Self catering in France

Your French self catering holiday

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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 will visit.

Choosing self catering in France

Here, you will find an extensive choice of short and long-term rentals for self catering in France, from the Atlantic coastlines of Brittany and the Vendee to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. In the northwest, the scenic lakes and rivers of Brittany’s inland Blavet Valley region provide blissfully relaxing rural escapes. In contrast, the historic Dordogne region has hilltop retreats nestling just off the beaten tracks, in spectacular landscapes with medieval castles and mysterious caves. Alternatively, Provence and the Cote d’Azur in the sunny south also have their regular devotees.

Once you have decided on the area of France you wish to visit, simply click on the region and compare photographs and details. There are French self-catering holiday cottages to suit all needs, from smaller gites to luxurious properties with the highest standards of comfort.

A super choice of French self-catering accommodation

Whether you choose a cosy, stylish place to stay or a larger property – perhaps with a shared games barn, riverside grounds or play areas for children – the holiday accommodation we offer in France is not only comfortable but also well equipped. From antique and classic Provencal to bright and modern, it is not unusual to find sandstone walls and oak beams intertwined with twenty-first-century kitchen appliances and entertainment. Blend this bucolic mix with the aroma of croissants from the local village bakery at breakfast time and you have the ideal ingredients for total relaxation.

In gites with private swimming pools, there is, of course, the relaxing option of alternating between bathing and enjoying the sunshine on a terrace. Some other gites offer home cinemas, panoramic views, leather sofas, coffee makers and LED televisions. We emphasise comfort and quality; the attention to detail includes high-quality bed linen, for example. Additionally, many gites for rent feature widened entrances for buggies and wheelchair users.

Other advantages of self catering in France

When self-catering, many couples, families and groups appreciate the opportunity to dine al fresco, without the need to adhere to hotel routine, formalities and timetables. There is good news for pet owners too: with the right planning, self-catering holidays are ideal for taking your dog on holiday to France.

Activities include woodland strolls past mulberry, cedar, cypress and pine trees, or soaking up the atmosphere and ambience in towns replete with rich architectural features. Alternatively, why not join in with the canoeing, horse riding, golf or tennis? Area tourist offices can help advise on attractions and cultural events to experience the area and enjoy your stay.

Booking your French self catering accommodation

From romantic cottages in France to the top gites for all the family to enjoy a holiday together, you will find a gite great for long weekends, short breaks, a fortnight’s stay and school holidays. The rental properties listed here are ideal for families, couples and small groups seeking the best in French self-catering. Our service connects holidaymakers and property owners directly to make bookings, always backed up by our specialist knowledge of France to help you find the right holiday home near a village or town, or tucked away in countryside tranquillity.

Whether you prefer your holiday rental near the Atlantic coast in Brittany, deep in the Dordogne, close to the pine forests of the Vendee or down in the sun-kissed south, the next step is to send an enquiry message to the owner. Getting started is as straightforward as a few clicks.

View our self catering Gites and Villas in France.