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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Franche-Comte, France your home away from home

The province of Franche-Comte lies encompasses much of the Jura Mountains and the Upper Plateau of the Saone River in the east of France. Franche-Comte borders the Rhone-Alps to the south, Alsace & Lorraine to the north and Switzerland to the east. The culture is wonderfully rich, with clear hints from Switzerland, but it is the astonishing variety of landscapes that really excites visitors, from the vineyard strewn slopes to the huge pine forests of Jura. The combination of huge open spaces, mountains, forests, gushing rivers, picturesque villages and fine cuisine make taking a self catering Franche-Comte holiday rental almost irresistible.

Things to do in Franche-Comte, France

The Jura Mountains are a joy to explore regardless of the time of year. During the summer months, the flower strewn meadows and fragrant pine forests are a dream for walkers and mountain bikers, whilst the winter months see the mountains transformed into a winter wonderland, littered with skiers and snowboarders. The Jura Mountains offer an excellent alternative to the over skied slopes of the Alps, as well as offering walking and mountain biking trails that not only rival those of the Alps, but in many cases far outshine them.

More than half of this undiscovered corner of France is covered in forests, with large mountain rivers gushing through gullies, over huge waterfalls and into tranquil lakes. You can hardly get any further from the hustle and bustle of city life, and you are unlikely to see other tourists breaking the perfect tranquillity. The only time you are likely to find a crowd in Franche-Comte is during September, when the famous Besancon Music Festival arrives for its two week party.

The unique culture of Franche-Comte certainly extends to its food. Known as the ‘French Pantry’, self catering Franche-Comte accommodation is a food lover’s delight. Comte Cheese is absolutely magnificent, still hand made and is simply delicious, and if you like cheese, there are some wonderful cheeses to try, including Blue de Gex, Cancoillotte and Mont d’Or. During the winter months, saucisse de Morteau (pork) is particularly wholesome and when served with wild mushrooms and potato rosti, it is absolutely mouth watering. The wines produced in Franche-Comte are fantastic too, very sweet and an excellent accompaniment to local dishes.

Places to visit on holiday in Franche-Comte, France

There are four departments in Franche-Comte, Jura, Doubs, Haute-Saone and Belfort.

The sensational landscapes of Jura are a genuine delight, ensuring relaxation as you look at the astonishing skyline from your Franche-Comte property rental. The soaring mountains, thick forest and majestic gorges are an outdoor activity haven of the highest quality.

Doubs is France’s greenest department, located on the Swiss border. Filled with lakes, caves and waterfalls, Doubs is a pleasure to explore on foot or on horse back, and during the winter months, a Franche-Comte chalet in Doubs places you right at the base of the largest ski domain in the Jura Mountains.

There are over 1,000 lakes in Haute-Saone, and water sports of every variety are enjoyed with aplomb. The beautiful villages, charming squares and dramatic castles are testament to the department’s wealth.

Weather in Franche-Comte, France

The climate in Franche-Comte has two very distinct seasons. The summer months are a joy, with average monthly temperatures reaching the 20°C mark from late May until early September, with daily peaks often up towards 30°C, perfect for getting out into the great outdoors. Winters are, of course, cold, as the ski season starts in earnest in the middle of December.

Travel to Franche-Comte, France

Franche-Comte is a rural region, and therefore a little effort is required when reaching self catering Franche-Comte accommodation. The closets airports are Basel and Lyon, over an hour away, but there are high speed train services taking 3 hours from Paris. You can also drive to a Franche-Comte villa from Paris in a little over 3 hours.

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Lovely well appointed house within walking distance of Arbois

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This is a lovely house, nicely decorated. Feels more like a home than a holiday let - very comfortable. Great deck out the back of the house with nice view of the river and hills. Everything you need including a BBQ in the garden (remember to take your own towels). About a 10-15 minute walk into Arbois. Try the boulangerie in the square/arcades just over the road from Hersinger - it's fabulous, and the owner is very friendly. And the pizza van in the car park is great too (order early to collect later - they run out. Also visit the nearby waterfalls - very beautiful and great for a paddle. Corrine, the owner, was very friendly and helpful. Don't bother with La Finette restaurant in Arbois - we were disappointed. Market on a Friday morning in the car park is well worth a visit - especially for food, lovely paella. Great rivers nearby for canoeing and swimming.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

A lovely house in a beautiful area

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We had a lovely week at this property which I would highly recommend. We received a warm welcome from Martine and Francois who took time to show us the house and explain the facilities. The house is very comfortable and well equipped. The rear decking area is private and ideal for dining outside. Les Rousses is about 5 kilometres away and has all the shops and restaurants necessary for a self catering holiday. We enjoyed several trips around the area as well as walking in the more immediate environment. Marine and Francois were attentive but not intrusive. Fortunately we did not have to call on them for assistance but knew they were on hand if needed.
  • Review Submitted: Aug 07, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017