Self Catering Holiday property in France - Find a Holiday Home fast with Rent in France.co.uk
Rent in France .co.uk is a great resource site for holiday property rentals in France, where you can quickly find the ideal self catering holidays for every type of French holiday - from a long weekend dash to St Tropez in the cote d'Azur for some spring sunshine, to a three week rental for 12 in a luxury Pyrenees chalet with pool and tennis court. Whatever your requirement, finding it on rent-in-france.co.uk is only a mouse click away. And you can rent French villas or locate a french house rental throughout France with confidence through rent in france.co.uk. We offer the fastest way to find a self catering property to rent in France. There are hundreds of beautiful villas with pools to be found all over France.
Cycling and Activity Holidays France
France is a cycling mecca in the summer months. You can rent self catering holiday villas with pools as your base for for Pyrenees or Alps biking tours or book early to watch the Tour de France - the world's most spectacular free sporting event! Every possible activity is available in France - horse-riding, canoeing, walking, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, climbing, fishing, rafting - you name it - France has it!
Rent-in-France does not charge fees for introducing you to owners of French villas and cottages. Your searches for houses to rent in France are completely free and you can perform as many searches as you like, to find the right villa holiday in France. You can contact every owner on the site if you wish. We have every type of holiday rental in France.
We also give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about renting a villa in France for your next French holiday. Every property's key features are displayed in a simple tick box table, not just things like can you take your pets to your gite, but a complete checklist of facilities such as whether smoking is permitted, what kitchen equipment is installed, whether there is satellite TV or wireless internet at your holiday villa, whether the garden is safe for children, how far the nearest beach is, is linen included, is there a barbeque or how many sun beds around the pool, off-road parking for how many cars, does it have twin beds or a tumble drier.
We also have lots of useful links to other websites such as airlines, ferry companies, weather and snow conditions sites, etc.
What should you be looking for in your ideal French holiday home?
The normal old adages apply! Location, location, location - is paramount. First decide where you want to go. France has an enormous diversity of locations from Brittany in the north, with its Celtic charm, to the stunning mountain scenery of the Alpes, or the picturesque wine growing regions of Bordeaux or Burgundy, or the mediaeval towns of central France or Provence - like Avignon - which are steeped in history, or the racey Cote d'Azur where you can parade with the world's elite along the beach fronts of St Tropez, Nice or Cannes. This diversity is what makes France one of the most popular holiday locations for Brits. The advantages of renting French cottages or French villas for your holiday - as opposed to booking at an hotel - are numerous. First, it's always cheaper. If you have a large family to consider, renting a luxurious villa with its own pool and secluded garden will keep every member of the family happy. Second, this type of rental offers you complete independence. You can stay in and sunbathe by the pool or go touring and see the countryside or go walking, climbing or skiing in the mountains. Renting villas with pools is easy on rent in france.co.uk You just click the "pool" search checkbox. You can eat in or enjoy the abundance of French cuisine that can be found in every town or tiny village.
If you enjoy being active on your holidays you could choose a beach villa along France's western coast. Consider some of these pursuits: skiing (mostly during the winter; but it's also possible to ski at places like Tignes during the height of summer on the Grand Motte glacier); cycling - France is a cycling mecca with the Tour de France circling the country every July - it's the worlds biggest sporting event - watched live by over 25m people each year all over France - it's an amazing spectacle and best viewed during the mountain stages in the Alpes or the Pyrenees - and best of all it's completely free. If you're into water sports you can find then along all of France's western and northern beach resorts and inland on France's many lakes. White water rafting and canooing locations are also plentiful in the mountain regions- and fishing too. Nearly every town has somewhere where you can hire a bike or go horse-riding too. There are some great golf courses - the French are very into golf nowadays. Rent-in-France provides a Google location map for all properties listed in its directory. You can quickly change the scale of the map view and expand it to see the wider picture and locate these extra facilities before you book your french holiday rental! Renting in France has never been easier with rent-in-france.co.uk.
