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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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  • Céret

    Céret

    Grade
    3
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anglet

    Anglet

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: FAP038

    Located 300m from the beaches, this cosy holiday apartment is located in a gated residence with sea views from the balcony. Golfers will enjoy walking the path of Anglet Chiberta Biarritz. Locally you can enjoy the thalassotherapy centre for absolute relaxation. Biarritz is 1km, Bayonne 6km and St Jean de Luz, 18km. If you want to take a day trop to discover Spain, it is only 30km. With its unique landscape, the Basque Coast will amaze you. Acitivities include surfing, golf, fitness trails and walks along the coast. For gourmets, the many markets invite you to discover the gastronomic delights of the region such as ham, wines, cheeses and peppers, not to mention the food a la plancha, typical of the Basque Country. The apartment has a lift, a parking space, a park and a bus stop nearby. Biarritz 1km. Shops 3km, restaurant 100m, beach 300m.

    All on first floor (lift access): Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balcony, shared grounds, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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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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  • Renoir

    Bannalec, nr. Pont-Aven, Finistère

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F29522

    This stone-built terraced holiday cottage, one of four, lies in the extensive and well-maintained grounds of the Manoir du Menec in peaceful countryside, yet very well situated for exploring southern Finistère. It enjoys views from the terrace across lawns and woodland, and is elegant and comfortable with stylish French furnishings. The facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness and games room, sauna and Jacuzzi, all available to guests. The artists’ paradise of Pont-Aven, perfect for an afternoon stroll and tea, is a short drive, as is the popular walled Ville Close at Concarneau. A wide choice of beautiful beaches are less than half an hour’s drive away, including Raguenez, Port Manech, Trégunc, Kerfany and Trévignon. Several 18-hole golf courses are also within easy reach and there is a wide variety of outdoor activities to suit all tastes. These four stone-built holiday cottages (F29506, F29194, F29523 and F29522) lie in the extensive and well-maintained grounds of the Manoir du Menec in peaceful countryside, yet very well situated for exploring southern Finistère. The terraced cottages Renoir and Lautrec enjoy views from the terrace across lawns and woodland. The semi-detached Rousseau and Chopin are a little further from the main complex, with patios looking directly out over beautiful woodland. The cottages are elegant and comfortable with stylish French furnishings. The facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness and games room, sauna and Jacuzzi, all available to guests. The artists’ paradise of Pont-Aven, perfect for an afternoon stroll and tea, is a short drive, as is the popular walled Ville Close at Concarneau. A wide choice of beautiful beaches are less than half an hour’s drive away, including Raguenez, Port Manech, Trégunc, Kerfany and Trévignon. Several 18-hole golf courses are also within easy reach and there is a wide variety of outdoor activities to suit all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom (can be super kingsize). Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and bidet

    • Enclosed terrace with two steps
    • Shared woodland with eight steps and slopes
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (13m x 8m, depth 1.2m to 2.3m, open mid May - mid Sep), Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor games room and gymnasium
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1km from Saint-Jacques (bar), 4km N of Bannalec (market town, local shops, restaurant), 25km W of Quimperlé (hospital), 28km N of beaches, 30km from Concarneau (markets, all facilities, popular tourist town). Location: 1km from Saint-Jacques (bar), 4km N of Bannalec (market town, local shops, restaurant), 25km W of Quimperlé (hospital), 28km N of beaches, 30km from Concarneau (markets, all facilities, popular tourist town).

