Indoor and Out near Biarritz
This 6 bed villa is a 10 minute drive from Biarritz with indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a home cinema and plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax. Good for a multi-generational holiday, with an independent studio ideal for grandparents or teenagers.
Villa la Canopée is available for departures on 18 or 25 July with Simpson Travel. Save up to £2,000 per week. (From £8,995 for up to 12 people.) Click here for details.
Rural Idyll in the Hills Above Cannes
This old olive mill sits in 1.5 hectares of private grounds, with swathes of lavender by the villa, cypress and palm trees studding the garden, citrus and olive groves tiered into the hillside, and a heated infinity pool perfectly placed to enjoy the views. It is an easy 18km drive from the beach at Cannes.
Le Moulin de Cabris sleeps 12. It is available for one week in July and 3 weeks in Aug. £9,147 with CV Travel. Click here for details.
Ile de Ré
The mature gardens of this lovely villa in the north-west of the island are a joy with century-old trees, picturesque terraces and a covered al-fresco dining area and barbecue. There is lots of space for children to run around whilst you relax in the mature gardens. A path from the garden will take you down to a wonderful sandy beach, only 400m away.
Maison Alouette is available for 3 weeks in July with Oliver's Travels. Sleeps 12. From £6,907. Click here for details.
Interior-designed heaven near Carcassone
The house has been transformed from an ancient wine barn on 120 acres of one of the most beautiful valleys in the French Languedoc. The perfect house for a family group, entertaining teenagers, but with no compromise for adults, this former wine barn really does have the wow factor. There's also a tennis court in the garden if you've had enough of the glorious interiors.
Some summer weeks available at Maison Francoise with Scott Williams. From £16,000 per week, for up to 14 sharing. Click here for details.
Best of Both Worlds
The fairytale Chateau les Carrasses in the Languedoc combines hotel and villa effortlessly. Take a family-friendly self-catering apartment in the grounds - some have private pools. Takeaway meals and pizzas available from their fab restaurant. Set on a wine estate - borrow bikes, play tennis, swim, boules. From £3,176 approx for an apartment sleeping 4 for a week during August. Click here for details.