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Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
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Pets
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La Quiete Ref: ITA157

This natural stone holiday house, in a traditional Tuscan style, is situated in the romantic Casentino mountain range. Here, you will find total privacy in the wide forests, fresh mountain air, picturesque villages, medieval fortresses and small settlements. The house offers every comfort as well as an outdoor swimming pool. The nearby village of Poppi offers several good restaurants, and Florence and Arezzo are only one hour away. The mountain monasteries of Camaldoli and La Verna, which offer a cool spot on hot summer days, are worth a trip as well. Both monasteries date from the middle Ages and are rich in ancient historical and religious artefacts.

Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen. 4 double bedrooms. 2 bathrooms with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). CH, gas and elec at cost. Bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Satellite TV. Video. CD. Gas/elec cooker. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture. BBQ. Ample parking. Outdoor swimming pool (72m²), open May-Sep. NB: Slopes in garden. Drop from terrace.

  • Distance to Pontassieve 32km
  • Distance to Florence 55km
  • Nearest facilities 5km
  • Nearest airport Florence

WAS
NOW
£127-£2089
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Situated on the village outskirts, this detached Charentais farmhouse has spacious and airy rooms with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. Furnished in rustic style, it is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, with a large garden of shrubs, mature trees offering shady areas, and terraces for dining ‘al fresco’. The village centre is just a 3-minute drive for daily bread and basic supplies, along with tennis courts. Cozes is a 9-minute drive with its restaurants, shops and riding. For public pool and tennis, Gémozac is only a 10-minute drive. The picturesque port of Mortagne-sur-Gironde has good seafood restaurants and is just 15 minutes drive. There’s a daily market, supermarket and disco at Saujon a 20-minute drive and sandy beaches along the wide Gironde estuary at Meschers, St Georges-de-Didonne, and Royan, all within 30 minutes drive. Saintes is a 20-minute drive and has boutiques, restaurants, golf, Roman sites, and the chance to cruise on the River Charente - down to Cognac, for example, to taste the world-renowned brandy. A bottle of Bujard Pineau is offered to guests on arrival.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors and beams. Steps to kitchen. Double bedroom/sitting room, with en-suite shower room and French doors to terrace. Single bedroom. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with access to roof terrace. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed, low sloping ceiling and access to roof terrace. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Garden
  • Terraces
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 98km from La Rochelle, 120km from Bordeaux.

WAS
NOW
£137-£1839
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Le Bourg Ref: FL133

Set in over 2 acres of open land with rough grass, shrubs and trees, this converted barn provides modern and bright holiday accommodation on two levels. Scandinavian-style furniture and lots of light characterise this renovated house. Attached to the house is a covered terrace with barbecue and long wooden refectory table and benches for leisurely outdoor dining. Vibraye, with its shops, restaurants, tennis, riding and bike hire is a 5-minute drive, and there’s a further selection of shops and restaurants at La Ferté-Bernard, 12km away. There is a swimming lake with sandy beach, watersports and children’s attractions including mountain bike circuit at Lavaré, a 15-minute drive, and an 18-hole golf course at Bellême (40km). The forest of Vibraye has 6000 hectares of oak with extensive trails and cycle paths. A holiday in this area would not be complete without visiting the Loire Valley (approximately 90 minutes), famous for its châteaux and wine. Le Mans, with its Gothic cathedral and famous 24-hour race circuit is 50km away. Chartres is an hour’s drive, and Paris is 2 hours by train or car.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams, tiled floors and French doors to terrace. Laundry room. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room/WC. Spiral staircase to first floor (low beams): Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite wet room/WC

  • Lawned garden
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 4m, depth 1.5m) open Jun-Sep
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • CD/stereo
  • Swings
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 12km from La Ferté-Bernard (shops, restaurants), 40km from Bellême (golf), 50km from Le Mans (24-hour race circuit, cathedrals).

WAS
NOW
£810-£2159
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Xyphiax Ref: F83344

This charming detached villa is peacefully located on the outskirts of a lovely seaside resort and enjoys a private swimming pool in pleasant enclosed gardens. Close to both the beaches and one of the best golf courses on the Riviera, the property provides an excellent base to relax, or to explore some of the very best Riviera destinations. Saint Raphaël, one of the great modern Riviera cities, is a fashionable summer and winter resort situated on Fréjus bay, with a well sheltered beach at the foot of the Esterel. The neighbouring family resort of Fréjus is equally charming. There are two beautiful coastal roads to drive along, one taking you to Cannes, and the other to Saint Tropez. Day excursions could include trips to Nice, Monaco, Toulon, the perfume capital - Grasse, the arts and crafts village of Saint Paul-de-Vence, or a picnic by the stunning lake Saint Cassien.

