French Cottages

Expert French Travel Guidance.
Much more than just Accommodation in France.
Come and explore the Real France!
Provence, Dordogne, Loire Valley and the Basque Pyrenees.
Holiday Homes, Villas, Apartments and Cottages to Rent in France
in the four best HUB villages in country France.  
Create your entire French Itinerary with us.
Experience the REAL France that you love by basing yourselves
for a week or more at a time in our wonderful HUB villages
and then explore the Romantically beautiful...realise your dream!
SO DO ALLOW YOURSELF THE LEISURE to thoroughly READ (remember how we used to do this?) and explore every part of this website.
Use it to plan your trip and you will save much time and stress in the long run - we promise!
Based in Melbourne, Australia: Established 24 years.
WINNERS OF THE TOPI best principles award 2019 for protecting the original qualities of living French Villages

Bonjour et Bienvenue to
Your Home in France

An exclusive network of very high quality French Holiday Homes: Cottages, Gîtes, Apartments and Villas for your holiday in France
combined with expert guidance from us to help you plan your trip.

A uniquely different French Experience

With 22 years of devotion to, passion for, and experience in France, we can show you the way to discovering an exceptionally
beautiful and memorable cultural and travel experience that no commercial tour can achieve.

Who are we and just how are we unique?

We are the two Australian owners and managers of 9 holiday cottages in four distinctive regions in France - David Hitchins, based in Melbourne, Australia and Bryan Stark, based mostly in France - and have been developing our special approach to French Travel for over 24 years.

We are totally unlike those booking platform sites that you see everywhere these days on the internet - automated sites that peddle the properties of others for a commission, with absolutely no concern about where these properties are or what they really have to offer you.
They just want to make money.
They do not love France as we and you do!

(view this video by Dick Smith about the effect those sites are having)

Contact us and we will be glad to help you in any way.

You can plan your whole'Tour de France' with us.

Mais oui! We can even help you plan your ENTIRE French itinerary if you wish, drawing upon our wide knowledge of all parts of France and Europe generally. You only have to mention this when you contact us. It's a free service! For quick answers or regarding availability,


Not just any old village.

No matter how pretty.

It must be just the right village with just the right type of centrally - based accommodation and thoroughly French: a five star village.

And you must be living right 'inside the walls' (not on the outskirts) of a village with that 'something extra'.

Sorry, no amount of searching the web will make you any wiser. 

This necessary"extra" quality cannot be judged by perusing the internet; you need to have stayed and lived there to know, just as being in the real Paris is so much better than viewing any photograph of it.
It's a fine difference but ... vive la différence!
It is why we travel after all.

Except on this site because you can...

See and hear live video interviews with our guests direct from the villages - direct from the cottages.
See why they all say it was just so exceptional and how they still dream about their experiences years later, and come back for more!
Moving and inspiring to watch and listen to: don't miss out. CLICK OR TAP HERE TO VIEW

A beautiful, stunning production.

Our (completely free) 92-page printed French Travel Guide puts all those other travel magazines to shame!

Whether you're a first time visitor or a seasoned French travel expert, we're sure you'll find the answers and insights to nearly all your French Travel and Accommodation questions in this amazingly informative guide.

Our travel and holiday accommodation suggestions will make your
already exciting holiday in France even more memorable!

It's simple to get a copy delivered right to your door: just click here. 

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Discover the Real France with French Cottages

Discover the Real France
with French Cottages Holidays

Your resource for organising the Best French Travel
Itinerary You’ll Ever Experience.


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