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  • Fantastic snowfalls mean early start to French ski season

     

    The ski season in France is off to an early start this year, with exceptional falls of snow right across the Alps. Local ski professionals are saying it’s the best snow and earliest start to a season that they have seen.

    In the ski resort of Tignes, which is at relatively low altitude, the glacier was open in early October and now snow lies thick on the slopes below it. Chamonix, Montgenèvre and Val Thorens are also popular resorts that have already opened their slopes for skiing.

    France is a great ski destination, with easy access by car, snow train services and a choice of flights and airports. There is a wide choice of resorts that are family friendly where facilities for skiers of all ages and abilities are of a very high standard.

    Travel experts are predicting that skiiers will be looking for maximum value this year. At French Connections we have a great choice of chalets, gites and apartments to rent, suitable for couples, families and groups. These self-catering properties offer really attractive prices, space and facilities when compared to hotels.

    Much of our accommodation is in the Haute-Savoie region – and several chalets here are offering £100 discount plus a champagne reception for bookings made before January. Enjoy a stay in a buzzing resort or choose a peaceful, traditional village where you can enjoy a typically French winter holiday with great food, drink and charming apres-ski events. Find your ski holiday property in Haute-Savoie now.

  • Find your Autumn getaway in France

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    Now is the perfect time to plan an Autumn holiday or short break in France. Enjoy the relaxing peace and quiet of late season destinations and bask in the pleasantly warm sunshine flooding the hills, pastures, lakes and beaches of many parts of the country.

    Another major bonus of spending time in France right now is that you can find beautiful accommodation at great value prices as owners adjust their rates for low season – and some make fabulous special offers for autumn weeks.

    A holiday let offers plenty of space for your money and the opportunity to settle into a home from home with excellent amenities. This means you can return from a day’s activities to your own private retreat and choose whether to dine out or have a relaxing meal on your own terrace, taking in the view or the sky full of stars.

    The gentler weather of autumn makes it a great time for an activity or sporty break and for days out sightseeing in towns and cities. Paris in the sunshine is hard to resist – and why not discover another of France’s beautiful cities?

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    Annecy in the Haute-Savoie, has clear air, lakeside strolls and mountain views, while Carcassonne’s romantic turrets and winding medeival lanes take you on a trip back in time. Hop on a train to visit sunny Avignon, the city of the popes, Bordeaux for the wine harvest or Tours for the Loire chateaux. For history there is Chartres, while for glamour and beaches, Nice is hard to beat.

    At French Connections, we make it easy to find your destination and choose your accommodation, so start searching for your autumn break now and check out our special offers.

  • Holiday bargains in late August and September

    Take advantage of late sunshine, quieter roads and the chance for a bargain by booking a last minute trip to France. Here are just some of the great special deals our owners are offering right now. Be quick!

    A beautiful self-catering four bedroom farmhouse with a pool in Charente-Maritime with special offer for late August, perfect for a late family holiday. A larger farmouse in Maine et Loire sleeps up to 16 and has a special offer for late September, so perfect for a group of friends.

    In the less well known peaceful, green region of Haute-Vienne, Limousin, pay just £500 a week in late August for a luxury holiday cottage sleeping up to six people and set in forty acres of land.

    Get 12 days for the price of seven in September at an idyllic three bedroom converted 17th century stone barn with breathtaking panoramic views and a private pool. The house is situated in the South of France in the foothills of Le Canigou, the sacred mountain of the Catalans, and above the valley of the River Têt.

    In Morbihan, Brittany a charming two bedroom stone cottage has 15% off during September – perfect for a couple looking to explore this lovely area close to cross-Channel ports.

    Finally there’s a chance to grab the last of the summer wine with £100 off for the last week in August at a charming house in walled garden set in the heart of Sancerre, the ancient walled town set high on a hill in one of the Loire’s best loved wine growing regions.

    Check out all these and more in our Special Offers and Last minute deals.


  • Joyeux Noel and Bonne Annee!

    Whether you’re celebrating Christmas in France or elsewhere, we wish you a joyful festive season and a truly happy New Year.

    Looking forward to those quiet days between the two big occasions? Dreading the dull days of January? Our solution is to spend some time browsing beautiful holiday homes in France, planning the next trip and maybe making contact with some property owners.

    Making French Connections is, of course, what we do - and our owners are looking forward with enthusiasm to connecting with guests this year. They enjoy welcoming both seasoned Francophiles discovering a new region and those who are first-timers in France and excitedly discovering a whole new country.

    Many owners offer great deals and incentives at this time of year and these will build up as we go into January, so it’s the perfect time to grab a bargain. You’ll find these deals in our Special Offers pages. They range from wine gifts and free extra days to discounts of 10, 15 or even 20 per cent for early bird bookings or specific dates.

    Remember that if you like the look of a property, you can ask the owner questions via their property page or request that they phone you for a chat. They know their property and the local area really well and most are happy to help with travel routes, facilities like cots and high chairs, local sights, days out and where to eat and shop.

