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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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  • Canals

    Canals

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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.

  • 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.

  • Vallauris

    Vallauris

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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.

  • 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).

  • Port Manec’h

    Port Manec’h

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14473

    These holiday cottages are in an excellent position, close to the picturesque and sheltered port, and a local beach just 300m away, as well as the popular main beach of Port Manec’h (1km). The properties have an open-plan living area and a sheltered outdoor area perfect for evening meals. Locally are bars, restaurants and shops (seasonal), whilst the nearby, traditional village of Névez has a weekly market and a full range of amenities. The kilometres of coastline boast scenic river estuaries with sheltered coves, or explore the long, dune-backed white sands of Raguénez, known as Tahiti. Visit the artists’ centre of Pont Aven, with its picturesque riverside setting, and historic Concarneau, with its marina and fortified Ville Close full of boutiques and crêperies. Refs W14472, W14473 and W14474 may be booked together to accommodate up to 14 guests. Shop 3km, café/bar and restaurant 3km, beach 300m.These holiday cottages are in an excellent position, close to the picturesque and sheltered port, and a local beach just 300m away, as well as the popular main beach of Port Manec’h (1km).

    The properties have an open-plan living area and a sheltered outdoor area perfect for evening meals.

    Locally are bars, restaurants and shops (seasonal), whilst the nearby, traditional village of Névez has a weekly market and a full range of amenities. The kilometres of coastline boast scenic river estuaries with sheltered coves, or explore the long, dune-backed white sands of Raguénez, known as Tahiti. Visit the artists’ centre of Pont Aven, with its picturesque riverside setting, and historic Concarneau, with its marina and fortified Ville Close full of boutiques and crêperies. Refs W14472, W14473 and W14474 may be booked together to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Shop 3km, café/bar and restaurant 3km, beach 300m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, microwave, small private gravelled garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on road parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to entrance. Sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

  • Cannes

    Cannes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FCA330

    This modern and bright holiday apartment is located on the 2nd floor of this central apartment block, not far from the city centre and the magnificent beaches. The appealing living room and two spacious bedrooms will provide holidaymakers with a comfortable base. The two bedrooms and shower rooms ensure ample facilities and privacy for all the guests. Situated on the renowned French Riviera, Cannes is world famous for its annual film festival, quality boutiques, prestigious hotels and an enviable coastline with sandy beaches. Beach 900m, shops and restaurant 500m.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, washing machine, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking, please.

  • Le Cygne

    Grues, Vendée

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F85140

    Just ten minutes’ drive from the glorious Vendée beaches, these holiday properties are set on a former farm on the wide open spaces of the Marais Desseche. Le Cygne (ref F85140) and Le Héron (ref F85141) are converted from former farm buildings, each with private terrace, and have been carefully renovated to retain the charm and features of earlier times. La Cigogne (ref F85203) and Le Colvert (ref F85204) are part of the former farmhouse, and provide simple accommodation in a traditional style. These four properties share the use of a heated swimming pool (open 15 May - 30 Sep). Fishing is available on the lake within the grounds, and on the canal just 1km away. This fascinating area of reclaimed land is criss-crossed with canals and has uninterrupted views for miles. Close by, the charming village of Angles has shops, bars and restaurants, with a further choice at La Tranche-sur-Mer. The coastline here has miles of sandy beaches, backing onto natural dunes and shady pine forests, making it ideal for family holidays. There are excellent facilities for water sports, including jet-ski hire, windsurfing and sailing, as well as go karting, micro-lights, tennis, golf and riding in the surrounding area. Further afield, the old port of La Rochelle is easily accessible, as is the bustling resort of Les Sables d’Olonne, offering daily boat trips to the beautiful island of Yeu.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC

    • Electric heating
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Terrace
    • Separate parking.

    Location: 1km from fishing lake, 5km E of Angles (shops, bars, restaurants), 11km NE of La Tranche-sur-Mer (supermarket, beaches, water sports), 21km SW of Luçon (all facilities).

    All properties: Shared lawned area

    • Shared heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.1m to 1.7m)
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Fenced pond and unfenced drainage canal in the grounds (take care with children).

