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France

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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  • Carpentras

    Carpentras

    Grade
    15
    7
    1
    2
    Ref: FPV433

    This detached, holiday property is a beautiful Provencal farmhouse located in the quiet countryside near Carpentras, with beautiful grounds and private outdoor swimming pool (55m², open May-Sep). This lovely property offers lots of privacy to guests, with table tennis, a large courtyard, pretty shaded terrace and a lush green garden with olive trees and lavender. Walk or cycle the largest of Vaucluse canals with a shaded route of 11km, where you will come across vines, cherry, apricot and olive trees, along with fields of wheat and vegetables. Less than 30km are Avignon, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, L’Isle sur-la-Sorgue, Luberon, and Lake Beaulieu in Monteux, which has supervised free swimming and canoeing. While Splashworld, the eco-friendly water park, offers a surf simulator and a giant 8 track slide. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 3 separate toilets, 7 bedrooms: 5 double, one double leading to one single, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central underfloor heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Open-tread turning stairs to first floor. Some internal steps. Step into shower. Roman steps in swimming pool. Steps in garden.

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  • Domaine de Bordeneuve

    Escales, Aude

    Grade
    15
    5
    0
    5
    Ref: F11129

    This impressive house is situated in a large domaine amidst vineyards and offers spacious, comfortable holiday accommodation. Set down a country lane on the edge of the village of Escales, there is an excellent restaurant just 500 metres away and for those travelling by air, Carcassonne airport is nearby. Reached by a tree-lined drive the house is well-equipped and prettily furnished in cool restful colours, and enjoys a private swimming pool, sunny terraces and large grounds. Sandy Mediterranean beaches are less than an hour away, the swimming lake at Jouarres is 10km and even closer is the famous Canal du Midi, just 5km away.

    Large living room with French windows. Small living room with two folding single beds. Large dining room with French windows. Large well-equipped kitchen with French windows. Study/library. Laundry. Bathroom with shower attachment. WC. First floor: Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom/WC with large circular bath, double basins, shower cubicle. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room. Double bedroom with sofa bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle, shower attachment, double basin. WC. Annexe with double sofa bed, en-suite bathroom/WC (exterior access via inner gravelled courtyard)

    • Large gardens with terrace
    • Large fenced grounds
    • Enclosed private swimming pool (76m²), Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • Two fridges
    • Freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French)
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Table tennis.

    Location: In the centre of vineyards, 5km from Canal du Midi, 7km NW of Lézignan Corbières (market, restaurants), 30km W of Narbonne (Roman town, museum), 30km E of Carcassonne (walled medieval city, shops, airport), 46km W of Gruissan Plage (beach resort, all facilities).

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  • Lanveoc

    Lanveoc

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    2
    Ref: FBF249

    This beautiful, contemporary, single-storey house is situated in the magnificent regional nature reserve of the Crozon Peninsular, in a very relaxing setting close to the coast. It has every comfort a holidaymaker could wish for. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and excellent for those who wish to enjoy sociable meals with family or friends. The lounge leads directly to a lovely terrace with garden furniture and to the covered swimming pool (32m²), which is heated all year and will come in handy in cooler weather. This area has a fascinating, rugged coastline with cliffs, lovely fine sandy beaches as well as little coves dotted around, where you can enjoy just relaxing in the sun and inhaling the sea air. Numerous paths and walks can be found on the peninsular, which are excellent for walkers who wish to look at the flora with its colourful moorland and heather. Shops 300m, restaurant 6km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), bathroom with separate shower and basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets with basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. External building: 3 double bedrooms, 1 bedroom with double sofa bed.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Maninghem, nr. Montreuil

