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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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05 May 2021  |  Tim Robinson  |  Holidays

Seize the Moment in the Midi-Pyrénées

100 year old barn gets a modern makeover in the Midi-Pyrénées. The owner of Maison de Saint Jean shares how she discovered this wonderful 100 year old barn and restored it to a stunning and contemporary space, now a 4 bed holiday rental home in the Midi-Pyrénées with heated swimming pool.

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05 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Holidays

Lagrasse, in the heart of the Corbières

Lagrasse is considered among the list of the most beautiful villages in France, with its ancient ramparts, its bridge, its abbey, and the Notre Dame du Carla chapel... We set off to explore this pretty village, an architectural gem from medieval times, located in the heart of Corbières, Occitanie.

04 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Le Suquet

Cannes is known for its beaches, glitzy shopping and of the course the annual film festival. But behind all the glamour lies the tiny town of Le Suquet, where it all started. Le Suquet, situated on the hilltop overlooking Cannes and the bay, is a warren of tiny streets and alleyways with the lovely, colourful old fishermen's houses.

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04 May 2021  |  Nicki Bray  |  Pure France

When in France, holiday like the Romans!

The Languedoc region in the South of France is renowned not only for its Cathar castles, but also for its Roman history and antiquities left behind from an occupation stretching over 500 years. Today's visitor can still enjoy the sights of magnificent amphitheatres in Nîmes and Arles, the Pont-du-Gard aqueduct and remnants of the Via Domita, a Roman super highway connecting Rome right through to Spain.

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04 May 2021  |  Thierry Neveux  |  Holidays

A 200 year-old Provençal Bastide

Nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale just outside one of the most 'beautiful villages in France'. It includes a private pool, kid-friendly bedrooms and a setting to fall in love with. Bordered on one side by a gentle mountain stream, with small cascades and rock-pools, and on the other by gradually sloping rock terraces covered in aromatic herbs and olive trees, this rare property has been stylishly renovated and is exceptional both inside and out.

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03 May 2021  |  Caterina Krucker  |  Holidays

A rental in the Périgord Noir that has it all

It's not just the rental, although it is a gorgeous, restored cottage in the Périgord Noir set within the peaceful grounds of a small 17th century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for a nearby château. Both cottage and manor are constructed in the local golden limestone with traditional stoned-tiled 'lauze' roofs and stone window surrounds, typical of the old local architecture. It is set in spacious, leafy grounds with areas for outdoor dining, a very large, private swimming pool and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside.

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03 May 2021  |  John Lewis  |  Holidays

How we fell in love with Mas Saint-Cernin

For years we had dreamed of giving up our hectic lives in the UK and running gîtes in France. Holidays were spent in various areas of France trying to decide where it would be best to start our new life. In 2010 we found what could be our ideal new home and gîtes near Castres in the Languedoc region in South-West France. To make sure we booked a weeks holiday to enable us to get to know the gîtes and the area.

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03 May 2021  |  Mark Lincoln  |  Holidays

16th century restored country home in Lot-et-Garonne

This half timbered house, dating from the 16th century, appears on the French Cassini map, the first general map of the Kingdom of France. After the décimation of the population during the 100 years war between the French and English in the 16th century, migration from the West of France and the Haute Auvergne / Quercy was encouraged, bringing this unique style of house building to the Agen region.

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03 May 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Matisse Museum in Nice

While on vacation on the Côte d'Azur, Pure France suggests that you visit the Matisse museum in Nice. Henri Matisse, a French painter resided in Nice and died there. From fauvism to his cut-out paper collages, discover this genius artist. Andy Warhol declared in 1956 "I want to be Matisse".

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02 May 2021  |  Tim Robinson  |  Holidays

Love at first sight, Maison de Saint Jean

Love at first sight, yes it's real – or it was for my husband and I… Truly, we went out for dinner and came back having bought a house. We'd always fancied trying to afford a second home, somewhere to escape to with a kinder climate but otherwise all the benefits of home, no compromise.

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02 May 2021  |  Richard Sinnerton  |  Holidays

What's behind that door?

What's behind that door, we asked the owner of what eventually became Maison Tigre, looking at a small, badly fitted wooden door at the end of the hallway. We knew there was some sort of building next to the main house but had no idea what it was or what state it was in. 'Oh you can’t go in there,' she said 'it's far too dangerous! It used to be the village cobblers but the roof and floors have collapsed and it's just a pile of rubble.'

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01 May 2021  |  Simon Phillips  |  Holidays

Our amazing French country find

After a wet, rainy, miserable English summer, we made a last minute booking in sunny south west France. A secluded farmhouse set in the countryside with a private pool; just what we were after. So, we took the ferry and, with a box of CDs, headed off through the French countryside. Little did we know we were heading towards the house of our dreams.

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30 April 2021  |  Joseph Batchelor  |  Holidays

Home away from home in France

How to make your holiday rental house a home. Make the most of your self catering family holiday house by making it feel like a home away from home. The owner of Château Monjardin in the Loire Valley describes how you can make your holiday house feel more like a home for your family during your stay. Add fresh flowers, cook using local produce and make the space your own.

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30 April 2021  |  Susan Durst  |  Holidays

Dordogne, a jewel in the crown

The first time we saw Le Saint-Martin, it was from the air – courtesy of a pilot friend of ours. Our family had lived in Paris for many years, and it was our first trip to the Dordogne. We had already fallen in love with the sheer beauty of Southern Périgord – the gently rolling hills, the lush vineyards, the fairy-tale castles steeped in history and the unspoilt Bastide villages.

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29 April 2021  |  David Ham  |  Holidays

Le Dattier

Location, location, location, the estate agents are always right and location is absolutely critical! The 'Côte d'Azur', that supposedly perfect sun-drenched coastline, is not what it was 50 years ago: it's overbuilt with concrete and empty beaches are almost impossible to find.


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