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  • 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.

  • Adventures in Brittany

    This time next week I shall be exploring new French territory for me – the land and seascape of Brittany.This time next week I shall be exploring new French territory for me – the land and seascape of Brittany. Another first is my method of travel, as I’m going with a friend in her camper van, the whimsically named Mazda Bongo. Our adventure has been easy to organise. We booked a crossing overnight from Portsmouth to Le Havre and searched this site for Brittany B&Bs and hotels on a map. We’ll use those for overnight stops and our home on wheels for lunch and tea breaks. We’ve driven through France together before and know that my friend is good at route planning and navigation while I’m more confident at speaking French - and that we both like markets, harbours, churches, views and history, so we’re optimistic that all will be well. Luckily, we also both love French food and wine! I really enjoy Cornwall so I’m sure I’ll appreciate the rocky coastline and wide open spaces, the sense of an ancient land whose spirit and traditions survive. Our ultimate destination is the medieval town of Vannes and the prehistory of Carnac, with its miles of standing stone and Megalithic wonders. Carnac is on the Golfe de Morbihan, which boasts gorgeous islands, wild beaches, a seabird sanctuary and a mild micro-climate. Brittany, here we come!
  • Banish those Winter Blues!

    With Christmas well and truly behind us and an icy start to the New Year, we thought what better way to banish our winter blues than booking an early summer break.As Brittany was so perfect last time round, we thought we would plump for the region again, but venture slightly further into the department of Finistere. Late May/early June has always offered reliably good weather, both in Britain and abroad and co-incides with school holidays. Also being just out of season, it makes an affordable alternative to the peak summer breaks. With the villa now booked, we can turn our attentions to the warmer climate that awaits us in May/June and close our curtains to the snow and ice!
  • Book a break, Give a break

    Chicksholiday

    During December and January, bookings made for some of the holiday properties available on our website will generate a donation to help send an underprivileged child on holiday. The properties are those that are offered at French Connections by one of our trusted partners, Oliver’s Travels.

    Oliver’s has teamed up with CHICKS, a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK. For every booking, a donation of £30 will go towards the aim of raising £15,000 to cover the cost of a week’s retreat for 16 disadvantaged children.

    CHICKS began in 1992 and has since provided over 13,500 children with a much needed break. The children might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.

    Children are referred by professionals (for example, teachers or social workers) so CHICKS can help those who need our support the most. A holiday inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax.

    The donation applies to properties on our website that show the message, ‘This property is bookable live via our trusted partners Olivers Travels.’ Search our gorgeous holiday properties in France for your 2017 holiday now.

  • Book a holiday with confidence

    A report out today (Travel Agent 25 March 2010) confirms what we have been aware of for somewhile. Namely, holiday makers feel more comfortable booking on-line where they can first read reviews from other members of the public who have gone before themA report out today (Travel Agent 25 March 2010) confirms what we have been aware of for somewhile. Namely, holiday makers feel more comfortable booking on-line where they can first read reviews from other members of the public who have gone before them. Arguably many reviews can be quite mixed and one has to allow for the differing expectations of an individual and whether it be modified through an individual’s age or previous experiences. But the fact remains that tried and tested opinions from Joe Public vs. propositions by the travel industry are more likely to induce the comfort factor for the consumer looking to book a holiday. The Social Travel report states …. British holidaymakers see the internet as an extension of word-of-mouth recommendations they receive from friends and family and are more likely to take the word of a complete stranger over recommendations from the industry.. Many of French Connections property owners invite their guests to contribute to an on-line ‘guest book’ of testimonials following their stay. Testimonials are validated through French Connections with the author, so that holiday makers can be sure of authenticity. Holiday makers booking any of the properties on French Connections that offer a testimonial, can rest assured that the comments made reflect the views of guests who have previously stayed at the property.
  • Dream holidays easily come true in France

    A survey of nearly 2,000 British holidaymakers has asked, ‘What makes your dream holiday?’ Their three priorities are easily achievable in France…A survey of nearly 2,000 British holidaymakers has asked, ‘What makes your dream holiday?’ Their three priorities are easily achievable in France… The most popular length of time for a dream holiday was three weeks. With our holiday properties taking bookings by the week – many throughout the year - this requirement can easily be ticked off. Next came accommodation and 78% of those polled wanted a private villa. Well, you'll find thousands of those to choose from in this site in all areas of France, whether the dream is for contemporary chic or romantic antique style, in rolling countryside or close to the sea. The third dream for most was to eat out every night. France, of course, is the home of restaurants that offer fresh local food, lovingly cooked and at excellent value. In fact, eating out is even more affordable just now because of the better value of the pound against the euro. So, if you really want to take that dream holiday, the conclusion is easy. Head for France!
  • Driving through France this year?

