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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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  • Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

    Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

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    Ref: W14789

    These 2 traditional stone-built holiday cottages, close to the owner’s home, look out onto the same yard, but each has a private terraced area for peaceful evening barbecues in this rural hamlet. The cottages are cosy and cheerful; one is detached and coloured in shades of blue (ref W14790), and one is semi-detached and coloured in shades of green (ref W14789). There are original beams and a woodburner in the open-plan living areas. You can enjoy uninterrupted strolls in the local countryside, with hills and picturesque riverside footpaths. There is a historic château locally, as well as the attractive market town of Châteauneuf-du-Faou (10km). The regional capital of Quimper, with its imposing cathedral, is nearby, and the coast is within easy reach to both south and west; with the popular Bénodet, Concarneau and Fouesnant for family fun on the beach, or the wilder and more remote Crozon Peninsula. Fishing can be found 3km away. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km, beach 45km.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km, beach 45km.

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

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, DVD player, wi-fi, shared washing machine, microwave, fridge, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

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  • Wirwignes

    Wirwignes

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    Ref: W14074

    This first floor apartment next to the owners’ property provides good holiday accommodation for a couple. Within 500m of the Forest of Desvres, with great walks to explore and see the local wildlife, and just 12km from the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. This property is well located for a quiet holiday. Within walking distance of a restaurant and bar or take the car and enjoy the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale. The pottery and market town of Desvres with its Tuesday market makes a great trip out. An easy drive will take you to historic St. Omer or the city of Montreuil-sur-Mer with its ramparts and cobbled streets. Shop 6km, café/bar and restaurant 500m, beach 18km.

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

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, radio/CD player, wi-fi, freezer, microwave, balcony, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open tread staircase to the property.

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  • Maison de Lilli

    Barenton, Manche

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    Ref: F50200

    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 room with woodburner/dining room with beams and steps down to kitchen with French window to patio. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Open tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wooden floor and beams

    • Enclosed private garden
    • Patio
    • Central heating
    • Wood-burning stove.

    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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  • 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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  • Rocquecor, nr. Tournon d’Agenais

    Rocquecor, nr. Tournon d’Agenais

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    Ref: W14357

    Ideal for a couple, this detached, converted windmill enjoys extensive views across fields to distant hills. Offering a somewhat unique self-catering holiday experience, the windmill is stone built, has narrow open tread stairs and, due to its size (3m in diameter), is sparsely yet adequately furnished with one room on each floor. Set in an elevated position with a large garden, only 2km from the attractive village of Rocquecor which has a local shop, bar and restaurant, and 12km from Tournon d’Agenais. Within a short drive is the Château of Bonaguil, the attractive Bastide villages of Monflanquin and Pujols and the Bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

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

    Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Narrow, spiral, open tread staircase to first and second floors.

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  • Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

    Le Touquet-Paris-Plage

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    Ref: FNP138

    Ideally located in a quiet residential area of this famous resort, within easy walking distance of the sandy beach and amenities, this lovely studio apartment is less than an hour from the northern ports. The discreet owner lives next door. Tastefully decorated with a well-appointed kitchen and bright bedroom/lounge, this property is within easy walking distance of Le Touquet, and is ideally placed for a round of golf on the magnificent course. Wander along the vast beaches, visit the rampart town of Montreuil-sur-Mer, the market town of Hesdin or venture down the coast to Saint-Valery with its steam train and seal colony. Enjoy shopping and gastronomic restaurants or walk through the forest on the dunes to the enormous sandy beach. Shop 250m, restaurant and beach 300m.

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

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

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  • Jasmin

    Ginestas, Aude

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    Ref: F11111

    Just half an hour from the coast, this cosy apartment is situated on the edge of the pretty village of Ginestas, surrounded by vineyards of the Minervois Region. Set in the owner’s attractive garden, provides simple, open-plan accommodation with a mezzanine bedroom overlooking the living room, and a private dining terrace outside, as well as use of the owner’s swimming pool in the mornings. Good walking locally and boat trips on the Canal du Midi, just a few minutes away. Nearby, the ancient Cathar citadel of Minerve and the fortified city of Carcassonne transport visitors back in time, while the sandy beaches offer relaxation, with sea fishing and sailing at Gruissan.

    Living/dining area with corner kitchen. Narrow open-tread stairs to first floor: Double mezzanine bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Shared garden
    • Terrace
    • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.5-1.7m)
    • Jacuzzi bath
    • Heating
    • Air conditioning
    • M/wave
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV (French channels)
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 20km NW of Narbonne (Gruissan and Narbonne beaches), 45km E of Carcassonne, 62km N of Perpignan, 100km SE of Montpellier.

