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Popular holiday rental amenities in France
The above selection of filters will help you find the ideal accommodation in France. Our data shows that TVs and internet are the most frequently provided features in France. Plan your holidays in advance if you want a rental with a jacuzzi or you love sweating the stress away in saunas. There are only 21,204 listed properties with hot tubs and 31,094 lettings including saunas.
Price and Availability Index for France
Holiday Letting Price Information in France
The price graph will give you the nightly price average for the upcoming months. Prices rise in January and reach an average of £110 a night (07/01 - 14/01), making it the most expensive time to book a rental in the next 12 months. France is cheaper during one week in October (01/10 - 08/10), when prices are on average £70 a night.
Holiday Home Availability Information in France
The graph shows the weekly availability rate in France for the next twelve months. The week with the highest booking rate in the next 6 months is in January (14/01 - 21/01), when 93% of the holiday lettings are booked. It is easier to find a rental during one week of April (02/04 - 09/04), when only 35% of the holiday lettings on offer are booked.
Holiday lettings in France: A gateway to culture and natural beauty
France is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and for good reason. This country offers everything you could want from a holiday, including rich history, world-class cities, beautiful vineyards, beaches and mountains. It boasts the most romantic capital in the world, charming countryside villages, and beautiful beaches – the country really has it all. However, most of all, France is known for its rich and diverse cuisine, with cheeses, bread, wine, and champagne.
With a holiday cottage in France, you’ll be able to explore the great sights of this European giant at your leisure, while also soaking up the joie de vivre that defines the laid-back yet sophisticated French lifestyle.
Weather in France: Different climates
The weather really depends on where you book your holiday letting in France. If you’re in the south then you can expect hot summers and mild winters; in the north, you’ll get warm summers and chilly winters. Near the Alps you’ll be at the mercy of the mountains, which usually means snowy winters - perfect for skiing - and warm summers.
If you’re heading to the north, you’d be advised to take an umbrella with you. But don’t despair – a rainy stroll down the Paris Left Bank is just about one of the most idyllic scenes the country has to offer.
France's top sights
It’s impossible to do justice to the magnificence of France in just a few paragraphs. This is a country with many superb attractions and a broad range of different landscapes. The best advice is to base yourself at a comfortable holiday letting, then explore as much as possible from there.
Paris is the number one French destination. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Left Bank are all magnificent, must-visit sights, but the real joy is simply in strolling the streets and soaking up the atmosphere. Grab a coffee at one of the curbside cafés, relax and watch the world go by.
The French Riviera is another stunning part of the country, with plenty of holiday villas available to rent. This area, once a seasonal retreat for the rich and famous, has retained all of its character and charm. Côte d'Azur is a laid-back oasis with world-class amenities and exciting cities. Spend some time in Saint-Tropez or the beaches of Antibes, or get ritzy in Monaco.
Take a brief drive away from the major holiday hotspots and you’ll be in what locals might term “the real France”. The landscape is beautiful in itself, and the scattered villages and towns are charming. Rent a holiday cottage in the peaceful countryside, or load up the car with supplies and take a tour.
Family holidays in France
Whether it's skiing, frolicking in the sand right outside of your holiday villa, enjoying the sun at a peaceful French country cottage, or watching the flamingos overhead as you enjoy a canal cruise, France has something for every family.
Noirmoutier Associated by the French with a carefree seaside holiday, Noirmoutier allows you and your family to indulge in simple seaside activities, like digging for clams and riding the wild surf.
French Alps A ski trip fun for beginners and veterans alike is perfect for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Head back to your holiday cottage afterwards for hot chocolate.
Boating in South France The Southern scenery makes life on the water so serene. Make sure the family catches the sun as it dips into the horizon.
What part of France to visit
With diverse landscapes, cultures and cuisines, France offers something for everyone. On your next holiday, you can choose from its relaxed South coastline's stunning beaches, the country's buzzing cities, or island life.
Paris No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, originally built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle. The 324-metre tower has since become a national symbol and attracts millions of visitors every year. Take the lift or walk up the stairs to the second floor to see the whole city. The third level is home to Alain Ducasse's Bar à Champagne, perfect for a romantic afternoon in the city of love.
