Whether you dream of unwinding in your very own castle, sipping wine in a chateau or unwinding with family in a private manor, our collection of villas in France will make your holiday dreams come true. Here at Oliver’s Travels, we’ve selected our 10 chart-toppers spots of the French villa world, but whichever one you choose, we’re sure it’ll be a hit with the whole travel party.
1. Chateau Beaucharm, Champagne
In the rolling hills of southern Champagne-Ardennes, Chateau Beaucharm is just bursting with character, located on the grounds of a medieval castle but with its very own entrance. This home boasts an unmatched tranquillity – you can walk for hours through the countryside and not encounter anyone else. However, if you’re looking for a little company, the beautiful Renaissance walled town of Langres is just 30 minutes away.
Price from: £16pppn
2. Chateau Le Brun, Loire Valley
Quirky Chateau Le Brun is owned by an artist, whose work you will find adorning the walls of this 17th-century manor house. Set among 52 acres of private grounds on the banks of the Loire River, it boasts easy access to a typical Sologne village. Guests are also able to enjoy a private heated pool, outdoor dining area and barbeque.
Price from: £36pppn
3. Le Cocon, Brittany
Situated in Langourla, a cosy, quaint village in the heart of Brittany, this cottage best suits couples looking for a romantic break. However, anyone looking to discover this picturesque northern region will also fall in love with the home – largely thanks to the work of its talented owner, who recently renovated the interiors. Expect to find a unique blend of trinkets, a stunning bedroom, well-equipped kitchen and a living-dining area complete with roaring fireplace.
Prices from: £30pppn
4. Chateau Asturias, Languedoc
This unique Bali-esque villa brings a taste of Indonesia to Languedoc. The raised stone swimming pool is pure luxury – it’s sure to appear in many of your envy-inducing holiday snaps – while the zen garden is a perfect complement to the unique style of this 12th-century chateau. Bustling Carcassonne is just a stone’s throw away by car, with ample culture, architecture, wine and restaurants at your fingertips.
Price from: £36pppn
5. Manoir Des Chasseurs, Burgundy
This characterful manoir is filled with period furnishings and beautiful fabrics that transport you right back to its 18thcentury origins. However, that doesn’t mean it’s without creature comforts – kids can enjoy jumping on the trampoline or playing in the barn, while adults have a grand salon at their disposal.
Just 30 minutes away, you’ll find the Roman town of Autun, which is a must-visit for those who enjoy browsing weekly markets and discovering a treasure or two to take home with them.
Price from: £30pppn
6. Le Mas En Rose, Provence
Driving up to Le Mas En Rose along its lavender-lined drive sets the scene for a magical getaway – the perfect place for your large group to gather and celebrate.
This house is effortlessly chic with numerous gorgeous living spaces for all to enjoy and escape to. Outside it’ll be impossible to resist a plunge in the saltwater swimming pool and the terrace area, set beside an acre of gloriously lush gardens filled with Mediterranean fruit trees, is the ideal spot to dine alfresco.
Price from: £28pppn
7. Chateau Seiguier, Loire Valley
You’ll instantly be taken by the impressive high ceilings and exposed beams of this beautiful chateau, displayed with considered contemporary styling. Built in the 17th century, it offers 2.5 acres of peaceful gardens and a beautiful pool for making a splash in.
The famous wineries of Sancerre are located nearby should you wish to take a tour and sample some local varieties, while you can also enjoy a spot of horseback riding in the nearby village – does it get more quintessentially French than that?
Price from: £28pppn
8. Maison Sebastien, Provence
Fancy yourself a good cook? Or just an avid foodie? Whichever camp you fall into, you’re sure to relish a stay in Maison Sebastien, serving as the filming site for BBC2’s ‘Secret France’ series. When you’re not whipping up culinary delights in the kitchen (or having a private chef do it for you), take some time to explore the surrounding Luberon National Park and its ancient mulberry trees.
A visit to St Michel L’Observatoire is also a must before heading back to your private swimming pool, open living space and cinema room.
Price from: £44pppn
9. Mas Cote du Rhone, Languedoc
Beautifully restored in the scenic region of Uzes, this former 18th century farmhouse is just a short cycle ride away from the local village – perfect for picking up those fresh morning croissants or perhaps a couple baguettes. While it’s suited to families with young kids, coming equipped with plenty of toys, books and games for them to play with, you can also host a party, hen or stag here. No matter the occasion, there’s no more picturesque place to bring together the ones you love most.
Price from: £24pppn
10. Palais D’Or
With a name like that, you know you’ll be living like a true royal at Palais D’Or. Located in Loire Valley’s Loches, this 18th century home offers all the comforts of modern life combined with traditional features.
Venture into the city and you’ll be rewarded by scenes of bustling markets, enticing smells and visual delights – we recommend taking some local produce home to whip up a feast, enjoying by candlelight in the grand dining room or perhaps al fresco on the terrace.
Price from: £38pppn
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