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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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  • 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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  • La Mignonne

    Savignac-de-Miremont, Dordogne

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    Ref: F24360

    Le Petit Village is situated at the end of a quiet country lane with sweeping panoramic views in almost every direction across the valley. These two cottages and the owner’s house are set amidst seventeen private hectares of beautiful open countryside. Exposed stone, beams and historic features have been retained to preserve their charm and character. A magnificent swimming pool is situated in the grounds and a picnic and barbecue area has been provided in one of the surrounding copses. There is a partially fenced wildlife pond 300 yards from the properties, children must be supervised. The nearby riverside market town of Le Bugue is just three miles away and offers restaurants, bars, a Tuesday market, shops, canoeing, kayaking, riding, tennis, aquarium and a crystal cathedral. Les Eyzies de Tayac with its National Museum of Prehistory is also close by and offers opportunities for exploring the shelters that were once home to prehistoric man. There are many water sports facilities in the area, especially at the charming village of Trémolat and in the 7-hectare park of Les Etang du Bois. The nearby pony club allows parents to accompany their children on country rides. Further afield is the historic town of Bergerac with its wine making traditions and the medieval market town of Sarlat. The whole area is steeped in historic villages, magnificent châteaux, oak and chestnut forests, fields of tobacco, maize and sunflowers.

    Ground floor: Porch leading into living/dining room with corner kitchen and door to covered terrace. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower cubicle

    • Electric heating.

    Location: 6km N of Le Bugue (market town, river, all facilities), 7km N of Les Eyzies (museum of prehistory, caves), 10km S of Grotte de Rouffignac (caves), 10km N of Limeuil (river and boat trips), 18km N of Trémolat (water sports), 32km NW of Sarlat (medieval market town, all facilities), 54km E of Bergerac (historic town, airport, all facilities).

    Both Cottages: Shared grounds of 17 hectares

    • Private terraces
    • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.3m-1.8m) with Roman steps
    • Underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Internet access
    • Ample parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

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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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  • Grau d’Agde

    Grau d’Agde

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    Ref: W14782

    Located only 250m from endless miles of fine golden sandy beaches, this pleasant holiday apartment has been well-equipped and tastefully furnished. Grau d’Agde is a family resort whose neighbouring resort of Cap d’Agde (8km) is one of the most popular along the Mediterranean coastline. Visit the historical, sun-drenched towns of Béziers, the wine capital of Languedoc (25km), Narbonne, a very pleasant town to wander around in the shade of its plane trees (53km), Carcassonne, one of the world famous medieval cities and Montpellier, recently voted the nicest town in France (63km). Grau d’Agde is only 15km from Béziers-Cap d’Agde airport (easy reach from airport with a shuttle bus - direct flights from Bristol, Luton, Manchester and Southampton). Shops, café/bar and restaurant 0.2km, beach 0.25km.

    Second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with double basin, separate toilet, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave (no oven), freezer. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Le Clos de La Jacquière

    Saugirard, Loir-et-Cher

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    Ref: F41109

    This beautiful cottage is prettily decorated with antique oak furniture, including an old grandfather clock. Enjoy eating outside in the evenings in the flowery garden and open conservatory. The enclosed private swimming pool offers total privacy to enjoy the sun. If you ever get tired of relaxing in this beautiful place, there’s plenty to do in the area from cycling, boating, water-skiing and lovely country walks. Conveniently situated for exploring the Cher Valley, the medieval town of St. Aignan with its château and famous zoo and the impressive Château of Cheverny with a luxury golf course. Nearby is the beautiful city of Blois with its gothic château. There are many local vineyards in this region. The owners are close to hand to give help and advice.

    Ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with corner kitchen. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to mezzanine sitting room. First floor: Double bedroom

    • Private lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2 to 1.6m)
    • Pool house
    • Outdoor conservatory
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 4km from Selles/Cher (all facilities), 42km SE of Blois (château, large town), 32km SE of Cheverny (château, golf), 16km E of St. Aignan (zoo, restaurants, shops), 32km S of Chambord (park, château).

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

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    Ref: FCA603

    This comfortable, air conditioned holiday apartment is located in the area of the Quartier de la Banane, a few metres from the Rue d’Antibes. In the heart of Cannes, you can dive into the festive and glamorous atmosphere of this beautiful city and discover the Palais des Festivals, 400m, before going to spend a lazy day at the beach, just 300m away. Take advantage of the several terraces, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy local specialties while savoring a glass of wine. Along the beach, the Croisette offers 2km of white sand, with its beachfront restaurants, bistros, and water activities for all. From the port, a shuttle bus takes you to the splendid Lérins islands where nature lovers will fall in love with the beautiful landscapes of the Island of Sainte Marguerite, a small paradise where relaxation and culture combine perfectly.

