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La Coccinelle Ref: F34148

Peacefully located 800m from endless miles of golden sandy beaches this delightful Provencal style detached holiday villa has a swimming pool and enjoys beautiful sea views. The authentic resort of Sète is popular and busy with tourists all year. It has a distinctive character, full of atmosphere, light and fragrance. Sète is the largest port of the Mediterranean coast, with almost 7 miles of fine sand. Close to Montpellier, the sun drenched capital of Languedoc, other delightful seaside resorts include Palavas and Cap D’Agde, the arts and crafts village of Pézenas and the wine capital of Béziers; the property provides an excellent touring base, if lazing around the pool or on the beaches is not the order of the day. Day excursions could include a trip to the Roman town of Nîmes or exploring the stunning flora and fauna, surrounded by bulls in the Camargue.

Fifteen steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio door to terrace. Dining room/kitchen leading to veranda. Conservatory. Utility. Five bedrooms: one queen-size with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower over-bath, two double, one with access to single bedroom, one single. Bathroom with shower over-bath. Separate WC

  • Enclosed terrace with pond (take care with children)
  • Private swimming pool (6m x 3.5m, depth 1.45m)
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Internet access
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 800m from beaches, 1.2km from Sète (most facilities), 30km SW of Montpellier (all facilities), 50km E of Béziers (wine capital).

WAS
NOW
£1069-£2389
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Les Restanques Ref: F84193

Set in a quiet, sheltered position on the edge of St. Saturnin-les-Apt, which has local shops, cafés and restaurants within easy walking distance, this villa has its own grassy garden with cherry trees and views over the plain to the Luberon, and shares grounds with the owners. There is a south facing terrace at the front and a shady side terrace for dining or relaxing and the fenced swimming pool is edged with olive trees. The modern interior has been carefully decorated with attractive colours and fabrics and some lovely antique pieces. Surrounded by the Luberon Regional Park and its famous villages there is lots to visit, enjoy a trip to the unusual rock formations at the Colorado Provençal or a day out in the elegant town centre at Aix-en-Provence.

Entrance from pergola covered dining terrace through French windows to beamed living/dining room with well-equipped corner kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle. Separate WC. Open tread stairs to mezzanine double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

  • Private lawned garden with fruit trees and terrace
  • Shared fenced swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 0.9m to 2m) with Roman steps (occasionally used by the owners)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: There are drops within the grounds.

Location: 10km N of Apt (attractive old town, market, shops), 10km NE of Roussillon (pretty village, famous ocre cliffs), 18km E of Gordes (stone-built hillside village with panoramic views), 50km E of Avignon (walled city, Papal Palace, museums).

WAS
NOW
£599-£1680
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Rural location / Good touring baseRural location/Good touring base

OrneOrne

These semi-detached, stone holiday cottages have been completely renovated to provide ideal holiday accommodation in this lovely part of Normandy. The properties are adjacent to the owner’s working farm, breeding alpacas and have milking goats and pony trap rides available. The cottages provide views over the garden and surrounding fields.These semi-detached, stone holiday cottages have been completely renovated to provide ideal holiday accommodation in this lovely part of Normandy. The properties are adjacent to the owner’s working farm, breeding alpacas and have milking goats and pony trap rides available. The cottages provide views over the garden and surrounding fields in which there are donkeys, alpacas, goats, sheep and chickens.

La Richardière is a tranquil hamlet, a stroll away from the sleepy Normandy village of St Siméon, ideal for walking or cycling.

Historical Domfront with its medieval area is 20km, whilst Mayenne with its castle and good shopping is only 25km. Historical Fougères with the largest medieval castle in Europe is 35km, and the famous Mont St. Michel is 70km. Golf, horse riding and tennis nearby, water sports 30km. Fly via Rennes or Dinard.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

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

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, video, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, private patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£160-£459
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Agon-Coutainville Ref: FNM001

200m from beach

Manche

This detached house is comfortable, carefully laid out and positioned barely 200m from the famous Agon-Coutainville beach. In the immediate area you will find a golf course, a casino, an equestrian centre, a sailing school and shops. From here, you have easy access to a variety of monuments and curiosities. As an example, not far away stands the famous and magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel. Also, the Cotentin peninsula holds key attractions in store, such as the small town of Villedieu-les-Poêles, renowned for the art of copper making.

