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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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  • Savignac-Lédrier

    Savignac-Lédrier

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    Ref: FAD236

    This attractive pigeonnier with outdoor swimming pool (50m², open Jun-Sep) is situated in the beautiful and spacious grounds of the English owner’s home. An exterior stone staircase leads to the living accommodation and first floor dining terrace with extensive views across the open countryside. There is also a covered south facing dining area at ground floor level. This is an ideal place for couples wishing to explore this delightful area of the Dordogne including the small market town of Lanouaille, 2km, Payzac, 5km, Saint-Médard-d’Excideuil, 9km and the lake at Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac, 9km. Other areas to explore include Ségur-le-Château, 10km (a pretty riverside village with restaurants), Excideuil, 11km (with a Thursday market and château), Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, 18km (a lively market town), Montignac, 45km (famous Lascaux II Caves), Périgueux, 56km (cathedral city with Wednesday and Saturday markets) and Sarlat, 70km (historic medieval town, Saturday and Wednesday markets). The owners keep two dogs, along with ducks and chickens which ensure a good supply of fresh eggs. Shop and restaurant 2km.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Shower room with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom.

    Central heating. Cot. Satellite TV. CD player. Wi-fi. Microwave. Garden. Terrace. Balcony. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Pond in garden.

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  • Ambleteuse, nr. Boulogne

    Ambleteuse, nr. Boulogne

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    Ref: W11664

    Set in a quiet hamlet near the coast, situated next to the owner’s home this detached holiday cottage is an ideal base to discover this pleasant area. It is decorated and is well equipped. In the village there is a museum of WWII and nearby there is a sandy golf course. Boulogne offers many restaurants and shops and do not miss the sea centre of Nausicaa and the old city. The hinterland has various landscapes with pretty little villages, appreciated by cyclists, runners or riders. Shop 0.75 miles (1.2km), café/bar and restaurant 0.75 miles (1.2km), beach 1.25 miles (2km).

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, colour digital TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, shared courtyard, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: There are low ceilings in the bedroom and bathroom, and a steep spiral staircase at this property.

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  • Argia

    St. Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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    Ref: F64133

    This old basquaise house, divided into flats, sits south of Biarritz, on the main road between St. Jean-de-Luz and the Spanish border. This ground floor apartment has been colourfully decorated. The bedroom is bright, as is the large living room, which is very welcoming with mirrors, antique lighting and elegant funishings. It has a terrace with outdoor furnishings and statues. Being in St. Jean-du-Luz, a very lively town, you have all facilities on your doorstep, such as golf, restaurants, sea food markets by the harbour and interesting shops.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed, wooden floor and French doors to large terrace. Kitchen with tiled floor. One kingsize bedroom (can be twin). Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and double basin

    • Large terrace
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture.

    Location: In St. Jean-de-Luz (shops, restaurants, beaches, museums, harbour, market), 1km from beach, 3.5km from golf, 17km from Biarritz (all facilities, casino, health sea thalassotherapy treatments), 14km from Spain (Irun, shopping), 33km from San Sebastian (shops).

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  • Harmony

    St. Raphaël, Var

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    Ref: F83158

    Just across the road from a sandy beach, close to local shops and bars, this attractive first floor apartment is perfectly situated to enjoy all the attractions of the lively resort of St. Raphaël, with its colourful pavement cafés and shady squares. Set in a modern building, it is attractively furnished with a touch of Oriental style, and enjoys a balcony overlooking the shared swimming pool, with a glimpse of the sea to one side. St. Raphaël has sandy beaches, palm trees, a buzzing nightlife and bustling evening markets along the promenade, as well as a waterworld. Nearby is St. Tropez, with beaches and pretty harbour lined with artists, while Cannes has designer boutiques and magnificent summer firework displays.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with doors to balcony. Kitchen with double hob (no conventional oven). Kingsize bedroom. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

    • Shared enclosed gardens with colourful rockeries
    • Shared swimming pool (13m x 6.5m, depth 1m to 3m), open mid-May to mid-Sept
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • Parking within enclosed grounds
    • Balcony table and chairs.

