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  • Rail Europe, the experts in European rail tickets and passes and our rail travel partner, is currently offering savings of up to 75% on journeys to the South of France this summer.

    Routes covered by the offer include Brussels and Lille to Lyon, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier and Avignon, with standard class fares starting at £32.50 one way from Lille or £36 one way from Brussels. First class tickets are also included in the offer, with fares starting at £41.50 from Lille and £50.50 from Brussels.

    Travelling via Brussels and Lille offers the additional benefit that onward services usually depart from the same station as trains arriving from the UK, avoiding the need to negotiate the Paris Metro.

    The offer will be available to book until Saturday 5 June, for travel between Friday 25 May and Saturday 30 June, making it perfect for anyone wanting a quick get-away for some summer sun or to make the most of the long Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

    Tickets at the offer prices will be limited so travellers are advised to book early through our one-stop link to Rail Europe to avoid disappointment.

  • 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.

  • Calvados in Normandy is our region of the month – and a very evocative one for me in several different ways. Firstly it brings back deliciously the flavour of the fruity apple brandy drink of the same name, especially when sipped in a country garden or at a chic pavement bar.

    Secondly it conjures up images of rolling fields, contented cows, impossibly pretty timbered farmhouses and country paths magical with abundant flowers and verdant leaves. The countryside of Calvados is beautiful for driving, walking, cycling and simply sitting beneath a tree listening to birdsong whilst enjoying fromage, baguette and a verre du vin.

    My next evocative memory is the stunning coastline, from beautiful harbours to tremendous sweeps of wild, sandy beaches where a salty breeze blows away the cobwebs. I’ve travelled by ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre and from Dover to Calais and there is always that thrill of the sense of voyaging from port to port.

    For both journeys, I managed to arrange a meal stop at a restaurant in gorgeous Honfleur. As you would expect with a coastal department, there is a huge variety of fresh fish and shellfish on the menu and market stalls groan with fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and flowers.

    Honfleur is one of France’s most beautiful and historic harbours and a happening town filled with art and history – which are definite themes of the whole of the Calvados region, from the poignant D -Day landing beaches to Caen and Bayeux with its famous tapestry.

    The climate is oceanic with mild winters, so this region is perfect for a short winter break, a spring week to enjoy the apple blossom and a fortnight’s summer holiday. We have an excellent range of accommodation in peaceful countryside, villages and towns – including Honfleur. You can also use our Travel pages to book ferries and Eurotunnel and find your travel needs.

  • We enjoy making connections between holiday let owners and their guests. We also know that many of our owners run gites primarily because they love to be in the hospitality business. It’s a real pleasure for them to welcome holidaymakers at their property and share all that they love about France and their local area.

    Jaen Williams, based just outside the beautiful city of Carcassonne, shown in our photo, is a prime example. Her gite, Willow Cottage, is a private, independent two bedroom cottage with its own swimming pool and a huge rooftop terrace. It’s set in one acre grounds with an orchard and boules pitch in a fantastic village location and with close access to this romantic medieval city and its airport.

    Jaen was once a nurse, but is now retired and has lived in her pretty village, close to the Canal du Midi, for nine years. “I love everything about this place,” says Jaen in her lilting Scottish brogue. “The tranquillity, the lovely friendly people and the ten minute walk to a shop, café bar and chateau.”

    Jaen also loves helping her guests have the best possible holiday, without being in any way intrusive. “I know a lot about the local history and stories and it seems that others share my enthusiasm as I have three families who have been coming to stay here for six years!”

    Carcassonne is a great year round destination and Jaen has availability for this spring and summer for up to four people.
    See more about Willow Cottage at the link below

  • High in the snow covered peaks of the Rhone Alps is the Savoie - a land of wild, majestic beauty and our region of the month. For skiers, this area is a Mecca, and superlatives abound. It is home to Mont Blanc, the mother of all French mountains, contains Les Trois Vallées, one of the largest connected skiing areas in the world and features L'Espace Killy, known as the most beautiful ski centre in the world.

    There’s been plenty of snowfall recently, so the ski season will extend well into April, giving you time to book a self-catering stay at one of our traditional ski chalets and apartments. Chambery is the region’s capital and plenty of ski resorts are within a short driving distance of its airport. You can also get a low-cost flight to Lyon and drive south from there. When booking, don’t forget to ask owners for tips on travel.

    When the weather gets warmer and snow leaves the lower slopes, Savoie is also a great destination for walking, cycling and boating, for enjoying clear mountain air, breathtaking scenery and wide open spaces. If you’ve never been to the French mountains in summer, you have a treat in store. Grassy slopes and meadows with snow-topped peaks, stunning lakes that evoke a sense of deep peace, a magical landscape with views that you just want to sit and soak up.

    Our photo shows views of glaciers from Ste Foy, a charming, unspoilt ski resort that is home to Chalet and Apartment Morion.

    And all year round you can savour the local cuisine – fish and game dishes, fabulous cheeses - and discover some delicious local wines exclusive to the area. The very names make you want to try them – white wines include Altesse, Chasselas and Roussane while Savoie reds have a ring to their names of Mondeuse and Persan. Salut!

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    The turning of the year sees us dreaming of summer holidays in France – the joys of relaxing beside your own pool, shopping in the market, savouring vin de pays and strolling or cycling around the local sights.

    We really know France – our website was a pioneer in connecting holidaymakers with owners back in 1996 and we’re still going strong. This year, we ’re excited about new holiday homes on offer alongside those whose owners have been with us for years. They are spread right across the country and some are offering great deals for early booking.

