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14 May 2021  |  Susan Platt  |  Holidays

Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

La Maison Beauregard, a house rich in authenticity! A spacious and traditional garden. It is a large traditional property in the middle of large open countryside located in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne region. The house is South facing and is ideal to enjoy beautiful sunny days with your family.

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13 May 2021  |  Richard Farmer  |  Holidays

The artist, Achille Laugé 1861-1944

After we had owned La Fontaine in Cailhavel for a few years, we discovered that a significant French Neo-Impressionist* artist once lived nearby. In a house called l'Alouette which is five minutes down the road D221 out of Cailhavel towards the main road D623 to Limoux. The house is still family owned.

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13 May 2021  |  Ruud van Heiningen  |  Holidays

Mas Barielle is ideally set right in the heart of Vincent van Gogh's Provence

Serenely nestled and uniquely situated between Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Avignon, the walled city of the Popes, lays this unique and enchanting domain. The history of this authentic Provençal Mas dates back to the late 18th century when it was a welcome resting place for travellers. Today the fully walled domain is nestled in the middle of fruit vineyards and has a 5,000 m² magnificent park with palm trees, 100+ year old olive and sycamore trees, oleander and lavender filled walkways.

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12 May 2021  |  Laurence Benson  |  Holidays

A handsome and imposing maison de maître

La Maison Carrée is a handsome and imposing maison de maître, a Mansion built around 1890 for the local winegrower, a 'noble' who gave it as a present to his son and his son's bride on the occasion of their wedding. It was built in an elevated position at the entrance to the village. Now in the 21st century as the village population has grown and the village itself has expanded La Maison Carrée occupies a prominent central position a short walk from the main square.

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12 May 2021  |  Tony Williams  |  Holidays

Callian is a medieval village, ideal for families looking for summer vacations

Set on the hill above Callian, the house benefits from a particularly quiet and private location ideal for families looking for summer vacations away from, but within easy reach of, the hustle and bustle of the coast itself. Callian is a medieval village in the South of France and one of the string of nine perched villages found in the Var around Fayence, and is situated just 25 minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice International Airport.

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11 May 2021  |  Helen Gray  |  Holidays

Mas Saint-Martial and a Pigeonnier tower

Helen and James have owned Mas Saint-Martial since 2004 and warmly welcome you to their rural retreat set in wonderful countryside - rolling hills, fields and sunflowers - but not far from many inexpensive restaurants, shops and attractions. Sometimes we live in what is a barn conversion away from Mas Saint-Martial and even when we are around you are not overlooked. Our garden and property faces the opposite way, but we can be on hand for any advice or recommendations.

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11 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism, UNESCO , Culture

Holiday homes in Occitanie

Occitanie is the 4th most frequented region by foreign tourists. In addition, it is also the region which attracts the most French tourists. No wonder, its offer is very varied, with its coastline, its countryside and cities. We have a large choice of holiday home rentals in Occitanie for you. First-class vacations, in an exceptional property.

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11 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Fontenay Abbey

The Abbey of Fontenay is located in the north of Burgundy, founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, one of the greatest French saints, it is today the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. It is listed among the 45 UNESCO World Heritage sites in France.

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10 May 2021  |  Tessa Tucker  |  Holidays

Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

Maison Baleyssagues is nestled right in the heart of beautiful Bordeaux region countryside in the small hamlet of Baleyssagues midway between Saint-Émilion and Bergerac. The unique ‘Y’ shaped villa was built by a renowned Dutch jazz pianist and has recently been bought by an English couple who are keen to continue its artistic legacy. The property is filled with original art and antiques and with three bedrooms is the perfect size for couples or friends to enjoy some peace and quiet, or a family holiday in the sun.

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10 May 2021  |  Nicholas Corry  |  Holidays

Manor House Reimagined for the Discerning Traveller

There are few things more tranquil than the gentle scent of lavender caught on the breeze, while the swallows soar overhead and the sunlight glints off the turquoise pool. On the edge of a rural village and dating from the 1850s, Saint-Sulpice and its surrounding two acres of enclosed gardens retain all of their original charm, sympathetically restored by the current owners to cater for the most discerning family or group of celebratory friends.

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10 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Art History Mystery

Everyone loves a good art history mystery. From the back streets of Nice to the international art auction houses of Paris, here’s a story concerning a small painting, puchased for almost nothing that sold for a huge amount. But was it real ? And who stole it ?

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09 May 2021  |  Christine Bayle  |  Holidays

Luxurious Longhouse in Pays de la Loire

Renovated longère, Maison Gagnerie is now a beautiful family holiday rental home. They used to sleep peasants, smallholders and livestock. Now this holiday rental country home sleeps a family of 6 in a beautifully renovated interior. A longère is a traditional rural building common to the Brittany region, but also found in Normandy, Aquitaine and the Loire.

08 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

The towns and posters of World Cup 1998

France first hosted The World Cup in 1938. The prestigious tournament returned to France in 1998 and the host nation triumphed in the final, winning 3-0 against Brazil. The games in the tournament were played at selected stadiums in 9 major cities. Can you name them ? Here they are, together with the unique posters made for each city. And don't forget 'Footix', the World Cup mascot...

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08 May 2021  |  Richard French  |  Holidays

It is another glorious Malardier morning

Richard cycled by and checked the pool at first light as he does most mornings. Without waking a soul this ex-adman living in the sun is the best of hosts, never seen or heard but available if needed. By 7.30, the sun is well up and the house begins to rise. Adults for a quick pre-breakfast dip, teenagers sleep off a long late night. This morning we lay the table on the terrace outside the drawing room overlooking a distant valley populated by miniature cows and tiny farmhouses. They look as it they have been sleeping in the sun for hundreds of years, as indeed they have.

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07 May 2021  |  Susan Hill  |  Holidays

Immerse yourself in rural Provence

Having travelled all over the World for work, there was something about Provence and the South of France which remained with the owner of Villa Coste Rousse. Since visiting the area several times on holiday as a child and which inspired her and her family to buy a second home in the unspoiled village of Callas deep in rural Provence. Callas with its narrow, cobbled streets, fountains (16 in total!) and charming shady square is perched high above the Gorges du Pennafort and the vineyards of Provence. Despite remaining almost unchanged for centuries, the village has a small grocery, an amazing boulangerie, a traditional tabac and four excellent restaurants. There's also a market every Saturday. All of which are within walking distance of Villa Coste Rousse. What better way to start the day than absorbing the wonderful views from the balcony, whilst tucking into freshly baked croissants?

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07 May 2021  |  Samantha Davis  |  Holidays

All year access to the Côte d'Azur

Always associated with summer holidays, think Côte d’Azur and you imagine (or remember!) long lazy days on the lounger by the pool or on the beach. Strolling on La Croisette before treating yourself to a stunning little something from rue d’Antibes, or enjoying a beautifully chilled rosé over a sumptuous lunch in one of the medieval hillside villages.

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06 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Houses For Sale

House For Sale in Occitanie, Languedoc

Here's a delightful, renovated, characterful, traditional wine-maker's house located in a medieval village amongst the Languedoc vineyards. Four bedrooms, large private pool and 35 minutes from Mediterranean beaches. Lovely family home with excellent record of holiday rentals.

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06 May 2021  |  Paul Haverkort  |  Holidays

An oasis of tranquility in Tarn-et-Garonne

Maison Montratier, completely refurbished in traditional architectural style, accommodates eight guests. Guests will enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious salon and 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a private swimming pool set in open countryside in Tarn-et-Garonne.


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