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15 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Côte d'Azur

Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild who inherited from her father, Alphonse de Rothschild his immense fortune, purchased land overlooking the Bay of Villefranche and the Bay Beaulieu in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. In 1907 construction of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild began, managed by the chosen architect, Jacques-Marcel Auburtin.

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15 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Holidays, Pure France

Google My Business 5 star reviews

Pure France helps people find their perfect holiday accommodation. Read some of our My Google Business 5 star reviews. 5 STAR REVIEW Antony Straszewski Although we had to eventiually cancel our booking (having postponed it for a year first) all due to Covid, Pure France have been extremely helpful even arranging for the deposit to be repaid. Would definitely recommend for their professionalism and quick response to all communication.

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15 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO


The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Émilion is one of the most famous and prettiest wine-producing towns in the world. Lovely restaurants and wineries. The town is blessed with impressive Médiévale architecture, including an entire church carved out inside a hill.

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15 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France

The three reasons to rent a luxury villa in France

Want to please yourself? Find yourself with friends and family in a luxury villa in France? We have a large selection of villa rentals. For all tastes, all styles, depending on your destination... The villa of your dreams is for this summer! Many occasions deserve to be remembered. A birthday, a wedding or simply the desire to please yourself... and those around you. Be tempted by our beautiful luxury villas in France.

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14 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda

Featuring the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France, Sarlat-la-Canéda with its prosperity was a reflection of the privileged status it was granted in return for loyalty to the French Crown during the 100 years war.

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14 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France, Tourism

Holiday rental homes in Collioure

Collioure is a fantastic place for your holidays. It's a charming fishing village, very popular with tourists. With its medieval heritage, discover many traditional houses in bright colors that reference the summer and the Mediterranean. Beautiful harbour and great choice of lovely restaurants.

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13 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Palais Longchamp in Marseille

A monument set in a park in Marseille, the Palais Longchamp houses the Musée des beaux-arts and Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille. Close to the port of Marseille, the Palais Longchamp constructed 1862 and opened to the public 15 August 1869. It's notable gardens are recognised by the French Ministry of Culture.

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13 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château-des-Baux in Provence

Château-de-Baux has a long and rich history, dating back to the 10th century with early texts documenting the château original name as being Château Balcio and the residence of Lord Pons le Jeaune. In the 14th century the câateau became home to the Lord of Baux, who famously became known as 'the scourge of Provence', because he defied and rebelled the court of France and the pontifical power during his rein.

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château d'If in the Bay of Marseille

Located in the Bay of Marseille, 1,5km off shore lies the Island of If. The uninhabited island with its high ramparts has the 3 storey 16th century fortress, Château d'If at its centre. Tourists can visit the château, its courtyard and view its original prison, made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Cathédrale Saint-Front in Périgueux

In the heart of Périgueux, named after Saint-Front, the first bishop of Périgueux, Cathédrale Saint-Front is the only Romano-Byzantine architecture of its kind in the world. Since 1998, the cathedral has been classified at World Heritage and a historical monument since 1840.

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Pont du Gard in Occitanie

The UNESCO listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is sure to impress. Built in the 1st century AD and towering nearly 50m above the riverbed, this should be a firmly on your daytrip list when visiting the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. Built as part of a series of aqueducts supplying the then Roman city of Nîmes, the Pont du Gard is now a well deserved UNESCO world heritage listed site.

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11 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley

A unique 11th century medieval fortress with 1km of underground tunnels. Visit Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley and take a guided tour in the underground passageways, just 10 minutes from Saumur. With history dating back to the 11th century and having been completely transformed in the 16th and again in the 19th century, Château de Brézé now produces wine from the local vineyards.

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11 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon

Also known as the Pont d’Avignon, this famous medieval bridge was built over the Rhône river between Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and the town of Avignon in the 11th Century. Only four arches, the gatehouse and the Chapel of Saint Nicholas sitting on its second pier survived. They can be seen at the Avignon end.

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10 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Saumur in the Loire Valley

Visit the 11th century Château de Saumur which overlooks the lovely town of Saumur in the Loire Valley. Discover how the château has been a fortress, a prison and a residence for important local figures and complete you visit by exploring the museum that houses wonderful works of art.

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10 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Lérins Islands near Cannes

Take the 15 minutes or so boat trip from Mandelieu-La Napoule in Cannes, across to the two Lérins Islands. The larger of the two, Sainte-Marguerite island offers its visitors 22 kilometres of pathways to explore. On Sainte-Marguerite island is the Royal Fort, a prison that once imprisoned 'the man in the iron mask', made famous by novel written by the author Alexandre Dumas.

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09 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Sénanque Abbey near Gordes

Visit the Cistercian Abbaye, Sénanque Abbey, situated near the famous village of Gordes in Vaucluse, Provence, today managed by monks. Sénanque Abbey was founded in 1148 and features Romanesque architecture. Tourists can visit the Abbey church, walk under its cloister and explore the chapter house, once used to hold large meetings.

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09 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Beynac

Positioned 150 metres above the Dordogne River, Château de Beynac is a 12th century fortress situated near Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Périgord, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The castle state rooms once hosted King Richard I 'the Lion-Heart' of England, Simon de Montfort, leader of one of the crusades, the Lords of Beynac and the four baronneries of Périgord.

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08 April 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Holidays

The early bird that catches the worm

Jump in quick so you don't miss out. Some properties. They're fabulous. But you just can't book them because they’re always fully booked so far in advance. So here's a heads-up on some of our most popular properties that tend to attract reservations a year or so in advance. Jump in quick so you don't miss out!

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08 April 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Holidays

Villa holiday France

Villa holidays are not just about villas... There was a time when a villa holiday in France meant exactly that; self-catering accommodation in a modern villa. Now, the term 'Villa Holiday' encompasses a vast and diverse range of styles of fabulous holiday properties throughout all regions of France...

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08 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Najac, the Royal fortress of Najac

Situated 200 metres above the Aveyron River on top of a hill in Najac, Château de Najac also know as the 'Royal fortress of Najac' was built in 1253 by the inhabitants of the village. The castle's longest length is 40 metres, with 4 towers and one being square in shape.

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07 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

Explore the Loire Valley this summer and visit Château de Chenonceau which spans the River Cher. Château de Chenonceau was built between 1514 and 1522 on the foundations of a mill. Today it's structure spans across the River Cher in the Loire Valley.

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07 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism


The medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is perched 100m high above the Lot river in South-Western France. The village has paved pathways, Gothic façades and fortified gates and stone houses. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie was home to the famous poet, André Breton.

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07 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France

Ten things to do in lockdown

The news is in ... we are confined for 4 weeks. Whether you are alone or with your family, we have put together a list to help you spend your days better. We know how hard it is to be confined again ... But we have no choice, so we've put together a little list for you to help you pass the time faster.

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05 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO , Architecture


Albi a hidden gem in Midi-Pyrenees, nestled in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The city of Albi may not be first on your list of cities to visit in France, but it has a lot to offer the visitor, including the impressive UNESCO-listed brick cathedral.

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