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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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  • Hill Top House

    Fréjus, Var

    Grade
    12
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCV576

    This pretty semi-detached, air-conditioned Provençal holiday house is located in a charming area, perched on the hills in the heart of the Esterel Massif. Beautifully decorated, it has open views and shaded terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, it has a private swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers and the terrace has garden furniture and barbecue, with both beautiful views of the Esterel Mountains and the sea. The property is close to the lovely seaside resort of Mandelieu, and with Cannes and the famous festival, and Fréjus with its Roman ruins and long sandy beach is easily reached. While in Mandelieu, golfers will love the three superb golf courses, two 18-hole and one 9-hole.

    Living room with French doors to patio. Kitchen/dining room with French doors to patio. Four bedrooms: Three double, one twin with two additional bunk beds. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool (24m²)
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Colour TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 7km from Mandelieu (shops and restaurants), 8km from beach, 16km from Cannes, 20km from Fréjus.

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  • Boulbon

    Boulbon

    Grade
    12
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: FPB269

    Set in the charming village of Boulbon, this lovely, spacious, air-conditioned property is a fantastic family base. The property is set amongst large and beautifully maintained gardens and enjoys a fantastic outdoor swimming pool (78m², open Jun-Sep) along with a terrace area, sun loungers and barbecue, providing plenty of space for the whole family to sit back, relax and dine al fresco. The interior is bright, airy and lovingly presented creating a true home from home. The village of Boulbon is steeped in history with its castle, chapels and sundials, and is perfect for those who love to explore the culture of the region. Also perfect for hikers, there are many trails around the village. For those wishing to venture further afield, Avignon and Tarascon are both within easy reach and provide excellent day trips. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 bathrooms with basin (one with no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 double bedrooms (one with additional bunk bed), double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, 3 satellite TVs, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Steps up to bath. Step to shower. Multiple steps in garden.

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  • Beaumesnil

    Beaumesnil

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: W14374

    Situated only one hour from the Normandy landings beaches and set within 30 acres of private land, Le Grand Chêne is a lovingly renovated, semi-detached, country farmhouse dating back to the 16th Century. Offering access to woodland walks and nearby lake and river fishing, the property has a private outdoor swimming pool (65m²), table tennis, boules and a swing. A large split-level kitchen and dining room leads through to a salon with an imposing fireplace. A games room includes a pool table, dart board, weights bench and exercise bike. Generous accommodation for up to 12 guests is provided along with a patio and barbecue area. Le Grand Chêne lies 8km from the historic town of Vire with all amenities. Nearby is an 18-hole golf course, the River Vire and the La Dathée Lake. Granville, 30 minutes’ drive offers sandy beaches, a casino and ferry trips to the Channel Islands. Fishing, horse riding, canoeing, tennis, water park, indoor 10-pin bowling and snooker club locally, plus more outdoor activities at local adventure park. Shop and café/bar 1.5km, restaurant 8km.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room. Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, games room, shower room with toilet and basin. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, both plus single bed. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, all fuel and power at cost, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dyer, dishwasher, 2 freezers, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, shared grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Up to two pets welcome. NB: River flows through the land.

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  • Quiestede, nr. St Omer

    Quiestede, nr. St Omer

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: W12277

    This large semi-detached house is in a lovely rural location and runs off renewable energy. The owner, tenants and guests have the advantage of a shared games room with billiards, table tennis, table football and darts, and in the large garden there is a shared outdoor swimming pool (22m²) open mid May-mid September, boules pitch, tennis court, football goal and gym. The property is located near St Omer, one of the oldest towns of Northern France, with its many canals, squares and lovely buildings. The Belgian city of Bruges is an hour away, or visit the sandy beaches and resorts of the Côte d’Opale, including Le Touquet, Hardelot and Wimereux, all with superb golf courses. Boulogne with its National Sealife Centre or the WW2 Museum at La Coupole make excellent days out for the whole family, or spend a day at the family amusement parks of Parc Astérix or Bagatelle. Shop 0.6 miles (1km), café/bar 550 yards (500m), restaurant 1.2 miles (3km), beach 30 miles (50km).

