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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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  • Nailhac, nr. Hautefort

    Nailhac, nr. Hautefort

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    Ref: W12854

    This spacious and well equipped semi-detached holiday cottage has a partially covered terrace/patio area, panoramic views of the private garden and undulating countryside, and provides an ideal place to relax in this beautiful area of the Dordogne. The nearest town is Hautefort, famous for its château and the gardens, where shops, restaurants and other facilities can be found. For those who wish to combine relaxing with visits in the region the historic town of Périgueux, the medieval town of Sarlat, Montignac, Les Eyzies, La Roque Gajeac and the Bastide of Domme are all within 60km. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Woodburner in second lounge, gas central heating, radio, cassette player, stereo/CD player, dishwasher, microwave, private lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • Salignac-Eyvigues

    Salignac-Eyvigues

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    Ref: FAD257

    This pretty stone cottage with a large, shared, heated salt-water swimming pool (60m²) has its own enclosed and private terrace. Guests have use of a whirlpool during the summer season, ping-pong and badminton. Salignac-Eyvigues has a magnificent château and many facilities including cafés, restaurants, bakers, a variety of small shops, banks, and a supermarket/petrol station. It is well placed for visiting many local attractions. There are many opportunities for sampling the wonderful local produce including walnuts, foie gras and a variety of locally grown wine. Canoe hire on the River Dordogne is an ideal way to enjoy spectacular views of the many castles. Visit Sarlat 17km and Montignac 20km for more days out. The discreet friendly owner is always on hand to offer help and advice if you need it. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge. Dining area. Kitchen. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet. 1 double bedroom.

    Heating. Cot. Highchair. DVD player. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Microwave. Large lawned garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to garden, slope in garden.

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  • Champeaux, nr. Granville

    Champeaux, nr. Granville

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    Ref: W12269

    This charming detached cottage has been converted from a former bakery, with fantastic views across the valley. Located on the edge of the small town of Champeaux a great place for walking, cycling or relaxing with all facilities nearby. Only 545 yards (500m) away you can enjoy views of the Mont St Michel from the cliffs of Champeaux and then walk down to the beach. Historical Granville with its old part on top of the cliffs, home of the pirates for centuries, and well known for its seafood restaurants is only 6 miles (7.5km). Historical Coutances and the Mont St Michel only 15 miles (22km). Shop 1.2miles (2km), café/bar and restaurant 550 yards (500m), beach 880 yards (800m).

    Ground Floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom on mezzanine.

    Electric central heating, colour TV, video, DVD player, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Avignon

    Avignon

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    Ref: W14186

    This delightful ground floor holiday apartment is peacefully located, yet only 400m from the fortified historical centre of Avignon. Its swimming pool (32m²) is shared with only the discreet owners. Avignon, stretching in all its beauty along the banks of the River Rhone, with its famous July arts festival is a superb base for discovering some of the jewels Provence is famous for. Discover and explore Nîmes, Uzès, the Pont du Gard, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon Mountain Range, Lourmarin, Marseille, La Camargue or some of the lovely resorts along the Mediterranean coastline. Shop 400m, café/bar and restaurant 100m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom (separated from lounge by panel screen only).

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Eymet

    Eymet

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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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  • Binic

    Binic

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    Ref: FBC275

    This first floor holiday apartment has been renovated to produce a very individual, personalised décor, with nicely coordinated materials and colours. On the ground floor is a small, discreet, fine grocery shop. The large beach of La Banche is ideal for children, and Binic, known as ‘the beauty spot of the Côtes d’Armor,’ is brought to life by many small shops and a weekly market on Thursdays. Just 500m from the house is a large modern swimming pool. You can also visit the museum of Brittany’s past traditions. Further afield, Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac’h (77.5km) is where you can admire the gorgeous natural sites and enjoy pleasant walks along the beautiful beaches. Shop, restaurant and beach 50m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner/bedroom area with double bed, shower room with toilet and basin.

    Central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, microwave, balcony, on street parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

    Breux-sur-Avre, nr. Dreux

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    Ref: W12147

    This detached cottage has an open fire in the lounge and a garden with patio area overlooking the ornamental pond. From the property you can enjoy the Normandy countryside, which is all around, by walking or cycling and this is also an ideal place for relaxing. It is located just 2.5 miles (4km) from a small town with all facilities along the Aure River valley. Historic Verneuil-sur-Avre is 6.25 miles (10km) away with its medieval part and the two large forests of Breteuil and Senonches are 7 miles (12km). Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom on mezzanine.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour TV, video, radio, wi-fi, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • La Vigne