Living/dining room, French doors and patio doors. Kitchen, French doors. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Bathroom/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom, en-suite bathroom/WC, shower cubicle. Double bedroom. Annexe: Two double bedrooms, one en-suite shower room/WC

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Private swimming pool (irregular shape, 9m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking.

Location: 1.5km from amenities, 2km from Vallescure (golf club), 5km from Fréjus (beach), 24km NE of Sainte Maxime (beach, port, market), 34km SW of Cannes (shops, restaurants, casinos, theatre), 39km NE of Saint Tropez (beach, marina, water sports), 67km SW of Nice (Promenade des Anglais, shops, cafés, restaurants).

WAS
NOW
£1660-£4080
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

"An idyllic Lakeland setting in 4 acres of woodland on the western shores of Lake Windermere at the heart of the beautiful Lake District. . ."

A superb detached house with large secluded enclosed courtyard with patio furniture and annexe to the main house with bedroom and shower room. Ideal for couples and extended family groups, sharing all the on-site facilities.
Living room with wood-burning stove in feature slate fireplace. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Utility. Twin bedroom. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with TV, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Annexe: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Graythwaite Cottages offer the opportunity for an exceptional holiday experience. The original buildings of this unique Victorian ‘model farmstead’ have been tastefully refurbished to a very high standard. They provide not only superb holiday accommodation, but also an outstanding range of facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, table tennis and a fitness suite. The stunning location offers plenty of gloriously natural space to visitors and a one-mile walk (which crosses a road) leads to private frontage on the softly lapped shores of Windermere itself. A 2½-acre stocked lake provides free trout fishing and, at the hub of the estate, beautiful Graythwaite Hall’s lovely surrounding gardens are open to the public in the spring.
The cottages form part of the Graythwaite Estate, which has been in the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remained intact as a large working estate throughout four centuries. The farmstead, from which the cottages have been formed, was built in 1890 and its position was chosen at a time when the popularity of the Lake District was just beginning to rise in wealthy Victorian circles. Thus the tranquillity and beauty which first captivated visitors to this area can still be enjoyed in heavenly surroundings where peace reigns supreme.
Visitors are well placed to explore the extraordinary and dramatic scenery for which the Lakes are so famous. Hilltop Farm at Near Sawrey, the cottage where Beatrix Potter’s imagination was stirred to create Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, is just 4 miles away. At Hawkshead (4 miles) there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Within 10 miles are Rydal Fell, Rydal Water, Grasmere and the cottage of the poet who made them famous and brought the Lake District to the attention of the world, William Wordsworth.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway (4 miles) runs through the valley of the River Leven; its trains connect with a leisurely steamer going to the busy, cosmopolitan town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The steamer also wends its way further north to Waterhead, the stop for the pretty little town of Ambleside. Shops 4 miles, pubs 3 miles.


  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Oil central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • Additional digital TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed courtyard with patio and
    furniture

  • Electricity and bed linen included
  • Towels available for hire on request (provided for overseas visitors)
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Digital TV
  • Microwave
  • Shared washing machine on request
  • Shared heated drying room
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio with furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Shared 4-acre grounds
  • Parking
  • Fly fishing foc
  • Table tennis available
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 5ft), open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Fitness suite with treadmill, bikes and multi-gym £20 per person per week (£15 per short break) poa
  • Bicycle hire
  • Natural purified lake water supply
  • NB:Lakeside frontage (1 mile)

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool with limited changing facilities, open daily from 8.45am to 7.45pm
  • Four acres of shared woodland grounds
  • Trout lake, 2½ acres with free fly fishing
  • Fitness suite with aerobic and toning equipment £20 pp pw (£15 per short break) poa
  • Private lake frontage
  • Bicycle hire nearby
  • Dedicated children’s play area

WAS
NOW
£2057-£2057
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Caroll Ref: F29461

