Places to stay

The huge range of places to stay in France is one of the many things that makes travelling there so rewarding. You have everything from grand châteaux on the riverbanks to chic city apartments, beach houses, vineyards and remote gîtes in the hills.

We inspect every place we feature and love them all for their unique character. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in France. We hope you love exploring them as much as we did.

Our inspectors’ top picks to inspire your next trip

There really are fewer things in life better than hearing the sounds of lapping waves from your bed. We chose six of our best beach holidays in France, so you can enjoy an idyllic coastal getaway with drinks at sundowner and fire pits under the stars. 

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We’re craving quintessentially French holidays with bike rides through unbroken countryside, day trips to quiet beaches and plenty of poolside lounging. Read on to discover five of our favourite remote French cottages for ditching the crowds and silencing the noise. 

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Here are our dream villas with private pools – from splash pools to full length (not Olympic!) – for a sun-drenched summer holiday in the south of France.

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We’ve spoken to our community of gîte owners about the best markets to find the sweetest oysters, the ports with the freshest langoustine for your barbeques, and the villages with crispest cider.

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The magic of a gîte holiday stems from life’s simple pleasures. We slip into a life lived at a slower pace: browsing markets for interesting cheeses, gently rolling down country lanes on two wheels, and breathing in the sea-air on coastal walks.

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