Historic Town & Village Holidays



Between the glories of the French coastline and the charms of the open countryside lies a patchwork of hamlets, villages and towns: little gems epitomising the famously slow pace of Gallic life. Staying in these colourful, cosy communities, nestled on picturesque hilltops and in lush green valleys, there's a chance to explore authentic France and have the convenience of shops, markets, cafés and restaurants all within walking distance.

France is different from our other destinations

Our charming properties are more than just rental accommodation; many are family homes, full of personality and with all the variety that this brings. Our France holidays are also offered on an accommodation-only basis for complete flexibility although for an extra £25 per person, we can book your flights too. Instead of local representatives, the property owner, housekeeper or concierge will be your first point of contact, supported by our France Operations Team, just a phone call away. 
 
Find out more about what makes our France Collection different. 
 
For advice on the best accommodation for you, call our France expert Holly on 020 8392 5858.

 

Provence


  • Maison Vignes
    This converted village house enjoys one of the most desirable addresses in Provence, tucked into the famous russet and ochre coloured streets of hill-top Roussillon. So iconic are its colourful buildings that the nearby quarry from which the...
    • New for 2017
    • 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6)
    • Cosy and characterful home
    • Located in beautiful Roussillon
    • Walking distance to restaurants and shops
    • Stunning views of the...
    from £2,200
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Les Amandiers
    Gordes is one of the most attractive and historically interesting villages in all of Provence, and to stay in a house like this one, just a five-minute walk from the centre, feels like a real privilege. The villa is built in the traditional...
    • New for 2017
    • Located in beautiful Gordes
    • Typical Provençal style house
    • Stylish and contemporary interiors
    • 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6)
    • Private swimming...
    from £2,300
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • La Calade
    Adorned with traditional shutters in sun-bleached Provençal blue and draped in rambling wisteria, La Calade is both picture-perfect and brilliantly convenient. Dating back to the 19th century, the house is surrounded by vineyards, with the...
    • New for 2017
    • 5 bedrooms (sleeps 10)
    • Pretty 19th Century house
    • Located in charming Visan
    • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
    • Private gated swimming...
    from £2,350
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Les Visitandines
    Please note that the price listed is based on 6 people sharing. For larger parties, an additional 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4) are available as a supplement.  This gracious former convent stands on a narrow street in the centre of Tarascon, a...
    • Beautiful converted convent
    • Medieval town centre
    • Elegant and comfortable
    • Bouches-du-Rhône region
    • 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6)
    • 2 additional bedrooms available at a...
    from £2,750
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Villa de la Cour
    With its design-magazine interiors and four en suite double bedrooms, this exquisitely renovated village house has the feel of an intimate boutique hotel, tucked away in the heart of Cabrières d’Avignon, not far from Gordes. The village is as...
    • New for 2017
    • 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
    • Beautiful and stylish Provençal villa
    • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
    • Located in the heart of the Luberon
    • Perfect for couples...
    from £2,750
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Mas des Cyprès
    A 15-minute walk from Gordes – perhaps the most sought-after of all the Luberon villages – Mas des Cyprès is an elegant country house, built in traditional style from pale golden stone and cocooned by extensive mature woodland. Once you...
    • New for 2017
    • 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6)
    • Stunning Provençal villa
    • Walking distance to Gordes restaurants
    • Surrounded by beautiful woodland
    • Attractive and spacious...
    from £2,750
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Villa Belle Vue
    Introductory Offer: Until we have all the photographs for this villa on the website, we’re offering a saving of 5% on the basic holiday price. Perched on a Provençal hillside, with exceptional and far-reaching views, Villa Belle...
    • New for 2017
    • 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
    • Stylish contemporary villa
    • Walking distance to Roussillon and restaurants
    • Panoramic views of the Luberon
    • Private heated swimming...
    from £3,300
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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South West & The Dordogne


  • La Maison de Mouchi
    Ivy-clad on one side, half-timbered on another and surrounded by orchards, this ancient building feels like the very essence of rural France. The house sits on the edge of the hamlet of Monteton, a sleeping beauty that stirs only to welcome...
    • Historic 12th-century house
    • Stunning countryside views
    • Quirky and comfortable
    • Lot-et-Garonne region
    • 5 bedrooms (sleeps 12)
    • Set in small hamlet
    • Contemporary art...
    from £2,473
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Le Manoir de St Christophe
    Built of pale golden stone, shuttered in white and flanked by dark cypress trees, the Manoir de St Christophe looks like an artist’s impression of the perfect French manor house, tucked away in the heart of the Dordogne countryside. Unashamedly...
    • New for 2017
    • 6 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
    • Spacious and exquisite 19th Century manor house
    • Breathtaking views of the Vézère valley
    • Walking distance to bakery and local...
    from £3,400
    accommodation only
    • Accommodation only for 7 nights
    • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
    • Our team can assist with car hire and the arrangement of flights (£25 charge per person)
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  • Return economy flights (flight supplements may be applicable depending on availability)
  • Government and local taxes, excluding visa charges
  • An air-conditioned car or return transfers, as specified in the property details
  • The assistance of our local representative overseas