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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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  • Chez Viviane

    Montagnac-la-Crempse, Dordogne

    Grade
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    Ref: F24559

    This charming, stone holiday cottage is situated in the courtyard of the discreet and friendly owners’ beautifully restored home (also a B&B). The cottage faces the main courtyard and a very pretty, ancient, rose-covered well. The property is ideal for couples seeking simple accommodation and features the shared use of the owners’ outdoor swimming pool and attractive gardens. This sleepy hamlet is an ideal place to return to after a day’s sightseeing in nearby Bergerac or exploring the vineyards. All the attractions of the Dordogne are within easy driving distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • Shared 2-hectare grounds
    • Shared swimming pool (13m x 6m, depth 1.4m)
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Shared garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Shared barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km S of Villambard (shops, restaurants, cafés, bank, post office, tennis, horse riding), 23km N of Bergerac (market town, airport, all facilities), 34km S of Périgueux (capital of Dordogne, cathedral, Wednesday market, all facilities), 72km W of Sarlat (historic picturesque town, Wednesday market, all facilities).

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  • Eymet

    Eymet

    Grade
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    Ref: W14669

    This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets. Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public. The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets.

    Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public.

    The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants.

    Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom (separated by curtain).

    Colour TV, wi-fi, shared washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed patio, terrace, shared garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No children. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Au Fil de l’Eau

    Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Vaucluse

    Grade
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    Ref: F84236

    In an idyllic position on the leafy banks of the River Sorgue, it is hard to believe the shops, cafés and restaurants of the town centre are only a short walk away. This small studio villa opens onto the lawned gardens with a sunny pool and pool house, which are shared with the discreet owners and one other holiday property (F84314). It has its own private dining terrace overlooking the river where you can watch the jade dragonflies, ducks and trout drift by from the comfort of the hammock slung between the trees. The town is criss-crossed by the clear river, and renowned for its antiques shops and lively market. The property is well placed for discovering this interesting area of Provence.

    Entrance from riverside dining terrace into living/dining room with corner kitchen and patio doors. Kingsize bedroom with patio doors (with curtain, no door). Shower room/WC

    • Large enclosed shared garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.45m), Roman steps
    • Pool house
    • Air conditioning
    • Fridge
    • M/wave
    • Radio/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: The river is close by - sorry, no children.

    Location: 3km from golf course, 17km E of Gordes (famous hilltop village, stunning views over Luberon), 23km E of Avignon (Papal Palace, historic city, famous bridge, lively summer festival, airport), 28km NE of St. Rémy-de-Provence, 63km N of Aix-en-Provence, 70km from Marseille airport, 80km from beaches.

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  • Les Henardiers

    Ste. Cécile, Manche

    Grade
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    Ref: F50134

    In a secluded hillside setting by a small hamlet, not far from the coast, this detached cottage is an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. The cosy rustic interior retains many traditional features, including beamed ceilings, and the living room features a large open fireplace with wood burning stove. Outside, the south-facing terrace boasts fine views across the valley. The nearby town of Villedieu-les-Poêles has a bell-making and copperware industry stretching back 900 years, and copper pots and ornaments gleam from almost every shop window in its picturesque streets. The coast and fishing port of Granville are only half an hour’s drive away, and the spectacular Mont St. Michel is also within easy reach.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with access through to bathroom/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden area
    • Orchard
    • Electric convector heaters
    • Wood-burning stove
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km S of Ste. Cécile (shop, bar), 4km S of Villedieu-les-Poêles (all facilities), 20km NE of Avranches (town, Mont St. Michel Bay), 25km E of Granville (beach).

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  • Peyrilles, nr. Gourdon

    Peyrilles, nr. Gourdon

    Grade
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    Ref: W14353

    Ideal for a couple, this pleasant, ground floor holiday apartment enjoys superb views over natural unspoilt countryside with abundant flora and fauna. Crafted from part of the owner’s property, it has been designed to offer maximum privacy with an independent entrance, private swimming pool (7.5m x 5m, depth 1.3m) and large garden area plus access to further extensive grounds of 22 acres. Situated 11km south from the market town of Gourdon and 18km north of historic Cahors with its vineyards. Shop 3km, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower (no toilet), separate toilet.

    Heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, private garden, shared grounds, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Les Oliviers

    Villedieu, Vaucluse

    Grade
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    Ref: F84218

    The impressive panoramic views from this bright holiday cottage over the peaceful plains to the Dentelles-de-Montmirail hills, all overlooked by the majestic Mont Ventoux, would be hard to fault. Adjoining, but not overlooked by the discreet owner’s property, this property has its own shady dining terrace, beneath the mature olive trees, with colourfully-cushioned, forged-iron day beds. The well-maintained garden edges the pool with its south-facing terraces. It’s a short walk to the village centre with fresh bread, groceries, cafés and restaurants. Visit the local wine routes with some of France’s biggest names grown here, historic Avignon, the Pont-du-Gard and the Lubéron, all around an hour away.

    Entrance from garden into living/dining room with corner kitchen, double bed and French windows to balcony. Shower room/WC

    • Shared grounds
    • Enclosed garden
    • Shared swimming pool (7m x 5m, depth 1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Flatscreen satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 6km NW of Vaison-la-Romaine (castle, summer festivals, shop), 38km N of Carpentras (museum, flower market).

