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 holidays in France. From the highlights of the snow season to the finest food and wine, these ideas are sure to keep you cosy in the cold.
Best Family Villa:
Prices from: £28pppn
Maison du Marineu is in the peaceful and unspoilt countryside of Aquitaine, making it a perfect escape for your family holiday in France. 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: Atlantic Coast
Prices from: £20pppn
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 during your winter holiday in France. 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:
Prices from: £66pppn
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: £30pppn
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 during your winter holiday in France.
Best for a Christmas Market:
Prices from: £47pppn
Cosy Le Mas de Saint Paul is the ideal location for exploring the beautiful towns of Provence during your winter holiday in France. 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 its Christmas market, as is Nice, which is only a 25–minute drive away.
Best Food and Wine:
Prices from: £40pppn
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 Naugues 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 breathtaking 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!
Prices from: £31pppn
Sitting directly between Champagne, Burgundy, and Chablis, three of the most famous wine regions in the world, this delightful chateau is a must-visit if wine is the reason for your winter holiday in France. The house is surrounded by the unspoilt French countryside, perfect for long hikes and other outdoor activities. This historic home is also part of our sustainable villa collection, which means it actively works to be a more eco-friendly property. The town of Langres is just 35km away too – the cheese of the same name produced here actually has a concave cap, meant to be splashed with Champagne! We can’t think of a better place for a lover of French food and wine.
Best for a Cosy Night In:
Prices from: £36pppn
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 four bedrooms with en-suites and plenty of entertainment for all, you will never want to leave this French chateau.
Best For Pets
Price from: £74pppn
Many of our chateaux to rent in France are suitable for pets, however, we can’t help but highlight the unmatched, fairytale beauty of the aptly named Rapunzels Folie. Slip away into a winter wonderland during your stay, as you overlook a lake that feeds into the calming waters of the Menoire river. Your pets and little ones will love exploring the grounds, while you can enjoy such much needed R&R in the exquisite furnishings – goose down pillows/duvets included!
Best Sustainable Chateau
Price from: £48pppn
As properties go, it doesn’t get more special than this. Moulin Des Iles is a 900-year-old watermill set on its own private island, with rivers, a canal, and four other islands around you. From red squirrels to kingfishers, there’s so much wildlife to spot in this area. Why not jump in a kayak (provided) and explore the grounds from the water? Embracing the local nature, it’s easy to see why this property is part of our sustainable collection. We love the secluded aspect Moulin Des Iles – perfect for your winter holiday in France.
Best For Walking
Location: Loire Valley
Price from: £27pppn
Perfect for families who want to explore the great outdoors during their winter holiday in France, Le Lierre Cottage is surrounded by forests and rivers. As well as being in the heart of the French countryside, the cottage is also a short drive from the vibrant city of Orleans, meaning you’ll experience the best of both worlds during your French escape. The family have owned the property for over 300 years, meaning a great deal of care has gone into looking after the home and gardens. In fact, the grounds are so beautiful that they have been regularly used as filming locations! Nature lovers will make use of the woods, pool and topiary garden.
Best Romantic Chateau
Price from: £52pppn
A cosy hideaway in the heart of Brittany, Le Cocon is unique in every possible sense. The eye-catching furnishings have been carefully selected by the property owner – you can spend hours simply marvelling at all the little trinkets and art in Le Cocon. There are vintage, antique and modern pieces, all picked with one goal in mind: to create the perfect romantic hideaway for couples looking for a cottage to rent in France. We think Le Cocon is also perfect for your winter holiday escape. The free-standing copper bath and fireplace in the lounge give the property a truly comfortable and cosy vibe.
Best Luxury Experience:
Location: Loire Valley
Prices from: £87pppn
Chateau Crystal is a magnificent 19th-century chateau set in 105-acres of a 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 of the open log fires or indulge in the exquisite catering during your winter holiday in France.
And we’ve got more! If you’re looking for the best holiday accommodation, don’t look further! We offer the best luxury chateaux to rent in France. If you’re too busy to browse, just contact our Oliver’s Travels concierge team and they will help you to find the perfect chateaux.