29 June 2020 by Jessica Boston
Secluded self-catering cottages for holidays that are socially distanced, but culturally rich…
Sometimes you really want a holiday that lets you get away from it all – a retreat where you can enjoy being with your nearest and dearest without distractions from the real world. When you choose self-catering there is always an element of that feeling of freedom, but France has some wonderful rural locations where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, a luxurious holiday home, rich cultural heritage and delicious local food in blissful isolation. We have hundreds of wonderful places to stay that are hidden away in the French countryside, here are a few to start your search and prove that you don’t need a bustling resort for a fantastic holiday.
La Cachette, Deux Sevres (ideal for 4 guests)
‘La Cachette’ means ‘The Hiding Place’ and it’s certainly a good name for this lovely gite located in Deux-Sevres, a gorgeous unspoilt region of Poitou-Charentes that enjoys some of the best weather in France. The property is renovated to a high standard, disabled accessible and benefits from a private heated swimming pool and 2.7 hectares of secluded, wooded gardens.
It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside and farmland and there are pretty market towns within a short drive for shopping and restaurants. Attractions such as Loire vineyards, chateaux, theme parks and cities including Poitiers and La Rochelle are close enough for a day out should you wish to explore further afield.
A beautiful 500 year old gite in an idyllic setting that’s just perfect for a romantic getaway! The property is set in two acres of fragrant gardens planted with roses and lavender and mature trees, it also has a swimming pool, lawn and patio area for al fresco dining. Explore the countryside and visit historic market towns nearby to shop for local wine and Charente melons that have been produced in the surrounding fields and vineyards. Past guests say “We had a wonderful, relaxing week at La Boulangerie. Sitting outside at the bistro table amongst the lavender, which was buzzing with honey bees, was joyful. The pool was great for an early morning swim or having a relaxing day in the sun… we had a fantastic time”.
If you’re looking for a secluded spot for a family holiday Pertus could be ideal; this 3 bedroom barn conversion with a large private pool and wonderful gardens offers comfort and character in the beautiful countryside of the Aveyron region of Midi Pyrenees. There are swings, a slide, outdoor games and bikes to borrow and plenty of loungers for relaxing by the pool, even a hammock to hide in! Past guests say “ The property is very remote… totally relaxing, the only noise you hear is wildlife and the odd farmer cutting hay. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation this really is the property for you.”
Croacho, Finistere (ideal for 6 guests)
This spacious Brittany cottage has been renovated to the highest standards and is set in an acre of grounds surrounded by beautiful countryside. It’s completely private with secure, safe gardens for children making it perfect for a family holiday. Enjoy stunning views over Monts d’Aree, explore walking and cycling trails and discover the enchanting Huelgoat forest just 7km away. Guests rate this property 10/10 and say “…spent a lovely relaxing week in this house – everything that you could want was provided. The photos don’t do it justice”
La Chatouillette, Manche (ideal for 4 guests)
Located in a National Park beside its own beautiful carp lake and within 7 acres of private grounds this lovely coach house is a charming rural retreat. Anglers, photographers, walkers, astronomers, artists, nature lovers and bird watchers will all love the peace and tranquility here; explore the forests, fields and orchards and enjoy stargazing the wide night skies. La Chatouillette offers the best of both worlds; rural seclusion within easy reach of the port at Caen and the many attractions of Normandy.
If privacy, peace and a chance to relax and unwind are top of your list of holiday needs, holiday cottages in rural France could be just what you are looking for! Browse our portfolio of properties to seek out hidden gems and enjoy a real break from it all.