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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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  • 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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  • Les Farinettes

    Ménerbes, Vaucluse

    Grade
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    Ref: F84239

    Situated just beneath the fascinating medieval village of Ménerbes (but with quick, direct access to the village centre), Les Farinettes offers bright, comfortable holiday accommodation in a tastefully renovated barn. Access to the property via steps up from the pavement take you directly to your private sun terrace and patio. From here and from within ‘Les Farinettes’ you can enjoy stunning views over the Luberon Hills. Ménerbes is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Nearby are the beautiful villages of Lacoste, Bonnieux, and Gordes. This property is an ideal spot to relax in whilst still enjoying all that Provence has to offer.

    Ground floor: Steps to entrance. Living/dining room with corner kitchen, tiled floor, patio doors to terrace. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC

    • Shared lawned garden with drops
    • Three private terraces
    • Shared swimming pool (7m x 3m, depth 1.6m), Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • Open fire
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Garage and separate parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 200m from restaurants, grocers, bakery and bar, 15km E of Cavaillon (Roman remains, theatre, restaurants), 20km W of Apt (all facilities, Saturday market, pedestrianised old quarter), 30km E of Avignon (summer festival, Papal Palace).

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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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  • 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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  • Barenton

    Barenton

    Grade
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    Ref: W14251

    Situated in the centre of the quiet country town of Barenton, this charming, renovated, semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally located to explore this beautiful and historic region. Despite retaining many of its original features, Le Petit Maison de l’Eglise also offers modern comforts. The hillside town of Mortain, known for its historic abbey and cascading waterfalls, is only a short drive away, as is the ancient town of Domfront where cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses are a reminder of the town’s 11th century origins. Avranches is only 35km away, whilst Normandy’s most famous landmark, Le Mont Saint Michel, makes an ideal day trip. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 100m.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, microwave, private enclosed garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: 6 steps to entrance.

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

    Grade
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    Ref: FCA607

    This wonderful third floor, air-conditioned studio apartment is located in one of the most famous pedestrian streets in the colourful city of Cannes. In addition to being conveniently located, this property has a lot of character, with exposed stone walls mixed with a contemporary and comfortable interior. There is a cosy sleeping area with a double sofa bed but is not completely separated from the main living area. Explore the area and enjoy the many shops, boutiques and restaurants which are waiting for you to discover. The beach is only 500m away and is perfect for lazy days or bathing. Ferries on the port can take you to Lérins Islands, a small green paradise that will delight both nature lovers and amateurs of legends and history. For a festive atmosphere, a visit to Saint-Tropez and St. Raphaël is a must and if you prefer a sporting holiday, the area has many water activities such as windsurfing, diving and water skiing for you to enjoy. Shop 100m, restaurant 20m and beach 500m.

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

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

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  • Cidre Barn

    Pont-Hébert, nr. Saint-Lô, Manche

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    Ref: F50233

    Cidre Barn has been lovingly renovated to provide comfortable holiday accommodation for two in a quiet corner of the Normandy countryside. Situated close to the historic town of Saint-Lô, Cidre Barn adjoins the owners’ property and is an ideal location from which to explore Manche and its neighbouring regions. Saint-Lô’s imposing ramparts take centre stage in a town made famous by its strategic role during the Second World War. Also nearby is the hilltop town of Coutances, well-known for its cathedral and formal gardens. Coastal resorts are also within easy driving distance whilst, a little further afield, lies Normandy’s most famous landmark, the monastic isle of Le Mont Saint Michel.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, corner kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom with double sofa bed, beams, sloping ceiling, double shower cubicle/WC

    • Garden with steps
    • Terrace
    • Shared wooded grounds with lake
    • Oil heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • Combi m/wave/oven
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km Pont-Hébert (supermarket, bar), 9km from Saint-Lô (all amenities), 35km NE of Coutances (cathedral, botanical gardens), 42km From Saint-Germain-sur-Ay (beaches).

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  • Les Henardiers

    Ste. Cécile, Manche

    Grade
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    Ref: F50134

    In a secluded hillside setting by a small hamlet, not far from the coast, this detached cottage is an ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. The cosy rustic interior retains many traditional features, including beamed ceilings, and the living room features a large open fireplace with wood burning stove. Outside, the south-facing terrace boasts fine views across the valley. The nearby town of Villedieu-les-Poêles has a bell-making and copperware industry stretching back 900 years, and copper pots and ornaments gleam from almost every shop window in its picturesque streets. The coast and fishing port of Granville are only half an hour’s drive away, and the spectacular Mont St. Michel is also within easy reach.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with access through to bathroom/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden area
    • Orchard
    • Electric convector heaters
    • Wood-burning stove
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Terrace
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km S of Ste. Cécile (shop, bar), 4km S of Villedieu-les-Poêles (all facilities), 20km NE of Avranches (town, Mont St. Michel Bay), 25km E of Granville (beach).

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  • La Vigne

    Orgeval, nr. Laon, Aisne

    Grade
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    Ref: F02131

    This detached holiday property, next to the owner’s home, stands in a quiet village in southern Picardy, between Reims and Laon, and is easily reached from Calais. Nearby is Ailette lake, with its beach, sailing and golf facilities. Visit the fortified city of Laon with its cathedral and panoramic views, or spend time at the Chemin des Dames, with its history of the First World War. Center Parcs is nearby and day passes can be arranged via the Ainse Tourist Board (subject to availability). The champagne capital of France, Reims, is easily reached by motorway, as is Paris for a day sightseeing.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Steep open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and double basin. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout

    • Shared lawned garden with 4 steps
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Glass-fronted fire
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Orgeval (village, passing baker), 5km from Bruyères (basic shop), 7km N of Lac d’Ailette (Center Parcs, sailing, golf), 12km SE of Laon (medieval town, all facilities, swimming pool), 15km N of Chemin des Dames (1st WW memorials), 60km N of Reims (champagne vineyards, cathedral), 150km NE of Paris.

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  • Cuttoli-Corticchiato

    Cuttoli-Corticchiato

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: FKO086

    This air-conditioned holiday studio, sleeping two on a sofa bed, adjoins the owners’ villa and is located in a wooded and flowery garden. The beautiful shared outdoor swimming pool (21m², access times will be agreed with the owner) is nestled in the heart of lush Mediterranean vegetation. From the pool, enjoy views of the Monte Gozzi, the red rocky mountain. Approximately 1km away, discover the turquoise basins of the Gravona River and its wild beaches. The large sandy beaches of Porticcio and Ricanto are a 15-minute drive and many water activities are available. Ajaccio with its old town and the birthplace of Napoleon are a must to discover. Mountain walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep. Shop 3.5km, restaurant 2km, beach 9km.

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

    Electric heating, cot, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, microwave, shared garden, shared terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps down to pool area. Steps to terrace.

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  • Naussannes

    Naussannes

    Grade
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    Ref: FAD322

    These three stone holiday properties adjoin one another and share lovely grounds which lead down to the river surrounded by peaceful countryside. Each property has its own terrace where you can sit and enjoy a meal outside. There is also use of a shared outdoor swimming pool (55m², open June to September) with an area with sun loungers for soaking up the sun. The area is replete with many bastide towns in the surrounding area - notably Monpazier, 14km, which is classed as one of the ’most beautiful villages in France’; it is also one of the most complete bastide towns in France. You can wander down quaint side streets and stop at one of the cafes for refreshment whilst soaking up the ambience. Bergerac 25km. Shop and restaurant 5km.

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

    Electric heating, microwave, shared lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Unfenced river frontage.

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  • Cannes

    Cannes

    Grade
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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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