This semi-detached contemporary house makes a splendid base for a seaside holiday. In a quiet setting close to the centre of a pretty village with a variety of shops, the house is tastefully decorated. Large French windows lead out to the terrace and swimming pool, with built-in barbecue and furniture. The bath tub in the bathroom is equipped with Jacuzzi jet streams. You are close to the beaches and marina, Port la Forêt, an international golf course (18 holes), shops, restaurants and most facilities. Within a 15-minute drive visit Pont Aven, a famous village, Concarneau and its walled town in the harbour of Quimper, and the capital famous for its cathedral and old quarter. To enjoy the ocean go to Cap Coz or Beig Meil, famous for their long sandy beaches offering many aquatic activities.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). WC. Open tread stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom/WC. Twin bedroom

  • Patio
  • Heated saltwater swimming pool (6m x 2.6m, depth 1.45m), open May to Sept
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: La Fôret Fouesnant (town), 0.3km from restaurants and bar, 0.5km from Baie de la Fôret (beach, shop), 0.6km from supermarket.

WAS
NOW
£599-£1659
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Fern Ref: F56260

Nestled at the end of a long lane in beautiful wooded hilly countryside, this semi-detached property, secluded in the valley, provides the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Set within 4 acres of grounds made of woods and meadows with only the noise of the birds to disturb you. A large shared heated swimming pool, fully enclosed, with sun loungers, allows you to relax. The nearest beach, within a 30-minute drive, is in Plouhinec. Close by, visit the fortress of Port-Louis; spend a good time in many cosmopolitan bars in Lorient and discover the Peninsula of Quiberon, gateway of the Islands which are worth a day trip. Don’t forget to visit the Gulf of Morbihan, the inner sea that is paradise for sailing.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, corner kitchen and patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom/WC. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC

  • Shared 4-acre garden with unfenced stream (take care with children)
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.2m)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 3km from Languidic (restaurants, shops, cafés, all facilities), 25km from Plouhinec (sandy beach), 30km from Lorient (music festival, nightlife), 50km from Carnac (rows of standing stones).

WAS
NOW
£650-£1790
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Maison Hérault Ref: FLH158

This beautiful, semi-detached property, set on the banks of the River Hérault with a mooring for a boat up to 12m in length, and only 1.5km from endless miles of golden sandy beaches, has been well equipped and tastefully furnished. Air conditioned throughout this is a perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. Close to Béziers, already a thriving city when the Romans arrived in 35BC, and the Canal du Midi, there are lovely excursions within a short drive including the sun drenched historical towns of Montpellier, Narbonne and Carcassonne with its world famous medieval fortified city.

Ground floor: Kitchen with dininig area. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Turning stairs to first floor: Living room. Three double bedrooms. Shower room/WC. Separate WC

  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Private outdoor swimming pool (28m²) and shower
  • Electric heating
  • Air conditioning
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Internet access
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Garage
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • No smoking.

Location: 1.5km from shop, restaurant and beach, 20km from golf course, 26km from Béziers (cathedral, museum, Canal du Midi), 59km from Narbonne (cathedral, market, beach), 67km from Montpellier (botanical garden, train station).

WAS
NOW
£36-£2250
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Private swimming pool

Dordogne

This is a good option for those who enjoy the calm and the atmosphere of a small village but who do not wish to be isolated from busy market towns, shops and restaurants as the town centre of Bergerac is approximately 6km away.

Many of the region’s most famous ‘Bastide Towns’ are located to the south of Bergerac, Eymet, Issigeac, Beaumont, Monclar and Monflanquin are all within 50 km and whilst en-route to these places, there are lots of opportunities to sample the famous wines of the region at the many wine producing châteaux.

This detached holiday home has air conditioning in the lounge/dining room as well as in 3 bedrooms. It has private, fully enclosed gardens with a shaded area ideal for dining al-fresco, table tennis, a swing and an impressive conservatory, the most popular room in the house which overlooks the garden areas and the private enclosed swimming pool.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3.5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, conservatory, utility room, bathroom with separate shower and 2 basins (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus cabin bed.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£383-£1299
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

