Want to escape the winter weather, try out French life while house-hunting, learn the language or take a sabbatical during the winter months? Some owners of our holiday rental properties – especially in the warmer South of France – offer long winter lets by the month for a period of one to six months. Rents are lower than weekly seasonal lets and winter stays can run from November to March.
If you’re thinking of starting a new life in France, a long winter let is a really sensible way to ‘try before you buy’. Some families even enroll their children into French schools and you’re on hand should that perfect property come on to the market. And don’t forget to check our pages of properties for sale in France before you leave!
If you are using a long term letting to try out life in France before relocating there, then you might even stay at two or three different properties for a month or two each, to gain a real insight into different areas and regions, the local way of life, towns and attractions.
For owners of letting property in France who want to make extra income by offering long term lets in winter, our recent advice article in November’s Living France magazine will tell you all you need to know about the practicalities, finances and legalities. You can read the whole article on our Press page.
The article, by our joint MD Glynis Shaw, includes a case study of owners Bob and Hélène Lucy, who have been running long winter lets for seven years at Mas D'en Gariste, their luxuriously restored 18th century farmhouse, pictured above. It’s close to the chic historic market town of Thuir near Camelas in the Pyrenees Orientales department of Languedoc Roussillon, where winter weather is generally bright and mild.
To find your own winter place, read our guide to Long Winter Lets in France