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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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  • Pors-Guen

    Gouesnac’h, Finistère

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F29401

    This property is set in a large garden and features a comfortable interior with superb Breton furniture. A built-in barbecue close to the terrace allows for al-fresco dining and garden parties, surrounded by fields and woods. Gouesnac’h is a lovely and quiet village nestled in a rural setting close to the mouth of the scenic river Odet, where you can sit and watch the boats sail past. Within a 10-minute drive are many amenities to ensure exciting and relaxing holidays, including the seaside resort of Bénodet with its long beach and its huge sailing harbour, and the golf course at Odet.

    Living room. Large dining room with open fire. Large kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Large enclosed garden with terrace
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from the village (basic facilities), 2km from Odet River (fishing), 6km N of Bénodet (seaside resort, sailing harbour, beach, all facilities), 8km W of Fouesnant (sandy beaches), 11km S of Quimper (touristic city, cathedral, old quarter, restaurants).

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  • Quiberon

    Quiberon

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W12772

    In a sheltered and central position in the popular and fashionable resort of Quiberon, with its excellent restaurants, stylish boutiques and endless coastline, this spacious modern and practical detached villa is perfect for a family holiday. It has a large open plan living area with solid wood fitted kitchen, as well as a second lounge and large, sunny terrace. Quiberon has several beautiful sandy beaches; the nearest is the extensive central town beach, backed with little shops and cafés. Close by are also wilder beaches for trying out all sorts of wind and watersports, including kite surfing and sand yachting. A beach is less than 200m away and from here you can enjoy boat trips to Belle Ile. The beaches are immense and spectacular, but there are also sheltered little ports and rocky headlands. A week is hardly enough to experience all this lovely peninsula has to offer. Shop 0.2km, café/bar 0.4km, restaurant 0.3km, beach 0.2km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, utility room with shower and basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, 2 twin (zip link beds).

    Gas central heating, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car, welcome pack. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Appartement Mandelieu

    Mandelieu, Alpes-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: FCA536

    Located on the heights of Mandelieu, this holiday apartment is located on the ground floor of the owner’s villa and boasts a magnificent panorama with a superb sea view. Relax in the sun on the terrace or on the comfortable sun beds surrounding the private infinity swimming pool (50m²). Two bedrooms and bathrooms are independent from the rest of the apartment as they are located on each side of it. The central apartment has beautiful fully retractable windows in the wall and a contemporary kitchen, and there is a lovely view of the bay of Cannes. Situated in a quiet location near the centre of Mandelieu and its shops. There are two prestigious golf courses nearby, including the Golfe de Cannes Mandelieu Old Course. The beaches and seaside restaurants of the French Riviera stretch from Mandelieu to Cannes.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar. Four double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC. Three shower rooms/WC. Tiled floors throughout

    • Shared lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (50m²)
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Four cable TVs
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • On street parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sunloungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km from Mandelieu (shops), 4.5km from beach, 5km from golf courses, 10km from Cannes (shops, restaurants, airport).

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  • Les Fournil

    Thiviers, Dordogne

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F24522

    Less than 30 minutes’ drive north of Périgueux, near the charming town of Thiviers, this is a very peaceful place set in a village within easy reach of many activities and interesting sites. The charming French owners live next door and give advice of visits to be done all around. The stone houses have been restored keeping all genuine parts, with even the wooden rack for the cow "Barrou"! Both properties can be rented together for large parties, sharing a very large enclosed swimming pool surrounded overlooking the quiet countryside. Canoeing and a golf course are a short drive, but also many châteaux such as the amazing one of Hautefort. Brantôme is nearby as well as the old town of Périgueux, very lively at night time with many free concerts and music festivals.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to courtyard, beams and tiled floor. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two twin bedrooms, both with additional folding single bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC.

    Both properties: Large shared courtyard and garden

    • Large open grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared large enclosed swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • T/cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Nanthiat (tennis), 9km from Thiviers (shops, cafés, restaurants, bicycle hire, canoe), 13km from St. Médard d’Excideuil (golf), 25km from Hautefort (château), 26km from Lake of St Yrieix (beach and fishing), 32km from Brantôme (Venice of Périgord), 38km from Périgueux (museums, abbey, concerts).