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms; 1 double plus single bed, 1 adult bunk plus single bed. Second floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV, wi-fi, dishwasher, freezer, shared lawned garden, shared garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Maison de la Rose

    Gorges, nr. La Haye-du-Puits, Manche

    Grade
    12
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F50230

    Tucked away in a quiet hamlet on the picturesque Cotentin Peninsula, Maison de la Rose is a charming detached holiday cottage set in a large mature garden. Furnished in French country style, and featuring beamed ceilings and a large open fire, this characterful property is only a few kilometres from the busy market town of La-Haye-du-Puits. A little further afield is the historic town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the famous D-Day beaches, centres for the annual D-Day celebrations held in the area every year. Also nearby are the beaches at St. Germain-sur-Ay and Carteret, which operates a seasonal ferry service to Jersey.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to mezzanine: Double bedroom with additional single bed. First floor: Four bedrooms: Three double, one with additional single bed, one with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin

    • 1-acre garden
    • Grounds
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • CD/stereo
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 5km from Sainteny (restaurant, bar, local amenities), 8km from La Haye-du-Puits (all amenities), 18km from St. Germain-sur-Ay (sandy beaches), 30km from Coutances (cathedral, gardens), 34km W of Carteret (beaches, seafood)

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  • La Bégude-De-Mazenc

    La Bégude-De-Mazenc

    Grade
    13
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FPD078

    This ancient mountain farm, dating back to the 18th century, retaining a wealth of character, with views of the surrounding fields of lavender and ancient woodlands of oak and pine. The interior is understated and elegant. Outside, relax on the pleasant, shaded terrace or in the attractive, private swimming pool. Boules, table-football, children’s outdoor toys and a volleyball court are available for use. The famous village of Bégude de Mazenc is well known for its potters and its micro-climate. A real haven of peace, the property promises wonderful holidays under the Provence sun. Montélimar, the nougat capital, is only 16km, where you can visit one of the many museums such as Musee Europeen de l’Aviation de Chasse, where you can see old aircrafts, and Nougat Arnaud Soubeyran Fabrique and Musee, is where you can see how nougat is made. Shop and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge, kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 plus single, 2 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Low beamed, sloping ceilings in some rooms. Drops in garden.

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  • Kassie

    Montagrier, Dordogne

    Grade
    13
    6
    0
    5
    Ref: F24466

    Set in peaceful grounds, this typical ‘demeure de charme’ from the 17th century has been restored with lots of love from the owner. All the rooms are tastefully furnished in a romantic country style for comfort and relaxing. Ideal for a large family or group of friends. The large, flat, enclosed garden is ideal for children. The large covered terrace is perfect for summer evenings, barbecues, and dining. The pool area is also very relaxing, with the large pool house where two beds are waiting for the traditional ‘siesta’. The holiday villa is very close to Périgueux with shops, medieval old town, and a market on a Wednesday.

    Living/dining room with corner kitchen, open fire, billiard table. Shower room/WC. Bathroom/WC, shower attachment. Kingsize bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Queensize bedroom, en-suite shower room (no WC). Three double bedrooms. Twin bedroom with additional single bed, sitting room, en-suite shower room/WC. External games room

    • Landscaped garden with orchard
    • Covered terrace with outdoor kitchen
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.3m to 1.7m) and Roman steps
    • Pool house, two day beds
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km to Montagrier (bar, restaurant), 3km to Tocane Saint Apre (shops, restaurant, supermarket), 130km from Royan, 180km to Arcachon (beach).