    Will you return to a well loved location or branch out somewhere new? Hop across to Normandy or Brittany or fly down to Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon? France offers so much choice in a single country – and such excellent value for money. In every destination you’ll find local food to discover, fascinating places to visit and spacious countryside to explore. Couples can visit cities oozing with character, families can enjoy theme parks and water parks that children adore.

    Our owners are now taking bookings for 2015 and key weeks – particularly school summer holidays - often fill up quickly. Whether you're after a cottage in a picturesque village, a farmhouse, villa or chateau in the country or an apartment near the sea, there's a great choice available, so act now to find your perfect holiday home.

    Search accommodation: http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/accommodation/france

    Check out our fantastic special offers: http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk/accommodation/france?offers=true

  • It’s February and here in northern Europe, winter still has us in its icy grip. So naturally our thoughts turn to long, lazy days in the sunny south of France, to glorious Mediterranean beaches and forests fringed by mountain views.

    Here at French Connections, our thoughts are turning especially to the Aude in Languedoc Roussillon, for this is our region of the month. Typically for its Mediterranean location, the Aude enjoys long, hot summers with temperatures topping well above 30C, so no wonder we consider it a holiday heaven.

    The coastline stretches for a full 50km and is positively bursting with beach resorts, so there’s plenty of swimming and sunbathing. Further inland lies a blanket of wheat fields and vineyards as far as the eye can see, with the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrénées mountains, guaranteeing you scenery with constantly changing light and drama.

    The landscape is unmistakably Mediterranean with wild, rocky hills and hot, stony plains – and the wine is warm and southern too, for this is the territory of the gorgeous Minervois and Corbières. I recently enjoyed a delicious glass of Corbieres de Nimes - on offer at the supermarket - and the name, label and taste all transported me immediately to the warmth and history of this area of France.

    Deep forests offer a cool, quiet retreat and are a hiker’s paradise. And the history! From the 13th century, the Cathars have left their mark in the Aude, especially in the capital Carcassonne, surely one of France’s most romantic cities. Stroll the winding streets, explore the sights, languish at a pavement café and finish with a dinner of superb local food and wine in one of the many restaurants that ooze warmth and welcome.

    Where to stay in the Aude? You’ll find mouth watering traditional stone farmhouses with shutters and vine-clad terraces, village houses for a real taste of local life, beachside apartments and lovely country auberges with every luxury laid on. Check out accommodation ideas in our guide to the Aude and our guide to Languedoc Roussillon

    Our photo shows the breathtaking view from Les Gascous, a spacious 12 bedroom farmhouse set in five acres of garden with a salt water swimming pool. This tranquil setting is only 10 minutes drive from the medieval city of Mirepoix, where there’s plenty to see and do.

  • Tarn-et-Garonne is a laid back department of the Midi-Pyrénées in the South West of France, lying just north of Toulouse. It’s justifiably become a popular holiday area, yet still feels uncrowded and unrushed – so no wonder we’ve chosen it as our region of the month for July!

    This largely rural area is known for its beautiful countryside, pleasant lifestyle and its three rivers - the Aveyron, Tarn and  Garonne. Medieval towns and several officially 'Most Beautiful Villages' dot the countryside, including picturesque Saint-Antonin Noble Val (above), whose town hall is considered to be one of the oldest in France.

    The varied landscape is ideal for fans of the outdoors, whether exploring on foot, on two wheels or four legs. The breathtakingly beautiful Gorges of the Aveyron are also perfect for those who want to take to the water for white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

    Prosperous Montauban – a bastide city - is the departmental capital, with museums, historic buildings and a huge variety of shops, restaurants and quaint little cafes where you can sip a coffee or a glass of one of the many delicious local wines.

    The majority of our holiday lets in Tarn-et-Garonne are beautiful, traditional stone and tile farmhouses, cottages, converted barns and elegant maisons de maitre - many with their own pool and in glorious settings. Some have special offers for unfilled summer weeks, so you may even be able to grab a bargain.

    To get to Tarn-et-Garonne, you can fly to Toulouse, take the motorail from Calais or drive from the Channel port in 8-9 hours. Start by browsing accommodation, then go to our Travel pages to book a trip tailor-made for you.

  • Passionate about wide open spaces and natural resources? Then Alpes-de-Haute-Provence could be your perfect destination for a holiday in France – and it’s our region of the month. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, where mountains give way to sea, the area enjoys snow in the mountains, mild winters in the valleys and long warm summers with temperatures reaching 35C.

    There’s a fantastic variety of landscapes and attractions. As you reach the foothills of Alpes-de-Haute Provence, you find villages huddled in the contours of alpine valleys or perched precariously on rocky outcrops, with steeply sloping streets leading to a central square. This is truffle and olive country – and the altitude gives the olives a particularly fruity taste.

    •    Enjoy exploring the delights of the national park of Mercantour and the Gorges of Verdon.
    •    Go to the gorgeous mountain village of Moustiers Ste Marie, where the houses appear to have been sculpted out of the rocky mountainside.
    •     Take Le Train des Pignes,  a private narrow gauge railway that runs between Digne and Nice through the Alpes de Haute Provence.
    •    Visit the capital city of Digne, a major centre of the lavender trade.

    The main international airports here are Marseilles and Nice, both served by low cost airlines, while high speed TGV trains take about 3 hours from Paris to Marseilles and also serve Toulon, Cannes and Nice. Our holiday homes range from mountain chalets to luxurious cottages, gites and apartments in locations where you can ski in winter and sunbathe in summer. Le Trianon villa, shown in our photo, is a great example.

  • Provence is a fascinating land, celebrated for its excellent climate, breathtaking scenery, fine beaches, suberb food and fashionable resorts. There really are few places in Europe that can compete with its romantic ambience and allure, with that special combination of glamorous places, beautiful people and rich cultural heritage.