    Both properties: Large shared courtyard and garden

    • Large open grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared large enclosed swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.5m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • T/cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

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  • Belcaire, nr. Quillan

    Belcaire, nr. Quillan

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: W15085

    In a beautiful, unspoilt area of Southern France, this detached house is located on the outskirts of the village of Belcaire in the Eastern Pyrenees foothills. Only a 5-minute stroll away there is a lake to swim in which has lifeguards in July and August, a children’s play area and well-maintained tennis courts. It is a perfect walking location with amazing views and many varieties of wild flowers and birds. There are walks to suit all abilities from local strolls to challenging mountain walks. Day excursions could include Puivert (15km) which also has a lake with an imported sandy beach, a medieval château and an historic instrument museum. Quillan (30km), is a major tourist centre for the upper Aude Valley, the walled town of Mirepoix (50km) and of course the medieval city of Carcassonne, the largest fortress in Europe; to visit Le Cité is to be transported back to the Middle Ages. Trips to Andorra (83km) via Ax-les-Fermes (22km), with its Roman-style spa and baths, and Perpignan (98km), or spending a day on the golden, sandy, Mediterranean beaches (115km) could also be considered. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 500m.

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

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 7 steps in garden.

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  • Château de Rivière

    Rivière, Indre-et-Loire

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: F37153

    This truly stunning detached holiday property is set in the grounds of the owner’s elegant 19th century château. It has been restored to a good standard, remarkably decorated with antique furnishings, tastefully chosen with care to compliment the many features, whilst including modern fabrics and fittings in the kitchen and bathrooms. The French windows lead onto a gravelled terrace on which guests can enjoy a glass of local wine in total privacy. There is a shared swimming pool near the owner’s château, 125m away. One of the highlights of this property is that the owner is a horse lover and permits guests to bring their own horses lodged in good standard stables. Rivière has an amazing position close to famous Chinon and its vineyards. It is also a delightful spot for visiting some of the finest châteaux in France: Saumur, Villandry and Azay Le Rideau are all within a short distance. Cycling along the Rivers Loire and Vienne is for the sporty visitors, as well as horse riding, boating and golfing.

    Living/dining room/kitchen, French windows. Separate WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with bed length 1.85m, spa bath, separate WC and en-suite shower room. Queensize bedroom with en-suite shower room. One twin bedroom (can be double). Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Annexe: Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, double sofa bed. First floor: One twin bedroom (no door; can be double), en-suite bathroom with spa bath and shower attachment. Separate WC

    • Private garden with courtyard
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.50m to 2m) with Roman steps (closed 1pm-4pm and after 9pm)
    • Central heating
    • Woodburner
    • W/machine
    • Two m/waves
    • Two d/washers
    • Two f/freezers
    • Two satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

    Location: 4km from Chinon (château town, all facilities), 21km E of Fontevraud (royal abbey), 33km SE of Saumur (château town, all facilities), 50km SW of Tours (city, train to Paris 50mins, airport).

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  • Rivier

    Flaujac-Poujols, Lot

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: FML058

    This detached, holiday home has a lovely bright interior and is near the village of Flaujac-Poujols. It has a large garden, a lovely outdoor swimming pool, and great views of the surrounding countryside. Ideally situated for exploring the many hiking trails in the area, and there is even a private oak wood with shady walks for you to enjoy. Cahors is worth a visit both to explore its medieval centre and to enjoy its lively Saturday market. The beautiful village of St Cirq, and the Peche Merle caves are 30 minutes away. This is the perfect location both for those wishing to enjoy a relaxing holiday and those wanting to explore the rich heritage of the area.

    Living room with open fire. Dining room with French doors to terrace. Kitchen/dining room with French doors to terrace. Conservatory with open fire and patio doors to garden. Four double bedrooms, one with corner bath. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Two separate WCs

    • Lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool (50m²), with Roman steps and outdoor shower
    • Hot tub
    • Central heating
    • Two open fires
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Two DVDs
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7km from Cahors (shops, restaurant, markets), 15km from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (historic village, castle), 29km from Carjac (shops, markets, church).

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  • Ker Lavo

    Trévou-Tréguignec, Côtes d’Armor

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: F22221

    Located just a few minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beach of Trestel, this typical Breton house boasts stunning views and makes an ideal holiday base to explore the interesting Tregor region. In the garden the south-facing terrace is perfect for dining al fresco. At Perros-Guirec you can take a boat trip to the 7 Iles Archipelago - a nature reserve sheltering 27 species of nesting birds. The cathedral at Tréguier is one of the finest examples of Breton Gothic style built in pink and grey granite. Not to be missed are Paimpol, a harbour steeped in memories of the Newfoundland and Icelandic fishing fleets of the 19th century, and the Ile de Bréhat, a car-free oasis and photographer’s paradise.

