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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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  • Jasmin

    Ginestas, Aude

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    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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  • Les Oliviers

    Villedieu, Vaucluse

    Grade
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    Ref: F84218

    The impressive panoramic views from this bright holiday cottage over the peaceful plains to the Dentelles-de-Montmirail hills, all overlooked by the majestic Mont Ventoux, would be hard to fault. Adjoining, but not overlooked by the discreet owner’s property, this property has its own shady dining terrace, beneath the mature olive trees, with colourfully-cushioned, forged-iron day beds. The well-maintained garden edges the pool with its south-facing terraces. It’s a short walk to the village centre with fresh bread, groceries, cafés and restaurants. Visit the local wine routes with some of France’s biggest names grown here, historic Avignon, the Pont-du-Gard and the Lubéron, all around an hour away.

    Entrance from garden into living/dining room with corner kitchen, double bed and French windows to balcony. Shower room/WC

    • Shared grounds
    • Enclosed garden
    • Shared swimming pool (7m x 5m, depth 1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Flatscreen satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 6km NW of Vaison-la-Romaine (castle, summer festivals, shop), 38km N of Carpentras (museum, flower market).

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  • Watten

    Watten

    Grade
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    Ref: FNN002

    This studio, situated in the owner’s grounds, has a private, on site fishing lake and is an ideal property for a relaxing holiday. Walk along the nearby canal side and watch the birds, or visit nearby Saint-Omer, 8km, with its history, market, gardens that can only be reached by boat, cobbled squares, shops and restaurants. Spend a day at La Coupelle with its fascinating WWII history, visit sandy beaches, or travel further afield to Arras with its weekly market, squares and belltower. Venture across the border to visit the Belgian city of Bruges, with its canals and beautiful architecture. Lille is easily reached for museums, lovely architecture, famous belltower and Christmas markets. Shop 4.5km, restaurant 4km.

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

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, microwave, terrace, shared grounds, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step from terrace. Unfenced lake in grounds.

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  • Rocquecor, nr. Tournon d’Agenais

    Rocquecor, nr. Tournon d’Agenais

    Grade
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    Ref: W14357

    Ideal for a couple, this detached, converted windmill enjoys extensive views across fields to distant hills. Offering a somewhat unique self-catering holiday experience, the windmill is stone built, has narrow open tread stairs and, due to its size (3m in diameter), is sparsely yet adequately furnished with one room on each floor. Set in an elevated position with a large garden, only 2km from the attractive village of Rocquecor which has a local shop, bar and restaurant, and 12km from Tournon d’Agenais. Within a short drive is the Château of Bonaguil, the attractive Bastide villages of Monflanquin and Pujols and the Bastide town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. Second floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Narrow, spiral, open tread staircase to first and second floors.

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  • Lorgues

    Lorgues

    Grade
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    Ref: W13409

    This charming apartment, with private terrace, enjoys shared use of the large swimming pool with only the English owners and one other holiday property. A haven of peace and quiet, set on 2 acres of natural garden amongst trees and vineyards. At only 2km awaits the small medieval town of Lorgues, which has one of the most impressive and largest markets in the region. To the North awaits the stunning Gorges de Verdun (30km), and to the South the dazzling St. Tropez (50km). Excursions to Draguignan (15km), Ste. Maxime (40km), and only slightly further afield all the glamour of the Riviera which can only mean Cannes, Nice and Monaco. Yet also some impressive villages hidden behind it, including Vence, St. Paul and Grasse. Shop 2.5km, café/bar, restaurant 3km and beach 30km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, colour TV, radio/cassette/CD player, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Castagniers

    Castagniers

    Grade
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    Ref: FCA060

    This charming duplex apartment, located in the centre of the small village of Castagniers, makes an ideal holiday base for visiting this region. It is decorated and furnished very tastefully; the lounge has a vaulted ceiling and there is a private terrace leading from this room with wonderful panoramic mountain views. The cosmopolitan city of Nice is 19km away with its old lanes, markets and bustling newer quarters and from here you can visit Monaco and Cannes. Don’t miss a trip to the wonderful perfume capital of Grasse with its factories less than an hour away or the ancient village of Vence. Shop 4km, restaurant 2km, beach 15km.

    Ground floor: Lounge. First floor: Kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, 1 double bedroom.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), stereo/CD player, washing machine, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Step to shower room. Steps on terrace.

