Detached family home with large garden on the edge of Lourmain. Wi-Fi and private pool, all amenities in the beautiful village only 5 min walk.
Detached home with large Mediterranean lawned garden. Private, heated pool, Wi-Fi, 2 min walk to amenities, 10 min walk to beaches.
Being a hugely popular region of France, the Dordogne attracts many thousands of holiday visitors each year looking to experience all that the Dordogne region has on offer.
Detached family home in private residential area near Mougins. Wi-Fi, private pool, large Mediterranean garden, close to amenities, and Cannes beaches, 20 min.
Come and visit France and stay on holiday in Provence this summer.
Contemporary villa with full air-conditioning set in 15 hectares of private vineyards. Uninterrupted views, private pool, satellite TV and internet, 15 min walk to all amenities, Med beaches 30 min.
Every summer, thousands of tourists choose the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France for their holiday accommodation destination.
"We thoroughly enjoyed the villa and the location. Its the only one we have ever been to where I said I would go back again.
Clarke family, UK"
A truly luxurious, original château on the banks of the Loire river. Just 15 minutes from Saumur, this is a stunning property, renovated to the highest standard.
Come and discover and be part of the visually and acoustically stunning Carcassonne festival. 2015 marks its 10th anniversary so Carcassonne is definitely the best place to be this summer!
From posh with pools to basic but functional, we select new holiday lets in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and the rest of Europe.
If you’re looking for a holiday property this summer in West France, choose one with Wi-Fi internet and 'stay connected' with friends and family back home.
A superb opportunity for friends and family to come and stay on a beautiful wine estate set in 175 acres of vines, olives, pines, lavender fields, just 15 minutes outside Carcassonne.
A beautiful château set in 3½ hectares of private grounds in the Dordogne with private pool 11 x 5m. Property features include Wi-Fi, UK TV, games room, boules & croquet and 2 min to all amenities.
Unique, waterfront country home with steps from the garden leading directly to the sea. Uninterrupted views over the Mediterranean from the house and terraces.
Holiday châteaux and manor house near Saumur in the heart of the Loire
Detached villa in rural setting with extensive south-facing views. Wi-Fi, UK TV, private heated pool, walk to all amenities, Med coast 12 km.
For those of you who enjoy a game of tennis why not indulge in a holiday property in France with its own private tennis court.
"We all had a great holiday and would love to return in the future.
"We had a very nice holiday away – thanks.
Baines - Somerset, UK"
"We all had a lovely time at Mas Orbiel and would certainly recommend this property to others.
Impressive, detached family home set in large Mediterranean garden with extensive views. Heated pool, summer kitchen, Wi-Fi, Apple TV, boules court and table tennis, Cannes & Med beaches 20 km.
Beautiful, historical château from the 14th century. Original features, 30 hectares of private grounds, Wi-Fi and private pool 12 x 7m.
After a hard day enjoying the French summer sunshine take time to relax in a French spa, jacuzzi, roll-top bath or walk-in shower.
Fully renovated, traditional château with high quality interior design. 6 ensuite bedrooms, heated pool, 13 hectares of private grounds.
Beautiful 19th century château, fully renovated. Private, heated pool, Wi-Fi internet.
The saying goes that the kitchen is the heart of a home. When choosing the ideal holiday property in the Loire, Burgundy or West France, why not start your search by choosing your favourite kitchen.
Two French holiday properties with two private pools set on a working wine domaine set in 175 acres of vineyards amongst the Languedoc countryside 15 min outside Carcassonne.
South-facing villa with expansive views and 5 min walk to all amenities in charming village, 2 min drive from Pezenas. Air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, UK TV, private pool, Med beaches 25 min drive.
Superb, detached villa with large garden and extensive views. Private heated pool, air-conditioned bedrooms, UK TV and Wi-Fi, boules court, close to Med beaches.
It's the world's most popular holiday destination — 80 million tourists arrive every year, and with good reason. They come for the food, the countryside, the culture, the style, the châteaux, those cool little Citroëns - and hidden cobbled corners where you can get away from everything and everyone. In this special edition, we've unearthed the best of France in 2015. Our writers of The Sunday Times know all the best places to stay.
Both the Burgundy and Loire regions of France are home to a wide range of châteaux, many offering self-catering holiday accommodations.
Discover a range of holiday rental properties throughout France all offering their own private swimming pools. Your private French self-catering holiday home gives you the flexibility to come and go in France as you please.
Country property set in rolling countryside with 2.5 hectares of private grounds. Two, fully renovated houses in close proximity, private pool 10 x 5m.
Two lovely apartments, one with shared swimming pool and both offering quality furnishings with unique decoration throughout, situated in the picturesque village of Montsoreau on the banks of the Loire river. The town of Saumur lies just 10 min away.
Summer is on it's way so be sure to choose a comfortable spot in the French sun to relax in.
"I could spend hours just looking through them"
Detached country home set in 10 acres with extensive views. Professional interior design, Wi-Fi and private pool 12 x 6m.
Escape to the calm of the French countryside. Take a dip in your own private pool enjoying the view surrounded with all the comforts of home whilst on holiday here in France.
France offers many different types of holiday properties. Discover here two French holiday properties. One in the Languedoc and one in Provence which offer both unique, traditional and stunning styles.
Detached villa with enclosed garden. Private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi, 30 min to Med beaches.
Renovated stables on private wine domaine close to Orange, Vaison and Avignon. Wi-Fi, UK TV and Private pool 18 x 5m.
"Just to let you know that we had the most wonderful time at Rive Gauche and hope to go back.
"We had a fantastic stay at Domaine de Nérige, what a wonderful property. We loved it.
"Everything has been absolutely perfect, your place is beautiful and we are half tempted to ask how much you would sell it to us for.
Fully renovated 17th century forge with enclosed courtyard and lawned garden. Private pool, WiFi and UK TV, 5 min walk to lovely village with all amenities and many restaurants.
Architect-designed, detached country home in 8.5 acres of private grounds. WiFi, UK TV, pool table, private pool 12.5 x 5m.
"We have stayed here before in 2013 and wish to return to this little piece of heaven.
The Telegraph's experts pick of the top 10 self catering and villa holidays in France for 2015.
2014 has been yet another very busy year for Pure France. 2014 has seen many hot property features, French property articles and featured French properties appearing in both the National and International Press.
