It’s time winter holidays were brought in out of the cold. With more amazing French properties than you’ll find anywhere else, the team at Oliver’s Travels are the 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: £59pppn
This stunning home has a little something for everyone. While the kids are enjoying cosying up in the cinema room or expelling some energy in the games room with ping pong table, the adults can indulge in some fabulous festive wine grown on the vines that surround the gorgeous property. What’s more, four-legged friends are also welcome so the whole family can truly make this a home-from-home.
Best Hot Tub With a View:
Prices from: £45pppn
This stunning home is found – as the name suggests – deep in nature. It’ll be hard to resist hopping in the hot tub with a glass of bubbles with the backdrop of the Gorges du Tarn in the Grands Causses Regional Park which look especially pretty in the winter time.
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: £21pppn
With space for up to 15, huge manicured grounds, a striking galleried mezzanine, games room with table tennis and huge dining table, this place was made for festive family time. The surrounding woodland is ideal for wintery walks and beaches aren’t far if you fancy heading to the coast.
Best for a Christmas Market:
Prices from: £35pppn
This beautiful, quintessentially French, family-friendly home near Bergerac is ideal for a winter jaunt to the Dordogne. Surrounded by pretty countryside, vineyards and quaint villages that buzz with markets in both the day and night time, you’re bound to pick up some unique pieces and get a taste of some mouth-watering local delicacies. Take inspiration from all the nick-nacks, antiques and curios that adorn the walls of this fabulous and cosy home.
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 château.
Best For Pets
Price from: £45pppn
Many of our chateaux to rent in France are suitable for pets, however, we can’t help but highlight the unmatched beauty of the fabulous Château des Truffles. Slip away into a winter wonderland during your stay, as you overlook a fishing lake or take a family walk – four-legged friends included – through the surrounding woodland of this exceptional 184-acre estate. Your pets and little ones will love exploring the vast grounds, while you can enjoy such much-needed R&R in the exquisite furnishings.
Best Sustainable Chateau
Price from: £117pppn
This super modern home is perfect for a contemporary Christmas time! Imagine getting all the family to this seaside corner of Aquitaine, ideal for brisk winter walks and maybe a swim for those brave enough! Then, retire back to the house, get that awesome fire roaring, hunker down and be cosy all together. The use of wood throughout the house gives a warming feel that everyone in your party will appreciate.
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 accommodation for winter holidays in France, don’t look further! We offer the best luxury châteaux to rent, or if the slopes take your fancy then check out our French ski chalets.