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  • 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

  • Euro Exchange rate best for 7 years. France is fantastic value!














    Holidays in France just got cheaper for anyone living in Britain as the exchange rate for the Pound Sterling to Euro climbed to a 7-year high today.

    Using our currency comparison tool (see link below), today’s best rate offers 1.3224 euros to £1, so £500 buys 661.2 euros. Order a three-course set menu meal for 20 euros at a delightful French bistro and at that rate you would be paying the equivalent of just over £15.

    The difference in the amount of spending money you’re likely to need for food and drink, petrol, activities and fun shopping is obvious. Even accommodation is cheaper right now if priced in euros. But one happy fact remains exactly the same – and that is the excellent value of B&Bs and holiday rentals in France, regardless of exchange rates.

    We have a great choice of countryside B&Bs with comfortable double rooms from as little as £37 per night – all offering a richer, more authentic experience than budget travel hotels. If you prefer a luxury self-contained one-bedroom gite with kitchen, that can be booked for around £45 per night.

    A week’s holiday in one of the two bedroom self-catering cottages on offer from our owners starts at only £165 per week. For a family of four, that’s just £6 each per night! Even a luxury villa with fantastic facilities and a private swimming pool costs a lot less than the equivalent in Spain and other European destinations. Bonnes vacances!

  • Falling in love with beautiful Brittany

    Brittany is this month’s  regional focus– and it’s an area particularly close to our hearts at French Connections. Most of us have enjoyed truly memorable holidays there and  Izzy, the friendly voice of our owners’ helpline, is a native of la belle Bretagne.

    The appeal of this westerly peninsula is a potent mix of peaceful, unspoilt countryside, a charming rocky coastline and a special factor that can only be described as soul. Like Cornwall, Brittany is Celtic country where ancient magic and myth abound, where you can sense the mystery and tradition. From the thousands of standing stones at Carnac to religious processions in local costume, from the Archangel Michael’s Mont St Michel to folk art and musical instruments, a visit to Brittany is a varied voyage of discovery.

  • More euros to the pound - more to spend in France!

    The exchange rate for British sterling to euros has gone above 1.2 for the first time in eighteen months. This summer, holidaymakers are getting more euros for their pound than in the whole of last season. At French Connections we allow you to find and order the best deal on euros for your holiday to France with the MyTravelMoney currency comparison tool – and at the best of today’s rates £500 will buy 614 euros.

    A holiday rental in France already offers great value per person, with lots of space, privacy and freedom to relax in your own surroundings. Now eating out will cost less and you can indulge in just a bit more of that bargain local wine and luscious fresh food from the market. Exchange at the best rates and a 50 euro meal will cost £40.

    And it’s not too late to book a fantastic value week in France this summer to take advantage of the exchange rates.

    For example, for the last week of July, a couple can stay at the Petit Clementstudio gite in the south of France, near Carcasonne, for just £299 for seven nights. It’s in a beautiful collection of converted mill houses that nestles in a private, peaceful wooded valley with its own trout stream and large swimming pool.

    Closer to home, in Normandy, a family of up to five can stay for the same week at the two bedroom apartment at La Rosiere for just £340. This traditional Normandy house is set in the quiet village of Beaubec La Rosiere and has countryside views from all sides over the tranquil and peaceful surroundings with cows, horses and donkeys grazing in the fields.

    There are lots more bargains to be had in our last minute dealsand special offers on holidays to France

  • The Sunday Times loves our value family holidays!

    A rural holiday in Normandy through French Connections is the major focus of the Sunday Times Travel section cover story today. In a three-page article headed 'Summer's best deals from £100 a person', journalist Stephen Bleach highlights the fantastic value of  our La Houssaye, a Normandy watermill where a week in July or August for a family of four costs just £350. The 18th century converted mill still creates its own electricity and is set in 10 acres of riverside meadows. The article features a photo of La Houssaye, seen from the organic vegetable garden, along with photos of canoeing, riding and French markets, which are all available nearby.

  • There's still time to book Easter in France

    Spring has definitely arrived and there's good news for anyone dreaming of a last-minute Easter getaway. Not only is France a fantastic destination, but you can also still choose from a range of fabulous accommodation from budget to luxury, giving you a chance to savour the romance of Paris,  the glorious Normandy countryside or the glamour of the Cote d'Azur along with all the traditions, celebrations, food and drink associated with the season of Pacques.

    If you feel lured by the charms of Paris, then check out the peaceful one-bedroom Greneta apartment in the buzzing Montorgeuil district, close to the Eurostar terminal. At £100 a night for two people, it's excellent value and allows you to live like a Parisien for the weekend. Also great value is La Barberie, a beautifully restored and modernised rural cottage in the Calvados area of Normandy. With two bedrooms, it has plenty of space for four people and costs just £250 for the week.

    Anyone looking for luxury in Normandy with a larger group of people will surely be delighted by the mouthwatering Chateau du Mont, set in its own gated 50 acre estate and resplendent with French antiques and period features at 6,000 euros for a week for up to 16 people. Luxury is also on offer at an architect's villa near St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur, with a pool and amazing sea and Corniche views. La Lezardiere has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and accommodates up to 10 people for £1,500 per week.


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