We have stayed twice, once with a couple of friends and once with our children. What a beautiful place! The house is full of character, and everything is very high quality – from the lovely crisp white bed linen to the well equipped kitchen and the gas barbecue on the terrace. We hired bikes and the kids loved cycling into Monpazier for the baguettes and croissants each morning.
Gina and Phil Taylor"
Choose from a vast range of holiday villas, vacation rental châteaux, self catering holiday farmhouses and rental country homes throughout France.
Detached country home set in 5.5 hectares of private grounds. Private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi and UK TV, large lawned garden, close to all amenities.
French swimming pools you simply cannot resist jumping into and cooling off from the heat of the day.
Today Google celebrates the life of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, a French painter born on November 24, 1864 who specialised in painting and printmaking. He was a draughtsman and an illustrator that celebrated his life in Paris. Some of his many works include the world famous 'Portrait of Vincent van Gogh' painted in 1887, 'Equestrienne' painted in 1888, 'The Laundress' painted in 1889 and 'At the Moulin Rouge' painted in 1890.
"Great house, great wine, great company, great holiday – we will return.
Outstanding country home in secluded countryside with large garden. Private pool 12 x 6m, UK TV and Wi-Fi internet, 5 min to all amenities.
With more than 1500 comments from our clients, here are 10 of the best comments received in 2014.
As the winter season approaches, now is the time to grab your skies, snowboards, scarfs, hats and accend to the snow-capped French Alps for your French winter holiday.
Contemporary, detached villa in open countryside midway between Seillans and Fayence. Large garden, all bedrooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and private pool 9 x 4m.
"Just want to say thanks for a fantastic stay in your amazing house. The beams, the pool and the view... the photos simply don’t do it justice! We will certainly recommend to all our friends.
Malcolm & Margaret"
Contemporary, detached villa with 5 bedrooms to sleep 10. Private pool, 25 minutes from Mediterranean beaches.
Detached, waterside villa in the private marina residence just outside Aigue-Mortes. Full air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, gym, lawned garden, private mooring and private pool 9 x 5m.
Traditional-style, contemporary country home set in 9,000 sq. metres of private grounds. Private pool and Wi-Fi internet, all amenities in nearby Bagnols and Avignon.
Every summer holiday makers from around the world look to book their family holiday accommodation in France. Many choose holiday properties in the Loire and West France that offer private swimming pools.
"Fabulous break in the most beautiful house and surroundings. Thanks!
The Grahams, Berkshire"
"Can't really add to what's said before, but totally agree the house is a perfect home from home and is a great base for a fantastic holiday.
Adrian, May and Ann"
Detached country home with private grounds and large lawned garden, 20 min from all amenities in Monflanquin. Private pool, Wi-Fi, giant chess set and boules pitch.
Renovated country property with 4 ensuite bedrooms. Private pool and private tennis court.
Beautifully renovated country manor house with Wi-Fi and UK TV channels, less than 60 min from Toulouse airport. Private grounds, lawned garden and private pool 12 x 6m.
"This has been a wonderful holiday and the house has been a major part of that. The pool was lovely on the super hot days and having Sky TV was great for the late evenings. Everything is catered for and more. This is our second visit to the region and it didn't disappoint.
Sarah and David - Milton Keynes"
Lovely, fully restored traditional farmhouse close to Bergerac. Extensive views, Wi-Fi internet, heated infinity pool of 10 x 10 x 5m.
Restored farmhouse in tiny hamlet with private grounds and south-facing views. Wi-Fi internet, heated pool and all amenities in nearby bastide town of Monpazier.
"Awesome. We had a fabulous time. House and facilities are great. Boys want to come back next year.
Nic, Stan & Ted"
Charming, detached country home with large garden, olive trees and lavender grove. SKY TV, Wi-Fi and private pool, 15 min walk to pretty town with 6 restaurants.
"The villa was more than expected and made our holiday a great time."
Discover the perfect French château that you, your family and friends can all enjoy next summer.
Stunning countryside, period property set in 60 hectares. Just look at the photos.
Detached villa with large south-facing garden. Wi-Fi, infinity pool and all amenities 2 min.
Country home on private domaine with olive grove, large garden, private pool and private tennis court. Local amenities in Arles and Tarascon, Avignon 30 min & Med beaches 45 min.
"You display a large number of photos which give a very good guide to the standard of property and furnishings"
Contemporary home set on 3 hectares of private grounds. Great views, Wi-Fi, private pool 12 x 6m, Bordeaux 60 min.
Lovely, renovated out-building on private domaine. Private pool 15 x 8, charming owner lives next door.
Large, fully renovated period country home. 6 hectares of private grounds, spacioius living accommodation, private pool 12 x 6m.
Charming, renovated family home in small village. Lawned garden, Wi-Fi and private pool.
Traditional, hilltop chateau in 20 hectares of private grounds. Beautiful location close to the Dordogne river and all amenities, private pool plus children's pool.
"I should add that your descriptions are very accurate and informative and together with the large number of photos, give a very good guide to the standard of property and furnishings, etc."
Contemporary property with large garden and private pool and Wi-Fi. Close to Narbonne, Carcassonne and Mediterranean beaches.
"We greatly enjoyed our recent holiday in this villa and might even rent it again next year!
It was very well appointed and equipped as well as being light inside.
"We had a perfect fortnight at La Maison du Pin - easily the best house we’ve rented in France.
Waldron family, Guernsey"
"We had a superb holiday."
"A sincere thank you for opening up your fabulous home to help make this an unforgettable family holiday.
Detached villa with stunning Mediterranean views. Private pool, hot-tub, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi & cinema.
Victims believed they’d booked a villa through Owners Direct. Families pay for accommodation only to discover, at the last minute, it’s non-existent. That means finding somewhere else to stay and meeting the cost.
"The standard of accommodation totally lived up to your descriptions and we will certainly use you services again next year as we love France in summer."
Superb country home in secluded setting with 4.5 hecares of lawn and woodland and extensive views. Heated pool, private tennis court, 10 min from the centre of Sarlat.
Charming cottage in 1 acre of lawned garden. UK satellite TV, Wi-Fi and private pool 12 x 6m.
Modern villa with private courtyard and heated swimming pool. Close to all amenities, 30 mins walk to Mediterranean beaches.
Charming, single storey country home with beautiful gardens. Private, heated pool 12 x 5m.
