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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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  • Les Jardins de Magali

    Lauris, Vaucluse

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: F84261

    Nestling at the foot of the cliffs in the picturesque village of Lauris, this semi-detached holiday home has a swimming pool set into the cliffside - using water sourced from its own private spring dating from Gallo-Roman times (seen through the partially glazed bedroom floor). Lourmarin (3km) has gourmet restaurants and a beautiful château where art exhibitions are held. La Roque d’Antheron (5km) hosts a piano festival (July), and for sports enthusiasts, there is an 18-hole golf course at Pont Royal (9km), cycling and canoeing. Enjoy strolling through Aix-en-Provence, with its rich architecture and celebrated Cour Mirabeau (with terrace cafés and restaurants). Les Alpilles Mountains await discovery, as well as Les Baux-de-Provence with its olive groves lost to view descending towards St-Rémy-de-Provence. Further north is the Luberon Regional Park with its wild thyme and lavender, and many villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux, Ménerbes and Roussillon perched on hilltops of red and ochre.

    Twenty steps to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with sofa bed, French windows to balcony, and kitchen corner. King-size bedroom (can be twin). Single bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Shared enclosed courtyard with fountain
    • Five steps to private swimming pool (5m x 5m, depth 0.4m - 1.8m) with alarm
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV/DVD
    • Hi-fi
    • Internet
    • T/cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Two bicycles
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Unsuitable for the infirm and children under 10 (except babies under 12 mths).

    Location: Shops, bar/restaurant 500m, 3km from Lourmarin (restaurant), 15km from Pertuis, 70km from Carry-le-Rouet (beach).

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  • Le Closeau

    Courléon, Maine-et-Loire

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: F49139

    Set in the village of Courléon, this cosy cottage has been restored to a good standard and has an enclosed lawn and terrace, with only fields and vineyards beyond. The château at Gizeux is only a few minutes away and nearby Baugé has an interesting old town with winding streets and a leafy marketplace. Across the river is Saumur with its magnificent hillside château, cavalry school and modern shops and restaurants. Further afield is the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine, where animals roam in natural tufeau caves, the city of Angers with its unique tapestry, and the vineyards of St. Nicholas and Bourgueil are just a ten minute drive.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom with access to single bedroom.

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Electric convector heaters
    • W/machine
    • Combination m/wave/oven/grill
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Parking
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: Courléon village, 4km E of Vernoil (shops, bar), 15km from Borgeuil, 20km NE of Saumur (all facilities, château), 25km SE of Baugé (golf), 25km from the Loire Valley and its châteaux, 30km from Fontevraud (royal abbey), 45km from Tours.

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  • Céret

    Céret

    Grade
    3
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    1
    Ref: FLP090

    This lovely air-conditioned, first floor apartment is located in the beautiful town of Céret and has spacious, bright rooms with a picturesque terrace. The owner lives in the same building and is on hand shall you need any help or advice during your stay. The town of Céret was visited by many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso who loved the area for its colours and natural beauty. This town where artists found inspiration is nowadays home to the Cherry Festival, celebrated in May. The Mediterranean and pristine sandy beaches are only 23km away and places such as Palais de Rois de Majorque or Cathédrale-Notre-Dame-des-Anges are places that are worth spending an afternoon or two. The region also has many local dishes for you to try such as the cargolde (snails) and boutifarre, or arms of Venus which is a traditional delicious pastry. Spain is only 24km away and sporting enthusiasts can enjoy hiking trails, cross-country events, canyoning, mountain biking or even paragliding. Shop 800m and restaurant 100m.

    All on first floor: Lounge. Kitchen/diner. Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft).

    Electric heating. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Microwave. Garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. Barbecue. On street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Step from lounge to kitchen.

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  • Vallauris

    Vallauris

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: W13510

    Located within the owner’s grounds this detached single storey holiday villa is totally independent. It is peacefully located, and enjoys sea views and pleasant countryside. Only 3km from the beaches of Golfe Juan, it is difficult to find a more central location to discover all the Côte d’Azur has to offer. The Croissette at Cannes (12km), the Promenade des Anglais at Nice (34km), Grasse and Vence (both at 25km). An absolute must is the jet setters favourite, the immaculate principality of Monaco. After all the touring why not return to the property, away from the tourists, to enjoy a peaceful "al fresco" meal with a glass of local wine. Shop 1.5km, café/bar and restaurant 1km, beach 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 child’s single.

    Cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, patio, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Property is accessed via a steep road.

