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A traditional French house with a view on a beautiful medieval village

A traditional French house with a view on a beautiful medieval village

The village Monflanquin, just south of Bergerac, is a so-called bastide village, founded in the 13th century. After thorough renovations in the nineties, Monflanquin is now one of the most beautiful villages in France (Plus Beaux Village de France) with lovely shops, nice restaurants and beautiful characteristic buildings. Since 1256, there is a market on the main square, every Thursday morning and in July and August there are evening (food) markets also on Thursday. Read more...

Le Cube Part 2

Le Cube Part 2

Pure France’s visitors to Le Cube often choose the property because of its unique design in such an extraordinary location. Once inside, though, their attention shifts to the owner’s collection of contemporary art. The downstairs bedrooms feature original paintings by James Hull – an artist who, though heavily influenced by the St Ives school in the UK also worked in France toward the end of his life. In the main living space and kitchen there is steel sculpture and also paintings by local artists Dottie Bart and Peter Evans, a photo-realist painter based in nearby Verteillac. Read more...

Experience 'la vie de château' in a large family friendly, house

Experience 'la vie de château' in a large family friendly, house

Discover Languedoc wine making region. The house has been in our family since 1816. After we took it over in 2012, our project was to make it our perfect holiday retreat. We wanted to find the ideal combination between the charm of an old château-like house and modern comfort. Read more...

Manor House Reimagined for the Discerning Traveller

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. The allure of a traditional French manor house, but with an emphasis on discreet quality and modern creature comforts - cotton sheets, excellent mattresses and luxury bathrooms all ensure this is more than an exceptional home from home. Read more...

Two delightful holiday gîtes in the Loire Valley

Two delightful holiday gîtes in the Loire Valley

In the Loire Valley, in the midst of the many high quality vineyards of the Anjou, Saumur and Touraine appellations, is Pavillon du Jardin and La Maison de la Plaine. Here, in one of our delightful gîtes, you can loose track of time and unwind after the bustle of everyday life. Read more...

Le Dattier

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. Read more...

Half tumbled down, but the barn and sheds were restorable

Half tumbled down, but the barn and sheds were restorable

The Cherry farmhouse started life as a barn and animal sheds in the early 18th century, together with a small Fermette (cottage) and prune drier. When bought by its present owner in 1992, the Fermette was half tumbled down, but the barn and sheds were restorable. Read more...

Mas Saint-Martial and a Pigeonnier tower

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. Read more...

Discover why Villa Valfère is the best place to experience all that Saint-Tropez has to offer

Discover why Villa Valfère is the best place to experience all that Saint-Tropez has to offer

Villa Valfère is located in the countryside of Saint-Tropez, near the beaches of des Salins and des Canoubiers. With 6 bedrooms, a large garden and swimming pool, the house comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests in a décor dedicated to Saint-Tropez famous movies and Brigitte Bardot. You can enjoy the Provençal market every Tuesday and Saturday. Read more...

Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Spring is springing, well it is trying to at least! We go from shorts to jumpers within the day here at the moment! One moment we were barbecuing on the beach, basking in the sunshine, then the following day, wrapping up in winter layers and lighting the fires! This jumping around of the temperature not only confuses us but the vegetables too that are trying hard to grow despite the stop / start weather! Read more...

Château de Mondenard and its chequered history

Château de Mondenard and its chequered history

Nestled in the 'Pays de Serres' of the Tarn and Garrone in South-West France with almost 360 degree views over unspoilt farmland and forests, Château de Mondenard has sat on a spur overlooking the Barguelonne valley for over a thousand years. The château has had a chequered history. In 1214 it was completely razed by the forces of Simon de Montfort, who led the crusade against the Cathars of south-west France. The château was rebuilt in 1234 and the base of the surviving tower dates from this period. It suffered further depredations and modifications throughout the 100 Years War, and the religious wars of the 16th century. Read more...

Le Mas Gaugeac, so peaceful and what fabulous views

Le Mas Gaugeac, so peaceful and what fabulous views

'It is so peaceful and what fabulous views!' is normally one of the first statements made by visitors to Le Mas Gaugeac. Standing proud of the surrounding countryside, this ancient 'domaine' is surrounded by 40 hectares of fields and woodland. Read more...

Holiday cottages in Dordogne and South-West France

Holiday cottages in Dordogne and South-West France

Pure France offers a selection of traditional Dordogne holiday cottages with private swimming pools. French cottages Read more...