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  • Le Bois Derré

    Eancé, nr. Châteaubriant, Ille et Vilaine

    Grade
    13
    5
    1
    3
    Ref: F35154

    At the crossroads of Brittany and the Loire, on the outskirts of a rural village is this traditional, 1880s, restored, semi-detached longhouse. Upstairs there is a games room/bar, with a keep fit area and a real pub pool table, darts and bar. Outside there is a large garden, and the private outdoor swimming pool. The owners also conveniently live on-site with a separate entrance to their property and garden. The coast of Brittany with La Baule or St. Malo, are within easy reach. The holiday property is also well placed for the Loire Valley, with Ancenis and Angers the first ports of call for a château or some wine tasting, or explore the lesser known Breton châteaux at Fougères and Vitré. Closer to home is the very pretty market town of Martigné-Ferchaud, and Châteaubriant, the local historical capital, has much to see.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove. Second living room with electric woodburner. Dining room/ kitchen. Utility. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Double bedroom leading to twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Two staircases to first floor (one open-tread): Games room with pool table, darts, TV, gym and bar. Double bedroom with two additional single beds, en-suite bathroom/ WC. Double bedroom with additional single bed. Beams

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1m)
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • Electric woodburner
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Two digital TVs (English channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi (limited range)
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Pool table
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from fishing, 2km from Eancé (baker and small shops), 5km from Martigné-Ferchaud (market town, supermarket), 20km from Châteaubriant (all amenities), 50km from Rennes (regional capital, airport), 65km from Loire Valley.

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  • Les Coureilles

    St Martin-des-Combes, Dordogne

    Grade
    13
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: FDO48

    Set in an original Huguenot settlement, this detached stone farmhouse with a Perigordine pigeonnier, has been lovingly restored by the owners. The house is situated in over 25 acres of protected woodland and pasture, excellent for long walks to neighbouring châteaux. The house lies at the end of a chalk track that runs through this small hamlet. It has a large garden with a huge expanse of lawn and a "loving seat" in a secluded spot, plus plenty of trees for shade. It is blessed with two wide, south-facing terraces overlooking the garden and a large swimming pool. There is a wooden cabin, perfect for children’s camp outs, table tennis and an outdoor fire pit for star gazing. Ideally situated between the historic towns of Bergerac, Périgueux and Sarlat with its many local vineyards.

    Ground floor: Living room with oak floor. Sitting/media room. Step to kitchen/dining room. Shower room/WC. Utility. First floor: Five bedrooms: One kingsize four poster with en-suite bathroom/WC with roll-top bath, one kingsize with additional single, one kingsize with folding single, one twin, one bunk (can be twin) with additional pull-out bed. Low beams in some bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower over Jacuzzi bath

    • Part-enclosed, lawned garden with steep woods
    • Terraces
    • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.7m to 2.5m), Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • Two woodburners
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • Range
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • I-pod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 5km from St Georges-de-Montlard (shop, restaurant, boulangerie), 14km from Vergt (lake swimming), 23km from Bergerac (old quarter, river, market, restaurants, nearby châteaux), 35km from Périgueux (historic town dating from Roman era, medieval houses), 50km from Monpazier (beautiful Bastide town, market), 65km from Sarlat (historic Dordogne town, restaurants, market, all facilities).

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  • Montrevault

    Montrevault

    Grade
    13
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: FVM042

    This beautiful medieval holiday property is spacious, comfortable and well appointed. The property dominates the bridge over the river leading to the village. It offers an orchard, garden and grounds of 1 hectare, and has a games room with table tennis and games. There are numerous activities in the village including tennis courts, a basketball field and a library. While the surrounding area has various outdoor pursuits available including fishing along the river. History lovers will find the region rich in a cultural and architectural heritage, and Angers with its magnificent Loire castles is a must. Shop and restaurant 200m.

    Lounge, second lounge, 2 dining rooms, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms with bath, toilet and basin, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 6 bedrooms: 5 double, 1 plus single bed, 1 single, single bed in hallway.

    Central heating, open fire in lounge, cot, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, garage. One pet welcome. NB: Slopes and drops in grounds. River nearby.