Detached, contemporary family home in 1 acre of private grounds. Private pool, Wi-Fi & UK TV, easy walk to all amenities.
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"We would have no hesitation in using Pure France in the future."
Architect-designed barn conversion and farmhouse set in 20 acres. Private pool 17 x 4m, partial air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, sauna and gym.
Modern, two storey villa with large lawned garden and private pool. Easy walk to all amenities in pretty town, Mediterranean beaches 40 min.
"We have found booking through Pure France to be a pleasure and no doubt we will be using you in the future to book more holidays."
"We rented this lovely house for two weeks in August and wanted to say thank you. Everything was really well done, from the moment we arrived to a very friendly welcome from Morten and Diana. As well as the house being so much more than we had expected...you didn't mention the wonderful views, the little touches were really important like herbs and spices as well as the more boring but important cleaning things such as kitchen towel being there (we hope we left more than we found). So often it feels like villas have been cleared out. We made full use of all the facilities and as a result felt that we had found a truly exceptional place. Thank you so much...you do have a wonderful place there and you can tell the love that has gone into creating it.
"Just a quick note to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Orchard Farmhouse.
David & Kim - UK"
"We enjoyed a fantastic couple of weeks here as a family of six including two boys aged five and two. 'Les Bambous' is a very clean and well equipped house (with Wifi) owned by very welcoming and caring owners. We enjoyed relaxing and playing in their beautiful garden and clean, well-maintained pool. The village itself has lots of quiet tracks winding through the local vineyards which our tractor- and wildlife-mad boys loved exploring as well as the outstanding swimming pool in nearby Servian. Many happy days were also spent building sandcastles and looking for fish and crabs at the spacious and family friendly beach in Vias-Plage only 25 minutes away. The owners have done a lot of research and left folders of most of the local attractions which also pointed us in the right direction. We had a great holiday and would not hesitate to return.
"We have been using Pure France for the last 5 years, staying in the Languedoc region. We have always been impressed with the properties we have stayed in and the excellent support we have received from yourselves. However, this property surpassed our expectations. It was simply beautiful with wonderful gardens and pool and superb living accommodation. At one stage there were 9 of us there and at no time did it feel crowded or cramped. The open plan set up is so comfortable and the facilities in the kitchen were excellent - plenty of utensils, glasses etc. All in all this has been our best holiday to date and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this stunning villa. Do please pass on our thanks to the owners. Also, I would like to thank all at Pure France for the excellent service you provide.
"Mas de Lozanne is fabulous. Great garden, wonderful pool and lovely walking and cycling through the vineyards. We would love to come here again.
"A fantastic villa in an excellent position for exploring this part of the Dordogne. Chateau Castlenaud, Chateau Baynac and Chateau Marqueyssac are all within an easy drive of the villa, as are the pretty villages of Domme and Roque de Gageac.
The villa itself is a new property and is very well equipped. The outside space is especially good, with a huge covered patio area (with a log burning fire for those chilly evenings) and a great pool.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. It was perfect and we could not have asked for more. The house itself was very spacious and beautifully furnished and the pool and outside areas were fantastic. We took advantage of the barbecue on 4 evenings and ate out on the other nights. Thank you for allowing us to stay there.
"We are having a really lovely time here at Monjardin thank you. The château is beautiful.
"Many thanks to Pure France again for excellent service."
Fully renovated, spacious barn with three bedrooms. Wi-Fi and private pool 10 x 5m.
Contemporary home with 4 bedrooms to sleep 8. Private pool and easy walk to local amenities.
"We had a lovely holiday here at Maison Saint Aubin - very peaceful setting, with great wildlife. Our boys (8 and 5) loved it. The house and pool are gorgeous and Mike and Cherie were very friendly and hospitable. Visited the Grottes de Congnal (very good), went canoeing (2 hours - which was great but enough for grandpa!). The lake at Grolée is good for kids. Castlenaud is beautiful and the pretty towns of Beynac definitely worth a visit. The aquarium in Le Bugue is great if wet weather. Enjoy! Thanks.
Thompson family - Shropshire, UK"
"Wonderful holiday in a lovely house - We could not be made more welcome.
Brookes family - London, UK"
"We have enjoyed many days around the pool soaking up the glorious sun... the villa and our stay has been fabulous.
Baines and Amer families"
"I'd like to thank you for the fantastic stay we had in your amazing cottage Maison Bourg Calès. It was simply beautiful and my family and I absolutely loved every second of our stay. The weather was brilliant and there aren't enough words to describe how stunning your cottage is. We would definitely stay there again and will highly recommend it to any friends. Once more thank you so much for making our holiday so memorable.
"We had a fantastic holiday, thoroughly enjoyed the villa and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Pure France.
- Customer who stayed at Villa de Vence ref. 06035, Aug 2014"
"My family and I have just returned from a lovely 2 week holiday in Bouilihonnac in Maison des Fleurs. It is an immaculately well maintained villa in a beautiful setting on a hillside beside a vineyard. A lovely relaxing break. The owners Daniel and Monique were very friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a holiday area that resembles the film a Good Year, this is the one! even though its in the Aude Department not the Luberon.
Wither family - Kent, UK"
Outstanding 17th century château with later design by famous architect, private ground, olive grove and extensive views. Private, heated pool, formal gardens, UK TV & internet, 40 min to Nice airport and Med beaches.
"We had a wonderful time at Mas des Especes and would highly recommend this property to anyone.
Devlin family - Canada"
Beat the crowds and enjoy a relaxing family break in a Provençal holiday country home this September.
Summer might be drawing to a close, but it's not too late to find the perfect villa holiday.
The perfect French villa - Travel Pennies blog writer Nicola Brady.
"Just a quick note to let you know that we had a wonderful holiday at Mas de Lozanne. Beautiful house, well looked after, close to the fabulous town of Pézenas with some brilliant weather. Thank you so much, Pure France was an exceptional company to deal with and I would highly recommend the company to anyone.
Corsica, known as the 'beauty island' is located off the West of Italy, on the South West coastline of France.
"Wonderful stay; in a lovely house. Lots to do in the area. Cycling (great safe trail near Gagnan). Night markets, canoeing, amazing ice-cream in Sarlat and delicious pizza in Domme. Our boys loved all the space and had a blast in the pool. Thanks for a wonderful holiday - See you again
Beasley family - Somerset, UK"
Architect-designed villa with extensive views. Private pool and private grounds, Wi-Fi internet, close to amenities, Med beaches 40 min.
