Finding the best villas in France

So, you’ve decided to spend your holiday in France – unsurprisingly, as France offers incredible culture, adventurous activities and gastronomic delights, whilst being more or less on Britain’s doorstep. You’ve also weighed up your options regarding accommodation, and you’ve chosen to stay in a French villa – again unsurprisingly; villas offer the home from home relaxation that just eludes a hotel stay, whilst allowing you to thoroughly experience the surrounding culture and local amenities of the area you’ve chosen.

But don’t just settle for the first villa you find – if you do your homework, you can find the perfect holiday villa for you and your family.

For starters, make the most of the technology we now have at our fingertips – once you’ve found a likely looking villa, don’t just stop at the photos – if you Google Map it you can get a more accurate idea about the surroundings and see exactly how close the local amenities are without even leaving your desk. You can even check out the size of the pool, or work out in minutes how long your walk to the beach will take!

If you have no grasp of French at all, it might be worth finding out in advance whether the owner speaks passable English. If not, you’ll still get by, but it’s worth being prepared for the eventuality that they might not – that means packing phrase books and utilising Google Translate on your laptop or phone; though make sure you’ve agreed an international internet price plan with your mobile service provider, as that method could get pricey.

You could also write a list of your priorities. If you choose a villa right by the sea, is it necessary to also get one with a pool? On the other hand, if you have children, would you feel happier if they played in the sea, or in a pool where you can keep a closer eye on them? Would you like to be close to restaurants and bars, or would you rather have a simple grocery shop nearby to buy food to cook at home? If you’re driving your own car or hiring whilst you’re out there, perhaps you’d rather go deeper into the countryside than you would if you’ll be relying on your feet or the local public transport to get you around. By narrowing down exactly what you need, and knowing what you can do without, you’ll get the holiday you want at the price you can afford.

Another way to save is to consider less traditional times to go away. If you’re not constrained to going away in the school holidays, try a holiday between April and June or September and October, when the weather in France is still generally better than it is in England, but also when villa rental rates are generally lower. If you can go with friends, you can get even better deals, as a slightly larger villa will be cheaper than getting separate hotel rooms – and whilst you’ll all have your own rooms, sharing the living space will mean a much closer, more together holiday – it could literally be the more the merrier. Also, before you book, check the holiday rental special offers from villa owners. There are always great deals available with discounts and promotions for early booking, late availability and off peak bookings. If you can leave your choice of villa until just before you travel, you can pick up a great deal. There are always rentals available at the last minute due to cancellations or new villas being made available.

Villas in France can be found online at http://www.frenchconnections.co.uk, where you can choose form 1000’s of self catering villas with pools, family villas, rural villas and exclsuive properties like cottages, farmhouses and more.

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