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  • Tasque, nr. Tarbes

    Tasque, nr. Tarbes

    Grade
    13
    6
    0
    2
    Ref: W15086

    These two charming holiday properties (ref W15086 and W15087) are situated in the Gers region, an area characterised by sleepy bastide villages and rolling hills, with the Pyrénées visible to the south. La Maison Rouge (ref W15086, with private swimming pool) is a beautiful old stone house that has been tastefully restored creating a very comfortable and welcoming holiday home. In the garden, a covered dining terrace sits next to the very inviting private outdoor swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2 to 1.5m). The adjoining cottage (ref W15087, no swimming pool) has been renovated to a good standard and provides all the necessary comforts for a great holiday. It has a lovely covered terrace for al fresco dining. There are many small villages to explore within easy driving distance, offering the opportunity to sample the local gastronomic specialities including Armagnac, Côtes de Gascogne, foie gras and wild mushrooms at the tempting restaurants. Maubourguet’s Tuesday morning market is a feast for the senses, with the specialities of the region aplenty. A little further, Aire-sur-l’Adour is on the road to St Jacques-de-Compostela. The local area offers a range of activities, with lots of hiking routes, proximity to the Pyrénées for adventure sports and, owing to a long association with horses, many equestrian centres. Visit the ancient towns of Aire-sur-l’Adour, Auch the capital of Gers, or Lectoure, a beautiful hilltop town. The properties are also a 10-minute drive from the famous Marsiac Jazz Festival. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 1km.

    La Maison Rouge (ref W15086, with private swimming pool) is a beautiful old stone house that has been tastefully restored creating a very comfortable and welcoming holiday home. In the garden, a covered dining terrace sits next to the very inviting private outdoor swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2 to 1.5m). The adjoining cottage (ref W15087, no swimming pool) has been renovated to a very high standard and provides all the necessary comforts for a great holiday. It has a lovely covered terrace for al fresco dining.

    There are many small villages to explore within easy driving distance, offering the opportunity to sample the local gastronomic specialities including Armagnac, Côtes de Gascogne, foie gras and wild mushrooms at the tempting restaurants. Maubourguet’s Tuesday morning market is a feast for the senses, with the specialities of the region aplenty. A little further, Aire-sur-l’Adour is on the road to St Jacques-de-Compostela. The local area offers a range of activities, with lots of hiking routes, proximity to the Pyrénées for adventure sports and, owing to a long association with horses, many equestrian centres. Visit the ancient towns of Aire-sur-l’Adour, Auch the capital of Gers, or Lectoure, a beautiful hilltop town. The properties are also a 10-minute drive from the famous Marsiac Jazz Festival.

    Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen, dining room, utility room, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, separate toilet with basin, 1 kingsize bedroom. Mezzanine with play area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 child’s twin plus child’s four-poster bed. Second floor: Second lounge, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, 3 kingsize bedrooms.

    Oil heating, woodburner in lounge and dining room, cot, highchair, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings on second floor. Open sided, open-tread stairs to mezzanine.

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  • Les Pignotts, nr. Nontron

    Les Pignotts, nr. Nontron

    Grade
    13
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: W12023

    This detached villa is on the outskirts of Maisonnais-sur-Tardoire, a typically French village close to the borders of the Dordogne and Haute Vienne. The house is set in 9 acres of land and looks out over the private fishing lake, which along with several varieties of fish, is regularly stocked with carp. Limoges, famous for its porcelain and china products is 31 miles (52km) drive, and now has an airport, is worth a visit and the village of Oradour, a monument to the Second World War are both within easy driving distance. The property is spacious and well equipped and includes a ‘salle de jeux’ with a pool table, a ‘salle de sport’ with an impressive Jacuzzi, sauna and gym and a private swimming pool (heated on request at supplement) with paved area. Shop 255 yards (250m), café/bar and restaurant 3 miles (5km).

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, bathroom with separate shower and 2 basins (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin. First floor: Second lounge, shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms, 2 double, 1 adult bunk plus single, double sofa bed in second lounge.

    Gas central heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, video, stereo/CD, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Stone spiral steps to first floor. Property located on a working farm, lake close by.

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