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25 Feb

10 of the Best Airbnb Cottages in The South of France

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The Grand Mansion – Aix-en-Provence

Oh La La! Find Your Perfect French Holiday Home From Our Ten Favourites

We’ve sourced the best Airbnb cottages and apartments in one of Europe’s hottest destinations.

The South of France has long been the holiday destination of the rich and famous. The beautiful beaches, cultural hot spots and fantastic food and drink keeps tourists coming back year after year.

Why not indulge yourself and try the South of France yourself? Once you’ve got all the necessities out of the way, such as sorting out European travel insurance, simply hop on a plane from one of the London airports and you can be there in less than two hours. Don’t forget your EHIC card. Choose from one of these great Airbnb homes and you’re sure to have a fantastic French adventure.

These are our top picks:

“The Cabanon” (The Shed) – Provence

The listing might read as ‘shed’, but don’t let that put you off! The ‘shed’ is in fact a quaint little cottage and perfect for a couple with or without children. It is set in an olive tree field and was fully refurbished in 2015. With Marseille airport little under an hour away, you won’t have to endure a long road trip post flight.

The Miollis Place House – Aix-en-Provence

If you’re travelling with friends or a larger family, you will appreciate this three-story home with all mod cons and a large dining table. The home is situated close to museums and a popular farmers’ market, perfect for picking up the right ingredients to cook up a French feast.

The National Park Retreat – Marseille

This is the ideal home for those who enjoy water activities or leisurely strolls, as well as those who enjoy authentic French cheese and wine! This three bedroomed home offers rustic living, a large kitchen and daytime area and BBQ on the terrace. It’s approximately 200m from the beach, so you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing sunbathe and swim as well.

The Grand Mansion – Aix-en-Provence

If you think the name suggests something special, you’re not wrong. The Grand Mansion is fit for a large group, accommodating up to fourteen lucky guests in six bedrooms. The home is actually split into two independent areas, making it ideal for families holidaying together.

Relax by the swimming pool (pictured above) or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace. The Mansion is located on the edge of a pine forest, so you’ll feel a million miles away from anyone else. Pure bliss.

The River House – L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

This is the ideal home for a family. The three-bedroom villa accommodates five people. The enclosed garden features a sunbathing area, BBQ, wood fire pizza oven and even your own river! There are fishing opportunities nearby and the town centre is only a five-minute walk away.

The Family-Friendly House – Villelaure

If you’re travelling with another couple who also have children, you might want to check out this fine example of holiday housing in the South of France. With a BBQ, trampoline, games room and swimming pool, you can be sure the kids can keep themselves entertained, whilst you enjoy the sun, lounging on hammocks and deckchairs.

The Loft, Aix-en-Provence

For couples travelling by themselves, or with friends, The Loft is gorgeous apartment choice. Affordable but without compromising on luxury, this duplex apartment is ideally located, with a bustling market place situated three stories below the home. Despite this, previous occupants have reviewed The Loft as private and quiet. So you can be assured you’ll enjoy a chilled out break without the interruption of local life.

The Terrace, Aix-en-Provence

The Terrace offers a traditional setting, with a modern twist. Located in the centre of the town, this home blends comfort and authenticity perfectly. Escape the town, relax on the terrace and take in the breath-taking views of the cathedral, belfry and other stunning sights of Aix-en-Provence.

The Barn

Renovated in 2007, this modern home created in an authentic French barn is made for a couple with children or for two couples travelling together. The Barn features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, has a mini swimming pool and its own land, complete with olive trees. It doesn’t get much quainter than this!

The Chapel, Saignon

If your tastes are a little more extravagant, why not check into this extraordinary Chapel holiday home? With a swimming pool located under an ancient cave, French concierge and luxury bathroom, this really is something special. Some of the reviewers were even moved to poetry during their stay! There’s a local organic market every Thursday and the holiday home is ideally located for day trips to Avignon, Aix and Marseille, as well as other small villages and towns. Experience the magic yourself and give yourself a holiday you’ll never forget.

Wherever you choose to spend your French adventure, ensure that you do your research fully. Many of the apartments on offer feature lots of stairs, so make sure your party is fit enough to handle them.

Arrange your European travel insurance and paperwork long in advance and order a couple of guidebooks and walking guides. In the South of France, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

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