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  • Binic

    Binic

    Grade
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    Ref: FBC275

    This first floor holiday apartment has been renovated to produce a very individual, personalised décor, with nicely coordinated materials and colours. On the ground floor is a small, discreet, fine grocery shop. The large beach of La Banche is ideal for children, and Binic, known as ‘the beauty spot of the Côtes d’Armor,’ is brought to life by many small shops and a weekly market on Thursdays. Just 500m from the house is a large modern swimming pool. You can also visit the museum of Brittany’s past traditions. Further afield, Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac’h (77.5km) is where you can admire the gorgeous natural sites and enjoy pleasant walks along the beautiful beaches. Shop, restaurant and beach 50m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner/bedroom area with double bed, shower room with toilet and basin.

    Central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, microwave, balcony, on street parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Chez Irwin

    St. Quentin-la-Poteirie, Gard

    Grade
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    Ref: T30336

    Situated in the upper part of the hilltop village of St. Quentin-la-Poterie, famous for its historic and working potteries. The Pont du Gard, the ’Popes’ Palace’ and summer festivals at Avignon, Nîmes, the hills of the Cévennes, and the wetlands and beaches of the Camargue can all be visited within a day. The village has a good selection of shops, bakeries, restaurants, a supermarket, a weekly street market, and a wine ’cave’ which provides very good quality local wine, as well as local produce such as honey. Visit the bustling town of Uzès (4km), the first ’Duchy’ in France and the Duke’s Castle and the Saturday morning market. The interior has been decorated in a cheerful and fresh Provençal style.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room (accessed from courtyard). Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (under eaves)

    • Walled courtyard
    • Electric heating
    • Washing machine/tumble dryer
    • M/wave
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: No children. This property accommodates a maximum of 2.

    Location: St. Quentin (most facilities), 4km NE of Uzès (all facilities), 45mins W of Avignon (all facilities airport, TGV).

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  • La Colle-sur-Loup

    La Colle-sur-Loup

    Grade
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    Ref: FCA451

    This small studio, adjoining the owner’s Provençal-style, vine-covered villa, has exclusive use of the private swimming pool (30m², open May to September). It is situated on a hillside opposite the very popular mountain village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence (4km) in La Colle-sur-Loup, a very old village, where art and music are very popular. The studio is ideal for exploring the surrounding area, including the coast which is located only 7km away, Vence, which is less than 10km, Nice, 17km, and Biot and Antibes which are both less than 15km away. Shop 1km, restaurant 500m and beach 7.5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. Shower room with toilet and basin. Double sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating. Cot. Cable TV (French channels only). Wi-fi. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Microwave. Shared lawned garden. Terrace. Shared grounds. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Steps in grounds.

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  • Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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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 Bastide

    Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, Vaucluse

    Grade
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    Ref: F84177

    This ’maison de gardien’ is a five minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, a pretty riverside village famous for its fountain. It shares a walled courtyard and garden with the caretaker, and has a private swimming pool with sunbathing terraces and loungers. There is also an interesting, small spring fed pool in the pretty dining room. Beautifully decorated and furnished to modern Provençal style, it is equipped to a very good standard. The popular market town of Cavaillon is 15km away and a twenty minute drive through fine wine country brings you to Carpentras.

    Electric gates into courtyard and garden. Well-equipped dining kitchen. Dining room with small spring fed pool and patio doors out to the garden. Open-sided stairs from kitchen to landing area leading to living room/bedroom with double bed and comfortable seating. Shower room/WC

    • Pebbled courtyard and garden
    • Small private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m to 2.2m)
    • Small pool, fed by spring
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Parking for one car
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: No children.

    Location: 5km E of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (riverside driving, famous antique market, canoeing), 10km W of Gordes (stunning hilltop village in honey coloured stone), 20km W of Roussillon (famed for its ochre coloured rocks and pigment museum), 20km E of Avignon (Papal Palace, River Rhône, summer festival).

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  • Moussidière, nr. Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Moussidière, nr. Sarlat-la-Canéda

    Grade
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    Ref: W15209

    This ground floor holiday apartment, situated within the owner’s home, has a private entrance and terrace and is set in an attractive lawned garden. In an elevated position, the property is high above the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda with its quaint cobbled streets, twice weekly market, cultural festivals and many boutiques and restaurants. The famous tourist sights of the area, including Domme, a Bastide town, and La Roque-Gageac, a historic village on the banks of the Dordogne, are within a very short drive. Visit Montignac, a riverside market town, with its canoe hire and Lascaux II cave paintings. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    Central heating, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Pond in garden.

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