by Sophie Butler
Why book now? Charming properties with private pools in desirable regions of France are top sellers for self-catering specialists - book now for a decent choice of dates and villas. What to book? Dominique's Villas offers Les Lavandes (sleeping eight) and Les Flamants Roses (sleeping 11), both traditional stone-built mas farmhouses in Provence, which are particularly in demand. They have just a handful of summer weeks still available.
Extremely tempting portfolio of 130 châteaux and houses. Most are in the southwest and Provence, and all but two have a pool.
by Michael Buselle
Leading villa and gîte companies include Dominique's Villas.
A very appealing collection of around 125 historic farmhouses, manors and châteaux, all hand-picked by Dominique Wells and added to her portfolio over the past 15 years: Many are large, sleeping 12-18, some up to 24, with pools and tennis courts; mostly in and around the Loire, the Dordogne, the Lot, and Provence.