South of France Known for its beautiful beaches, the South of France has a relaxed atmosphere ideal for young families looking to spend quality time soaking up the sun and walking amid the Calanques. The South is home to many culinary specialities worth trying, such as Marseille's fish soup, bouillabaisse. Staying at a holiday cottage on the French Rivera puts you close to the charming architecture and joie-de-vivre that have inspired local artists over the centuries.
Corsica The mountainous island of Corsica is a mix of coastal towns and dense forests nestled on clifftops. Head to this little paradise to discover its pristine beaches and hiking trails. When you're staying in a holiday villa here, make sure to ask the friendly locals for dining recommendations.
The best annual events in France
France hosts some of the leading annual events in a number of fields. For starters, there’s the internationally famous Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Tour de France, all of which have buzzing atmospheres.
There is also Bastille Day, the national day of celebration, which takes place on 14th July and is marked by fireworks and a carnival atmosphere. Also worth visiting is the Fete de la Musique, an annual event celebrating the very best of, well, music.
Of course, France is a highly cultural country, and there are myriad events taking place throughout the year. Whatever time you book a holiday letting in France, there will undoubtedly be some interesting events taking place nearby.
Self-catering in your France holiday letting
A holiday cottage in France will allow you to sink into the authentic French way of life. Whether it’s sourced from a local supermarket or a farmers' market, the quality of food across the country is simply staggering.
If you’re in the south of the country, buy some cheese, red wine and high-quality ingredients to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine around one of our France. In Paris, you’ll be visiting the nearest bakery to your holiday letting for croissants and pain (bread) - a typically French start to the day.
Family Beach Holidays in France
With miles of brilliant beaches and gorgeous seaside resorts, France is one of Europe's premier summer holiday destinations. Calanque d’en Vau Beach in Cassis is one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of France. The landscape is characterized by rocks and shimmering sandy shores, ideal for beachside walks with the whole family.
Located in south-eastern France, the portion of the Mediterranean coast knows as the French Riviera is the ultimate luxury beach holiday destination. Spectacular beach resorts like Cannes and Saint-Tropez are great for lounging in the sun and spotting celebrities. Explore the medieval hilltop village of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin or admire the magnificent gardens at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with your family.
With its stunning sandy beaches and breathtaking natural vistas, the elegant beach resort of Biarritz attracts families from across the globe. The Grande Plage is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Biarritz. Take a leisurely walk along the promenade or enjoy a meal at one of the beach front cafes and restaurants.
The Cap d'Antibes is another popular beach, featuring numerous sandy beaches. Nestled on the Garoupe Bay, the beautiful Plage de la Garoupe is family-friendly beach with all the useful amenities, including showers and restrooms. Finally, Juan-les-Pins beach offers water activities like scuba diving and parasailing.
HomeToGo wants to bring some of the French sights, sounds, and feelings into your home. Treat yourself to a three-day weekend in France, complete with delicious recipes, romantic music, virtual experiences, and plenty more.
Museums, Castles and Delicious Food: Vacations in France from Home
France is a cultural hub, full of wonderful architecture, food, art, history and more. For those who are still dreaming to go there, you can bake your own baguette, enjoy Breton pancakes, sing the most beautiful French songs and visit the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower from your sofa.
Preparing for the trip
It’s always important to read up on your destination before you go, even if it’s a virtual trip. What books and songs transport you to the far corners of France? What are some interesting or fun French traditions? HomeToGo offers you some advice to prepare your trip in the best way possible!
Books to read before leaving
Letters from My Windmill by Alphonse Daudet - In this collection of 24 tales and short stories, Daudet tells the story of his Provence, from an abandoned mill that he acquired and from which he observes and listens to the stories of the surrounding area. A timeless classic that will make the cicadas of your imagination sing.
Paris is a Celebration by Ernest Hemingway - The story of an expatriate in Paris before the Second World War. At a time when the free and creative atmosphere of Paris made the French capital the center of the world. A classic in which the City of Light bewitches you with its beauty and romanticism.
You have just arrived at your vacation home in France. Get into the mood by listening to some famous Franco-songs or familiarize yourself with the classics of French chanson with the voices of Charles Aznavour, Édith Piaf, Yves Montand and so many other French musical talents.
