Where to rent in France long term in 2023?

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At Long Term Rentals in France, we have been involved in providing long term rental properties in the South of France, Dordogne and Midi-Pyrenees for over 15 years now. We live permanently in South France all year around and our job requires us to travel all over the region.

This is not an exhaustive list of places to consider looking for long term rental properties. But from my knowledge and travels around Dordogne, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc, Provence and the South of France, I would recommend the following places as my top 10 towns to rent in France on a long term basis. These are certainly the main locations that I recommend to customers who contact me when they are looking to relocate to France.

Before we moved to the South of France, we have spent time in the Loire valley, the Vendee and also the Cote d'Azur. Our Children have gone to college in different parts of France and we have enjoyed some great weekends away and holidays throughout France. I do still have an ambition to visit all 96 departments of France and we are probably a third of the way through that list. So we have a fair idea about living in France.

 

Deciding on a suitable area to live in France

I think that when you are living in France, you begin to appreciate a number of different factors about what makes the location you are living in 'something special'. You also begin to see certain areas which would be marvellous for a 2 week vacation (in the summer), but would be isolating or boring over the winter. We also have the advantage of seeing how our customers get on in their rentals and we get their feedback if they are not happy with a particular location or if they decide to stay on and buy. We also have a group of friends here in France who have come from all over France, so we get their insights as well.

So from all of this you begin to form some general criteria on what to look for from a location if you are coming here for a long stay:

  • City hub - whilst you may not want to live in a city, it is always a good idea to be based within 1 hour of a major city in France to access cultural activities, sports, medical facilities and a greater range of shops.
  • Transport network - you need to be reasonably close to an airport, either to fly home or to receive family and friends. You may not need to be close to a major international airport (in fact, in France a lot of long-haul flights are routed via Paris anyway), but you do need to be close to an airport which has connecting flights to/from Paris or London or Frankfurt. You just don't want to be stepping off a plane and then have a 2½ hour drive to get to your rental property.
  • Personal alignment - there needs to be something in the area where you are living which aligns with you personally. So a coastal location aligns with someone into sailing. The mountains will align with keen walkers. A wine region will align with wine buffs. Etc, etc. What does't work so well is where people choose a location in France, just because the property is cheap. I see it too often where people want to move to Corrèze or the Ariège, because the houses are cheap to buy there.
  • Climate is King - all areas of France have great local markets, regional dishes, beautiful towns and villages, amazing festivals. You can find these in every nook and cranny of France. But what is not universal in France is the climate. And if you live here all year around, the weather over the winter period is critical in terms of your quality of life. If you can continue to enjoy an outdoor life for 10-11 months of the year, then the chances are you will enjoy your time in France. If you are shut up indoors between November to February, then you are going to be miserable.

 

rent in France long termOne trend we have noticed over the years when it comes to people moving to France, is that there seems to be a steady Southwards migration stream.

People initially first settle in Normandy and Brittany - taking advantage of the cheaper property prices and beautiful coastline. But after a few harsh winters in North Western France, they then decide to relocate down to the Charente and Dordogne region, to enjoy some milder weather.

But even here, the winters can be very wet. Speaking to clients who have previously lived in the Lot, Dordogne or Charente, they say that unless you are fully-embedded in the local community, the social life can be more focused on the warmer summer months and the winter can be a long old drag. The geography of these departments is also predominantly village based. So for example, in Dordogne, there are only 3 towns with a population of more than 10,000 people. So if you are looking for some life November to February, then you are probably going to have to drive 1 hour to find it.

The last step of the Southwards migration, is that people eventually head to the Languedoc region in the South of France to enjoy the much better winter climate.

Yes, the South of France does get very hot in the summer, but for the remaining 10 months of the year, the weather is beautiful and villages do not shut down. There is still plenty going on during the Autumn and Spring months and the clear blue skies for 300 days a year mean that you tend to spend more time outside.

