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.
Good to know… Our prices will increase in January; it’s the perfect time to book your Simpson holiday.
A selection of our holidays in France
* Prices shown are for a seven-night stay at the lowest accommodation-only rate.
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.
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.
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.
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.