    Halfords have just launched a range of special offers on everything you need for a long drive through France, from storage and safety to comfort and entertainment.You may not be aware that when driving in France, the following items are compulsory:
    • Spare bulbs
    • GB Sticker or Euroflag Number Plate
    • High Visibility Jacket
    • Headlamp Convertors
    • Warning Triangle
    It is also recommended you take a First Aid Kit, and a Fire Extinguisher. All these items and more are available from the Halfords motoring store, where you can also save up to a third on continental driving accessories. If you are facing a long drive through France with the family, then Halfords also have some great deals on these driving products and accessories; Dont leave it till the ferry terminal - stock up on your driving accessories well in advance. For more help and advice, you can also see our guide to driving in France.
  • Exchange rate reaches 1.2 euros to the pound

    Travellers to France can get a healthy 10% more spending power for their holiday money over last summer, as the currency settled yesterday at 1.2 euros to the pound, making a euro just about 85 penceTravellers to France can get a healthy 10% more spending power for their holiday money over last summer, as the currency settled yesterday at 1.2 euros to the pound, making a euro just about 85 pence. For the last year, the difference between the euro and pound has been lower than ever before and at times close to parity, but rates have now improved just in time for the summer holiday season and it's now possible to buy 500 euros for as little as £419. I can't help thinking about the excellent lunch I recently enjoyed at Au Relais des Cyclistes, a really French restaurant just off the harbour in Honfleur. The menu du jour was 12.99 euros and I tucked into a smoked fish with salad starter followed by steak and chips with roast vegetables and topped off with a chocolate fondant in creme anglaise. At today's rates that lunch would cost around £11. Who said France isn't excellent value - and when can I go back?
  • France comes top in the best place in the world to live for the fifth year running.

    According to International Living Magazine's Quality of Life index, France comes top in best place in the world to live for the fifth year running!According to International Living Magazine's Quality of Life index, France comes top in best place in the world to live for the fifth year running!  Not that we at French Connections are surprised of course! Taking into account nine categories – Cost of living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, Safety and Risk and not forgetting Climate, France came out overall tops. The number crunching was sourced from government websites, WHO and the Economist amongst others. Even if you are not considering buying in France, don’t just take the report’s words for it, make sure you visit France sometime this year and check out for yourself, what makes France such an attractive option. And to make sure you can visit your first choice of stay, start the search for your ideal holiday property now.
  • Introducing Laura - French Connections team member - Something to Croak About!

    As a youngster, holidays were something of a rarity. However, when we did get an opportunity to go away, France was always my parent’s first choice. I have fond memories of waking up in the early hours of the morning and setting off, bleary eyed for the ferry port.As a youngster, holidays were something of a rarity. However, when we did get an opportunity to go away, France was always my parent’s first choice. I have fond memories of waking up in the early hours of the morning and setting off, bleary eyed, for the ferry port. Half the fun as a young child was arriving at Dover just as the sun was starting to rise, blissfully unaware of the long journey to the South of France that proceeded us. An hour or so on French soil and then the questions would start from myself and my two younger brothers; ‘Are we there yet?’, ‘I need the toilet….again’ and ‘so and so has done such and such’. Once at our destination a fabulous two weeks would ensue. Always brilliant weather, food that never disappointed and plenty of things to do and places of interest to visit, even as a child; a giant sand dune ‘Dune du Pyla’ near Arcachon and ‘Gouffre de Padirac’ at Gourdon, were two places that stick vividly in my memory. Unfortunately, the breathtaking scenery was lost on me as a child as were the delightful little villages that peppered the landscape. However, it is only as an adult when I recollect, can I truly appreciate what memorable holidays they were. Now, a parent myself, France to me seems a logical first choice option. Feelings of the familiar mixed with its rural beauty and safe beaches, make France an obvious choice to take my young family. We recently spent a wonderful week in the Cotes-d'Armor, Brittany in the picturesque seaside village of St-Quay-Portrieux. We set off shortly after midnight, in the hope the children would sleep the majority of the journey so as to avoid all the questions! We took our time travelling to our destination and enjoyed the journey and its varied scenery. Aside from one or two wrong turns, which resulted in a few extra euros on tolls, the journey was relatively stress free and we arrived at our gite mid afternoon, to glorious sunshine. The gite, which we booked through French Connections (prn: 103879), was quirky and typically French. Set in gorgeous countryside, with the only noises to be heard coming from our two over excited children, who had discovered a fabulously spacious garden and a family of baby frogs! We knew at that moment we had made the right choice in our holiday destination.