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Chant d’Etoile Ref: FMG710

This beautiful detached ivy clad stone farmhouse and adjoining gite have breathtaking panoramic views over the hills and valleys of Provence. With mature gardens and pretty courtyard, and a private pool surrounded by wooden decking, it is positioned to make the most of the wonderful views. The property is situated in a picturesque area of the Drôme region, just a short drive away from the centre of Marsanne with its old quarter, quaint shops, restaurants and tennis court. There are plenty of activities within easy driving distance, such as La Forêt de Robin adventure area, which is on the outskirts of the village.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. Bathroom with clawfoot bath, shower cubicle and double basins. Separate WC. Gite: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (for children). Shower room. WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Courtyard
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 1.1m - 2.3m)
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Range
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • CD/stereo
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unprotected drops to pool area.

Location: 5km from Roynac (pony trekking), 6km from Marsanne (tree adventure playground), 20km from Montélimar (shops, restaurants), 20km from Saou (rock climbing), 30km from Saillans (canoeing, white water rafting), 64km from Vaison-la-Romaine (roman town, festivals, cultural events), 90km from Ardèche valley (river gorges, watersports, white water canoeing).

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£470-£1999
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Easy access to the Breton and Normandy coast

Ille-et-Vilaine

In a quiet hamlet between the heritage town of Dol and the picturesque stretch of coast linking Cancale in northern Brittany to Mont St Michel and the popular Normandy resort of Granville, this is a spacious and stylish, detached, traditional French property.

The harmonious blend of old and modern décor and furnishings add to this holiday property’s character and charm. The garden is attractive, extensive and well-established. Guests are well-placed to explore both Normandy and Brittany from here; don’t miss the attractive and unusual village of Mont Dol, and enjoy the views from its hilltop vantage points.

Local cider, seafood and crêpes are not to be missed, and for those who like an energetic holiday, there are many opportunities to try various sports, including the locally available sand yachting.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2.5km, beach 7km.

Ground floor: Lounge, second lounge/diner, kitchen, utility, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and bidet (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 2 single (for children).

Oil heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge/diner (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €50 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, DVD player, broadband connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed garden, garden furniture, barbecue, table tennis, table football, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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£370-£1130
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
La Maison Renard Ref: F22260

Set in a quiet rural hamlet at the edge of the picturesque village of Créhen, this detached holiday house is surrounded by fields and hedges. It is only a short distance from the seaside resort of Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer. The interior, fitted out on two levels, provides a good quality of furnishing and decoration. On the side of the house, facing the lovely lawned garden, enjoy the decked sitting-out area. North Brittany has a spectacular coastline with superb beaches such as Sables d’Or les pins and Saint-Cast-le-Guildo. The cliffs and lighthouse in Fréhel are a must, offering wonderful views over the sea. There are also sailing and windsurfing activities and two main golf courses within half an hours’ drive.

Lower ground floor: Utility. Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sitting room. Kingsize bedroom. Bathroom, shower attachment (no WC). WC. First floor: Four bedrooms: One kingsize, one twin, two single. Bathroom/WC, shower attachment

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Cot and h/chair (on request)
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • No smoking
  • Bed linen only included.

Location: 500m from the village centre (local shops, bank), 3km from Plancoët, 7km from Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer (beach), 13km from Dinard (airport), 18km from Dinan (tourist town, ramparts).

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£316-£969
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Close to beach

Finistère

This renovated house situated a little way inland from the coast is in an ideal position for exploring the superb Argoat region which is home to the Monts d’Arrée and the Armoric regional natural park. Visit Finistére’s very own coastlines, explore the beaches and ports, try the authentic food in many of the restaurants on offer or just relax in a spa or leisure centre. Visit Quimper (36.5km) an old town with cobbled streets, an impressive cathedral, many shops, a wide range of restaurants to eat in and the beautiful River Odet providing stunning views and pleasant walks. Take a day trip further afield to Perros-Guirec (131km) where there are many different things to see and do including Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac’h a beautiful landmark with stunning views.

There is a fishing opportunity just 500m. Shops, restaurant 200m and beach 25km.

Lounge, dining room, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin, 1 bunk.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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£27-£740
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Private swimming pool

Hérault

This charming detached villa with its own swimming pool is tastefully decorated and situated in a quiet location only 15 miles (25km) from golden sandy beaches and 24 miles (40km) from the Camargue.

It makes an ideal holiday destination for walking enthusiasts and nature lovers, as well as a touring base. Visit Aigues-Mortes, 15 miles (25km) a solitary fortified city with its large towers and defensive curtain wall, situated on the edge of the limestone hills.

Nîmes, 12 miles (20km) and Montpellier, 15 miles (25km) are both well worth visiting and make delightful days out.

Shop and café/bar 660 yards (600m), restaurant 4.8 miles (8km), beach 15 miles (25km).

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, separate toilet, 2 kingsize bedrooms, both with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet). First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Oil central heating, open fire in lounge, all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, stereo hi-fi, wi-fi, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, freezer, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, ample parking. One pet welcome.

