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La Calade Ref: F30161

On the outskirts of the old papal city Avignon, rich in history and culture, and on the edge of charming and chic Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, this detached holiday villa offers an ideal touring base close to all the town facilities (1km). It is only 4kms away from Avignon, surrounded by its medieval ramparts and with its July international theatre festival, September Côte-du-Rhône wine fair and famous bridge over the Rhône river with its beautiful river banks from which you can admire the papal castle. Elegant Aix-en-Provence is only one hour’s drive (88kms) to visit the Cézanne Museum. Visit the fantastic Roman aqueduct of Pont-du-Gard. Explore wild Provence less than an hour’s drive away, and the most beautiful hilltop villages of Luberon park, such as the very chic Saint Rémy-de-Provence (25kms), leading up to Les Baux-de-Provence (35kms), and finishing by Eygalières village.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Four bedrooms: Two super kingsize, two kingsize, one with additional bunk (for children). Bathroom/WC with walk-in shower and double basin. Shower room with bidet and double basin. Two separate WCs

  • Enclosed lawned garden with 5 steps
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m)
  • Oil central heating (at cost)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 1km from shops, 1.5km from bar and restaurants, 15km from Avignon airport, 21km from Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Côte-du-Rhône wine), 32km from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 38km from Nîmes (for the Gard area)

WAS
NOW
£40-£2769
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ribérac Ref: W12541

Private outdoor pool

Charente

This spacious 17th-century stone cottage, with exposed wooden beams, is situated in Bors de Montmoreau, in the peaceful countryside of the Charente, a few kms from the town of Ribérac. From the gravelled terrace there is a nice view over the surrounding maize and sunflower fields.

The lawned garden in front of the house provides some shade on hot summer days but you can also choose to have a refreshing swim in the 10 x 5m private outdoor swimming pool. About 8km from the property lies the village of Aubeterre considered among the most beautiful of France, with an impressive Monolith church. Built on a hillside, nearby Chalais is known for its market and its old town quarter.

There is a nice beach on the banks of the River Dronne, where kayaking is available. The area also offers a golf course. For a days excursion you can drive to Cognac with its interesting Musée de Cognac or to Barbezieux, known for its Eau-de-Vie, confectionery and marrons glacés.

Shop and restaurant 8km, café/bar 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet). First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with basin, 1 twin plus 2 single beds.

All fuel and power included in rent, colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£389-£1120
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Doëlan Ref: W15043

1km from lovely fishing port

Finistère

Set in a restored farmyard just 1km away from one of Brittany’s most picturesque little fishing ports, these properties are perfect for a great beach holiday. There are beamed ceilings and plenty of space both inside and outside. Children will enjoy playing on the large lawn.

The views from the properties are rural, while footpaths lead down to this beautiful section of coastline, not only the port of Doëlan, where you can buy your fish and seafood or enjoy watching the yachts and fishing boats, but also the low cliffs and many sheltered little sandy coves. The larger sandy beaches of Le Pouldu and Kerfany are also close by. You can use the local paths for mountain biking, riding or walking, with circuits well indicated, going along rivers, coast through the wonderful ancient forest of Clohars and the ruined abbey of St. Maurice.

The local markets have excellent fresh produce, especially fish and oysters, explore the pretty churches and hunt for all the prehistoric standing stones or try sailing, windsurfing or even jetskiing.

Shop 2km, restaurant 1km, beach 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. First floor: Mezzanine with seating area, bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent mid-May to mid-September, heating by meter reading at end of stay mid-September to mid-May, bed linen included in rent, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£26-£830
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Brechatiere Ref: F79147

This four bedroom detached house dates back to the 18th century and has been carefully modernised to retain many of the original beams and stonework yet with all modern comforts and contemporary style. The house is spacious throughout and includes two bathrooms, a second summer kitchen and a vast games room offering an alternative to the large, mature gardens outside, which includes a good sized swimming pool (10m x 5m). Set in peaceful countryside this holiday property is just over 1km from the village of Le Pin, which has local services, and within 6km is the town of Cerizay which has all the shops you could need. Try a visit to Le Puy du Fou (20km), famous for its impressive cavalry and battle re-enactments, or why not have a day trip to the beaches of the Vendée (90km), or the Loire Valley to the north. Futuroscope at Poitiers to the east is at a similar distance. Fly via Nantes, Poitiers or La Rochelle.

Two steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams, tiled floor. Kitchen. Summer kitchen. Utility. Games room. Two bedrooms: one double (5ft 3in bed), one twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle, double basin. Separate WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: one double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Two children’s Z-beds available

  • Private garden
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 1-1.85m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 1km from Le Pin (shops, bar/restaurant), 6km from Cerizay (town facilities, supermarket), 90km from Les Sables d’Olonne (beaches), 90km from Nantes.

