French Gîtes and cottages | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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French Gites and Cottages

Gîte Boutique, Dordogne

Get to know our cottages and gîtes in France

Our gorgeous Sawday’s collection of French gîtes and cottages. Classic, rural and coastal - we know and love them all – why shouldn’t you?

Explore medieval hilltop villages, hone your French in bustling food markets, cram your bags with smelly cheeses, peppery salami, crusty bread and local wine. Go home to one of our charming French gîtes and feel… well, very French. Over 20 years ago, Alastair Sawday was spending his time doing exactly that. What started out as a simple passion for real food, sublime wine and interesting company, grew into a deep desire to preserve the simple life in the hurly burly of the modern world. 


And because he wanted to share his finds, those first friendships have grown into a big family of Places to Stay. Our collection of French holiday gîtes and cottages are a dazzling reflection of our determination to find the people and places (and cheeses) that make France so endearing. Do you like Special too? If you’re curious about quirk and adore making discoveries, then here they are. Dive in!

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