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Make a holiday gite in France your home away from home

France holiday homes are set across a country with a huge variety of landscapes and characters, all represented by the wide selection on HomeAway – there are stylish studios in cities like Paris, rustic and traditional cottages in rural regions, and on the coast you’ll find all kinds of villas and apartments. At countryside holiday homes in France you can expect rustic open fireplaces and centuries old stonework, but without neglecting modern conveniences like wi-fi. Pets are often welcome in gites in France, and extras like on-site parking and pools might make your stay that little more comfortable.

Things to do

-Sightseeing near your French gite. From the spectacular Roman remnants in southern cities such as Arles and Orange, to the beautiful renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, and much, much more, there are centuries of historical interest. Not to forget Paris and its iconic landmarks, and elegant art nouveau architecture.

-Food and drink. There are more Michelin-starred restaurants here than anywhere else on earth. Regional specialities include cheese, with as many as 400 different varieties, paté and wine, with some eight billion bottles produced every year. Even if you’re not a foodie you’ll be able to enjoy fine produce at local markets and the basic amenities like patisseries, charcuteries and fromageries in every town.

-Beach villas in France. France has a vast coastline, boasting lovely scenery and different characteristics on every part. For instance in Normandy there’s Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval abbey on a tidal island. Brittany has dramatic cliffs and sweeping beaches. Rent a France apartment on the Atlantic coast and you’ll find Europe’s best surf beaches, while the Côte d’Azur is synonymous with luxury and style.

-Outdoor recreation. The unspoiled countryside and impressive landscapes in France’s inland regions provide the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. The Rhone and Dordogne Rivers are much loved for the variety of watersports they afford, like boating, canoeing and kayaking. For skiing, you could make for the resorts in Alps to the east or Pyrenees to the southwest.

-Family attractions. In the Paris area you have the Disneyland Resort, with top rides, entertainment and shopping. Also here is Parc Asterix, based on the famous comic books. To the west of the country, near Poitiers is le Puy du Fou, known for its lavish historical set-pieces and stunt shows, and Futuroscope, a unique theme park based on cinematography and audio-visual experiences.

Weather in France

The French climate is influenced by the Mediterranean, Atlantic and even Scandinavia, and varies greatly from the moderate north to warmer south. The north, from Pas de Calais west to Brittany, is temperate, and tends to be mild all year round. The west coast is mild and breezy, with a particularly favourable climate for holidaymakers around the Poitou-Charentes region. There are Mediterranean conditions across the south, with mild winters and hot summers. Mountainous regions like the Alps and Pyrnees have consistent snowfall for at least three months of the year.

Travel to your self-catering villa France

The country has a superb transport infrastructure, with efficient road and rail networks, ensuring easy access to your France apartment. The roads are well-maintained and uncongested, and funded in part by tolls at regular intervals. Meanwhile trains are affordable and efficient, especially via the TGV high-speed lines. For the most part trains are preferred to inter-city bus services thanks to their speed and affordability. Most regions and large cities have airports with international connections. Key holiday destinations like the French Riviera have airports at short intervals – you can fly to Marseille (MRS), Toulon (TLN) or Nice (NCE) from the UK.

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Villas in France - Self Catering Rentals (300+)

