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Affordable luxury: four of the best self-catering properties in France

best self-catering properties in France

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France is a favourite destination among British holidaymakers. It’s easy to see why. The country boasts exquisite wine, a more hospitable climate than the UK, and arguably the best cheese in the world. Even better: a ferry crossing from Dover to Calais can be as short as 90 minutes, or just 25 minutes with Eurotunnel. And then, with your car loaded up with all the games, colouring books and audiobooks you need for a family road trip, some enticing self-catering properties are only a drive away.

From the historic shores of Nord Pas de Calais to the heady, rolling countryside of Aquitaine, France has something to offer every family. Here is a selection of a few delectable but affordable French holiday properties from Novasol. To help you plan your trip, we’ve found properties that range between a one and an eight-hour drive from Calais.

A one-hour drive from Calais would take you to Marles sur Canche, in Nord Pas de Calais.

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Marles sur Canche is a restored forge close to the pretty ramparted town of Montreuil-sur-Mer. This traditional cottage with original features and a large garden has four authentically furnished bedrooms, with space for eight people to stay. It’s available from just £340 per week.

Things to do nearby: Nord Pas de Calais is sometimes overlooked when people drive through from the UK on their way further south. But the region has plenty to offer families. The Nausicaä National Sea Centre is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. You can see sharks, sea lions and mesmerising fish from across the planet. Outside the aquarium, seals are a common sight along the shoreline. Nature-lovers can see the coast on horseback, on a trek along the beaches, or at Berck nature reserve.

Nord Pas de Calais

A three-hour drive from Calais would take you to Ocquerre apartment, in Île-de-France.

With a large shared swimming pool and tennis courts, Ocquerre apartment gives visitors a taste of the high life once lived in this eighteenth-century manor house. With four bedrooms and space for seven guests, it’s available from just £521 per month.

best self-catering properties in France

Things to do nearby: Ocquerre is just an hour away from Paris by car. Ocquerre’s visitors can continue the quest for opulence and luxury by paying a visit to the Palace of Versailles. Those in search of natural beauty and tranquility can explore the 150,000 acre Oise-France Regional National Park, whose hiking trails, gardens and castles hold many treasures.

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Ocquerre apartment is situated inside this 18th century manor house.

A six and a half-hour drive from Calais would take you to Taulé in Brittany.

Quaint and traditional, Brittany is a French region beloved of British visitors. Novasol’s Taulé holiday property is located in the village of the same name. The house is just a fifteen minute drive from the beaches of Carantec. For prices starting at £436 per week, visitors can enjoy the four-bedroom 17th century house. It’s big enough for seven guests, and boasts a games room as well as a spacious garden.

self-catering properties in France

Things to do nearby: The popular Océanopolis aquarium is in Brest – we enjoyed the day we spent there, and you can read about it here. For history buffs there’s Quimper Gothic Cathedral. Nature lovers can enjoy a trip to the Jardin Exotique de Roscoff botanical gardens, or a cliff walk on the Pointe du Raz peninsula.

Brittany

Brittany’s seaside towns are quaint and distinctive.

An eight-hour drive from Calais would take you to Saint Amand de Coly in Aquitaine.

Covering both the Dordogne and the coastline around Bordeaux, Aquitaine is a region famed among Brits for its blissfully long, sunny days. The Novasol holiday home at Saint Amand de Coly is an 18th century sandstone cottage that comes with its own private pool. Of all the self-catering properties in this feature, Saint Amand de Coly’s is perhaps most well-suited to smaller families. It has two bedrooms big enough to sleep four. Nestled in a tiny hamlet, the house is available to rent from £549 per week.

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Things to do nearby: Aquitaine is a land of adventure and beauty. Visitors to the region can go kayaking along the Vézère river, see the Font-de-Gaume prehistoric cave drawings, or visit the pools, lakes and parkland in Périgord Limousin Natural Regional Park.

Aquitaine

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86 Comments

  • Pam Smith
    March 29, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Marles sur Canche sounds perfect for our young grandchildren. It isn’t a long drive from the ferry and there’s lots to do with children of their age

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  • Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    March 29, 2018 at 9:13 am

    They look beautiful, with so much to do around them! Would be perfect for the kids

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  • Melissa Lee
    March 29, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Saint Amand de Coly has such a beautiful pool area – so peaceful and private

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  • 5starfeelingblog
    March 29, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This would be ideal for my vast travels in the next months.

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  • Katie Davies
    March 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Ocquerre looks like a lovely place to take my children they’re water babies and would love that pool!

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  • Sandra Bald
    March 29, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Saint Amand de Coly would be ideal for our smaller family of 4.
    The pool would be great for our 2 water babies.
    With all the things to do nearby like kayaking along the Vézère river or visiting the Font-de-Gaume prehistoric cave drawings, it looks like a great holiday destination.

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  • Fiona jk42
    March 29, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I’d pick the property in Brittany as it’s an area I’d love to visit.