    Four steps to entrance: Living/dining room, sea views. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle (no WC). WC. First floor: Double bedroom, adjoining shower room/WC. Twin bedroom, en-suite bathroom/WC, shower attachment. Basement utility

    • Garden, terrace
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (English channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 100m from shops, 1km from restaurants, 10km E of Perros-Guirec (boat trips), 14km N of Lannion (main town), 30km W of Paimpol (harbour), 11km NW of Tréguier (market, cathedral).

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  • Chez Patou

    Milhac d’Auberoche, Dordogne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: F24535

    Near the famous caves of Rouffignac, south of the old town of Périgueux, this beautiful restored Périgourdine farm is full of charm in peaceful countryside. With an attractive private heated swimming pool and a large lawned garden full of flowers, this perfect holiday property has also two separate covered terraces for evening dinner parties by the pool. The spacious living/dining room opens with French doors to the garden on both sides and the separate kitchen also opens onto the terrace, making it practical for outdoor meals. The property has kept its wooden beams and old tiling and offers a very comfortable accommodation. A five minute drive leads to a large lake with a beach in Fossemagne. There are good markets all around and the town of Périgueux offers delicious sea food as well as farm products.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and beams. Kitchen with French doors to terrace. Double bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terraces
    • Private swimming pool heated to 25°C (10m x 5m, depth 1.1m to 1.6m, open June-Sept)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 5km to St. Pierre-de-Chignac (shop, café, restaurant), 6km to Fossemagne (beach on lake), 10km to cave at Rouffignac, 20km SE of Périgueux (old town, shops, museums, golf), 46km N of Sarlat (gastronomy town), 52km to Brive (airport).

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  • Casa Adam

    Locqueltas, Morbihan

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F56252

    This traditional Breton stone long house (Longère) close to the owner’s home has totally been renovated to offer modern comfort and decoration in a pleasant and quiet setting. The south facing terrace leads to a large private lawned garden, which goes on to woodland. The property is on two levels with two separate staircases leading to all of the bedrooms, this original architecture and layout allows each couple or family to keep total privacy. The large living room and dining room with French windows are very bright and spacious. Ten minutes drive will take you to Vannes where you can discover its walled town and the charm of the medieval half-timbered houses. Many crêperies, cafés and restaurants allow you take a comfortable break and sample some of the delicacies. Vannes is also the gateway of the Gulf of Morbihan, a beautiful and protected inner sea, sprinkled with tiny islands among which are the Ile aux Moines (Isle of Monks) and the Ile d’Arz.

    Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Two double bedrooms. Two shower rooms/WC

    • Large garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km S of Locqueltas (basic facilities), 11km N of Vannes (tourist town, walled town, gateway of the Gulf of Morbihan, all facilities and leisures), 16km from the beach of Vannes/Conleau.

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  • La Hamonière

    Savigny-le-Vieux, Manche

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: F50217

    This spacious, semi-detached holiday cottage is surrounded by a large private garden with a circular private splash pool (open Jul-Aug) and views across the countryside. It provides an ideal setting for those wishing to relax whilst discovering this historically important region. One of France’s most famous sites, Mont St. Michel, the 11th-century abbey, is only a short drive away and also nearby is the historic town of Avranches with its museums, gardens and shops and restaurants. The cosmopolitan seaside town of Granville is within easy reach with sandy beaches, casino and bustling cafés making it one of the region’s most visited resort towns and it also runs ferries to the Channel Isles.

    Living room. Kitchen/dining room. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Second staircase to two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Patio
    • Circular splash pool (15ft diameter, depth 4ft, open Jul-Aug)
    • Central heating
    • Woodburner
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 9km from St. Hilaire-du-Harouët, 29km SE of Avranches (museum, shops, restaurants), 43km SW of Mont St. Michel (historic landmark).

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  • Bénodet

    Bénodet

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: FBF533

    This charming holiday home is situated in Bénodet, the bustling seaside resort of Finistère, at the southern tip of Brittany. It offers a comfortable base, as well as a great view over one of the most beautiful rivers in France, the Odet, which joins the high seas. A nice trail, ideal for walking and cycling, passes just next to the house and leads you to the beach of Trez. A little further, 500m, discover the most famous beach resort of the area, which is patrolled from June to September and is ideal for families. At Bénodet, windsurfing, pedal boats and kayaks are available, and if you wish you can also spend a day at the thalassotherapy centre, the casino, the cinema and for the amateurs, there is one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in the west. Go further to the Pointe du Raz to see how the land and the ocean merge together. Visit the old town of Locronan or browse the ramparts of the walled city in Concarneau. Shop 1km, restaurant 100m and beach 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms. Second floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 2 twin bedrooms.

    Oil heater, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, balcony, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first and second floor. Some rooms with sloping ceilings. 2 steps to terrace.

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