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  • Rognonas

    Rognonas

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    Ref: FPB228

    Located on the outskirts of Avignon, this property, with its own private terrace, is ideal for a great holiday under the Provençal sun. The owners coveniently live close by. Apart from the centre of Rognonas, which can be reached on foot, you should also visit Avignon and Nîmes. A trip to the Camargue, with its magnificent natural landscapes and beautiful beaches is a must. Many opportunities for hiking await, while golf enthusiasts have access to a golf course within 20 minutes. Shop 200m, restaurant 400m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom.

    Washing machine, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Low ceilings in some rooms.

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  • Les Musses

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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    Ref: F17200

    Less than 20 minutes’ drive from the coast, and the resort of Royan, this simple house enjoys a rural position surrounded by cornfields. It is on a site with F17232 and the owners property, sharing the well-kept gardens full of flowers, and offers an open plan living room with patio doors on to a private dining terrace. This is an ideal base to discover the treasures of the Charente-Maritime. Marennes, with its oyster beds and salt marshes, is a short drive away, leading to Ile d’Oléron. There are miles of sandy beaches backed by the forest of la Coubre, stretching to La Palmyre and its zoo, while inland is Saintes with its old abbey.

    Open plan living/dining room with clic-clac (double sofa simple bed). Sliding bay windows opening on to terrace with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Large enclosed shared lawned gardens
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Car parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km N of Saujon (shops, cafés, restaurants, market, pool), 15km NE of Royan (casino, ferry to Médoc), 10km from Cadeuil (bird watching, lake, fishing), 25km from Saint Palais (riding, golf, beaches), 28km W of Saintes (Charente River, abbey).

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  • Harmony

    St. Raphaël, Var

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    Ref: F83158

    Just across the road from a sandy beach, close to local shops and bars, this attractive first floor apartment is perfectly situated to enjoy all the attractions of the lively resort of St. Raphaël, with its colourful pavement cafés and shady squares. Set in a modern building, it is attractively furnished with a touch of Oriental style, and enjoys a balcony overlooking the shared swimming pool, with a glimpse of the sea to one side. St. Raphaël has sandy beaches, palm trees, a buzzing nightlife and bustling evening markets along the promenade, as well as a waterworld. Nearby is St. Tropez, with beaches and pretty harbour lined with artists, while Cannes has designer boutiques and magnificent summer firework displays.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with doors to balcony. Kitchen with double hob (no conventional oven). Kingsize bedroom. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

    • Shared enclosed gardens with colourful rockeries
    • Shared swimming pool (13m x 6.5m, depth 1m to 3m), open mid-May to mid-Sept
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Parking within enclosed grounds
    • Balcony table and chairs.

    Location: 3km E of St. Raphaël (nightlife, boutiques, bars, safari park), 38km E of St. Tropez (beaches, boutiques, nightlife), 38km W of Cannes (all-year-round festivals, la Croisette).

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  • Antibes

    Antibes

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    Ref: FCA100

    Antibes, the historic town and famous tourist resort on the French Riviera, has a lovely sand and pebble beach, where relaxing or water sports can be enjoyed. These air conditioned holiday apartments are set on a complex, located just 900m from Port Vauban, with its Mediterranean courtyards and flagstone streets. All the apartments are air conditioned and equipped with a balcony and elegant garden furniture. The reception is open around the clock from May to September and the hospitable staff can communicate in three languages. A shared swimming pool is located in the garden with a children’s pool, and another one on the roof with sunny terrace and panoramic views of the sea and the old town. Shop 200m, restaurant 375m and beach 900m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, twin beds in lounge.

    Satellite TV, wi-fi, dishwasher, balcony, shared grounds, outdoor furniture. Underground car park. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • La Vigne

    Orgeval, nr. Laon, Aisne

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    Ref: F02131

    This detached holiday property, next to the owner’s home, stands in a quiet village in southern Picardy, between Reims and Laon, and is easily reached from Calais. Nearby is Ailette lake, with its beach, sailing and golf facilities. Visit the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and panoramic views, or spend time at the Chemin des Dames, with its history of the First World War. Center Parcs is nearby and day passes can be arranged via the Ainse Tourist Board (subject to availability). The champagne capital of France, Reims, is easily reached by motorway, as is Paris for a day sightseeing.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Steep open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and double basin. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout

    • Shared lawned garden with 4 steps
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Glass-fronted fire
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Orgeval (village, passing baker), 5km from Bruyères (basic shop), 7km N of Lac d’Ailette (Center Parcs, sailing, golf), 12km SE of Laon (medieval town, all facilities, swimming pool), 15km N of Chemin des Dames (1st WW memorials), 60km N of Reims (champagne vineyards, cathedral), 150km NE of Paris.

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