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15
Bedrooms
7
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Chez Gill Ref: FA236

A delightful, spacious property, beautifully renovated to provide comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation. In a tranquil setting on the outskirts of the village, with views over the fields beyond, this lovely old mill house with small river running beneath and separate cottage are set beside a stream with a central courtyard separating the two properties. (Although the stream may dry up in Summer, careful supervision of young children is recommended). It has a good-sized garden with a large patio, flower beds and lawns, and a large shady area with trees. Helpful owners occupy the right wing of the main house but have separate access. The Roman town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély is a 30 minute drive with boating lake, cobbled streets and excellent twice-weekly market for fresh local produce, and the historical town of Angoulême is 1 hours’ drive. An ideal situation for cycling and walking in the gentle countryside all around.

Main House: Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with additional single bed. Two shower room/WCs. Cottage: All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

  • Lawned garden
  • Patio
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5.5m, depth 1m to 1.7m) with Roman steps and shower
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot and h/chair on request
  • Swings
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2km from Cressé (shops), 10km from Matha (shops and restaurant), 40km from Cognac (golf, all facilities), 50km from Saintes (boutiques, Roman arena and boat trips on the Charente), 100km from beaches.

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NOW
£960-£2370
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Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
La Violette Ref: F33153

Set in the middle of a village by a beautiful church that strikes three times a day, surrounded by vineyards in a charming peaceful hamlet, this spacious and comfortable adjoining stone house is a lovely holiday property. With a private fenced swimming pool, it sits in large lawned gardens that the children will love playing in. There are also leisurely country walks all around. The delightful conservatory facing the property is ideal for dining and it overlooks the pool. There is a living room in the attic (with beams and low ceiling) for watching TV. This ideal location is near all the Dordogne attractions, and near the medieval village of Monségur, which has cafés, restaurants and tennis courts as well as canoeing on the River Dropt. There are plenty of vineyards to visit for wine tasting from local farms to prestigious châteaux, and the fascinating wine town of Saint-Emilion at less than one hour’s drive. Further afield is the historic city of Bordeaux and the beaches of Arcachon and Biscarosse.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with French doors to verandah with French doors to garden. Three double bedrooms (one four poster), each with en-suite shower room/WC. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with two single beds, beams and low ceilings. Two double bedrooms, both with additional single bed and en-suite shower room/WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden with two steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 1.7m)
  • Gas central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Satellite TV
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 6km from Monségur (shops, cafés, market), 8km from La Réole (town on the Garonne river), 55km from Bergerac (airport), 65km from Saint-Emilion (wine châteaux), 84km SE of Bordeaux (museums, shops).

WAS
NOW
£660-£1699
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Good touring base

Pas-de-Calais

This comfortable property is a typical regional farmhouse with beams throughout and an open fireplace, making it ideal for all year round holidays. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large courtyard and garden to play in. There is also a games room with a pool table and football table. The walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer is nearby with its panoramic views from the ramparts, cobbled streets, restaurants and festivals.

The sandy beaches and coastal resorts of the Côte d’Opale are 35 minutes away and make a great day out for all, with miles of sand to play on. Fish lovers will enjoy the markets at Boulogne or Étaples, or golfers can play one of the many excellent courses in the area. The market town of Hesdin has a superb Thursday market with local produce on offer.

Visit St Omer, Agincourt, and Arras for history or venture to Bruges in Belgium. Ideal for walking or cycling holidays with superb routes nearby on quiet country roads. Families will enjoy the family amusement park of Bagatelle (seasonal).

Shop and café/bar 4km, restaurant 1.5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, games room, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus 2 single beds, 1 double. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double plus single, 1 twin, mezzanine with double sofa bed leading to 1 twin bedroom.

Electric central heating, open fire in lounge/diner and woodburner in second lounge (initial supply of fuel provided), €89 supplement for all other fuel and power, colour TV, washing machine, dishwasher, enclosed lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. One pet welcome. NB: Steep, narrow, open-tread stairs to mezzanine.

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£53-£960
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Manoir de Kervy Ref: T44325

This beautiful old manor house, situated near the fashionable town and lovely sandy beaches of La Baule, is set in 250 acres of woodland and meadows in the middle of a well-tended garden. St. Lyphard is on the edge of the Brière Regional Park, a network of waterways where you can take canal trips in pole-driven punts with a Brière guide. La Baule and the Guérande Peninsula, with its 9km of sandy beach, is an excellent family holiday resort with numerous children’s clubs. Other attractions include the wild beauty of the rocky coast, the medieval town of Guérande, the famous ’Fleur de Sel’, and the wonderful seafood of La Turballe and Piriac. The property interior is typical of a French country manor house; classically furnished with lovely period pieces, polished floors, elegant gilt mirrors and even a wall-mounted moose head in the entrance hall! The kitchen is large and well equipped, though of a simple, older style.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. ’Bureau’. Separate WC. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with basin. Twin bedroom with basin. Single bedroom (for child). Two shower rooms (no WC). Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

  • Telephone (incoming calls only)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • Two cots
  • H/chair
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Enclosed pond 50m, take care with children. All the bedrooms have access to a long corridor; some have communicating doors with other bedrooms and one or other of the shower rooms.

