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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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  • Le Grand Lesque

    Saint Vivien de Médoc, Gironde

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: F33157

    In the heart of the Médoc region and only five minutes from the ocean beaches, this attractive detached property is set in a very quiet and peaceful position, in the Gironde Estuary opposite Royan, a well-known sea side resort. Comfortable and well equipped, it is an ideal holiday property with an open-plan living room, the kitchen behind a counter and patio doors opening on to the private swimming pool in enclosed gardens. The terrace is partly covered for dinner parties al fresco and you can sunbathe all day by the pool. The more adventurous can taste wines from famous châteaux such as Margaux, Pauillac - or you can try those from the local markets which also sell local farm products and delicious seafood. The nearby lakes of Hourtin and Lacanau offer superb sailing and windsurfing, while many cycle tracks in the pine forest lead from Soulac right down to the Bassin d’Arcachon.

    Ground floor: Step to entrance. Large living/dining room with tiled floor, bay windows opening onto swimming pool, and kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. Small utility. Three double bedrooms; two kingsize, one with tiled floor and patio door to terrace. Shower room with double basin (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom (can be double)

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Unheated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 1.5m) with poolside shower
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Car port
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from St Vivien de Médoc (shop, bar, tennis, horse riding), 10km from Soulac (beaches, shops), 18km from Le Verdon (ferry to Royan), 50km N of Lacanau (lake, windsurfing, golf), 80km N of Bordeaux (city, museums, airport).

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  • Mézières-sur-Issoire, nr. Limoges

    Mézières-sur-Issoire, nr. Limoges

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14000

    A fully restored semi-detached cottage in the village of Mézières-sur-Issoire. Local shops, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance (under 500m). Internally this holiday cottage is a pleasing combination of original features, modern kitchen and bathroom and good standard furnishings. Double doors from the main living area lead directly to the private swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 2.1m, available April - October, heated from €70 to €100 on request) and large, mainly lawned and fully enclosed gardens. A covered patio with dining table and chairs also overlooks the pool, and there is table tennis for guests’ use. The beautiful and medieval town of Poitiers and the world famous ’Futuroscope’ are approx 65km north. The preserved martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane is approximately 25km south and the swimming and fishing lakes with water sports of the Haute Charente are approximately 50km. Golf, tennis and riding are all available locally. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with spa bath, separate shower and 2 basins, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with mezzanine with twin beds, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, broadband connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread, open-sided staircase to mezzanine.

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  • Sainte-Maxime

    Sainte-Maxime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCV039

    This beautiful villa, with partial sea views, is situated 150m from one of the numerous shingle beaches of the Côte d’Azur. The open-plan kitchen leads to a vast lounge and conservatory, which then leads via a small corridor onto an amazing terrace and the garden, with a superb private swimming pool. In low season, the discreet owners live in a separate apartment which does not overlook the property. The town of Issambres is nearby, with activities such as tennis, or visit the thalasotherapy spa. Saint Tropez is nearby, as is Fréjus, with its art, amphitheatre, aqueduct and Roman theatre. Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 150m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, conservatory, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to en-suite shower.

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  • Chigny

    Chigny

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA032

    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful, country surroundings. Chigny, located in the picturesque Picardy region, is an ideal base to explore the area. Avesnois Regional Nature Park is within easy reach for hiking and biking, with forests, rivers and the Val-Joly Lake for water sports activities. The Belgian border is within an hours drive. The Church of Saint-Quentin is worth visiting and there are many more fortified churches in the area. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, mezzanine with double sofa bed. 2 shower rooms with basin.

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Up to 2 pets welcome.

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  • Saint Just d’Ardèche

    Saint Just d’Ardèche

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FRA051

    This beautiful villa is set in a large enclosed garden of lawns and trees (3000m²) just 3km from the superb gorges of the Ardèche, and close to Pont Saint Esprit. The property is located in is a lovely tranquil setting and from the spacious terrace and private swimming pool there are panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The interior is spacious and well maintained with great attention to detail: there is even a piano for guests to use. Children will adore the spacious garden which is provided with a swing and a slide into the pool. The charming village of Saint Just d’Ardèche is very close and is an ideal base for walking or mountain biking. Pont Saint Espirt (6km) is also a charming market town located on the banks of the river Rhône and has with plenty of shops and restaurants. The town of Montélimar (34km), famed for its nougat making, and the historic town of Orange (28km) are also worth a visit. For those seeking more activities there is a tennis court (1km) and golf course (36km). Shop and restaurant 800m.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

    Open fire in lounge, satellite TV, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry no pets.