When preparing your meal, don’t forget that a French-style meal consists of a starter, a main course followed by cheese and a dessert. Start, for example, with a quiche lorraine, follow with a traditional ratatouille, then serve the cheese(s) of your choice with a salad and finish with a homemade crème brûlée. A menu that should take up a good part of your evening.
Saturday: start the weekend off on the right foot
Take the time to wake up after a well-deserved sleep in the morning: you're on holiday after all!
On the French breakfast menu: the traditional croissant, jam, butter, coffee, and a freshly baked baguette. If you have a few hours ahead of you, you can even start preparing a homemade baguette!
While you're having breakfast, decide which visits you want to make this weekend. Will you visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Since 1775, some of the greatest masterpieces have been laid to rest in this extraordinary castle. Admire Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower or visit Claude Monet's house. The morning is coming to an end and your belly is starting to rumble: it's time for lunch.
An Afternoon in the French Countryside
For lunch, let's get out of the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and head to Brittany - a beautiful peninsula region in the north of France. Breton pancakes are one of the favorite dishes of the French and you don't need to be an ace in the kitchen to have success with the recipe. Get the kids involved and add the ingredients you want as you wish. What is most important, is getting together as a family to enjoy the meal and taking the time to chat without watching the hours go by.
Once the meal is over, head back to the Dordogne to visit the caves of Lascaux, the 19,000 year old treasure of mankind that is worth a look. Nothing better for digestion than a virtual visit to the heart of prehistory.
Time for an aperitif?
If there's one tradition that can't be ignored in France, it's the aperitif - a drink before dinner. Some will tell you that it is always time for the aperitif but it is reasonable to start this activity between 6 and 9 pm. Help yourself to a glass of Pastis, Martini, beer or any other alcohol you have on hand while nibbling on some peanuts.
After the meal is over, how about watching a movie? HomeToGo has selected a few films that will make you feel surrounded by the local culture.
Films for a French evening
Ratatouille: Pixar has succeeded in creating one of the most beautiful representations of Paris and French gastronomic culture. With Ratatouille, accompany Rémy, the young rat who dreams of cooking, in his wild adventures. A feature film that will make your mouth water.
Amélie: Immerse yourself in the heart of Montmartre with the bewitching Audrey Tautou. This romantic comedy and its heroine with her boundless imagination will put a smile on your face while Tiersen's music will transport you to new horizons.
Midnight in Paris: This feature-length film by Woody Allen is ideal for those wishing to change times for an evening. The magic of the capital beautifully transforms both the characters and the spectators.
A relaxing Sunday morning
The last hours of your virtual weekend have arrived. What could be better than watching the sea from your balcony while enjoying the sun, savoring your coffee, and possibly finishing the books you started before the trip. Take the time to relax by listening to your favorite songs and thinking about all the activities that made your getaway special.
Latest travel information
We hope you enjoyed the trip and the different experiences. Perhaps you are now dreaming of a seaside walk on the French Riviera or delicious meals in a Parisian gourmet restaurant? Find out about the latest updates while you wait for the time to travel again.
Your Wish List
The fact that you are confined for the moment does not prevent you from dreaming of your next escapade in France. Take a look at our vacation rentals in France, find the ones that suit you and then save it to your wishlist to be ready to book as soon as it is safe to travel again. For now stay at home, #StayHomeToGo!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a holiday home in France?
Prices for holiday accommodation in France start at £39 per night.
How many holiday homes are available to book in France?
April is the time of year with the highest amount of Apartment rentals and Hotel rooms available in France, so you'll find plenty of great holiday deals during this month.
What is the most popular holiday home amenity in France?
The top three amenities our customers choose for holiday rentals in France are TVs, internet and balconies/patios.
How many holiday homes are on offer in France?
With 905,331 holiday rentals available in France, you're sure to find the perfect accommodation for your visit.
Am I allowed to bring my pet when staying in a France holiday home?
Yes, there are 190,954 holiday homes in France that allow pets, with an average price of £127 per night.
What's the best time of year to travel to France?
July and August are the warmest months in France, while July and September have the least rain.
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