    Maninghem, nr. Montreuil

    Grade
    16
    5
    1
    3
    Ref: W12463

    This comfortable property is a typical regional farmhouse with beams throughout and an open fireplace, making it ideal for all year round holidays. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large courtyard and garden to play in. There is also a games room with a pool table and football table. The walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer is nearby with its panoramic views from the ramparts, cobbled streets, restaurants and festivals. The sandy beaches and coastal resorts of the Côte d’Opale are 35 minutes away and make a great day out for all, with miles of sand to play on. Fish lovers will enjoy the markets at Boulogne or Étaples, or golfers can play one of the many excellent courses in the area. The market town of Hesdin has a superb Thursday market with local produce on offer. Visit St Omer, Agincourt, and Arras for history or venture to Bruges in Belgium. Ideal for walking or cycling holidays with superb routes nearby on quiet country roads. Families will enjoy the family amusement park of Bagatelle (seasonal). Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 1.5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, games room, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus 2 single beds, 1 double. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 twin, mezzanine with double sofa bed leading to 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in games room.

    Electric central heating, open fire in lounge/diner and woodburner in second lounge, colour TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Steep, narrow, open-tread stairs to mezzanine.

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  • St Clément Rancoudray

    St Clément Rancoudray

    Grade
    16
    7
    1
    6
    Ref: FNM410

    This 18th-century, stately holiday house is situated in a haven of greenery, only a few kilometres from Mortain, a lovely city renowned for its monuments such as the Collégiale and the Abbaye Blanche, as well as its stunning landscapes. You will particularly enjoy the beautiful 4000m² park with its ancient trees, outdoor lounge and barbecue, overlooking the valley of Mortain. There is a games room in the property. In Mortain and within the immediate vicinity, there is a lot to do; Bellefontaine Park, the village of Potters and the eco-museum of Ger, the Mills of the Valley of Sées, the Green Way of the Morainais, flea markets and antiques. It is also an ideal starting point for excursions to Mont Saint-Michel, the Channel Islands or the famous beaches around Granville. Shop and restaurant 4km

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, 3 bathrooms with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 bathrooms with separate shower and basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet with basin, separate toilet, 7 bedrooms: 5 double bedrooms, 2 plus single bed, 1 twin plus single bed, 1 single.

    Central heating, open fires, cot, highchair, 2 colour TVs (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in some bedrooms and bathrooms. Water feature in garden.

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  • La Grande Roche

    St. Clement Rancoudray, Manche

    Grade
    16
    5
    2
    4
    Ref: F50154

    Set in 200 acres of stunning woodland with panoramic views, La Grande Roche is named after the large rocks which provide a perfect backdrop to the two properties within its grounds. The private grounds provide a perfect place to explore the extensive woodland with a river and lake for private fishing (must be requested at time of booking, €70pw including licence). There is a large games room and a swimming pool with a terrace for relaxing with a glass of wine. La Grande Roche is located in a small hamlet only 3km from Mortain with its historic abbey. Vire, with its shops and market, is a 20-minute drive; further afield (one hour’s drive) are the Normandy beaches. For sandy beaches, both Granville and Carolles are within easy driving distance and offer a typical French seaside resort atmosphere. From Granville, boat trips to beautiful Mont St Michel can be taken. A trip not be missed is Bayeux - famous for its tapestry as well as many interesting shops and museums. A perfect holiday location.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Steps to large kitchen/dining room with Aga. Hallway. Living room. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite walk in shower room/WC and sauna. Twin bedroom. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom. Separate bathroom/WC. Second floor: Large beamed room double bed, six single beds and en-suite walk in shower room/WC

    • Private fishing lake
    • Garden
    • Shared 200 acres of private woodland
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m)
    • Private games room with snooker table
    • Wood-burning stove - fuel incl
    • Central heating €50pw (Oct-Mar)
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Ample parking
    • Barbecue
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers.

    Location: 3km E of Mortain (small town, all amenities), 24km S of Vire (large town, market), 55km E of Fougeres (sandy beaches).

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  • Maison Urval

    Urval

    Grade
    16
    8
    2
    5
    Ref: FAD328

    This prestigious holiday property is set in the heart of the Perigord Noir area, between Bergerac and Sarlat. The exceptional character of the property has been conserved, with vaulted ceilings and majestic Louis XIV fireplaces. Some of the bedrooms have ornate four poster beds and en-suite bathroom facilities. Guests can enjoy the view over the Dordogne Valley from the shaded patio area, or relax in the private heated pool. The property is surrounded by some beautiful villages including Monpazier, Beaumont, Cadouin, Belves, Beynac, la Roque Gageac and Domme. The Dordogne river is nearby for sports such as canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. Visitors can arrange a free trip with the owners to visit their fortified Castle of Commarque with its medieval fortified encampment, and the Troglodyte village.

    Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Sitting room with open fire and wooden floor. Dining room. Kitchen/dining room with open fire. Eight bedrooms: Five double, three twin. Four bathrooms/WC with bath and shower. Bathroom with bath and shower (no WC). Three separate WCs

    • Garden with steps
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor heated swimming pool (84m²) available Jun-Sep with drops and steps
    • Open fires
    • Two Satellite TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • H/chair
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • No smoking

    Location: 20km from Sarlat, 3km to shops and restaurants

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  • Roujan

    Roujan

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    5
    Ref: FLH124

    This old, winegrower’s property in the centre of the magnificent, small village of Roujan in the Hinterland, offers an ideal base for large families. This air-conditioned holiday home is comprised of two comfortable gites each having its own lounge and kitchen. Various outdoor areas are at the disposal of visitors; covered terrace with barbecue situated close to the swimming pool (53m², open mid-May to mid-Oct, fenced and alarmed), shaded terrace under the trees and partly covered interior courtyard. Parking is available alongside the property. The region is rich with numerous tourist attractions such as Pézenas with its Festival de Moliere in June, the Grottes des Demoiselles close to Ganges, St Guilhem, one of the most beautiful villages in France, as well as numerous vineyards where you can sample some of the wines of the region. For the children, there is the African reserve of Sigean or tree climbing in Béziers. Finally, in the surrounding area, there are various walks and trails to explore the beautiful area and vineyards. A lake can also be found 10km away. Shop 800m, restaurant 10m and beach 40km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge/diner, second kitchen/diner, 3 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 bathrooms with separate shower and double basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 8 bedrooms: 5 double, 3 twin.

    Central heating, cot, 2 highchairs, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Steps from terrace to patio. This property is split in to two gites and is over two levels.

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  • Capendu

    Capendu

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    2
    Ref: FLA150

    Nestled at the foot of Mount Alaric, this beautiful and charming mansion welcomes you into a pretty village typical of the Corbières region. The main street, called a ‘circulade’, follows the circular path of the ancient ramparts, and the steeple of the village church is a historical monument. The holiday house offers spacious rooms decorated in a distinctive style and boasts a large garden with a beautiful swimming pool (55m², open Apr-Oct), perfect for hot summer days. Carcassonne, the magnificent walled medieval city which lies close to the the circuit of Cathar castles, is 13km. The Lac de la Cavayère and its beach are also nearby. Shop and restaurant 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, 2 double bedrooms. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 double bedrooms. Second floor: Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Steps to shower. Steps in garden.

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  • Château de Birac

    Birac-sur-Trec, Lot-et-Garonne

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    6
    Ref: F47182

    Family owned for over 200 years, this château is a superb example of 13th-century architecture set in 2 hectares of gardens and woods. The château has been lavishly renovated and restored to provide impressive accommodation. Original features have been retained and all of the spacious rooms boast pale stone walls, gothic fireplaces, beams and leaded or stained glass windows with polished stone floors and woodwork throughout. Furnished to a very good standard, and with a mixture of modern and medieval works of art, this property conveniently offers contemporary kitchen and bathroom facilities. The lawns, formal gardens and ornamental garden are crossed by a small unfenced stream/pond and there is a shady terrace near the private swimming pool. The château benefits from the services of a maid and professional chef (menus available), arranged direct with the owner.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire and adjoining chapel. Sitting room with French window leading to steps to garden. Dining room. Kitchen with French window to terrace. Utility. Three bedrooms: One double with French window, one twin, both with shared en-suite shower room/WC with double basin, steps to one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Separate WC. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: Four bedrooms: One queen-size with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment, one double four poster and one twin with shared en-suite bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle, one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Steep narrow stairs to second floor: One queen-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Private lawned garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 2.5m) with Roman steps
    • Elec heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Video
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two t/cots
    • Two h/chairs
    • Parking
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from bar in village, 1km from restaurant, 4km from Gontraud (shop, bakery), 10km from Marmande (supermarket, open market, tennis, all facilities), 66km from Bergerac (airport, river cruises, open market), 100km from Bordeaux (museums, international boutiques, casino, airport).