"We had a fabulous holiday at La Ville Lieu de Fer, the house was amazing, extremely comfortable and really spacious, we felt very spoilt. The gardens and the pool area are stunning and excellent to relax in, which what we really needed. We didn't want to leave:
I'd like to thank Mr and Mrs Richardson for sharing this property. Its a delight!
I'm sure we will be booking again with you in the not too distant future.
J Willoughby, UK"
"We had a fantastic holiday in your lovely house. It is very well equipped and we all loved the pool.
Parsons family - London, UK"
Superb, detached river-front property with 1 hectare of lawned gardens. Private pool, Moroccan-style pool-house, private gym, Wi-Fi and walk to amenities.
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"Excellent spacious accommodation. The villa stays cool in the heat even without the air con on. Very high spec facilities including a large pool. Great location for getting about and a very friendly village. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely stay again.
Whilst on your French holiday, enjoy preparing a French meal for your family in the comforts of either a modern or a traditional French kitchen setting.
"Just to say that we've all enjoyed a thoroughly wonderful fortnight at your lovely villa, which is a total delight. We holiday on the Cote d'Azur every summer, from Cap Ferrat through to Les Issambres, and this has been the best experience we can all recall. The proximity of the the kitchen to the pool, the tennis court, its perfect scale, and so beautifully decorated and furnished, complementing the divine architecture. And the world's most ideal location. If we weren't on the plage at Garoupe, we were exploring Antibes Old Town, or entertaining the kids at Antibesland (which is actually rather well done), or watching the magnificent fireworks at a Juan-Les-Pins beach restaurant. Delightful all round ... and a touch irksome to be back home. Thank you so, so much for making your villa available to us. And Julie is, of course, completely fabulous.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended you to a number of interested parties...as far flung as Australia!
Knight family - Surrey, UK"
Detached, contemporary villa with large lawned garden in pretty Luberon village. Private pool, Wi-Fi, 2 min drive to Lourmarin.
High quality, detached property, fully renovated throughout. 2 ½ hectares of private grounds with large lawned garden, private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi and UK TV, close to amenities.
Enjoy the green, green grass of home in one of these French holiday rental properties.
"Met our expectations completely. The house is elegant in every detail! Comfortable and so evocative of regional style. We will carry on memory of Lot-et-Garonne home with us to share with our family and friends. Thanks for these peaceful nights and stunning mornings!
Catherine & William, UK"
"We had a lovely stay. The house and garden are beautiful. We enjoyed the tranquil setting and the heated pool...that was perfect for the kids. Bordeaux is a very nice city which I recommend for a day trip. The owner was very helpful - giving us information about the right places to eat and to visit. A great place for a real holiday and right outside Bordeaux. Thanks!
Harvey, Natasha and kids"
"Just wanted to saga massive thank you. We've had the best holiday we've had for years, so relaxing!! Your hospitality and food has all be amazing and the house is truly wonderful. Definitely hope to return you've spoilt ss too much now.
Yes, summer 2015 is just 'round the corner'! Prices and availability will soon be online for all properties for next year, however some are already starting to accept 2015 bookings.
Here is our pick of properties that are new to the market for next year and are certain to be booked up early.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Browse and enjoy the view.
"Thank you for a lovely week at your beautiful house. We leave very relaxed and tanned.
"The photos are really superb! I admit that they are much better than ours... He did a very good job.
- Message from the property owner of Château Garrigue, 34484."
"This is a stylish property which has been superbly refurbished to a high standard. My wife, three children and I stayed for a few days over New Year and had a delightful break. We had a warm welcome and very comfortable accommodation (especially the luxurious large beds and excellent showers). Canet is a lovely village with good facilities and we especially enjoyed collecting our fresh croissants every morning from the boulangerie. The Canal du Midi is only a mile away and well worth visiting for the walks and the beautiful villages along it's course. Also some good local restaurants to suit both reasonable and expensive tastes.
"Spent a delightful week at Les Encabanes - just wish it could have been two! The house is immaculate, spacious, and with everything you could need for a very comfortable holiday. The photos don't do it justice, and the setting is superb. On a very quiet rural lane with lovely views of the large grounds from the terrace. The pool is a good size and heated. The delightful English owners are extremely accommodating and were staying nearby should we have needed them. The town of Gourdon (5 minutes drive) is very attractive and has a great selection of restaurants and supermarkets as well as smaller shops. The house is ideally placed to explore this beautiful region and there are many activities on offer for all ages. We will certainly return!
"We had a fabulous time at Maison Sainte Victoire, it was a superb villa and far exceeded our expectations. The photos on your website didn't do the villa justice; the view of Sainte Victoire was amazing and the owners were delightful and couldn't do enough for us.
I will definitely use Pure France again.
Brown - UK"
Enjoy a family get together in France at one of these large Dordogne holiday properties.
"We stayed in Villa Azure in Cagnes sur Mer and I just wanted to say what a superb holiday we had. The villa was absolutely perfect with everything we could possibly need. It's ideally situated if you do not want to have a car as shops, restaurants, beaches, train station are only 5-10 minutes walk away. Mr and Mrs Eyermann were very helpful and we would certainly recommend this villa.
Stephen family - Aberdeen, UK"
"We have spent 2 weeks at lovely maison Charvin in Montlaur july 2014. This was our first trip to Languedoc-Roussillon. We realized at once when we arrived that this was the right house for us. It is so beautiful, carefully restored and homely decorated. Everything was spotless and clean. A bottle of local wine waited as a gift and we feelt so welcome. Books to lend all over the place. The kitchen had everything we could ever want and more, we loved the Italian stove. The outside area is fantastic, very private with the turquoise pool to cool off in. Even our teenagers feelt relaxed and happy just being there. Montlaur is a little village with friendly people. There is a shop, a bakery, a boucher, a pharmacie and a hairdresser. What else do you need? We spent our time reading, sunbathing, swimming and doing daytripes. Thanks to Sharon we ended up in all the right places, like the wonderful restaurants i Lagrasse, really nice both of them. Its perfect having a private guide who is so nice and engaged as Sharon. She wanted us to get the most out of our vacation. Even borrowed me one of her favourite books with a little note; you might like this! Thank you ever so much Sharon, for opening your home to us, we are so happy that we found this little piece of heaven.
