Villas in France and Gites by Holiday Lettings

Why France?

With a laid-back love of bread, cake, cheese, pastry, wine, and life in general, no wonder France wins over all who visit her. As you explore fields of vineyards, historic chateaux, lively cities and sleepy towns, you’ll soon see just how much there is to discover.

Where To Begin

France has a landscape as rich and varied as its history. The rural paradise of Provence lies in the southeast, meeting the Mediterranean coast, while the peaks of the Alps provide a playground of pistes for skiers, and endless dramatic scenery. Lush river valleys, including those of the Loire and Dordogne, offer kayaking, rafting, walking and more activities. If vibrant city breaks are more to your taste, then gastronomic Lyon, historic Marseille and chic Paris, don’t disappoint.

To The Coast

Many of France’s seaside resorts flourished when wealthy city-dwellers escaped during the summer months. In the north, discover the nostalgic towns of Le Touquet and Deauville, with their picturesque charm and pretty harbours. In the south, enjoy the sophisticated shores of Cannes, St Tropez and Villefranche-sur-mer, where the Mediterranean’s warm waters are waiting on the French Riviera.

The Grape & The Grain

Wherever you find yourself in la Belle France, the day isn’t complete without a trip to the boulangerie. With at least one traditional bakery in virtually every town and village, the artisan tradition is well and truly alive here. Tables in town markets heave under piles of the freshest local produce imaginable: saucisson, fromage and more regional delicacies. And let’s not forget France’s passion for wine: Bordeaux’s Medoc region alone boasts over 60 châteaux, all producing some of the world’s favourite wines.

From the blog

Tempted to see France for yourself? Check out our Paris travel guide & more inspiration on the blog.

Places to stay in France

Places to visit in France

Languedoc-Roussillon

Anyone who’s browsed their fair share of wine bottles will have seen the words ‘Vin de pays d’Oc’, and this region is where those tipples are created. Montpellier’s labyrinth of winding streets is ripe for exploring, and you’ll discover plenty of squares to enjoy dinner and drinks late in the balmy Mediterranean night. Highlights include the fairy tale Carcassonne castle and the spectacular underground world of the Demoiselle caves.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

“When the Good Lord begins to doubt the world, he remembers that he created Provence.” Frédéric Mistral hit the nail on the head with those words. This French region’s cheerful sunflowers, rows of lavender, tranquil hilltop villages, peaceful alpine peaks and achingly beautiful coast are balm for the soul, and the perfect place to escape.

Rhône-Alpes

As well as the stylish ski resorts of Avoriaz and Val d’Isere, Rhone-Alpes boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in all of France. The impossibly picturesque Lake Annecy is a jewel, its Old Town presenting picture-postcard scenery at every turn, not to mention a market to die for. And with so much incredible local produce to hand, it’s no surprise that Lyon (the region’s largest city) is the country’s new culinary capital.

Ile-de-France

This north-central region around Paris is ideal for a family break. Home to France’s kings and queens before the Revolution, here you’ll find Louis XIV’s incredible palace at Versailles, Notre Dame cathedral and many spectacular châteaux including Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, as well as Walt Disney World in Marne-la-Vallée.

Things to do in France

The Eiffel Tower

An iconic landmark built to celebrate the French Revolution’s centenary and undisputed must-see in Paris.

The Millau Bridge

Drive over this spectacular cable bridge spanning the River Tarn valley just north of Montpellier

Carcassonne

This historic walled city has a magic all of its own. Explore its towers, turrets and get a feel for medieval France.

The Louvre

See the Mona Lisa (and hundreds more masterpieces) in the galleries of this former 17th-century palace.

Monet’s Garden, Giverny

Visit the tranquil Japanese garden that inspired Monet’s most famous paintings.

Nîmes

The Romans left behind plenty to explore in this southern French city. Start with the impressive amphitheatre; a mini Colosseum.

More great breaks

Top Destination reviews

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Very pleasant Gite in the centre of a beautiful Medieval village very close to bars and restaurants.

A very pleasant, beautifully decorated two bedroom 2 bathroon gite with a well equiped kitchen. There are bars and recommended restaurants within a short walking distance and a market that winds it's way through the very picturesque village on a Sun … see more
L'Ecuela The Old School luxury self catered chalet
Lovely Chalet in a lovely location

We were a party of 12 adults and had a fabulous two week ski holiday in this spacious and very well equipped Chalet. We are very familiar with the area and have stayed in many self catered chalets and this one is certainly one of the best. We will … see more
country house classified 4 *, private pool, very quiet
We loved this place!

We had a wonderful holiday at ¨La Marmette¨. The house was amazing, an adorable cozy country home equipped with anything you might need. It was the perfect place for us and our 4 small children. The yard allowed for our children to play all day outsi … see more
La Grange
'Magnifique'

Had a truly wonderful time, accommodation was excellent. The owners of the property were most helpful in giving us ideas for trips out and giving us advice on local customs etc. Set in a beautiful and peaceful rural setting with lots of wildlife e.g. … see more
Spectacular Light Artist Loft, 3bed 2bth, sleeps 6-11 terrace, metro, parking.
Great trip, perfect for two families

We traveled with two families, a total of six kids. The loft was roomy and fit all of our group perfectly. … see more
Popular Chalet in Chamonix, great location, 5 bed sleeps 10
Excellent, highly recommended Chalet

Had a brilliant week staying in this wonderful chalet. Never done a summer Alps holiday before but will definitely return. The weather was amazing and the hiking fantastic. The chalet is perfectly located a small walk from Chamonix high street, wit … see more

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