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  • La Boulangerie

    Mestry, nr. Isigny-sur-Mer, Calvados

    Grade
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    1
    1
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    Ref: F14174

    This charming, remodelled cottage sits in a serene area in the grounds of a rare Art Nouveau manor with a private driveway entrance. La Boulangerie has a tastefully furnished living room with decorative stone fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen and sun-filled breakfast nook where you may take in stunning sunsets and views. You are welcome to enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens in front of the manor, which include an ornamental pond and dovecote. It is an excellent base from which to explore and is just 20 minutes from the historic D-Day landing beaches.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to patio. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Shared 1-acre grounds
    • Lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • CD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond 80m from property.

    Location: 8km from Isigny-sur-Mer (all amenities, restaurants), 15km W of Grandcamp Maisy (beach), 18km W of Bayeux (tapestry, museums, cathedral), 45km W of Caen (ferry port, city, chateaux, shops).

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  • Couesmes-Vaucé

    Couesmes-Vaucé

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: FVA029

    This 18th-century barn conversion invites you to spend a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The upstairs lounge opens to a wooden balcony looking over the surrounding rolling countryside. The property has a lake where you can fish. The surroundings are ideal for walking. The region has many historical sites to visit, such as the beautiful medieval towns of Domfront, Laval and Alençon, famous for its lace. Fougères is a must-see. This house is an excellent starting point to discover the majestic Mont St Michel along with Avranches and Saint-Malo without forgetting the D-Day Landing beaches. The owners will be delighted to help you discover the area. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and basin, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, dishwasher, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open tread turning stairs. Internal steps (some stone). Sloping ceilings and low beams in some rooms. Step to terrace. Fishing lake nearby.

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  • Arrens-Marsous

    Arrens-Marsous

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: FMP254

    These three holiday properties are located in the village of Arrens-Marsous, 25km from the pilgrimage town of Lourdes, on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park. FMP252 is a terraced house for four people, FMP253 is a detached chalet for six people, and FMP254 is a duplex apartment for two people. Crossing a small bridge you have access to the sports facilities of the city with, among others, a swimming pool, a climbing wall, a playground and a children’s fishing pond. This area is a great place for hiking or rock climbing, with breathtaking nature as a backdrop. Visit the mountain landscapes of Pont D’Espagne, Gavarnie and the Pic du Midi, and also, a visit to the city of Toulouse with its historic centre and the Airbus museum is worth a visit. Shop 10km, restaurant 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, internet connection, microwave, balcony, outdoor furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs. Sloping ceilings in bedroom. Riverside location.

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  • Chez Irwin

    St. Quentin-la-Poteirie, Gard

    Grade
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    Ref: T30336

    Situated in the upper part of the hilltop village of St. Quentin-la-Poterie, famous for its historic and working potteries. The Pont du Gard, the ’Popes’ Palace’ and summer festivals at Avignon, Nîmes, the hills of the Cévennes, and the wetlands and beaches of the Camargue can all be visited within a day. The village has a good selection of shops, bakeries, restaurants, a supermarket, a weekly street market, and a wine ’cave’ which provides very good quality local wine, as well as local produce such as honey. Visit the bustling town of Uzès (4km), the first ’Duchy’ in France and the Duke’s Castle and the Saturday morning market. The interior has been decorated in a cheerful and fresh Provençal style.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room (accessed from courtyard). Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (under eaves)

    • Walled courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Washing machine/tumble dryer
    • M/wave
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: No children. This property accommodates a maximum of 2.

    Location: St. Quentin (most facilities), 4km NE of Uzès (all facilities), 45mins W of Avignon (all facilities airport, TGV).

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  • Le Boncoin - Le Chic

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

    Grade
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    Ref: F85301


    These two holiday cottages have been renovated by the owner who lives nearby, and who will advise on places to visit in this lovely area on the Vendée side of the Marais Poitevin. Le Chic (ref F85301) is a semi-detached cottage and features original stone walls, exposed beams and a cosy wood-burning stove in the living room. It has a small sitting-out area to the front and a grassed area to the side. La Grange (ref F85303) is a detached property with original stonework, wooden floor, exposed beams and a wood-burning stove. Outside there is an enclosed garden which is perfect for sitting quietly in the shade of the hot summer sun. Hire a canoe (payable locally) and explore the local canal network, or visit the pretty villages, markets and beaches of the Vendée and Charente.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove and beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling

    • Grassed area (across small road)
    • Natural grounds
    • Patio
    • Electric heating
    • Blu-ray
    • Cot
    • On street parking
    • Barbecue
    • F/freezer.

    Location: 3km from Le Mazeau (shops, bar and restaurant), 4km from Damvix (bars, restaurants), 11km SW of Benet (supermarket, most facilities), 25km W of Niort (large town), 50km E of La Rochelle (beaches).

    Both properties: Wood-burning stove

    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture.

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  • Les Vignes au Soleil

    Lirac, nr. Avignon, Gard

    Grade
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    Ref: F30159

    This functional and peacefully located semi-detached holiday property, within the discreet owners’ garden, enjoys its own private garden area with views over the vineyards and shared use of the swimming pool. The picturesque neighbouring village of Saint Laurent-des-Arbres preserves some interesting medieval ruins. This is an excellent touring base; excursions include the sun-drenched towns of Avignon and Nîmes. Admire the amazing feat of Roman engineering of the Pont du Gard, wander around the stunning Saturday markets in Uzès and Saint Rémy-de-Provence or take a trip into the Camargue National Park with its endless miles of golden sandy beaches.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Double bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Electric heating
    • Shared enclosed garden with three steps
    • Patio
    • Shared pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.4m)
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from shop and restaurant, 20km NW of Avignon, 28km E of Pont du Gard, 40km SE of Uzès, 40km N of Saint Rémy-de-Provence, 40km NE of Nîmes, 90km from beaches.

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