Caroline, Rickard & family"
Make a big splash this summer and enjoy your own private infinity swimming pool in France.
Detached country home in famous wine-producing region. 3 ensuite bedrooms, private heated pool, Bordeaux 15 min.
"A sincere thank you for opening up your fabulous home to help make this an unforgettable family holiday.
Traditional chateau, fully renovated in 50 acres of private grounds. 25 min from Périgueux, private, heated pool 18 x 9m, eight bedrooms to sleep up to fourteen.
Stay out the heat this summer and relax in the shade on one of these pool terraces.
Detached, single-storey country home in tiny hamlet between Eymet and Duras. Large, lawned garden, private pool 17 x 6m, Wi-Fi, UK TV and 3 ensuite bedrooms.
Wonderful, high quality château on an upmarket, wine-producing domaine. 3 hectares of private grounds, private pool 17 x 8m and private tennis court, 10 min to Med coast.
Country property comprising two renovated houses around a central courtyard. 5 acres of private grounds, private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi, Wii, Blue Ray DVD and UK TV.
Detached country home in secluded countryside. Private heated pool 10 x 5m, large garden with views, Wi-Fi and UK TV.
The peak week of August 2nd – 9th 2014 is almost with us. Take advantage of last minute availabity at these properties, some with discounts of up to €1,350;
"We had a wonderful time at the property - absolutely beautiful and so well-equipped. Thank you for helping make it happen!
"It really is a magnificent collection of buildings - and you have restored it wonderfully. With every facility. Everyone loved their stay and the open countryside and sweeping views made us feel on top of the world. It suited all ages. We have enjoyed exploring this lovely part of France with the contrast of wheat, sunflowers and green everywhere. Thank you again for letting us stay in your wonderful house.
"We have had an outstanding time at Maison Rousty. The house is truly wonderfully decorated with everything we need eg equipment, comforts etc and more. The owners are amazing hosts and extremely helpful when needed and very welcome. This is the perfect holiday house !
"We enjoyed our week at the villa very much. The house is in a great location, benefiting from both privacy and being near a village with shops. The outside space is fantastic with a large pool and beautiful vegetable garden. The owners who greeted us on arrival were warm, friendly and very helpful. Our week was made that much more interesting by the exploits of Tom, the resident cat. We would highly recommend this house.
Experience an evening of spectacular fireworks display at the Citadel of Carcassonne.
"What a fantastic stay at a wonderful house. We will be back!
Lovely, detached villa in private grounds with extensive views. Private pool, air-con, Sky TV, 5 min to amenities, 20 min to Med beaches.
Large contemporary manor-style property with 2 acres of private grounds. 7 bedrooms to sleep 14, private heated pool, Wi-Fi, UK TV and easy walk to all amenities.
"Regarding our holiday in the South of France, we all had an amazing time and this was made even more special with our stay in Maison Saint Paul, it is really quite special. We are of the opinion that Saint Paul de Vence is a great location in that it is nice and peaceful yet not too far away from some of the beautiful places such as Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Nice, and Monaco. We also love La Colombe d’Or, this is a fantastic restaurant full of charm and atmosphere. On the second occasion we ate there we found ourselves sat next to Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarentino which was quite surreal.
Davies family - Cheshire, UK"
"I would also like to thank you all again for a superb service. This has been the second year running we have used Pure France and I cannot tell you how happy we are to have found a company offering such a great service, with lovely properties and very helpful customer service teams."
Detached, contemporary villa with south-facing views. Private pool, air-conditioning, 5 min to Vence and Tourrettes-sur-Loup.
High quality, 19th century château set in 7.5 acres of private grounds. 5 ensuite bedrooms, Wi-Fi internet and private pool 8 x 4m.
Large country home in small hamlet with 1 acre of private gardens. Private heated pool 10 x 5m and Wi-Fi internet.
Charming family home set in landscaped gardens, 5 min from Duras, 30 min from Bergerac. 3 bedrooms to sleep 8, private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi internet.
Detached country home with large, lawned garden. Three bedrooms, private pool 10 x 5m, Wi-Fi and all amenities within 10 min in two picturesque towns.
Centrally located, fully renovated, air-conditioned apartment in Cannes. Stunning views, two bedroom two bathroom, less than 10 min walk to all restaurants, shops, beaches and harbour.
Beautiful, high quality villa with stunning sea views. Five min from Med beaches, private pool and Wi-Fi.
"Wow! You've done a fabulous job darling. The rooms look amazing....no one can say 'they are larger than the photos portray'. From the property owner of 11139 - Cascaret following a new photo visit."
Architect-designed villa with sea-views in south-west Corsica. Sea views, air-conditioning and private pool, beaches and amenities 5 min.
South-facing, detached villa in a private residence with stunning sea views. 5 min walk down to the beach and local amenities. Private pool, hot-tub, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.
"We've had a wonderful holiday. The house has been perfect for our three families and the pool is quite superb.
Thomas family - Devon"
Contemporary property set in private grounds on the edge of a wine-producing village. Lovely pool area, close to amenities and Med beaches.
Lovely fully-restored country home with private pool and private tennis court. Superb gardens with full summer kitchen, table tennis, air hockey, table football, trampoline, swings and swing-ball, Wi-Fi and UK TV.
Classical-style, contemporary house set in private grounds. Private pool, 150m to amenities, 15 min to Montpellier and Mediterranean beaches only 35 min.
"We had a great stay at Maison du Gua over Easter. The weather was a real surprise (I had packed wellies and jumpers) but it was lovely. Sunny and warm enough for us all to enjoy the great swimming pool and lunch outside everyday. There were three generations staying (10 people) and we all had plenty of room to relax. Our three children (1, 3, 6) enjoyed the huge selection of quality toys, both indoors and provided for the garden. The baby loved the baby swing and his mum enjoyed the huge list of baby extras Mel provided, that made packing so much easier. Mel and Jim are very helpful and quick to respond with anything you need.
Our thanks too to the lovely Elodie for making our stay so pleasant.
Mr and Mrs Bentote - Hong Kong"
Beautiful and private, renovated Luberon farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. Private heated pool, 4 ensuite bedrooms, Wi-Fi and UK TV.