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  • Au Pont Tournant

    Vadencourt, nr. Guise, Aisne

    Grade
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    Ref: F02130

    Enjoy the peace and quiet at this detached lockkeeper’s house, once a turning bridge on the canal. It makes an ideal base for a fishing holiday (permit available locally) alongside the banks of the Canal-de-la-Sambre-à-l’Oise. A superb location for cycling with quiet roads and pretty villages. Guise is close by with its castle, dungeons, underground passages, weekly market and good selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. Visit St. Quentin with its amazing basillica or the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and cobbled streets and magnificent views over the countryside.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom leading to single bedroom with sloping ceilings and beams. 3 steps down to bathroom with over-bath shower, sloping ceiling

    • Garden
    • Unfenced canal frontage (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 7km from Guise (market town with shops, museum, restaurants), 15km from Nouvion (watersports centre, swimming pool, health centre), 26km from St. Quentin (basilique, shops, restaurants, bars), 45km from Laon, 60km from Centre Parcs.

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  • Les Hirondelles

    Fuilla, Pyrénées-Orientales

    Grade
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    Ref: F66132

    Located at the foot of the Pyrénées Mountain Range, this is one of two barn conversions within the discreet owners grounds. Peacefully located, it enjoys panoramic views over the local countryside and is an excellent holiday base to explore this breathtakingly beautiful region of France. Located only 3km from the fortified city of Villefranche de Confluent, a must is to take the small yellow train up to the high mountain peaks at Mont Louis. Discover picturesque villages such as the spa town of Vernet-les-Bains (6km). This area boasts over 320 days of sunshine per year, so take advantage and play a round of golf on top of a mountain at Fort Romeau (40km), laze on the beaches of Lake Matemale, both 5000 feet, or head to the historical town of Perpignan and endless miles of golden sandy beaches, 65km. Fly via Perpignan, Carcassonne or Girona (Spain). Can be booked with F66131.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen and patio doors to terrace. Spiral stairs to first floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Single bedroom

    • Shared enclosed terrace
    • Gas heating
    • Shared w/machine and t/dryer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Garden furniture
    • On street parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: Outskirts of Fuilla (shop and restaurant 800m), 10km SW of Prades (all facilities), 50km SW of Perpignan.

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  • Chez Mme L’Hopital-Cussiat

    Faverges, Haute-Savoie

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: T74014

    This real log-cabin displays a love of wood, with charming and original furnishings. Next to the owners’ home in their charming garden, it is very compact and has a west-facing balcony to benefit from afternoon/evening sun, and an east-facing sitting-out area. Set in a hamlet near Faverges, with ski buses for La Sambuy, it is ideal for family winter skiing. ’La Dent de Cons’ (2064m) has good walks to it from the door. Golf is at Giez (5km) amid wonderful mountain scenery. Lake Annecy has the beaches of Talloires and Menthon-St-Bernard with pedalo hire/boat trips. Genève 1 hour, Chamonix Mont Blanc, 2 hours.

    Lower level: Raised front balcony. Dining room with glass-fronted fireplace, corner kitchen and French windows to ground level terrace. Double bedroom. Cabin-style single bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Mezzanine (access via steep, open-tread stairs) with a double and single mattress on floor (extremely low headroom)

    • Shared entrance and garden
    • Electric heating
    • Glass-fronted fireplace
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km E of Faverges (most facilities, restaurants, supermarket), 5km E of Giez (18-hole golf), 10km W of Ugine (all facilities), 10km SE of Lake Annecy (all watersports), 27km S of Annecy (all facilities).

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  • Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: FAD246

    Set in the heart of the Dordogne, close to Lascaux, Sarlat and the caves of the Grand Roc, these holiday apartments are in the Vézère Valley surrounded by castles and prehistoric sites. You will find restaurants, cafés and bars in the centre of the village, and the apartments have use of a large shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June - mid September) and a large landscaped private lake for fishing. Threre is an impressive dam at the foot of the huge building, situated in a large park. The apartments each have a private entrance and have a wonderful view overlooking the water, as well as a spacious lounge and a private terrace with barbecue, ideal for outdoor eating. The National Museum of Prehistory, with its important paleolithic collection is also nearby. For sporting enthusiasts, there is canoeing on the Vézère and you can enjoy golf 12km away. Gastronomic specialties of the area include duck, truffles and nuts. Shop and restaurant 500m.Set in the heart of the Dordogne, close to Lascaux, Sarlat and the caves of the Grand Roc, these holiday apartments are in the Vézère Valley surrounded by castles and prehistoric sites. You will find restaurants, cafés and bars in the centre of the village, and the apartments have use of a large shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June - mid September) and a large landscaped private lake for fishing. Threre is an impressive dam at the foot of the huge building, situated in a large park.

