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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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  • Domaine de Fonteneau

    Floirac, nr. Bordeaux, Gironde

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    5
    Ref: F33247

    This elegant, detached Girondine holiday property is situated close to Bordeaux, an architecturally renowned city on the banks of the Garonne, with riverside cafés, museums, chic boutiques and a casino all easily accessible via tram or bus. The house has been filled with antiques by the owners and features open fireplaces in the living and dining areas. The private swimming pool can be floodlit for al-fresco barbecues on the terrace. Within 300 metres there is a free exercise circuit as well as riding stables and tennis courts (payable locally), therefore creating a mixture of country and city activities for all the family or a group of friends. The sandy Atlantic beaches are within easy reach for surfing or to visit one of the many attraction parks. The discreet gardener lives in a house with a separate entrance at the end of the large garden, and looks after the pool, garden and chickens.

    Ground floor: Living room with two steps to dining room with kitchen area. Utility. Two bedrooms: One double and one twin with sitting-area and en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for child), both with en-suite bathroom/WC and shower cubicle. Further kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC and over-bath shower. Twin bedroom (Until 2017 the accommodation layout will be: Ground floor: Living room with two steps to dining room with kitchen area. Utility. Twin bedroom with sitting-area and en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one with additional single bed (for child), both with en-suite bathroom/WC and shower cubicle. Further kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC and over-bath shower. Twin bedroom)

    • 1-hectare grounds
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (14m x 6m, depth 0.9m to 2.3m)
    • Central heating
    • Two open fires
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (14m x 6m, depth 0.9m to 2.3m)
    • Central heating
    • Two open fires
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km from supermarket, 3km from shop, bar and restaurant, 10km from Bordeaux (all facilities), 30km from St Emilion (vineyards and monolithic church).

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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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  • La Maison du Donjon

    St. Alvère, Dordogne

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    5
    Ref: F24563

    This charming, carefully restored, semi-detached holiday property, circa 1789, is situated in the centre of the charming and historic village of St. Alvère. The enclosed courtyard includes a private, heated swimming pool with a spa and decked sunbathing area, shaded by a 100-year-old lime tree. The terrace provides a delightful area for outdoor dining and relaxing. Within the property, enjoy the benefit of a wood-burning stove and a sauna. The lively village has many small shops, a tourist office and a very popular Monday market. Situated between Bergerac and Sarlat, it is ideally placed for visiting the many attractions of the Périgord Noir and Dordogne Valley.

    Lower ground floor: Sauna with shower. Utility. Kingsize bedroom with roll-top bath and en-suite WC. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and French doors/kitchen. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room/WC and double basin. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with three steps to en-suite bathroom/WC with corner bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and double basin. Double bedroom with two steps to en-suite shower room/WC. Second floor: Twin bedroom

    • Enclosed courtyard garden with three steps
    • Terrace
    • Private, heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.2m to 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • Range
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 100m from shops, bar, restaurant, chemist, baker, butcher, Monday market, 24km SW of Rouffignac (cave paintings, Sunday market), 24km W of Les Eyzies (pre-history museum, river, restaurants, canoe hire), 32km NE of Bergerac (famous wine-growing area, Château de Monbazillac, Dordogne River, all facilities, flights to UK airports), 38km S of Périgueux (historic city, cathedral, Saturday and Wednesday markets), 44km W of Sarlat (historic city, all facilities).

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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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  • La Siguenie

    Cendrieux, Dordogne

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: F24432

    Set at the end of a beautiful lane, this detached farmhouse is in a very quiet position. Large and comfortable, it is cool in hot summers and superb for large families. Outside the south facing sitting area opens onto the large swimming pool and extensive grassy areas ideal for children to play football. Close to Cendrieux, it is also a short drive to Le Bugue with its enchanting local market providing farm products. Discover Les Eyzies with many restaurants and bars along the River Vézère and the numerous prehistoric caves such as the Grotte du Grand Roc or Font de Gaume. There are many antique shops in Lalinde and Le Buisson to browse around as well as music summer festivals all along the riverside towns. Can be booked with property F24433.