WAS
NOW
£43-£1079
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Le Pressoir Ref: F49156

These two 14th century stone holiday cottages with exposed stone and beams are set in the grounds of the impressive Château Salvert in the heart of the Loire Valley. Throughout they have been furnished to a good standard by the owners, who have been resident here for many generations. The woodlands of the château grounds are home to a profusion of wildlife, including wild boar which can occasionally be seen from the window. Each has a private terrace for outdoor dining. There is a swimming pool shared with the owners and guests near the château, including an attractive barn-style pool house with a lovely view, 150m away. The château town of Saumur lies 10 minutes to the south, with a chance to sample some of the world famous sparkling wine and one of the many fine restaurants which can be found here.

Living/dining room with well-equipped corner kitchen and open fire. Laundry room. Twin bedroom with antique beds and en-suite bathroom. Separate WC. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC.

Both Properties:

  • Garden
  • Adjacent woodland park
  • Terrace
  • Shared heated outdoor swimming pool (13m x 6m, depth 0.90m to 2.5m, open mid-May to Sep) with pool house and small drop from pool house terrace (take care with children)
  • Open fireplace with woodburning stove(at cost)
  • Electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • CD/stereo
  • Parking (2 private garages)
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Table tennis
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking
  • NB: There is the possibility of dining and sampling French meals in the castle.

Location: Close to Neuillé village, 8km E of Longué (small town, most facilities), 10km N of Saumur (château town, all facilities), 45km E of Angers (château, city, ancient tapestry).

WAS
NOW
£78-£1839
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ciel d’Azur Ref: F06298

This very pleasant villa has been well equipped and tastefully furnished, and enjoys air conditioning in the living room. It has a large swimming pool in the well-maintained gardens, as well as a delightful, Moroccan-style shady outside living/dining area. The property provides an excellent base to discover the French Riviera with some of its most visited attractions only a short drive from the property, including beaches 8km away. Saint Paul-de-Vence is 4km and from afar, the first view of it seems so perfect and almost unreal - resembling a film set. It is the epitome of the fortified towns that once guarded the Var frontier and is one of the most visited villages in France and also a prominent centre for modern art. Only slightly further afield is Vence, a picturesque old market town, favoured by artists and with many art galleries. Just to the west awaits the perfume capital of Grasse and to the south are the beaches and Cannes, star of the Côte d’Azur with the stunning palm tree-lined beaches of La Croisette, where film stars from around the world gather for the annual film festival.

Ground floor: Beamed living/dining room with patio doors to garden. Kitchen with patio doors to garden. Kingsize bedroom with French windows to garden. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with double basin (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom with additional single bed. Shower room/WC (low ceiling)

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.1m to 1.7m)
  • Electric heating
  • Air conditioning (living room and first floor)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1km from shops and restaurants, 4km SW of Saint Paul-de-Vence, 8km S of Vence, 18km E of Grasse, 20km of Nice, 8km from beaches.

WAS
NOW
£1130-£22999
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Pleumeur-Gautier Ref: FBC062

Beautiful Breton house

Côtes d’Armor

This large Breton house, dating back to the 19th century, is beautifully furnished and has a wonderful ambience. Spacious and well presented, it is the ideal place for families or groups of friends to enjoy a holiday whatever the time of year. Spend long evenings relaxing in front of the fireplace in the lounge or in the kitchen before retiring to one of the six bedrooms upstairs which are accessed by a marble staircase.

The property has a large garden, which is well kept and full of flowers, and is is located just outside Pleumeur.

Don’t forget to visit the places of interest in the surrounding region, such as the beautiful coast with its pink granite rock or the traditional half-timbered houses at Guingamp or Lannion which are 30km away.

Shop 5km, restaurant 2km, beach 6km.

Lounge/diner, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with basin (no toilet), shower room (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 6 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 3 single.

Electric heating, open fire in lounge and glass fronted fire in dining room (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power at cost, cot, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceilings in some bedrooms and bathroom.

WAS
NOW
£320-£939
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Le Presbytère Ref: F81111

In a charming, historic village, this stone-built, 15th century former presbytery, opposite a church on the village square, is full of character with exposed stone walls, massive beams and tiled floors. It is a spacious and well-equipped house (including free wi-fi and UK TV channels), and enjoys a private swimming pool in its pretty garden. The Presbytère is an excellent holiday base to enjoy village life and explore this spectacular region. Vieux is set in rural landscape of rolling hills, vines, sunflowers, châteaux and fortified hilltop ‘bastide’ towns (including Cordes-sur-Ciel). The Tarn Region encompasses rivers, dramatic Aveyron and Tarn gorges and vast forested areas. Nearby activities include horse riding, canoeing, tennis and sailing. There is a good range of shops and facilities 3km away at Cahuzac-sur-Vère. The nearest large town is Gaillac, with its lively markets, supermarkets, wine centre (enjoy sampling wines made from regional grape varieties), ‘apero’ concerts and other summer activities. The historic city of Albi, with its impressive pink brick cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec Museum is 20km.

Living/dining room. Kitchen. Both with French windows to garden. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Study. Three bedrooms: one double with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower cubicle, one double with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower, one twin with en-suite shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Second floor: Attic twin bedroom with en-suite shower (no WC)

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, depth 1.35m)
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • M/wave
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • Start day Friday.