  • Fréhel

    Fréhel

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FBC593

    These two semi-detached, holiday properties are situated on the discreet owner’s farm, where you can enjoy watching the cows being milked and see the new born calves. Nestled between land and sea they are close to Saint-Malo and within walking distance of Cape Freels, and only 1.5km away from large sandy beaches. The interiors are nicely decorated and comfortable, and there is a shared outdoor hot tub (available from May), which is sunken to facilitate wheelchair access, as well as shared table tennis and swing. FBC592 has 3 bedrooms for 4 people, with possibility of an extra bed on request. FBC593 has 2 rooms for 2 adults and 2 children it is a traditional cottage with low doors and its attic bedroom is perfect for children. There are lots to see and do in the area including Cap Fréhel, Fort-la-Latte, Les Sables-d’Or, and Les Pins with its protected wildlife. Shop, restaurant and beach 1.5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 children’s twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor. 2 steps to terrace from double bedroom. Sloping ceiling on first floor.

  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FVE004

    This charming Vendée house with a conservatory is situated in the beautiful resort of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is just 3km away, with its fishing harbour, promenade, rocky coves, shops, cafés and restaurants. Watersports can also be found here, with windsurfing, sailing, sand yachts and kite surfing all on offer. La Roche-sur-Yon, 48km, has a Tuesday and Thursday outdoor market, botanical garden, bowling, a children’s play centre, horse riding and a train station. The city of Nantes, situated on the Loire river, is 78km away, with its many churches, historical buildings, museums and botanical garden. Shop 1km, restaurant 800m, beach 1.5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, conservatory, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to lounge.

  • Le Petit Castelet

    Domme, Dordogne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F24402

    Restored, decorated and furnished to a very good standard, this delightful holiday cottage is situated just a short walk (50m) from the main square of this enchanting medieval village. Domme, known as the "Acropolis of Dordogne", with its atmospheric cobbled streets and towered gateways, is remarkably situated on a rocky crag overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Situated just below the owner’s castelet, it enjoys the benefit of a private walled garden with terrace and discreet access to the swimming pool through a gate into another walled garden. There are magnificent panoramic views from the bedrooms and gardens. It is only a few kilometres away from the lovely medieval market town of Sarlat, and is within easy reach of La Roque-Gageac, the world-famous caves of Lascaux, as well as many châteaux - Beynac, Fenelon and Castelnaud being amongst the best known.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Large dressing room. Double bedroom with queen size bed. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Private enclosed lawned garden with 3m drop (gated)
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.3m), open May-Sept
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: There are 2 steps up to entrance.

    Location: 50m from Domme (shopping, baker, bars, restaurants, tennis), 200m (shops, restaurants) 2km N of Cénac (most facilities, riding, canoeing), 2km from River Dordogne (beaches), 6km S of Vitrac (golf course), 12km S of Sarlat.

  • Créances-Plage

    Créances-Plage

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM382

    This compact, cosy holiday cottage is located in Créances-Plage, in a national park, with 5km of sandy beaches just 1.7km away. Close by, visit the market town of Lessay, with a historic abbey. The city of Coutances is worth a visit, with its gothic cathedral, art museum and botanic gardens. 25km from Coutances, there is a zoological park, which will entertain the children. Explore Granville, with its harbour and promenade, and other attractions, including the Christian Dior Museum, the church of Notre-Dame du Cap Lihou and the historic centre with great shopping. Golf nearby. Shop 200m, beach 1.7km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), stereo/CD player, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

  • St-Germain-sur-Ay

    St-Germain-sur-Ay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W10619

    This detached fisherman’s house, with a lounge/diner that opens out onto the garden, is situated just 220 yards (200m) from a golden sandy beach. Set in a wonderful location, it is a great place for walking, swimming or surfing at the beach or simply relaxing. The harbour towns of Carteret and Portbail, with many shops and boat trips to Jersey are within driving distance, as is historical Coutances. Visit the landing beaches and Utah Beach with its museum or enjoy the many sea food restaurants dotted along the coast. Shops, café/bar 55 yards (50m), restaurant 164 yards (150m) and beach 220 yards (200m).

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, colour TV, radio, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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