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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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  • La Balme

    Peyrilles, Lot

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: F46163

    This charming detached Lotoise barn has been skilfully renovated, combining original features with the comforts and amenities of modern day life, to provide a characterful holiday villa. Set in an elevated position and surrounded by natural, unspoilt countryside, with a swimming pool and independent garden area, guests also have access to extensive grounds consisting of 20 acres of woodland and meadow (with walkways), abundant in wildlife. The owners live on site, and this is an ideal holiday location for activities such as bird/deer watching, walking or simply relaxing in the beautiful scenery. It is well-situated between the Lot and Dordogne rivers, with easy access to the many sites and places of interest the region has to offer, including sampling the rich Cahors wines from local vineyards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with glass-fronted fire, beams and French windows to covered terrace. Fully-fitted kitchen with tiled floor and French window to garden. Utility room. Queensize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Shower room/WC. Open-tread turning stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: one queensize with French window, one twin with French window, one bunk

    • Lawned garden
    • Covered terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.3m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from restaurant, 3km from Concores (shops), 11km S of Gourdon (medieval market town, all facilities), 18km N of Cahors.

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  • Vailhan

    Vailhan

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: FLH030

    Overlooked by the ruins of the château of Castellas, the village of Vailhan is an adorable peaceful hamlet. Nestled on a hillside, this cosy village house with exposed stonework is very large and well equipped, and benefits from a tasteful and original décor. From the upstairs terrace there are superb views. In the large garden a lovely outdoor swimming pool, hidden from view due to the high stone wall, will be a refreshing place after a long day out exploring. There is plenty to do in the area including walks along the sign posted paths, mountain biking at the Olivettes site where there is amazing flora and fauna to discover. Or you can go swimming in the lake or take a picnic to its shaded landscaped shores. If you prefer city life, the lively medieval town of Pézenas is close by. Béziers is 29km and Agde is 37km. There are 8 private parking spaces in the street in front of the house. The swimming pool has 3 different depths (0.5m, 1m and 1.3m). The property has a pool house with a shower, toilet and basin. There are fishing opportunities and a lake 500m. Shop 7km, restaurant 200m and beach 40km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 4 double bedrooms, 1 with en-suite toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to terrace. Steep stairs to first floor. Steps to garden.

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  • Lanzac

    Lanzac

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FML055

    The Domaine de Lanzac is located in a 10-hectare park, offering beautiful holiday properties built in the architectural style in the Dordogne region (refs: FML050, FML051, FML052, FML053, FML054, FML055 and FML056). Take advantage of the on site restaurant with a large terrace, where the service is available both inside and outside, or relax in the bar area, where there is a large TV showing the latest major sporting events.

    Wi-fi is available (free) in all properties. There are three shared outdoor swimming pools (one 24m x 10m, one 11m x 7m and a further pool especially designed for toddlers).

    For the more active guests, there is a tennis court and a football field. For golfers, there is a beautiful golf course with 18 holes (at cost) just a 20-minute drive away.

    Shop 7km and restaurant 100m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets, 4 twin bedrooms.

    Electric heating, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, shared terraces, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps and slopes in grounds.

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  • Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W15029

    This pretty four bedroom cottage with its wooden floors and beamed ceilings has been tastefully furnished to provide all comforts including gas central heating, as well as a log burner for out of season holidays and a fully fitted kitchen. There is plenty of space inside and outside, including your own private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and extensive gardens which are accessed by crossing the very quiet lane. There are two local villages, l’Absie, 7km, to the north and the lovely Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, 6km, to the south. Both have all amenities including some lovely cafés, restaurants and a weekly market. You should try to visit the Marais Poitevin 20km to the south, the ’Green Venice’ as it is known locally, famous throughout France where you can take a canoe trip through the canal networks. The county border with the Vendée is just 4km away, so it will take you less than an hour and a half to reach the lovely sandy beaches on the coast. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Coulans-sur-Gée

    Coulans-sur-Gée

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: FVS018

    Set within a peaceful area, this old farmhouse, situated within the owner’s grounds, has been renovated into a comfortable, single storey holiday house. The lounge is very bright thanks to the large bay window opening onto a south-facing terrace. The fourth bedroom is separated from the house, and is an ideal and relaxing place for those who wish to keep their privacy. You can also enjoy a shared, outdoor swimming pool (32m², open mid May-mid Oct). Make sure to visit Le Mans, famous for its car race, museums, restaurants, architectural heritage and ramparts. You can also discover Angers, Saumur and its renowned equestrian exhibition of Le Cadre Noir, and the breathtaking Châteaux de la Loire. History lovers must not miss a day trip to the stunning Mont St Michel or the D-Day landing beaches. For more active guests, enjoy many activities such as golf, canoeing, tennis or hiking. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedroom: 2 double, 1 twin. Annexe: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, wi-fi, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Up to 2 pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Beams throughout. Step down to kitchen.

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  • La Creche

    Thiviers, Dordogne

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: F24523

    Less than 30 minutes’ drive north of Périgueux, near the charming town of Thiviers, this is a very peaceful place set in a village within easy reach of many activities and interesting sites. The charming French owners live next door and give advice of visits to be done all around. The stone houses have been restored keeping all genuine parts, with even the wooden rack for the cow "Barrou"! Both properties can be rented together for large parties, sharing a very large enclosed swimming pool surrounded overlooking the quiet countryside. Canoeing and a golf course are a short drive, but also many châteaux such as the amazing one of Hautefort. Brantôme is nearby as well as the old town of Périgueux, very lively at night time with many free concerts and music festivals.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/galley-style kitchen with French doors to courtyard, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. Shower room. Separate WC. Second floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. Shower room. Separate WC.

