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Budget Holidays in France

France is near to home and cheap to get to so if you're looking for a country cottage for your holiday, french holiday cottages offer good value for money compared to renting a cottage in the UK.

A French country cottage conjures up images of chocolate box houses, pretty gardens, open fires and quirky interiors; all very typical of France. Today's rural holiday cottage often benefits from having been renovated with all mod cons, offering the potential guest a very comfortable stay with all the charm of days gone by.

French holiday cottages are typically located in the countryside, or have been redeveloped from a barn adjoining a farmhouse or granary. Generally, they tend to be more competitively priced compared to a villa or gite because they are less spacious; however they do make a great base from which to explore the local area and a welcoming homely environment to return to at the end of a busy day.

French holiday cottages offer good value for money, especially compared to UK cottage rental rates, and make an ideal retreat for a short, out of season break. Looking for an affordable romantic getaway? Then consider a cosy cottage situated in the peaceful French countryside. Some of our most popular enquiries are for cottages in South West France and cottages in North West France.

French Holiday Cottages by the Sea

If you want to spend your holiday by the beach, then France boasts some of the best and most varied coastlines in Europe. The coast is an ideal destination if you have a young family; not only are you within easy reach of the ports, the seaside affords a wealth of activities in and out of the water. Coastal cottages are also perfect for a quiet romantic break out of season, with lots of long walks on deserted beaches.

There are numerous holiday properties available along the French coastline, so for inspirational ideas take a look at our selection of cottages in Brittany and cottages in Normandy.

Low Cost Family Holidays in France

Take the family on a good old fashioned family holiday in charming France, all for a price you can afford. Low cost crossings and realistic driving times to your holiday destination make France a favourite for families with young children. If you are holidaying on a budget, self-catering holiday accommodation allows you to dictate how much or how little you spend. You'll have the option of eating in rather than out at a restaurant all the time, and when you reach your destination you want to know that the activities you and family will be enjoying on your break aren’t going to cost the earth.

Traditional Seaside Holidays

France boasts some of the best and most varied coastlines in Europe and offers plenty of opportunity for a traditional seaside holiday. The coastal stretch along the North West of France is unmistakable for its craggy faces and rocky appearance. The delightful French coastal resorts you will find along this coastline will have you reaching for your bucket and spade in seconds.

For real convenience, the popular seaside resorts of Wimereux and Le Touquet-Paris-Plage are within easy distance of the Northern ferry ports but far enough away from home to feel different. Both resorts are timeless in appearance and offer good old fashioned traditional seaside holidays with days spent building sand castles and fishing in rock pools.

Travel further west to the pretty Côte Fleurie of Normandy and the attractive Côte de Granit Rosé and majestic Emerald coast of Brittany. The family friendly resort of Trégastel-Plage (Cotes-d’Armor, Brittany) offers sandy beaches, hidden coves and rock pools, perfect for all ages. The famous pink granite lines the beaches and the resort even has an aquarium.

Low Cost Alternatives to Family Beach Holidays

For an affordable alternative to a beach holiday head inland and explore some of France's lac’s or plan d’eau’s; man-made lakes which cater for all ages with pedalos, swimming, fishing and other water sports. Often, there's even a stretch of sandy beach beside the lake. Popular lacs for family holidays include Lac de Gerlédan in Brittany, Lac d’Orient and Lac du Temple in the Aube (Champagne) and Lac du Der in Reims (Champagne), which is the biggest artificial lac of Europe with 6 man-made sandy beaches.

Not mad on endless days spent by the water? Why not load up a backpack with a yummy picnic, jump on your bikes and divide your time by exploring the beautiful French countryside and woods, scenery often unrivalled by other holiday destinations. Taking your bikes with you will save on the cost of hiring once you get there, freeing up the cash so you can relax with a regional bottle of wine when you return to your self-catered accommodation.

Take advantage of the selection of cottages on the French Connections website and book your dream holiday cottage today.