Whether you’ve got tiny tots or teens along for the ride, a holiday in the South of France is sure to prove one your family never forgets. There’s plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, including boat rides and bicycle hire, plus sumptuous food and wine (adults only!) to enjoy after a day spent basking in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Ready to start planning your trip to one of Europe’s most beloved regions? We’ve got an extensive collection of villas in the South of France, ranging from cosy and comfortable holiday homes to sweeping chateaux. To save you a little bit of time, we’ve had a look through our list to find our top 10 family-friendly villas in the south of France – and we’re confident there’ll be something here to please the young and old alike.
1. Mas Cote du Rhone, Languedoc
This 18th-century farmhouse just so happens to encompass everything that Languedoc is all about. It’s surrounded by three acres of fragrant vineyards, with panoramic views of the vines, pool and lavender gardens from each of the terraces. Complete with stone walls, old fireplaces and Provençale furniture, its warming interiors are equally impressive – they’ve even been featured in several magazines!
To ensure you all feel at home, the house also comes complete with a well-equipped modern kitchen. Want a break from cooking? Cycle to the nearby village with the kids to pick up some fresh pastries, or enlist the help of a private chef to make all your culinary dreams come true – picky eaters included.
Price from: £32pppn
2. Le Mas En Rose, Avignon
Looking for a spot where you and your family can truly disconnect from the outside world? Le Mase En Rose is our top pick, welcoming you into a private oasis via a lavender-lined drive. Active kids can enjoy an acre of fully enclosed grounds plus a saltwater swimming pool. Inside, wooden beamed ceilings and cosy furnishings provide the ultimate space to enjoy card games and family film nights after sunset.
The local village is just 5 minutes away, brimming with local cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. Need something more to keep them entertained? Avignon is a further 10 minute drive and boasts ample visible history to draw them in.
Price from: £27pppn
3. Villa Dumas, Côte d’Azur
While it may appear perfectly serene, Villa Dumas is actually an excellent base for letting kids go wild on the sandy shores of the Mediterranean. Nearby you’ll find the Base Nature De La Dracénie, boasting a summer inflatable water park, trampolines and water play area. If you prefer to go more old school, kayaking and canoeing are also available on the banks of the Argens river.
However, the villa itself also comes with its very own pool for them to splash around. And for any adults, they can sip on cocktails surrounded by the aromas of pine trees and summer lavender…bliss!
Price from: £48pppn
4. Manoir Belle Epoque, Languedoc
This elegant 19th-century Maison de Maître is situated on the edge of a small but lively village, surrounded by vibrant sunflower fields and vineyards. Along with a newly restored wing, the villa makes up Manoir Belle Epoque Estate, in which the two homes blend harmoniously together – ideal for holidaying with another family.
The space is carefully designed to keep the grandeur of its past while allowing for endless good times in the wide-open, modernised spaces. Our favourite feature? A grand staircase that makes up the heart of the property. The underground wine cellar, coming fully stocked with Languedoc wines, is a close second.
Price from: £33pppn
5. Fresia I, Grasse
Set in a resort in picturesque Grasse, Fresia I offers ultimate privacy plus the benefits of nearby facilities, including a restaurant, spa, gym, communal pool and children’s playground. You’ll also be just a short drive away from some of the most idyllic beaches in the South of France – great for family days out dedicated to sandcastle building and sea splashing. Want to expand your travel party? The sister property, Fresia II, is also available to rent, giving everyone their own space before coming together for those special moments.
Price from: £30pppn
6. L’Oustal Des Fleurs, Languedoc
From its characterful wood panelling and cosy fireplaces to the impressive gardens and wonderful roof terrace, beauty is everywhere at this idyllic holiday home. The walled gardens make it extremely safe for families with young children, and you’ll also find toys and indoor games provided to keep them entertained.
If you’re up for an adventure, this charming home is also within walkable distance of the nearest village – a smattering of local restaurants await. And for parents who are hoping for a night of peace, there’s even a babysitting service on offer. Everyone’s happy!
Price from: £43pppn
7. Villa Glorieuse, French Riviera
Situated with unrivalled views towards the French Riviera and Massif de l’Esterel, this newly renovated villa is ready to welcome you and your family into its glorious fold. Little ones will love playing in the pool, running around the Mediterranean gardens or catching up on their favourite shows on the Apple TV – all as you enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink on the terrace.
If you find that they need a little more entertainment, Vence is only 3km away and bursting with charm, while the fantastic beaches of the French Riviera are easily accessible by car.
Price from: £86pppn
8. La Brise, Cannes
Want to really impress your teens? Take them away to La Brise and they’ll be beaming from ear to ear. Not only will the stunning sea views look great on their social media feeds, but inside they’ll have access to satellite TV with English channels, board games, a Bose music system and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Of course, it’s important that they disconnect too – but with stunning coves including Massif de l’Esterel right on your doorstep, as well as the gorgeous towns of Saint-Raphaël and Fréjus, we don’t think it’ll be too tricky a task.
Price from: £54pppn
9. Villa Verre Et Mer, Languedoc
Don’t be deceived by the super-c0ntemporary appearance of this holiday home – it’s actually as suited to playful kids as it is glamour-seeking adults. No matter your age, you’ll love splashing in the glass-walled swimming pool or licking an ice lolly on the decked terrace.
Due to its close proximity to the Mediterranean coastline, the whole family can get out and hire a boat together, try out jet-skiing or even parasailing. Then, head to the picture-perfect fishing village of Sète to sample some local cuisine – who’s brave enough to give oysters a go?!
Price from: £78pppn
10. Villas Jolie & Zen, Côte d’Azur
Sharing a hillside with views up to the ancient village of Châteauneuf de Grasse, the two Villas Jolie and Zen are surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Villa Jolie sits above the slope and Villa Zen rests just below it. While each offers the feeling of privacy and independence, they make up one estate which is perfect for larger travel parties. The dreamy setting is made perfect by the villa’s private pools and beautiful terraces, allowing you to bask in the long sunny afternoons with loved ones by your side.
Price from: £111pppn
Still not found the perfect holiday home for you? We have many more South of France villas for you to check out. And if you’re looking for that extra something, give our concierge team a call to book a chef, maid or even local babysitter with your stay. And if you want to look further afield, check out our full list of 2022 villas to rent on our villa holidays page.
To find out more information about the South of France, check out our South of France Travel Guide.