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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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  • Mur de Bretagne

    Mur de Bretagne

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    Ref: FBC609

    At the bottom of a small courtyard, this charming little holiday apartment awaits you and can easily be accessed by descending some steps. It has been completely renovated and is tastefully furnished. A barbecue is available under the carport. Lake Guerlédan is only 2km away, and you can enjoy its beaches and many water activities. Many walks are nearby where you can admire the beauty of the landscapes, and discover several charming cities such as Pontivy, the imposing castle of Rohan or the Forest of Brocéliande with its tales and legends. Shop 500m, restaurant 100m.

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

    Electric heating, outdoor furniture, barbecue, carport for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Property accessed via steps.

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  • Moussidière, nr. Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Moussidière, nr. Sarlat-la-Canéda

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    Ref: W15209

    This ground floor holiday apartment, situated within the owner’s home, has a private entrance and terrace and is set in an attractive lawned garden. In an elevated position, the property is high above the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda with its quaint cobbled streets, twice weekly market, cultural festivals and many boutiques and restaurants. The famous tourist sights of the area, including Domme, a Bastide town, and La Roque-Gageac, a historic village on the banks of the Dordogne, are within a very short drive. Visit Montignac, a riverside market town, with its canoe hire and Lascaux II cave paintings. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

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

    Central heating, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Pond in garden.

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  • Maligne, nr. Martigné Briand

    Maligne, nr. Martigné Briand

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    Ref: W15179

    Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, these two holiday homes (ref: W15179 a detached, converted barn and W14617 a semi detached holiday cottage) are set on the edge of a hamlet, and within walking distance of Martigné-Briand. Surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful location, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open mid June to mid September, the local wine and views. This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 800m.Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, these two holiday homes (ref: W15179 a detached, converted barn and W14617 a semi detached holiday cottage) are set on the edge of a hamlet, and within walking distance of Martigné-Briand.

    Surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful location, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open mid June to mid September, the local wine and views.

    This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 800m.

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

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden. Steep, open-tread stairs to mezzanine. Beams throughout, sloping ceiling in bedroom.

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  • Vaudreville

    Vaudreville

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    Ref: FNM420

    This former farm’s bakery is now a lovely and comfortable holiday house, and enjoys a private south-facing garden, ideal for sunbathing. Situated only 5km from the sandy beach of Quinéville, this is an ideal touring base to explore the region either by horse riding or hiking. Discover Normandy’s history by visiting Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église, only 15km. Make sure to visit Cherbourg, 35km, with its port where the marines landed in June 1944 or the maritime museum of Cité de la Mer. Shop and restaurant 5km, beach 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. Mezzanine: Double bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep paddle stairs to mezzanine. Sloping ceiling on mezzanine. Unfenced pond next to property.

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  • Chez Irwin

    St. Quentin-la-Poteirie, Gard

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    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).

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  • Romarin

    Le Barroux, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84316

    Enjoying panoramic views over the village of Le Barroux and the majestic Mont Ventoux from its hillside perch, this modern, single-storey property is ideal for couples seeking a tranquil holiday, or those who love cycling. The comfortable, well-equipped interior captures the sun in all seasons through large picture windows, as does the private terrace (ideal for al fresco dining). Romarin lies on the edge of Le Barroux, a picturesque 11th-century village hugging the hillside, midway between Carpentras and Vaison-la-Romaine. The famous ‘Route de Vins’ and many attractive villages are within easy reach. Fly also via Marseille or Avignon.

    Open-plan living/dining area with corner kitchen and patio doors, separated by large door from sleeping area with twin beds. Shower/WC

    • Garden, unprotected drops
    • 2-acre hillside grounds, unprotected drops
    • Terrace
    • Shared use of owner’s swimming pool (12m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 2.2m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for children under 5 except babies in arms.

    Location: 0.5km from Le Barroux (shop, restaurants), 4km from Caromb (fortified village), 12km from Carpentras (ancient city, market), 17km from Vaison-la-Romaine (riverside Roman city), 35km from Châteauneuf-du-Pape (medieval wine village).

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  • Bourg-Saint-Andéol

    Bourg-Saint-Andéol

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    Ref: FRA042

    This independent ground floor apartment, located in the left wing of the owners’ property, opens onto a large, closed and romantic courtyard. It has two charming terraces with barbecue and shared outdoor swimming pool (25m², open mid May- mid Oct). The interior is spacious and bright with arched ceilings. Centrally located, Bourg-Saint-Andéol has three departments: the Vaucluse with the Côtes du Rhône wine road, Drôme that enjoys great prestige for its food, mountain villages and local products, and the Gard, famous for its mountain streams, Cascades du Sautadet and the magnificent Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. As well as the historic town of Pont-Saint-Esprit, 15km, the apartment is located very close to the magnificent gorges of Ardeche with the gorgeous Pont d’Arc and its many caves. Shop and restaurant 200m.

