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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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  • Étréaupont

    Étréaupont

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNA025

    This holiday property is situated in the village of Étréaupont and is a great base from which to explore the local area. Laon, the capital city of the Aisne department, is 50km and has many medieval buildings, a cathedral, churches and the only fully automated municipal cable car system in the world, which links the upper town with the lower town. The attractive town of Cambrai is 66km away, and has a rich history dating back to the Roman times. Sites here include a Baroque cathedral, belfry and the 13th-century Castle of Selles, as well as a good variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Shop 8km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping garden. River nearby.

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  • St. Jouan-des-Guérets

    St. Jouan-des-Guérets

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W14531

    These two terraced holiday properties are in the attractively renovated stable block of the lovely country house hotel of La Malouinière where snacks are available in high season. The façade of the hotel is very impressive, and looks out over wonderful extensive grounds, with well tended flower beds, lily pond, fountains and benches in sheltered corners, ideal for a quiet reading spot. The hotel has many facilities available, including a games room, mini golf, tennis, snooker and a fitness room. The heated outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 1.9m) is open mid-May to mid-September. The hotel also has bar, restaurant and a spa centre, with many face and body treatments. You are also close to the corsair stronghold of St. Malo, famous for its fortified town centre and beautiful buildings. The coast is very close, with many lovely beaches to try, and spectacular views. You will also want to visit the spectacular Mont St. Michel, a great day out. Fishing can be found 4km away and for golfers, an 18 hole golf course can be found 16km away. Shop 6km, café/bar on site and restaurant 3km, beach 6km.These two terraced holiday properties are in the attractively renovated stable block of the lovely country house hotel of La Malouinière where snacks are available in high season. The façade of the hotel is very impressive, and looks out over wonderful extensive grounds, with well tended flower beds, lily pond, fountains and benches in sheltered corners, ideal for a quiet reading spot. The hotel has many facilities available, including a games room, mini golf, tennis, snooker and a fitness room. The heated outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 1.9m) is open mid-May to mid-September. The hotel also has bar, restaurant and a spa centre, with many face and body treatments. You are also close to the corsair stronghold of St. Malo, famous for its fortified town centre and beautiful buildings. The coast is very close, with many lovely beaches to try, and spectacular views. You will also want to visit the spectacular Mont St. Michel, a great day out. Fishing can be found 4km away and for golfers, an 18 hole golf course can be found 16km away.

    Shop 6km, café/bar on site and restaurant 3km, beach 6km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin, separate toilet. First floor: 1 kingsize bedroom plus single bed. Mezzanine with kingsize bed.

    Electric heating, cot, colour satellite TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, shared grounds, shared courtyard, private terrace, garden furniture, parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Apartment 2

    Apartment 2

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FBM211

    These 3 delightful apartments (FBM210, FBM211 and FBM212) form part of the beautiful 17th-century Castle Kergonano, set in a wooded park, close to Baden and the beaches of the Gulf of Morbihan. There is a great shared, heated, outdoor swimming pool (120m², open mid May-Sep) and sun loungers where you can relax. For a more active holiday, the area offers many activities such a sailing, boating, diving, horse riding, hiking, cycling and golf. Baden is just 1.8km. The walled town of Vannes is 14km, where you can enjoy wandering around the well-preserved medieval streets, relax by the harbour for lunch before taking a boat trip around the gulf. Ile aux Moines takes only a few minutes to reach by boat where you can hire bikes to explore this magical island. There are many other islands, towns and villages such as Belle Ile, Carnac, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Quiberon, Lorient, Ile de Groix, fun for all the family. Shop and restaurant 1.8km. Beach 5km.

    Lounge/diner/kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, single bed and double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, internet connection, microwave, dishwasher, off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Lilia, nr. Brest

    Lilia, nr. Brest

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W13823

    In a quiet hamlet, near a beautiful and unspoilt section of coastline, this renovated fisherman’s cottage is pretty and bright. There is an attractive fitted kitchen, and the spacious lounge/diner opens onto a sheltered decking area. You can stroll down to the nearest beach, which is a sheltered cove with fine white sand. Walks from the house will take you along the coastal path past prehistoric menhirs, picturesque islands and dramatic lighthouses. Many outdoor activities are available locally. A little further afield are the Abers; lovely river estuaries. A day out at Oceanopolis, Brest’s excellent sea life centre, is another alternative. Many outdoor activities are available locally, including kiting, windsurfing and kayaking. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin, separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

    Electric heating, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher, enclosed garden, decking area, outdoor furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Paulmy

    Paulmy

    Grade
    5
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W14046

    Set in a row of courtyard buildings, just 9km from Descartes, home of the philosopher René Descartes, this attractive holiday home is in a quiet location and retains original features such as exposed beams and stone fireplace. The enclosed garden and terrace allows total privacy, perfect for a barbecue. Visit Descartes with its aquatic area, sports facilities, shops and restaurants. For cultural events visit the medieval town of Loches, Château of Chenonceaux, Amboise and many more. Futuroscope in Poitiers is a must. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 2km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. Mezzanine with twin beds (can also be double), plus single bed.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour satellite TV (French channels only), DVD player, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed courtyard, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: Three steps to entrance.

