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  • New! Win a spring break in the south of France

    Our latest competition offers you the chance to win an April or May week at the picturesque Domaine de Barthe, an ancient wine domain near Carcassonne in the heart of the wine regions of Languedoc-Roussillon.

    Owners Mark and Nicole Adams have tastefully restored four former workers’ cottages to create beautiful self-catering gites. There’s a large swimming pool with terrace in a sheltered walled garden, spacious games barn, giant outdoor chess and a full size covered Petanque court.

    In association with FrenchEntree Magazine, we’re inviting you to enter to win one week’s stay for up to four people in the prestigious Alaric Cottage, opened just last year and pictured above. (Travel is not included).

    The cottage has a large lounge with separate dining kitchen and a feature spiral staircase leads to one double and one twin bedroom, both en suite. Outside, the cottage has its own patio and BBQ area.

    The beautiful Canal du Midi is very close, as are the wine regions of Minervois and Corbiere. In 15 minutes you can drive to Carcassonne’s famous mediaeval walled city and in 40 minutes to the Mediterranean coast.

  • New! Win a week at a gorgeous Provencal Mas

    The beautiful Provencal farmhouse Mas de l’Hermitage is the exciting destination for the winner of our latest competition. We’ve teamed up with FrenchEntree magazine to offer you the chance to win a week’s stay at this place of luxurious calm close to the Alpilles Hills, the Mediterranean sea and the heritage city of Arles.

    At the Mas owners Tony Spit and Bernard Balet  have created three stylish apartments, each with its own private terrace, and all set in a spacious garden with a large swimming pool and fresh herbs and vegetables for your barbecue.

    The winning couple will stay in La Camargue, a spacious duplex apartment with fabulous views. Click on the link below to take a look at this lovely property (ID 103659). If you can’t wait for the competition, you can always book your own stay !

    Nearby is the medieval village of Les Baux and in Arles is the recently opened Van Gogh Foundation. Visit the magnificent Roman Pont de Gard and enjoy picnics or canoeing. Don’t miss the wild lands of the Camargue with its flamingoes, white horses and beaches – or the colourful Provencal markets with their food, flowers and fabrics.

    To enter the competition see the latest issue of FrenchEntree magazine – or you can enter online in the magazine’s Competitions section.

  • French Connections chateau in French magazine competition

    Readers of the January issue can win a luxury week at Chateau de Percey in the heart of Burgundy's countryside and vineyards.

  • French Entree Competition

    The lucky winners of our competition in January's FrenchEntree magazine will be taking their family of four for a free week's stay at the gorgeous La Flotte, a recently restored Manoir and character cottages in sunny Charente Maritime near the sea. La Flotte has 16 acres of private grounds in a wildlife and wild flower reserve surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers and the stay will be in Honeysuckle Cottage, with its vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a staircase up to the two bedrooms, available as king doubles or twin bedded.

    Tim and Amanda Walsh have created the perfect retreat for couples and families at La Flotte. There’s a swimming pool with covered outdoor lounge, a new children’s play area with swing and slide, lots of space for ball games and tranquil grounds to explore with stunning views. You can even order both breakfast and freshly cooked evening meals with locally produced wines at great prices to enjoy in your own cottage or garden.

    Visitors can go walking or cycling in this natural paradise; explore nearby shops, restaurants and the pretty quayside harbour village at Mortagne sur Gironde; visit local sandy beaches or the zoo at La Palmyre; discover the fascinating towns of Cognac, Saintes or Bordeaux.  Golfers will find good courses in the area especially at Royan, about 20 minutes’ drive away.

    Entry to the competition is free in the January issue of FrenchEntree magazine, on sale now.

  • Lush new guide to Wild Swimming in France

    Imagine a hot sunny day in a secluded spot, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and gently rustling trees. You poise for a moment, then leap from a low rock into clear, sparkling water, rise to the surface, swim under a rushing waterfall and whoop with the sheer joy of being alive in such a beautiful world.

    Are you in a scene from the Blue Lagoon? In some faraway Shangri-La? No - you are in France, making full use of Daniel Start's beautiful and practical new book, 'Wild Swimming France'. As Daniel points out, France has not only one of the most diverse and magnificent landscapes in Europe (aren't we always telling you that?) but also the cleanest rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Add to that reliably hot summers and, he says, you have the perfect recipe for reconnecting with nature on a low-cost, healthy, sustainable holiday.

    This book builds on the success of Daniel's previous Wild Swimming books, which inspired two TV series, and is aimed at a wide audience of families, Francophiles who want to get off the beaten track and adventurers in search of the wild and spectacular. The information on places to swim is usefully arranged by both region - complete with maps - and by type, with categories such as canoeing and boating, waterside food and camping along with the different types of swim. For these, the headlines alone are enticing, including skinny-dipping, jumping, blue pools and canyons, arches and formations.

