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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Thinking of visiting the South of France for your 2015 family holiday?

Should I book my villa rental early or wait for a last minute deal?

Villas to rent in Cannes
South France Villas top 5 advantages of booking your summer holiday early.
  1. You get to choose exactly what you would like with no compromises.
  2. Take advantage of the early booking offers on Flights, Eurostar and Ferry travel.
  3. Something to look forward to, "this time next month I will be in the South of France"….only so many sleeps!
  4. Easier to budget as your deposit has already been paid.
  5. Plenty of time to plan your holiday agenda, the best places to visit, which beaches etc.
When should I book? If you are a large group with specific requirements then the earlier the better. The larger Southern France villas with pools, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, heated pools and within walking distances of shops, restaurants etc., can already be fully booked for the school summer holidays by mid January. 

Villa to rent South of France
Francophiles who come to the South of France every year have even been known to book 18 months in advance to ensure they get the right villa or location. For example, this wonderful villa with breathtaking views over Collioure, Languedoc has only one peak season week left Villa-la-voile , don’t panic we have many other fabulous villas that do have availability! Like this lovely one near Grasse on the Cote d’Azur Villa-des-Pierres, with heated pool and a hot tub.
Villa to rent in Pezenas

Should I wait for a last minute special offer? Again, this depends on your requirements. If you are not too concerned about staying in a specific South of France village or town and are a small family with date flexibility then maybe you could take the risk. However, you may find that the best ones will have been snapped up. New Villas are been added all the time, so this could work to your advantage. This French villa on a golf course near Pezenas was new to the site in August La-Petite-Bastide - a great family rental.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Village Life in the South of France

Following on from the controversial comments about France made by John Lewis’s boss Andy Street “ Nothing works, and worse, nobody cares about it”, Anthony Peregrine hits back in the Daily Telegraph!

Le Rosbif Writes: The boss of John Lewis reckons France is "downbeat and hopeless". At least it's not packed with Poundlands, kebab shops and staggering drunks, says Anthony Peregrine.
We particularly love his comments about Villages;
“It’s been said before, but can stand repetition: French villages retain vigour. They remain complete unto themselves as many rural English settlements no longer do. They will have a grocer’s, a butcher’s, a baker’s and, all being well, a bar-tabac with lottery tickets, old fellows playing cards and pictures of the village football team when they all had moustaches, c. 1978. They will have a boules pitch, associations, a weekly market, a carnival and an annual church trip to Lourdes.....”
Rent a villa in South of France
Village Carnival

This is why South France Villas have a great selection of Holiday Villas to rent in authentic wine producing villages. Experience the real South of France and immerse yourself into the “French Arte de Vivre” even if it is only for a week or two!

Villa in Village South of FranceEach village has a summer fete which can range from an evening with a roasted Beouf  to 3 days of celebrations.

Amazing 20 piece Orchestras or Bands tour the villages and play such a wide range of music that every generation can join in. It is fantastic to watch Grandparents teaching their Grandchildren the Paso-Doble and everybody hits the dancefloor for the “Madison” the French version of the slosh!
Holiday Dancing, south of france

If you fancy visiting the South of France please do not hesitate to contact one of  our team. We have some wonderful villas that we have to rent in villages around the Herault area of Languedoc, South of France.

4 bedroom holiday Villa in Magalas

Holiday villa, South of FranceLovely holiday villa in the pretty village of Magalas with splendid views, a private pool, summer kitchen, a large garden and is walking distance to shops, bar and restaurants. Air-conditioned throughout and freeWi-Fi. Sleeps up to 10, so perfect for a family holiday.

A traditional Maison Vigneronne near Pezenas for holiday rentals. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, a private heated pool, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and within walking distance of the village. Until recently this housee was used by generations of winemakers to store wine in the large cuves which are still standing in the garage.