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£63-£2310
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Les Coureilles Ref: FDO48

Set in an original Huguenot settlement, this detached stone farmhouse with a Perigordine pigeonnier, has been lovingly restored by the owners. The house is situated in over 25 acres of protected woodland and pasture, excellent for long walks to neighbouring châteaux. The house lies at the end of a chalk track that runs through this small hamlet. It has a large garden with a huge expanse of lawn and a "loving seat" in a secluded spot, plus plenty of trees for shade. It is blessed with two wide, south-facing terraces overlooking the garden and a large swimming pool. There is a wooden cabin, perfect for children’s camp outs, table tennis and an outdoor fire pit for star gazing. Ideally situated between the historic towns of Bergerac, Périgueux and Sarlat with its many local vineyards.

Ground floor: Living room with oak floor. Sitting/media room. Step to kitchen/dining room. Shower room/WC. Utility. First floor: Five bedrooms: One kingsize four poster with en-suite bathroom/WC with roll-top bath, one kingsize with additional single, one kingsize with folding single, one twin, one bunk (can be twin) with additional pull-out bed. Low beams in some bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower over Jacuzzi bath

  • Part-enclosed, lawned garden with steep woods
  • Terraces
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.7m to 2.5m), Roman steps
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • Two woodburners (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • Range
  • M/wave
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Video
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • I-pod dock
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 5km from St Georges-de-Montlard (shop, restaurant, boulangerie), 14km from Vergt (lake swimming), 23km from Bergerac (old quarter, river, market, restaurants, nearby châteaux), 35km from Périgueux (historic town dating from Roman era, medieval houses), 50km from Monpazier (beautiful Bastide town, market), 65km from Sarlat (historic Dordogne town, restaurants, market, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£114-£2349
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Château de Viques Ref: T14460

The property is part of the old country house belonging to the Château de Vicques. 9 acres of surrounding parkland offers a Renaissance chapel and a beautiful deserted old château. The property has fishing rights on the River Dives (except in the closed season) and due to the proximity of water, young children will require supervision. The spacious interior is furnished in a traditional French country life style. Explore nearby Falaise, William the Conqueror’s birthplace or the colourful local markets where you can buy a wide range of delicious Norman farm produce.

Ground floor: Living room with fireplace. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two interconnecting bedrooms (also accessed individually from landing): Twin bedroom leading to shower room/WC. Double bedroom leading to bathroom/WC. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms (one can be double). Single bedroom. Bathroom/WC

  • Large grounds with canals and river (take care with children)
  • Telephone (incoming/local calls)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • Parking
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 3km SE of Jort (simple shopping), 8km SW of St. Pierre-sur-Dives (all facilities), 15km NW of Falaise (all facilities), 51km S of Caen ferry terminal.

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NOW
£410-£1270
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Cléon d’Andran Ref: FPD086

Nearby golf course

Drôme

You will find this a very comfortable house for your holidays! Built in a magnificent enclosed park, the property benefits from a large terrace with a swimming pool (72m², open May-Oct) and a shower. The interior of the house is spacious and provides all the comfort required for a relaxing stay. Cléon is a village which has grown in concentric circles with, at its centre, the church and the oldest houses. Thanks to its central location, at the crossroads of six major roads, Cléon is home to numerous shops and services. For your excursions, Montélimar the ‘nougat capital’, the village of Grignan with the Château de la Marquise de Sévigné and the town of Crest, which boast the highest keep in France, are all within easy reach. Wind your way through the Rhône Valley and its famous wine route. Two of the bedrooms have a double bed measuring 200cm x 200cm (one mattress).

Shops and restaurant 200m.

Lounge, kitchen/diner, 2 bathrooms with basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin, 4 single beds.

Glass fronted fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen included in rent, cot, colour TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-sided stairs (no handrail) to first floor.

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£499-£1810
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Manoir d’Andaine Ref: F61140

In the heart of the pretty market town of La Chapelle d’Andaine, can be found the imposing façade of Le Manoir. What was once the home of the local notary has been transformed into a wonderful town house accommodating up to ten discerning guests. The grand theme has been extended inside with each room being furnished in antique style. Le Manoir features a large private garden area and easy access to local shops and amenities. La Chapelle is only a short drive away from the famous spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne. Built in the centre of a vast forest region, Bagnoles is at once picturesque and cosmopolitan in atmosphere, offering its visitors a boating lake, casino, an impressive golf course and magical woodland walks. Nearby, the fortified hillside town of Domfront is another must-see for visitors to the area. An ideal holiday base.

Ground floor: Hallway. Living room with open fire and patio doors to garden. Elegant dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room. Cloakroom. Separate WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Separate WC. Dressing room with double shower room. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Second floor: Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom. Separate WC

  • Large garden with 2m drop to street level
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Ample parking
  • Garden furniture
  • All linen for hire.

