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South of France villas

Mark's verdict:

The South of France is wonderfully diverse, from the long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and mountains of the Pyrenées to the stylish resorts of the Côte d’Azur. Rent a villa with private pool and you’ll have the perfect base for any family holiday. We reckon Vintage Travel has the pick of the properties.

Recommended tour operator: Vintage Travel

Les ChenesProvence landscapesMas des Issarts

Vintage Travel says

We have been creating perfect family villa holidays in France for over 25 years.

  • characterful properties
  • private pools
  • toddler and baby friendly

South West France offers a diverse variety of landscapes, from the imposing peaks of the Pyrenées and beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coastline to bountiful fruit orchards and vineyards.

Provence is just as enticing, with its Mediterranean climate and easy access to the fabulous coastal resorts of the Côte d’Azur or, further north, the rugged mountains and dramatic Verdun Gorges.

Each of our self-catering properties has its own private pool, some of which are fenced for additional security.

In Les Landes, for example, you could stay at Bareyts, a characterful wood-beamed country house with four bedrooms, tucked away at the end of a lane. With sweeping rural views, you will feel as if you are miles from anywhere but Bareyts is just a 15 minute walk from the pretty little town of Amou, located on the banks of the Luy de Béarn river and boasting a choice of restaurants and handy shops. As well as a lovely pool, you’ll also find table tennis, boules and a badminton net. Biarritz and Pau are a 45-minute drive away.

Mas des Oliviers is ideal for families with older children who want their own space. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in addition to a gorgeous pool in the tiered gardens, table tennis and a great restaurant a short stroll away. Horse-riding and tennis courts are also available nearby.

La Maison Fleurie has two bedrooms and oozes local character as well as comfort. With the feel of a country cottage, it’s a great choice for smaller families wanting to escape to the Lot countryside.

All Vintage Travel houses offer the first cot and highchair free of charge. A generous welcome pack of provisions will be waiting for you on arrival and you have the freedom of arranging your own flights (or self-drive) or leaving all the travel arrangements to us.

At Vintage Travel, we offer a wide selection of handpicked properties for all party sizes up to 18. Click here for a full description of all our villas in South West France and Provence.

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