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  • 2012 is off to a great start!

    January has been a successful month at French Connections, with site visits, new visitors and enquiries for holiday rentals and properties for sale all up on the same period last year. In an uncertain economic climate, we reckon this deserves a shared pat on the back with our staff, advertisers and holidaymakers.

  • Discover France for Less

    In a travel feature called ‘France for Less’, last Saturday’s Daily Mail gave top tips on budget France, including holiday rentals from French Connections.  With a better exchange rate, lower petrol costs and our holiday homes from under £200 a week, now is a great time to rediscover France for less. That’s what the feature concluded – and naturally we agree!

    A search on the site for a holiday home for four people in late July- early August brings up the choice of dozens of apartments, luxury chalets and cottages in various regions of France from just £176 for a week, many of them on holiday complexes with a pool and loads of fun things to keep the children happy.

    If you head for Brittany, our featured region this month, a family of six could stay in the two-bedroom stone cottage apartment at Menhir-ty gîtes in Bogas near the gorgeous town of Josselin for just £380 for an August week and enjoy a shared swimming pool, barbecue, fishing lake and large garden.

    Travel in larger groups often means a good price per person and for around £100 a head, eleven people could share adjacent character-filled gîtes at Poulmarvezen, also in Brittany, and enjoy four acres of rural tranquility with a swimming pool and a 25 mile drive to the coast.

    There are more great ideas for discovering France for less, including short breaks and fantastic value ferries, flights and car hire in our guide to Budget Holidays in France

  • French Connections advises owners in leading magazines

    September's Living France magazine features How To Let Out Your French Property, while French Property News has a major article on bringing in extra income for gites and holiday lets. Both are written by our own Glynis Shaw, based on her years of experience and lively ideas, with two French Connections holiday home owners as case studies.

  • 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 Connections featured in French Property News

    Glynis Shaw advises on the basics of successfully marketing a holiday let in France in the August issue, with two French Connections owners as case studies.Glynis Shaw advises on the basics of successfully marketing a holiday let in France in the August issue of French Property News magazine, with two French Connections owners as case studies. In a two-page feature in top-selling French Property News magazine, entitled Stealing the Show, Glynis Shaw advises on how to market a holiday let. The article covers everything from marketing strategy and budget to pricing structure; from creating an online listing that works to the importance of good photographs and from keeping a guest book to actively monitoring enquiries. The article – part three of a bi-monthly series on successful holiday lets – also features two case studies. Le Moulin de la Toulzanieis a riverside millhouse in the Lot that is lyrically portrayed in its online listing by manager Neil Buffee while La Claperie, a Dordogne villa, is presented with the complete marketing package of description, photographs and information. Read the full article in our Press page
  • French connections in French Property News magazine

    The May edition of French Property News features an article on creating rustic interiors with all mod cons for holiday lets, using two French Connections owners and their houses as inspiring examples.

    The May edition of French Property News features an article on creating rustic interiors with all mod cons for holiday lets, using two French Connections owners and their houses as inspiring examples.

    The attractively illustrated colour article is on page 52 of the best-selling monthly magazine and is also featured on the cover. It gives advice and information on creating interiors that offer all the comfort and modern conveniences that many holidaymakers expect without losing the authentic, traditional rustic character that we all love about France.

    The first 'case study' is The Barn, near Bourganeuf in the Limousin. On the outside, this is still a fairly simple stone building typical of the French rural landscape, but inside owner Chris Hill has created a dramatic four bedroom house with a lofty living room, a mezzanine library high up in the roof, underfloor heating and a designer wet room - all with a wealth of beams and period features.

    The Baby House in the Auvergne was originally a shelter for sheep. Now, thanks to the creativity and hard work of Teresa and Steve Cox, it is a romantic rural retreat with a feeling of light and space. Luxury features are a roll-top bath and a period wrought-iron bed clothed with antique monogrammed French linen.

  • Joyeux Noel and Bonne Annee!

    Whether you’re celebrating Christmas in France or elsewhere, we wish you a joyful festive season and a truly happy New Year.

    Looking forward to those quiet days between the two big occasions? Dreading the dull days of January? Our solution is to spend some time browsing beautiful holiday homes in France, planning the next trip and maybe making contact with some property owners.

    Making French Connections is, of course, what we do - and our owners are looking forward with enthusiasm to connecting with guests this year. They enjoy welcoming both seasoned Francophiles discovering a new region and those who are first-timers in France and excitedly discovering a whole new country.

    Many owners offer great deals and incentives at this time of year and these will build up as we go into January, so it’s the perfect time to grab a bargain. You’ll find these deals in our Special Offers pages. They range from wine gifts and free extra days to discounts of 10, 15 or even 20 per cent for early bird bookings or specific dates.

    Remember that if you like the look of a property, you can ask the owner questions via their property page or request that they phone you for a chat. They know their property and the local area really well and most are happy to help with travel routes, facilities like cots and high chairs, local sights, days out and where to eat and shop.

    Many owners offer specific activities like cycling, horse riding, tennis, massage and therapies, boating and surfing, even lessons in painting or the French language. Some can provide meals, giving you the best of both worlds - the space and privacy of your own holiday home without having to cook.

    Enjoy making new connections with holiday home owners and ensure that you have a really special trip to France this year.

  • Living France magazine publishes our top tips for owners of holiday lets


    The September issue of Living France magazine features a two-page expert advice article from French Connections, drawing on our expertise and services for property owners who want to run successful holiday lets.

    If you own a property in France and offer holiday lets to guests – or are thinking of doing so – do make the most of our top tips for successful strategies. They’re based on years of experience with online advertisers and holidaymakers and are designed to help you promote your property and get more bookings.

    Topics covered in the advice article include:

    How to set the right rental rate and keep your pricing policy simple and clear

    - Deciding on your Unique Selling Point, which will help clarify the market you are aiming at
    - Tips on displaying great photographs and writing a compelling property description
    - Facilities that a property needs to offer for maximum guest appeal
    - How to maintain your property
    - Using the internet and investing in advertising
    - Being responsive to enquiries and communicating well with guests



    The article is featured on the cover of the magazine, with the title 'Make Yourself at Home'. You can read the article in the September issue of Living France magazine, both the published and digital issues, available at W H Smith, online and by subscription. There is a link on our Press page, where you can also browse a host of other articlesof interest to owners.

  • 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

  • Our competition winners enjoy a chateau holiday in Burgundy

    Mr and Mrs B from Scotland were the lucky winners of our competition run earlier this year with French, the monthly magazine. Their prize was a week’s stay in one of the luxury gites at the romantic 18th century Chateau de Percey, which is set in beautiful countryside in the famous wine region of Chablis, Burgundy.