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  • Jade Hewlett
    March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I like that Ocquerre has a pool and looks like a great place to take family

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  • Lyn Geddes
    March 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Marle sur canche because it’s quirky and spacious and looks like a good place to go to get away from crowds

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  • natalie Crossan
    March 30, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Saint Amand de Coly has the most incredible pool area xxx

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  • Kim Neville
    April 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I like the Ocquerre apartment as lovely and spacious, wonderful surroundings and a nice pool for my kids to play in

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  • Kirsty Umney
    April 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Wow what beautiful places

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  • Catherine Balazs
    April 1, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    What a fab way to get in the holiday mood! Would love to win!

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  • Solange
    April 2, 2018 at 12:12 am

    I love that Saint Amand de Coly has its own private pool and that it’s most suited to smaller families. A home from home.

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  • Marisa R Foster
    April 3, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Thanks for the chance to win these lovely prizes 🙂 Fingers crossed!!!

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  • Marisa R Foster
    April 3, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Saint Amand de Coly – I love that this is an 18th century cottage and of course the private swimming pool 🙂

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  • Janet
    April 3, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I’d find it hard to choose between the beaches of Carantec and romantic Brittany, or Aquitaine where I’ve never been and would love to discover.

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  • Kirstie
    April 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Id probably go for active Aquitane. Sounds like a summer treat.

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  • Kirstie
    April 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Id probably go for active Aquitane. Sounds like a summer treat.

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  • Prerna Gupta
    April 5, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Marles sur Canche is beautiful! not a long drive and so much to do!

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  • Lydia Alfred
    April 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    The private swimming pool in Saint Amand de Colyn sounds incredible!

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  • Newcastle Family Life
    April 8, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I love the sound of the Ocqerre apartment as the pool looks great, it is not too far to travel and it has room for larger families like my own x

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  • Jade - Raising the Rings
    April 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    The Saint Amand de Coly holiday home looks amazing. It’s superbly French country chic and it looks as though we could really live there! x

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  • sharon martin
    April 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Taulé in Brittany as its beautiful and traditional with great gardens

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  • hannah wood
    April 20, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Holiday home – Saint Amand de Coly, France

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  • Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    April 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

    All amazing properties! Particularly love the Saint Amand de Coly sandstone cottage, that pool looks very inviting and the nearby canoeing sounds great fun! #MondayEscapes

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  • suzi
    April 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I love France. We’re off to stay in the Nord Pas de Calais at half term – I wish we were staying in that lovely house though! #MondayEscapes

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  • Angharad Paull
    April 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Beautiful photos – as a Francophile it’s definitely got me itching to return to France! Love the ‘things to do in the area’ to go with the places too – great idea. #MondayEscapes

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    • Nell
      April 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      France is fab, isn’t it?

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  • Emma Raphael
    April 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    The bed in that first place is just incredible! I am looking forward to being able to explore France again now that we are much closer for a while! 🙂

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  • Karen N Beddow
    April 25, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    There are some fabulous places here that are so much nicer than I would gave expected. Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes

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  • Daisy - Dais Like These
    April 27, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    We love the Aquitaine region so I think that is my favourite out of of the four – although they all look amazing! Fab competition too, I’ll be sure to share this with fiends and family.

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  • Cathy (Mummytravels)
    April 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    This brings back memories of childhood holidays in France – all starting with a ferry and a drive. I’d love to explore Brittany and visit nausicaa too.

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    • Nell
      April 30, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      France is our favourite! We usually end up heading there several times a year.

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  • Karen N Beddow
    April 28, 2018 at 10:04 am

    we absolutely love Brittany and there are so many gorgeous places to stay there.

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  • Sarah Christie
    April 28, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I just love the rustic features of Marles sur Canche, I just love France and there are so many great suggestions here. Its the perfect place to visit as its not to far yes so beautifully sunny x

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  • susanna
    April 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I’m going to France next month and can’t wait! Thanks for the tips x

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  • Lesley Prestage
    April 29, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Saint Amand de Coly – oh I can just picture myself relaxing around that pool!

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  • Ruth Bugg
    April 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Marles sur cache as my son loves birds and nature so having the Berck nature reserve and beaches plus aquarium to visit he would be a very happy boy.

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  • Jessica steele
    April 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

    The conservatory area in the home in taule looks lovely to sit and have breakfast with the family

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  • Anna
    April 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I’d choose a property in Brittany, as we’ve never been, and would like to explore it.

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  • Jenny - TraveLynn Family
    April 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! We’re from Kent originally and I do miss just popping over to France. I haven’t been to Brittany since I was a kid though and would love to take my boys there!

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  • Phil Bowell
    April 29, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Love to go

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  • Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays
    April 29, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    All of them please, but if forced to choose just an hour beyond Calais would make for the perfect short break!

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    • Nell
      April 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

      It does sound mega-easy, doesn’t it?

