Luxury villas in France
France is a land to satisfy the soul: from surfing and lavender fields to sipping red wine and dining at Michelin star restaurants.
france villa holiday guide
Whether it is château-hopping in the Dordogne, shucking oysters on the Atlantic coast, or sipping grand-cru wine by the Eiffel Tower, our luxury villas in France offer a way to truly immerse yourself in a wealth of soul-satisfying experiences. Each one of our French villas are unique and have their own history, style and individuality that reflects each distinct region of this varied country. Mountains roll into aromatic lavender fields in Provence in the South of France; marshes rise into gigantic sand dunes in the Gironde and rainbow-blossomed plateaux in sun-kissed Corsica. Then there is the food—famed across the world, and delicious whether served rustic-style in bucolic Beaujolais or with pizzazz and a Michelin star along the Côte d’Azur.
Cities in France
Villa holidays in France don’t just mean secluded relaxation, take the opportunity to explore the hustle and bustle of some of France’s historic cities too. Paris needs no introduction, with monuments like gargoyle-clad Notre-Dame, cinematic Seine-side views, and tree-lined boulevards. In culinary capital Lyon, Roman vestiges watch over traboules, mysterious Medieval covered passageways, and traditional Bouchon restaurants which serve hearty meals. Aix-en-Provence’s neoclassical mansions are reminiscent of Bordeaux’s 18th-century façades, speckled with decorative masks of sea gods. Cannes, home of the film festival, oozes old-school glamour, and Basque Biarritz has Empire-era palaces and surfing competitions.
The French countryside
Our range of countryside villas to rent in France provide the perfect base to explore the stunning outdoors that the country offers. Perched villages dot inland Provence in the south, and villages topped by Medieval fortresses pepper the Dordogne valley. From here a panoramic drive heads into the snow-capped Pyrenees, for stargazing at the 19th-century Pic du Midi observatory. Explore the Loire Valley, where kings reigned from Renaissance châteaux, then head south into Poitou-Charentes, north of the Gironde, where historic ports gaze out to wild islands.
Eating and drinking in France
The French Coast
Active pursuits in France
The diverse landscapes of France make it ideal for those looking for a taste of adventure. The Auvergne is a land of extinct volcanoes snaked by hiking paths that lead to grass-covered craters. Walkers head to the Luberon in the South of France for ochre trails that wind through forests and olive groves to panoramic village squares. Take to the water in Arcachon’s bay, parascending over sand dunes or canoeing past bulrushes where frogs leap and dragonflies flutter.
Relaxation in France
Wander through a French market in Lot-et-Garonne, and see bright stalls are laden with aromatic herbs, saucisson, and ripe cheeses. Steal a precious moment on café terraces in Toulouse, where the world moves to the rhythm of clinking glasses. In Versailles it is easy to find your own patch of greenery for relaxation amid the flowerbeds of Marie-Antoinette. Tired muscles get soothed in spas across the country: in Aix-en-Provence, warm spring waters bubbling from the ground have soothed aching bodies since Roman times. Or simply take advantage of our villas with pools, where you can kick back in the French sunshine with for the ultimate in holiday relaxation.
Dog-friendly holidays in France
In the cafes, squares and even handbags of France you’ll often spot dogs embodying the enviable French lifestyle. With a number of dog friendly villas in France, there’s no excuse not to bring your own dog to experience a slice of the good life. Your four-legged-friend will no doubt enjoy the sprawling countryside, dog-friendly beaches and beautiful grounds that many of our villas in France offer.
A French family villa holiday
From energising mountainous regions, glamorous coastlines and picturesque countryside, the variety of France means that you and your family can enjoy the perfect villa holiday – whatever your tastes or interests. If adventure is what makes your family holidays, the Dordogne offers kayaking, mountain biking and cliff-hiking as unique ways to explore the region. Or if unwinding is your family’s forte, then why not make the most of the South of France’s favourable weather - make sure to pick a villa with a pool so you can truly relax in your home from home.