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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Excellent apartment in great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed for a week in this very comfortable 2 bedroom apartment. While the bedrooms are a little small, the living areas are huge – particularly the lounge/TV room and the outside deck. The recently renovate kitchen has high quality fittings and equipment – including dishwasher and clothes washing machine. The kitchen cupboards are stocked with basic food items such as salt/pepper/cooking oil/flour/sugar/etc. The furniture is good quality and comfortable – as were the beds. The apartment is very well stocked with crockery, glasses and cooking equipment. There is a gas BBQ provided on the deck, along with outdoor furniture and shade awnings and umbrellas. The air conditioning was quiet and efficient. The TV has a fair range of channels - but no English. The internet service was very good – reliable and good speed. A bonus was the private lock-up garage under the apartment as parking in the area can be difficult. The location is another of the apartment’s key features. The internet photos depicting a wonderful view of the Pont are absolutely accurate. The Pont and all its surrounding parkland and walking paths are within 2 minutes walk. The walk to the old town centre is about 10 minutes. There are also river views to the South. Our apartment had the minor misfortune of being directly in line with the small hydro plant on the river bank in front. It blocked out part of the river view directly in front - it was a slight annoyance rather than a big issue. The owner’s next door apartment does not have this obstruction. The hydro plant does make some whining noise, but it is minimal when on the deck and absolutely silent inside the apartment. Cahors is a lovely town in itself, but it is also well located for day trips to the many nearby attractions. The owners are lovely people. They were waiting for us at the apartment at the agreed time and gave us a complete run-down on how to use everything. No trouble with payment or refund of security deposit. If there is a negative to this apartment it would be the west facing aspect of the deck. Sitting on the deck in the late afternoon to admire the great views is not possible at some times because of the angle of the sun. Only a small issue – we enjoyed many breakfasts and lunches on the deck during the shaded hours. We can thoroughly recommend this apartment.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      A lovely apartment for two in the middle of Epernay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment has everything you need for a short or long break in Epernay. We cooked in a few times and the kitchen has everything you need. The apartment is beautifully decorated and spacious for two people. The location is very central to the city and within easy walking distances of the boulangerie for good croissants and several places for champagne degustation. Both important considerations! :-) Having the underground parking included in the price is a good thing too. On Saturdays there's also a good local market very close for buying fresh meat, veg & fruit. Cathy was charming but it helps if you can speak a bit of French. Their own champagne is very good and comparable with some of the top tier champagne houses - well worth bringing a bottle or two home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      A lovely stay in in a medieval town

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                                                                                                      We spent a week here with our 2 teenage daughters and found it an ideal spot and property with which to explore the Dordogne and surrounding areas. The property itself is situated close to the top of the old town, where stunning views can be seen from the Table D'Orientation at the very top of the town. Despite being a busy small town, the medieval part is extremely quiet, yet closely located to shops and restaurants. The property was well equipped and has a small shaded garden area which is nice for eating outside A 25 minute drive gets you to the Dordogne river itself where there are numerous river beaches to relax and take a break from sightseeing. We would recommend the Grottes de Cougnac which are only a 5 minute drive from Gourdon and have both actual cave paintings, and interesting stalactite formations. All in all, a very pleasant week and we would certainly return if we came back to the area
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016