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Dream holidays in Rieux-Minervois

Loft du Vigneron

The property is perfectly located in Rieux-Minervois, a typical French village ideal for exploring the whole region of Minervois, with all amenities just 1 min walk away.

Featuring a pleasant garden with its large raised terrace, and a private swimming pool of 11m outside ideal to enjoy beautiful sunny summer days.

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Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

Maison Beauregard

La Maison Beauregard, a house rich in authenticity! A spacious and traditional garden. It is a large traditional property in the middle of large open countryside located in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne region. The house is South facing and is ideal to enjoy beautiful sunny days with your family.

Families where groups of friends can enjoy the spacious garden with the large terrace overlooking the 10m swimming pool and the outdoor kitchen.

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

Manoir Coteaux

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.

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

La Maison de Vence

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...

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

Villa Chambord with private pool

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.

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We found our holiday dream in Pézenas

Holiday home 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

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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.

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Domaine du Château is dedicated to the natural beauty of Burgundy

Domaine du Château

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.

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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.

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An oasis of tranquility in Tarn-et-Garonne

Maison Montratier

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.

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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.

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Spectacular Château Vivy de Saumur

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.

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Les Brugues and Le Chardon, something for everyone

Les Brugues and Le Chardon in the Dordogne

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!

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

Maison des Fleurs near Monflanquin

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.

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Le Cube Part 2

Living room in Le Cube

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.

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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.

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Le Dattier

Le Dattie, location, location, location

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.

You have to be very selective to find natural coastline and pretty beaches

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Half tumbled down, but the barn and sheds were restorable

Cherry Farmhouse

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.

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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.

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

Villa Valfère with private pool

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.

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Château de Mondenard and its chequered history

Château 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.

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Le Mas Gaugeac, so peaceful and what fabulous views

Le Mas Gaugeac

'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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Maison Lamonzie offers holiday makers a warm welcome

Maison Lamonzie in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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.

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

Château Vivy de Saumur in Pays de la Loire

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.

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

Maison Rose, 3 bedroom rental home in Occitanie

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!

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What's behind that door?

Renovation at Maison Tigre

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.

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Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube with private, heated pool

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.

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