    Ground floor: Large living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen/dining room. Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with separate shower. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: one double with en-suite shower room, two twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate WC

    • Large lawned gardens
    • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m; depth 1.6m)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Cendrieux (shop, café), 6km from St. Alvère (supermarket, café/bar), 12km from Le Bugue (restaurants, shopping, river, canoeing, market), 25km from Les Eyzies (caves), 28km S of Périgueux (old city), 37km E of Bergerac (airport, hospital).

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  • Nozay

    Nozay

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: FBL049

    This lovely 19th-century, six-bedroom house has been in the same family for generations, and has been renovated to provide extremely comfortable holiday accommodation. Pass through the gates and enter the vast grounds along the impressive driveway through the front gardens, entering the house through the lovely hallway. The owner lives in the grounds, and at the back of the house you look onto the gardens on the north side and beyond are open fields and woodland. It is hard to believe that you are just 20 mins drive from Nantes, France’s 4th biggest city with a beautiful centre, perfect for strolling, shopping and relaxing in one of a vast choice of restaurants and cafés. Visit the beach such as the popular resort of La Baule which is an hour’s drive, or closer to home are several interesting towns such as Châteaubriant and Redon. Shop 1km, restaurant 3.2km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, second lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 2 double with en-suite bathroom (no toilet), 1 twin, 1 single. Second floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms, 1 single, 1 single bunk plus single bed, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, 2 highchairs, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Villa La Colle

    La Colle-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritime

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FCA587

    This lovely holiday home is in a quiet residential area and stands on a large plot with beautiful trees and views of the surrounding mountains. It benefits from an outdoor infinity swimming pool and comfortable loungers for sunbathing, a hot tub for 5 guests, and you can try your hand at paddle tennis, or try a game of Pétanque. The large and comfortable villa has three floors and has several furnished terraces where you can relax in peace. Just 10 minutes from Nice, La Colle-sur-Loup is a pleasant place nestled in a typical Provençal landscape with its many oak, olive and pine trees. The nearby La Colle-sur-Loup gorges invite you to go canoeing and enjoy the many walks through beautiful scenery.

    Lower ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Separate room with double sofa bed. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with corner bath and shower (no WC). Separate WC. Ground floor: Second sitting room with wood-burning stove, French doors to terrace and pool table. Kitchen/dining room. Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Two separate WCs. First floor: Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Tiled floors throughout

    • Garden with drops
    • Terraces with steps to pool area
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (50m², open Jun-Sep) with Roman steps
    • Hot tub
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Summer kitchen
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 800m from shops, 1.5km from restaurants, 5.5km from Cagnes-sur-Mer (beaches, restaurants), 18km from Nice (restaurants, beaches, airport).

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  • Maison Valbonne

    Valbonne, Alpes-Maritimes

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FCA548

    This beautiful holiday property is set within peaceful wooded land, near the village of Valbonne. Enjoy the stunning private swimming pool and relax on the beautiful terraces with garden furniture and barbecue, perfect for dining al fresco on a warm summers evening. The outdoor swings and playhouse will keep the children entertained. The interior benefits from fine quality furniture and a beautiful contemporary concept. The spacious open-plan living area is very bright and offers many openings to the outside and the fully-equipped kitchen opens onto the terrace. Explore the nearby towns of Biot, Mougins, Opio, Roquefort-les-Pins and Antibes. Golf nearby.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Four bedrooms: Three double, two with French doors to garden, one with French doors to pool, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment and double basin. Bathroom with shower cubicle (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Two separate WCs. Annex: Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool (40m²)
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: 3 steps to bath. Steps, drops and slopes in grounds.

    Location: 1.5km from restaurant, 3.5km from shops and golf course, 17km from beach, 19km from Cannes (city, all amenities).