The average daytime temperatures in the South of France during the winter month (November to February) are around 12-15°C (55-59°F) and most days you can walk around in a light jumper or shirt sleeves. What makes the difference is that you rarely get a cloudy day and the rain is limited to heavy downpours, which quickly disperse. The weather in the Autumn and Spring time is glorious. Bright blue skies and temperatures around 20-25°C (70-77°F).

The transport connections in the South of France are also excellent. There are 10 airports with services to most European capitals and many budget flights through Ryanair, Easyjet and Norwegian Air). There is a fast train service (TGV) up to Paris and down to Barcelona and a highway network that is unrivalled in any other part of Europe.

 

Where to rent in France long term during 2023

 Top 10 locations for long term rentals in France 

  1. Marseillan - coastal town in Languedoc
  2. Perpignan - Southern-most city in France
  3. Pezenas - historic town in Herault department
  4. Eymet - stylish market town in Dordogne
  5. Carcassonne  - medieval castle
  6. Beziers - wine capital of the World
  7. Montpellier - fastest growing city in France 
  8. Provence - quintessential South France
  9. Cote d'Azur - beaches, glitz & glamour
  10. Rocamadour - in the beautiful Lot department

It is always a bit of a dilemma about where to base yourself for a long stay. Whilst you may crave the peace and quiet for a vacation, if you are going to be living in France for a few months, you will also need to have a good range of services nearby, as well as some culture and a bit of life. So you therefore need to be reasonably close to a decent sized town. You will probably have friends and family coming over to see you (it is amazing how many friends you attract when you tell people you are moving to the South of France!). So having a focal point nearby to take visitors - like a beautiful French town or an harbour ringed with restaurants - is also an important consideration.

Now you need to do your research on the area you want to live. In my experience, the customers who know exactly where they want to live in France - even down to the town and village - end up having a more successful rental experience than those people who have no real idea.

Now France is a big country. I would start by splitting France into 7 parts (North-West, North-East, Paris, East, West, South East and South West). Then subdivide each of these parts into quarters. This then gives you the basis for eliminating certain areas and including some areas in your shortlist. To narrow down your chosen area to live, I would recommend:

  • High-level wish list: Make a list of 3 adjectives you would use to describe your ideal location in France. These should be big things like City or Rural, Mountain or Coastal, Vineyard landscape or Farming country, Hot or Mild, Cultural area or Rustic. Also, think about what you are interested in and how you want to spend your time. Don't make the list too long, you are never going to find the perfect place to live, but this will help you narrow down your search.
  • Transport connections: check the TGV routes, number of local airports, road network, etc.
  • Research the annual climate - summer temperatures, average rainfall, winter climate, wind speeds (trust me, Provence is beautiful but the Mistral makes it almost unlivable in parts of Provence during the winter period)
  • Check the tourist attractions in the region. It sounds stupid, but if you can't compile a list of 10 sites/attractions in the area that you would actually want to visit, then cross that region off your list.
  • Check out average house prices in some of the regions you have chosen This is a great resource (written in English) and published by the National body of Notaires: French real estate prices. House prices (whether they are going up or down and the average sale price) gives you a great insight into whether the area is 'dying' or dynamic. It will also give you a good indication of the rental prices you will expect to pay.
  • Blog posts and forums - do as much reading as you can of Expat forums which based on specific regions you are considering. But be warned, there are some genuinely helpful people on forums and then there are others who either have an angle they are trying to push or they are just plain miserable. So do take everything you read with a large pinch of salt

The reason why I recommend that you narrow down the area before even considering the house to rent, is that I have seen it all too often that people fall in love with the house and forget the area. They then arrive and for the first month they try to convince themselves that the location is perfect. The second month the doubts creep in and by the third month they are planning 'trips away' to different parts of France. It is true that you will never know what the area will truly be like until you arrive, but you can minimize the surprises by doing your due diligence.

If you require any specific help in finding a house to rent in France, please send me a message (at Long term rentals France). I will be more than happy to give you help and advice.

For more help on narrowing down your search of where to rent in France please read our  Checklist on renting a long term property in France and our new article on the 10 Best places to live in France.

