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Guide to Holidays in French Cottages
French holiday cottages are usually small in size and great for couples or small families. Many have 1-3 bedrooms which often makes them more affordable than larger Farmhouses or Villas. Cottages are great for those interested in more rustic style, period properties with many following the ‘Shabby Chic’ style ‘French County’. They are often stone built and full of period features such as exposed beams and wooden floors, with many dating back to the 17th Century.
Where do you find Cottages?
Cottages can be found in most regions in France, with a large number in the North West France in regions such as Brittany and Normandy. Cottages are often located on their own in a rural setting, near a village or as part of a Mill or Farm complex.
What is included in Cottage accommodation?
Most cottages offer fully furnished, self-catering accommodation and therefore are well equipped with the home essentials. Often cottages have been recently refurbished to offer comfort and modern facilities.
Cottages usually offer living and kitchen accommodation on the ground floor and bedrooms in the roof space, this often means that space is limited. The charm and character of some cottages mean that the ceilings are low, there are small stairwells and steps between rooms. Therefore accessibility needs to be considered if you are travelling with children, people with disabilities or the elderly. Most cottages offer fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms, English Satellite TV, CD player, DVD player, Internet Access and family board games. Most Cottages provide Linen as standard but others do offer this as an optional extra. In addition, some Cottages come with family board games, books and DVD’s, but this is worth checking with the owner before you visit.
Due to the rural location of most cottages, the outside space is often generous with decorative, mature gardens and barbecue facilities in some properties. Some Cottages have the added benefit of fields and stretched views of the countryside whilst others may be within villages. Those cottages located on Mill or farm complex may have access to a swimming pool (shared or private).
Who are Cottages suitable for?
If you a looking for a romantic break in France then why not stay in a cosy, characterful, French cottage. Many cottages are 1 bedroom and in beautiful secluded locations, perfect for a weekend getaway. Often this is a more affordable choice, with self-catering facilities and off peak deals available.
If you are looking for a small holiday rental for your small family in France packed full of character, then why not consider a French cottage. Many owners offer family friendly cottages with benefits such as high chairs and a cot, just be sure to check the facilities and access before you travel.
What are the benefits of staying in a Cottage?
Cottages are usually smaller than other accommodation and therefore more affordable.
Often close to a village and amenities such as a shops, restaurants and bars.
Great for a rural and quiet retreat.
French cottages can be cheaper than British cottages.
Usually packed with rustic charm and period features.
Tips for staying in a Cottage
Check the accessibility of the cottage if you are travelling with young children, people with disabilities or the elderly.
Check with the cottage owner before you travel so you know what essential items you need to bring with you.
Find out if the owner offers any optional extras e.g. Welcome food packages on arrival.
Cottages in North West France
Bed and Breakfast Cottages
Cottages for Couples
Family Friendly Cottages
Rural Cottages with Views Sleeping 2
Cottages suitable for the Elderly