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

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, shared barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: 4 steps to pool terrace.

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  • Beaucaire

    Beaucaire

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: FLG139

    This lovely holiday studio is very comfortable and located in an ancient building in the centre of Beaucaire, making it an ideal touring base. It is close to the pretty river harbour, shops and restaurants. In the centre of Beaucaire, there are often many local events, especially in July and August, for example the Camargue Races. Places to visit in the surrounding area include the Abbey of Saint Roman, Le Mas des Tourelles and Le Vieux Mas. Tarascon, Les Baux, Arles, Nimes, Avignon, the Gard Bridge, Roussillon, Gord or Isle-sur-la-Sorge are also close by. Shop 1.5km and restaurant 300m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/double bedroom area/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Chez Viviane

    Montagnac-la-Crempse, Dordogne

    Grade
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    Ref: F24559

    This charming, stone holiday cottage is situated in the courtyard of the discreet and friendly owners’ beautifully restored home (also a B&B). The cottage faces the main courtyard and a very pretty, ancient, rose-covered well. The property is ideal for couples seeking simple accommodation and features the shared use of the owners’ outdoor swimming pool and attractive gardens. This sleepy hamlet is an ideal place to return to after a day’s sightseeing in nearby Bergerac or exploring the vineyards. All the attractions of the Dordogne are within easy driving distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • Shared 2-hectare grounds
    • Shared swimming pool (13m x 6m, depth 1.4m)
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Shared garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Shared barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km S of Villambard (shops, restaurants, cafés, bank, post office, tennis, horse riding), 23km N of Bergerac (market town, airport, all facilities), 34km S of Périgueux (capital of Dordogne, cathedral, Wednesday market, all facilities), 72km W of Sarlat (historic picturesque town, Wednesday market, all facilities).

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  • Grau d’Agde

    Grau d’Agde

    Grade
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    Ref: W14782

    Located only 250m from endless miles of fine golden sandy beaches, this pleasant holiday apartment has been well-equipped and tastefully furnished. Grau d’Agde is a family resort whose neighbouring resort of Cap d’Agde (8km) is one of the most popular along the Mediterranean coastline. Visit the historical, sun-drenched towns of Béziers, the wine capital of Languedoc (25km), Narbonne, a very pleasant town to wander around in the shade of its plane trees (53km), Carcassonne, one of the world famous medieval cities and Montpellier, recently voted the nicest town in France (63km). Grau d’Agde is only 15km from Béziers-Cap d’Agde airport (easy reach from airport with a shuttle bus - direct flights from Bristol, Luton, Manchester and Southampton). Shops, café/bar and restaurant 0.2km, beach 0.25km.

    Second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with double basin, separate toilet, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave (no oven), freezer. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Moulin de Molac

    Le Cours, Morbihan

    Grade
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    Ref: F56208

    Not far from the coast, nestled in the valley of Arz amid the wooded hills of Landes de Lanvaux, this charming cottage forms part of a beautiful old watermill. Perfectly restored, it offers cosy accommodation, alongside some bed and breakfast rooms. Outside is a dining terrace surrounded by a tiny flowery garden, a branch of the river and a large meadow. From here, the pretty village of Elven is a short drive, with restaurants, cafés and bars, as is the town of Questembert with a beautiful, half-timbered marketplace. The Gulf of Morbihan is just a 20 minute drive, where the pretty main islands offer absolute tranquillity with no traffic. There are many sandy beaches to explore, including Damgan, while the medieval city of Vannes is a great day out.

    Ground floor: Large living/dining room with corner kitchen. First floor: Large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with double basin. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds
    • Electric convector heaters
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • Shared swing
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

    Location: 1km S of Le Cours village, 9km E of Elven (restaurants, cafés, supermarket), 22km NE of Vannes (city, shops, restaurants).

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

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    Ref: FCA240

    This attractive, air-conditioned, apartment, simple yet comfortably furnished, is situated in the centre of Cannes and is ideal for a holiday without a car or for business trips. Situated just 10m from shops and restaurants, guests have everything they need just a couple of seconds walk away. Enjoy a tour around the famous Palais des Festivals, where the annual Cannes film festival is held, take a boat ride to the Iles de Lerins, home to Fort Royal and covered by eucalyptus and pine forests or simply wonder around the town centre and visit the many shops and amusements there. Shop and restaurant 10m, beach 200m

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

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden. Sorry, no pets.

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