A stunning sea view on the Côte d’Azur

A stunning sea view on the Côte d’Azur

Our family home is available to rent all year round, it has the most stunning sea views from both behind and in front of the house and many people say it's one of the best on the Côte d’Azur. The saline infinity pool is very special, it looks onto the bay of Cannes, the islands and all the way up the Cap d'Antibes. Read more...

The view of the Pyrenees from Maison La Fontaine

The view of the Pyrenees from Maison La Fontaine

The principal reason for buying La Fontaine was the view of the Pyrenees from our south-facing terrace and after some 15 years of ownership we never tire of it. A bonus is that on the other side of the village there is another splendid view - of the Black Mountains. We have a magnificent mountain panorama including some 90 visible named summits... Read more...

Love at first sight, Maison de Saint Jean

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. So as a birthday present to my husband, feeling we'd never get down to it otherwise, I set up a long weekend house-hunting in France. As it was, his birthday dinner on the first night proved fateful; our search for a dream holiday home in France had barely started when it was all done and dusted. We got word that a very special property was just about to come on the market, took a look, had a conversation and job done, our love affair with Maison de Saint Jean and had begun. Read more...

Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, famous for its magnificent interiors

Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, famous for its magnificent interiors

The history of Château Cheverny begins with its first owner, Henry Le Mareschau in 1315. The de Vibraye family today the current owners of the chateau, attractions many thousands of visitors each year who admire its magnificent interiors with its collections of furniture and tapestries and many famous painting on display. Read more...

Maison Lamonzie offers holiday makers a warm welcome

Maison Lamonzie offers holiday makers a warm welcome

This rural house dating back to the 17th century is entirely part of the Frais Vallon property. The farmer working on the domaine and his family used to live in the house until recent times. The last renovations in the house were undertaken to install modern day comforts while preserving authentic features of the building: its large stone fireplace, its oak beams as well as its cobblestone flooring (with river pebbles). These features are typical of rural buildings in Périgord but this quality and these dimensions are rare for a house of that size. The cobblestone floor, usually used to cover one-level buildings floors (the church of Lamonzie-Montastruc), it is very unusual for first floors except for some castles (château de Montastruc) because of its weight. Read more...

Château Vivy de Saumur, set in France's famous wine region

Château Vivy de Saumur, set in France's famous wine region

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...

Beautifully restored 18th century hilltop farmhouse in Montaigu-de-Quercy

Beautifully restored 18th century hilltop farmhouse in Montaigu-de-Quercy

Set on a secluded four-acre hilltop in complete privacy, Maison Couyssels is surrounded by forests, farms and orchards, with a panoramic view of the surrounding Quercy countryside. The farmhouse, built in 1700, and adjacent 'barn' have been exquisitely restored to an intimate cottage atmosphere. Everything is made from the characteristic white Quercy stone, taken from the property's own quarry, and great care has been taken to maintain the farmhouse feel to the property with its exposed beams and antique furnishings. Read more...

Vacation châteaux in Dordogne and South-West France

Vacation châteaux in Dordogne and South-West France

Pure France offers a selection of traditional Dordogne holiday châteaux with private swimming pools. French châteaux Read more...

We spent many years looking for our dream French house, a home away from home

We spent many years looking for our dream French house, a home away from home

We could see it clearly; it would be a stone cottage in an idyllic rural setting. With the benefit of the experience of renting vacation houses over many years in different parts of France, we found we were gradually tweaking our requirements for the French house. We soon realised that, being practical, the house we were looking for had to be within easy walking distance of a town with restaurants, bars, cultural attractions and of course La Boulangerie, for the morning baguette! Read more...

Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube is a stunning contemporary house in the medieval hill village of Lusignac – a few kilometres from both the market town of Riberac and Auberterre, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. The house is on the edge of a chalk escarpment and from the garden the land falls away to the East which affords amazing views over hundreds of hectares of surrounding countryside. A forest of mature oak trees borders the garden and both the woodland and countryside are home to a wide variety of birdlife and insects. Last year a visitor to the house recorded an astonishing thirty five species of butterfly around the house. Read more...

What's behind that door?

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.' And, as the pictures show, that’s exactly what it was. Read more...

Dordogne renovated farmhouse

Dordogne renovated farmhouse

Escape to France this summer and stay in a traditional farmhouse in the Dordogne. Beautifully restored traditional farmhouse in Dordogne set in 1.5 acres with private, heated pool. 10 minutes from Monpazier with market, shops and restaurants. Read more...