Location: La Chapelle d‘Andaine (local facilities), 5km from Bagnoles de l’Orne (charming spa town, lake, restaurants, boutiques, casino, golf), 13km E of Domfront (château, old town, all facilities), 35km SE of Flers (lakeside château, large market town). A great stopover for Le Mans.

WAS
NOW
£399-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

This delightful and very spacious house, with private, heated, salt water swimming pool, is built into the ramparts of the ancient town of Nontron, adjoining the town hall, and is situated in the Périgord-Limousin Regional National Park. The house is beautifully furnished and has a private enclosed garden with superb views across a wooded valley from the pool terrace and balconies. There is a market every Saturday and festivals in the town throughout the summer. Tennis, bars, restaurants and shops are within two minutes’ walk. Nontron is also famous for its knife making - the workshop where they are hand made by local craftsmen is the oldest continually running cutlery forge in France and is well worth a visit. Golf, hiking, horse riding and water sports are just a short drive away at Saint Estèphe leisure lake in the Bois de Beaussac. This is an ideal choice for groups or extended families.

Ground floor: Apartment with living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Sitting room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Second floor: Utility. Three double bedrooms, two with additional single bed (for child), one with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Shower room/WC

  • Enclosed garden with steps to pool
  • Balcony
  • Swimming pool (9.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.5m)
  • Heating
  • Two w/machines
  • T/dryer
  • Two d/washers
  • M/wave
  • Two f/freezers
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Public car park
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 5m from Nontron, 200m from Nontron centre (market, shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets), 8.4km S of St. Estèphe (lake beach, watersports), 22km N of Brantôme (riverside town, canoe hire, market), 33km N of Bourdeilles (riverside village), 46km E of Angoulême (TGV railway), 48km N of Périgueux, 70km SW of Limoges (airport).

WAS
NOW
£1020-£2550
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0

Dating back to 1491, this superb château is set in 45 hectares of beautiful grounds, reached by a long private drive and impressive archway to the inner courtyard. The château has huge rooms, high ceilings and elegant furniture, plus a hectare of enclosed gardens. The cool stone walls and tiled floors downstairs create an atmosphere of regal elegance. Fief Gallet is registered in the listings of French Historic Buildings and the owners have been producing the well known Audry Edmond Cognac since 1878. This secluded holiday location is near the attractive town of Saintes. The beaches of Meschers and Royan are within easy reach as are the distilleries of Cognac. While touring this lovely region, be sure to look out for signs advertising Pineau de Charente; this local liqueur is used in many delicious recipes. The owners stay in a separate part of the château when customers arrive/depart.

Ground floor: Two living rooms. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate WC. Twin bedroom (can be super-kingsize). Single bedroom (120cm). Shower room/WC. First floor: Super-kingsize bedroom, additional single bed (120cm), en-suite bathroom, shower cubicle. Kingsize bedroom, shower. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (can be super-kingsize). Children’s bedroom with one double, two singles. Bathroom/WC, large corner bath, double basin. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Mezzanine

  • Grounds
  • Swimming pool (15m x 7m, depth 1m-2.5m, heating at cost), shower and WC
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • Stereo
  • Internet
  • Two cots
  • Table tennis
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Home cooked meals on request
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 4km S of Rétaud, 8km from Saintes (tennis, 18 hole golf), 25km E Cognac (golf, distilleries), 30km W to beaches of Meschers and Royan (boat trips and the ferry to Médoc), 40km from La Palmyre (beach bordered by pine forest, cycle track, zoo), Mornac and l’Eguille (oyster ports, picturesque villages, restaurants).

WAS
NOW
£1739-£4319
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
10
Pets
0
Le Bastit Ref: F24181

Overlooking the winding River Isle, by the church in the small village of Saint Médard, this elegant property is set in superb gardens, with mature trees. It enjoys a large swimming pool, shared with Petit Bastit, in the same grounds. At the edge of the gardens and terraces is the river itself, and there is private use of a discreet cove. Close by is the town of Mussidan which has weekly morning markets offering superb poultry, wines and fresh seafood. The famous vineyards of Saint Emilion are less than half an hour’s drive away – for stocking-up with the delicious regional wines! The old town of Bergerac offers trips on old flat boats on the river, summer music festivals and has a tobacco museum as well as many good restaurants. Bordeaux makes an excellent day trip and has an elegant 18th century centre where the narrow streets are lined with grand mansions. The city’s many attractions include the eye-catching cathedral, a 15th century bell tower and a beautiful formal park. The surrounding countryside produces Bordeaux wines, and is the largest quality wine district in the world.

Entrance hall. Large living room. Large well-equipped kitchen. Dining room (seating for 20) with small square independent tables. Small living room. Easy stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms. Five twin bedrooms. Three bedrooms with king-size beds. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with WC. Exterior staircase

  • Large gardens overlooking the river (unfenced)
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 2.1m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • TV
  • Cot
  • Car parking in garden
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • NB: Cook available (on request). Can be booked with F24212.

Location: Saint Médard village (bar), 2km W of Mussidan (shops, restaurant), 25km N of lake of Gurçon.

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£1730-£4319
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