If you’re looking for your perfect break in France, here are our top five self-catering getaways to treat yourself to a little escape.
Les Cimes des Arbres is a stunning escape for two in the rural location of Charente. On-site you will find a private heated pool with panoramic views across the lush green landscape and plenty of outdoor dining options to enjoy a meal whilst you watch the sun go down in the evenings. If you can bring yourself to leave this paradise, the local area is dotted with chateaux and medieval castles, stunning rolling countryside filled with sunflowers and quaint little towns and villages to explore including Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, one of the plus beaux villages de France.
Mika-Gale is a beautifully restored longère situated in a peaceful, rural setting near the villages of Ploerdut, Lignol and Guemene-sur-Scorff in southern Brittany. The property sits amongst three acres of private, secluded gardens and is ideal for children with plenty of safe and open areas to run, play and explore. They are many medieval villages with fabulous weekly markets to explore including Auray and Vannes, and slightly further afield, the coast is only 45 minutes away with numerous sandy beaches including Larmor Plage and Guidel Plage.
La Grange is fabulous farmhouse comfortably sleeping eight occupants in four bedrooms with a large, private garden in Seine Maritime, Normandy. This is an ideal place for anyone who enjoys an activity holiday, with the ‘Avenue Verte’, a 40 km cycle track that was once the railway line between Dieppe and Forges-les-Eaux, just 200m from the farmhouse. For anyone with an interest in art, Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny and the charming port of Honfleur are both an easy drive from La Grange.
Bourgueil is a pretty stone cottage offering comfortable and spacious accommodation for 4 people in rural Loire. Bourgeuil has its own outside space for al fresco dining and access to a shared pool and garden. The property is located in a peaceful countryside setting, yet is just 20 minutes from the historic Loire town of Saumur. The nearby L’Abbaye de Fontevraud and Chateau de Villandry are must-visits for any history lovers, but of course wine lovers are well catered with many local wine producers offering tours and tastings.
Vue de Duras is a lovely two bedroom holiday cottage in a rural location amongst vine and plum trees, with stunning south facing views over the valley to the château at Duras. Guests staying here have full use of a private swimming pool as well as a petanque court. Each night, you will find yourself amazed under the clear sky that presents its stars and planets undisturbed by the light pollution found in cities. You’ll have an amazing show of the stars and planets at night. There are plenty of local markets to visit and purchase fabulous local produce, and for wine lovers, Vue de Duras is ideally placed for visiting the Maison des Vins de Duras, Saint Emilion, Bergerac, and the spectacular Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.