 

 

1. Marseillan long term rentals France

marseillan500Marseillan is extremely popular with our customers looking for long term winter rentals in France. I think that it is the combination of the views over the water, the lovely harbour and the fact that Marseillan is a lively town with bars and restaurants full all year around. 

One thing I really like about Marseillan is that it is the sort of place where you can live quite easily without a car. There is a local bus service that runs to the beach at Marseillan Plage, but it is equally just as easy to bike to the beach. You also have all the shops and services you need on your doorstep and there is even a local bus service that takes you directly to Beziers airport and the TGV station in Agde.

This coastal town is located on a salt water lake, just 4kms from the Mediterranean sea. The Etang du Thau, is separated from the sea by a thin strip of beach. The Etang du Thau is famous throughout France for producing the best Oysters and Mussels (especially from the nearby fishing village of Bouzigues).

In Marseillan you can buy fresh oysters and mussels from the 'Cabines' which line the shore of the lake. The lovely harbour of Marseillan is a good place for a stroll and to stop off for a drink or bite to eat. The old centre of Marseillan is a warren of tiny streets and here you will find a good range of bars and restaurants, as well as the daily market.

So if you are looking to rent in France on a long term basis, then Marseillan is ideally positioned. Here is our selection of Marseillan long term rentals France currently available for rentals during 2023:

 

 

2 bed Marseillan apartment near beach South of France (Ref: 2030)

Marseillan apartment to rent in France long term

This beautiful 2 bed apartment for long term rentals in South France is located in the coastal town of Marseillan. The apartment comes with air conditioning, WIFI and lovely views towards the local beach on the Etang du Thau lake. Marseillan is the perfect spot for long term rentals over the winter, with the Mediterranean coast just 3km away and the town providing plenty of facilities.

Marseillan is a harbour town in between Beziers and Montpellier, located on the shores of the Etang du Thau. The Etang du Thau is a salt water lake which is separated from the Mediterranean by a thin strip of sandy beach. The lake is famous throughout France for producing high quality oysters and mussels.

The apartment comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Private terrace
  • Secure parking
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants

This apartment in Marseillan is available for long term rentals from October through to April from €750 per month + bills. The apartment is available from October 2023.

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Water's Edge stylish long term rental Marseillan France (Ref: 2009)

Marseillan France rentals long term

The Water's Edge is a stylish, architect-designed property, newly converted from an old wine warehouse. The apartment comes with 2 bedrooms (double and twin) plus a large, sunny south-facing terrace. The apartment is located by the waterfront, next to the Port Rive Gauche and includes air conditioning and an elevator.

Marseillan is located on the shores of a salt water lake, separated from the Mediterranean by a thin strip of beach. The Mediterranean beaches are just 3km away and can be accessed by a cycle path and local bus. In Marseillan itself there is a lovely harbour area, with bars, restaurants and shops just 2 mins from the apartment. The town centre is just a 2 minutes walk of the apartment.

The apartment benefits from:

  • Fitted kitchen
  • Large sunny terrace
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Newly installed bathroom
  • Parking

This Marseillan apartment can be rented on a long term let basis between October to March from €900 per month + bills. The apartment is available from February 2023 to June 2023 and again from October 2023.

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Marseillan 2 bed house rent long term France by coast (Ref: 1799)

Marseillan France rentals long termIf you´re looking for a house to rent for 3-6 months, close to the coast and the beaches, then this house in Marseillan is an excellent choice. This 2 bed house for long term rent is located in the coastal town of Marseillan, South of France.

The house is laid out on 3 levels and has a sunny courtyard for eating al fresco. The house sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms and is within minutes of the shops, restaurants, harbour and bars of Marseillan. This long term rental property is conveniently located to explore the sites of the Languedoc region.

The house benefits from:

  • Fitted kitchen
  • Wood burner
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • Private garden

This Marseillan house for can be rented on a long term let basis from €750 per month + bills. The apartment is currently available March to June 2023.