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  • Marina View

    Aigues-Mortes, Gard

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: FLG280

    This lovely, semi-detached holiday home is ideally located in the marina district of Aigues-Mortes, and it offers several south-facing terraces overlooking the marina and boats. One of the terraces overlooks the water, another is upstairs and there is a sun terrace on the roof. Aigues-Mortes is a good starting point to visit the Camargue, a most exciting region. Aigues-Mortes is a beautiful, 13th-century, medieval town with stunning ramparts, where visitors can discover ancient streets, shops, many restaurants and a river port. The historic cities of Nîmes and Arles, and the sandy beaches of Le Grau-du-Roi, La Grande-Motte and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are within easy reach. Montpellier, the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, is well worth a visit, with its botanical garden, 14th-century cathedral, medieval towers and aquarium.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. Separate WC. Turning stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. Second floor: Double bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Terraces
    • Central heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Two TVs (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • On street parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from restaurant, 2km from shop, 8km from beach, 12km from La Grande-Motte (water sports), 35km from Montpellier (city, shops, restaurants, cathedral, train station), 44km from Nîmes (Roman history), 46km from Arles (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

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  • Plélo

    Plélo

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: FBC580

    This beautiful holiday property is nestled in a lovely garden and is located halfway between the towns of Saint-Brieuc and Guingamp, both approximately 20km away. Only 200m from the centre of Châtelaudren, which is known as "petite cite de caractère", known for its bustling market on Monday mornings. The wide beautiful beaches of Binic-et-des-Rosaires within 15 minutes drive, and nearby there are lovely walks round a well equipped lake. Pontrieux, "Petite Venise-du-Trégor" is 27km away, visit Paimpol and its fishing port 30km, Perros-Guirec and the Côte de Granit Rose 61km. These beautiful cities and their surrounding countryside are well worth exploring. Shop and restaurant 300m, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

    Electric central heating, woodburner in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, carport parking for 2 cars. One, pet welcome. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceiling in bathroom. Steps in garden.

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  • Villas La Prade, Villa 2

    Moliets, Landes

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F40121

    These comfortable and contemporary villas await you, they are not far from the Atlantic with its long sandy beaches, and are in the middle of the prestigious golf course of Moliets. All houses have a private pool and garden, and a wonderful terrace. This little piece of paradise between the sea and the forest is only an hour’s drive from Biarritz and Dax, and two hours away from Spain’s Moliets. These holiday villas (F40120, F40121, F40140 and FA269) are located 1km from the charming beach (not supervised) and 1.8km from a wider beach. The villas are spread over a large part of the resort and in 3 hamlets, and the internals can vary between each villa. They can be reached via many cycling routes through dunes and pine forests. They are all comfortably furnished and equipped with a TV and a fireplace. The French doors in the living room open directly onto the terrace, which leads to the pool garden. Shops, restaurants and beaches are all within easy reach by foot or by bike. The bike trails (about 500-1500 metres depending on the house) run across the golf course under the shade of the pine trees and the dunes. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the reception but no internet is provided within the houses. One parking space per accommodation is provided. Please note that accommodation is allocated on arrival and room layout may vary.

    All on ground floor: Living room with open fire. Well equipped kitchen. Three bedrooms, all with double bed or twin beds. Bathroom (no WC). Bathroom or shower room (no WC). Two separate WCs. Some villas have Jacuzzi bath

    • Satellite TV.

    Location: 1km from beach, 2km from bike hire, golf, riding, tennis, restaurant and facilities, 3km from Moliets-et-Maa (golf course, beach), 37km from Dax (Roman ruins, spa, hot fountain), 69km from Bayonne (Gothic cathedral), 81km from Biarritz (surf festival and beaches, Museum of Chocolate, Chapelle Impériale).

    All properties: Private swimming pool

    • Poolside terrace
    • T/dryer
    • Private parking
    • Sun loungers.

