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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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  • 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 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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  • La Grande Poulinière

    La Trinité, nr. Villedieu-les-Poêles, Manche

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: F50232

    This charming detached holiday cottage is situated on the edge of a small hamlet, with lovely views over the countryside which can be enjoyed from the large garden or the spacious sunny conservatory. Well furnished throughout, it retains much of its original character. Nearby Villedieu-les-Poêles provides all amenities, a lively weekly market and a bell foundry. The beautiful beaches of Granville are a short drive with seafood restaurants, casino and ferry to the Channel Islands. Visit Le Mont St. Michel (40 minutes), the seaside town of Dinard or the exquisite towns of Deauville and Honfleur. In May enjoy the Coutances Jazz Festival or the modern music festival in St. Laurent-de-Cuves. Zoo and go-karting, 15 minutes.

    Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Conservatory. Shower/WC. Open-tread turning stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower/WC. Second staircase: Double bedroom. Single bedroom

    • Garden, unprotected well
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Two TVs (DVD use)
    • Three DVDs (library)
    • CD/iPod dock
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2.5km from Chérencé-le-Héron (bar, restaurant), 7km S of Villedieu-les-Poêles (all amenities), 30km E of Granville (coastal town), 40km SE of Coutances (cathedral, gardens).

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  • La Coccinelle

    Sète, Hérault

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: F34148

    Peacefully located 800m from endless miles of golden sandy beaches this delightful Provencal style detached holiday villa has a swimming pool and enjoys beautiful sea views. The authentic resort of Sète is popular and busy with tourists all year. It has a distinctive character, full of atmosphere, light and fragrance. Sète is the largest port of the Mediterranean coast, with almost 7 miles of fine sand. Close to Montpellier, the sun drenched capital of Languedoc, other delightful seaside resorts include Palavas and Cap D’Agde, the arts and crafts village of Pézenas and the wine capital of Béziers; the property provides an excellent touring base, if lazing around the pool or on the beaches is not the order of the day. Day excursions could include a trip to the Roman town of Nîmes or exploring the stunning flora and fauna, surrounded by bulls in the Camargue.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio door to terrace. Dining room/kitchen with French doors leading to veranda. Conservatory. Utility. Five bedrooms: one queen-size with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower over-bath, two double, one with access to single bedroom, one single. Bathroom with shower over-bath (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed terrace with pond (take care with children)
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (22m², depth 1.45m)
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 800m from beaches, 1.2km from Sète (most facilities), 30km SW of Montpellier (all facilities), 50km E of Béziers (wine capital).

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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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  • Taden

    Taden

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: W11541

    This delightful 18th century stone family cottage has been fully restored, tastefully decorated and equipped to a good standard to offer a spacious and welcoming holiday home. It is on the edge of Taden village, overlooking the Rance Valley within 1.25 miles (2km) of Dinan, a medieval town with the most outstanding architectural heritage in Brittany. The wonderful mansion and garden of painter Yvonne Jean-Haffen and the pavement cafés of Dinan Port are 0.75 mile (1km) and an easy drive away (12.5 miles, 20km) is the Emerald Coast. The attached annexe is occasionally used by the owner’s family. Shop and café/bar 1 mile (1.5km), restaurant 0.75 miles (1km), beach 12.5 miles (20km).

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with 2 basins, shower room with toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 single.

    Electric central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, video, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 4 steps between car parking and terrace at front of house.

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  • St. Laurent De La Mer

    St. Laurent De La Mer

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FBC459

    This very pretty holiday home has been furnished to a very good standard, complete with contemporary and antique furniture to create an ideal home away from home holiday. The lounge is pleasant and spacious with a beautiful American style kitchen which opens onto a terrace equipped with a comfortable seating area, dining area in the shade, ornamental pond with a waterfall and small tended garden. It’s an ideal place for a family holiday with a small sandy beach just 450m away. Take a walk along the beach at Rosaires and don’t forget Saint-Brieuc with its old quarters and pretty cobbled streets, and while in Saint-Brieuc you must visit Pointe de la Béchue as it offers spectacular views of both beaches Tournemine and Les Rosaires. Stroll around Saint-Brieuc exploring the different sites the town has to offer like Place Du Chai and Place au Lin. Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 450m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 single.

    Electric central heating, cot, highchair, 2 colour TVs, DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceilings in some rooms. Pond in garden.

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  • Mont Dol, nr. Dol de Bretagne

    Mont Dol, nr. Dol de Bretagne

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: W15056

    In a quiet hamlet between the heritage town of Dol and the picturesque stretch of coast linking Cancale in northern Brittany to Mont St Michel and the popular Normandy resort of Granville, this is a spacious and stylish, detached, traditional French property. The harmonious blend of old and modern décor and furnishings add to this holiday property’s character and charm. The garden is attractive, extensive and well-established. Guests are well-placed to explore both Normandy and Brittany from here; don’t miss the attractive and unusual village of Mont Dol, and enjoy the views from its hilltop vantage points. Local cider, seafood and crêpes are not to be missed, and for those who like an energetic holiday, there are many opportunities to try various sports, including the locally available sand yachting. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2.5km, beach 7km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, second lounge/diner, kitchen, utility, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and bidet (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 single (for children).

    Central heating, open fire in lounge, open fire in lounge/diner, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed garden, garden furniture, barbecue, table tennis, table football, off road parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

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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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  • 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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  • Le Manoir de la Vallée

    Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: F14186

    Tucked away in a sleepy hamlet, the imposing façade of Le Manoir de la Vallée can come as a surprise to passers by. Beautifully restored by its owners, Le Manoir retains its original turret staircase and has been furnished in a traditional and elegant style. Sitting in private landscaped grounds with gardens at both front and rear, guests can take advantage of the sunshine at any time of the day. Nearby is the town of Isigny-sur-Mer, famous throughout France for its dairy produce. Located within driving distance of the historic D-Day beaches and the cathedral towns of Bayeux and Caen, the beautiful cosmopolitan seaside resort of Deauville and the harbour town of Honfleur. A perfect holiday base.

    Ground floor: Large beamed living room with open fire, rugs on tiled floor and door to patio. Large well-equipped traditional kitchen/dining room with beams and tiled floor. Sitting room with wood burning stove, beams, rugs on tiled floor and doors to patio. Utility room/WC. Spiral stone staircase (no handrail) to first floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Two twin bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle. Stairs leading to single bedroom (alternative sleeps only) with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room/WC. All bedrooms with beamed ceilings

    • Large enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Central heating
    • Open fire and wood burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 4km S of Isigny-sur-Mer (all facilities, restaurants, dairy produce factory), 16km SE of Grandcamp-Maisy (cliffs with beautiful coastline), 24km SE of Omaha beach (sandy beaches, D-Day war museum, restaurants).

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