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  • Late deals for Easter and Springtime in France

    Easter is fast approaching – and if you’re looking for a late deal, then France is a really attractive, value for money option. Our owners are still offering gites, chateaux, villas and B&B for Easter week 4th to 11th April, so you can still grab a beautiful property in a fabulous location.

    Late availability B&B starts at just £47 per night for a double room and you can rent a charming self-catering cottage or apartment for two to four people from only £160 for the week. Among our special offers, owners are offering 20% and even 50% discounts for April weeks.

    Add to this the euro-sterling exchange rate, now at its best for seven years at nearly 1.4 euros to the pound, making it cheaper to buy petrol and eat out, and there really is no excuse for staying home this Easter!

    Why not try a new part of France this Spring? Timeless countryside, wide open beaches, rolling hills, dramatic mountains, rivers, lakes and waterways, historic towns, medeival villages are all yours to discover by day, with top notch food and wine to savour when the sun goes down.

  • Nice Carnival and Spring flower festivals in the South of France

    In the south of France, along the coast of the magical Mediterranean, it’s time to celebrate Spring. Biggest and most exuberant of all celebrations is the carnival in Nice on the Cote d’Azur. Here, the processions of elaborate floats work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic decorations on the Place Masséna.

    These massive, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from around the world. This year, Nice carnival continues until  1st March and on Saturday 21st and 28th February there is a flower parade in the afternoon and a Carnival Parade of Lights in the evening.


    Menton is also on the Cote d’Azur, close to Monte Carlo, and the Menton Lemon festival continues  until 4 March, with fabulous displays of citrus fruits and flowers.

    The medeival village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup lies between the mountains and the sea and hosts a charming Violet festival on 21st and 22 February, celebrating the village’s role as a centre of cultivation of the beautiful, perfumed flowers.

    Fluffly yellow Mimosa flowers are gorgeous, bright symbols of spring in warmer climes. Bormes-les-Mimosas, situated between Hyeres and Saint Tropez, holds a Grand Mimosa procession on 22nd February, and from here you can drive the mimosa route between the Maures mountains and the sea.

    We’ve a range of gorgeous apartments and Provencal villas to rent in and around these towns and villages, for spring, summer and autumn holidays and fun short breaks beside the blue Mediterranean. Where will you stay for the flowers, floats and sunshine?

  • Romance and Valentines in France

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to hearts, flowers and spring. France is to me the ideal destination for a romantic break.

  • To Mourn a Nightingale.

    April has to be one of my favourite months in the Bourgogne. It is when the “beautiful days” start in earnest, when the Nightingales return and when the colsa is flowering. It is when I do things that many people will regard as being rather strange, such as sitting outside at four thirty in the morning, with a tray of tea, listening to a dozen Nightingales singing their predawn territorial chorus from across the river in front of my house.