD player, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceiling in shower room.

  • Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: FAD246

    Set in the heart of the Dordogne, close to Lascaux, Sarlat and the caves of the Grand Roc, these holiday apartments are in the Vézère Valley surrounded by castles and prehistoric sites. You will find restaurants, cafés and bars in the centre of the village, and the apartments have use of a large shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June - mid September) and a large landscaped private lake for fishing. Threre is an impressive dam at the foot of the huge building, situated in a large park. The apartments each have a private entrance and have a wonderful view overlooking the water, as well as a spacious lounge and a private terrace with barbecue, ideal for outdoor eating. The National Museum of Prehistory, with its important paleolithic collection is also nearby. For sporting enthusiasts, there is canoeing on the Vézère and you can enjoy golf 12km away. Gastronomic specialties of the area include duck, truffles and nuts. Shop and restaurant 500m.Set in the heart of the Dordogne, close to Lascaux, Sarlat and the caves of the Grand Roc, these holiday apartments are in the Vézère Valley surrounded by castles and prehistoric sites. You will find restaurants, cafés and bars in the centre of the village, and the apartments have use of a large shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June - mid September) and a large landscaped private lake for fishing. Threre is an impressive dam at the foot of the huge building, situated in a large park.

    The apartments each have a private entrance and have a wonderful view overlooking the water, as well as a spacious lounge and a private terrace with barbecue, ideal for outdoor eating. The National Museum of Prehistory, with its important paleolithic collection is also nearby.

    For sporting enthusiasts, there is canoeing on the Vézère and you can enjoy golf 12km away. Gastronomic specialties of the area include duck, truffles and nuts.

    Shop and restaurant 500m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 single.

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, shared washing machine, dishwasher, terrace, microwave, shared garden, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Lake in grounds, dam close by.

  • Gourfaleur

    Gourfaleur

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM406

    This charming, semi-detached, stone holiday property is set amidst in the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula and is an ideal place to discover all the historical treasures and wonderful countryside of Normandy. The owner lives on site. For sport enthusiasts visit Vélorail. Nature lovers will enjoy the many lovely walking opportunities in the area. Do not miss a visit to Bayeux to see its famous tapestries, but also the D-Day landing beaches. The city of Saint-Lô with all amenities and a public swimming pool is 5km away. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bidet and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to lounge. Step to terrace.

  • Gatteville-le-Phare

    Gatteville-le-Phare

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM093

    This charming, little, semi-detached holiday house, constructed of brick and stone in 1920, is located in a small old railway station and there are two hiking trails from here. The working lighthouse at Gatteville is close by, also known as Pointe de Barfleur Light. It stands at 75m tall, and is the third tallest traditional lighthouse in the world. For alternative day trips, visit Cherbourg, approximately 28km away, where you will find all amenities and a lovely harbour front whilst Saint-Pierre-Église is approximately 12km. Here you will find most amenities and a weekly Wednesday market. Shop and restaurant 6km, beach 2.6km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single

    Electric central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

  • Le Hôme Varaville, nr. Cabourg

    Le Hôme Varaville, nr. Cabourg

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W12592

    This cosy single storey apartment has an open plan lounge/diner overlooking the enclosed garden. The property is a great place for resting in the peaceful surroundings, walking and cycling. It is situated in a small resort at the edge of Cabourg with every facility and endless sandy beaches, only 500 metres away. The chic resort with casino, great shopping, golf and horse races is 6km away. Pegasus Bridge where the British Commandos landed before D-Day is 7km away, and the landing beaches 15km away. Historical Caen with William the Conqueror Castle and abbeys as well as the Peace Museum are also worth a visit. Shop 1km, café/bar and restaurants 1.4km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 single.

    Electric heating, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • Brignoles

    Brignoles

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCV424

    This character holiday property is situated on a large wooded estate. The owner lives on site and there are various areas for guests to enjoy, including a furnished garden area, table tennis and a superb swimming pool (78m²), offering sun and relaxation. Brignoles is an old medieval town offering activities all year round. Make sure you visit the Palais des Comtes de Provence, the Maison des Abeilles and the Pays Brignolais museum. Shop 6km, restaurant 4.2km, beach 50km.

    Lounge/diner, second lounge, kitchen/diner, conservatory, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Steps to lounge/diner. Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings and beams throughout. Steps and drops in garden.

  • Au Pont Tournant

    Vadencourt, nr. Guise, Aisne

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F02130

    Enjoy the peace and quiet at this detached lockkeeper’s house, once a turning bridge on the canal. It makes an ideal base for a fishing holiday (permit available locally) alongside the banks of the Canal-de-la-Sambre-à-l’Oise. A superb location for cycling with quiet roads and pretty villages. Guise is close by with its castle, dungeons, underground passages, weekly market and good selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. Visit St. Quentin with its amazing basillica or the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and cobbled streets and magnificent views over the countryside.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom leading to single bedroom with sloping ceilings and beams. 3 steps down to bathroom with over-bath shower, sloping ceiling

    • Garden
    • Unfenced canal frontage (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 7km from Guise (market town with shops, museum, restaurants), 15km from Nouvion (watersports centre, swimming pool, health centre), 26km from St. Quentin (basilique, shops, restaurants, bars), 45km from Laon, 60km from Centre Parcs.

  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F84261

    Nestling at the foot of the cliffs in the picturesque village of Lauris, this semi-detached holiday home has a swimming pool set into the cliffside - using water sourced from its own private spring dating from Gallo-Roman times (seen through the partially glazed bedroom floor). Lourmarin (3km) has gourmet restaurants and a beautiful château where art exhibitions are held. La Roque d’Antheron (5km) hosts a piano festival (July), and for sports enthusiasts, there is an 18-hole golf course at Pont Royal (9km), cycling and canoeing. Enjoy strolling through Aix-en-Provence, with its rich architecture and celebrated Cour Mirabeau (with terrace cafés and restaurants). Les Alpilles Mountains await discovery, as well as Les Baux-de-Provence with its olive groves lost to view descending towards St-Rémy-de-Provence. Further north is the Luberon Regional Park with its wild thyme and lavender, and many villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Roussillon perched on hilltops of red and ochre.

    Twenty steps to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with sofa bed, French windows to balcony, and kitchen corner. King-size bedroom (can be twin). Single bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Shared enclosed courtyard with fountain
    • Five steps to private swimming pool (5m x 5m, depth 0.4m - 1.8m) with alarm
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV/DVD
    • Hi-fi
    • Internet
    • T/cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Two bicycles
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for the infirm and children under 10 (except babies under 12 mths).

    Location: Shops, bar/restaurant 500m, 3km from Lourmarin (restaurant), 15km from Pertuis, 70km from Carry-le-Rouet (beach).

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