"We are back in South Africa after a wonderful time spent at Les Oliviers. Everything at Les Oliviers was exactly what we wished for. The house have a homely atmosphere and one feels almost privileged to be part of all the history involved. We loved every detail in and outside the house. Although the weather conditions was very windy the second week, we could still enjoy the wonderful “open” views when at home. We had memorable moments at some of the markets and took full advantage of all the lovely fresh produce available (what a pleasure to cook in a “rented” kitchen with good and sharp utensils!). To have fresh figs available from garden every morning was an absolute treat. We will definitely recommend Les Oliviers to people who can appreciate it the same way we did.
Karin, South Africa"
France with its many regions, offers the holiday maker the perfect country to visit, relax, indulge and enjoy, or for simply living the French dream.
The real deal ! New for 2014, this is a fantastic, top quality manor house set in beautiful countryside, yet close to all amenities. Fully renovated throughout, far-reaching views, private tennis court and lovely private pool with large terrace.
As the cold winter nights draw in, thoughts naturally turn to next summer's balmy evenings sitting around on open terraces or by the pool late into the night with a glass of wine and forgetting about everyday, normal working life.
"Many thanks for such a wonderful stay. The weather has treated us kindly, enabling us to make full use of all facilities. The house and gardens are simply stunning and we have enjoyed visiting the nearby villages and local night market in Nerac. We certainly hope to return in the near future.
From Provence to the Pyrénées, budget-friendly family trips.
"We have had a great time staying at Clairefontaine! The weather was fantastic every day. Everyone who stayed went in the pool at least once. The games room was fun and there was something for everyone. The villa was lovely and the rooms were perfect. The markets were very good and the square wasn’t a long walk away. Thank you! We had a GREAT time!
In 2008, British couple Ian Spink and Aidan Pass sold up their boutique hotel in Buenos Aires, moved to France and brought an old manor-house - a complete wreck at the time - to do up themselves, Year-in-Provence-style, only in Cognac.
"We have had a wonderful week in your beautiful country house. We have so enjoyed the views and peaceful location so much, so that we barely left the property for the entire week! The pool is fabulous and our children have loved the table tennis, the pool, playing cricket in the lovely gardens ….
We have had a super holiday- thank you.
The McIntosh family - SW London"
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"We've had a truly splendid time here, your maison is especially special. Bravo to you both for execution of style and decor. I would like to thank you additionally for making my holiday as you our director du vin, I have given me many wonderful experiences, amazing wines and exceptional château.
Keylock and Evans family - East Sussex, UK"
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"Beautiful and spotlessly clean accommodation. Sue and Brian are wonderful hosts, very thoughful and kind. We loved the market at Riberac and Chalais. A nice restaurant in Nonac. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is worthy of a visit. Saint-Aulaye was a thumbs up from the kids.
We all need a holiday. And all self-catering holiday rental websites offer us the ability to tick those seemingly endless 'criteria' boxes so we can find our ideal holiday property down to the finest detail.
How many boxes is it physically possible to tick ? Tick all the ones you want and how many of your ideal houses are you presented with ? Precisely. None.
Here is a selection of properties that are always mentioned when our staff start discussing their favourites, and where they would like to take their families for a special holiday.
Of course, we all have different criteria; large families, small families, preferred areas and preferred style of property.
Enjoy the ones we have chosen, one from each region with a few additional suggestions.
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There is no shortage of villa rental services in France. But few provide access to the country's most beautiful properties in the way that Pure France, a company founded by two Brits tired of the anglo slog, does.
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A beautiful chateau to sleep up to 16 set in 15 acres of private grounds. Ideal for family holidays and wine-lovers; close to Beaune and Nuits Saint Georges. A real haven in fabulous Burgundy.
New for 2014, a lovely detached country home on the edge of the Luberon.
Quality family home with original vaulted living and dining rooms, extensive views over the surrounding countryside towards the pretty village of Grambois, which was the setting for Marcel Pagnol's famous and delightful film, 'La Gloire De Mon Père'.