Shop and restaurant 10m, beach 200m.

Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk.

Central heating, open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Low beams throughout. Steps to entrance.

WAS
NOW
£29-£590
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Savignac-Lédrier Ref: FAD236

Outdoor swimming pool

Dordogne

This pigeonnier with outdoor swimming pool (50m², open Jun-Sep) is situated in the very beautiful and spacious grounds of the English owner’s home.

An exterior stone staircase leads to the accommodation and first floor dining terrace, with far-reaching views across open countryside.

Places of interest locally include Lac Rouffignac, 9km, with its leisure lake and summer beach, Ségur-le-Château, 10km, a pretty riverside village, Excideuil, 11km, with its Thursday market and château, and Montignac, 45km, with its famous caves.

Shop and restaurant 2km.

Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. External stairs to first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

Central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, CD player, internet connection, microwave, garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: External access to ground floor bedroom. Pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£71-£699
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Rousseau Ref: F29506

These four stone-built holiday cottages (F29506, F29194, F29523 and F29522) lie in the extensive and well-maintained grounds of the Manoir du Mennec Hotel in peaceful countryside, yet very well situated for exploring southern Finistère. The terraced cottages Renoir and Lautrec enjoy views from the terrace across lawns and woodland. The semi-detached Rousseau and Chopin are a little further from the main complex, with patios looking directly out over beautiful woodland. The cottages are elegant and comfortable with stylish French furnishings. The hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness and games room, sauna and Jacuzzi, all available to guests. The artists’ paradise of Pont-Aven, perfect for an afternoon stroll and tea, is a short drive, as is the popular walled Ville Close at Concarneau. A wide choice of beautiful beaches are less than half an hour’s drive away, including Raguenez, Port Manech, Trégunc, Kerfany and Trévignon. Several 18-hole golf courses are also within easy reach and there is a wide variety of outdoor activities to suit all tastes.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, wood-burning stove, beams, tiled floor, dining room/kitchen and French windows to terrace. First floor: Double bedroom. Mezzanine with children’s bunk beds. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment, bidet and sloping ceilings

  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot (on request)
  • Start day Friday.

Location: 1km from Saint-Jacques (bar), 4km N of Bannalec (market town, local shops, restaurant), 25km W of Quimperlé (hospital), 28km N of beaches, 30km from Concarneau (markets, all facilities, popular tourist town).

All Properties:

  • Terrace
  • Shared woodland with eight steps and slopes
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (13m x 8m, depth 1.2m to 2.3m, open May - Oct), Jacuzzi, sauna (at cost), indoor games room and gymnasium
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Satellite TV
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • All linen for hire.

WAS
NOW
£50-£680
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

This detached holiday villa stands in a walled garden, in a quiet residential area close to the River Sorgue. The shops, cafés and restaurants of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are only a short walk away. The inviting private swimming pool is a true delight after a long day exploring. L’ Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is dotted with waterwheels along its sparkling river, which can be explored by kayak or admired from one of the numerous riverside restaurants. The seasonal antique fairs are famous worldwide, and the town offers more than 400 antique shops as well as bustling markets. Fontaine-de-Vaucluse (4km) is famous for the world’s largest, deepest and most powerful spring. Nearby is a golf course in Saumane, as well as many guided walks. Less than half an hour’s drive through cherry orchards, olive groves and lavender fields leads to the beautiful hilltop villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Ménerbes, all of which boast splendid panoramic views over the Luberon Valley.

Three steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed, tiled floor, corner kitchen and French window to terrace. Utility. Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (4.5m x 3.5m, depth 0.3m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Air conditioning
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Three TVs (French channels only)
  • Two DVDs
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Unsuitable for the infirm.

Location: 18km from Avignon (papal city, July theatre festival), 71km from Nîmes, 72km from Aix-en-Provence, 80km from Marseille (airport, boat trips), 90km from Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer (seaside resort).

WAS
NOW
£580-£1599
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Haute Roche Ref: F22151

With easy walking distance of the beach in the popular seaside resort of St. Quay-Portrieux, this is an imposing property dating from the turn of the last century. Featuring stripped wooden floors in many rooms, the light modern décor and pastel soft furnishings give the house an airy feel. From the bedrooms there is a fine view of the sea over neighbouring gardens. The house too is surrounded by its own enclosed lawned garden and is set back from the road. It is well placed for the cliff path which runs along this dramatic coastline and the towns of Paimpol and Binic are nearby to enjoy an aperitif in a port-side café.

