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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
    5
    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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  • 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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  • Maison La-Fontaine-Saint Martin

    La-Fontaine-Saint-Martin

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    5
    Ref: FVS020

    Forming part of this very beautiful, 19th-century castle is this stunningly presented apartment, set on the edge of town in a huge wooded park with the owner living on site. To the rear are beautiful views over the lake where swans glide, and where you can also fish for carp and pike. This breathtaking and exceptional property is spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Each room has its own bathroom. The property is close to Malicorne where you can visit the factories of the Faïencerie d’Art, and at La Flèche, 15km, you can visit the zoo, the leisure centre, beach, paddle boats, aquatic centre and sailing club. Visit Le Mans, 30km, with its old city and its exciting historic centre, shopping and museums. For a day trip, discover the castles of the Loire and taste the wines of region. Angers and Saumur, with its famous horse show (the Cadre Noir) await you. Sports lovers will appreciate the golf courses, hiking trails and bike rides. In August, a Baroque music festival takes place in Sable-sur-Sarthe, 30km, and a medieval festival in Parcé, 20km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Turning stairs to first floor: Three double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/WC. Two single bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Large shared garden with lake (take care with children)
    • Central heating
    • Shared w/machine
    • Shared t/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from restaurant, 5km from shops, 15km from La Flèche (zoo, beach, aquatic centre), 60km from Angers (airport)

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  • Montélimar

    Montélimar

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    1
    Ref: FPD180

    At the edge of the Drôme Provençale, this large character holiday house is an ideal holiday property to enjoy the beautiful Provence sunshine. It is situated in a lovely wooded park and is equipped with an inviting outdoor swimming pool (open May-Oct), a large terrace, BBQ and a solarium. The interior is cosy and stylish in a neo-Provencal style. Close to the city of Montélimar, which is dominated by the 12th-century medieval castle, and where you can stroll on the streets, sit in the restaurants, or enjoy a visit to one of the nougat shops in the shade of plane trees. Discover the authentic perched villages overlooking the fragrant fields of lavender, vineyards and olive groves. To the east, Grignan is worth visiting, as well as the magnificent gorges of the Ardèche and its magical caves such as Chauvet and Madeleine. Shop and restaurant 1.5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet). 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single, 1 bunk.

    Central heating, woodburner in dining room, satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, carport for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Saint-André-De-Sangonis

    Saint-André-De-Sangonis

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FLH196

    This semi-detached rental holiday home is in Saint-André-de-Sangonis located in the heart of the Hérault hinterland, with a private outdoor plunge pool (8m², open from beg Jul-end Aug), there are many activities both sporting and cultural, such as a day spent at the Lake of Salagou located 15km through to a tour of Mourèze. Relax and sunbathe on the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean located less than 50km. Take time to visit Villeneuve Maguelone, Sète, Frontignan or Palavas. Do not miss Pézenas with summer and night markets with local producers, and taste local products and excellent wines from the many wineries in the region and treat yourself to a shopping spree in Montpellier located 35km. Have a coffee on the Place de la Comédie and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this beautiful city! This lovely holiday house ensures a successful stay in Herault. Shop 800m, restaurant 300m.

    Lounge. Kitchen/diner. Bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet). Shower room with toilet and basin. Separate toilet. 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 singles.

    Electric heating. Cot. Highchair. Wi-Fi. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Microwave. Terrace. Outdoor furniture. On road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: 2 steps from terrace.

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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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  • Montboucher-sur-Jabron

    Montboucher-sur-Jabron

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: FPD181

    This detached, air-conditioned, holiday villa with gated driveway, has sole use of an outdoor swimming pool (72m², open Jun-Sep). Situated in well maintained grounds, it has a covered terrace with an additional outdoor kitchen, with plenty of furniture for dining al fresco, enjoying a barbecue and a glass of your favourite beverage. The interior is brightly coloured and furnished and has an open fire for the cooler months. Located in a village setting in the south east corner of France in the Drôme region. Montélimar, 5km has many attractions including 8 museums including a nougat museum, where you can learn how to make it, an aviation museum and the Chateau des Adhemar where, in addition to its history, hosts pieces of art in various galleries. Also in Montélimar are shops, restaurants, many activities and nightlife. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    Lounge, second lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath, shower, bidet and basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 single.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Some bedrooms with sloping ceilings. Steps to entrance. Steps down to pool.

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  • Vetheuil

    Vetheuil

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: W13868

    This delightful former watermill is situated on the edge of the lovely village of Vetheuil, a village loved by Claude Monet from 1878 until 1881, where he painted over 150 of his works, including the church which can be seen from the bedroom windows. Just 10 minutes away from Giverny, this lovely holiday home with five bedrooms enjoys its own large private garden, with huge terrace, and a stream that runs through the garden. It forms the wing of the discreet owner’s mill (the owner may occasionally stay overnight in his apartment after greeting guests). Follow in the foot steps of Claude Monet, wander through the narrow roads, enjoy the cafés or walk along the Seine or catch the train into Paris and enjoy the sights and sounds of France’s capital. Paris is just an hour by car and the Château de Versailles is a 45-minute drive. Supermarket 8km. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 300m.

    Lower ground floor: Utility room. Ground floor: Dining room, kitchen, separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with toilet and basin, 1 single. Second staircase to TV room. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet), 1 twin with en-suite shower, toilet and basin, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, open fire in dining room, cot, highchair, colour TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared, enclosed shared garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: There is a stream in the garden. There are spiral staircases. Maximum sleeps 8.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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