The South of France makes a memorable and welcoming holiday for families with kids of any age. There’s plenty of stuff to keep everyone entertained – there’s the wine and cuisine for parents who want to enjoy the finer things in life, plenty of options for fun family days out and of course, everyone is sure to enjoy a little time in the warming Mediterranean sun!
We’ve got an absolutely stunning portfolio of villas in the South of France, and whether you’re looking for something cosy and comfortable, a grand old French chateau that’ll bring out your inner aristocrat or a super chic and stylish villa in the most fashionable part of the Côte d’Azur, we’re sure to have a holiday home to suit. To save you a little bit of time we’ve had a look through our list to find our 10 favourite family-friendly villas on the Riviera – and we’re confident there’ll be one here to catch your eye.
1. Villa Le Bassin, Aquitaine
Villa Le Bassin is a true example of style and seclusion. It’s right next to a peaceful coastal cove and there are pine forests all around, which gives the whole region a beautiful scent at the right time of year. Oh, and make sure you try some of the local oysters – they’re reputedly the best in the world.
Price from: £75pppn
2. L’Oustal Des Fleurs, Languedoc
This idyllic property is perfect for a family retreat as it has everything. From its amazing interior and impressive gardens to its wonderful roof terrace, everywhere you look it is beautiful. The walled gardens make it extremely safe for families with young children, and they provide toys and indoor games to entertain everybody. It is also a walkable distance to the nearest village and restaurants and even has a babysitting service on offer, perfect for parents in need of an escape for an evening.
Price from: £37pppn
3. Clos de Chinon, Aquitaine
Charming and homely, Clos de Chinon is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to relax that’s away from the hustle and bustle. Within walking distance of the village of Gensac (where you’ll find magical village markets and antiques fairs) the world-renowned wine town of Saint-Emilion is only a short drive away, so make sure you leave enough room in your bags to take a bottle or two back home.
Price from: £43pppn
4. Domaine Fabriges, Aquitaine
With 75 acres of grounds that are sure to tire out even the most energetic of children, sporty families are sure to enjoy a stay at Domaine Fabriges thanks to the pool, billiards and games room and floodlit tennis courts. But don’t worry, there’s ample opportunity for relaxation thanks to the elegant interior, and why not visit the wine cellar to sample some truly tasty French vintages?
Price from: £45pppn
5. Chateau De Ruffiac, Dordogne
If you’re looking for something with a little more old-world charm, how about Chateau De Ruffiac? Dating back to the 17th Century, it’s a history lover’s dream with loads to do in the surrounding area, including the Rue de la Republique is a medieval maze for pedestrians only. There’s also 20-hectare lush private land around for the kids to enjoy!
Price from: £42pppn
6. The Millhouse, Aquitaine
This beautiful, cosy property is perfect for a family escape as it has something for all ages. Complete with a child safe pool, indoor and outdoor games it will be impossible for the kids to get bored. Interesting towns and villages are close by, great for elder children to explore. With the beach only moments away and outdoor activities at your doorstep this is the perfect house to entertain the whole family. In the evenings, the adults can kick back in the hot tub and relax.
Price from: £36pppn
7. Villa La Plaine, Midi-Pyrenees
This converted farmhouse is just bursting with rustic charm, and it’s definitely fulfilled the owner’s wish of creating somewhere calm and healing. You get three hours of maid service each day during your stay so mum and dad can really relax, and there’s a variety of toys and games on offer that’ll keep the kids occupied on even the rainiest of days.
Price from: £98pppn
8. Villa Shambhala, Dordogne
With spectacular views over the river Dordogne and an elegant interior that’s tailor made for relaxation, it might be tempting to stay in Villa Shambhala (and its gorgeous gardens) during your stay, but if you enjoy staying active there’s loads to get you outdoors. Try kayaking, horse riding and even a spot of fishing, and be sure to take a tour around the local towns for a real slice of what it’s like to live in France.
Price from: £32pppn
9. Villa Bidart, Aquitaine
Bold, quirky and colourful, Villa Bidart is found in Biarritz, one of France’s most fashionable spots. Every member of the family is sure to love the heated infinity pool, and better yet, the beach is only a few minute’s walk away down a direct path. There’s also a games and media room to keep everyone entertained, and the views are a double whammy – mountains on one side, ocean on the other.
Price from: £74pppn
10. Palmes D’Or, French Riviera
With pretty gardens and a large pool, both children and adults alike will love this property. Located in the hills of Grasse in the city of Orange trees, you’ll spend your stay surrounded by stunning historic buildings and natural beauty. Cannes is just a short drive away, so you can enjoy plenty of fancy shops and restaurants to make the most of your luxurious holiday.
Price from: £41pppn
Lead image via Jill Wellington
We have many South of France villas for you to scroll though. If you wish to make your holiday your own, give our concierge team a call where they can find you a chef, maid or even a local babysitter. To find out more information about the South of France, check our South of France Travel Guide!