    All Properties:

    • Terrace
    • Shared woodland with eight steps and slopes
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (13m x 8m, depth 1.2m to 2.3m, open mid May - mid Sep), Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor games room and gymnasium
    • Electric heating
    • Satellite TV
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

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  • Layrac, nr. Agen

    Layrac, nr. Agen

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: W12774

    An ideal place to enjoy some variety in your holiday in south-west France. For relaxing on hot summer afternoons, a large covered terrace area overlooks the larger than average private swimming pool, gardens and a lake adjacent to this detached house. The interior features a bar area in the lounge and a conservatory. Two karting tracks, and lake for jet skis and water skiing within 5km. Cosmopolitan Agen is about 8km, whilst popular Moissac and pretty villages and bastides are within 40km. The spa town of Casteljaloux (with golf course and swimming lake with a sandy beach) is a similar distance. Because of its proximity to the main road networks, day trips to Bordeaux and some coastal resorts of the Atlantic coast, such as Arcachon, are possible. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, conservatory, bathroom with basin, 2 double bedrooms each with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Oil central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD, wi-fi at cost, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Montélimar

    Montélimar

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FPD182

    Set in Drôme Provençale, this beautiful holiday apartment has two large south-facing terraces and a bright, contemporary and cosy interior. It lies in a quiet residential area, close to the old historic centre of Montélimar, a thriving city dominated by the Château des Adhémar. It is also on the famous wine route in the heart of the Rhône Valley, which winds up to Vaucluse. The charming village of Montboucher-sur-Jabron, renowned for its Golf of Valdaine, is 4km away. Don’t miss a visit to the magnificent gorges of the Ardèche, the Enclave des Papes or Forest of Saou, dominated by the massive of the Trois Becs, renowned as an international climbing site. Also discover the Provençal markets and local products (honey, wine and lavender), and visit Orange, 50km. Shop 300m, restaurant 200m.

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

    Central heating, satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terraces, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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  • Rougiers

    Rougiers

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FCV679

    This 2-storey holiday property features a first floor balcony which is accessed via the shower room. It enjoys bright and spacious rooms, with the added convenience of air-conditioning in the lounge. Visit the nearby small town of Barjols, 22km, standing on a gently sloping hill in the Var region of Provence, in the peaceful countryside. Barjols has the most unusual features dotted around the town with over 40 fountains, washhouses and waterfalls. A tourist map will guide you to them all! Aubagne is 25km away, surrounded by hills and rocky crags, with an 11th-century church of Saint Sauveur at the top of the town with views across the surrounding hills. Golf nearby. Shop and restaurant 7km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Maligne, nr. Saumur

    Maligne, nr. Saumur

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: W14617

    Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, these two holiday homes (ref: W15179 a detached, converted barn and W14617 a semi detached holiday cottage) are set on the edge of a hamlet, and within walking distance of Martigné-Briand. Surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful location, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open mid June to mid September, the local wine and views. This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 800m.Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, these two holiday homes (ref: W15179 a detached, converted barn and W14617 a semi detached holiday cottage) are set on the edge of a hamlet, and within walking distance of Martigné-Briand.

    Surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful location, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open mid June to mid September, the local wine and views.

    This is an excellent base to discover the lovely region; within 30km is Saumur, renowned for its mushroom caves, enjoy golf or visit the château in Brissac-Quincé. Also nearby are Fontevraud Abbaye, the zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine and wine tasting.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 800m.

    Lower ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, shared washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, shared courtyard, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Lautherie Haute

    Le Change, nr. Périgueux, Dordogne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: F24538

    Along the valley of Auvézère, near Cubjac and Le Change, this charming, detached holiday villa is set in a very peaceful hamlet and has its own private swimming pool. The interior is tastefully decorated with antique furniture but has all the modern furnishings needed for everyday life. There are beaches on the river at Cubjac and also on the lake at Fossemagne. The caves of Rouffignac, and pretty riverside towns such as Montignac are less than half an hour away. Périgueux is also nearby with its market, offering farm products and fresh seafood, shops, cafés , restaurants and free evening concerts. Do not miss a visit to the château at Hautefort with its wonderful formal gardens. Canoeing, golf, tennis, horse riding and cycling are all within easy driving distance.

    Lower ground floor: Utility. Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors to terrace. Kitchen with French doors to terrace. Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC

    • Lawned garden with 5 steps
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (4m x 8m, depth 0.8m to 1.8m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Portable barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2km from Le Change (restaurant, café, River Auvézère, fishing), 15km from Fossemagne (beach on lake), 15km E of Périgueux (all facilities), 32km from Rouffignac (caves).

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