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Holidays in South-West France

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  • Cauterets

    Recommended by Lucy Culpepper

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    A self-catering apartment ‘complex’ owned and restored by the Mulcares family. The English owners have made sure every possible need is met, especially for families with young children. The apartments overlook the river (the Gave de Lutour).

    "If you are looking for a dose of intense, lush greenery, I highly recommend a trip to Cauterets in France’s Hautes-Pyrenees department bordering Spain, just north of Huesca. This historic town first became a major tourist destination back in the 16th Century when Queen Marguerite of Navarre visited with her court to take, and bathe in, the mineral rich waters – said to be a cure for respiratory problems, throat and nose ailments and arthritic aches and pains. The town grew to accommodate its Curistes (visitors coming for treatment) and at its peak of popularity at the end of the 19th Century, had 150 hotels. Many of the original buildings with their balustrades and fine metal balconies have been restored giving the town a delightfully Victorian feel." (LC, June 2010)

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  • La Noyeraie, Rocamadour

    Recommended by Jan, Frank and George

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    La Noyeraie, is named after the several hectares of working Walnut Orchards on site. They provide the walnuts in your salads and cold pressed oil. The 140 year old farmhouse and its extension houses the Chambre dhôte, Café 46 and the independent gite;  It is located in the beautiful countryside surrounding Rocamadours medieval city and is approximately 4 minutes from the city itself.
    La Noyeraie, En Caminou, 46500 Rocamadour, e-mail:
    Telephone: +33 (0)5 65 40 43 91
    Mobile: +33 (0)6 86 00 43 71

    "Stayed here for 3 nights when a family crisis cut short our camping holiday. Jen and James are fantastic hosts and they did everything possible to help us. The food was excellent, the bedrooms simple but to a high standard and my 10 year old felt like he was at home! Perfect location for an on route stop - would definately recommend"  (Jan, Frank and George, August 2010)

    "We just wanted to drop you a line to let you what a fantastic time we had staying at La Noyeraie this summer.
    The apartment was perfect for our needs, with Julia being two - space for us to chill whilst she napped, no stairs and shutters to block out the light at bedtime. It was very handy being able to prepare meals ourselves, as Julia is not very patient when she is hungry.
    You both made us feel so welcome; made sure we had everything we needed and gave great advice about things to do in the area. I would definitely recommend the animal park in Gramat to anyone visiting the area and of course, the monkeys!
    Thanks again for a fab holiday and we hope to be back again soon"
    (Kerry, Stephen & Julia)

  • Gers Gites

    Recommended by Natalie & Family

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    Two spacious traditional gascogne cottages "Le Faucon" and "Alouette" located near Bezolles, Gers, South West France. Situated in stunning countryside surrounded by sunflowers and vines and just a 5 minute drive from all amenities.
    Perfect for families as the cottages have a beautiful diverse outside space: courtyard, private patios, two lawned areas separated by hedging, sunbathing deck and shady areas, gardens with fruit trees and a ping pong table. There is a large 12m x 6m secure fenced swimming pool with a self locking gate, plus a purpose built toddler area within the pool itself with a separate decking area for relaxing and sunbathing.
    They are toddler friendly and have been certified that our gites, grounds and pool areas are safe for children under 5.
    15km south of Condom, between the thriving spa village of Castera Verduzan and 10km from Vic Fezensac.

    "We stayed for a week we needed a month! This was our first holiday abroad with our 8 month Evan so we were a bit anxious but there was no need as we had everything we needed for our stay at Alouette from changemats, bath toys, baby monitor plus the pool with the toddlers area is superb. Jo and Jean-Marc ensured we were fully equipped during our stay and helped recommend restaurants, sights and markets. It is an idyllic place to relax and explore for babies, children and adults. We have already booked for next year !" (Natalie & Family, July 2011)

    "The second time round was even better....What a beautiful and magical place to stay! The second time around was even better. Jo kindly took us to Domaine les Acacias, the local vineyard, which was a great experience.... The Water park at Gondrin is also a great place to take the kids, only 4e for adults and 2e for a child. ... The patisserie in nearby Castera Verduzan is great for buying your croissants in the morning - and they should definitely be dipped in coffee! All in all, a fabulous place to have a holiday, and much love and thanks to Jo, Jean Marc and family for your kindness and help (and the plums!), we hope to see you again soon!" (Ellen, Paul, Orsian, Elian, Sian, Philip, Gar & Tesni-Mai, South Wales, July 2011)

