Where to go with your family and friends during May Half Term, with Summer France

Save 35% when staying at Résidence La Marquisié in Trebas les Bains, in Southwest France

Combine fun-filled activities, interesting towns, beautiful scenery, and exquisite landscapes when staying at Résidence La Marquisié during the May Half Term. Each self-catered apartment (sleeping two to six guests) features stylish décor, large windows, and a balcony. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, cosy living room, and comfy bedrooms. A swimming pool, sauna, and sun terrace is also on site, for guests who want to cool down or relax. Take the opportunity to live like a local and visit the weekly market or jump on a bike and explore the many mountain bike trails. Alternatively, book a donkey ride and discover the area or hire a canoe and paddle on the Tarn. Keen fishers can also try and catch their own fish in the river to eat at the accommodation for dinner. Equally, the Viaduct in Millau and the windmill in Lautrec are not to be missed, and the town of Albi – with its golf courses and inspiring cathedral – is well worth a look. A week’s stay, from 28 May 2022, costs from £132 total (was £203 total – saving 35%) for four people sharing a one-bedroom apartment. Flights and transfers extra.

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 Save 30% at Les Mas de Saint Hilaire in Vendée, Western France

Just south of Brittany, Vendée offers 250 km of coastline, dense pine forests, and mostly flat terrain. Because of its position in west-central France, it’s easy to reach: Vendée is less than 90 minutes’ drive from Nantes Atlantique Airport and less than three hours (by car) from the port of Saint Malo. Les Mas de Saint Hilaire cottages (sleeping four to six people) can be found in a quiet area near Saint-Jean-de-Monts and Noirmoutier, and the seaside town of Les Sables-d’Olonne is just under 45 minutes’ drive away. Plus, the incredible and unique Puy du Fou is nearby – voted the best theme park in the world, the spectacular historical re-enactments provide the roller coaster rides. After each exhilarating day, return to Les Mas de Saint Hilaire for a chilled evening. Each cottage features a living and dining area, well equipped kitchen, terrace, parking space, plus secluded gardens. Make the most of the communal swimming pool and the children’s pool, an ideal place to meet the other guests. A week’s stay, from 28 May 2022, costs from £241 total (was £344 total – saving 30%) for a one-bedroom plus mezzanine cottage sleeping up to five people. Flights and transfers extra.
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Save 25% at Les Cottages de Valjoly, in Val Joly, Northern France

Based in northern France, Val Joly is an ideal destination for active families. Located just a few hours from both Lille and Brussels, and home to the largest lake in Northern France, water sports are aplenty. Plus, its high placement means temperatures remain cooler; great when there is lots of running around to be achieved. Summer France’s Les Cottages de Valjoly (sleeping up to eight guests) reside on the banks of the Lac du Val-Joly in the heart of Avesnois National Park, five minutes’ walk from the resort centre. Families can take part in numerous water sports (including canoeing, sailing, and pedalo trips) or take their pick of three pools, two of which are indoors and have water slides and rapid rivers. When it’s time to dry off, explore the lush grassy areas or the whispering woods of the Nostrimont forest, home to numerous walks (many of which have perfect picnic spots). Learn to ride a bike without stabilisers on the varied cycle paths, alternatively, try horse riding, archery, or a game of mini golf. Each wooden cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen, comfy living room, spacious terrace, and double and single rooms. A week’s stay, from 28 May 2022, costs from £295 total (was £393 total – saving 25%) for a one-bedroom cottage sleeping up to four. Flights and transfers extra.

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Save 25% at Villas La Clairière aux Chevreuils in Moliets-et-Maa, Southwest France

Situated between stylish Biarritz and beautiful Bordeaux, Moliets-et-Maa is a town and beach resort in south-western France. Moliets-et-Maa boasts golden sand, ample surfing and golfing opportunities and internationally renowned gastronomy, including vin de sable (wine produced from vineyards grown in the sand). Summer France offers villas and holiday apartment complexes in Moliets, with Villas La Clairière aux Chevreuils being its premium setting. The luxurious villas (sleeping up to 12 people) are designed to blend in with the woodland and natural surroundings and are a short cycle ride from the beach and resort centre. Each holiday home comes with an enclosed garden including a terrace and large pool. All the villas are self-catered, providing guests the freedom to enjoy creating their own dishes, packing a picnic, or exploring the local restaurants. There are local shops within two kilometres of the property, and a supermarket just three kilometres away: ideal for stocking up on French as well as international items. For French cuisine, there are two restaurants within one kilometre of the property, and a delicious seafood restaurant a further half a kilometre away. A week’s stay, from 28 May 2022, costs from £1,145 (was £1,527 total – saving 25%) for a four-bedroom prestige villa sleeping up to 10. Flights and transfers extra.

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A relaxing break at Le Domaine de Provence Country Club Premium in Provence, South East France
Located in the heart of the Luberon mountain range, between the stunning riverside town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and the historic, rural Saumane, sits the peaceful Domaine de Provence Country Club Premium. Think spectacular countryside, sweeping vineyards, and outstanding natural produce. Admire the views from the beautiful old village of Gordes, visit the many authentic towns in the area nearby, or make the most of the gently undulating 18-hole golf course, refreshing outdoor pool, tennis courts and fitness suite, all on site. Each apartment (sleeping four to eight people) is light and airy and features chic furnishings. Guests can cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen, relax in the living room, or watch the world go by from the private balcony or terrace. Leave the accommodation and go kayaking down the Sorgue, rent a 2CV and pootle around southwest France soaking up the atmosphere, or hike to the tranquil Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, named after the spring and the source of the River Sorgue. A week’s stay, from 28 May 2022, costs from £616 total for up to seven people sharing a spacious two-bedroom apartment. Flights and transfers extra.
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About Summer France:

  • British holidaymakers looking to spend their summer in cottages and self-catered apartments along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline or enjoy a private villa with a refreshing pool in an idyllic rural location, can now rely on Summer France for inspiration.
  • Seaside properties were originally introduced to the Madame Vacances group in 1996. Summer France now has more than 35 properties to choose from.
  • Summer France added the Aquitaine resort of Moliets to its portfolio more than 20 years ago. Since then, the original beach destination has proved so popular with holidaymakers that the operator now offers eight upscale villa and apartment complexes in the area.
  • Summer France has flexible arrival days, most of the properties have a pool, all accommodations are considered child-friendly, and most accept dogs.