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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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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1497152a
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(26 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1442305a
26
Viewed 194 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(32 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #838394vb
32
Viewed 93 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #4196715
15
Viewed 103 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(57 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6617212
57
Viewed 115 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(14 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Cottage #6133482
14
Viewed 155 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(50 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #445394
50
Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(4 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6601165
4
Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(27 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1243353a
27
Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(137 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #125613vb
137
Viewed 122 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(25 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #722635vb
25
Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #4196967
1
Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
Good! 3.7/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #642998a
18
Viewed 115 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(31 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Studio #6194938
31
Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(93 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Studio #20279vb
93
Viewed 205 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(4 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1426844a
4
Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(84 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Cottage #448680
84
Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(25 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Studio #972418a
25
Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(4 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6615044
4
Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(30 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #57295
30
Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(60 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #935071a
60
Viewed 68 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(9 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Apartment #716421vb
9
Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(40 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #935004a
40
Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(7 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1466476a
7
Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(70 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Studio #6410401
70
Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(10 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1881223
10
Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
Very Good! 4.2/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6120645
11
Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(71 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #893629a
71
Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(40 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #443484vb
40
Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(39 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Cottage #1440928a
39
Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(33 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #855400a
33
Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(11 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
House #1459901a
11
Viewed 191 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(34 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #3685877
34
Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(58 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Condo #471775vb
58
Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(28 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #909316
28
Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(18 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1386156a
18
Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(25 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #1030352
25
Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(34 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6359790
34
Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(34 reviews)
avg/night
  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #3669850
34
Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(8 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #4067318
8
Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(55 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Studio #664488a
55
Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(16 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
Apartment #817181vb
16
Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(16 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Chalet #6519826
16
Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1447295a
15
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(55 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Studio #1088997a
55
Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(58 reviews)
avg/night
  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Apartment #932862a
58
Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.4/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #658188a
14
Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
Very Good! 4.2/5
(9 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 2
Studio #665106a
9
Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(57 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #1001908a
57
Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(30 reviews)
avg/night
  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Condo #332016vb
30
Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
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Recent Reviews

Wish we could have stayed longer!

5 of 5
This is charming property and perfectly situated. Jean-Marc was very friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble. We really appreciated his hints and tips which gave our stay a fantastic start. The apartment is beautifully appointed and felt like home from home. We would love to stay there again.
  • Review Submitted: Apr 05, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

Great view, location and chalet

5 of 5
We stayed here for just over a week for a ski trip. We had a car so location just above Morzine was perfect for us. That being said it is only a 10/15 min walk in to morzine, which we did a few times when we all wanted to have a drink. The elevation of the property gives you a great view of Morzine. Access to Prodain or Avoriaz is only a 5min drive away. The chalet itself is maintained to a high standard, open plan living with well equipped kitchen, large fridge freezer, both bath and shower rooms, and a separate toilet. There is covered parking next to the property (handy when it snows), and a ski locker next to the front door for safe storage. Most of all though, I was hugely impressed with the communication of the managers/owners of this property, every question answered promptly, and special effort made to make our stay a good one. I would thoroughly recommend this property in both winter and summer.
  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017