  • Villa Leon, South Gers

    Recommended by Dan & Mary

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    At the edge of a quiet village in the deep, unspoiled countryside of the South Gers, Villa Leon B&B is run by writers Michael & Sarah who offer en suite rooms - doubles or twins - at 70 euros per room per night, breakfast and tax included. Families are welcome.
    The house is a 1870s maison bourgeois, with a large enclosed garden and sizeable, elegant pool and terrace, which guests are welcome to use, and fine views of the Pyrenees.
    They welcome individuals, couples and families, including well-behaved dogs. We speak French and English. Sarah is an internationally published food writer and cook.
    Villa Leon, 32170 Sainte Dode, Gers, France
    Tel +33 (0)5 62 70 02 21


    "Thanks for a lovely stay and sharing your beautiful home. The food was fabulous and the (cookery) lesson fun and inspiring" (Dan & Mary + kids aged 6 & 8)

     "Thanks so much for your company, hospitality and outstanding food. It has been a real pleasure" (Gavin & Maren of East Berlin parents of a 7month old)

  • La Lanette, Salechan

    Recommended by Chas

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    La Lanette is a 5 bedroom Chateau in the Midi Pyrenees area of France and cater mainly for families (although they are also in the middle of Cyclist heaven). The guesthouse offers a large indoor playroom with Tv and DVD with lots of toys books and games. Walled gardens that include a separate childrens garden with swings, slides sandpit and large trampoline. a small above ground pool, large area for playing football etc.
    They have 2 large family suites and 3 double rooms which are large enough to accomodate extra beds and cots.
    They can cook a childrens suppers at 5.30 and an adults supper at 8.00

    La Lanette, Route National, Salechan, France, 65370
    TEL: (0033) 562992031 (English and French Speaking) or call (01773) 812624 (English Based Contact)


    "The scale of Chateau de la Lanette has to be experienced first hand to be properly appreciated, the high ceilings and vast corridors are matched only by Heather, Russell, Louis, Henry and Hugos warm reception. We felt like wed moved in. In fact we found ourselves unable to leave at the end of the holiday (so we stayed another 3 days!). If you have a toddler or two this place is ideal, too many reasons to mention them all but a few are - kids meals, babysitting, generously equipped play room, cbeebies on tap, play garden with tonnes of stuff - slides, swings, ride-ons, sand-pit... best of all well 3 built-in playmates!!" (Chas, June 2011)

  • Le Mas, Perpignan

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    Le Mas is a secluded haven amongst vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetable farms. Its a glorious setting with extensive gardens and a large spring water filled swimming pool, yet is walking distance to the historic and colourful city of Perpignan and only 10 minutes by car to the Mediterraneans long, sweeping beaches.
    There are 3 spacious residences, all fully equipped for self-catering with microwave, grill, hot plate and fridge, plus dining tables and chairs, comfy seating, satellite TV and DVD player for relaxing. The stunning and spacious “Mimosa” garden apartment sleeps 4, and opens on to the terrace on one side and has views over fields from the other, while the airy “Granary Palm“ apartment can sleep up to 6. Tucked away in the heart of the second garden is the pretty and romantic two bedroom “Garden House” which sleeps 4 and offers the utmost peace and privacy. All the accommodation is nestled within two tranquil and mature gardens ...spanning nearly 4500sqm.
    Tel +33 (0) 674423408

    "A beautiful place to enjoy a truly relaxing holiday - perfect location, with the pretty town of Perpignan within walking distance and some stunning beaches nearby. We loved the garden, the swimming pool and the delicious local seafood. The owners, James and Ilona, gave us a great welcome - we almost felt like family! Were definitely hoping to return soon" (anon, TripAdvisor, 2010)