    Location: 3km E of St. Raphaël (nightlife, boutiques, bars, safari park), 38km E of St. Tropez (beaches, boutiques, nightlife), 38km W of Cannes (all-year-round festivals, la Croisette).

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  • Villa Ama Lur

    St. Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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    Ref: F64119

    Set 1km from the centre of Ascain - one of the most beautiful Basque villages - this first floor holiday apartment is close to the beach at Saint Jean-de-Luz and a golf course (more 18-hole courses within 20km). Enjoy breathtaking mountain views from the south-facing balcony, or sit in the large landscaped garden or garden house with dining area and barbecue. The discreet owner lives on the ground floor and speaks English. Beaches at Biarritz and Hendaye are a short drive. Visit Spain, Fuenterrabia or San Sebastian - the jewel of the Atlantic coast.

    Ground floor: Separate WC. First floor: Living room with American kitchen and south-facing balcony. Library area. Kingsize bedroom with balcony. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Large landscaped garden with garden house
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • English library
    • Wi-fi
    • Private parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Ascain (shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarket), 5km from Saint Jean-de-Luz (beaches, harbour, thalasso, casino, museums, art galleries, sailing, surfing, canoeing), 12km from Biarritz (beaches, casino), 30km from San Sebastian (shopping, casino).

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  • Ploëzal

    Ploëzal

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    Ref: FBC096

    This semi-detached holiday property invites you to take a relaxing break in the heart of the magnificent region of Brittany, where you will be able to enjoy the peaceful countryside setting. Not far from here is the small town of Pontrieux, as is the Château of Roche-Jagu which overlooks the Trieux estuary. Also worth a visit are Lannion, 18km with exposed timiber framed buildings and Paimpol, 13km with its narrow streets and alleys. A choice of beaches include Côte de Granit Rose, 14km, Perros-Guirec, 20km and Tregastel 24km. Don’t miss a day out at the enchanted forest at Huelgoat, 56km. Shop and restaurant 4km, beach 14km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/curtained area with double bed (access from one side only), kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), internet connection, microwave, shared grounds, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

    Leuhan, nr. Châteauneuf

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    Ref: W14789

    These 2 traditional stone-built holiday cottages, close to the owner’s home, look out onto the same yard, but each has a private terraced area for peaceful evening barbecues in this rural hamlet. The cottages are cosy and cheerful; one is detached and coloured in shades of blue (ref W14790), and one is semi-detached and coloured in shades of green (ref W14789). There are original beams and a woodburner in the open-plan living areas. You can enjoy uninterrupted strolls in the local countryside, with hills and picturesque riverside footpaths. There is a historic château locally, as well as the attractive market town of Châteauneuf-du-Faou (10km). The regional capital of Quimper, with its imposing cathedral, is nearby, and the coast is within easy reach to both south and west; with the popular Bénodet, Concarneau and Fouesnant for family fun on the beach, or the wilder and more remote Crozon Peninsula. Fishing can be found 3km away. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km, beach 45km.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km, beach 45km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower, toilet and basin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, DVD player, wi-fi, shared washing machine, microwave, fridge, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceiling in double bedroom.

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  • Clécy

    Clécy

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    Ref: FNC168

    This delightful, holiday cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for couples looking to get away and enjoy a peaceful holiday in the north of France. In the heart of Clécy, its beautiful surroundings include the Orne river which runs along the superb backdrop of an abrupt and picturesque rocky ridge. The village is very much known for its local sports and of course its magnificent walks and hikes across its brilliant scenery. Within this region of Calvados, visitors will enjoy the vast culture on offer with a mix of festivals and celebrations. It has become a massive tourist area due to all its seaside resorts and culinary specialties. Shop 14km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, microwave, garden, garden furniture, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, turning stairs (no handrail) to first floor. Sloping ceilings.