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  • Jess Howliston
    April 29, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Ocquerre apartment looks great and the pool would really appeal to my two little ones who are both total water babies LOL!

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  • Kelly-ann Smith
    April 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Wow what beauitful places

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  • Claudia Wren
    April 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    The Holiday home in Taule looks absolutely beautiful. Such an amazing setting and the fact that it is a restored French Manor house just adds to the feeling of luxury.

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  • Joanne Heath
    April 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    The Ocquerre apartment looks perfect for my two who love swimming. Had beautiful surroundings and a few hours from Calais. Fantasti

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  • Lynsey Buchanan
    April 30, 2018 at 2:00 am

    I love the look of Taulé, France I’m a massive fan of architecture and the Manor Home if grand but not brash being tucked away modestly amongst the nature Greenery.

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  • Chloe: Picture Taker Memory Maker
    April 30, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Some gorgeous properties there! I’d love to explore France properly – I’ve only ever done Paris before.

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  • Tasha Hamilton
    April 30, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Marles sur Canche its so LOVELY and there’s things to do for the whole FAMILY

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  • Diane Wood
    April 30, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I love the look of Saint Amand de Coly, it retains the old character but has been modernised, it looks amazing! And with plenty to nearby but being able to go back to the peace and quiet – perfect!

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  • Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    April 30, 2018 at 9:22 am

    What great places to stay. After visiting France last year I’m so keen to return! Great giveaway too!

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  • Sam macaree
    April 30, 2018 at 9:25 am

    They all look beautiful

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  • Penny Alexander
    April 30, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Saint Amand de Coly – love a renovation project, just like our barn at home (but sunny and has a pool!)

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  • caroline mccabe
    April 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Ocquerre apartment appeals to me as it is close to Paris and I would love to take our daughter to the Palace of Versailles. The apartment itself looks lovely and we would love the pool and tennis courts

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  • Mrs Sara Brown
    April 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    They all look lovely, love France

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  • Mrs Sara Brown
    April 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    They all look lovely, love France

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  • Mrs Sara Brown
    April 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    They all look lovely, love France

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  • Mrs Sara Brown
    April 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    They all look lovely, love France

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  • Laura
    April 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Fab

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  • Katie walters
    April 30, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Marles sur canche sounds great. The sea life centre and seals on the beach would be so appealing to my children

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  • Keith Embleton
    April 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Some of the properties are great. Would love to go.

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  • Erin Ek Rush
    April 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    So many fantastic options! I can’t believe that Marles sur Canche starts at £340 per week! I’m trying to talk my husband into the journey – lovely to have so many options so close!

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  • melanie stirling
    April 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    The Marles sur Canche appeals to me.Not only is it very beautiful and have lovely gardens,it has ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms which I need as my mobilty problems mean I can’t climb stairs.

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  • Dave Mills
    April 30, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Fantastic prize

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  • Cat Sims
    April 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    The sunlight and the chance to lie by the pool!

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  • Cat Sims
    April 30, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    The sunlight and the chance to lie by the pool!

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  • Otisandus
    April 30, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Wow there are some really beautiful properties here! And I love France and really want to try to get there this year if we can squeeze it in.

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  • Victoria Hanratty
    April 30, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Would love to win this amazing prize

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  • Zena's Suitcase
    April 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I love the Holiday home – Saint Amand de Coly, France, the view from the pool is amazing

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  • Zena's Suitcase
    April 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I love the Holiday home – Saint Amand de Coly, France, the view from the pool is amazing

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  • Emily Smith
    April 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Apartment – Ocquerre, France looks lovely. It’s a grand building with beautiful features. It also has gorgeous grounds and a pool.

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  • Joshua Brown
    May 1, 2018 at 7:39 am

    What a fabulous article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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  • Lauren
    May 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Wow Marles sur Canche is so close to calais

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  • Lian Hunt
    May 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Ocquerre apartment reminds me of a school trip from many years ago, it looks beautiful

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  • Laura Theobald
    May 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    They all look so beautiful and relaxing.

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  • Lucy Rigley
    May 1, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I love the look of the Ocquerre apartment because of the space and pool – it would tire my boys out!

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  • Erika
    May 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    They all look fab

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  • Sarah
    May 2, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I love France so much so love reading your suggestions. Can’t wait to take my sons for a holiday to France.

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  • J howard
    May 2, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I love the sound of the Ocquerre apartments – my little girl loves swimming and that would be fantastic

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  • Kate
    May 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Ill definitely consider these places as we have dipped our toes into France alway love it. Useful to know travel times. My fave hol ever was in Eymet near Bergerac. Hope I win your comp too!

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  • Kirsty McManus
    May 2, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    They look beautiful, so picturesque!

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  • Gretta - Mums do travel
    May 2, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    They all look great, but I think the Ocquerre apartment in Île-de-France is where I’d most like to go.

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  • Sarah Ebner
    May 2, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Ocquerre with the pool – and a trip to Versailles!

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