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  • Domaine de Fayence, Village House 2

    Fayence, Var

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FME694

    This part of Provence, the hilly backdrop to the coastal strip, makes Fayence a perfect base for exploring the region as it is within easy reach of the towns, villages and beaches of the Côte d’Azur such as Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. The Fayence Gliding Centre, considered to be one of the best in Europe is close by. Visit the Lac-de-St Cassien, 14km for fishing and water sports and the Leisure Park for walking and horse riding. Don’t miss the glorious Gorges du Verdon, 54km and turquoise blue waters of the inland Lac-de-Sainte-Croix. Do go to Grasse for its perfumeries 30km and further afield glitzy St Tropez 80km and Monaco 90km for a day out. Prestigious golf club at Terre Blanche, Tourettes-sur-Loup is 4km. This prestigious residence offers good quality services and facilities and is located in a private enclosed and secure environment surrounded by pine and oak trees overlooking the hillside villages of Fayence and Tourrettes. With its pedestrianised streets, fountains and plazas, the complex has the feel of a small Provençal village. These villas with private pools or terraced village houses with terrace and small garden share a reception area and lobby with internet wi-fi access, a 600m2 outdoor swimming pool with paddling area and sundeck (open from April to September). There is an on-site restaurant with terrace overlooking the swimming pool, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa with covered pool, hydro-therapy circuit, aqua-gym and beauty treatments can be booked at reception and is payable locally. Tennis courts, sports grounds and petanque area. Village houses share an automatic laundry facility which costs extra.

    Living room. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom (for children). Bathroom. Shower room. Two separate WCs

    • Small garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared laundry facilities.

    Location: 30km from Grasse, 54km from Gorges du Verdon (turquoise blue waters), 80km from St Tropez, 90km from Monaco.

    All properties: Shared outdoor swimming pool

    • Hot/cold air conditioning
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Internet connection (at cost)
    • Wi-fi (in reception)
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • NB: Accommodation is allocated on arrival and some properties may be of different levels.

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  • Vinaissan

    Vinaissan

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: FLA090

    This charming holiday villa is peacefully located on the outskirts of a pleasant village with shops and resaurants a short stroll away. It enjoys lovely views over the vineyards and a small private plunge pool (7m², open mid June to mid September). The property makes an excellent touring base with endless miles of golden sandy beaches and lovely resorts just 15km away. Wander around the sun-drenched historical towns of Narbonne 6km, Béziers 37km, Carcassonne 66km and Perpignan 71km. Take a stroll along the Canal du Midi or discover some of the Cathar castles in the area. Then return for al fresco dining under the stars with a glass of the local wine enjoying the peace. Shop and restaurant 500m, beach 15km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single bunk plus single bed.

    Electric heating, two colour satellite TVs, DVD player, CD player, internet access, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: W12451

    This attractive typical detached Charentais house boasts an enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, an indoor and outdoor barbecue, as well as a covered patio. Guests can make use of the bikes and the music CD and video library. The house is located in the peaceful hamlet of Beaunant near Saujon, a town offering shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is close by and can be found at Meschers, a mere 10km away. Visit the town of Royan with its many shops and restaurants, the superb sandy beaches of the Côtes Beauté and Sauvage (20km), the area around Marennes and island of Oléron with its oyster farms or the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes (25km). Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 5km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed courtyard, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Le Lude

    Luché Pringé, Sarthe

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: F72115

    In a unique location, set on the edge of the river Loir with sounds of the rushing water all around, this carefully restored ancient water mill offers an ideal retreat from the stress and noise of everyday life. The interior is comfortable and simply decorated with white walls, retaining, traditional features of exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace. The pleasantly furnished sitting room has wonderful views of the lovely mill stream and dam. You can fish for your supper and find a pleasant spot for al-fresco dining in the large garden. Near to this charming property, you can discover the famous city of Le Mans with its 24hr racing track and old quarter. To the south is the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

    Ground floor: Dining room with corner kitchen and open fire. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin with door to courtyard. Bathroom with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with glass fronted fire. Three bedrooms; one double, two single. Shower room. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Private garden
    • Courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fire
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Parking for three cars
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for young children due to river frontage.

    Location: 4km NW of Le Lude (all facilities, pool, tennis). 44km SW of Le Mans (historic city, all facilities). 60km NW of Tours (city, old quarter).

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