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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
    (28 reviews)
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    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Apartment #3669850
    28
    Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (44 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 4
      Apartment #6617212
      44
      Viewed 140 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (13 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Apartment #794327vb
        13
        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
          Excellent! 4.4/5
          (22 reviews)
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Apartment #1243353a
          22
          Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
            Exceptional! 5.0/5
            (90 reviews)
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            • 5 BR
            • 4 BA
            • Sleeps 12
            Villa #412340
            90
            Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.8/5
              (23 reviews)
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              • 2 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              House #669242a
              23
              Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.5/5
                (46 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Apartment #1001908a
                46
                Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (10 reviews)
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Apartment #4196715
                  10
                  Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (68 reviews)
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                    • Studio
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 3
                    Studio #1230759a
                    68
                    Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                      (88 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 3
                      Studio #20279vb
                      88
                      Viewed 135 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (36 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #1388764a
                        36
                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (60 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Apartment #1368561a
                          60
                          Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                            (25 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Cottage #1177055
                            25
                            Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                              (16 reviews)
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Separate Toilet
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Apartment #1216911a
                              16
                              Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (71 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 2
                                Studio #3536021
                                71
                                Viewed 53 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                  (13 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 3 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Cottage #6133482
                                  13
                                  Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (59 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Apartment #893629a
                                    59
                                    Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (33 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #266572vb
                                      33
                                      Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (35 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #882002a
                                        35
                                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                          (24 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Cottage #1383172a
                                          24
                                          Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (27 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            House #1004857a
                                            27
                                            Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (17 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Apartment #1296066a
                                              17
                                              Viewed 91 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (10 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Apartment #658188a
                                                10
                                                Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                  (15 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Apartment #1442305a
                                                  15
                                                  Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                    (14 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #1386156a
                                                    14
                                                    Viewed 48 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (68 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #297384
                                                      68
                                                      Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                        (71 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                        Studio #71990vb
                                                        71
                                                        Viewed 88 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (58 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                          Apartment #6457388
                                                          58
                                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (62 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #1149428a
                                                            62
                                                            Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                              (39 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Apartment #1379645a
                                                              39
                                                              Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (31 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                House #2046245
                                                                31
                                                                Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (14 reviews)
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                                                                  • 5 BR
                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                  Cottage #6015745
                                                                  14
                                                                  Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                    (48 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #6405208
                                                                    48
                                                                    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (66 reviews)
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                                                                      • Studio
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Apartment #1026733
                                                                      66
                                                                      Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (11 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Apartment #1036374a
                                                                        11
                                                                        Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                          House #1459901a
                                                                          8
                                                                          Viewed 124 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (53 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                            Apartment #1041704a
                                                                            53
                                                                            Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (21 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                              Apartment #1359546a
                                                                              21
                                                                              Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                (54 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • Studio
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 3
                                                                                Apartment #932862a
                                                                                54
                                                                                Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                  (51 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilets
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  House #898735a
                                                                                  51
                                                                                  Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (34 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #1280629a
                                                                                    34
                                                                                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                      (89 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Apartment #205161
                                                                                      89
                                                                                      Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                        (26 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Apartment #1069961a
                                                                                        26
                                                                                        Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                          (12 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          House #1764524
                                                                                          12
                                                                                          Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                            (37 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            House #1016485a
                                                                                            37
                                                                                            Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (18 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Cottage #6518378
                                                                                              18
                                                                                              Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                Cottage #897048a
                                                                                                9
                                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                  (31 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                  Apartment #1389167a
                                                                                                  31
                                                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (5 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Villa #1180851a
                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                    Viewed 101 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                                                                      (13 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      House #1920924
                                                                                                      13
                                                                                                      Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      One of our best family holidays.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful family holiday in this very beautiful and rural part of France. Although it was October we (my husband and I and 2 young children) had an abudance of things to keep ourselves entertained for the week and actually felt that it was a perfect time to visit this area if you are looking for a true escape. One of the many highlights of our week included a trip to the historical city of Lyon full of cultural treasures and unique shops especially in 'Le Vieux Lyon" where our children were mesmerized by the abundance of sweet and chocolate shops. A trip to Annecy (an hours drive from the gite ) was another highlight with it's cystal clear lake and mountain views which looked even more stunning in the Autumn light. A town full of character, ambience and regional eateries, it's a must see. On route to Annecy we stopped at the Restaurant, Le Belvedere a La Chambotte which serves tastey regional food while enjoying the stunning views over Le Lac du Bourget. Our other escapades included an easy yet stunning cycle along Le ViaRhona from Chanaz to Belley, a drive to the top of Le Grand Colombier with spectacular views of the upper Rhone valley, a gentle trek through the forest to see Les Cascades de Clairefontaine de Virieux le Grand and a trip to the lovely thermal spa town of Aix-Les-Bains. When we weren't venturing around we relaxed and enjoyed the homely feel of the gite which is very comfortable and warm with the stove fire. Sarah, Claude and their lovely family were so welcoming and made our stay so special. We are very grateful for everything including all your recommendations of must sees, directions, organising bike hire and your fantastic culinary skills, (Sarah's Tartiflette is a must have). A very special thank you to Abby for the children's pony trek on Illico and Thomas and the girls for the Halloween treats!! We highly recommend this gite and we will return ourselves one day!! The Hawkins family, Cornwall
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely place, very central, great for La Marais

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Great place, great meeting service. All I would say is consider getting a more comfortable mattress. Thanks
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful apartment, awesome location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Unfortunately we only had 2 nights in this lovely apartment right in the centre of Bordeaux. Perfect for our family of four, we loved browsing the shops and wandering round the centre in the short time we had. Next time we return it will be for longer! The apartment is very well equipped and very comfortable - we would be very happy to stay here again when we return.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016