    All on third floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Shower room with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating. Cable TV. Wi-fi. Washing machine. Fridge. Microwave. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Plouzane

    Plouzane

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    Ref: FBF009

    This holiday apartment is located in a quiet area in the owners’ house but has its own separate entrance. There is a terrace in the cosy garden where you will be able to relax, dine al fresco while drinking a glass of wine. Visit Brest (10km) where you can walk around the National Navy Museum, see the sea life at Oceanopolis or relax on one of the boat trips at Les Vedettes Azenor. Visit Plougonvelin where you can admire the views at Pointe Saint Mathieu a historical site with beautiful surrounding area which can be seen clearly at the top of the hill where the lighthouse can be found. There is fishing available 3km away. Shops 500m, restaurant 2km and beach 4.5km.

    Lounge with double bed, kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom in lounge.

    Central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, shared washing machine, microwave, freezer, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Le Mas du Bosca-Brun

    Cheval Blanc, nr. Cavaillon, Vaucluse

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    Ref: F84329

    This charming 19th-century house, situated at the foot of the Luberon Regional Nature Park and on the outskirts of the village of Cheval Blanc, is ideal for relaxing in a peaceful countryside environment. Just 1km from all facilities, this traditional Provençal cottage is perfect for a couple seeking calm and serenity. Sympathetically restored with beamed ceilings, tasteful decoration and comfortable antique furniture, this semi-detached house, adjoining the owner’s home, is an excellent touring base with interesting and varied excursions within an hour’s drive. The lively riverside town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famous for its antique fairs, bustling Sunday market and riverside restaurants, is within a 15-minute drive. Visit Roman ruins at Glanum, or Les Baux-de-Provence with its medieval castle with stunning views over the valley. Day trips could include the elegant Aix-en-Provence with its Haussmann architecture or the Luberon valley, where you can admire the beautiful hill-top villages.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and French doors to terrace. Dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors to terrace. Super-kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1.5m)
    • Central heating
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No children.

    Location: 5km SW of Cavaillon (shops, supermarket), 12km from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (antiques shops, market), 20km from St. Rémy-de-Provence, 25km from Avignon, 30km from Lourmarin and Les Baux-de-Provence.

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  • Glandage

    Glandage

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    Ref: FPD155

    This huge, semi-detached property is on the heights of a village in the pretty region of the ’Drôme des Collines’, in the Vercors Regional Park, popular for its hiking trails and mountain bike trails. It is simple yet functional, and a retired couple live at the other end of the house. Enjoy a truly peaceful holiday, and admire the panoramic views from the raised wooden terrace. Another small covered terrace is equipped with garden furniture and a barbecue. Situated in the Baronnies, visit the admirable ’Aiguilles-de-Borne’, the sites of the Saut-de-la-Drôme, the Rio Sourd (ideal for canyoning), the Jocou Mountain and the Gorges du Gats. The lovely botanic village of Châtillon-en-Diois is 13km away. You will also discover Die, 17km, famous for its Clairette and other products such as picodons cheese, nuts or honey. Shop and restaurant 13km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. NB: Ramp to entrance.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, grounds, 2 terraces, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Maison de Grâce

    Barenton, Manche

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    Ref: F50216

    These delightful holiday cottages situated close to the town of Barenton have been renovated to excellent standards by the friendly English owners. Both offer guests tranquil accommodation amidst peaceful countryside surroundings. Maison de Lilli (F50200) peeks out from behind a hedge hiding its traditional Colombage exterior from passers-by. Inside, thoughtful detailing has guarded the spirit of the original property whilst providing a cosy yet spacious interior for guests. Although smaller than its sister property, Maison de Grâce (F50216) takes full advantage of its more compact dimensions by offering a comfortable and charmingly appointed open-plan living area and includes an elegant four-poster bed. Both cottages boast private garden areas with views over the surrounding countryside. The pretty hillside town of Mortain is within easy driving distance and is well known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls. A little further afield lies the ancient town of Domfront whose half-timbered houses and narrow streets remind visitors of its 11th century origins. Avranches, a strategic location during World War II, is only 50km.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double four poster bed, beams and tiled floor. Steps down to kitchen with French doors to terrace, beams and tiled floor. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Lawned garden
    • Electric heaters
    • H/chair.

    Location: 3.5km of Barenton (all facilities), 18km NE of St. Hilaire-du-Harcouët (market town), 15km NE of Domfront (château, old town), 50km of Avranches, 65km E of Mont St. Michel (Benedictine island monastery).

    Both properties: M/wave

    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

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  • Antibes

    Antibes

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    Ref: FCA100

    Antibes, the historic town and famous tourist resort on the French Riviera, has a lovely sand and pebble beach, where relaxing or water sports can be enjoyed. These air conditioned holiday apartments are set on a complex, located just 900m from Port Vauban, with its Mediterranean courtyards and flagstone streets. All the apartments are air conditioned and equipped with a balcony and elegant garden furniture. The reception is open around the clock from May to September and the hospitable staff can communicate in three languages. A shared swimming pool is located in the garden with a children’s pool, and another one on the roof with sunny terrace and panoramic views of the sea and the old town. Shop 200m, restaurant 375m and beach 900m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, twin beds in lounge.

    Satellite TV, wi-fi, dishwasher, balcony, shared grounds, outdoor furniture. Underground car park. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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