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Le Moulin de Terrac, what's in a name?

Le Moulin de Terrac, what's in a name?

Well in the Corrèze department of France, the letters 'ac' signify that the property had habitation in Roman times. So there was probably a mill there many centuries ago. There was certainly one there in the 14th century, when the bishop of Toulouse acquired it. At that time the mill pond extended to some 14ha! Read more...

Villa Esterel, a memory that will always stay with you

Villa Esterel, a memory that will always stay with you

Let me take you to a south facing hillside where generations have sat enjoying the spectacle of a medieval village with an incredibly beautiful castle, illuminated at night, perched on its resplendent peak with the tiny circles of medieval houses nestling below resembling a huge ochre petticoat tumbling down to the valley. To the right a further view down the valley which before the war grew flowers for the perfumery town of Grasse but now is laid to open fields. In spring one looks down on the rising wood smoke, the irises and white cherry blossom. If you are really fortunate in the early morning you may be privileged to witness cloud below you in the valley and the castle rising through - an unbelievably beautiful moment. Read more...

It is another glorious Malardier morning

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. Read more...

Château de Chenonceau spanning the River Cher in Loire Valley

Château de Chenonceau spanning the River Cher in Loire Valley

Explore the Loire Valley is 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. Read more...

Q & A with the owners of REF 24182 Le Manoir des Beaux Rèves

Q & A with the owners of REF 24182 Le Manoir des Beaux Rèves

Tell us a little bit about your property, how it started out and where you're based? In 2016 we decided to have a change of life after years working for companies, and try our own business. It has always been a dream of ours to have our own business, based in a beautiful part of the world, in the tourism industry. Read more...

Holiday homes with jacuzzis in France

Holiday homes with jacuzzis in France

Turn up the jacuzzi bubbles. A 'must have' at your French holiday home this summer is your very own private jacuzzi. Soak away the day on holiday in a warm bubbling jacuzzi. Read more...

Mas de Pitou, your home in Provence

Mas de Pitou, your home in Provence

Located in the heart of Provence, the land of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh – who spent a year in Saint-Rémy and left more than 100 paintings as testimony - this typical and charming home is situated in the most sought-after neighborhood of the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. A 20 minute walk along a roman canal will take you to excellent restaurants, shops and market where you'll find olives, fruits, vegetables and irresistible local delicacies. Read more...

Château de Najac, the Royal fortress of Najac

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. Read more...

Château du Pic with unparalleled views over the beautiful medieval village of Najac

Château du Pic with unparalleled views over the beautiful medieval village of Najac

Secluded on a hilltop giving unparalleled views over the beautiful medieval village of Najac, with its own heated pool in a secret garden, the attractions of the 19th century Château du Pic are obvious. Built in 1886 by the Najac born Rouquet brothers returning to the village having made their fortune in Paris, Château du Pic boasts the elegant proportions of the era combined with all the comforts of modern living. This truly elegant but comfortable home has been renovated to an extremely high standard whilst retaining its period features and is beautifully furnished; combining the luxury of the new with the stylishness of the past. Read more...

The idyllic Le Presbytère bids you a very warm welcome

The idyllic Le Presbytère bids you a very warm welcome

Built in manoir-style of the Perigord region, this gracious home offers everything you need for a perfect French vacation and is rich with local history. It was built along an ancient Roman road and once belonged to the diocese of Monflanquin and in the past the canon used to live here. The property dates back to the 17th century and the original grounds included both neighboring properties. Today, Le Presbytère sits on two hectares of landscaped grounds that include a romantic courtyard, an outdoor entertaining area, a pool with large pool house, and a well-established grove of fruit trees. Read more...

Great French golf holiday properties

Great French golf holiday properties

Holiday rental properties near golf courses in France. A selection of quality holiday villas either on, or close to golf courses in France. Read more...

A holiday château with a cool mix of traditional styles and contemporary chic

A holiday château with a cool mix of traditional styles and contemporary chic

Château Entre-Deux-Mers is the ideal holiday destination for anyone looking for peace and relaxation, gastronomy and culture, authenticity and modern comfort. The 18th century castle accommodating 12 people underwent full renovation and has been furnished with taste and abundant attention to detail. A cool mix of traditional style and contemporary chic. You immediately feel right at home! Read more...

