It’s time winter holidays were brought in out of the cold. On the surface – chilly as it might be – heading off for a relaxing break when the daylight hours are shorter and the temperature is better suited to scarves than shorts might not be as appealing as a week or two in the blazing sunshine, but who likes mosquitoes and heatstroke? Nobody, that’s who.
OK, so that might not be the world’s most convincing argument, but some of these tempting activities might change your mind. With more amazing French properties than you’ll find anywhere else, Oliver’s Travels are real experts when it comes to finding you the very best winter accommodation and experiences throughout France. From the highlights of the snow season to the finest food and wine, these 10 ideas are sure to keep you cosy in the cold.
Best Chalet Near the Slopes:
Location: Chamonix Valley
Prices from: £55 pppn
Chalet Lombarde is located in the impressive French Alps with views of the Les Bossons Glacier for you to take in. Being in the mountains and only 3km from the closest piste, Les Houches, it is perfect for those keen skiers who love to get up and go. It is just a 5-minute drive from the buzzing centre of Chamonix. You also have your own hot tub and sauna to enjoy, plus a log burner for you to cosy up by in the evening.
Best Family Villa:
Prices from: £28 pppn
Maison du Marineu is in the peaceful and unspoilt countryside of Aquitaine, making it a perfect escape for the family. The property has charming beams all through the house adding French character and keeping it feeling cosy. This luxurious interior has plenty of space for everyone to relax in and plenty of amenities to entertain all ages.
Best Hot Tub With a View:
Location: Vendee & Charente
Prices from: £20 pppn
La Maison Des Fleurs’ quirky yet cosy interior will make you feel right at home. With three wood burners and a Jacuzzi you will not find it hard to find warm places for you to kick back and relax in. Surrounded by picturesque vineyards and sunflowers, this place is a truly relaxing and peaceful escape from it all. A welcome pack from the owner will be there to greet you when you arrive, so you can tuck in and put your feet up straight away.
Best Winter Wedding Venue:
Location: Vendee & Charente
Prices from: £66 pppn
Chateau De La Croix is the old mixed with the new. This incredibly stylish interior has been hailed by Grazia as ‘kick off your heels comfy’ and The Guardian as ‘one of the top 5 houses to rent in France’. Hollywood royalty has even stayed here! How much more persuasion do you need that this is the ultimate winter wedding venue? Its idyllic fairy-tale exterior will look fabulous in the photos!
Best for a Christmas Break:
Prices from: £30 pppn
This property speaks for itself. The wonderful farmhouse conversion is surrounded by gorgeous views for you to enjoy from the large living space, while you are snuggled up by the stone fireplace. It has the charm of traditional French décor, with a touch of contemporary style. Enjoy the rich history and culture of the beautiful Dordogne region, which is like a fairytale throughout December, making it perfect to get in the mood for Christmas!
Best for a Christmas Market:
Prices from: £47 pppn
Cosy Le Mas de Saint Paul is in the ideal location for exploring the beautiful towns of Provence. It is only a 5-minute drive to the magnificent town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns around and well known for its contemporary art and museums. It’s famous for it’s Christmas market, as is Nice, which is only a 25–minute drive away.
Location: Chamonix Valley
Prices from: £88 pppn
You will certainly feel like you’re living the lap of luxury with your very own chef and host during your stay at Chalet Les Bossons. Only a 5-minute drive from the centre of Chamonix you are in the ideal location for hitting up the local bars, and the manager is on hand if you need some recommendations on the best places to go. This little chalet is ideal for small parties who are in need of a picturesque getaway.
Best Food and Wine:
Prices from: £40 pppn
This corner of Burgundy is ideal for those who are keen lovers of wine and gastronomy. If you would like the opportunity to explore the famous wine route of Burgundy, Chateau de Nagues is the ideal base! With restaurants like Au Fil du Zinc with their mouth-watering taster menu and the Joseph Drouhin Oenotheque wine tours are all on your doorstep! Take a look at the Burgundy Travel Guide if you wish to know more about what they have on offer. The food and wine isn’t the only bonus, with breath-taking views and its grand décor and exterior you will feel like you’re appearing in a film. It is even more idyllic in the winter months surrounded by snow!
Best for a Cosy Night In:
Prices from: £36 pppn
Chateau Lignol is the definition of shabby-chic. It sits in the midst of rolling farmland and has a lovely heated pool for those who can brave the dash from the house to the water! With 4 bedrooms with en-suites and plenty of entertainment for all, you will never want to leave the chateau.
Best Luxury Experience:
Location: Loire Valley
Prices from: £87 pppn
Chateau Crystal is a magnificent 19th-century chateau set in 105-acres of private estate. Whether you’re looking to celebrate big this winter or fancy a Christmas getaway fit for kings, this incredible chateau will treat you to the best of the best. Enjoy after dinner walks around the beautiful lake, snuggle up by one off the open log fires or indulge in the exquisite catering.
And we’ve got more! If you’re looking for the best holiday accommodation, don’t look further! We offer the best luxury chateaux in France. If you’re to busy to browse, just contact our concierge team and they will help you to find the perfect chateaux.