When it comes to those pictures that are ready-made from the ‘gram, France is a country that rarely disappoints. Making headlines on your social feed needs only a gorgeous view and an eye-catching setting – below are eight of our most photogenic villas in France which we think really push the boat out when it comes to some photo-worthy inspiration.
Le Chateau Aubenas
With its rounded tower and delicate stone-layered walls, this former summer royal residence is one of our most eye-catching. Beautifully draped in climbing ivy vines, this classic 16th-Century château in the Lubéron is just gorgeous – think huge rooms and high ceilings, with grounds that look picture-perfect against a natural shade of towering pine trees. Grab an impromptu photoshoot by the private pool; the rolling hills and historic grandeur are the perfect contrast to the simple yet sumptuous minimalist décor inside.
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This hillside hideaway sits just outside of Grasse and is arguably one of the most striking houses in the area. Basking in views of the Bay of Cannes, this camera-ready extrovert has a flawless design that really makes the most of its Riviera setting. A classic design pairs perfectly with the beautiful interiors that take over inside. The oversized swimming pool is a real standout, but we love the master suite on the first floor – with a wall to window ratio that’s almost on equal terms, the views to wake up to here are nothing short of dreamy.
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Maison de la Foret
From the sweeping valley views to the gorgeous sun deck flanked by loungers, the huge pool at Maison de la Foret is a ‘gram-worthy view that’s just waiting to be snapped. Your classic but contemporary setting here is a beautiful Perigordine hamlet in the Dordogne – two age-old farmhouses combine with a contemporary glass pavilion to meet around a pretty olive tree-studded courtyard. There’s over 14 hectares of private grounds to get lost in here, so plenty of photo opportunities. We think the mix of period and modern pieces inside are really lovely – think gorgeous wood burners, exposed mezzanines and industrial spiral staircases.
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Mas des Oliviers
The South of France villa of all of our imaginations, Mas des Oliviers is unequivocally Provençal with its gorgeous honey-coloured stone and dusky olive green wooden shutters. This rambling old farmhouse is tucked away in the prettiest of gardens, studded with minimally manicured cypress trees and beautiful broad-leaf treasures. The old country house style here is full of character. Herb beds hem a generous outdoor pool, while inside huge feature fireplaces, polished stone floors and pretty Juliet balconies add a wonderful air of charming simplicity.
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A little woodland cottage nestled in its own walled garden, there’s nothing about this one bed villa that doesn’t scream with photogenic charm. It’s unobtrusively isolated and very romantic – an oasis of green in Corsica’s wilds with a stylish simplicity that’s instantly dreamy. Picture quirky but quaint, with a small interior that’s wrapped with an inviting old-world character – think mismatching furniture, wrought iron accents and the old stone walls from its days as a former shepherds’ cottage. An elevated open-sided summer kitchen captures the wonderful valley views – and there’s even a perfectly private plunge pool in the garden, too.
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Right in the heart of the beautiful Côte d’Azur is this perfectly private hideaway that sleeps 10. A testament to its designer, everything about Le Tigne is gorgeous – tiny palms, pine trees and a terraced olive grove bring plenty of natural charm, while a gorgeous swimming pool pairs perfectly with the classic stone walls of this timeless setting. The jaw-dropping views basking in the Riviera coastline are compulsive snapping territory from the covered dining terrace. This is a serious wow spot that gets even more lovely when the sun starts going down – the wrought-iron furnishings, rattan seating and chic patio heaters make for an effortlessly charming picture.
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Le Moulin de Cabris
This classic country house is one of our loveliest villas in the Côte d’Azur – take in the pale blue window shutters, perfectly positioned windows, or the wisteria-draped stone walls and you won’t struggle to see why. Once an original olive mill, there’s an idyllic character here that’s instantly mesmeric. We can’t get enough of the views from the handsome infinity pool – and then there’s the tucked away summer sitting room, the pretty country bedrooms and the old building features that simply invite you inside. Snap the dreamiest of photos in the gorgeous old-style kitchen – copper saucepans look charming against the lovely sage-green counters, or there’s the cute old dresser where mugs are sumptuously strung up by their handles.
This old wine cuve in the heart of the Languedoc’s Corbières is your go-to spot for the ultimate bathroom selfie – head to the romantic main master suite and a freestanding charcoal tub is the perfect addition to a square-paned steel window that frames the cypress-studded views beyond. The rest of this 16-person estate is gorgeous, too. A creative blend of modern and old-style feels, there’s plenty of bespoke details to enjoyably fill your feed with; snap away at the old steel-style arched windows, the gorgeous velvet seating spots or the handsome yellow kitchen details that artfully add a touch of modern to this historic country residence.
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Inspired to add a French villa getaway to your travels? Take a look at our France destination guide to start planning where to go.