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Long Winter Lets in France
Many owners of self catering holiday accommodation in France also make their cottages or farmhouses available to rent for longer periods over the winter months through a long winter let, and we have a wide range of off season property rentals available. Because winter lets are for longer than usual, and at a quieter time of year, rental fees are usually discounted. This makes long winter lets an affordable way to seek out milder weather, enjoy inspirational tranquillity, or even try out living in France.
Your Guide to Long Winter Lets in France
The term and duration of your long winter let can be flexible but is usually from 1 to 6 months. If you don’t have a permanent UK address as well, either owned or rented, then your furnished holiday let in France could be classed as your main residence and a minimum 12 month lease may then be obligatory.
Off season lets can typically have all the facilities you’d expect from a summer letting such as furnishings, laundry, cleaning and so on. Depending on the area of France you are planning to stay in, you may want to check some other features of the property such as heating systems and fuel costs, and seasonal opening times of local attractions.
If you are using a long term letting to try out life in France as a precursor to relocating here, then consider staying at two or three different properties for a few months each, to gain a real insight into different areas and regions.
Spend winter in France at a long term let
If you simply can’t face the prospect of a long and dull British winter, a long winter let can be a great way for you to follow the sun without the expense of buying your own holiday property, especially if you are retired and have the flexibility to live abroad for several months. For example the average maximum temperature in January can be a very comfortable 10 degree Celsius in Aquitaine and over 12 degrees in Provence, more than double the average temperature in most of the UK at that time of year. And France is still near enough to be able to pop back and see family at Christmas – but better still, have them come to you at your rustic French farmhouse!
Find creative inspiration with a long winter let
If you have visions of writing a novel in rural Provence, just like Colin Firth’s character in the film Love Actually, then a long winter let could give you the peace and inspiration you need to get the creative juices flowing. Wintering at a French country property can provide peace, quiet, solitude and inspiration for writers, artists, musicians, photographers and many other creative types. Imagine hiding yourself away from the long English winter in a charming French country cottage, farmhouse, chateaux or watermill, and returning in the spring reinvigorated and full of new ideas.
Direct links to great holiday properties
At the southern tip of the Charente Maritime, bordering la Gironde and the Dordogne is the Farmhouse set in its own grounds of 12 acres. In a delightful rural setting that ensures peace, calm and tranquillity. Can be let with the cottage if required. View property
Two, 2 bedroom apartments. They differ in size and layout, but both equally inviting near the historic market town of Castillon-la-Bataille, France. View property
This fully refurbished four bedroom, two bath roomed gite is set within a grand and tranquil courtyard with views overlooking the l'vixiage valley. A private fishing lake with its own beach, and a swimming pool with views of the magical Pyrenees. View property
Situated in the heart of the Lubéron in the conservation village of Goult and within easy reach of many interesting and beautiful places. View property