    With all the practical, need to know stuff in place and available at a glance, the book then proceeds to wow with gorgeous colour photographs on every page. While those at the chapter openings are quite general, the images within the chapters illustrate specific locations - which themselves total no less than 400 - and are clearly captioned, giving the reader an idea of what to expect from almost every swimming spot listed.

    No less than fourteen regions are included, with Jura and Normandy/The Loire being the furthest north and Corbieres and Roussillon among the furthest south, so there's plenty of potential for combining wild swimming adventures with your stay at a self-catering country gite or villa in France this summer.

    Win your own copy of the Wild Swimming France book! We have two copies to give away, so enter our prize draw now.

    Click here to enter via Facebook or Twitter!


  • New competition winner excited about a week's holiday in the Ardeche

    Our latest competition was held with Third Age Matters, the magazine of the University of the Third Age, and Denise Roberts of Northumberland is the delighted winner.

    Denise's prize is a week's stay at the beautiful holiday cottage at La Mirande, a converted farmhouse in a stunning, peaceful location in the Ardeche with views to both the Alps and the Massif Central.

    Denise takes a French conversation class, so can't wait to share her delight at being the winner with her group – and practising her language skills. “My husband and I know and love the Ardeche, having visited some years ago, when hardly anyone knew about the area. We are thrilled at the prospect of returning.”

    The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is an unique and exciting organisation which provides, through local groups, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!    

    The magazine Third Age Matters is published five times each year and contains opinion, events and local news from U3As up and down the country.

    La Mirande combines luxury and contemporary colour with dramatic timber and stone period features. As well as the self-contained cottage, it offers two large B&B suites with table d'hote. See more about La Mirande cottage and B&B

  • New! Win a luxury break in beautiful Brittany

    Take part in a reader survey in the latest French Property News magazine and you could win a break at the gorgeous La Longère, a French Connections luxury bed and breakfast farmhouse in Morbihan, Southern Brittany.

    At La Longère Elaine and Paul Hayden have created a stylish, secret hideaway exclusively for adults. With just three en-suite rooms, a jacuzzi and garden and a heated swimming pool for summer months, this is a haven of calm, tranquility and modern comfort in a warm and homely environment.

    The beautifully renovated 18th century stone farmhouse is close to medieval towns, the Carnac stones and the sandy coastline of southern Brittany.

    Discover the medieval market town of Hennebont, the breathtaking megalithic standing stones of Carnac and the quaint harbour of Port of St-Goustan.Get active with golf, horse riding, cycling, walking or sailing and at the end of the day savour plump local oysters or delicious traditional Breton crêpes.

    To enter the prize draw, complete the survey in the June issue of French Property News. Print and digital editions are available and full details are on page 94 of the magazine.

    See more about La Longere.

  • New! Win a Normandy farmhouse weekend

    We’ve joined again with FrenchEntree magazine to offer you the chance to win a weekend in Normandy in early or late Summer 2015. The destination is Le Grand Pont, a restored farmhouse with comfortable bed & breakfast accommodation near Estry, in Calvados cider country.

  • New! Win a week at a Provencal farmhouse gite


    We’ve teamed up again with FrenchEntree magazine to offer you the chance to win a holiday at Mas Berangere, a lovely 18th century stone farmhouse in two acres of gardens with wisteria, lavender and mimosa scenting the air.

    The Mas and three gites are on the edge of the medieval village of Vers Pont du Gard, close to Uzes and are surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and orchards. Owners Philippe and Cathy Plauchut  have renovated these comfortable, stylish holiday homes to preserve their great character and charm and have added private terraces and a swimming pool.

    The competition is to win one week’s stay for two adults and (optionally) two children under twelve in Gite Laurier (travel is not included). Enjoy fabulous views to the Gorge du Gardon from the bedroom and a spacious private shaded terrace with sofas and dining table.

    Enjoy the beaches and canoeing at the River Gardon, just 200 metres away, or take a 2km stroll through the wild herbs of the garrigue to the awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Visit the nearby vibrant city of Uzes or go just a little further afield to Nimes, Avignon and Arles. Go wine tasting and buying from excellent, little known local producers.

    See more about Mas Berangereand enter the competition here

  • New! Win a week at a romantic Brittany cottage

    The lucky winner of our latest competition will be hopping across to Brittany for a spring or autumn week next year. The destination is Le Pressoir, one of four exquisite and beautifully appointed thatched cottages at La Garenne in Languidic, Morbihan. These 200 year old ‘chocolate box’ cottages are among the most beautiful in Brittany.

    This tranquil retreat just oozes traditional charm alongside all modern comforts. The cottages are set in a peaceful wooded valley sloping down to the gently meandering River Blavet. There’s a gate from the garden to the towpath beside the river, so visitors can wander along the water's edge, stopping at bars, cafés and restaurants every few kilometres as they go.