View over St Emilion Square Dordogne France

Live like a local: an immersive experience with French Cottages

These days people are tempted by the incredible range of things to see and do in Europe to try to 'do it all' in one trip.
Following this modern 'bucket list' trend is a mistake in our opinion.
And not just our opinion.
Read here how people who adopted our more relaxed 'slow traveller' approach say it was the best holiday of their lives, or scroll down to learn more about our philosophy of discovering the real France in depth.

Vespa Motor Scooter France

Minimum and Maximum Stays

Ordinarily, the minimum period you can and should book is one week.
All our guests say that one week was good, but they could easily have stayed longer!
So bear this in mind when planning your itinerary.
Normally the maximum booking is six weeks in any one cottage, but longer stays, and sometimes shorter stays, can be arranged if you have special circumstances.

Vouvray Bottle on table in Provence

Friday to Friday

Each cottage is available for bookings on a weekly
basis (or multiples of one week) arriving after 4:30
pm on the Friday afternoon and leaving before
9:30 am the Friday morning of your departure.
These arrival times allow our guests to enjoy the
experience of the wonderful Saturday morning
markets and to obtain the week’s supplies – far
better than a Saturday starting day, where you
miss this great experience.
Supermarkets and Commercial Shopping Centres are mostly
closed on Sundays too, another reason for arriving on a Friday not a Saturday.

View of Cathedral in Tarascon Camargue


Just a note to say “Thank you “Merci Beaucoup. “ Dziekuje “ ( Polish !)
We had a fabulous time (again), mainly because of your well located, well equipped apartment and your wealth of knowledge about the locality, the French, and the needs of us Aussies in that situation. The 2 weeks flew by and, even though we were a bit hesitant about not having a car, the lack of one proved a huge asset. We were able to explore so much on foot and ventured to neighbouring towns using the very reliable local bus and occasional taxi. And it was so relaxing not having to navigate or keep him on the right (correct) side of the road!
We ate at a different restaurant every night and they were all great, especially Ten, Le Comptoir du 7, & Le Midi L’Homme. No, that’s incorrect - we ate at home one night when we bought incredible scallops & prawns from the Wed fish market & consumed them with the bottle of bubbles you so kindly left. Thank you
The locals were all extremely helpful, especially at La Poste & tourist information.
We arrived in Marseille today, having survived the train strike but are still waiting to confirm that our Air France flight to Milan is going tomorrow morning.
Our 3 weeks in France have persuaded us that we need to come again. Probably not until 2020 but we would come early again, before the main tourist season . Our descriptions have provoked favourable reactions from our friends so we might organise a “mini group “next time Thank you again and best wishes for continued success with your amazing business venture.
Val & Joe

Discover the Real France with French Cottages Holidays

Your resource for organising the Best French Travel
Itinerary you’ll ever experience.


759 Rathdowne Street
North Carlton 3054


Phone: +61 (3) 8658 0799