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France is a country that evokes strong imagery. Long before we've booked our passage on Brittany Ferries to St Malo, we have a good idea of what to expect. We know what we want from our French holiday, be it romance, rural bliss, gastronomy or wine. Some people visit France to ski; others go to sunbathe. No one just shows up, unannounced, clutching a dog-eared Michelin roadmap.
If you're planning a French holiday, the odds are you've already got a good idea of what you want: the region you intend to visit, the sort of accommodation you'd like (be it chateaux, cottage or chalet) and the itinerary you'd like to follow. To bring your holiday plans to completion, we've rounded up a selection of wheelchair friendly properties in five beautiful French regions. With accommodation that's tailored to your needs, you'll be able to relax in comfortable surroundings throughout your holiday.
French wheelchair friendly holiday ideas
Wheelchair friendly accommodation in Brittany
Brittany retains a strong regional identity, long after 'petite Bretagne' was officially absorbed into France. The Breton language still resonates, while Brittany's standing stones will still be here several millennia from now. Why were they erected? No one really knows, but that doesn't stop tourists flocking here every year to admire these mysterious lumps of rock. For some the stones provide a spiritual connection, while for others they're just an Instagram moment. Whatever your take on Brittany's historical artefacts and cultural relics, you're going to need somewhere to stay while exploring the region. For price and accessibility, the wooden cottages in this Le Conquet resort are hard to beat. Alternatively, this seaside apartment in Dinard promises spectacular views of St Malo bay and is equipped with large bedrooms and a balcony.
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Wheelchair friendly accommodation in Normandy
Its green pastures, capricious seas, spectacular cliffs and tranquil gardens make Normandy very special. Coupled with some of the best wine and cheese in France – no mean feat – there's a lot to love in this bucolic region. Normandy's most famous attractions include the Bayeux Tapestry, which, for an ancient piece of craftwork, still looks pretty sharp, while its ports are crammed with secret nooks and passageways. When you're not exploring castles, tasting vineyards and cramming crepes (the ones made just with butter and sugar are the best), unwind back at your Normandy holiday home, with wheelchair friendly options including this clean, bright cottage in Monmartin, complete with a neatly manicured garden and easy access.
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Wheelchair friendly accommodation in Lorraine
France is a country hardly short on history, but Lorraine's modern history is as colourful as its distant past. Straddling the border of France, Germany and Luxembourg, this mountainous region is made up of rich farmland, clear mountain streams and old market towns. Visitors can pay their respects at Verdun, scene of some of the most intense fighting in both world wars, and explore the town of Nancy, with its majestic 18th-century buildings replete with ornate columns and wrought ironwork. Simple, inexpensive accommodation includes this apartment in Saulxures sur Moselotte, which has wheelchair access, and this charming wooden studio near Gerardmer.
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Wheelchair friendly accommodation in Provence
A French holiday doesn't just mean the prospect of new culture and new cuisine; you also get to say hello to a new climate. The further south of England you go, the warmer it gets, and Provence is about as south-easterly as France gets. This means vineyards, olive groves, fruit trees and warm, clear evenings when dining on the terrace is essential, a jumper optional. Holiday options include this picturesque studio, in the heart of Provence, and an idyllic stone house which once served as a mill, but now echoes to the sound of nothing more than holidaymakers splashing in the pool.
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Wheelchair friendly accommodation in Burgundy
It's hard to think of Burgundy without thinking of wine. If you live there, the novelty of being surrounded by banging vineyards probably wears off, but for the rest of us, Burgundy is all about the fruits of the vine, complemented by the medieval churches, walled towns and sleepy villages that break up the region's green fields and hedgerows. The history here is as rich and plentiful as the grapes that are synonymous with France's wine-producing heartland. Accommodation includes this simple wooden farm cottage, with wheelchair access and a cosy gite in the village of Chatellenot, the perfect place for a peaceful, library-quiet holiday.
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Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation in France
City apartment in the palace side of greenery and recreational park, 5 minutes from Chevalley Thermal baths (thermal treatment), 50 m from City Hall, 10 minutes from the golf course and the Lac du Bourget, 20 minutes from the ski slopes of Mont Re...
Housing state, close to the beach and forest, WiFi Internet and phone included, residential area, close to the beach (800m) and from the forest (50m) and the aquatic centre of Océabul with a heated pool, sauna and steam room…The comfort of a home ...
Property in a prestigious, private, secure and 24-hour guard gated community between Cannes and the medieval town of Mougins offers 5 bedrooms with adjacent bathrooms and WCs. This elegant eye-catching villa sits on over 5,100 m² of grounds domina...
The beginning of the famous Promenade des Anglais, the residence is ideally positioned 20 meters from the sea.
THE ROYAL LUXEMBOURG
Luxurious and Secure residence, endow a concierge access by elevator.
Luxury apartment T2 34 m2 for 4 persons locat...
Chalet Febrillant is a true one-of-a-kind holiday home! High-end yet affordable, Alpine yet modern, comfortable yet stylish, unmissable yet discreet... This luxury five-bedroom modern chalet was completely refurbished in 2011, and lies in the midd...
Villa Violet is an artist's villa in Le Lavandou. It's a new build, a contemporary villa with superb views of the coastline and the bay of Lavandou. Ideally situated in a residential area and only 800m away from the beach, this villa offers guests...
A beautifully renovated farmhouse set in five acres of grounds, with superb views. Aranton Farmhouse is an ideal holiday home for large groups and an idyllic venue for weddings and special celebrations.
A super big pool, high-raftered summer sa...
The Guardian newspaper called this Chateau “One of the Top 5 houses to rent in France”. The Times said “its interior is as hip as its exterior is fairy-tale”. Grazia Magazine called it “Kick your heels off comfy”, while Bella Magazine simply said...
For those of you that have visited the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, the stunning Chateau Asturias will seem quite familiar! This is a superb castle for rent that has been tastefully decorated throughout.
The Chateau Asturias is located i...
The idyllic 18th century Provencal private Bastide is set amongst the famed perfumeries of Grasse, but still just a few kilometres from the beaches acand high life of Cannes, Antibes and the Cote D??Azur.
Make it your own private residence for ho...