Self-Catering holidays in France for Christmas 2019

by Robbie Doyle on 01-11-2019 in Aritcles1

Christmas self-catering holidays in France for 2019

Christmas in France 

It's almost that time again. Christmas is almost upon us and it doesn’t seem two minutes since we put the Christmas tree and decorations away. Every year we seem to go through the same rituals, partly because of our own customs and traditions, partly because we would look odd if we didn’t as all the neighbours have decorated their homes.

Some people though, they decide they would rather not go through the usual rigmarole and they escape to hotels and retreats and others fly off to exotic parts of the world. Whatever makes you happy at Christmas is fine by me.

Christmas in France

France and the French celebrate Christmas. Not all do. 

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower.

 The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theatre and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

Most of these citizens are of French ancestry, but there are also small groups of Flemings, Catalans, Germans, Armenians, Gypsies, Russians, Poles, and others. The largest resident alien groups are Algerians, Portuguese, Moroccans, Italians, Spaniards, Tunisians, and Turks

So, as you can imagine, Christmas means more to some than to others.

In France, like Spain and other countries, the Christmas or Nativity crib is often used to help, along with the usual paper and tinsel dressings, to decorate the house. These French cribs have clay nativity figures or 'Santons' in them. 

Santons are small hand-painted terracotta nativity scene figurines produced in the Provence region of southeastern France. There are two types of santons: santons d'argile (clay figures), and doll-like santons habillés (clothed figures).

During December some towns and cities, such as Marseilles, Colmar, Strasbourg, Amiens, Reims and many more have fairs that sell Nativity figures. 

As well as having the normal Nativity figures in them, French scenes also have figures such as a Butcher, a Baker, a Policeman and a Priest.

Would you like to wish somebody a merry or happy Christmas in French Happy/Merry Christmas? then it is 'Joyeux Noël'. 

One of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe is held in Strasbourg, in North-Eastern France. In the Alsatian language, it's called the "Christkindelsmarik".

Self-Catering rentals for Christmas in France

With all that goes on, France is a great place for a Christmas holiday break. It's not just the fantastic markets and Christmas traditions. There is always the skiing!

Imagine being on the Piste at Christmas? (That’s not a spoonerism) Rent-in-France have some of the very best of French Alpine villas, Gites, apartments, lodges and ski cabins. They are also in the prime skiing locations as well.

You could have a fantastic family holiday in one of the many great self-catering rentals around France. It doesn’t matter what size of group or family, what area and price, there is bound to be something that will suit your expectations.

Self-Catering Christmas Holidays in France – Some recommendations.

Whilst everyone is free to choose whatever properties they require, at Rent-in-France we do like to highlight properties in certain areas we think people would be delighted to rent over the festive season. So, here are a few for your approval.

Beautiful Large Stable Farm With Playroom 15 Minutes From Amiens

Christmas self-catering holidays in France 2019

This beautiful Picardy Farmhouse that is offered to you by La Clef Decamp is composed of a large house with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and just next to it is an apartment with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. In front of the kitchen is a large Games room with  American billiards, a flat-screen TV, karaoke bar and a bedroom with bathroom.

The property can accommodate up to 35 people max (house, apartment and playroom).

If you need more rooms than 9 rooms, the neighbour rents guest rooms.

It's a beautiful thing to be woken up by the soft neighing of the horses, to open the curtains and to have a look at these horses that are peacefully eating. It is a dream that can become a reality thanks to this beautiful property!

There is no traffic noise and there is total silence in the house as well as in the large garden. There are two fireplaces inside the property.

Come rest or party with friends or family on this farm near Amiens in Talmas, Val de Maison.

Val de Maison is a small hamlet of 40 inhabitants very quiet 2km from Talmas and 5 km from Villers Bocage (Villages located north of Amiens). See more

Independent Gite in the Heart of Flanders, Bailleul

France self-catering Christmas 2019

This lovely gite can accommodate up to 6 guests. It is bright and beautifully furnished throughout. The region, as well as nearby Belgium, offers great opportunities for recreation and entertainment. 
The gite is located roughly halfway between Armentieres and Steenvoorde. The property is located at the place called "The New World". It is ideal for rejuvenating yourself in this Land of the Giants, surrounded by a tradition of hospitality and popular festivities where nature has remained authentic. The interior decor of the original brickwork makes it a warm and welcoming environment. 
The gîte is 135 m² and comprises: (independent bioclimatic house, in the heart of the protected site of the mountains of Flanders). 
Ground floor: living room, living room 43 m², wood stove, kitchen, 1 bedroom (1 bed 140), bathroom, WC, storeroom. See more.


Luxury Four Bedroom Villa situated on The Pont Royal Golf & Country Club - Mallemort, Bouches-du-Rhone

Self-catering holiday rentals France Christmas 2019

This luxury villa is situated on Pont Royal Golf & Country Club and is just a 5-minute walk to the restaurants, bars and recreational facilities of the Pierre et Vacances holiday village.
The property is bright, spacious and open-plan. 

There is free wi-fi broadband internet connection throughout the property.

The villa comprises:

Open-plan downstairs with easy access direct from kitchen, sitting-room and dining area directly to the terrace and swimming pool.
The four bedrooms upstairs offer good size and include a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet.
Family bathroom
Electric central heating ensures the villa can be occupied all year round. There is no extra charge for heating in the winter, guests are simply asked to be sensible. All linen and towels, except swimming towels, are included in rental and changed once a week. See more.

More France Christmas Rentals

These are just three of the hundreds of French villas, apartments, houses, gites, Chateax's and even castles that are all available from the main Rent-in-France property search pages.

Please don't worry if you have never been to France or you are unfamiliar with any given area. Simply click on the 'Places to Visit' tab at the top of the website and there you will find an abundance of information on the cities, towns and villages of France. If you require any further help or information, please contact us directly and we will be delighted to assist.

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