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Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley

Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley

Château de Chenonceau was built between 1519 and 1547. Upon completion the then wealthy owner, Pierre Nepveu played host to Emperor Charles V. The château offers visitors unique French Renaissance architecture. During the Second World War, works of art on display at the Louvre in Paris were moved and stored at Château de Chambord. Read more...

Discover how a dream came true at Château Perpezac

Discover how a dream came true at Château Perpezac

Tradition tells that, at the end of the 18th century, Colonel (Gustave) Adolphe Gerhardt (1824-1915) and his troops were travelling through the Corrèze. They also passed the region of L'Yssandonnais including Perpezac-le-Blanc. He was instantly impressed by the beauty of the scenery and had is troops encamp for months in-between Brignac-la-Plaine and Yssandon, up against the sloping hills of Le Bois Noir. On June 29, 1867, at the age of 43, he married 21-year-younger Blanche Cecile Green de Saint-Marsault, who lived at Château du Puy on the hills of Perpezac-le-Blanc. Read more...

We found our home in Faugères

We found our home in Faugères

We bought our first house in the village of Faugères some fifteen years ago. We soon realised that it was not quite what we wanted. So during our visits over the next four years we looked at many other houses in many other villages, now with a much clearer idea of what we wanted. And we found it... in Faugères! Decent sized house, a good size pool and totally private and tranquil... Read more...

A French holiday villa in Cap d'Antibes

A French holiday villa in Cap d'Antibes

Discover a superb villa with private pool and tennis court. Looking for a family holiday in Cap d'Antibes check out Villa Étoile du Cap in Provence, Côte d'Azur. Read more...

Dordogne, a jewel in the crown

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. It was like a jewel in the crown... Read more...

Holiday farmhouses in Dordogne and South-West France

Holiday farmhouses in Dordogne and South-West France

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

We saw the house that afternoon and knew immediately it was for us

We saw the house that afternoon and knew immediately it was for us

After several years holidaying in France we looked for a home in several regions, finally settling on the Côte d’Azur where we saw over 40 houses, none of which met our demanding requirements until, in 1999, flying back to London after another fruitless trip, Sarah, my wife, flicked through an inflight magazine and said, 'That's it'. There is an intangible feeling, like love, when you realise something is right... Read more...

Tales from the Riverbank part 5

Tales from the Riverbank part 5

Pure France launched Bonnes Vacances just last year but already it has proved incredibly popular. Guests have been enjoying its tranquil, riverside location as well as its stunning design and interior decoration. Visitors have also been telling us how much they've enjoyed being part of the Bonnes village community. As well as the historic water mill which hosts environmental trails and exhibitions, over the past year villagers have redeveloped the old school into a thriving cultural centre. Art exhibitions are staged there throughout the year, along with classical musical concerts and other community events supported by the local baker, pizzeria and bar/restaurant. There is also a programme of talks (in English and French) on a variety of subjects including the Compostela pilgrimage trail which runs through the village. Read more...

Visit family-friendly Île d'Oléron

Visit family-friendly Île d'Oléron

Oléron is France’s second largest island and revels in its laid back attitude. Here's why you should add the island of Île d'Oléron to you list of places to visit in France... Read more...

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

Q and 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 April - 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...