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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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                        Villa #412340
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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

                                                                                                      Perfect hosts, perfect holiday

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We chose the Butterfly Cottage for a relaxing break after a busy year getting married and moving house. We couldn't have made a better choice. Linda and George's (and Roosevelt's!) hospitality was second to none - they were integral to ensuring our stay was as enjoyable as possible. As we're keen bikers, the weather during the week was perfect - sunny and around 24 degrees and we managed to clock up over 160km during the course of our holiday. The bike rides themselves were fantastic thanks to George who plotted the routes using his local knowledge of the area. We can particularly recommend the ride which took us past a number of beautiful chateaus. The pool and jacuzzi were perfect for unwinding after a long day on the bikes - and the heated pool is a real luxury in mid September! Another highlight of the week was Dmitri, the local chef who came to cook for us one evening. We both agree that it was the best meal we've ever had (and that's including Michelin starred restaurants!) - my soufflé and scallop starter was delicious, and the apple tart dessert simply divine! Dmitri is a must for anyone staying at the Butterfly Cottage - you won't regret it! We can't wait to return in the near future. Sophie & Doug
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Everything we hoped for

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a really lovely place to stay. The apartment is simply decorated and tasteful. It was spotlessly clean, the beds were very comfortable and the kitchen well-equipped. A washing machine is available for use in the cellar. We loved the location. It was quiet and we enjoyed walking along the lakefront when we went into the old town. It is tucked under the mountain so there is a beautiful view of the woods from the small terrace. The great weather and spectacular autumn colours helped. The only problem was the WiFi which is available only near the door, and even then it was intermittent. But otherwise, no problems at all and highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016