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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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  • Château de la Gaubertie

    St. Martin-des-Combes, Dordogne

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: F24558

    This beautiful, 15th-century château is situated in 30 hectares of parkland, with an outdoor swimming pool, orangery and formal lawns, with far reaching views across open countryside. A door leads from the terrace into a magnificent hall, hung with ancient tapestries, historic paintings and a stone fireplace. A stained glass window, depicting the family’s coat of arms, illuminates the imposing stone staircase and the original kitchen has been preserved for its historic importance. The historic town of Bergerac, on the River Dordogne, and the region’s wine growing capital, is nearby. Here visitors can take a river cruise or hire a canoe, visit the Maison du Vins, National Tobacco Museum, the weekly market, or simply relax in one of the many cafés, sampling the local Bergerac wines. The château at Monbazillac is open to the public, as are many local vineyards in the area.

    Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Hall with seating. Living room with double patio doors to terrace. Small sitting room with large window overlooking terrace. Dining room with three French doors to terrace. Kitchen. First floor: Kingsize bedroom. Double bedroom with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom/WC, over-bath shower. Two twin bedrooms (one for children, with interconnecting door to one of the kingsize bedrooms, can also be accessed from hall). Three steps to two further bedrooms: one kingsize, one double. Bathroom/WC, shower cubicle and double basin (no WC). Bathroom/WC, over-bath shower. Shower room/WC, double basin. Two separate WCs

    • Terrace
    • 30-hectare lawned grounds
    • Private pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1m to 2.2m)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue. NB: Drop over low wall at front of property.

    Location: 4km N of St. Georges-de-Monclard (shop, bakers, bar, restaurants), 13km S of Vergt (Friday market, supermarket, most facilities), 20km N of Bergerac (historic riverside market town, airport, all facilities), 38km S of Périgueux (capital of Dordogne, cathedral, Wednesday market, all facilities).

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  • Murs, nr. Gordes

    Murs, nr. Gordes

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: FPV072

    This traditional Provençal house has been tastefully restored and resides in a small hamlet just 7km from the village of Gordes. It is in a fantastic position overlooking the Imergue Valley and has a lovely covered terrace with a view of the Luberon mountains. The property benefits from a large outdoor swimming pool, open all year round, and which has a view of a local ‘boules’ playing pitch. There are breathtaking views along the road to this perfect hamlet, which lies at an altitude of 627 metres above sea level. In the village of Murs itself you can go rambling in the countryside or stroll round the Mur de la Peste. Visit Gordes where you can wander through the quaint alleys and courtyards or go shopping for local crafts at the Provencal markets. Approximately 35km away is Avignon with its historic Papal Palace and summer festival. There are many arts and crafts available in the surrounding villages or for the more active there is mountain biking, tennis and a fishing lake (12km) available in the region. The villages of Joucas (3km), Lioux (8km) and Venasque (14km) are also worth a visit. Shop and restaurant 1km.

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

    Oil heaters, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, gravelled garden, terrace, covered terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry no pets. NB: Steps to entrance (no handrail). Drop from pool area.

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  • St-André-de-Roquelongue

    St-André-de-Roquelongue

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: FLA149

    Located near Narbonne, this beautiful holiday home will welcome you in to the heart of the Cathar country. It offers 6 charming bedrooms and large living areas to relax with family or friends. The homeowner also conveniently lives on site. Let yourself be lulled by the sound of cicadas while enjoying the outdoor swimming pool (16m², open May-Sep) to cool down. Explore this rich cultural heritage through the visit of the city of Carcassonne, the Abbey of Fontfroide and let yourself be tempted by a wine tasting on the domain whose owner will be delighted to share with you her passion for wine tourism. Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 35km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, second lounge, kitchen, shower room and basin (no toilet). First floor: 3 shower rooms and basin (no toilet), 3 separate toilets, 6 bedrooms: 5 double, 1 twin.

    Central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Steps in grounds.

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  • Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    5
    Ref: FPB224

    This pretty holiday villa built on a hillside to the south of Aix-en-Provence, enjoys a beautiful Mediterranean garden terrace on the side of the hill. The lounge has wide French doors leading out to the garden and large terrace with a swimming pool (32m², open May to Oct). As well as its five bedrooms, dressing rooms and five bathroom/shower rooms, there is also an independent annexe. This is the perfect peaceful, countryside setting, yet only 10 minutes’ from the centre of Aix-en-Provence with its boutique shops, casino, thermal baths, cafés and restaurants. Follow in the footsteps of Cézanne and admire the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Further away, visit the Luberon, Alpilles, Camargue or the pretty creeks around Marseille. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 20km.