The France holiday gites and holiday cottages listed in the Rent in France directory are a great base when you want to spend time on foot, maybe a walking holiday, hiking or mountain climbing. Don't forget the walking boots and some warm, comfortable and dry clothing and perhaps a nice bottle of Burgundy to enjoy with your picnic lunch! Not only will you feel a sense of achievement after a hard day's activity, but you will also sleep like a log and return home after your holiday feeling fitter and refreshed. If you're holidaying on a tight budget and want to move around, you will usually find it's possible to rent a gite for just one or two nights. This is a great way of saving money, while still enjoying the rustic charm of isolated villages - and it's infinitely cheaper and nicer than staying in one those plastic box hotels (sorry Formula 1 !).
Buying wine while you're on holiday in France
If you decide to drive to your French holiday location, make sure you leave some space in the car for a couple of cases of wine. Wine purchased at any inland French supermarket ( we don't mean at Tesco in Calais ) is half the price you can purchase it for back here in Blighty. Each year in the autumn months, most French supermarkets hold Foires aux vins - wine fairs - where a large area of the supermarket displays every type of local and regional wine. You will find some real bargains. Even with recent exchange rate variations, the Euro prices of wine are still great value for us British.
Travel in France.
Travel between the UK and France is now a major industry! The major airlines such as EasyJet, British Airways, Air France, FlyBe, Jet2, RyanAir and AerLingus all serve a network of major towns and cities throughout France - in some cases several times each day. If you are travelling with a large family, driving may be the answer, in which case you can choose the Channel Tunnel, ferries or take the car on the train - that way you have the convenience of having the car when you get to your holiday location but not the actual hassle of having to drive it there! Also, you don't have to always sail to Calais or one of the northern French ports - you can also book sailings to ports further down the French coast or northern Spain - which also saves the stress of driving.
Dordogne and the Lot - very popular holiday rental areas.
Dordogne is a departement within the Region of Aquitaine in south-western France. Known locally as Perigord it extends between the Loire Valley and the Hautes Pyrenees and is a traditional favourite with British holiday makers. Click on this link for the Aquitaine region of the Rent-in-France search map and you will will quickly find a Dordogne house or Dordogne villa with pool to rent for your next family French holiday.
In addition to its castles, chateaux, churches, Bastides and cave fortresses. Périgord has preserved from centuries past, a number of wonderful villages which still have their market hall, dovecotes, Tories (stone huts), church, abbey and castle (s). Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere, Conclat, Saint-Jefm-de-Cole, La Roque-Gageac and many others are real jewels of architecture. As for the old quarters of Périgueux or Bergerac, restored and developed into pedestrian areas, they have regained their former charm. A number of small towns, such as Brantôme, Issigeac. Eymet and Mareuil, have withstood the often brash changes of modern times. A special mention should be made in this respect to Sarlat and Black Périgord.
Dordogne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790.
The Lot or to give it its full Departemental title, Lot-et-Garonne, is also one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. You will find the Lot area is another traditional favourite with British holiday makers, with a great choice of properties with private pools. Lot-et-Garonne is situated in the French region of the Midi-Pyrenees and includes the famous wine region of Cahors. It's another great location for a family self catering holiday. Rent in France.co.uk has gites to rent, villas with pools and french holidays for every size of family.
Rent-in-France also has many cottages, villas and gites in Brittany and the Auvergne.
Pyrenees - Basques Country - Gascony
Further south, the mountain regions of the Pyrenees have much to offer. The western Pyrenees is predominantly Basque with hundreds of pretty mountain villages, stunning views and traditional food and drink, while the eastern extremities of the Pyrenees are more Mediterranean in character. Make sure you visit St Jean Pied de Port. There is every possible type of local produce from cheese to pottery. Pau in the Pyrenees Atlantiques is steeped in history with a long British connection. So too is Biarritz, a coastal town on the Bay of Biscay, popular with Europe's surfers. It has lovely beaches and great restaurants down in the old port area. Biarritz was favourite holiday location of Empress Eugenie (Napoleon Bonaparte's wife), Queen Victoria and Edward VII and Winston Churchill was known to visit it, too. The whole Gascony region of the Pyrenees has many connections to Britain. Afterall, some of our kings and queens in mediaeval times were born there.
Four and five star holiday properties on the Cote d'Azur can also be found in abundance on Rent-in-France. Away from the coast, up into the mountains of the Alpes Maritimes you will find some stunning property to rent too.