For the active among us, a holiday just isn’t a holiday without an opportunity to blow off some steam by learning something new, working on technique or beating their personal best. Read on for a great selection of sports to get your teeth into this summer. Read on for more information on sports holidays in France.
Enjoy the ancient sport of archery, employing your physical, mental and co-ordination skills. Are you an experienced archer? Stay in a fabulous French country house and develop your talents on a 25 target field archery course in a seven-acre private woodland. Beginners – both adults and children – can also learn here under the instruction of National Field Archery coaches in a private garden setting. Alternatively, in another location during hunting season, experienced archers can discover a local natural park and spend two days archery hunting for imperial pheasants, roe deer, wild boar and other game, either alone or accompanied. A unique adventure opportunity.
French Country House Billiards
If you love to play billiards or want to learn the game, why not do so on a leisurely holiday in France, staying at an elegant period property? After a fun day out, relax over a dinner of local food and wine and then stroll to the table to casually pot a few balls. You could even wield a cue in earnest by taking part in an organised tournament. Book through our property owners to capture the luxury of a French holiday with your own games room. Live the full country house lifestyle and enjoy as many games of billiards as you like.
Gymnasium and Fitness
Get fit while enjoying your French holiday with access to your own private gym! Our idyllic farmhouse retreats are set in glorious countryside and at first glance appear traditional and timeless. But inside the historic buildings of our gym activity specialists is a totally modern, fully equipped gymnasium including such facilities as electronic cross trainer, electronic bicycle, electronic stepper, multi-gym, free weights, small steppers and gym-balls. Our gym activity locations are ideal for anyone who wants to maintain and develop their gym regimes as well as those who long to get started on gymnastic training out of public view.
Booking your own self-catering holiday property in France is the smart first move for a rock-climbing holiday. You can easily drive from the UK right to your door, carrying your equipment in the car. Take to the mountains when the weather and conditions are just right and go sightseeing or swim in the pool in your garden to cool off and relax. France was the birthplace of modern sports climbing and remains one of the world's favourite climbing holiday destinations. With a good selection of world class climbing venues suitable for climbers of all abilities, from short single pitch routes to the famous multi-pitch routes of the Verdon Gorge, France has something for everyone.
For those new to the sport but keen to have a go, a local guide will be able to provide all the necessary equipment and teach you the techniques and skills for safe, enjoyable climbing. Once on the rocks, you'll catch some breathtaking views while pitting your wits and limbs against the elements.
Stay in a traditional rural house or gîte with loads of character – and enjoy modern sports and leisure facilities right on the spot. Why go to a busy, anonymous resort when you can use your own private squash court in the French countryside? And there’s the bonus of such facilities as a heated swimming pool to ensure that the whole family has plenty of activities to keep them happy. Take up squash or play to improve your game or keep in practice. Go as a couple or family or why not get together a group from your squash club?
Your own holiday home in France is an excellent base for a mountaineering holiday; you’ll enjoy all modern facilities with freedom to come and go as you please. Stay in the countryside with views of the peaks that you hope to conquer and take to the mountains that best offer the type of mountaineering you seek. Choose or combine walking, hiking, trekking and climbing. In summer enjoy warm sunshine, wild flowers and the smell of mountain thyme; in winter, relish crisp virgin snow and the fresh aroma of pine trees. Some of Europe’s most famous mountains are located in France and you’ll find rocks and mountains for all levels of ability. Go climbing alone or with an expert guide who can give you hints on mountaineering technique. To find out more, have a chat with our friendly property owners.
Ice climbing is a real adrenaline-rush activity that is gaining popularity. Our specialists offer comfortable accommodation in traditional French country houses along with ice climbing as one of a range of expert-led winter sports. Climb alpine glaciers or tackle ice faces combined with rock in the experience of climbing to a mountain summit. Vertical ice climbing is done with crampons and ice axes. This exciting new sport started in the Canadian rockies and is now breaking into Europe, opening up fresh winter possibilities for experienced rock climbers. The mountains of France, with their glorious scenery and winter sports facilities, are a perfect place to get a taste of the ice climbing challenge.
Contact our property owners for full details of any of the courses above, further details and advice on any equipment you might need.