Private pool, Wi-Fi and UK TV.
Another superb Manor House just added to our portfolio. This one in the ever-popular Loire Valley, close to the picturesque village of Richelieu with all amenities.
The property dates back to the 15th century - recently undergone extensive renovation to provide a perfect rental opportunity with 4 bedrooms, UK TV and Wi-Fi.
Large lawned garden and private pool.
"Thank you again for our fantastic holiday at Maison la Ceze! I will always treasure my fantastic birthday party at your house. Your hospitality and friendship made our visit truly memorable!
Willem and Michelle"
"This year was the third time we have stayed in 'Pure France' accommodation, and it was, as in past years - wonderful! Maison La Douve was exceptional - and our 'hostess', Mme Mauret was so welcoming and kind. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will recommend it highly to all our friends. I would also like to thank the staff of 'Pure France' for their professionalism and prompt, efficient service. Your staff at the point of my initial phone enquiry were so friendly and helpful, email correspondence was always appropriate and timely, information and travel directions were very useful and clear, and you and Sarah's follow up with my most recent enquiry was again so prompt, professional and courteous. I really have appreciated the excellent service and accommodation provided by 'Pure France'. With sincere thanks and kind regards, Catherine Williams."
"Thank you very much for the outstanding holiday along with the warm welcome you gave me and my family. I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you again! This place will be with me and my family forever. Au Revoir!
"We had a wonderful time at Domaine de Nérige – it is a truly stunning property in every respect and we are looking forward to sampling other Pure France properties in the future.
"We had a wonderful time in Maison Romanil and hopefully we can return for another vacation.
Winokur family - Bryn Mawr, USA"
We are proud to announce the following addition to our Dordogne portfolio for next year; a magnificent country home set in the grounds of a resplendent château.
Very high quality property in all aspects, includes a charming cottage of similar standard.
Total accommodation for up to 8, Wi-Fi and UK TV, extensive private grounds and private pool 11 x 4.5m. 2 hours daily maid service included and full or part catering on request.
40 min from Bergerac and its airport.
"First of all, I would like to say how satisfied I am with my working relationship with PURE FRANCE. Your colleagues, that I regularly speak to on the telephone, are all adorable, efficient and accurate. We wish everyone in the business world had these precious qualities. So thank you to you all.
Je tiens à vous dire avant tout combien je suis satisfaite de cette "collaboration" avec PURE FRANCE. Vos collaboratrices que j'ai régulièrement en ligne, sont à la fois adorables, efficaces et précises. On aimerait que chacun dans le monde professionnel témoigne de ces précieuses qualités. Merci donc à vous toutes et tous."
A quality, recent addition to our listings for 2014. Situated in south west France near to Montaigu de Quercy, this is a lovely country home, fully restored. Extensive private grounds with views, summer kitchen and private pool 10 x 4m.
Our own professional photographer has perfectly captured the atmosphere and ambience of this stunning property - just take a look at the photos!
Accommodation for 8 in 4 bedrooms, UK TV and Wi-Fi and games room. Private pool 10 x 4m. All amenities 5 min.
"The house is just AMAZING!!!! I stayed in Bordeaux for 10 days, unfortunately the weather was not the best but we really enjoyed the house. Warm and cozy, with lovely furniture. I found the house clean and in perfect condition. Chantal the owner was so helpful in everything and made sure we had all comfort and suggestions for the area. I really recommend this villa to people who love the real beauty.
Barbara & Rob - LA, USA"
In the travel industry we often talk about licensing and bonding but what does this mean to our clients and owners at Pure France
"Thank you for all your help and we look forward to another successful year with Pure France."
"We had a great time at Le Chambarru thank you and I'm sure we'll be using your company again in the future!"
"We had a wonderful stay in Saumur and would like to provide a very complimentary review of the property for Madame Mauret who was a very charming and considerate host.
