Long sandy coastlines, offshore fishing, and luxurious ports – it’s no surprise that British holidaymakers adore the offerings of South-West France. With years of palaeolithic history, delectable food and wine, sunflower fields, and dream-like chateaux, there’s no better way to experience rural France. So whether you’re looking to discover the beaches of the Midi-Pyrenees, explore the mountains of Aquitaine or breathe in the history of the Dordogne – a stay in one of our handpicked villas in South West France opens the door to a remarkable holiday.
1. Maison Pluvier, Ile de Re
This contemporary abode with its own swimming pool is perfectly located near the heart of Les Portes-en-Ré. From Maison Pluvier, you can stroll to charming shops and restaurants or wander to the sandy beach in just a few minutes. Hire bikes to explore the incredible coastline and visit the salt marshes of the Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve.
Prices from: £111pppn
2. Domaine La Sitelle, Dordogne
It’ll be love at first sight with this decadent villa in the Dordogne. From the elegant marble staircase to the classic indoor/outdoor kitchen and terrace, every feature has been thoughtfully designed and exquisitely executed. Away from the main house and in the shade, you’ll have your own private pool– perfect for a spot of privacy as you cool off under clear blue skies.
3. The Tobacco Barn, Dordogne
Perfectly lawned gardens, a large private pool and a shaded dining terrace with BBQ, the Tobacco Barn is the perfect holiday home. The stunning fireplace lights up the living room and the UK satellite TV means no one will miss out on home comforts. Located just 5 km from Monpazier, foodies can get an authentic taste of the Dordogne by exploring the wonderful weekly markets.
4. Maison Modiano, Dordogne
If you’re seeking a comfortable, grand villa – Maison Modiano is the place for you! With a large terrace for you to admire the views of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a large garden surrounded by lush green trees, a barbeque and a pool it’s perfect for the best French family retreat. It’s just a short walk from the village of the heart of Pujols, an idyllic 16th-century village filled with historic charm, not to mention the bustling market of Villeneuve-sur-Lot where you can treat yourself to local delicacies and the finest Malbecs in the world.
5. Chateau De Seyres, Dordogne
Oh, where do we start?! Chateau De Seyres has been perfectly preserved to retain all its grandeur, offering guests a sprinkling of medieval splendour and classical elegance. The seven picture-perfect rooms have all been decorated by hand and refurbished with attention to detail. And what’s more, this chateau accommodates guests across two wings, which are connected by a music room – a great place to meet up and mingle!
Prices from: £34pppn
6. Villa Du Fleuve, Aquitaine
Centuries-old, Villa Du Fleuve is set on the dreamy banks of the Dordogne River. Thoughtfully furnished, you and your guests will feel the love at this family-owned home. This villa is fab for a trio of couples or larger families looking to relax and enjoy the peace of the French countryside. If you want to seek out some extra fun, head to the world-famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion, which has produced some of the world’s best wine since Roman times – you might even find your new favourite bottle!
Prices from: £54pppn
7. Les Gueybauds, Bergerac
This villa in the Dordogne features a big, beautiful terrace with a summer kitchen and pool. Roman steps mean it’s easy to go in and out of the water when it’s dinnertime. St. Foy La Grande (10 km) is a gorgeous medieval town – check out the beautiful Saturday morning market! The shady poolside kitchen and bathroom at Les Gueybauds mean that you can lounge outside all day, soaking in the sun of the French countryside.
Prices from: £21pppn
8. Manoir Gascon, Midi-Pyrénées
The beautiful Manoir Gascon was featured in the Sunday Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 Villas, and it’s not hard to see why. Nestled within 17 acres of lavender-dotted gardens, woodlands and hayfields, this villa is endlessly inviting. It features two unique dining areas for lavish alfresco dining, an ancient wooded veranda as well as a heated swimming pool and games barn. And just in case that’s not enough to keep you entertained, the vibrant Gascon village is only a ten-minute walk away.
Prices from: £62pppn
9. Chateau Gastebois, Dordogne
On a hill above the captivating Dropt River, resides Chateau Gastebois. You’ll feel like royalty as this property’s noble atmosphere dwells from 4 centuries of history. You can immerse yourself in privacy and tranquillity in the 32 acres of gardens, woodlands, and tended grounds. Within the estate, there is a private swimming pool, a tennis court, and impressive yoga facilities. If you’re looking to get active, the area also provides a plethora of activities including horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and boat rides.
Prices from: £89pppn
10. Tour St Therese, Aquitaine
Tour St. Thérèse is incredibly romantic with its roaring fire downstairs and lovely master bedroom. This is simple living at its best – the owner has ditched the TV and fancy kitchen gadgets in favour of books, games and a vintage French percolator for fresh coffee and croissants on your terrace. It’s a peaceful and relaxing location in this rural village, next to a historic church, with the distant sounds of cuckoos calling, frogs chirping and maybe even an owl at night.
Prices from: £21pppn
If you’re looking for more show-stopping holiday homes, check out our extensive portfolio of luxury villas! And if you need any help choosing between your favourites, get in touch with our concierge team.