This part of Provence, the hilly backdrop to the coastal strip, makes Fayence a perfect base for exploring the region as it is within easy reach of the towns, villages and beaches of the Côte d’Azur such as Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. The Fayence Gliding Centre, considered to be one of the best in Europe is close by. Visit the Lac-de-St Cassien, 14km for fishing and water sports and the Leisure Park for walking and horse riding. Don’t miss the glorious Gorges du Verdon, 54km and turquoise blue waters of the inland Lac-de-Sainte-Croix. Do go to Grasse for its perfumeries 30km and further afield glitzy St Tropez 80km and Monaco 90km for a day out. Prestigious golf club at Terre Blanche, Tourettes-sur-Loup is 4km. This prestigious residence offers good quality services and facilities and is located in a private enclosed and secure environment surrounded by pine and oak trees overlooking the hillside villages of Fayence and Tourrettes. With its pedestrianised streets, fountains and plazas, the complex has the feel of a small Provençal village. These villas with private pools or terraced village houses with terrace and small garden share a reception area and lobby with internet wi-fi access, a 600m2 outdoor swimming pool with paddling area and sundeck (open from April to September). There is an on-site restaurant with terrace overlooking the swimming pool, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa with covered pool, hydro-therapy circuit, aqua-gym and beauty treatments can be booked at reception and is payable locally. Tennis courts, sports grounds and petanque area. Village houses share an automatic laundry facility which costs extra.

Living room with sofa bed. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom (for children). Two bathrooms. Shower room. Three separate WCs

  • Garden
  • Private swimming pool
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue.

Location: 30km from Grasse, 77km from Gorges du Verdon (turquoise blue waters), 66km from St Tropez, 90km from Monaco.Location: 30km from Grasse, 54km from Gorges du Verdon (turquoise blue waters), 80km from St Tropez, 90km from Monaco.

All properties: Shared outdoor swimming pool

  • Hot/cold air conditioning
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Internet connection (at cost)
  • Wi-fi (in reception, at cost)
  • Cot and h/chair (on request, at cost)
  • Parking
  • All linen included
  • NB: Accommodation is allocated on arrival and some properties may be of different levels.

WAS
NOW
£419-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

This is a very old and charming farmhouse conveniently situated close to l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, now an acclaimed international art and antiques centre. The property interior is spacious, with ceiling beams, old tiled floors, and lots of olde worlde charm. The bedrooms are spacious and light, with most rooms overlooking the courtyard and lawn. The pool is well situated and gives onto the large grassy grounds, with shrubs and trees. This is a peaceful setting, yet within easy reach of all shops and restaurants. The other side of the house is occupied by totally discreet neighbours, screened by a high wall and with their own entrance.

Ground floor: Beamed living room with open fireplace and doors to courtyard. Dining room with kitchen area. Utility with shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. One bedroom with two singles pushed together. Bathroom and bidet/WC. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep wooden stairs to second floor: Attic style twin bedroom

  • Large grassy grounds
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2 to 2.25m), chlorine
  • Poolhouse with kitchenette
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Cot
  • Swings
  • Covered parking
  • Table tennis
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Maximum sleeps is 4 adults and 2 children.

Location: 2km NE of l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (most facilities, water sports; nearest restaurant 1km; supermarkets, 1.5km), 12km N of Cavaillon, 25km E of Avignon (both with all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£740-£1960
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Château Secretary Ref: F47188

This magnificent château has been restored to a very good standard and certainly has the wow factor. Approached by a tree lined drive, it has extensive private grounds with splendid views to the pretty, medieval hilltop bastide town of Monflauquin. There is a fully equipped outdoor dining area with summer kitchen and barbecue pit and a walled courtyard with a private swimming pool. The rooms are spacious and furnished with flair to combine old world charm with the very latest modern amenities, including iPod docks in all the bedrooms. A superb location for a really special holiday with family or friends, this rural corner of south west France is relatively uncrowded, even in summer. There are many historic and fascinating towns and villages to visit, including the impressive châteaux at Biron and Bonaguil. Enjoy a boat trip on the picturesque River Lot, vineyard tours and of course sample the excellent regional cuisine at one of the many restaurants and auberges in the area.

Steps to entrance (alternative level access available). Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Library with piano. Four bedrooms: Three double, two with en-suite shower room/WC, one with dressing room and steps to en-suite shower room/WC, twin bedroom with 3 steps to en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower and WC. First floor: Double bedroom with step to en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, double basin and separate WC, separate stairs to twin bedroom with two additional single beds (for children) and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, walk-in shower, double basin and separate WC

  • Enclosed garden with steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2.1m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod docks
  • Wi-fi
  • Two t/cots
  • Two h/chairs
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 1.5km S of Monflanquin (shops, cafés), 17km N of Villeneuve-sur-Lot (market, most facilities), 17km W of Fumel (River Lot, boat trips, Château de Bonaguil), 43km S of Bergerac (all facilities, airport).

WAS
NOW
£1629-£4459
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