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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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  • Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Grade
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    Ref: W13392

    Set in the peaceful region of the Vienne, this spacious semi-detached holiday cottage is part of a farmhouse which has been carefully renovated to retain many original features, including beamed ceilings and stone walls, decorated in pastel colours and cosy furnishings. It has its own private terrace and large attractive garden, ideal for dining out. The historical city of Poitiers (12km) and Futurscope theme park (22km) with its many attractions and laser show offer a memorable family day out. Only 10 minutes more lies the leisure park of St Cyr with golf, tennis, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Within walking distance (1km) is the medieval abbey of Nouaillé. Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bidet and basin.

    Oil heating, open fire in lounge, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, garage. One pet welcome.

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  • La Passonière

    Couesmes-Vaucé, Mayenne

    Grade
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    Ref: F53112

    This semi-detached holiday cottage sits on the border of the Normandy and Loire regions and enjoys a rural setting surrounded by fields and trees. It retains many character features, including beamed ceilings, and has a wood-burning stove. The cottage is set in ¾ acre of unspoilt natural garden, with its own barbecue and garden furniture. Complimentary home-grown vegetables are provided (when available). Ambrières has a leisure park offering swimming and canoeing; horse-riding and lake fishing can be enjoyed locally. Nearby are the medieval towns of Domfront and Mayenne. Cancale and the Mont St. Michel are within easy reach. Fly via Rennes (109km), Dinard (130km) or Paris (288km).

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, beamed ceilings and kitchen area. Steep stairs to: Mezzanine bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine (on request)
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV/DVD/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Couesmes village, 9km NW of Ambrières (all facilities, leisure park), 22km N of Mayenne (town, all facilities), 23km SW of Domfront (medieval town, all facilities).

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  • Cannes Apartment

    Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes

    Grade
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    Ref: FME703

    A wonderful opportunity to stay in a character 1st floor Cannes apartment within magnificent building and grounds approximately 1km from the seafront. With views from the apartment over Cannes to the sea beyond. The lush communal grounds have seating areas and there is parking on site. Cannes studio apartment is within 20-25 minutes’ downhill walk to the centre of this glamorous town with its famous “La Croisette” strip. If you can tear yourself away from the tempting shops, restaurants, yacht marina, beach activities and nightlife why not have a day out in Monaco, 60km, or St-Tropez, 80km, or explore the hilltop villages and towns.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with door to Juliet balcony, kitchen area with breakfast bar and partitioned area with double bed, door to Juliet balcony and en-suite bathroom/WC with shower over Jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and separate shower cubicle

    • Shared grounds
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children under 6 years (except babes in arms).

    Location: 700m from food shops, 1.1km from beach, 8km from golf, 13km from Antibes (old fort, marina), 34km from Nice (old town character and beach front promenade), 56km from Monte Carlo.

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

    Grade
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    Ref: FCA240

    This attractive, air-conditioned, apartment, simple yet comfortably furnished, is situated in the centre of Cannes and is ideal for a holiday without a car or for business trips. Situated just 10m from shops and restaurants, guests have everything they need just a couple of seconds walk away. Enjoy a tour around the famous Palais des Festivals, where the annual Cannes film festival is held, take a boat ride to the Iles de Lerins, home to Fort Royal and covered by eucalyptus and pine forests or simply wonder around the town centre and visit the many shops and amusements there. Shop and restaurant 10m, beach 200m

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating, colour TV (French channels only), internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Terrasson

    Terrasson

    Grade
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    Ref: W14359

    In a country setting, this pleasant, independent holiday apartment forms part of a beautifully restored house with an attractive garden and extensive grounds. The friendly, discreet owners occupy the main house and guests are invited to share their swimming pool (9m x 9m, depth 1.2 - 1.9m). The apartment offers superb views from its raised terrace, and a shaded terrace with summer kitchen. Terrasson (3km) an historical riverside town has supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, shops and Thursday market. An easy drive will take you to the caves of Lascaux, Sarlat and the Dordogne River. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External summer kitchen with toilet and basin.

    Central heating, colour TV, internet connection, washer/dryer (in garage), microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: 20 steps to the entrance.

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  • Chez Viviane

    Montagnac-la-Crempse, Dordogne

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: F24559

    This charming, stone holiday cottage is situated in the courtyard of the discreet and friendly owners’ beautifully restored home (also a B&B). The cottage faces the main courtyard and a very pretty, ancient, rose-covered well. The property is ideal for couples seeking simple accommodation and features the shared use of the owners’ outdoor swimming pool and attractive gardens. This sleepy hamlet is an ideal place to return to after a day’s sightseeing in nearby Bergerac or exploring the vineyards. All the attractions of the Dordogne are within easy driving distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • Shared 2-hectare grounds
    • Shared swimming pool (13m x 6m, depth 1.4m)
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Shared garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Shared barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km S of Villambard (shops, restaurants, cafés, bank, post office, tennis, horse riding), 23km N of Bergerac (market town, airport, all facilities), 34km S of Périgueux (capital of Dordogne, cathedral, Wednesday market, all facilities), 72km W of Sarlat (historic picturesque town, Wednesday market, all facilities).

