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Self catering holidays in France are popular with many of the millions of visitors that France welcomes each year.
 
 
 Holiday accommodations in France ranges from small apartments, cottages and farmhouses in beautiful rural surroundings, to splendid villas and apartments with swimming pool at seaside destinations, apartments in the Alps, and even castles are available for short term holiday rental.

In Paris and other popular cities more and more visitors rent furnished flats for their holiday lodgings rather than staying in expensive hotels.

The freedom of a self catering holiday is its main attraction - you can come and go as you like, and do what you want.

Another attraction is often the properties themselves - many of the holiday accommodations are in fine old restored properties. You can see a side of France that you may not experience in the same way if you stay in a hotel, for instance when you visit the local markets or shops to buy the things you need for your own cooking.

 
 

There are many websites where you can search for and make bookings of holiday accommodations, either trough an agency or directly with the owners.

While many of the self catering holiday accommodations are quickly booked up in the peak summer months of July and August, there is usually a good choice even for last minute bookings in spring and early summer - May and June - as well as in late summer and Autumn. September is a great month for holidaying in France, with the weather still generally warm, but no more crowds.

If you are going on holidays to France by car, it is also an option not to book a holiday home in advance; instead you can drive around, choose a location and ask at local agencies for availabilities. This can give many advantages; you have seen the area you want to stay in, you can inspect the holiday home before you rent it, and often you can negotiate the rent. The disadvantage of course is that you may not find anything available that matches your preferences and would have to go to another area. To drive around and rent in a chosen area is best done outside of high season in July and August where there would be more to choose from and a better chance to negotiate a good deal.

 
 
 

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