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Guide to Holidays in French Farmhouses
A farmhouse is traditionally known as a building that serves as a primary residence in a rural or agricultural setting. Historically farmhouses where often combined with space for animals called a Housebarn. Other farmhouses may be connected to one or more barns, built to form a courtyard, or with each farm building separate from each other. Today many of these stunning buildings have been converted to create a quintessential French experience. Being typically situated in the countryside they allow you to immerse yourself in all that the French countryside and culture has to offer. Many Farmhouses also offer the option of out buildings or smaller Gîtes attached that allow for groups to stay together while maintaining your own space. If you are looking for authentic French holiday or a genuine home from home, why not rent a Farmhouse for your next trip.
Where do you find Farmhouses?
Farmhouses are a common feature of the French Countryside; many are located in the South of France and South East (the Rhone Alps) and South West too. However, they can be all over France with many in Central and Northern locations too.
What is included in Farmhouse accommodation?
Farmhouse accommodation can vary widely in capacity with some sleeping 2-4 guests offering intimate getaways for couples; to those capable of sleeping which are 12 perfect for large friend and family holidays. Some farmhouses may also have added Gîtes to allow for more guests to stay in separate accommodation, these are just as quintessentially French maintaining their rustic charm. Many of these properties are self-catering, however, some do offer a bed and breakfast service this varies from property to property so you will need to check when booking what is offered within the package.
Many of the French Farmhouses follow a traditional decorative theme, with many featuring their authentic stonewalls and charming exposed wooden beams. Some will also have kept the traditional fire places and log burner ovens. Most farmhouses offer fully fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, or more than one bathroom (depending upon the size of the property) English Satellite TV, CD player, DVD player, Internet Access and family board games. Although many owners will also provide the basic items such as toilet rolls, salt and pepper, washing up liquid and tea and coffee it is not always included. Many owners offer optional extras such as Linen (if not standard) and towels. However, it is best to check with the property owners what is included when booking. However, if you do forget to pack some essentials then at least you have a reason to visit the local shops and try a few French delicacies along the way!
One of the most fantastic features of many of the farmhouses in France is the gardens and land that surrounds the properties. Many have large gardens or acres of land-attached, which are perfect for family activities and relaxing in the sun. Many farmhouse properties have access to their own private or shared swimming pools with sun terraces or patio areas for breakfast in the morning sunrise or dinner watching the sunset. It is also common for these properties to have BBQ areas perfect for evenings in with a beautiful bottle of French wine. This varies from property to property so please check the extras available with each property
Who are Farmhouses suitable for?
As well as being situated in beautiful settings Farmhouses are often the most practical choice of accommodation. Farmhouses are so popular in France that they come in many different types, styles and sizes. Whether you are looking for a quiet countryside break for 2, or need a larger farmhouse to accommodate for your extended family many come available with a pool or added smaller Gîtes for more guests to stay in. This variation is size makes them the perfect retreat for groups and families of all sizes.
As the majority of Farmhouse’s offer self-catering accommodation, they are a great option for families looking for a comfortable holiday with the facilities of home such as high chairs, TV, bikes and use of a swimming pool. Their countryside setting also opens up lots of ideas for adventure and exploring all the beauty France has to offer. With large accommodation available, Farmhouse’s can also be a great option for extended families to holiday together rather than staying in a hotel.
Groups of Friends
Farmhouses are also the perfect getaway for friend retreats, with many sleeping 12 in the main house and more in the Gîtes attached there is plenty of space for large group getaways. The large outside areas also offers the opportunity for BBQ’s in the sunshine and evening parties in the sunset. Many farmhouses are also located close to local villages and which offer up great opportunities to submerse yourself and your friends into the local culture.
What are the benefits of staying in a French Farmhouse?
There are many Farmhouses to choose from across France.
Often Farmhouses are in close proximity to a village or small town, giving you access to authentic French living with local markets, restaurants, outdoor pursuits and a range of local festivals. This also allows for great day trips for groups of friends or families.
Farmhouses are sometimes Pet Friendly, allowing you to bring your dog on holiday with you and make the most of the Countryside.
Many Farmhouses come with access to a private or shared swimming pool. The large outside areas serve as eating areas and are perfect for outdoors activities.
There are lots of self-catering options available giving you the freedom to visit the local farmers markets, and really get involved with all the wonderful French delicacies on offer.
Tips for staying in a French Farmhouse
If you are worried about space, book larger accommodation than you need.
Check with the Farmhouse owner to find out what essential items are available when you arrive so you know what to bring with you.
Farmhouses sleeping 10+
Farmhouses for smaller Families
Farmhouses for a Couples Getaway
Farmhouses with a private pool
Farmhouses for Families with Children
Farmhouses in the South of France