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Find your French holiday home from home that suits you best

Find your French holiday home from home that suits you best

06 Apr 2016 BY Dominique's Villas

 Whether you want to be surrounded by works of art or admiring sea views from the shower, there’s a place you can stay in France that sets the scene for your holiday story perfectly.     

The Big Blue

VendeeHaving the sea nearby, the sound of the waves and pristine sands just minutes from your door can be the making of a holiday. 

The seaside village of Agay, an hour west of Cannes, sits at the foot of the Estérel Mountains, making Villa d’Agay an ideal spot to slip into a gentler pace of life with the world-famous Côte d’Azur within easy reach and the beach just 600m away.  
 
Complete with landscaped gardens, a private pool and shops and restaurants a five-minute walk away, the Vendée Beach House is made even better by the stunning 8km beach just a few minutes’ walk away.  
 
For more about these very different stretches of French coastline, read our blog comparing and contrasting the two:  The Vendée or Côte d’Azur?
 

Hundreds of Years Old

Petit MasSometimes there’s nothing better than a place with a past – a little bit of history to give it another dimension. 

A converted convent for ‘penitent girls’, Les Visitandines sits in the heart of the ancient fortified town of Tarascon on the banks of the Rhône in Provence. It’s uniquely elegant and undeniably cosy.
 
Le Petit Mas sits high on a hilltop on the borders of the Dordogne, Limousin and Charente. Once the home of a count, this 15th-century farmhouse has been tastefully and beautifully restored to a standard fit for the movies – it’s been used as a location for two films.  
 
16th-century Quercus, a former monastery in the Dordogne gets the balance right between contemporary creature comforts and traditional country mansion. Nearby Lauzerte is one of France's plus beaux villages and an ancient pilgrimage route runs past the spacious grounds.
 

The Artistic Approach

Vue Mer    If you believe every wall deserves some artwork, you share a passion with the owners of these impressive properties.

In a small hamlet in the Lot-et-Garonne, the 12th-century La Maison de Mouchi is filled with beautiful paintings and unique pieces of contemporary art. It’s a collection built up by the owner herself, who is also an avid traveller. 
 
Designer flourishes and interesting artwork make the Côte d’Azur’s Vue Mer is a must-stay for those who love the finer things in life. And, from your vantage point above Port Grimaud, the spectacular views can be included in that. You can even enjoy them from the shower. 
 
Another film location, classically Provençal La Pierre complements modern art with country furniture – although the occasional flamboyant style statement still creeps in to keep you on your toes! A beautiful rural setting and surrounding vineyards complete the picture. 
 

A Place in the Country

MontpalachLending serenity to the hectic pace of modern life, it’s little surprise that France’s peaceful rural landscapes hold such enduring appeal. 

 In an 18th-century manor house, surrounded by an enclosed garden, in a peaceful hamlet, you can’t fail to find your inner calm. Characterful and cosy, Montpalach, in the Tarn-et-Garonne, adds to the relaxation factor with a private pool and shady terrace. 
 
From its exposed beams to the traditional rustic kitchen, Domaine Périgourdin blends in perfectly with the Aquitaine’s ancient countryside – and from its peaceful hillside setting, the views across fields and tree-covered valleys help put the world to rights.  
 
On a hilltop, Domaine de l’Auvézère, with its stylish interiors, cellar games room and private pool, offers uninterrupted views across the rolling countryside of the Périgord Vert, although you’ve got the convenience of shops and restaurants just a five to ten-minute drive away. 
 
Inside, Domaine des Soleils is all Louis Philippe period furniture, exposed beams and original stone walls. Outside, the views across your own 35-acre estate and the Périgord Noir countryside are breathtaking. And there are plenty of pretty village nearby to explore too.
 

 

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