Location: Village centre, 3km from Cahuzac (shops, restaurants), 13km N of Gaillac, 20km SW of Albi, 70km NE of Toulouse (airport, all facilities).

WAS
NOW
£158-£2629
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Villa St. Corentin Ref: F56285

This lovely detached stone house stands in 2.5-acre grounds and provides spacious accommodation, ideal for two families holidaying together. It has kept its original features, including stone walls, oak beams and a glass-fronted fire in a traditional fireplace. The property has large airy rooms with a conservatory at the rear, leading to the terrace which overlooks the surrounding countryside. Close to the village of St. Barthélemy, it is located in the valley of the River Blavet, famous for canoeing and kayaking and its many hiking trails. The many places of interest include chapels, churches and the famous medieval village of Poul-Fetan. A 40-minute drive leads to the wonderful sandy beaches of Erdeven, Carnac or Larmor-Plage on the south coast.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with glass-fronted fireplace, corner kitchen and patio doors to terrace and garden. Large conservatory. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and double basin, one with en-suite shower room. Two separate WCs. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room/WC. Mezzanine games room with two folding single beds (for alternative sleeping)

  • Large lawned garden with unfenced stream (take care, children)
  • Terrace
  • Heating (at cost)
  • Glass-fronted fire
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • TV (French channels)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Snooker
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire
  • Start day Friday
  • NB: Maximum 10 guests.

Location: 2km from the village centre (cafés, grocery), 4km E of Nantes-Brest canal (ideal and idyllic place for walking, riding, canoeing), 7km N of Baud (crêperies, all facilities, beautiful medieval church), 20km S of Pontivy (tourist town, medieval castle, banks of the River Blavet), 38km N of Lorient (beaches, Atlantic ocean, summer Celtic music festival).

WAS
NOW
£59-£819
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
La Cascade Ref: F37171

This charming traditional Touraine farmhouse nestled in the French countryside, has been tastefully restored and decorated by the French owners. The property is set in a beautiful enclosed garden, with a large heated pool and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. The spacious and extremely well-equipped kitchen overlooks the garden and opens onto the terrace. The imposing city of Tours, the heart of the Touraine, is only 20 minutes south and has a variety of shops, ancient châteaux and attractive restaurants as well as the renowned wine producers and vineyards. Many famous châteaux are to be found nearby with the splendid gardens to explore such as Villandry, Chenonceaux or Azay-le-Rideau, or the fairytale inspiration for Sleeping Beauty at Ussé.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room with double basin (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms with sloping ceilings and beams. Bathroom with over-bath shower and double basin (no WC). Separate WC

  • Enclosed garden with three steps and pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 2.2m, open Apr-Oct)
  • Electric heating
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • TV (French channels only)
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 2.5km SW of Beaumont-la-Ronce (shops, bar/restaurant), 9km NE of Semblançay (château), 15km N of Tours (city, château, airport), 18km W of Château Renault (town, most facilities).

WAS
NOW
£679-£1799
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
St. Quay, Portrieux Ref: W14089

Peaceful location

Côtes d’Armor

Located at the the end of a lane, just behind the gardens of the town hall, this ‘Bourgeoise’ holiday property, entirely enclosed with a large, high metal gate has been redecorated to offer a well furnished and well equipped property.

The lounge/diner with a kitchen area, separated by an American bar leads to the terrace and garden. The location of the property is quiet and peaceful with the beach of Le Casino within a 10 minute walk.

St. Quay Portrieux, Binic and Plouha located on this rocky coast named Côte du Goelo offer you terrific views over cliffs, sandy beaches, Paimpol, a former fishing harbour transformed into a marina. Brehat Island, 25km away is also worth a day trip.

Shop and café/bar 0.3km, restaurant and beach 0.5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, utility room, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 single bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite shower and basin, 1 twin.

Electric convector heaters, initial supply of fuel and power included in rent, remainder by meter reading at end of stay, colour satellite TV, DVD player, radio/cassette/CD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, enclosed lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. Friday to Friday changeover day.

WAS
NOW
£28-£1270
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Montelimar Ref: FPD113

Outddor swimming pool

Drôme

This spacious holiday home is ideal for a large family wanting a relaxing break. Set in beautiful grounds filled with trees and flowers and complete with an outdoor swimming pool (50m²), ideal for adults and children alike. There is a pretty terrace and balcony, from which you can admire the wonderful surroundings.

This property provides the perfect base to explore the local area and all it has to offer, situated in the popular, historic town of Montelimar, famous for its nougat, you will not be short of things to do. Guests will enjoy the aeroplane museum, the Château des Adhemar, a former medival castle with pretty gardens that has been renovated and is now a wonderful art gallery, and the sweet and nougat museum, a wonderful world of candy where you can see how nougat is made.

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy canoeing, white water rafting and the Accro Eiffel centre. There is also tennis 3km away and a golf course within 4km. For day trips further afield, visit Orange (54km), Avignon (83km) or Lyon (148km).

Shop 2km, restaurant 3km.

Lounge, kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, bathroom with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel included in rent, power at cost, bed linen included in rent, colour satellite TV, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, balcony, terraces, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£43-£1549
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