Fogarty family - Australia"
"Your home is wonderful. All the rooms in the house are beautiful, and the setting is spectacular. Our favorite activity was hanging out on one of the several terraces with a glass of local wine listening to the wind in the trees, the birds, and occasionally, the cows and the rooster down the hill. Also, being able to pick ripe figs and apples for breakfast was an unexpected bonus. We also enjoyed a fantastic meal at Les Marrioners – not only was the food great, but the people running the restaurant were so very nice. Thank you for sharing your home – we will definitely return (hopefully with better French skills).
Patricia Albrecht and Matt Davis"
"Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Maison Nartuby in September. The property is great and very well appointed and William made sure we are well looked after. We would highly recommend the property to future visitors to the region.
Upton family - Auckland, New Zealand"
"We have recently returned from our wonderful trip to Dordogne which we thoroughly enjoyed. Sia and Paul were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. Maison Montratier was a beautiful place to stay when visiting this wonderful part of the world. We would highly recommend this home and area to our family and friends.
Hickman family - Australia"
"I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful holiday - we could not believe that the house and grounds of Château Saint-Aignan were better than the photos! What an amazing place! The owners have done a magnificent job on the renovations and Donna and Pascal were just wonderful. We could not have had a better holiday and I could not have had a better birthday - it was just astounding! Thanks again, we'll be back.
Chilton family - Australia"
A favourite of ours that has just joined Pure France!
Set down a winding private track, in the South West close to Lauzerte, you'll find this impressive country home in open countryside. A hilltop setting offers stunning, far-reaching views.
Attention to detail throughout the high quality interior with very homely feel to the whole property. 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms to sleep 10, UK TV and Wi-Fi and iPod dock. Large terraces with amazing views.
Private pool 12 x 6m and sun terrace. Through the old door to some of the best views you'll ever see. Watch the sun rise... and set with your favourite aperitif.
All local amenities just 15 min with supermarkets and restaurants. Highly recommended.
"Hi Alexandra, I just wanted to thank you very much for the excellent service I have received booking my French villa holiday for next summer. After the initial disappointment with Villa Vidal being booked privately, you were then able to suggest similar alternatives and answered all my availability questions promptly and accurately, even managing to quickly source a photo of the pool area for Le Pres du Pont. We are now looking forward to our holiday next summer and will highly recommend Pure France to others looking for a similar holiday."
"If we decide to holiday in France in the future we will certainly consider Pure France."
"Our holiday in the Villa Azure was excellent and we would be prepared to recomend the Villa to any of your future clients. The house was extremely well appointed and we found Monsieur and Madame Eyermann very friendly and helpful.
Plummer family - Sawbridgeworth, UK"
"I thought I would just let you know that we had a wonderful time at the above properties. Everything was provided for our comfort and enjoyment whether it was the sleeping, living or dining arrangements. The pool was great and all the different places to sit and to eat were so much appreciated, as was the table tennis, boule, etc. And the farm and farm animals were an added bonus – the children loved helping to feed the pigs, piglets, lambs and sheep. Sara and Rene could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The family voted it our best holiday yet! And it was all very nicely organised by Pure France.
Fagg family - Kent, UK"
"We had a great time, the property is actually better than the photos show!
Chabowski family, Bristol, UK"
"Our holiday was thoroughly enjoyable and we all loved 'La Maison Pradinels'. Equipment both in the house and garden was excellent. Magalas was a great base for exploring the vicinity, the beach, Carcassonne, Nimes, Aqualand, Roquebrun, the go karts and of course SKY TV.
Marshall Family - Edinburgh"
"I would like to thank you for your excellent service: it was a pleasure dealing with you."
"We had a very good holiday thank you. The house suited us perfectly and particularly came into its own during the first week when the weather was brilliant and we could make the best of the outside space.