Basement cellar and utility room. Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with well equipped American style corner kitchen. Separate WC. Partial open-sided stairs to first floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom/WC. Second floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room/WC

  • Enclosed garden
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue.

Location: 500m from centre of St. Quay-Portrieux (good shops, restaurants, harbour, water sports, sandy beaches), 20km N of St. Brieuc (attractive town, good markets, all facilities), 30km S of Paimpol (pleasant fishing harbour, shops, bars/cafés).

WAS
NOW
£379-£1159
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Goiko Etxea Ref: F64124

Superbly situated amidst delightful countryside and yet only 10km from Saint Jean du Luz, this detached holiday property has a beautiful view of the mountain La Rhune, the last big peak of the Pyrénées. This lovely property stands on a hillside with its own private swimming pool and jacuzzi. The interior is well furnished on two floors but it has kept the old atmosphere of a Basque country house. The terrace is ideal to enjoy a glass of wine on and admire the breathtaking rural views. Only a short drive from the beach at Saint Jean de Luz, it is also near Spain - ideal for shopping at the trendy shops in San Sebastian.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen with beams. Two bedrooms: one double, one with double sofa bed. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep open tread paddle-style stairs to first floor: Four bedrooms: three double, one with en-suite shower room, one leading to twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC

  • Private garden
  • Terraces
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 1.9m)
  • Large Jacuzzi
  • Central heating
  • Open fire
  • Digital TV (French channels only)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 2.5km from Ascain (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis), 5km from Chantaco golf and tennis club, 10km from Saint Jean de Luz (beach, shopping, museum, spa centre, casino), 15km from supermarkets, 15km from Spain, 20km SE of Biarritz (casino, shopping, airport, golf, spa centre), 25km from San Sebastian, numerous golf courses within 30km.

WAS
NOW
£930-£2299
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
L’Aumone Ref: F22213

This listed building, near the Rance River, provides a tranquil holiday home a short distance from the sea, with rapid access to St. Malo. The lovely peaceful grounds make a great place to eat al fresco under the willow trees. The friendly owner lives next door and is happy to offer advice. Sandy beaches are within easy reach, as is the beautiful riverside town of Dinan, one of Brittany’s oldest medieval cities with views over the Rance. Garden lovers will enjoy the park of the Château de Caradeuc, nicknamed the ’Versailles of Brittany’. Also worth a visit are Cobac and Dinan attraction parks, and Pleugueneuc Zoo. Horseriding and golf are also within easy reach.

Living/dining room with tiled floor, glass fronted fireplace and corner kitchen with breakfast bar. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Large enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Garage
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km W of Plester (village, basic shops), 4km S of Evran (small town, all facilities), 12km S of Dinan (historic town), 30km from St. Malo, 40km N of Rennes (city).

WAS
NOW
£57-£769
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Le Vretot Ref: FNM152

Ideal touring base

Manche

This lovely stone house, located in the village of Le Vretot provides very comfortable holiday accommodation, overlooking an orchard giving a magnificent setting during spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom and the fruit is ripe for picking.

Visit the many villages in the area, experience all the different markets, venture further afield with Valognes less than 20km away. Spend the day in Cherbourg (30km) with its race track, botanical gardens and its array of museums.

Alternatively enjoy time at the beach or relax back at the property after a long day exploring this beautiful region.

Shops 8km, restaurant 1km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet with basin, 2 double bedrooms, one plus single bed.

Electric central heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, gravelled garden, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking. One pet welcome. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

WAS
NOW
£24-£770
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Liouc Ref: W13197

Shared pool / Excellent touring base

Gard

Peacefully located in this attractive stone house is this ground floor apartment enjoying exterior dining areas and excellent views, plus shared use of the large overflowing swimming pool and sun loungers.

The property has been renovated to a nice standard and provides a great touring base. Situated between the three historical towns of Nimes, Montpellier and Ales, all less than 40km away, and within easy reach from endless miles of golden beaches and the famous regional park of La Camargue.

Also Uzes, Anduze and the Pont du Gard offer great days out. To the north the Cevennes mountain range with grottes, canoeing, picturesque villages and great walking. The owner speaks English, French and Spanish.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom.

Central heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, radio, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£240-£689
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