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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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  • Argelès-sur-Mer

    Argelès-sur-Mer

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    Ref: W11271


    This charming holiday apartment, set on the ground floor of the prestigious residence, is located on a private hill, facing the Mediterranean Sea and close to the sandy beaches of the Catalan Coast. Guests will enjoy the beautiful park surrounding the apartment. Guests, both young and old, will be delighted with the beautiful, large shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 2m), a perfect way to cool down on a hot summers day. Make sure to visit Collioure, a city renowned for its beautiful bay surrounded by the old city, and for its rich heritage, such as its famous bell tower (repeatedly painted by Salvador Dali, Braque and Picasso). Perpignan, the capital of French Catalonia, has a friendly atmosphere and is easily reachable; discover its rich and glorious monuments. The beaches of Collioure and Argelès-sur-Mer are minutes away and are ideal for sunbathing peacefully. The Banyuls vineyards cover the surrounding hills. Spain is close, 20km, Barcelona is an hour’s drive and the Costa Brava is very near, offering beautiful trips in perspective. The owner lives on the first floor of the apartment. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km, beach 2.5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, shared washing machine and tumble dryer, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • 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.

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  • Avignon

    Avignon

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    Ref: W14186

    This delightful ground floor holiday apartment is peacefully located, yet only 400m from the fortified historical centre of Avignon. Its swimming pool (32m²) is shared with only the discreet owners. Avignon, stretching in all its beauty along the banks of the River Rhone, with its famous July arts festival is a superb base for discovering some of the jewels Provence is famous for. Discover and explore Nîmes, Uzès, the Pont du Gard, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon Mountain Range, Lourmarin, Marseille, La Camargue or some of the lovely resorts along the Mediterranean coastline. Shop 400m, café/bar and restaurant 100m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom (separated from lounge by panel screen only).

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

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    Ref: FCA603

    This comfortable, air conditioned holiday apartment is located in the area of the Quartier de la Banane, a few metres from the Rue d’Antibes. In the heart of Cannes, you can dive into the festive and glamorous atmosphere of this beautiful city and discover the Palais des Festivals, 400m, before going to spend a lazy day at the beach, just 300m away. Take advantage of the several terraces, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy local specialties while savoring a glass of wine. Along the beach, the Croisette offers 2km of white sand, with its beachfront restaurants, bistros, and water activities for all. From the port, a shuttle bus takes you to the splendid Lérins islands where nature lovers will fall in love with the beautiful landscapes of the Island of Sainte Marguerite, a small paradise where relaxation and culture combine perfectly.

    All on third floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Shower room with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating. Cable TV. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Fridge. Microwave. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Le Clos de La Jacquière

    Saugirard, Loir-et-Cher

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    Ref: F41109

    This beautiful cottage is prettily decorated with antique oak furniture, including an old grandfather clock. Enjoy eating outside in the evenings in the flowery garden and open conservatory. The enclosed private swimming pool offers total privacy to enjoy the sun. If you ever get tired of relaxing in this beautiful place, there’s plenty to do in the area from cycling, boating, water-skiing and lovely country walks. Conveniently situated for exploring the Cher Valley, the medieval town of St. Aignan with its château and famous zoo and the impressive Château of Cheverny with a luxury golf course. Nearby is the beautiful city of Blois with its gothic château. There are many local vineyards in this region. The owners are close to hand to give help and advice.

    Ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to mezzanine sitting room. First floor: Double bedroom

    • Private lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2 to 1.6m)
    • Pool house
    • Outdoor conservatory
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 4km from Selles/Cher (all facilities), 42km SE of Blois (château, large town), 32km SE of Cheverny (château, golf), 16km E of St. Aignan (zoo, restaurants, shops), 32km S of Chambord (park, château).

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  • Vence

    Vence

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    Ref: W13876

    This delightful light and airy second floor apartment, with a large shady balcony, enjoys spectacular views, and is peacefully located within an immaculately maintained apartment complex. The complex includes a very large shared swimming pool (20 x 10m, depth 1-2m). Located only 1km from the tourist village of Vence, the property provides a perfect base to explore all of the Riviera’s coastal destinations and also its hidden treasures inland. The excursion possibilities are endless and could include the obvious attractions such as Cannes, Nice and Monaco, then move onto the more authentic destinations such as Saint Paul and Vence, maybe the perfume capital of Grasse, and the stunning hill top villages of Eze and Roquebrune Cap Martin (all within 38km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km, beach 12km.