    Many owners offer specific activities like cycling, horse riding, tennis, massage and therapies, boating and surfing, even lessons in painting or the French language. Some can provide meals, giving you the best of both worlds - the space and privacy of your own holiday home without having to cook.

    Enjoy making new connections with holiday home owners and ensure that you have a really special trip to France this year.

  • New! Our fantastic special offers for owners and big promotional campaigns

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    We’re excited to be offering owners a choice of fantastic offers when you list your holiday let with French Connections. Either choose 6 months free advertising or our 100% money back guarantee if no bookings are received. And there’s no commission or hidden fees, just clear and transparent pricing.

    During the last twelve months we’ve helped thousands of French property owners reach hundreds of thousands of holiday makers - and received over 2 million property views.

    We have over 25 years’ experience in the French property holiday rental business. Our loyal and growing database of over 100,000 holidaymakers already receive regular newsletters and promotions.

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    Now we have committed to substantially increasing our advertising. This means an increase in our investment in promoting your properties to holidaymakers. We are using highly targeted campaigns on social media and are placing adverts – along with quality editorial coverage – in The Good Life France, French Property News and France Today.

    We will also be exhibiting at the France Show in London in January – more news about that soon.
    You can re-list your property or sign-up your new property in less than 5 minutes and enjoy immediate access to our growing number of holidaymakers.

    Our team is always on hand to provide help and answers to any questions you may have. Please feel free to get in touch with Izzy or Laura on +44 (0) 1580 819303. You can also use the live chat within your owners login section between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    More information in our Advertise with Us pages

  • Quick! Grab a last minute bargain summer holiday

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    Thinking of a last minute holiday in France this summer? As owners offer incentives to fill their remaining weeks, we have scores of super special offers on holiday homes for August and early September.
     
    You can find big discounts on family villas, special deals for couples at beautiful gites and apartments, and bargain breaks at larger properties for groups and extended families. Go to great locations like Normandy, Brittany, the Dordogne, Languedoc-Roussillon and the South of France.

    Accommodation in France is always excellent value. A holiday home offers loads of space for your money when compared to a hotel and allows you to save money by preparing your own easy meals with luscious local food and wine - and now your summer holiday could be even cheaper.

    You can also still find a great summer holiday home searching by date on our last minute availability pages. Find a property you fancy and discover a new area of France, with excellent restaurants, historic towns, traditional markets, glorious countryside, rural parks or theme parks to enjoy.

    Check out our Special Offersnow

  • Special offers for Christmas and New Year in France

    Now is the time to start planning your fabulous Christmas in France. Traditional celebrations, stylish decorations, hassle-free shopping, Christmas markets, gorgeous food and wine, Disneyland Paris. All these can make the French Noel a relaxing and memorable experience.

    Celebrations are also shorter, starting on Christmas Eve and all over by Boxing Day, with life returning quickly to normal. This has great appeal both for visitors who want a quiet time with little fuss and those who like to get out and about once the main event is over. However, during the crucial few days, virtually all shops and restaurants close down, so that self-catering accommodation can mean exactly that – although some owners are happy to provide meals.

    Choose from a family house, a romantic cottage or grand chateau, a cosy gite or a sociable B&B. And don’t forget to check out our special offers.

    This week there’s a special rate of 750 euros a week for Christmas & New Year plus a free case of wine at the Ferme des Molles and its neighbouring cottage. Each sleeps six people and they lie in the heart of south-west France (ID 152886 and 163956). Or you can get 25% discount plus champagne at Villa la Perception, a superbly located five bedroom villa close to Nice airport and within easy walk of a hill village (ID148191).

  • There's still time to book an Easter break in France

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    Easter is just around the corner and there’s still time to book a holiday in France during the Easter break.

    Easter in France means age-old community traditions and joyful celebrations. In the countryside, Spring is evident all around in field, forest, vineyards and verdant hillsides – so it’s an excellent time for getting active outdoors.

    French churches hold an Easter Mass on Saturday evening and the Sunday is marked by a long family lunch with plenty of local produce and wine, which seems like a pretty good model to follow if you’re holidaying in France!

    Book now and you can even grab a bargain from our discounts and special offers. The Syrah House at Domaine du Crestet, a Mas Provencal in Vaucluse shown in our photo, sleeps 4 and has southwest view towards vineyards and the historical village Crestet. There’s an Easter discount of 150 euros a week in the period 19th March to 9th April 2016

    In Finistere, Brittany Ty Glass cottage is only 500m from 2 secluded beaches. It’s set in a large private garden and sleeps 6 people. From 26th March to 15th April, prices are reduced by £100 a week and in May all rates are reduced by 10%

    La Montagne is a two bedroom gîte that sleeps five people, located in the Minervois, Aude region of soutrh west France. There’s 20% off all bookings of four or more nights during the months of March and April, including Easter.

    Check out all our special offers and search by date for last minute availability at the links below.