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All year access to the Côte d'Azur

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. But did you know you can enjoy all this and more throughout the year? Read more...

Immerse yourself in rural Provence

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? Read more...

Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

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. Read more...

The artist, Achille Laugé 1861-1944

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. Paysage de la Gardie Read more...

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

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. Perched at 325 m, it is noted for its amazing views of the hills that surround the area. From the outside, the village has a very unspoiled and traditional character and it makes for the perfect setting to visit and enjoy rural Southern Mediterranean France at its best. Read more...

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As the summer approaches so does our excitement...

We are really looking forward to our trip, and as the summer approaches so does our excitement. We have stayed with Pure France many times and honestly I cannot praise your organisation or the standard of the accommodations highly enough.

Dream holidays in Rieux-Minervois

Dream holidays in Rieux-Minervois

Do not hesitate to book your rental in the sun from 1st June and benefit from a 15% discount. Don’t wait any longer, this is the last week available for summer 2019! A satisfied customer… Read more...

Promotional offer for "Manoir Coteaux" in the pays de la Loire!

Promotional offer for "Manoir Coteaux" in the pays de la Loire!

An offer not to be missed… Do not wait to book your summer holidays and benefit from a promotional offer not to miss in the beautiful "Manoir Coteaux" located in the Pays de la Loire. You can enjoy 3 free nights from June 26 to 29 if you book your vacation week from June 29 to July 6, 2019, or 15% discount on reservations in the months of May and June. Read more...

Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

"La Maison Beauregard", a house rich in authenticity! A spacious and traditional garden... Read more...

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That extra bit further to be helpful...

This just shows why we've been using Pure France for so many years - you always go that extra bit further to be helpful!

Today, Vence has 18,600 residents, but once upon a time...

Today, Vence has 18,600 residents, but once upon a time...

In the iron age, the Baou of Vence had a different kind of resident, fiercely ruled by local tribes it was a guarded place until conquered by Augustus, Founder of the Roman Empire when it became part of the Alpes-Maritimes. A rare contemporary and fully renovated villa... Read more...

Charming retreat with a private woodland in the gorgeous French Loire Valley!

Charming retreat with a private woodland in the gorgeous French Loire Valley!

Villa Chambord is full of history as it was built in the late 1970's by André Gaston Honorary Architect from 'Bâtiment de France' who was in charge of the renovation and restoration of the castle of Chambord. Beautiful contemporary villa set in a large plot in the middle of a forest, in prime Loire châteaux country (close to Château Chambord, Château Cheverny, Château Beauregard and Château Blois). It's perfectly located to explore all the area and do wine tasting, bike rides along the Loire River, hot air balloon flights, golf, visit Beauval ZooParc and MaxVauché's chocolate factory. Read more...

We found our holiday dream in Pézenas

We found our holiday dream in Pézenas

When we found Pézenas all our dreams of living in the South of France came together, unusually it had everything we wanted beauty, history, culture, lots of different places to eat and a really thriving vibe! A stunning medieval town surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards Read more...

Heated pools in France

Heated pools in France

Turn the heat up to the max this summer in France whilst you relax in your very own heated swimming pool. Pure France offers a wide range of holiday properties with private heated swimming pools of all shapes and sizes, all inviting you take a dip, make a splash and relax. Read more...

The Carnival of Nice

The Carnival of Nice

Check out Nice between the 16th February and 2nd March 2019 and join in the atmosphere of the Nice carnival. Experience flower parades during the day and parades of lights during the evenings. Be part of the street theatres and listen to music groups performing throughout the event. Read more...

The Fête de Citron

The Fête de Citron

Visit Menton in Cote d'Azur this Spring between 16th February and 3rd March and experience for two weeks, oranges and lemons as they take over the city for the 68th Fête de Citron. Watch as parades of fruit-covered floats by day night and 10 metre high statues and models made from citrus in the Biovès Gardens. Read more...

Fabulous rental home with the best views ever

Fabulous rental home with the best views ever

A stunning view, as the sun sets, you can feel tension ebbing away... now with 10% discount in July and August 2019. Read more...

Our amazing French country find

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. Read more...

An escape from the rat race

An escape from the rat race

Having spent 20 years holidaying in the Languedoc-Roussillon, the owner / architect bought this abandoned hamlet in 2003. With panoramic views of the Pyrenees – "where the sky comes down to your ankles" - it represented an ideal opportunity to create their own escape from the rat race in London. The main house has been rebuilt to provide a beautiful open plan ground floor area with a central fireplace. The original bergerie has been converted into a magnificent high ceilinged kitchen. Upstairs, beneath high beams, are three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Read more...

Domaine du Château is dedicated to the natural beauty of Burgundy

Domaine du Château is dedicated to the natural beauty of Burgundy

The Domaine du Château sits among Burgundy vines in a peaceful vale to the south of Beaune. Since the late 1600's, the locals have called it the 'château', and while there were indeed Lords of Domaine du Château, the property was always more a baronial farm than a residence. It was, in fact, the winery for these local lords, as the surrounding vineyards, vast vaulted cellars and the imposing wine press in the dining hall attest. Today, Domaine du Château is a luxury manor house complex dedicated to the enjoyment of the food, the wine and the natural beauty of Burgundy. With six en-suite rooms in a compound around a courtyard within the acres of a walled park, the Domaine du Château offers modern comfort and quiet sophistication in a tranquil setting from a bygone time. Read more...

An oasis of tranquility in Tarn-et-Garonne

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. Read more...

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Manoir de Saux, A Long History

Manoir de Saux, A Long History

Manoir de Saux has been around for a long time. Just how long is difficult to know. It stands directly on the area's white limestone bedrock, while a superficial survey of its structure suggests that in its time, it has been at least three dwellings. Interestingly, there is no trace of the well or natural cistern that must have supplied water to the house. Read more...

Spectacular Château Vivy de Saumur

Spectacular Château Vivy de Saumur

The most central of France's wine regions, the Pays de la Loire arcs South-West of Paris and encompasses several departments, including Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Mayenne, Sarthe and Maine-et-Loire. The region's prime vineyards and wine châteaux are scattered close to the Loire, France's longest river, most within striking distance of the towns of Nantes, Angers, Saumur and Tours. Read more...

Les Brugues and Le Chardon, something for everyone

Les Brugues and Le Chardon, something for everyone

Frank and Julie Mosley, with over 15 years experience in helping their guests enjoy memorable holidays, now have something to suit everyone. Their original property, Les Brugues, is a 300 year old Périgordine farmhouse, fully restored to charm holidaymakers year after year. Many families have become firm friends returning again and again and Les Brugues’ delightful oval pool is the place where many of their children will remember learning to swim! Read more...