Location: 2km S of St. Lyphard (most facilities, swimming lake July and August), 10km N of St. André-des-Eaux (ornithological park, 18-hole golf), 15km (beach).

WAS
NOW
£449-£1260
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Coësmes Ref: FBI086

Outdoor swimming pool

Ille-et-Vilaine

This holiday house is located in the countryside of Janzé, less than an hour’s drive from Rennes, between the magnificent forests of the Guerche and Araize.

It has just over a hectare of grassland, where horses roam freely, and the property offers magnificent views over the surrounding area. The rear of the house opens onto a terrace overlooking the swimming pool (45m², open May-September), and there is a garden with a barbecue, ideal for pleasant outdoor meals.

History lovers will enjoy this area, which is full of legends and monuments, such as the Roche-aux-Fées. Spend a day in Rennes, 40km, which has museums, churches, parks and gardens, markets, shops, cafés and restaurants. For the more active, fishing can be found 8km away or there is a golf course at 16km.

Shop and restaurant 8km.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk.

Central heating, woodburners in lounge and kitchen/diner (no fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. NB: 1 double bedroom accessed from one side only. Sloping ceilings and low beams in first floor rooms.

WAS
NOW
£319-£1139
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Le Lude Ref: F72115

In a unique location, set on the edge of the river Loir with sounds of the rushing water all around, this carefully restored ancient water mill offers an ideal retreat from the stress and noise of everyday life. The interior is comfortable and simply decorated with white walls, retaining, traditional features of exposed beams, tiled floors and open fireplace. The pleasantly furnished sitting room has wonderful views of the lovely mill stream and dam. You can fish for your supper and find a pleasant spot for al-fresco dining in the large garden. Near to this charming property, you can discover the famous city of Le Mans with its 24hr racing track and old quarter. To the south is the Loire Valley with its châteaux and vineyards.

Ground floor: Dining room with corner kitchen and open fire. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin with door to courtyard. Bathroom with shower attachment and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Living room with glass fronted fire. Three bedrooms; one double, two single. Shower room. Bathroom. Separate WC

  • Private garden
  • Courtyard
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Glass fronted fire
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Parking for three cars
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • NB: Unsuitable for young children due to river frontage.

Location: 4km NW of Le Lude (all facilities, pool, tennis). 44km SW of Le Mans (historic city, all facilities). 60km NW of Tours (city, old quarter).

WAS
NOW
£419-£1170
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

This beautiful villa is very well equipped and offers a private swimming pool. This holiday property has total privacy thanks to the beautiful landscaped garden which encloses the property, and you will also enjoy the several terraces as well as the very comfortable outdoor area. The house also offers a large living room with a kitchen and all bedrooms are equipped with large beds. The villa is located in the medieval village of Saint-Cézaire, perched above the valley of Siagne, and has narrow streets and shady squares. You will be close to the vineyards of the Var and the remarkable villages of Seillans, Montauroux and Callian. Discover the St. Cassien Lake with all its water activities. Drive along the coast and visit Grasse, Nice, Saint-Raphaël or Cannes.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with additional bunk bed. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Turning stairs to first floor: Three double bedrooms. Two bathrooms (no WC). Separate WC

  • Garden with steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (36m², open May-Oct
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Two TVs (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Internet access
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 1km from shop and restaurant, 9km from Cabris, 15km from St. Cassien Lake (watersports), 28km from Cannes (shops, restaurants, beach, museums, train station), 45km from Saint-Raphaël (horse riding, watersports, tennis), 50km from Nice (port, Promenade des Anglais).

WAS
NOW
£1259-£2750
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Keryoc’h Ref: FSB366

This delightful holiday home is in an elevated position, set in a quiet residential area, with beautiful views across the bay from every window in the house. It has a large fully enclosed garden with gently sloping lawns, rockeries, flowers, trees and a children’s swing set. The large terrace has garden furniture, perfect for enjoying the view or a barbecue of fresh fish from one of the local markets. A lovely sandy beach is just 300m away, complete with sailing school, near the village of Esquibien. Shops and restaurants can be found in and around the pretty resort of Audierne, a 5 minute drive, with its fishing port, aquarium and lovely river walks for a break from the beach. Visit the spectacular Pointe du Raz with cliff-top walks and fabulous views, a 10 minute drive. Explore the historic riverside town of Quimper, a 45 minute drive, or take a boat trip to the picturesque Île de Sein. A perfect region for a family holiday, and to indulge in some amazing seafood.

Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen area with patio doors to garden. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Two kingsize bedrooms. Twin bedroom with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Underfloor heating (at cost)
  • Wood-burning stove
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels only)
  • DVD
  • Cot and h/chair on request
  • Swings
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 300m from beach, 2km from Audierne (shops, restaurants, all facilities), 3km from Plouhinec (horse riding, white sandy beaches, 16th century church), 95km from Brest (large city, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£560-£1590
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Mondétour Ref: F76108

Located within the grounds of the imposing château at Morgny-la-Pommeraye, this large cottage has been entirely restored and now provides accommodation for up to ten guests. The property boasts a private garden but guests are also welcome to enjoy the open grounds of the owners’ château. Local walks through woodland and countryside are a particular feature of a holiday at Mondétour, but for those who like to venture further afield, the region is rich with places of interest. Mondétour is only 15km from the historic city of Rouen, whose cathedral is instantly recognisable as a subject of Monet’s impressionist paintings. Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny are also within easy driving distance of Mondétour, as is Paris and the picturesque port town of Honfleur.

Ground floor: Large living room with open fire, wooden floor and patio doors to garden. Large kitchen with dining area and open fire. Large kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom and patio doors to garden. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom/WC. Two twin bedrooms (beds can be joined), each with en-suite shower room/WC. Playroom/second living room

  • Private garden with fenced pond and additional use of 20 hectares of land
  • Courtyard
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km N of Morgny (local facilities), 15km NE of Rouen (cathedral, shops, museums, all facilities), 50km N of Giverny (Monet’s house and gardens), 105km NW of Paris.

WAS
NOW
£57-£1430
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Tocqueville Ref: FNM061

Panoramic sea views

Manche

This comfortable house is typical of the Val de Saire region. In the superb garden you can socialise or enjoy relaxing in the shaded seating areas. You can enjoy the excellent sea views and see the lighthouse of Gatteville which is on top of a hill where you can see the views from higher up to get a better perspective of the beautiful surrounding area. Barfleur with its grey granite houses is a sought after destination. This picturesque town claims to be the prettiest village in France. In the 11th century the army of William the Conqueror left to conquer England from the harbour here. Visit the D-Day musuem at Utah Beach for a good but also a moving experience with many things to learn about, things for all ages in the gift shop, this is a good place for a family day out.

Shop 6km and beach 4km.

Ground floor: Lounge/dining room, kitchen, double bedroom with en-suite toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet). First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with additional single, 1 single.

Central heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

WAS
NOW
£46-£989
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Roquebrun-Ceps Ref: FLH033

Panoramic views

Hérault

This beautiful stone holiday house is a real gem, located in a charming wine growing area and nestled in the hills close to the River Orb which lends its name to the famous valley in this area. The property enjoys panoramic views of the nearby river beaches. It is spacious and tastefully decorated and furnished,

with a superb kitchen and an enclosed garden making it an ideal place for children to play.

There is plenty to do in the area including fishing (150m), a golf course (30km) and you can go canoeing on the River Orb. The nearby village of Roquebrun has picturesque winding streets to explore and a weekly market. The historic town of Béziers, famed for its bullfighting festival in August, is just 28km, and the lively seaside resort of Valras Plage is just 43km.

Shop and restaurant 4km, beach 40km.

Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 plus child’s single bed, 1 twin, 1 children’s bunk. Mezzanine: 2 single beds.

Electric heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome. NB: The 5th bedroom is accessed via the mezzanine. The child beds are only suitable for children under 12 years. Steps in lounge. Open-tread stairs to mezzanine. Slopes and drops in garden.

WAS
NOW
£78-£879
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Ideal touring base

Hérault

These terraced holiday properties are situated on a complex and all have air conditioning and their own outdoor swimming pools (except ref FLH152 which has a hot tub). The complex is located in the town of Castries which has a 17th-century aqueduct. The city of Montpellier is just 16km and has many attractions, including the Place de la Comédie, a botanical garden, 14th-century cathedral, zoo, aquarium and Amazonian greenhouse.

The popular seaside resort of La Grande-Motte is 32km away, with its beaches, port, water park and watersports.

Spend the day in Nîmes, 47km, with its Roman history. Attractions here include a Roman amphitheatre, a Roman temple and the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct. Further afield is Avignon, 86km, which includes attractions such as the Palais des Papes, which is the largest Gothic palace in the world, a 12th-century cathedral and a variety of museums. Here, there are is also plenty of shops, restaurants, cafés and a large indoor market selling fresh product.

Shop and restaurant 700m, beach 20km.

Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

Electric heating, all fuel and power at cost, colour satellite TV, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Drop from terrace.

WAS
NOW
£492-£1553
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