More and more people are choosing the South of France for winter lets. At Go Languedoc we have established a reputation as the leading provider of long winter lets in South France. One reason for this is that we visit all of our long winter lets personally to capture more information about the layout of the house, the facilities and the locality. Another reason is that we live permanently in the South of France and we have amassed a great deal of local knowledge about the different regions and areas. We have also rented long term in France ourselves, so we are also able to provide first-hand advice.
Long winter lets, France
The idea of taking a long sabbatical in France, was probably first popularised by Peter Mayall and his book "A Year in Provence". But before Mayall, there were others such as the cookery writer Elizabeth David ("French Provincial Cooking") and the Treasure Island author, Robert Louis Stephenson ("Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes"). All were seeking to discover the secret of the rural French way of life.
In our experience, there are many reasons why people are still coming to the South of France in search of long winter lets. France has retained its appeal for second holiday home buyers. More foreigners buy second homes in France than any other European country, eclipsing even Spain. Property remains cheaper in the South of France than other parts of Northern Europe. There is also a plentiful supply of character properties, as well as do-me-ups. The climate and gastronomy of the region also continues to offer something unique. There is no better way to find the perfect property than to live in the area and experience the climate and culture. Living in the area can also help you find out those areas and properties which may be perfect for a holiday vacations, but may not be suitable for long stays throughout the winter.
Winter lets, France, for a year out
Escaping from the rat-race and taking a 'year out' with your family is also a popular reason why a number of our customers are looking for winter lets in France. This was certainly our initial reason for moving to France. Encouraged by watching television programmes such as 'French Leave' starring the chef John Burton-Rice and his family and other similar programmes (there was one about a wine-maker in the Pyrenees and an Actor living in the Ardeche), we decided to give it all up and come out for a year. It was certainly an enriching experience and you do grow closer as a family and you find out a lot about yourself. There is also the 'enjoyable miscomfort' of immersing yourself in a different culture and way of life. Life in the South of France is slower and based around the outdoors (or rather a table outdoors under a pergola). However, it is not always easy to earn a good living locally and your the first priority we tell all of our customers is to spend time and money on improving your 'street French'.
Winter lets, France - the climate
Also the idea of taking a property for winter lets in France in order to escape the miserable weather of Northern Europe or North America, also has some appeal. The climate in the South of France remains pleasant from April through to October (although we do usually get some storms in October). During November and December it does begin to turn cold (5-13oC during the day) and the nights can sometimes dip below freezing, especially up in the mountains. The silver lining however is that during the day, you get lovely clear blue skies and sunshine. January and February can be wetter than December, but the days do start to become longer. One word of warning though, is the wind. If you are located in the Tramontane region (Perpignan up to Narbonne and across to Carcassonne) or in the Mistral region (Provence), then the strong winter winds can make life uncomfortable. Villages literally batten down the hatches when the wind starts to blow and everybody stays indoors. So if you are on the search for properties for long winter lets in France, then just keep an eye out for the number of windmills dotted about the surrounding hills as this is usually a good indication of the strength of the winter winds. Areas such as around Pezenas, and up towards Montpellier usually escape quite lightly.
We have listed below some examples of the types of long winter lets, France, available on Go Languedoc. The full range of winter lets in France can be found here: long winter lets, France.
Situated in Argeles-sur-mer you will find this property for long winter lets, France. The house has recently been renovated to a high standard and sleeps up to 6 people. The property has a garden/court yard and swimming pool and is situated close to the Mediterranean beaches. Argeles-sur-mer has 7km of beach, a harbour and a host of restaurants and shops. This house for long winter lets, France, is also conveniently located for day trips to Spain and for skiing in the Pyrenees.
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Situated two minutes from the centre of the bustling village of Capestang and just a short walk from the historic Canal du Midi, you will find this lovely cottage for winter lets in France. Trompe l'Oeil is an old village property which can be traced back to 1809, when it appears on Napoleon''s map of Southern France. This is a charming property which has been tastefully refurbished. It comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and can sleep up to 6 people. The owner also has another holiday cottage in Capestang which can be rented in conjunction with this cottage.
This property is available for long winter lets and was refurbished to a high standard in 2007. The work has been carried out sympathetically and many of the wonderful original features have been retained including a stunning fireplace and staircase. A traditional character property which also benefits from it's own private roof terrace. It offers spacious accommodation for a couple or up to 4 people. Olonzac, Canal du Midi holiday rental is within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops and the Tuesday market in Olonzac.
More information on these Long winter lets France, Olonzac from €495pm
This winter rental in the South of France is in the village of Margon near Pezenas. The property is on one level and has 3 double bedrooms, a large garden and swimming pool. Available to rent October - May on a long term let basis. Margon is an ideal location to explore the Languedoc region in the South of France.
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This French winter holidays rental is a two bedroom 18th century house in the lovely village of Montepyroux. The house has been lived in and restored by artists over the last 20 years and all the rooms are spacious with high ceilings and Louis XV plasterwork. The house benefits from three large bedrooms and a lovely terrace. It is also equipped with a wood-burning stove and wi-fi internet - both essential items for a long winter let in France. If you are looking for French winter holidays rentals, then this house in Montepyroux could be a good choice. Montepyroux is famed for its wine and it is a thriving village with many facilities.
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This long term rental in France is close to the beautiful town of Uzes, in South of France. It is an 18th century stone houses in a typical Provencal hillside village facing all-day sun. It is covered in vines, has a huge walled garden, a swimming pool and a large terrace. This long term rental in France is in the village of St Maximin, which is just a few minutes from the wonderful town of Uzes and near the Pont du Gard and Nimes. A great location to visit the sites of the Languedoc region whether on an extended holiday or house hunting.
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Maison du Monde is a beautiful renovated gite in the delightful village of Pepieux, very close to Olonzac, Capital of the Minervois and is situated about midway between Carcassonne and Beziers and about 40 minutes drive from Carcassonne Airport! The very comfortable accommodation, which is over three floors, consists of a very well equiped new kitchen with doors opening out onto fully walled courtyard offering private and quiet space for sunbathing and relaxing. The property sleeps 6 in comfort. >>Maison du Monde, winter lets France more info.