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Enjoy a romantic getaway with small villas for couples

February 27, 2020

When you think of renting a villa for your holiday, many people imagine a big family break, or holidaying with friends and large parties – for which, of course, holiday villas are great! They can, however, also be perfect for couples too – if you and your significant other are celebrating a special anniversary or […]

Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux Wine Festival

February 17, 2020

Bordeaux, a city synonymous with wine, holds a wine festival every two years. In 2020 the festival plans to well and truly push out the boat. This key event in the wine-tourism calendar of France will host one of the world’s most prestigious sailing competitions, the Tall Ships Regatta. Over four days from the 18th […]

responsible travel

Our tips for responsible travelling between UK and Brittany

We all love our holidays – the anticipation and excitement of trips abroad and the enjoyment of the lovely surroundings and good weather in destinations like Brittany. There are, however, other aspects to travel that people are becoming more aware of nowadays – some of which are the environmental and social affects that our trips […]

Bouillabaisse

A taste of France: Bouillabaisse

February 14, 2020

Bouillabaisse originates from Marseille but is widely found in restaurants on the Mediterranean coast as far east as Nice. It is best described as something between a fish soup and a stew. Many gastronomes would argue that it is difficult to find either an excellent or authentic bouillabaisse. However, it is such a distinctive dish […]

Driving in France

Driving in France

January 31, 2020

On a recent trip to France I was reminded that the new speed limits introduced in July 2018 were not popular with everyone. I was keeping to the national speed limit of 80km per hour (approximately 50 miles per hour) along a stretch of a Route Nationale (the equivalent of an A road in the […]

How to take your dog on holiday in Brittany

January 30, 2020

Going on holiday is always an exciting experience – and always takes time and effort to plan. For many people, one of the major concerns is catering for the family dog – alternative care arrangements have to be made. Unless, that is, you decide to take your dog with you on your holiday – and […]

Your holiday plans after Brexit

Your holiday plans after Brexit

Here’s some reassurance regarding your holiday plans for 2020. The 31st January (so-called ‘Brexit Day’) will transform the UK’s relationship with Europe. From the 1st February the UK will enter a transition period, where many agreements between Britain and Europe will remain the same. THIS MEANS THAT ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND HOLIDAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 31 […]

Our top reasons to holiday in provence

January 20, 2020

I don’t think many of us would struggle to come up with reasons as to why anybody would want to disappear off to a beautiful place somewhere in the sun – but that definition covers a whole host of beautiful destinations! When choosing your holiday, you want as much information as you can get about […]

Why choose a large villa for your next family holiday

January 6, 2020

Family holidays – often looked forward to with excitement and dread in equal measure! We all love our holidays, but for many it’s not always going to be about a restful couple of weeks being pampered and spoilt. If you have a family then a holiday has to cater for all – and it’s difficult […]

Dates for your 2020 diary

January 2, 2020

Here’s some dates for your 2020 diary February half term: Sat 15th or 22nd February* Easter Sunday: 12th April May Bank Holiday: Fri 8th May – see important note below Spring Bank Holiday: Mon 30th May School Summer holidays begin: Sat 18th July * Summer Bank Holiday: Mon 31st August School Autumn term begins: Tuesday […]

The benefits of choosing a villa holiday

December 18, 2019

There are lots of different holiday experiences and options available to us these days – but when it comes to accommodation for our special break, some of the available options can be restrictive in both practicality and price. One of the best, and cost-effective, ways to enjoy your holiday is to rent a luxury villa. […]

Top cities and towns to visit in Brittany

November 25, 2019

When planning your holiday for next year, you should look no further than renting a luxury villa in Brittany! Brittany villas offer the perfect, luxury accommodation from which to explore what is a beautiful and fascinating region. Whether you choose to travel to Brittany for a short city break or longer romantic getaway, then here […]

Why you should choose a luxury french villa over a hotel room

November 13, 2019

For lots of people, your holidays and breaks are what people look forward to most in their year – it’s one of the reasons you work hard to be able to afford these luxury trips. It is important then, that we get it right and that we book exactly the kind of holiday we want. […]

New flights announced to Brittany & Vendee

January 22, 2016

Flybe has announced the addition of five more new routes to its 2016 summer schedule, two of which will be of particular interest to holidaymakers to Brittany and Vendee. A five-times-a-week service will operate from Birmingham to Nantes (excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays). The Saturday service will be popular with villa renters and has the advantage […]