    Lower ground floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms. Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 double bedrooms. First floor: Second lounge, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. Annexe: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, 7 satellite TVs, DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terraces, shared garden furniture, ample parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceiling in one double bedroom. Steps and drops in garden.

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  • Teyssieres et Peyrasse

    Durfort-Lacapelette, Tarn-et-Garonne

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    3
    Ref: FG233

    This large detached farmhouse is at the end of a quiet lane serving a tiny hill-top hamlet of 3 houses, with restored old farm buildings and pigeonnier which overlook woods, orchards and rough meadows. Durfort-Lacapelette with restaurant, tennis and small supermarket 5 minutes’ drive. Wider choice of shops, supermarkets, bike hire at Moissac 10-min drive with its lovely abbey church cloister. Riding at Lauzerte, also at St Nicolas-de-la-Grave, with its large swimming lake/leisure park and windsurfing. 9 hole golf course at Espalais and Castelnau-Montratier, each 30 min drive. Visit Montauban, 35-min drive with attractive rose-pink brick buildings and fine view of the Tarn river from the 14th-century bridge. Explore the gorges of the Aveyron river, St Antonin-Noble-Val for canoeing, and the lovely hill-top medieval villages of Bruniquel and Cordes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room, wood-burning stove, French windows. Kitchen. Three bedrooms: Two twin, one single. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle. Shower room. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one plus single bed. Bathroom/WC

    • Garden with sloping banks
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1-1.9m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Table tennis
    • NB: Some first floor rooms have low beams, doors and ceilings.

    Location: 8km from Moissac (Roman abbey and cloister, river, Canal-du-Midi), 10km from Lauzerte (hill top village, Medieval square, views), 20km from St. Nicolas-de-la-Grave (lake, water sports, horse riding), 30km from Montauban (17th century arcades, 14th-century bridge).

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  • Vauvert, nr. Aigues-Mortes

    Vauvert, nr. Aigues-Mortes

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: FLG309

    Located close to the coast with 18km of sandy beaches, this large contemporary holiday villa, situated on 4500m² of land, enjoys a terrace, summer kitchen and has a beautiful private outdoor swimming pool (50m², open mid-Apr to mid-Sep). 10km from the walled city of Aigues-Mortes, near to the Camargue Regional Natural Park, famous for being populated by migratory birds, flamingos, herds of horses and bulls, an idyllic setting. Places to explore nearby include Le Grau-du-Roi with its seaquarium, Uzès with its historical monument, old town, cathedral and twice weekly markets on a Wednesday and Saturday, Nîmes with its old town and gardens, and Arles, popular with tourists and rich in history, as well as having numerous art galleries and museums to discover. Shop 10km and restaurant 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, separate toilet, 6 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 with shower (no toilet), 3 twin.

    Central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, open-tread, spiral stairs to mezzanine.

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  • Fourneaux, nr. Tessy Sur Vire

    Fourneaux, nr. Tessy Sur Vire

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    2
    Ref: W14297

    This detached holiday property is ideally located. The large garden is perfect for dining al-fresco. There are plenty of walking and cycling opportunities locally, and the small riverside town of Tessy-Sur-Vire is closeby. The historic town of St. Lo. Mont St. Michel, Bayeux and D-Day landing beaches are all less than an hour away. Also along the coast is the holiday resort of Granville. Pool table, darts, bar and juke box in the lounge. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km, beach 45km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 single bedrooms. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 plus single bed, 1 twin plus single bed.