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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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  • La Tour Blanche

    Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Var

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FCV451

    Enjoying a privileged position in the heart of the French Riviera, set just 200m from the renowned port of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, this holiday villa is full of history and character. The former main Casino of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, La Tour Blanche is a character building with an immense feeling of space that is typified by the grand entrance lobby, which contains many quaint artefacts, even a real sailboat! The impressive views of the port and sea provide the perfect backdrop when relaxing in the inviting private pool. With a lovely summer kitchen and covered dining area, this villa offers the ideal space to dine alfresco on those warm evenings that are commonly found along the Riviera.

    Living/dining room. Sitting room. Kitchen with dining area. Five double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Two shower room/WCs. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool (50m²), open mid Apr-mid Sep
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from restaurant and port, 300m from beach, 18km from Saint-Tropez (port, beaches, restaurants, nightlife, golf, casino), 21.5km from Sainte-Maxime (watersports, boat tours, water park, shops).

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  • Domaine de Lavau

    St. Mars-de-Coutais, Loire-Atlantique

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    2
    Ref: FA143

    This delightful ’Relais de Chasse’ dates back to the 1930’s and is set in large grounds with woodland that lead down to the River Tenu. In a farming hamlet just 5km from St. Mars-de-Coutais, it is a 13 minute drive from the small town of Ste. Pazanne. There are shops and good restaurants in Machecoul, 15 minutes’ drive. Sandy beaches can be found at La Bernerie-en-Retz and Pornic, also golf and a famous coastal path, boutiques and a Sunday market, 35 minutes’ drive, tennis at St Mars-de-Coutais, 5km, and canoeing on nearby river. Why not catch a ferry to the beautiful Ile d’’Yeu from Fromentine, 1 hour’s drive. Nearby Lac de Grand-Lieu is rich in wildlife. Safari park 12km.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Sitting room. Dining room/kitchen. Three bedrooms: Two double, one twin (accessed via double). Shower room. Separate WC. Stone stairs to first floor: Two twin bedrooms (one can be double), one with additional bunk (not for children under 6 years). Bathroom/WC

    • Garden
    • Grounds
    • Terrace
    • Telephone
    • Heating
    • Open fires
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels)
    • Two cots
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

    Location: 5km from St. Mars-de-Coutais (tennis), 25km from La Bernerie-en-Retz (beach, golf), 27km from Nantes (all facilities).

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  • Puech Gaubil

    Cahuzac-sur-Vère, Tarn

    Grade
    13
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: F81112

    A charming and very spacious traditional stone built farmhouse with a separate guest cottage. Sitting amidst 20 acres of private lawned and wooded grounds that include a swimming pool (unheated), games room and excellent fenced hard tennis court. This is a real family house that has been lovingly renovated with great sensitivity, offering modern amenities whilst retaining many original features. The guest cottage is situated across the courtyard and faces the pool. Situated near to the village of Cahuzac, it is mid-way between the medieval towns of Cordes and Gaillac on the River Tarn in the heart of one of the major wine growing areas of the Gaillac appellation. Gaillac wines are internationally held in very high regard and there are ample opportunities for sampling and buying them in the towns of this lovely region. The Toulouse Lautrec Museum and magnificent cathedral in Albi are only a 25-minute drive. Toulouse on the River Garonne is also within easy driving distance and offers opportunities for concerts and cultural activities of all kinds. Fly via Rodez, Carcassonne or Toulouse.

    Main house: Ground floor: Step to kitchen with open fire. Dining room. Living room with French door to garden. Utility/WC. Large games room. First floor: Three bedrooms: One kingsize, one twin, one single with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Second floor: Sitting room. Double bedroom with two additional single beds (for children). Shower room/WC. Annexe: Living room with patio doors to terrace/dining area/kitchen area. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Two separate open-tread staircases to first floor: Two bedrooms: One kingsize, one twin

    • Private garden
    • Covered terrace
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m to 2m) with Roman steps
    • Oil central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Two CDs
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Tennis court
    • Table tennis, darts and small snooker table
    • Ample parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km E of Cahuzac-sur-Vère (general store, restaurants, bank, PO), 15km S of Cordes-sur-Ciel (medieval tourist village).

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