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Make a holiday villa in Ars your home away from home

Ars is a small, picturesque settlement in a rural area in the west of France. An Ars holiday villa puts you in the heart of wine making country and will provide you a perfect and comfortable base. All Ars holiday villas from HomeAway are furnished with the everyday necessities and some even come with luxury extras like a pool. The area may be rural, which is perfect for those that want to totally relax, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t things to do for those that want to venture out and experience something different.

Things to do

Ars is a little gem. It has the perfect ambience you associate with a traditional village in a wine-making area, nestled among vineyards and rolling agricultural farmland. The River Charente irrigates the valley making it green and charming, whilst beyond Ars, there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions and outdoor activities.

-Cognac is a town just begging to be visited. It’s only a short drive, being about 7kms from most holiday villas in Ars. Many of the Cognac Houses, such as Martell and Remy Martin, offer tours around their distilleries with tastings included. Even if Cognac is not your drink of choice you will still find the tour fascinating.

-Pons is a delightful town which boasts its own mediaeval keep. There is also a pilgrim’s hospital dating back to 1160 which is open to tour. While visiting the town make time for the twice weekly market selling a variety of local products and grab yourself some nice fresh food to take back to your Ars holiday villa to prepare.

-Golf is popular in this little corner of France. Within an easy driving distance there are three golf courses, the Golf du Cognac, the Golf de Saintonge and the Golf de Royan. Each golf course has buggies and clubs for hire so the only decision to make is which one to visit, or you could just visit them all.

-Les Antilles de Jonzac is a great family day out and about 40 minutes drive away from Ars. This water park, one of Europe’s largest, has a multitude of activities from water slides to a fitness centre. If you should get a day with bad weather a visit here is perfect as it is fully enclosed. You can lounge on the artificial beaches each with its own palm trees and completely forget about the weather.

-The Roman Ruins in the town of Saintes make another great day trip to take from Ars. Touring the roman amphitheatre, the oldest and largest in France, can take you back in time when gladiators fought for the crowds pleasure.

The weather in Ars

Temperatures in Ars can range from 3°C in winter up to 26°C in summer around July and August. Although the area is not as hot as the south of France the summers are still pleasant. Rainfall is also light during summer. Winters tend to be quite cold with a good chance of snow and frosts. If you choose a holiday home in Ars in late spring or early autumn you will still get very summer-like weather.

Getting to Ars

The nearest airport to Ars is Bordeaux. You would require a rental vehicle to drive from these airports to your Ars holiday villa. Alternatively you can take a train from London to Cognac and drive to your holiday rental villa from here. The journey by train takes around 8 hours but you get to see some beautiful French scenery as you travel.

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Ars Holiday Homes & Cottages (300+)

 

Recent Reviews

Home frm Home

5 of 5
We were met at the property by the owner who was very welcoming. He gave us a tour of the property & showed us how everything worked. He showed us where we were on a local map & made several suggestions about places to visit or eat. The apartment was very homely & we felt relaxed straight away. We used the apartment as a base to attend a family wedding - it was fully equipped & everything worked well. We did experience a thunderstorm during our stay however the property was secure & dry. We enjoyed opening up the patio doors & just generally wandered around at ease. The decorations are quite bold in colour & some of the art pieces are quirky but this added to our enjoyment we really felt like we were in France. The owner left plenty of books & local information. We genuinely had a lovely stay & would highly recommend this property.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Lovely gite in a great location

5 of 5
We received a very warm welcome from Shani and Paul upon arrival. The gite had everything we wanted for a base. The bedrooms were tastefully decorated and the bed very comfortable. The lounge area had plenty of seating and UK television which was a nice-to-have. The number of UK plug sockets was a bonus as we had only taken 3 adapters. The kitchen was well stocked with electrical appliances and crockery, cutlery, pans, serving dishes etc. The welcome box with wine and nibbles was very much appreciated. We were particularly impressed with the range and quality of outdoor furniture. The owners were very friendly and discreet and when we did have the opportunity to chat it was lovely to get to know them. Their two fabulous dogs made our dog feel welcome and they all shared the garden which was lovely. The garden was private and well kept. The gite is less than a 10 minute walk to the river which was lovely for walks along the tow path. Shani and Paul very kindly arranged the required veterinary appointment for us and were on hand to recommend places of interest etc. Cognac was a very short drive away and there are lovely places to eat and drink and stroll around. All in all a really lovely holiday. Would like to return to the gite next year and stay for more than just a week.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017