    Orgeval, nr. Laon, Aisne

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    Ref: F02131

    This detached holiday property, next to the owner’s home, stands in a quiet village in southern Picardy, between Reims and Laon, and is easily reached from Calais. Nearby is Ailette lake, with its beach, sailing and golf facilities. Visit the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and panoramic views, or spend time at the Chemin des Dames, with its history of the First World War. Center Parcs is nearby and day passes can be arranged via the Ainse Tourist Board (subject to availability). The champagne capital of France, Reims, is easily reached by motorway, as is Paris for a day sightseeing.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Steep open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and double basin. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout

    • Shared lawned garden with 4 steps
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Glass-fronted fire
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Orgeval (village, passing baker), 5km from Bruyères (basic shop), 7km N of Lac d’Ailette (Center Parcs, sailing, golf), 12km SE of Laon (medieval town, all facilities, swimming pool), 15km N of Chemin des Dames (1st WW memorials), 60km N of Reims (champagne vineyards, cathedral), 150km NE of Paris.

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  • Chez Lebon

    St. Hilaire-des-Loges, Vendée

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    Ref: T85900

    Situated completely independently in the grounds of a stately town house, this charming ground-floor accommodation is in part of a former stable block; it has access to the swimming pool in the park grounds. The property is set well back from the road in a side-street of the attractive small town of St. Hilaire. The swimming pool, pool house and barbecue area are secluded in the park 40m away and are shared with the owners. The property has its own east facing terrace with barbecue. This area is one of great natural beauty, adjacent to the Marais Poitevin ’Green Venice’ with its fascinating network of waterways. Some of the Loire châteaux are within reach for a day trip and the Atlantic beaches are just over an hour away, as is the Poitiers Futuroscope leisure park.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Well equipped kitchen with dining table. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Shared fenced swimming pool (11m x 6m, depth 1.2m - 2.4m)
    • Garden
    • Underfloor central heating
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking for 1 car.

    Location: St. Hilaire-des-Loges (all basic shops), 8km SW of Coulonges (all facilities), 12km E of Fontenay-le-Comte.

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  • Pentrez-Plage, nr. Châteaulin

    Pentrez-Plage, nr. Châteaulin

    Grade
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    Ref: W12228

    This spacious first floor apartment, situated to the side of the building, has views from the balcony of the beautiful fine golden sands of Pentrez, which are across the road. It has an open plan living area with a fitted kitchen and a balcony, and is accessed by a lift. Just north of here is the lovely Crozon Peninsula. Inland are many pretty granite-built villages with the particular local features of ornate stonework and walled churchyards, the most famous of which is Locronan. Locally, there is a plethora of activities available; walking, surfing, sand yachting, sailing and paragliding. Shop, café/bar and beach 5.5 yards (5m) restaurant 3.25 miles (5km).

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balcony, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • La Cachette

    Bonnieux, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84159

    La Cachette is a charming apartment in an old town house in the heart of this beautiful village. The large panoramic roof terrace has one of the most famous views of this area, overlooking terracotta rooftops, the church tower and the Luberon Valley. The apartment has a chic, uncluttered style with a modern corner kitchen and a living/dining room with sliding patio doors which open onto the furnished terrace. Shop for warm bread and croissants for breakfasts, stroll out to bars and restaurants or take the car and explore some of the beautiful Luberon villages right on your doorstep.

    Shared, street-level entrance. Two flights of stairs to second floor apartment. Open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area, patio doors to roof terrace with table, chairs and deckchairs. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with short bath

    • Roof terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • Street parking.

    Location: In the Luberon National Park, (vineyards, forests, ruined castles, Roman remains), 12km SW of Apt (Saturday market), 28km NE of Aix-en-Provence, 35km E of Avignon.

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  • La Petite Grue

    St Philbert du Peuple, Maine-et-Loire

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    Ref: F49137

    Set in the heart of the Loire Valley, this charming little stone-built cottage makes a perfect base for a couple to visit the area’s many attractions. The helpful English owners live next door. The local village has shops and a bar, and just a few minutes away Longué has a weekly market and good restaurants. The impressive riverside town of Saumur lies just fifteen minutes to the south, and is home to the famous Cadre Noir cavalry school, hillside château and vineyards producing the famous sparkling white wine of the same name. Nearby, in the bustling city of Angers, at the heart of the Anjou wine region, the fascinating ‘Apocalypse’ tapestry can be seen in the château.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with woodburner and kitchen area. Double bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Woodburner
    • Electric convector heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK digital channels)
    • DVD player
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Small garden with terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km W of St Philbert du Peuple (bar, shops), 3km E of Longué (most facilities), 14km S of Baugé (golf, shops), 14km N of Saumur (château, vineyards, shops), 16km S of Baugé (golf, shops).

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