Superb, renovated Savoie country house with stunning views of Lake Bourget. Private grounds, heated pool 13 x 5m, highest quality interior with 8 ensuite bedrooms. Only 10 min from Aix-les-Bains.
"We have had the most wonderful time in your lovely house, it feels incredibly homely and I can see why it is your pride and joy.
Secluded country house in the Gers, south west France with stunning views. Jacuzzi and private pool, 45 minutes from Toulouse.
Le Rosbif Writes: following a joyful break in a Provençal villa, Anthony Peregrine has much wisdom to impart...
An outstanding, detached bastide property, fully renovated to the highest standard throughout. Huge, lawned Mediterranean garden with private pool, terraces and only 5 min from all amenities. Cannes 25 min and Nice airport 25 min.
See a day of the Cannes Film festival unfold in photos during one of the hottest days of the year in Provence.
Change your scene on the world for a week or two and enjoy the view from your holiday home in France.
If you're looking for some warmth this summer then check out a selection of our properties that have either jacuzzis, saunas, hot-tubs or heated pools.
"Beautiful surroundings. Many thanks for a wonderful week.
Hilary and Katy - Oxfordshire, UK"
Exceptional, Provençal bastide property set in 20 acres of private vineyards and olive groves. Private heated pool 14 x 5m, air-con and lovely views.
"We had a wonderful time at your beautiful house. Idyllic setting, peace and tranquility apart from the squeals of delight from the children who were inseparable from the swimming pool! Overall a wonderful holiday with fantastic memories.
If your looking for extensive lawned gardens in the Loire then take a look at the selection from Pure France. Green gardens and private grounds set in the beautiful Loire countryside. Relax in your deckchair and take in the view.
Telegraph Travel's France expert Nicola Williams. France summer holidays guide: self-catering and villas.
Telegraph Travel's France expert Anthony Peregrine. France summer holidays guide: self-catering and villas.
Discover the new trend for outdoor living at our self catering properties in France.
French stone staircases, French wooden staircases, French spiral staircases and French metal staircases. An interesting architectural feature in many of our wonderful selection of renovated French properties. Please mind the step...
Charming country home set in 2.5 hectares of private grounds. Private pool 10 x 5m and large lawned garden with pool-side summer kitchen and bathroom.
"Thank you for your efficient support throughout the reservation we will certainly use your services again and recommend you to others."
"What a fantastic place ! Beautiful from the outside and like a tardis inside - it goes on forever. Perfect for our extended family. We had a fantastic time, thanks to George and Lune for making it such a memorable stay. We will be recommending it to all our friends.
RA and family"
"Yet again thank you for the pleasant and efficient way you have completed this arrangement, it has been a delight corresponding with you."
Fully renovated Provençal mas-style family home, renovated to a high standard throughout. 8,000 sq. meters of garden with private pool 14 x 7m, 5 min to all amenities, Med beaches 30 min.
It's rare to find a high quality property to suit just a couple with a lovely, large private pool.
When only a big pool will suffice – here’s a selection of 7 rental properties with larger than average private pools.
High quality, one bedroom detached property with large garden and private pool. 15 min from Bergerac.
Newly renovated barn with 1 hectare of private grounds and expansive views. Private pool, air-conditioning and 10 min from all amenities in Monflanquin.
Detached country home with 4 acres of private grounds and lovely views. Private pool, Wi-Fi internet and local amenities in two pretty villages, 5 min away.
Large, high quality modern villa in 2,400m² of private grounds within easy walk of all ameniteis in charming, traditional village amongst the Langiedoc vineyards. Private pool and Wi-Fi internet, Pézenas 5 min, Med beaches 20 min.
Every year, millions of people head to the beach for their summer holiday. With over 3,000km of coastline, a holiday in France can satisfy your craving for the beach and offer so much more.
Fantastic, Provençal country home with stunning views. Large garden with lawn and private pool set amongst the vineyards, 15 min walk to all amenities in charming village.
Detached family home with large garden and private pool. Easy walk to wine-producing village, Med beaches 25 min.
With great facilities like a snooker or pool table at your self catering holiday rental property, you will be able to keep yourself (and the kids!) entertained without having to leave the house.
"Please tell Lee, the Pure France photographer how amazing the photos are."
Impressive, fully-restored manor house with private pool; 7 hectares of private grounds and 6 bedrooms. Situated amongst the Minervois vineyards, 35 min from Mediterranean beaches.
Magnificent country home with stunning Mediterranean views situated just outside Vence. High quality throughout, large garden and private pool 11 x 5m.
France boasts a total of 28 UNESCO world heritage sites. Yet another reason to visit this fascinating and diverse country.
Quality country home on private countryside domaine. Fully air-conditioned, private pool 12 x 6m, 15 min from Saint Rémy de Provence.
"And are looking to book again for 2014"
High quality Maison de Maître set in beautiful Mediterranean spa town. 6 bedrooms, heated pool, easy walk to all amenities.
Large, modern villa with sea views in beautiful Collioure. Private pool, jacuzzi, Mediterranean garden and 15 min walk to beach and all amenities.
"Beautiful farmhouse and surroundings. Had a fantastic holiday. Lovely villages to visit. Perfect.
Lynn and Dave"
There are so many reasons why more than 80 million tourists flock to France each year. The history, culture, architecture, food, scenery, wine and art are just some.
"We have had another wonderful stay at Villa Gailinette. This is a place where you can feel at home and out of your day to day life at the same time! Thank you so much for all the comfort provided... nothing is missing, all you need is there including peace and beautiful weather.
"Just a note to let you know we had a super holiday at your property. What a lovely setting.
"We have rented 2 properties previously through Pure France and have always found you to be most efficient."
For a mini-break, half-term, or long summer holiday destination, France is the perfect choice.
Beautifully restored 17th century Presbytere set in open countryside. Private 12 x 6m pool, Wi-Fi, UK TV and close to amenities in charming town.
Detached villa with private pool on the edge of pretty village. 5 min drive to the Mediterranean coast and award-winning beaches.
Discover the visually stunning and historical site of the Citadel of Carcassonne this summer.
Outstanding country house with 15 acres of private grounds, 15 x 7m pool and private tennis court. Two games rooms, two mins to amenities and Dordogne river, 5 min to Sarlat.
Lovely large family home, fully renovated to a high standard throughout. Sleeps up to 16; two acres of private grounds and private heated pool, 14 x 6.5m.