Celebrating the old way of rural life in Brittany

May 7, 2015

If you want to find out how they did it in the old days, then the Fete des Vieux Metiers (festival of old trades) at Baud is for you. Now in its 24th year, this annual recreation of Breton rural life a century ago is well worth the modest entrance fee as the thousands who […]

Crepes and cider

April 21, 2015

Why do the British relegate pancakes to Shrove Tuesday? Surely anyone who’s ever been to Brittany will agree that they make a convenient and tasty meal. Perhaps it’s because they can be tricky to perfect – all that whisking and flipping. The sensible French decided long ago that cooking crepes required its own particular set […]

Beach choices in Brittany

April 15, 2015

Whatever the weather, you’re guaranteed to find a beach to suit your requirements in southern Brittany. From the wild, sandy expanses of Erdeven, haunt of surfers and kite-boarders, to the sheltered coves around La Trinite-sur-Mer and Golfe du Morbihan, there are plenty to choose from. Some, like gently shelving Carnac Plage and Etel’s Plage des […]

Walking in Provence

April 3, 2015

From the Cote d’Azur to the Haute Alpes, Provence is a vast region whose massive appeal has long attracted visitors, year after year without fail. Within its stunning landscape lie many sub-regions, each with its own personality; in recent years one of the most popular ways to discover this ‘real’ Provence has been on foot. […]

Lonely lighthouses

March 25, 2015

Brittany’s beautiful Atlantic coastline, with its rugged headlands and windswept islands, is a lighthouse-lover’s paradise. Due to the wild nature of these western shores, the Finistere and Morbihan departments account for a large proportion of France’s total 150 lighthouses. These evocative structures, built largely during the 19th century to keep shipping safe, serve as reminders […]

Megaliths and Menhirs

March 16, 2015

Like modern-day tourists, prehistoric man was drawn to southern Brittany for reasons which remain shrouded in the mists of time. The countryside around Carnac is rich in Neolithic remains, erected by early settlers who put roots down in the area 6-7,000 years ago. World famous for its avenues of megaliths – legend has it they […]

Light and colour

March 12, 2015

Artists have long found inspiration in the strong light and bold, earthy colours of Provence. The landscape’s luminous quality has attracted amateurs and professionals alike, whether to paint or capture on camera its stunning scenery. Among the most famous was father of Impressionism Paul Cezanne, born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839. One of his favourite subjects, […]

Lavender fields Provence France

A Scent to Savour

March 9, 2015

Who can resist the scent of lavender, synonymous with long, hot summer days and reputed to be a cure for insomnia, hastening sleep? Just one of several aromatic herbs to grow in the wild around the Mediterranean basin, this plant has long been cultivated and processed to extract its beneficial oils. Indeed, the lavender fields […]

Island hopping in Brittany

March 2, 2015

While thousands of holidaymakers flock to mainland Brittany each year to enjoy its lovely landscape, beautiful beaches and fine weather, the more adventurous head further afield to explore the islands off its coast. Each with its own unique identity, the Iles du Ponant as they are collectively known range from the tiny Chausey archipelago (just […]

Celebrating the oyster in Brittany

February 27, 2015

Towns and villages throughout France are renowned for their fetes, occasions when locals and tourists come together to celebrate whatever it is the area is famed for. From onions to oysters, Brittany can boast more than its fair share of these events, among them the Grande Fete de l’Huitre which takes place every August in […]

menton lemon festival

Menton Lemon Festival

January 29, 2014

Menton is a charming Riviera resort lying between Monaco and the Italian border. Thanks to its microclimate the town is a major producer of lemons and comes to life in mid February for a month when the annual Lemon festival takes place. This year (2014) the Festival runs from February 15th to March 5th, filling […]

Provence’s greatest natural site

The Verdon Gorges are perhaps Provence’s greatest natural site. The limestone cliffs gouged by the waters of the River Verdon stretch for over 20 kms and in a few places are up to 1500 metres (5000 feet deep) in the rugged landscape of the Alpes de Haute Provence. There are roads along both ridges (with […]

Petanque – A very serious matter

To aim or top shoot, that is the question. Throughout France, the game of petanque is a serious business. It is the most popular game in the south of the country, born at the turn of the 20th century. The name petanque comes from the Oc (the ancient language of Southern France) where pe means […]

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