    Oil cental heating, woodburner in dining room, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Limeuil

    Limeuil

    Grade
    12
    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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  • St Rabier-Montignac

    St Rabier-Montignac

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FAD027

    This charming, traditional stone holiday house is located in the village of Saint Rabier in Periogord. With 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms it is ideal for relaxing holidays with friends or family. There is the added benefit of a lovely outdoor swimming pool (40m²) with an outstanding view over the surrounding valleys. Periogord Noir has an exceptional architectural heritage, with traditional style country houses or ‘bastides’ as well as chateaux – some of the most beautiful village in France including Belves, La Roque Gageac, Beynac and Cazenac. There are also prehistoric caves such as Lascaux and caverns like Proumeyssac. Not to be missed is the the great range of museums which are an excellent choice if you have a rare day of rain. This region is world famous for delicate wines such as the Monbazillac or the Saint-Emilion which you can sample during your stay. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, utility room, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. First floor: Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, 2 satellite TVs, DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Turning stairs to utility room. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • Sauzet

    Sauzet

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FPD157

    This beautiful stone holiday home offers a large private swimming pool (55m²), situated in romantic grounds. Set amidst vineyards and sunflowers, the house offers beautiful views over the Drômoises hills. Guests can enjoy the large semi-shaded terraces, a beautiful solarium, a pleasant summer kitchen with a bread and pizza oven, as well as games for children, a log cabin nestled in a tree and comfortable sunbeds to relax by the pool. The air-conditioned interior is very spacious with large vaulted ceilings and natural materials, and are well-equipped with good quality furniture. Perfect for large family get-togethers or friends alike with two TV lounges, one with a pool table. Located just 10km from the walled city of Montélimar and close to the charming hilltop villages, ranked among the ‘most beautiful of France’ such as Mirmande, Clansayes, Puygiron and Dieulefit. Guests will also enjoy discovering the pretty forest of Saou. Shop 2km and restaurant 3km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, bathroom with shower and basin (no toilet), 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), 3 separate toilets, one with basin, 6 bedrooms: 4 double, 2 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, 4 satellite TVs, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terraces, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Low vaulted ceiling on ground floor. Curved stairs to first floor. Beams and sloping ceiling in some first floor rooms.

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  • Le Grand Gaigné

    Domfront-en-Champagne, Sarthe

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    5
    Ref: FL136

    This well presented holiday barn conversion has extensive gardens with lawns, well maintained flowerbeds and magnificent views. The heated swimming pool with security cover is shared by the owners who live on site in a neighbouring property. However the pool cannot be seen from owner’s property. It is 2km to the village of Domfront for restaurant and shops. Further shops and a tennis court are available at Conlie, 4km. There is a swimming lake for children at Sille-le-Guillaume, 15km, as well as plenty of walks in lovely forests close by. The world famous Loire châteaux are about an hour and a half drive and Le Mont Saint-Michel is worth a day trip to the Brittany coast, a 2 hour drive. Le Mans, famous for its 24 hour race, is also only 20km away.

    Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen area. Separate WC. First floor: Four twin bedrooms (can be double), each with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for child) with en-suite bathroom/WC and open-tread, open-sided, paddle, spiral stairs to mezzanine with single bed (unsuitable for children)

    • Three steps to large garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared heated swimming pool (72m², open May-Oct)
    • Heating (on request)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • Piano
    • Table tennis
    • Children’s play area
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1.5km from Domfront (restaurant, bakery), 4km from Conlie (shops, tennis court, restaurants, market), 15km from Sillé-le-Guillaume (swimming lake, forest walks, château, restaurants), 20km from Le Mans (Old Town, museums, gardens, cathedral, markets), 120km from the Loire Valley (châteaux).

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  • Le Tilleul

    Irais, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FJD025

    Offering 5 bedrooms and an annex (sleeping 2), this property exudes charm and period character, featuring original beams, flagstone floors and decorative fireplaces. The main part of the house has a large kitchen and a lounge. Upstairs are the bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities and a walk-in wardrobe. Two further double bedrooms can be accessed via this bedroom, or from outside via a spiral staircase. The 6th bedroom is in the annex with its own entrance, a kitchen area and a shower room with Italian type shower. Outside is a large child-friendly mature garden with enclosed fenced-in private swimming pool (May to September) and an impressive lime tree offering shade. A bakery is a minute’s walk from the house. The pretty village of Airvault is 7km and Thouars, a large attractive town, is 20km. Visit the Loire Valley including Saumur, 50km. Poitiers and the Futuroscope are 45km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, leading to 2 double bedrooms (also accessed via external staircase), 1 twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Shower room/WC. Annex: Kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Some rooms with low beams and sloping ceilings. Steps to garden. External spiral staircase to first floor.

    Location: 54km from Poitiers (river), 75km from Niort, 93km from Angers (castle, cathedral, Verdun bridge), 98km from Tours (town hall, Place Jean Jaurès, cathedral).

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