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  • Enjoy a long winter let in France

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    Fancy escaping the British winter, taking a sabbatical or going house hunting in France? A long winter letat one of our beautiful holiday homes could be just what you need to see you into next Spring.

    Long winter lets can run from one month right up to six months, usually between November and late February or March, depending partly on the region and local weather. Several of our owners offer long winter lets at their properties with rental by the month at very favourable rates compared with weekly summer rents.

    If you’re thinking of buying in France, a winter rental is a great way to be on the spot for viewing properties when they come on the market, get to know the region and way of life and improve your spoken French.

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    Families thinking of emigrating often want to do the very sensible thing of ‘try before you buy’. Many even put their children into French schools for a while and get a true taste of the lifestyle.

    To get away from the winter, you could head for southern regions of France where temperatures are generally higher and there is more light and sunshine. Or perhaps you want to use a sabbatical to do that writing, photography or meditation you’ve been promising yourself.

    Our ‘Long Winter Lets’ pages list a range of attractive properties whose owners offer this service. Our photo shows La Bastide St Christopheon the beautiful Cote d'Azur, where several apartments are available for long winter lets.

    Most owners invite you to get in touch to discuss rates, so use their weekly rental quoted as simply a guide to where they sit in the market. They are also knowledgeable about their area and happy to help you get what you want from your long winter escape. Browse our long winter lets now.

  • Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur is perfect for year-round holidays

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    Provence is a fascinating land, celebrated for its excellent climate, breathtaking scenery, fine beaches, suberb food and fashionable resorts. There really are few places in Europe that can compete with its romantic ambience and allure, with that special combination of glamorous places, beautiful people and rich cultural heritage.

  • Winter breaks with cities, beaches and skiing in the Pyrénées mountains

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    Want to take a winter break in France where you can relax, explore cities, walk on beaches and enjoy a couple of days’ skiing in beautiful mountains? Our tip is to head for the Pyrénées Mountains in the south west.

    Many holiday properties accessible to popular destinations like Perpignan, Céret and the pretty Mediterranean port of Collioure are also within reach of the Pyrénées slopes.  To find out more, browse our villas, farmhouses and gites in Pyrénées-Orientales.

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    One great example is El Couloumer,  a year-round villa in Arboussols in Catalan Country, surrounded by vineyards and woodland. Owners Toni and Michael Howarth love winter here because they can have breakfast in sunshine on the terrace looking at snow capped mountains, then drive to one of nine different ski resorts within an hour, spend about four hours skiing and come home to a blazing log fire in time for dinner.

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    “The ski resorts open in November and skiing is usually great in February and March – even up to Easter. We are happy to offer our villa to holidaymakers during the winter months so they can share all that we love about the area. It’s a 30 minute drive to Perpignan on the Mediterranean coast and the beaches of Canet, Argeles and St. Cyprien are 50 minutes away. So visitors can combine skiing, beaches, lakes and even exploring Spain.”

    El Couloumer is featured in our latest article in French Property News magazine, along with some tips for holiday property owners in this area. The November ski issue is on sale now in print and digital editions.