Westlake family - Bristol, UK"
"We just wanted to thank you for the bottle of local wine and to let you know that we had a very nice time at Villa Corbieres last week. Also, it worked well liasing with Ian who was welcoming and very helpful. The house is great and the garden looked really nice.
Skinner family - Berkshire, UK"
"We had a lovely time, smashing place, I suspect we may well book there again.
Minney family - London, UK"
"We had a great holiday thanks, we will be sure to think of Pure France next time we are booking a holiday."
"Thank you to everyone in your team. Pure France's website was wonderfully accurate, the service every step of the way exemplary and the end result for us was an unforgettable holiday in France. I hope we can return one day in the not too distant future."
"I'm certain that we will be booking with you again next year another of your lovely properties."
"This is just to confirm that we had another great holiday at La Maison Florette.
Livermore family - Surrey, UK"
"Just been to Plazac staying at Le Bois du Bourg - a wonderful experience.
Lewis family - Cambridgeshire, UK"
"After years of not making a decision, we really want to book quickly and don't want to miss out! Thank you for your assistance, you have been superb throughout our queries over the years!"
"We had a lovely holiday at Maison Beumes de Venise.
Burt family - Kent, UK"
"We thoroughly enjoyed Jayan and the PureFrance experience, we will certainly be using your services again for next Summer."
"We had a wonderful time at Villa Belvédère, which is a great place in a splendid location, with a very good-natured and conscientious owner.
Hardman family - Ontario, Canada"
"We had a great time and we will be coming back to Pure France for the best holiday options"
"Many thanks, we look forward to booking with you again next year!
Moriarty family - London, UK"
"The bookings worked very well for us this year and we had great "clients" staying at our place. So we would like to continue with your agency."
"I can confirm that we had a fantastic holiday in Villa Galinette and will certainly use Pure France again in the future.
McIlwraith family - Essex, UK"
"Nice and well functioning house, absolutely beautiful surroundings!
Brousted family - Denmark"
"Many thanks for your speedy reply. We will definitely be using your site again. We will be trying a different region so we will be back."
"We've had several friends use Pure France on our recommendation & all have been extremely happy. It's good to find a website where you know every property will be of a certain standard."
"We liked the property so much and that we wouldn't hesitate to return. Thanks again to both Pure France and the property owner, and I'm sure we'll book again with you in the future."
"I wanted to say a big thank you again to Pure France for a brilliant week in a great value property. We never fail to enjoy our holidays with Pure France as the expectations of the property are always in parity with the description and write-up on your website. First class... thank you."
"Good morning Alexandra, Very pleased to confirm this booking. Just worked out that makes it 124 visitors due this year! Keep up the good work. Best regards to you and all the team."
"Lucie on the phone was exceptionally pleasant and helpful! Thank you."
"Dear Dan, We have had great clients this year. Thank you for your super service in 2013!"
"Dear Hugh, I wanted to thank you for the nice clients you always send us at Bonnefond and also Jardin. It is really a different public, very well educated people, who know how to appreciate, respect and enjoy the beauty of that kind of property. It's always really a big pleasure to work with you and your team!"
"The villa was very liked by our family. All were delighted. In the future, if we are going to plan our holiday in France, we will come back to your company again!"
"The house was absolutely perfect for our family - the weather was hot and sunny and the kids spent pretty much all day every day in the pool! The house is truly beautiful and is easily the best equipped holiday home we have ever visited. Many thanks again and best wishes.
Alan, Sam, Sophie, Callum and Jamie Fletcher"
"This was our second holiday with Pure France - the best properties and excellent care and friendly service. We wouldn't use anyone else for a superb French holiday home. Thank you so much, and warm regards."
"We had an excellent stay in Villa Lana and the local agent was really helpful, thanks.
Lawrence family - Wiltshire, UK"
"Dear Dan, Thanks again for your visit, your business advice and for Lee's work, I'm sure he did a good job, great sensitivity, great artist. Look forward to seeing the photos!"
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