23 February 2014 - Pure France in "The Mail on Sunday".
Large and traditional château in 2 acres of private grounds. Private pool 12 x 6m, 6 bedrooms to sleep 10 with nearby amenities, 3km.
France with its many diverse landscapes, traditions and cultures offers holiday makers a wide choice of holiday rental properties.
Discover what actually goes into producing a bottle of French wine.
"Thank you for opening your extraordinary home to our extended family. Our holiday at Château Périgord surpassed all expectations. The beauty of the area and of your home are perfect compliments. We enjoyed shopping the local markets and cooking together in the inviting kitchen. We loved our time spent in the pool and playing badminton, as well as the time simply enjoying our pleasant surroundings and views. We explored prehistoric caves and medieval villages, we tasted wines of the region, visited famous châteaux, took canoes down the Dordogne river and always ended the day eager to return and enjoy Château Périgord.
Suzanne and Gazzolo/Griffin Family"
Stylish, architect-designed villa with large garden and extensive views. Private pool and 10 min walk into charming, wine-producing village with all amenities.
For a special French holiday discover a special place where the whole family can really relax and put their feet up.
France attracts more than 74 millions visitors each year. For national and international travellers, air travel is a simple and cost-effective mode of transport for getting efficiently to a French holiday destination.
A holiday country home in Provence with a private swimming pool. Read comments from a previous client who stayed at Au Cœur de Provence.
Provence in the South of France is a popular holiday destination offering tourists a wide range of holiday rental accommodation.
A lovely, detached property in a small hamlet with 3 acres of private grounds. 10 x 4m private pool and nearby amenities in three charming towns.
"Thank you very much for all your help, expertise and professionalism. I am very pleased with my decision to block out the summer months for agencies. If anything, it has been really helpful to reveal Pure France's potential. You are simply the best!"
Self-catering holiday rental accommodation presents one of the best deals when it comes to travel.
"Château Saint-Aignan far exceeded our expectations. Inside, the property had been thoughtfully and generously modernised in the way of extra bathrooms and the kitchen, yet still in keeping with the style and period of the original property. The fixtures and fittings, both those original and new, were all of top quality and the accommodation extremely comfortable. Outside, the full-width terrace overlooked the magnificent grounds and enormous pool.
All of which are kept in immaculate condition by the hard-working Pascal and Donna. They were the ideal 'guardians', living close to the château, eager to help out and solve any problems, but never being intrusive. Any questions from the guests were always promptly and cheerily answered and any challenges (e.g. having to find an available dentist at prompt notice for unexpected root canal treatment!), solved to everybody's satisfaction. Pascal and Donna really gave an extra edge to staying at Château Saint-Aignan and we would all love to go back again.
Ian, Sabine, Tom and Kristine - Belgium"
Impressive Manor House with 9 acres of private grounds. Lovely views, private pool 12 x 6m and 5 min walk to all amenities.
Very private, secluded bastide home set in 7 acres of beautiful Provençal countryside. Extensive views, private infinity pool and 5 bedrooms, 3 ensuite bathrooms.
A unique holiday villa situated in a private marina residence, just outside the beautiful walled town of Aigues-Mortes with private heated pool.
The country of France continues to be a highly popular tourist holiday destination.
Homeowners in France can rent their properties through www.purefrance.com, either for a week or the whole summer season.
"I wish to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay in your property. It was perfect for our family – you have a beautiful place.
M & D & family"
Don't miss Elton John, The Jacksons, Franz Fredinand and others performing live at the Cité of Carcassonne in July 2014.
Book your concert tickets now.
Perched on a limestone outcrop between two river gorges and steeped in history, Minerve has everything for a relaxed family day out.
"We so enjoyed our two weeks with you. The house was fantastic and the pool and its surround were totally stunning.
"I just wanted to say also how much I love the Pure France website and the properties on it. It is by far one of the best sites that I have come across for properties in France! I am looking forward to using it next year and booking our holiday much earlier!"
If you fancy taking a holiday in a 'Moulin' this summer then be sure to check out our selection of traditional self-catering holiday water mills and wind mills in France.
One of the best châteaux available to rent in France. Beautiful Loire Valley, traditional château with 6 master suites, 22 acres of private grounds and heated pool.
Let the whole family enjoy the private swimming pool. Let the kids have lots of fun and games and be sure not to miss the bigger picture in your own in-house home cinema!
Today Google celebrates the life of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, a French architect born on January 27, 1814 who specialised in gothic revival. His works included the world famous Citadel of Carcassonne in France.
"We just got home and wanted to tell you how wonderful it was to stay at the mill. It is probably one of the most beautiful settings I've ever seen. Just wonderful. We got rested, enjoyed all the beauty, ate at some great places around and about, shopped and fell in love with this place. Thank you again.
This summer, you need a place of your own. Sean Newsom from the Sunday Times selects Europe's top 50 finest properties.
"Thanks for letting us share your lovely house. We loved the pool and being able to watch the kids from the terrace while we enjoyed an occasional glass of wine. The house has everything we needed and loved being so close to the shops in Autignac. We had to fight over who walked up to buy croissants every morning! Nearby beaches are amazing for the kids and the owners of the local café restaurant were extremely friendly.
With the temperature hitting the high 30's be sure to make a splash in a private swimming pool of one of our 500+ French holiday rental properties.
To celebrate the opening of our new 'Pure France' office in Cannes, here is our selection of recommended properties in this beautiful area.
Great location for this Provençal villa with private pool 10 x 5m. Easy walk into lovely village and equidistant between the spectacular Gorges du Verdon and Med beaches.
"Thank you so much for a stunning week in what has to be the most beautiful part of France. The château is idyllic and we feel privileged to have been a tiny part of its exotic history. Thank you Maggie for all your help and local knowledge, and generally all the little homely touches that give this place such a fantastic feel. We will remember it for many years to come. The children will have the most amazing memories to recount to friends about their time in France.
Sohanpal and Jackson family - South Wales"
No, that's not a spelling mistake. All these holiday rental properties in France feature fabulous amounts of wood both inside and outside.
"We were fortunate enough to stay at the property for a week. 5 star accommodation in a beautiful remote village of Montlaur, perfect for exploring the surrounding wine regions. It was truly an amazing holiday and would highly recommend it for a quiet romantic break or a relaxed family holiday. And oh that Romeo & Juliet Balcony! Highly recommended.