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2. Perpignan long term rentals in France 2023

perpignan rent long term FrancePerpignan is the Southern-most city in France. It is situated in between the coast and the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border. With it's mild winters and long hot summers, it is the perfect destination for find a long term rental in France. The city is the capital of Roussillon region and it has a real Spanish feel to it. The old narrow streets towards the Palais des Rois de Majorque are a real pleasure to walk around, with lots of pavement restaurants, cafes and bars. Perpignan also has a real connection with art, with famous artists such as Picasso, Dufy, Maillol and Cocteau all having studios in the City at one time or other. The surrounding countryside is very pretty. Wherever you go you will see vineyards set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees.

The coastline around Perpignan is very beautiful, with wide sandy beaches and secluded coves. The Cote Vermeille is also home to some wonderful coastal towns such as Collioure and Banyuls.

There are some great local towns and villages inland from Perpignan such as:

  • Thuir - a small market town in the foothills of the Pyrenees
  • Ceret - a famous Artist town with a Modern Art Museum and a distinct Catalan vibe
  • Laroque-des-Alberes - a beautiful hilltop village with a number of cafes and restaurants
  • Collioure - a stunning coastal village, once home to the painters Derain and Matisse

The area is well served by the transport network. The TGV stops in Perpignan and a new connection is being built all the way to Barcelona. Perpignan has its own airport and Girona airport is less than 1 hour away. The A9 autoroute also passes close to Perpignan. So if you are looking for long term rentals in France, then Perpignan is a great spot to choose. If you are on the search for long term rentals in France, then Perpignan is a great location to consider.

We have highlighted below one of our properties for long term rental to give you an idea of the monthly prices and facilities. 

 

 

Perpignan long term rent apartment, France (Ref: 1324)

Perpignan Long term rent apartment FranceThis Perpignan apartment to rent long term in France is located close to the centre of town, just 5 mins walk to the train station and bus station. The apartment is located on the 5th floor of a 1950s apartment building. The apartment is close to local shops, restaurants and services. This Perpignan apartment for long term rentals benefits from the following:

  • 2 balconies
  • Private parking space in the underground car park
  • Local supermarket just next door to apartment building
  • Central heating
  • WiFi and TV
  • Bright and clean interior with contemporary furniture

This Perpignan apartment is available for long term rentals from January 2023 for 3-12 months. The monthly rental price is €800 per month + bills.

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House to rent long term near Beach South France (Ref: 1911)

Coastal house for long term rental France 2022

A lovely 2 bed house, close to the beach and harbour in St Cyprien Plage, South France. The house is available for long term rentals between October to April from €800 per month + bills. The house comes with reversible air conditioning, a lovely 40m2 garden/terrace and a balcony, well-equipped kitchen and 2 en suite bathrooms.

This house is a located in a great spot if you want to enjoy some winter sun in Southern France. The Perpignan area is the sunniest region in France, enjoying over 300 days of sunshine each year. The mild winter climate also makes it possible to enjoy meals on the terrace throughout the year and you can also benefit from lovely walks along the deserted beaches.

This sunny house comes with reversible air conditioning, WiFi, large flat screen TV and a comfortable lounge area. Both bedrooms are a good size and come with en suite bathrooms.

The house is located 500m from the harbour in St Cyprien and 700m from the beach. There is a local supermarket just 200m from the house.

Rental price: from €800 per month + bills

Available from: 15 November 2022

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Argeles sur Mer villa with pool for long term rent in France (Ref: 1323)

Long term rental perpignan franceThis lovely villa for long term rent in France is located close to the coast in Argeles sur Mer. The house has a garden, pool and provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. There are 3 double bedrooms, a spacious living room, wifi, central heating and lovely views over the town and to the hills behind. Argeles-sur-mer has 7km of beach and a harbour and a host of restaurants and shops. Perpignan is 20kms to the North and the Spanish border is 25 kms to the South. The key features of this villa include:

  • Close to the beach (2 kms)
  • Nice garden and private pool
  • Quiet location, but walking distance to shops and restaurants
  • Private off-street parking
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • 12 month + rentals considered

This Areles sur Mer villa for long term rentals near Perpignan, France, is available for rent from October 2023. The Owner will consider monthly rentals from 3 months up to 2 years. Rentals over the winter period start from €1000 (for 6 months Oct to March). Annual rentals over the summer high season are €1850 + bills.

