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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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Apartment #1497152a
Viewed 294 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(15 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 7
House #1328199a
15
Viewed 732 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 3 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Cottage #6133482
18
Viewed 736 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(37 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #838394vb
37
Viewed 202 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(58 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
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Apartment #6617212
58
Viewed 223 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(139 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #125613vb
139
Viewed 180 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(29 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #1442305a
29
Viewed 120 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(26 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1296066a
26
Viewed 117 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(16 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #4196715
16
Viewed 232 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(5 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6601165
5
Viewed 91 times in the last 48 hours
Good! 3.7/5
(19 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #642998a
19
Viewed 406 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 104 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(28 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Studio #972418a
28
Viewed 182 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(18 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #707041vb
18
Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(8 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1466476a
8
Viewed 102 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 116 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(27 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #722635vb
27
Viewed 75 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(42 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #443484vb
42
Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(59 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Condo #471775vb
59
Viewed 72 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 118 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(87 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 3
Cottage #448680
87
Viewed 310 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(74 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #893629a
74
Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(34 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #855400a
34
Viewed 132 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(64 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #935071a
64
Viewed 48 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 184 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 67 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(13 reviews)
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  • 4 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 8
House #1459901a
13
Viewed 712 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 266 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(29 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #909316
29
Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.5/5
(32 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #57295
32
Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(10 reviews)
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  • 3 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 5
Apartment #6449694
10
Viewed 83 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(35 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #3685877
35
Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #4196967
1
Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1479954a
16
Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(71 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Studio #6410401
71
Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(86 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Studio #6306052
86
Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(30 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Condo #332016vb
30
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(8 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Apartment #1459843a
8
Viewed 173 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(45 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Cottage #1440928a
45
Viewed 81 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 59 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(43 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #935004a
43
Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(75 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 2
Studio #1026980a
75
Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(41 reviews)
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  • Studio
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #853699a
41
Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(59 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1732546
59
Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(20 reviews)
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  • 1 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #1386156a
20
Viewed 211 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 79 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.3/5
(12 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #6120645
12
Viewed 82 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(36 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6359790
36
Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
Very Good! 4.2/5
(29 reviews)
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  • 2 BR
  • 1 BA
  • Separate Toilet
  • Sleeps 4
Apartment #6624591
29
Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(12 reviews)
avg/night
  • 2 BR
  • 2 BA
  • Sleeps 6
Apartment #871409vb
12
Viewed 66 times in the last 48 hours
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Recent Reviews

Great location and nice price

5 of 5
Compact living with everything you need for your stay. Easy to reach travelling from and to the airport. Christel is a nice hostess offering splendid service. Compared to other places that I have stayed at in Paris this was outstanding and absolutely something that I would recommend to my friends. The house is marked with history and you can just walk around Ile Saint-Louis if you want more.
  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

Thank you Linda and George!

5 of 5
My wife and I have stayed in gites and cottages many times, but both agreed that our stay at Butterfly cottage was the best of all! Perigord is a wonderful place to visit, of course, and the cottage was ideally placed to enjoy it without having to drive too far. Linda and George were marvellous hosts, and nothing was too much trouble....when I unpacked my case after the holiday, it was full of Linda's hand written direction sheets! Thank you both for making such a huge effort to assure we enjoyed our stay! Thanks too to Dimitri for cooking us a wonderful meal in the cottage one evening...it was memorable!
  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017