If the thought of three more months of constant drizzle, grey skies and winter flu leave you cold, it could be time to think about organising your next French getaway. You don’t have to put up with the dark mornings and the even darker tea times – jet off to rural France and take in some Gallic culture. It’s all about the restorative power of red wine, good food and beautiful landscapes.
There are hundreds of superb rural holiday cottages (or gîtes) dotted about the French countryside, says Telegraph journalist Nick Trend. They come with an endless array of features, so it’s your job to pick the best one for you. A reliable company like Chez Nous will be able to help you make the right choice. Visit cheznous.com for more information and advice on the range of cottages available. It’s time to escape those January blues with a winter escape to France.
La Tonnellerie, Champagne Ardenne
This cosy holiday cottage is located on the northern tip of Burgundy. It is very close to the famous Champagne Ardenne region of France, says Guardian journalist Ros Taylor. It can sleep up to four people, in two large bedrooms. It has its own pool, garden and outdoor games area. La Tonellerie is one of two holiday cottages that are collectively referred to as Domaine Richot. This is because they both sit within the walls of a former wine merchant’s property. The cottage is close to the peaceful village of Aubepierre-sur-Aube, so there’s no need to worry about finding a place to eat and mingle. There’s a very popular shop that sells fresh bread and croissants. Aubepierre-sur-Aube is also home to a golf course and various fishing facilities. If pre-arranged, you can bring your pets to stay at La Tonnellerie.
The 17th century Crepoil cottage is part of a much bigger estate – a forty acre estate, to be precise. It sits within the grounds of Chateau La Trousse, a sprawling countryside fortress. It’s fair to say that it is rather impressive to look upon. There is a swimming pool included in the estate, as well as a rustic kitchen garden, an orchard, a small forest, a pond and a moat. Any tourist in their right mind would surely relish the opportunity to stay at Crepoil. The estate has been split into twenty eight different cottages, so there are a lot of neighbours close by. Despite this, Crepoil is a very peaceful place that can offer families a great base from which to explore Paris, says ChateauLaTrousseSite.com. The nearest town is the cosmopolitan Lizy sur Orquc – from here, you can catch a train right into central Paris.
La Petite Folie, Limousin
La Petite Folie stands within the ground of a protected forest, close to an ancient watermill – how amazingly cool is that? It’s quite a cosy little place, but it can sleep up to four people in two rooms. It has its own balcony, wood burning stove and satellite television. The region that it sits in is incredibly peaceful and isolated. If you want to get away from it all, La Petite Folie could be the perfect place for you. It is within walking distance of the villages of Crozant and Lac Chambon, so it’s not as if you are out there in the wilderness. What’s more, Limousin is famous for having been home to many of France’s most influential impressionist painters. Book a stay here, and find out why.
Author Bio: Piter Thomas is a retired police officer, currently living in the Champagne Ardenne region of France. For information and advice on the how to get the best cottage deals, he recommends ChezNous.com. He can usually be found enjoying lunch in his favourite waterside cafe.