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3. Long term rentals in France near Pezenas

pezenas house rentals francePezenas is extremely popular at all times of the year. This historic capital of Languedoc is a really beautiful old town, with lots of windy streets and impressive Mansion houses. Pezenas was once the summer home of the celebrated French playwright, Moliere, and his presence is celebrated everywhere throughout the town. The Saturday market in Pezenas is amazing and it takes over the whole of the town. Here you can buy all manner of local food produce, flowers, clothes and general household goods. Pezenas is also in the heart of the Languedoc wine region and apart from the local Moliere wines, you can also enjoy good wines from nearby vineyards such as St Chinian, Faugeres and Picpoul de Pine. Pezenas is also home to around 50 antique dealers and you can browse through the Antique stalls that line the main street through the town. There is also a large artistic presence in Pezenas, with many artists and artisans having studios in the heart of the old town. There is always a festival of some sorts going on in Pezenas - be it a theatre festival, antiques fair, film festival, wine festival or medieval fete.

Pezenas is also a bit of a sports town, with a local football team, rugby club, tennis club, an athletics stadium and numerous cycling clubs. There is also a local outdoor swimming pool, that is great to go to in the heat of summer. Pezenas is also close to the beaches of the mediterranean and you have Beziers and Montpellier nearby if you want to experience big city life once in a while. The town is well connected with 4 airports nearby (Beziers, Montpellier, Carcassonne and Perpignan), a TGV train station about 15 mins away and the A9 and A75 autoroutes are on your doorstep.

Pezenas has plenty of schools, a local hospital, plenty of restaurants, two large supermarkets and more pharmacies than you can shake a stick at. The local villages around Pezenas are beautiful - often surrounded by vineyards and hills. So in conclusion, if you are looking for an area to come to for a long term rental, then Pezenas is a great option to consider. If you would like to look at a few long term rental options for Pezenas, the following rental properties are available for long term rentals in the Pezenas area. Please check the availability calendars as we can not guarantee that the houses will always be vacant for the entire period of your stay.

 

La Cour - Pezenas long term rental property France (Ref: 2023)

Pezenas house to rent in France

La Cour is a newly renovated long term rentals property overlooking a private courtyard in centre of the historic town of Pezenas in South France.

Pezenas is one of the most beautiful towns in the South of France and it features a vibrant arts and theatre scene, popular weekly market and a large Antiques sector. This long term rental apartment is perfectly situated just 1 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and the Saturday market. The property is ideal for a couple or a single person. Available for 6 to 12 month rentals.

The property comes with:

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Courtyard
  • Good WIFI connection
  • Large living room
  • Parking nearby

The apartment is available for long term rentals throughout the year from €650 per month + bills. Available from January 2023 for rentals of 6-12 months.

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La Bonne Vie long term rental property Southern France (Ref: 2026)

3 bed house for long term rentals in FranceThis gorgeous 4 bed house in St Pons de Mauchiens, South France, is available for long term rentals for 3, 6 and 12 months.

La Bonne Vie is a 4 bed long term rental property in the charming hilltop village of St Pons de Mauchiens in Southern France . The property is laid out over 3 floors and comes with a large double garage, spacious open plan living room, private pool and garden. The house benefits from lovely views over the local vineyards and hills.

St Pons is a popular wine-making village, just 20 mins to the Mediterranean beaches and 10 mins to the popular coastal towns of Meze and Bouzigues. The historic town of Pezenas is just 10 mins drive.

The house contains:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Enclosed garden with swimming pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Large garage for parking
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large living room

The house is available for long term rentals between September and June from €1000 per month + bills. Minimum stay is 3 months.