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  • Villa La Roque d’Anthéron

    La Roque d’Anthéron, Bouches-du-Rhône

    Grade
    17
    9
    0
    4
    Ref: T13062

    A beautifully renovated Provençal ’mas’ with extensive views across the Durance Valley towards the Luberon hills. This lovely holiday cottage is divided into two halves, so is ideal for two families or a large group on holiday together. The 25 hectares of grounds descend in terraces from the house and pool area, with fruit trees, vines and woodland. It is a magnificent setting and the good quality of the interior makes it a truly special property. The good-sized private pool is a converted former ’bassin’ set in the terraced grounds just below the house (families with children: please note also that there is a smaller stone water ’bassin’, above ground next to the West Wing which is about 1.5m deep). Both are of a very good standard with some lovely tiled floors, and French windows giving onto the large patio which fronts the house. The discreet caretaker lives in an independent cottage in the grounds. The lovely villages of the Luberon and beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence close by.

    East Wing: Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire and French windows to terrace. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with bidet (no WC). Shower room with double basins (no WC). Two separate WCs. West Wing: Ground floor: Living/dining room with French windows. Kitchen. Study with open fire. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with double basins. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom/WC with double basins

    • 25 hectares of grounds
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8 - 1.6m) non-chloride
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • NB: There is a steep unguarded drop from the terrace and that a canal passes at the far side of the grounds, about 150m from the house. Max. occupancy is 17 (including 2 babies).

    Location: 2km E of La Roque d’Anthéron (simple shopping, restaurant), 28km NW of Aix-en-Provence (all facilities), 45km from Marseille (airport).

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  • St Paul

    St Michel de Chavaignes, Sarthe

    Grade
    17
    8
    0
    5
    Ref: F72109

    This elegant château, built in the Directoire style stands in extensive landscaped grounds with a beautiful lake, clay tennis court and king-sized swimming pool. The spacious interior includes marble fireplaces, polished wood floors and a living room with two pianos! The large windows offer delightful views of the parkland grounds and the rolling Sarthe countryside beyond. Gourmet restaurants abound in the area, and nearby Bouloire boasts a master chocolatier as well as a 15th-century chateau. Children will enjoy the zoo at Pescheray, and Papea City with its Wild West village and mine train. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Historic Le Mans has a thriving shopping centre, superb cathedral and Automobile museum. The medieval streets, a hotch-potch of intricate Renaissance stonework, medieval half-timbering, sculpted pillars and beams and grand classical facades, are still encircled by the original 3rd and 4th century Gallo-Roman walls. The attractions of the Loire Valley is less than an hours drive.

    Steps to entrance (no handrail). Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open fireplace and piano. Second living room with French windows to garden and pool. Dining room with small kitchen area, dumb waiter to main kitchen. Narrow spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Kitchen with utility room and steps to outside. Spiral staircase from entrance hall to first floor. Five bedrooms: Double with en-suite shower. Bedroom with 4 single beds and en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. Double with en-suite shower over half bath/WC. Single with basin. Double with en-suite bathroom, over bath shower and double basin. Spiral staircase to second floor: 3 twin bedrooms with beamed ceilings, each with basin. Bathroom with over bath shower, bidet. Separate WC on each floor

    • Large grounds
    • Clay tennis court
    • Lake
    • Large fenced swimming pool (25 x 10m, depth 0.3m to 3m)
    • Telephone (payable)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • Home cooked meals, cleaning and laundry service avail
    • NB: There are steep, spiral stairs with a low bannister. There is an unfenced pond close to the property.

    Location: 1km NW of St Michel de Chavaignes, 5km SE of Conneré, 23km E of Le Mans, 70km N of Tours, 140km SW of Paris.

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