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  • Eymet

    Eymet

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    Ref: W14669

    This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets. Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public. The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.This pair of cottages (Cottage l, ref W14669 and Cottage ll, ref W14670) are situated in two hectares of gardens with lovely countryside views from their south facing terraces and the shared outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4m, open May to September) with terrace. Simply but comfortably furnished in rustic style with many beams and stone walls they are most suitable for couples wanting an affordable holiday in a very popular area of the Dordogne, ideal for golfers and canoeing enthusiasts. The discreet English owner lives in the grounds. The historic bustling bastide town of Eymet is close by with a weekly market, cafes, bars and restaurants. The charming bastide towns of Duras and Monségur are within a short drive and also have colourful weekly markets.

    Nearby Bergerac straddles the River Dordogne and is the largest town in the Périgord Pourpre département, an area that derives its name from the purple grapes that grow in the region’s 125 sq km of vineyards. The most famous wines are the sweet whites produced around Monbazillac with château open to the public.

    The old city and harbour retain their charm making Bergerac a good place to spend a day exploring. There are opportunities for cycling, walking, and wine tasting and canoeing in the area and for sampling the regions delicious local produce at one of the many local restaurants.

    Shops, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom (separated by curtain).

    Colour TV, wi-fi, shared washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed patio, terrace, shared garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No children. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Argelès-sur-Mer

    Argelès-sur-Mer

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    Ref: W11271


    This charming holiday apartment, set on the ground floor of the prestigious residence, is located on a private hill, facing the Mediterranean Sea and close to the sandy beaches of the Catalan Coast. Guests will enjoy the beautiful park surrounding the apartment. Guests, both young and old, will be delighted with the beautiful, large shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 2m), a perfect way to cool down on a hot summers day. Make sure to visit Collioure, a city renowned for its beautiful bay surrounded by the old city, and for its rich heritage, such as its famous bell tower (repeatedly painted by Salvador Dali, Braque and Picasso). Perpignan, the capital of French Catalonia, has a friendly atmosphere and is easily reachable; discover its rich and glorious monuments. The beaches of Collioure and Argelès-sur-Mer are minutes away and are ideal for sunbathing peacefully. The Banyuls vineyards cover the surrounding hills. Spain is close, 20km, Barcelona is an hour’s drive and the Costa Brava is very near, offering beautiful trips in perspective. The owner lives on the first floor of the apartment. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km, beach 2.5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, shared washing machine and tumble dryer, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Avignon

    Avignon

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    Ref: W14186

    This delightful ground floor holiday apartment is peacefully located, yet only 400m from the fortified historical centre of Avignon. Its swimming pool (32m²) is shared with only the discreet owners. Avignon, stretching in all its beauty along the banks of the River Rhone, with its famous July arts festival is a superb base for discovering some of the jewels Provence is famous for. Discover and explore Nîmes, Uzès, the Pont du Gard, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon Mountain Range, Lourmarin, Marseille, La Camargue or some of the lovely resorts along the Mediterranean coastline. Shop 400m, café/bar and restaurant 100m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom (separated from lounge by panel screen only).

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Le Petit Chambon

    Gabillou, nr. Thenon, Dordogne

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    Ref: F24526

    This charming cottage with private swimming pool and lawned garden is situated in nine acres of grounds in a haven of rural peace and tranquillity. The former barn is very spacious, has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a high standard and has easy wheelchair access to all rooms. The cottage opens onto a pretty south-facing courtyard terrace and a covered barbecue area perfect for dining al fresco. The market town of Thenon and the Dordogne’s main attractions are within easy reach. The whole area is dotted with market towns, fields of maize and sunflowers, and pretty sun-drenched stone villages.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. Kingsize bedroom, plus single bed (alternative sleeping). Shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Shared grounds with unfenced stream
    • Terrace
    • Private pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.1m to 1.4m)
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: No children.

    Location: 7km N of Thenon (market, banks, shops, restaurants, supermarket), 25km N of Montignac (market town, canoe hire, Lascaux II caves), 31km E of Périgueux (cathedral, museums, all facilities), 48km N of Sarlat (historic market town, most facilities).

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