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  • Chez De Toytot

    St. Sulpice, Nièvre

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: T58218

    A former farm building in the courtyard of a splendid fortified property dating from 1010, once a hunter’s lodge and more recently a working farm. The holiday property stands just inside the entrance to the ‘domaine’ but, for more privacy, access is possible via the pretty garden at the rear. It has been nicely converted, with floor tiles throughout and the original old beams retained. In every way suitable for a family holiday in pleasant countryside, it is close to the River Loire and within easy reach of the vineyards of Pouilly and Sancerre.

    Ground floor: Hall. Open-plan living/dining room with glass-fronted fire and corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional child’s bed. Bathroom with separate shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Enclosed rear garden
    • Central heating
    • Glass-fronted fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km SW of St. Sulpice (baker), 8km NW of St. Benin-d’Azy (simple shopping, summer pool, tennis), 18km E of Nevers (all facilities).

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  • Réville

    Réville

    Grade
    5
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: FNM215

    This charming little holiday house is typical of the lovely ‘Val de Saire’ region and offers a very comfortable holiday base. It has a magnificent south-west facing terrace so you can enjoy the sun surrounded by flowers. For cooler evenings there is a very comfortable lounge with an open fire. The beautiful beach at Jonville is just 1km. From the port of St-Vasst-la-Hougue, 5km, you can take a ferry trip to the Ile de Tatihou where towers of Vauban are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shop, restaurant and beach 1km.

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

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, cot, highchair, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings on first floor. Step to patio. 1 of the beds is only suitable for a child under 12 years.

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  • Saint-Martin-de-Pallières

    Saint-Martin-de-Pallières

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: FCV235

    This is a charming semi-detached villa, set over 3 levels and located within the beautiful medieval village of Saint-Martin-de-Pallières in Haut Var, built around a 12th century castle. This is ideal accommodation for families or a group of friends, perfect for exploring the local area as a comfortable base. Saint-Martin-de-Pallières, overlooking the valley of Grand Vallet, is an area soaked in history, filled with Roman sites and monuments depicting its rich history. Further afield, enjoy a trip to Barjols and Rians, two pretty places offering typical French heritage and culture with charming local amenities. Shop and restaurant 100m.

    Ground floor: Kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Second floor: Lounge, single bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, stereo/CD player, washing machine, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • La Ganak

    La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: T24048

    This delightful house is in the beautiful village of La Roque-Gageac perched right on the banks of the River Dordogne. A well-renovated traditional Périgourdin property, it is set high up and away from the road running through the village, with lovely views over the river. The interior is comfortable and well decorated, retaining traditional features of exposed stonework and beams. The location enjoys all the benefits of this privileged setting without disturbance from visitors to the village below.

    Access via stone steps. Lower ground floor: Twin bedroom (four-poster beds), convertible sofa and en-suite shower/WC. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. WC. First floor: Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, shower attachment. WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Private swimming pool (8 x 4m, 1.4m depth)
    • Tel (card system)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Barbecue
    • No children under 5 (steep drops)
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: La Roque-Gageac (simple shops, restaurants, tennis, canoe hire, river swimming), 4km W of Cénac (most facilities), 7km SW of Vitrac (9-hole golf, horse riding), 12km S of Sarlat (all facilities, swimming pool).

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  • Ty Cosquer

    Gouesnac’h, Finistère

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F29450

    This traditional Breton-style detached property provides spacious and homely accommodation, retaining all its original charm. The lovely sandy beach at Bénodet is a 10 minute drive away, where you can take a boat trip to the Glenan Islands and the famous sailing school. Close by, visit the old walled town of Concarneau with its beautiful harbour, or pay a visit to the historic town of Quimper. Please note: This property can be booked with property ref F29515 to accommodate a maximum of 9 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with corner kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: two twin, one single. Bathroom/WC

    • Lawned garden
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7km from Fouesnant (bars, restaurants, supermarket), 7km from Bénodet (beach, tourist town), 15km from Quimper (all facilities, old town, museums, cathedral).

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  • Montjoi

    Montjoi

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FMN012

    Located in a cobbled cul-de-sac which is pedestrian only in the summer months, this holiday property boasts a varied history. It has been a barn for animals, a cave for wine, a shop, and has now been carefully converted into a stylish holiday property over 3 floors. Montjoi is a small historical, hilltop village and a short walk from the property are wonderful countryside views. The region is superb for hiking and pony trekking, and is steeped in history with many bastide towns to visit such as Tournon d’Agenais. Valence (16km) provides all the services of a small sized town and a trip to Agen (30km) takes you through orchards of fruit trees and sunflower fields. Shop 4km and restaurant 300m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with basin (one with toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, single sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Steep open-tread stairs. Sloping ceilings in twin bedroom. Step to shower.

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  • Laudun

    Laudun

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FLG193

    This pretty holiday apartment, one floor of the owners’ home, is well furnished and decorated to a good standard. There is a terrace, perfect for al fresco dining, and an outdoor shared swimming pool (32m²). Situated in the beautiful hillside village of Laudun, which is set on the banks of the Rhône, with the rivers of La Cèze and La Tave flowing through it. There is a weekly market, and outdoor enthusiasts will love the many walks on the area’s numerous paths and trails. There are many popular attractions close by including the Roman theatre in Orange (12 km), Pont du Gard (19 km), St Benezet Bridge (19 km) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms (19 km). Shop and restaurant 400m.

    Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, terrace. garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: External stairs to first floor.

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