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Cinema House - Pezenas 2 bed long term rentals in France Ref: 1993

Pezenas long term rentals FranceThe Cinema House is a stylish 2 bedroom long term rentals property in Pezenas, South France. The house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac, next to the old Cinema in Pezenas, just off the main market street. Shops, bars and restaurants are located just a few steps away. The house is a 300 year old property that comes with 2 bedrooms, a large living room and a well equipped modern kitchen.

This stylish Pezenas house for long term rentals in France, provides excellent accommodation for a couple or a small family. The house is fully equipped with everything that you could need during your stay and its situation in the centre of Pezenas makes it very easy to explore this lovely old French town. Perfect for long holidays or accommodation for house-hunting in the South of France.

The property comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • WiFi Internet
  • Balcony

This Pezenas property is available for long term lets from 3 to 12 months. The monthly rental price starts from €750 per month + bills.

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4. Eymet - market town in Dordogne

long term rent nimes FranceThe Dordogne is always popular with our customers for long term rentals in France. But the difficult question is where in Dordogne do you want to be based? Dordogne is predominantly a rural department and it is often described as a 'land of villages'. Despite being home to over 410,000 people, there are only 7 towns in Dordogne with a population of more than 5,000 people.

So there are plenty of beautiful places in Dordogne - such as Sarlat, Brantôme and Domme - but these are predominantly tourism destinations which are OK if you are staying here on vacation. If you are going to be living in Dordogne for a number of months, you need to find a location which is full of life all year around and has a good range of local services. As we have said above, you also need to be reasonably close to an international airport and a fairly sizeable city.

So I would recommend the beautiful market town of Eymet, as my preferred location to be based in Dordogne for a long term rental. Eymet is located in the bottom South-West corner of Dordogne, close to the famous wine-town of Bergerac and 1 hour 30 mins east of the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Bergerac international airport is just 25kms away (with regular flights to destinations in the UK, Rotterdam, Brussels and Portugal) and there is a mainline train station in the nearby towns of Libourne, Agen, Marmande and Bergerac. Close to Eymet, you will also find, Chateau Vigiers, a celebrated hotel with a Championship golf course, Spa centre and a Michelin star restaurant.

Although only 2,500 people live in Eymet itself, in the surrounding 5 communes there is a total local population of 10,000 inhabitants. Dordogne is home to over 14,000 European nationals and is the second most popular area in France for British people to live (after Paris). Dordogne is home to 7,800 British people, making up nearly 2% of the department's residents. Around 9% of the population of Eymet are international residents and there is even a local cricket club and an English pub. This obviously has its positives and negatives. On the one hand, it provides you with an active Ex-Pat community with which to interact with. But on the downside, it can become a bit claustrophobic. , 

The temperatures around Eymet in the summer months are absolutely perfect for me - averaging a pleasant 26°C / 77°F in July and August - and rarely getting above the mid-30's. The winters can however get cold (averaging 9°C / 47°F in December to February). But that is the average daytime temperature and it will often go below zero, especially at night. Dordogne does get quite a bit of rain (860mm of rain annually, which puts it above the average rainfall for France) and in the Spring there are often only 15 dry days per month. It also gets a below average amount of sunshine per year (1,968 hours per year against a national average of 2,089 hours). But the flipside of all of this is that the countryside is lush and green and there are beautiful wide river valleys.

Eymet borders the the famous vineyards of the Bordeaux and Bergerac wine regions, in an area often referred to as Périgord Pourpre (Purple). The two most well-known wines from this region are the red Bergerac Pécharmant wines and sweet Monbazillac wines, often paired with foie gras. This part of South-Western Dordogne is especially popular with visitors. Many are attracted by the numerous impressive castles dotted around the Dordogne river valley, such as Château de Beynac, Chateau des Milands, Chateau de Commarque and Château de Castelnaud.