    Both properties: Large shared courtyard and garden

    • Large open grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared large enclosed swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • T/cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Nanthiat (tennis), 9km from Thiviers (shops, cafés, restaurants, bicycle hire, canoe), 13km from St. Médard d’Excideuil (golf), 25km from Hautefort (château), 26km from Lake of St Yrieix (beach and fishing), 32km from Brantôme (Venice of Périgord), 38km from Périgueux (museums, abbey, concerts).

    Both properties: Large shared courtyard and garden

    • Large open grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared large enclosed swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • T/cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

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  • Le Jardin Tranquil

    Pluduno, Côtes d’Armor

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F22263

    This stone built traditional Breton longère, originally a cider farm, has been tastefully transformed into two spacious and practical holiday homes (F22263 and F22264), which retain many individual features such as beamed ceilings and fireplaces, and may be rented individually or together for a large family group. They are in a quiet hamlet within easy reach of a variety of lovely beaches, including St. Cast-le-Guildo. Locally there are country markets and picturesque, traditional villages. Guests are welcome to help themselves to produce in season from the owner’s vegetable garden. The Emerald coast, famous for the clifftop fortress at Cap Frehel as well as for its clear, turquoise waters and long sandy beaches, is close by. A little further you can go to the pirate stronghold of St. Malo or stroll around Dinan’s town centre with its half-timbered medieval houses and cobbled streets. Those enjoying outdoor activities will find a vast range of facilities in superb settings.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. First floor: Four bedrooms: One double, two twin (one with sloping ceilings), one bunk, most with wooden floors. Shower
    room/WC.

    Location: 2km from Pluduno (shops, bakers, bar), 5km from Planocet (hypermarket, shops, banks), 8km from beaches, 10km from Matignon, 20km from Dinan (all facilities).

    Both Properties: Part shared lawned garden

    • Covered terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • Shared laundry room with w/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • H/chair
    • Ample parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

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  • Labastide-de-Virac

    Labastide-de-Virac

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: FRA047

    South of the Ardèche between Vallon Pont d’Arc and the Orgnac, this traditional, semi-detached, stone house welcomes you for a family holiday in the quiet countryside of the charming village of Labastide-de-Virac. Simple and functional, with a rustic decor, the house also offers a covered patio and an outdoor courtyard, equipped with garden furniture and a BBQ terrace, a tennis court and a large shared swimming pool (60m², open May-Oct). The property is situated at the entrance of the Gorges de l’Ardèche, where visitors can discover the village of L’Orgnac, caves, the waterfalls of Sautadet and the famous wine route of the Rhône Valley. Shop 12km, restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, dining room, kitchen, second kitchen. First floor: 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms. Second floor: 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms.

    Central heating, open fire, cot, highchair, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Low ceilings in some ground floor rooms. Sloping ceilings in some second floor rooms. Steps in garden.

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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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  • Bassan

    Bassan

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: FLH159

    On the edge of a small and quiet village, this holiday property offers a private outdoor swimming pool (21m²), open May-Sep. It is ideally located to enjoy relaxing holidays or to discover the region. Béziers, crossed by the river Orb and the Canal du Midi is quite close, 10km, and is not to be missed. You can also discover Pézenas, 22km, or stroll around the historical sun drenched towns of Narbonne, 48km, Montpellier, 77km and the famous, fortified, medieval city of Carcassonne, 86km. Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. Sorry, no smoking. NB: Step Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Roquefort-les-Pins

    Roquefort-les-Pins

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FCA508

    This beautiful single-storey, air conditioned, holiday property is situated close to all amenities and yet in a very peaceful location. The large covered terrace opens onto an inviting outdoor swimming pool (50m², open May-Oct), and for sports lovers there is a private tennis court, and table tennis to enjoy, as well as plenty of other games. Discover Roquefort-les-Pins and its many beaches, the museum of Saint Paul-de-Vence, the perfume capital of Grasse, and the charming village of Mougins, all within 10km. Valbonne, 5km, is also worth a visit, with its lovely square full of restaurants, and with several theme parks in the area, including Marineland, children will have plenty to keep them entertained. Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 10km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet with basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, carport. Up to 2 pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Step into shower. Steps in grounds.

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  • Villa Asthine

    Limoux, Aude

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: FR0267

    This is a wonderful opportunity to stay in a beautiful restored Mas located on a working vineyard within one hectare of land and vines, with lovely views across the vine clad hills. The building is adjacent to the owner’s house (approx 100m) and close to wine making facilities which are regularly used during the day. There is a private garden area and pleasant private terrace to the rear of the house as well as a walled private pool area and covered outside dining area. The vibrant town of Limoux is 3km from the property, for shops, restaurants and bars as well as a local market held on Friday with a good range of local foods and crafts. There’s tennis and bike hire 4km away and the area is ideal for nature lovers as well as hiking and biking enthusiasts. Don’t miss a visit to the fortified city of Carcassonne, 27km, with its amazing fortified walls, pretty gift shops, cafes and restaurants as well as historical and cultural festivities throughout the summer.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room. Kitchen/dining room. Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC. Double bedroom leading to twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC

    • Private garden
    • Shared grounds
    • Private terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m - 1.6m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Limoux (shops, restaurants, bars, local market), 27km from Carcassonne (fortified city, gift shops, cafes, restaurants), 27km from Canal du Midi.

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