Mr & Mrs Casey"
"We really enjoyed your property and Mel is fantastic! The villa is really well equipped and modern and everything ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend this property.
Laurence - Berkshire"
"We rented the villa with 2 other couples and all had a fabulous time. The Eyermanns were wonderful hosts and provided us with a wonderful home base for a travels to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo and Antibes for day trips on short drives. We took walks to the sea every day and the 3 bakeries and food store plus many resturants are only minutes away. We made use of the heated pool every day and can honestly say we never ate a meal indoors. The weather was fabulous. This was an unbelievable vacation we will always remember!
Bill and Linda Clausen - New Jersey, USA"
"What a fantastic home and beautiful grounds – wow – had a great holiday – good meal at Gavaudin.
Jane, Dave and family"
At the hub of several roads and the river Dordogne, this has always been a town that meant business.
"Thank you for your response this morning, I am continuously impressed by your efficiency and 7 day availability."
Win a week in a villa in France for up to eight people, with The Sunday Times and Pure France
"We stayed in Maison La Douve in Saumur through Pure France and were very pleased with both the high standard of the property and your excellent service.
Great property now available for large families or groups; fully restored, impressive Manor House to sleep up to 16 set in 6 acres of private grounds with private heated pool 10 x 5m. Situated in open countryside, 25 min south of Limoges.
This weekend The Sunday Times 'Where was I?’ competition will offer readers the opportunity to win a free week in Pure France's 'Le Castellet'.
"Fantastic French holiday with great company. The château was amazing.
Emily & Alex, Melbourne"
A cosy Swish chalet, a pad in Palm Springs or a château in Limoges? We round up the best places to rent next year and the time to go.
"The house was the best rental property we have stayed in - really well equipped and thoughtfully furnished. Things like having a cool box so we could take lunch out with us really was useful. We have also been impressed with the service/response from you and your colleagues at PureFrance.com
Dawson family, London"
"We utterly love everything about this beautiful house and its tranquil setting. We hope to return someday and will keep fond and happy memories of our stay.
The Salkelds - Sydney"
"We have had a wonderfully relaxing holiday in this beautiful house in divine location.
The garden is filled with wildlife and we’ve enjoyed many an hour listening to the birds and watching the bumblebees and butterflies. My recommendation would be to sit back, relax and just take it all in.
Hayes family, London"
Lovely new property now available for summer 2014. Set down a small country lane with spectaular views up to the amazing village of Tourtour. Walking distance to many restaurants. A real haven in Provence away from the crowds on the Côte d'Azur.
A great new house available for 2014. One of the best locations in France - the beautiful, hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Maybe your looking for a French holiday rental property in the Languedoc close to restaurants or the Mediterranean beaches or perhaps a heated swimming pool set away in a secluded location.
Some of the best rental properties are hidden away in beautiful, lesser known parts of France...
Meet a family who rent their Languedoc-Roussillon holiday home.
If you own a property for rent in France, the following companies offer a selection of useful services.
So your looking for that perfect retreat to enjoy your family holiday in France. Take time to just enjoy and let the following become your reference!
6 bedroom, country house now available to book for 2014. Located in the Gers, edge-of-village location with easy walk to bar, bakery and restaurant. Pretty town of Vic-Fezensac with all amenities just 10 min away. Enjoy the views, large garden, terraces and private pool 11 x 5m.
Magnificent, ski-in, ski-out chalet just 5 min walk from the centre of Courchevel 1850. 5 bedrooms, sauna, hammam, Wi-Fi and UK TV.
Architect-designed contemporary, detached villa with lawned garden and extensive views over the village. Private pool 8 x 4m and 5 min walk to amenities.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions for 2014, a holiday in France could be the key to your success. See our top 5 resolutions and how planning a French holiday can help you achieve them.
Not sure where to take the family on holiday in France. Why not make the Languedoc-Roussillon your ideal holiday destination.
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The most stylish options this summer, on the Med and beyond - for couples, for groups and for families.
Seasons wishes and a successful 2014 to all.
If your planning in heading South for your French summer holiday, why not take a stopover in the French capital?
Play king of the castle this summer in divine privacy - nine acres of rolling French countryside.
Where do I start when looking for a holiday villa to rent in France? France offers many different types of holiday accommodation, one very popular property type being the French holiday villa with its own private swimming pool.
This wonderful château is one of the best we have ever seen. The extensive renovation project on the 14th Century property has produced interior accommodation of the very highest standard. The perfect property for some real French living that is ideal for both children and adults. 32 hectares of private grounds and amazing, heated pool 16 x 5m.
No better location; open-countryside with extensive views, just 10 minutes outside Bergerac.
Ideal property for a large family holiday. This outstanding château has wonderful views and 16 acres of lawned gardens and woodland. Large, heated pool of 16 x 9m and private, professional spec tennis court.
The interior is just as special - fully renovated to an exceptionally high standard throughout; fantastic, bespoke kitchen leads out to dining terrace. Two living rooms with UK TV and Wi-Fi, summer kitchen and games room, and 6 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms.
"We have been home for a few days and reflecting on our holiday. We can both say with confidence this France holiday has been the best holiday we have had. Great wine, family and fabulous food celebrated in your welcoming château confirmed we are very fortunate. It was a great opportunity to reconnect and relax. Your château was both child and adult friendly. The weather was perfect, the people were friendly and the château was so well equiped to support the many activites 4 children and 5 adults wanted to do.
Mandl - USA"
Easy access, Mediterranean sandy beaches and vineyards, sunshine guaranteed...
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"The house has 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.
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 Maison Platane 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.
Are you are considering investing in French property? Perhaps you are thinking of placing your french property on the holiday rental market? Here are some links to help and some of the many benefits.
"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"
The French holiday rental market is flourishing, benefiting both investors and renters who are looking for a slice of the Gallic good life.
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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.
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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You can now follow us on Instagram. Our team here in France will regularly post photos of daily happenings and of our weekly trips around France.
Summertime has arrived, set up your lounge outside. Our selection of deck chairs, sunshades, sofas and coffee tables display their perfect design around a dreamlike pool, in a spectacular setting.
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.
Consider your summer sorted. We reveal Europe's finest properties - for couples, for kids or for all your friends.
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."
"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 the housekeepers 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 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 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"
"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"
"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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