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

    Electric heating, colour TV, washing machine, microwave, shared lawned garden, balcony, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Salernes

    Salernes

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    Ref: FCV093

    These light and welcoming, single-storey, neighbouring holiday properties (refs FCV092 and FCV093) are conveniently situated in large grounds next to a river, ideal for fishing and sailing. They are in the perfect location for exploring one of the most beautiful and truly rural regions of France, being close to the Haute-Garonne. Visit the Gorges du Verdon and the Lac de Sainte Croix, which are only 30km away; or Sillans-la-Cascade with its waterfalls and forest setting. The two properties share natural grounds with a feature fountain, and both have terraces with sitting-out areas, sun loungers, parasols and outdoor furniture. Shop and restaurant 3km.These light and welcoming, single-storey, neighbouring holiday properties (refs FCV092 and FCV093) are conveniently situated in large grounds next to a river, ideal for fishing and sailing. They are in the perfect location for exploring one of the most beautiful and truly rural regions of France, being close to the Haute-Garonne. Visit the Gorges du Verdon and the Lac de Sainte Croix, which are only 30km away; or Sillans-la-Cascade with its waterfalls and forest setting. The two properties share natural grounds with a feature fountain, and both have terraces with sitting-out areas, sun loungers, parasols and outdoor furniture.

    Shop and restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner with curtained off double bed, shower room with toilet.

    Central heating, colour satellite TV, CD player, washing machine, microwave, natural grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Fountain and steps in grounds.

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  • Villa Ama Lur

    St. Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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    Ref: F64119

    Set 1km from the centre of Ascain - one of the most beautiful Basque villages - this first floor holiday apartment is close to the beach at Saint Jean-de-Luz and a golf course (more 18-hole courses within 20km). Enjoy breathtaking mountain views from the south-facing balcony, or sit in the large landscaped garden or garden house with dining area and barbecue. The discreet owner lives on the ground floor and speaks English. Beaches at Biarritz and Hendaye are a short drive. Visit Spain, Fuenterrabia or San Sebastian - the jewel of the Atlantic coast.

    Ground floor: Separate WC. First floor: Living room with American kitchen and south-facing balcony. Library area. Kingsize bedroom with balcony. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Large landscaped garden with garden house
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • English library
    • Wi-fi
    • Private parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Ascain (shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarket), 5km from Saint Jean-de-Luz (beaches, harbour, thalasso, casino, museums, art galleries, sailing, surfing, canoeing), 12km from Biarritz (beaches, casino), 30km from San Sebastian (shopping, casino).

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  • 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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  • Senlecques

    Senlecques

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    Ref: FNP126

    This semi-detached holiday home enjoys an enclosed courtyard to enjoy the evening sun. The Tuesday market at Desvres is worth a visit, or if you prefer, venture further afield to Boulogne-sur-Mer with its ancient ramparts and famous Nausicaa. Easily reached is Le Touquet for beaches, casino and shops, or just as accessible is the superb golf course at Lumbres. Whether it is walks along the beaches and cliff tops, village brocantes and the many festivals, you will always find something to do. Citi-Europe with its designer outlet shops makes a good day out, or even enjoy a day trip to Bruges. Shop and restaurant 6km, beach 29km.

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

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread spiral staircase to first floor. Sloping ceiling in bedroom.

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  • Auberge de Relais

    La Chapelle d’Andaine, Orne

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    Ref: F61141

    This delightful former coach house was once the ‘garage’ for the local notary of the pretty market town of La Chapelle d’Andaine. Now converted into comfortable and spacious accommodation, it is ideal to explore this picturesque and historic region of Normandy. The property features a pretty and mature garden area and is within easy walking access of local shops. La Chapelle is only a short drive from the famous spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. Built in the centre of a vast forest region, Bagnoles is both picturesque and cosmopolitan in atmosphere, offering its visitors a boating lake, casino, an impressive golf course and magical woodland walks. Nearby, the fortified hillside town of Domfront is another must-see for visitors to the area.

    Ground floor: Large living/dining room with open fire, corner kitchen and large windows to garden. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over bath shower

    • Large enclosed garden
    • Central heating
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Ample parking
    • Garden furniture.

    Location: La Chapelle d’Andaine (local facilities), 5km from Bagnoles de l’Orne (spa town, lake, restaurants, boutiques, casino, golf), 13km E of Domfront (château, old town, all facilities), 35km SE of Flers (lakeside château, large market town). A great stopover for Le Mans.

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  • Les Hautes

    Douriez, nr. Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais

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    Ref: F62135

    Les Hautes adjoins the English owners’ fermette and is tastefully decorated with high ceilings and beams throughout, and has a large garden with patio area. Within walking distance of the holiday property is a boulangerie and an award-winning restaurant specialising in traditional French dishes. Venture into the Somme, visit the battlefield memorials or spend a day at Amiens’ beautiful Gothic cathedral. Enjoy the colourful weekly markets at Hesdin and Montreuil-sur-Mer for fresh food, souvenirs or regional produce (smoked garlic being a favourite in the autumn). Ideal for the golf courses of the region, the owner can store your clubs and charge your cart’s battery if required.

    Ground floor: Step to living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors, beams and sloping ceilings. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Mezzanine with double bed, beams and sloping ceiling

    • Garden with three steps (alternative level access)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: No children under 12 years.

    Location: 300m from restaurant and bar, 8km from shops, 16km from Hesdin (swimming pool), 28km from Berck Plage and Merlimont (sandy beaches).

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