  • Saint-Germain-les-Belles holiday house, Limousin

    Recommended by Gene

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    Spacious and beautifully renovated self-catering holiday cottage, or ‘gîte’, accessible to wheelchairs, situated in the heart of the rural and friendly village of Saint Germain les Belles, just 30 minutes south of Limoges, in the Haute-Vienne region of Limousin.
    This family and wheelchair friendly holiday cottage welcomes up to 14 people within 6 comfortable bedrooms, 5 of which have private ensuite bathrooms and is therefore the perfect holiday home to choose for large groups of family and friends, seeking a relaxing holiday in Limousin. We are also pet and dog friendly and the large, enclosed garden is ideal. Free Wi-Fi internet is also available to all of our guests.
    All of our guests comment on the superb, convenient location of the house and the village boasts many facilities and attractions:
    - Swimming lake with sandy beach.
    - 2 restaurants, several shops, a bank, a train and a petrol station
    - It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a network of walking routes
    Saint-Germain-les-Belles house rental - Situated in the heart of a rural village
    Situated in the heart of a rural village

    Nearest Airport : Limoges at 45 Kilometres
    Nearest Train : St Germain les Belles at 2 Kilometres
    Nearest Motorway : Junction 42 of A20 at 5 Kilometres
    Nearest Beach : St Germain les Belles Lakeside at 1 Kilometres
    Nearest Barpub : Bar Chez Kurko at 0.1 Kilometres
    Nearest Golf : Limoges at 35 Kilometres
    Nearest Restaurant : Bar Chez Kurko / Le Petit Moulin at 0.1 Kilometres
    Car: not necessary
    You can find everything you need, right on your doorstep. The village has several small, local shops (selling tasty local produce), a network of country walks, a rail service to Limoges and a swimming lake, complete with sandy beach! Bike hire is also available. This village cottage is ideally situated to explore Limousin, which is often called ‘the French Lake District. We can guarantee that it will offer you some of the most unspoiled natural landscapes in France. There are many other lakes (also providing loads of fishing, sailing and canoeing opportunities!) beaches and outdoor swimming pools in our area. Beautiful Lake Vassiviere, Europes largest man-made lake, is only 45 minutes away and is also the site of the national contemporary art gallery. Thirty minutes to the north, is the attractive city of Limoges - famous for its porcelain and old quarter. Other historic towns and villages in our area well worth a visit, include Segur le Château, Pompadour, Uzerche, Tulle.
    87380 St Germain les Belles, France
    UK Telephone Numbers
    +44 (0) 1874 658841
    +44 (0) 7414 197106
    Numéros de téléphone Français
    +33 (0) 9 77 19 99 79
    +33 (0) 6 29 60 12 36

    "My family and I spent a wonderful week at Vacances Vertes Les Belles at the end of June. The house was as advertised and more.It was clean , comfortable and accessible.We loved being in the village close to the butcher, baker green grocer and cafe, yet stepping out the back door and literally being in the country. We made good use of the veranda and the meadow beyond it. Fresh strawberries in the morning were delightful as were the fabulous fresh vegetables which our host Anna supplied to us. Because the clothes washer was not working, Anna on two occasions picked up our dirty laundry and returned it ti us on the same day washed,dried and folded.Our five year old grandson loved the beach and lake at the edge of town and the adults enjoyed touring several of the lovely villages in the region. In short , this was a fabulous place for a family vacation" (Gene, June 2011)

  • Belrepayre Airstream & Retro Camping, Mirepoix

    Recommended by Quirky Accom

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    Perry and Coline, have created a rare and unusual Airstream Retro Ttrailer Park with outstanding views of the mountains, in the foothills of the Pyrénées near Mirepoix, a historic town in southern France between Carcassonne and Foix.Available on a self-catering basis, there’s a choice of 10 authentic Airstreams from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, each furnished in period style and nested in landscaped gardens with a wonderful variation of trees and flowers. "This is not trailer trash, this is more trailer flash!"If you are the lucky owner of an Airstream, a vintage caravan or a tent, they also have pitches with full hook-ups for you to park and, who knows, meet other retro enthusiasts.Its a perfect place for couples, familes and gatherings who seeking retro fun and nature. 10% discount if you come with a retro vehicle. Belrepayre Airstream & Retro campsite is away from it all, so you can be sure for a secure and peaceful stay.

    "We loved staying in these retro vans. The airstream Apollo Lounge, with tasty meals and the DJ spinning tunes, was a great centre point to the site where everyone would get together in the evenings" (Jess at Quirky Accom, Feb 2013)