Living the 'La Grue' Dream by the Paylor Family

Have you ever considered selling up, packing your car to the rafters and moving your family to France? Well, we did! Me, my husband, our two children and my Mum bought a stunning 3 gite complex in South-West France one year ago. Our life-changing adventure to our hamlet of La Grue, which is approximately 4km from the market town of Aigre in the sunny Charente (Department 16) began. We dreamed of long summer days by the pool, time with and for our children, time for each other and a slower pace of life; a new challenge… …Our first year has actually been a mile-a-minute! With just four short winter months in which to make sure our gites were ready for our first booking... Read more

Taking Your Dog on Holiday to France

Although a good number of British holidaymakers think that they will need to book their beloved pet into a boarding kennel while they enjoy the delights of a French gite getaway, this is simply not the case. Of course, in the past government regulations meant that it was nigh on impossible to take your dog to France or to return with it. This is because the respective authorities in both countries were worried about the potential risk of diseases being transported back and forth. As such concerns have receded, so the regulations have been relaxed and a holiday in France with a dog is now certainly easier than it ever has been before. Nevertheless, there are a number of factors y... Read more

Self catering in France

Your French self catering holiday View our self catering  Gites and Villas in France . When you choose self-catering accommodation as your base to enjoy the attraction and beauty of France, you can be sure of a holiday with a difference. Your holiday home rental in France could be one of the beautifully set properties we list on these pages, all with comfortable interiors and ready to welcome guests. Many of these carefully chosen gites or cottages offer views over French countryside, where you can relax and enjoy the invigorating scents of honeysuckle plants, lavender bushes and pine woods on the gentle, warm breeze. The first step is to choose which part of France you wi... Read more

Romantic gites in France just for two

Hand-picked selection of romantic gites in France just for two people France is one of the most popular destinations for a romantic holiday, especially Paris. However, it's worth venturing beyond the allure of the capital. Sun-kissed vineyards, historic chateaux, quaint villages - the unspoiled countryside of Poitou-Charente is the perfect location for a more peaceful and less cliched romantic getaway. Bucolic bliss in our rural gites If you are searching for a couple's break in France then why not browse our selection of bijou gites for two people? Well-equipped, private and charming, they're the ideal destination to whisk away a loved one for a romantic escape from the hus... Read more

French Country Cottages

French Country Cottages with Gites Are you looking to book a break in the glorious French countryside for yourself, your family, or you and your partner? Are you fed up with trawling through sites that offer only cheap, garden-variety package holidays in big cities? can help.   Click here for French cottages on . What is gives you access to a wide, searchable selection of rentable French properties, from distant farmhouses to seaview villas. We organise direct contact between holidaymakers and private owners looking to rent. We cut out the middleman and allow for the creation of bespoke packages. We specialise in ... Read more

Guest Article: Mind My Maison, Property Management - The Gite Owners Choice..

Looking after your Gite, whether you manage it remotely or not, can be time consuming, especially throughout the busy summer season. Welcoming guests; conducting changeovers; managing the laundry, whilst also maintaining the gardens and possibly a pool as well, can all get a bit hectic at times! Mind My Maison is a property management company whose aim is to help you manage all the different aspects associated with letting your Gite throughout the year - whether you need help with the gardening on a regular basis, or maybe just a key holding service to help with the meeting & greeting of your clients, they can do it. Mind My Maison cover the three departments of Haute-Vie... Read more


Dreaming of a holiday in France to beat the post-Christmas blues? Check out this lovely piece by one of our owners, Chris Callaghan, to evoke images of rural France. More of Chris' published work can be viewed at . Tucked away down a side alley in a sleepy rural town quite near where I live in France, there is a small hardware emporium of the old-fashioned kind. Stock is displayed apparently randomly from floor to ceiling, with garden implements, tools, pots and pans and all manner of domestic paraphernalia jostling for space on the ancient wooden shelves. If you are British and of a certain age, you may know exactly what sort of retail store I me... Read more

Dog Friendly Gites

One of the pleasures of visiting a gite or villa in France is the flexibility it offers. Rather than face the hassles of flying, you can pack as much as you like in the car and sail across to France.  And this means that, if you have a pet passport , your family dog doesn't need to miss out on the action! Here at we have loads of dog friendly gites and villas across France. Our owners are also pet owners so many of them are happy for you to bring along your pet dog. As always there may be some requests like not allowing pets on furniture, but with a little consideration there's no reason why you and your pets shouldn't all have a fabulous holiday in France. ... Read more

Villas and Gites With Private Pools

Looking for a villa or gite with a private pool? Well, we've got plenty to choose from, and some of them even have heated pools! Some holiday makers are just looking for the peace and tranquility of a rural gite, away from all the pressures of modern life. For many, however, a swimming pool is an essential! Many of our villas and gites have lovely pools - some of them are shared with several properties. But if you are looking for entirely your own space, why not book one of our gites with a private pool? For those on a bit more of a budget, there's no need to miss out on a pool. Take a look at our gites with a shared pool! A private pool is for your own exclusive use whilst ... Read more

Elephant Haven, Bussiere Galant, Limousin

In the heart of the beautiful Limousin countryside a rather unusual series of events has begun to unfold. The Limousin region of France is renowned for many things, prime amongst which are its deep connection with the porcelain industry, stunning natural lakes, Limousin beef, beautiful countryside and villages.       In the near future however, it is destined to become famous for something quite different, its elephants!    Yes, it does say elephants! In an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Perigord National Park approximately 70 acres of land have been purchased in order to provide the first Elephant Sanctuary in Europe.     The sanctuary will b... Read more

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