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Wednesday 24 August 2016

September in the South of France

Our Top 5 reasons why September is an excellent time to visit the South of France.

Do you need a holiday after the summer holidays? September is a brilliant time to visit the South of France, Summer is coming to a close and Autumn is thinking about showing its colours.

South of France Villa

Here are our top 5 reasons to come to Languedoc (or Occitanie as it is now officially known), Cote D’Azur or Provence in September.

1-   Fewer crowds, the majority of the local French people have gone back to work & the French Tourists have gone home, Le Rentrée as it is fondly known. Less people means it is easier to get a table in the best restaurants, less traffic on the roads and easier to park!  

2-   The Weather, with average temperatures of around 25 degrees, perfect for an early morning hike, a lazy afternoon on the beach, or a day out and about sight-seeing. The evenings are very pleasant with some stunning sunsets, you may need a jacket if you are sitting outdoors.

3-   The Wine, Harvest time “Les vendanges” will be in full flow. It is truly spectacular to see how the grapes are picked, processed, stored and then bottled! The wine-makers will be busy, so wine-tasting may need to be prior arranged. Watch out for the cute little tractors setting off together in the mornings, almost like a grand prix in slow motion!

4-  Value for money,  many of our French holiday villas have excellent prices in September and the larger ones offer discounts for smaller groups. Flights and Ferry crossings are also much cheaper, giving you more to spend whilst in the South of France!

5-   Beaches, the Mediterranean is still warm following the high summer temperatures, many of the private beach bars are still open, no need to reserve your sunbed in advance! There will be plenty of space to spread your wings, and pre-school age children and babies can happily play without the intense heat.

Vineyards in the South of FranceHoliday villa on the beach

So if you fancy a trip to the South of France, let us plan your holiday the way you would plan your own! We are proud to be human and love to chat to our clients.

Contact us for all our special offers for Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017.

Wednesday 3 August 2016

A walk away: Things to do near your private holiday villa in Provence

Let’s face it, if you’ve taken the decision to rent a private villa in the south of France, then one of the main attractions is the freedom to get outside and explore Provence by foot.  To help you plan your trip we've put together some of our best tips to help you to make the most of your private villa’s surroundings, and all within walking distance.

Your Provencal holiday home away from home

Provence villa with poolTruthfully we wouldn’t blame you if you never want to leave your French villa. You can enjoy a swim in your private pool as you look over some of Provence’s famous landscapes, whether it be its rolling hills of Aix-en-Provence or the cliffy coastline of Cassis

Plus the beauty of a private holiday villa is that you can treat it like your home away from home; let the kids run free in the garden or splash in the private pool to their heart's content.

 Browse the local market and village shops

Villa in ProvenceOf course with so many local amenities it would be a shame not to make the most of it. Why not stroll into the local village? Not only will you pass beautiful scenery, but it will give you the chance to pick up something special to eat. Browse your local market or head to the boulangerie for some fresh bread.  French wine and cheese are never a bad idea!

Enjoy Provence’s famous cuisine

The freedom of a private holiday villa also gives you endless ways to enjoy your tasty treats. Cook up something special in the kitchen with your authentic Provencal ingredients. Or you could wander over to the local bistro and eat like the French, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Many Provencal markets, like the one in the town of Uzes , even offer food from street vendors that is simply to die for. Large holiday villa near Uzes 

Family Holiday Provence

Get active in the great outdoors

For those times when you want to really get your body moving, there’s so much to do within a short walk from the holiday villa. Get the family together for a walk around Provence’s spectacular hills that it’s so well known for. Or if you’re the sporty type, perhaps a private villa with a local tennis court would be more to your taste?

However you choose to enjoy your holiday in your private Provence holiday villa, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. With so much on your doorstep you can really live like a local and won’t even need to touch a guide book. Immerse yourself in the Provencal countryside and unwind in your home away from home.