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  • Trégunc

    Trégunc

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: FBF568

    This charming holiday home is situated in a quiet hamlet between the beautiful traditional villages of Névez and Trégunc. It has a contemporary kitchen and a spacious lounge with a high vaulted ceiling, a wood burning stove and windows opening onto a patio and large garden. The mezzanine bedroom is located above the lounge with 2 single beds that can be pushed together. A short walk will take you to a small river estuary for a quiet and picturesque promenade, while the villages are accessible by foot or bicycle, and excellent markets with local products. Discover Pont Aven with its shops and its artistic heritage (6km). The port of Concarneau with its walled citadel and its beautiful beaches is also worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 1.5km, beach 4.5km

    Ground floor: lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, separate toilet and basin, mezzanine with twin beds.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open tread turning stairs to mezzanine bedroom.

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  • Vence

    Vence

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W13876

    This delightful light and airy second floor apartment, with a large shady balcony, enjoys spectacular views, and is peacefully located within an immaculately maintained apartment complex. The complex includes a very large shared swimming pool (20 x 10m, depth 1-2m). Located only 1km from the tourist village of Vence, the property provides a perfect base to explore all of the Riviera’s coastal destinations and also its hidden treasures inland. The excursion possibilities are endless and could include the obvious attractions such as Cannes, Nice and Monaco, then move onto the more authentic destinations such as Saint Paul and Vence, maybe the perfume capital of Grasse, and the stunning hill top villages of Eze and Roquebrune Cap Martin (all within 38km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km, beach 12km.

    All on second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin. Separate toilet. 1 twin bedroom. Double sofa bed in lounge (for one child).

    Electric heating. Washing machine. Microwave. Shared lawned garden. Balcony. Outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Moulin de Molac

    Le Cours, Morbihan

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: F56208

    Not far from the coast, nestled in the valley of Arz amid the wooded hills of Landes de Lanvaux, this charming cottage forms part of a beautiful old watermill. Perfectly restored, it offers cosy accommodation, alongside some bed and breakfast rooms. Outside is a dining terrace surrounded by a tiny flowery garden, a branch of the river and a large meadow. From here, the pretty village of Elven is a short drive, with restaurants, cafés and bars, as is the town of Questembert with a beautiful, half-timbered marketplace. The Gulf of Morbihan is just a 20 minute drive, where the pretty main islands offer absolute tranquillity with no traffic. There are many sandy beaches to explore, including Damgan, while the medieval city of Vannes is a great day out.

    Ground floor: Large living/dining room with corner kitchen. First floor: Large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with double basin. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds
    • Electric convector heaters
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • Shared swing
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

    Location: 1km S of Le Cours village, 9km E of Elven (restaurants, cafés, supermarket), 22km NE of Vannes (city, shops, restaurants).

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  • Jasmin

    Ginestas, Aude

    Grade
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    1
    Ref: F11111

    Just half an hour from the coast, this cosy apartment is situated on the edge of the pretty village of Ginestas, surrounded by vineyards of the Minervois Region. Set in the owner’s attractive garden, provides simple, open-plan accommodation with a mezzanine bedroom overlooking the living room, and a private dining terrace outside, as well as use of the owner’s swimming pool in the mornings. Good walking locally and boat trips on the Canal du Midi, just a few minutes away. Nearby, the ancient Cathar citadel of Minerve and the fortified city of Carcassonne transport visitors back in time, while the sandy beaches offer relaxation, with sea fishing and sailing at Gruissan.

    Living/dining area with corner kitchen. Narrow open-tread stairs to first floor: Double mezzanine bedroom. Shower room/WC

    • Shared garden
    • Terrace
    • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.5-1.7m)
    • Jacuzzi bath
    • Heating
    • Air conditioning
    • M/wave
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV (French channels)
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 20km NW of Narbonne (Gruissan and Narbonne beaches), 45km E of Carcassonne, 62km N of Perpignan, 100km SE of Montpellier.

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  • Beausoleil

    Beausoleil

    Grade
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    Ref: FCA160

    These holiday apartments (FCA160, FCA161 and FCA162) are located a 10 minute walk from the beach, 400m from shops and near to the principality of Monaco. The resort of Beausoleil is near to the Larvotto Beach in Monaco, as well as having various activities nearby including tennis, bowling, table tennis, swimming, boat trips, hiking, a casino, night clubs and golf. Monte Carlo has bars and restaurants. Apartment FCA160 sleeps 2, FCA161 sleeps 3 and FCA162 sleeps 4. All are fully equipped with satellite TV, internet access, air-conditioning and a balcony. They benefit from a shared solarium on the roof, and a breakfast room with terrace, and a launderette. Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Satellite TV, internet connection, microwave, balcony, outdoor furniture. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to balcony.

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  • Villa Ama Lur

    St. Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

    Grade
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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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