Introduction to France

Few places truly challenge France for richness and diversity. From the Alps to the Pyrenees, this irresistible melting pot of culture, history and gastronomy has been delighting visitors for centuries, each revelling in their own personal take on joie de vivre.

France is a destination of superlatives. Its vineyards produce world-renowned wines, the cuisine sets international standards and it’s arguably home to some of the best artists and designers ever known. And from the glamorous coastal resorts of the south to the beautiful rolling landscape that’s prompted millions to make it their home, this sensual destination's undeniable charms keep on shining.

We offer a choice of luxury villas, rural retreats and sprawling estates in France – and depending on the property, dogs are welcome too. If you have a four-legged companion you’d like to bring along, just get in touch.

Quotes

  • "Le Manoir de St Christophe is a truly magical house... The location is ideal with daily walks for croissant and bread just a few minutes away. It totally exceeded our expectations."

    Stephanie, Le Manoir de St Christophe, The Dordogne & South West 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday. There was something for all the family. The villa was excellent and in a beautiful, quiet location, but with a small town nearby. We didn't want to come home!"

    Andy Charlton, Simpson Secret – Dordogne, The Dordogne & South West 2018

  • "Our family totally enjoyed this beautiful house in Provence and will definitely return! Marie and her family were lovely and very helpful… I most definitely would recommend La Bastide du Paon Bleu!"

    Denise, La Bastide du Paon Bleu, Provence 2018

  • "A wonderful location and amazing accommodation… Our family, from toddlers to pensioners all enjoyed this holiday at The Ocean Villa, with a beautiful beach on the doorstep [and] little towns to visit a short drive away…"

    Alison, The Ocean Villa, Vendée 2018

  • After returning from Le Petit Mas, our wonderful 15th-century farmhouse nestled in the French countryside, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Simpson Travel…

    Laura, Le Petit Mas, The Dordogne & The South West 2018

Regions in France

Among the hills and valleys of this unmistakable landscape, magnificent castles, timeless hamlets and elegant boulevards with chic boutiques and gourmet restaurants make France an incomparable holiday destination. For beach lovers, walkers and foodies; fashionistas, film buffs and free spirits, a holiday in France is an open invitation to savour life’s luxuries, historical curiosities and natural beauties. Choose from world-famous seaside resorts or idyllic countryside and whether you prefer to relax by your private villa pool or see the sights, there’s a luxury holiday experience waiting for you.

Côte d'Azur

From film festivals to the birthplace of fine fragrances, the Côte d’Azur’s glitzy allure almost overshadows its abundance of golden beaches. And yet the area’s medieval villages, traditional Provençal towns and more understated family-friendly seaside destinations open up another side to the sun-kissed Riviera that’s just as captivating.

Provence

An inspiration to Van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso, Provence remains the place we’d all like to run away to. From the Luberon’s lavender fields to the Roman ruins of Arles, Nîmes and Orange, you’ll find a French holiday of earthy pleasures and miles of walking and cycling trails threading through its rolling hills.

The Dordogne & South West

From the Lascaux cave paintings to the Byzantine-style cathedral in Périgueux, history here is deeply rooted. You’ll find hundreds of châteaux, bastide towns and a host of half-timbered houses, shady squares and fortified churches. Explore on foot, by bike or in a kayak to work up an appetite for your next hearty meal.

Vendée

Our nearest destination, the laid-back Vendée is lapped by the Atlantic Ocean and its 200km of wide sandy Blue Flag beaches help holidays to unfold at an irresistibly leisurely pace. Local culture comes wrapped up in traditional fishing villages and historic towns, nestled into an unspoilt green landscape of lakes, forests, vineyards and waterways.

Aquitaine Coast

World-renowned surf and glorious sandy beaches, up-market seaside towns and superb cuisine; this rich and varied landscape appeals to families and foodies, dare-devils and dawdlers. From the glamour of Biarritz and Cap Ferret to the laid-back vibe in Hossegor, the atmosphere along this magnificent stretch of Atlantic coast is effortlessly chic, enduringly cool and undeniably French.