Maison du Fesc, where the skies are often azure and the temperature balmy

Maison du Fesc, where the skies are often azure and the temperature balmy

In a small village on the D6 from Alès to Bagnols-sur-Cèze, lies our lovely house, which we've owned since 2007. With its private pool and barbecue area and even a jeu de boules area, locally known as petanque and a terrace, it is a wonderfully relaxing place. The skies are often azure and the temperature balmy as the mountain range just north of here keeps the clouds and the rain away. Read more...

Le Mondial du Vent in Leucate

Le Mondial du Vent in Leucate

Participate in Leucate's biggest water sports event of the calendar year. Between 20 - 25 April 2019 Leucate plays host to the annual Mondial du Vent windsurfing competition, kite surfing competition and stand up paddle competition. Read more...

The exotic gardens of Monaco

The exotic gardens of Monaco

Visit and explore the Exotic gardens in the world famous city of Monaco the summer. Visitors can walk along paths and up and down steps amongst the many exotic species of plants including cacti plants, admiring their colourful flowers. Read more...

Welcome to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, home to the Romans, Van Gogh and Nostradamus

Welcome to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, home to the Romans, Van Gogh and Nostradamus

The area is surrounded by many excellent vineyards as depicted by Peter Mayle and in the film 'A Good Year'. Saint-Rémy is home to the renowned Wednesday market and many wonderful restaurants. Its proximity to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nîmes, Arles, the Luberon and the Camargue will allow you to enjoy interesting day trips and make getting here simple due to the numerous excellent travel connections whether you wish to come by car, train or plane. Read more...

A handsome and imposing maison de maître

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. Read more...

Visit ancient Avignon

Visit ancient Avignon

An absolute gem of a city on the Rhône river in Provence. A charming city with a small-town feel and well worth visiting not only for its famous bridge, the Pont d'Avignon. Read more...

Albi in the Tarn

Albi in the Tarn

Albi a hidden gem in the Midi-Pyrénées. Tucked away in the Midi-Pyrénées region, the city of Albi may not be first on your list of cities to visit in France but it has much to offer the visitor, not least the stunning UNESCO listed brick cathedral. Read more...

Saint-Marcel caves

Saint-Marcel caves

Visit the gorges of the Ardèche this summer and decent into the Saint-Marcel caves situated near Bidon. Walk the 600m long circuit, in 14°c temperature, admiring the illuminated galleries, its eccentric formations, its fauna, flora, the caves huge cavens, basins and water pools. The location of the Saint-Marcel caves was discovered in 1836 by a hunter whose ferret fell into one of the cave's cavities. Today, 657 km of caves have been discovered. Read more...

Grimaldi, Grimaud and Joan Collins

Grimaldi, Grimaud and Joan Collins

Monaco's royal family - the famous Grimaldi clan used to have a little-known coastal area in the South of France named after them. Up until the end of the 19th century, the Gulf of Grimaldi lay between a small fishing town and a hilltop village with an 11th century church. And then things started to change. The coastal area was renamed 'The Gulf of Saint-Tropez'. Coco Chanel skipped off a yacht in 1923, Brigitte Bardot arrived on the scene in her controversial film in 1957. The legend of Saint-Tropez had begun. Read more...

Riverfront holiday properties in France

Riverfront holiday properties in France

Book a holiday property on a riverfront in France this summer and get up close to nature. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the French countryside and admire fish swimming along the river. Read more...

Beachfront holiday villa on the Côte d'Azur

Beachfront holiday villa on the Côte d'Azur

A Mediterranean seafront villa in Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur with garden steps leading to the sea. Holiday villa with Mediterranean garden with dining terraces offering uninterrupted, sea views. Read more...

Beachfront holiday villa in Biarritz

Beachfront holiday villa in Biarritz

An outstanding, highest quality, detached holiday beach villa with ocean views in Biarritz. Maison de la Grande Plage offers direct access to Atlantic beaches and walking distance to all amenities. Read more...

Highlights of the Charente-Maritime

Highlights of the Charente-Maritime

So much is on offer for holiday-maker in the Charente-Maritime, here are our highlights. Must sees are the bustling tourist-friendly coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan, the stunning Île de Ré as well as the deserted, untouched beaches of Île d’Oleron. Read more...