    The apartments each have a private entrance and have a wonderful view overlooking the water, as well as a spacious lounge and a private terrace with barbecue, ideal for outdoor eating. The National Museum of Prehistory, with its important paleolithic collection is also nearby.

    For sporting enthusiasts, there is canoeing on the Vézère and you can enjoy golf 12km away. Gastronomic specialties of the area include duck, truffles and nuts.

    Shop and restaurant 500m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 single.

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, shared washing machine, dishwasher, terrace, microwave, shared garden, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Lake in grounds, dam close by.

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  • Gourfaleur

    Gourfaleur

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM406

    This charming, semi-detached, stone holiday property is set amidst in the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula and is an ideal place to discover all the historical treasures and wonderful countryside of Normandy. The owner lives on site. For sport enthusiasts visit Vélorail. Nature lovers will enjoy the many lovely walking opportunities in the area. Do not miss a visit to Bayeux to see its famous tapestries, but also the D-Day landing beaches. The city of Saint-Lô with all amenities and a public swimming pool is 5km away. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bidet and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 2 steps to lounge. Step to terrace.

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  • Bonnieux

    Bonnieux

    Grade
    3
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W13764

    This cottage in the picturesque hilltop village of Bonnieux, set on one of the most beautiful streets and built in stone dating back to the 12th century overlooking the Luberon valley, provides an ideal base for visiting various local attractions. The regional park of Luberon represents a paradise for ramblers and offers plenty of paths for walking and hiking. In nearby Apt there is a large Saturday market to explore. Quaint little alleys, with vaulted passage ways, arcades of houses and lined with shops, restaurants and cafes give one a real feeling of Provence. After a short drive there is the historical Papal city of Avignon with its famous bridge, Le Pont d’Avignon. One can appreciate its theatre festival in July. The Colorado Provençal at Roussillon attracts many visitors to see ochre coloured rocks as well as the Fontaine du Vaucluse which is a sight to behold also having its own intriguing legend regarding its source. There are also local farmers’ markets throughout the year including the one in the evening in Velleron. After an interesting day out, your cottage will be a cosy place to come back and reflect on your days adventures. Shop, cafe/bar and restaurant 200m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, summer room, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Annexe: 1 single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher, terrace, barbecue. One pet welcome. NB: External stairs to entrance have no handrail.

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  • Canals

    Canals

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: W15050

    These delightful semi-detached holiday cottages are located in a small village between the bastide town of Montauban (18km) and Toulouse (36km), they are in an ideal location for exploring both rural and urban France. Toulouse is both cultural and cosmopolitan. Visit the famous St. Sernin Basillica, the Musée des Abbatoirs and the Cité d’Espace. Montauban is a ’town of art and history’ with plenty to amuse all ages and interests. Alternatively, stroll or cycle along the Canal du Midi which passes through the village or visit the bastide towns of Bruniquel, Penne and Puycelci, among others, which are guaranteed to impress. Take a canoe/kayak trip along the Gorges de l’Averon and enjoy the spectacular river valley with its rocky cliffs, rapids and rock pools. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 500m.These delightful semi-detached holiday cottages are located in a small village between the bastide town of Montauban (18km) and Toulouse (36km), they are in an ideal location for exploring both rural and urban France. Toulouse is both cultural and cosmopolitan. Visit the famous St. Sernin Basillica, the Musée des Abbatoirs and the Cité d’Espace. Montauban is a ’town of art and history’ with plenty to amuse all ages and interests.

    Alternatively, stroll or cycle along the Canal du Midi which passes through the village or visit the bastide towns of Bruniquel, Penne and Puycelci, among others, which are guaranteed to impress.

    Take a canoe/kayak trip along the Gorges de l’Averon and enjoy the spectacular river valley with its rocky cliffs, rapids and rock pools.

    Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 500m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet. First floor: Utility room, bathroom with shower over bath and twin basins, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, video, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, shared enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steep stairs to first floor, sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

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  • Gatteville-le-Phare

    Gatteville-le-Phare

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM093

    This charming, little, semi-detached holiday house, constructed of brick and stone in 1920, is located in a small old railway station and there are two hiking trails from here. The working lighthouse at Gatteville is close by, also known as Pointe de Barfleur Light. It stands at 75m tall, and is the third tallest traditional lighthouse in the world. For alternative day trips, visit Cherbourg, approximately 28km away, where you will find all amenities and a lovely harbour front whilst Saint-Pierre-Église is approximately 12km. Here you will find most amenities and a weekly Wednesday market. Shop and restaurant 6km, beach 2.6km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single

    Electric central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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