Here are some options to consider for long term rent close to Eymet, Dordogne:

 

 

 

Le Pigeonnier cottage for long term rentals in Dordogne France (Ref: 2003)

Le Pigeonnier cottage Dordogne FranceLe Pigeonnier cottage in Dordogne, France, can accommodate 6-8 people with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The cottage is situated right in the countryside, close to the popular town of Eymet in the Dordogne. The cottage is located on a small fam called Lauzanac, surrounded by meadows where farm animals graze. Le Pigeonnier is an ideal place for a long term rental in Dordogne, where you can continue to operate your remote business or enjoy your retirement, free from noise and pollution.

The cottage is an 18th century Dovecote that is laid out over 3 floors. The cottage features exposed beams and brickwork.

  • 3 double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, plus a triple bedroom
  • large open-plan living room with wood burning stove, large dining table and office area
  • well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, washing machine and plenty of cooking utensils, plates and cutlery
  • large enclosed garden with terrace and lawn area

This cottage in Dordogne is available for long term rentals from September to June from €1150 per month + bills. Pets maybe accepted through prior agreement.

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Eymet studio apartment rental Dordogne France (Ref: 1845)

Dordogne cheap rental property France

Eymet is a beautiful market town in Dordogne, France. This studio apartment rental is on the first floor in a renovated 14th Century building. The building opens out onto the main market square in Eymet. The apartment looks out over a quaint medieval alleyway and is conveniently located for all the shops and restaurants in the town. The apartment is available for long term rentals from €480 per month + utility bills.

The apartment is located in a small side-street which opens out onto the main square. The apartment is fully furnished and is perfect as a cost-effective alternative to a hotel whilst you enjoy France or look for a place to buy.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Walking distance to shops, cafes, restaurants

The apartment can be rented from 6-12 months. The Owner may accept one small dog, through prior agreement.

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Le Grange Sud luxury long term rentals Dordogne France (Ref: 2004)

Dordogne long term rentals France

La Grange Sud is a beautiful barn conversion, situated in a stunning area of Dordogne close to the pretty town of Bergerac. The barn overlooks the 2nd and 4th fairways of Chateau Vigiers, one of the best golf resorts in the South West of France. Chateau Vigiers also boasts a Michelin star restaurant as well as a brasserie.

​La Grange Sud is a beautiful two bedroom property, with exposed oak beams, Italian travertine floors and high quality furnishings and fixtures.

This high-end long term rental property in Dordogne is perfect for golfers and couples looking to enjoy a few months in South West France with all your creature comforts. The property is furnished to a very high standard.

  • 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • large open-plan living room with fireplace, oak beams and TV with international channels
  • well-equipped oak kitchen with dishwasher, oven, washing machine and plenty of cooking utensils, plates and cutlery
  • large terrace with Jacuzzi and stunning views

This barn in Dordogne is available for long term rentals from October to May from €1400 per month + bills

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5. Carcassonne long term rentals France in 2023

Carcassonne house to rent long term FranceCarcassonne is a popular spot to be based around for a long term rental in the South of France. Carcassonne is well-connected by road, rail and flight routes. Carcassonne itself has its own airport - serviced mainly by low-cost flights from the UK and Scandinavia. The international airport at Toulouse is also just 45 mins drive away. The A61 motorway goes right past Carcassonne and connects the Mediterranean coast with Toulouse and the Atlantic coast. Carcassonne's train station provides regional train services to Narbonne and Toulouse where you can pick up TGV train services.

Carcassonne is also home to one of France's most visited tourist sites in the fabulous Carcassonne Castle. The castle is absolutely vast. It has 31 towers, an amphitheatre, hotel and a full medieval town inside its fortified walls. The views from both inside and outside are amazing. Surrounding Carcassonne there are also many important Cathar ruins. The Cathars were a religious grouping that eschewed the established church. As a result of its growing popularity in the South of France, the Cathars were brutally suppressed by the King of France, under orders from the Pope. 

The local area around Carcassonne is also home to the Minervois wine region (one of the best in France). The Canal du Midi also passes through Carcassonne on its route to the Mediterranean coast.  It can get a bit windy in the winter months around Carcassonne (just check out the number of windmills)- but it is not as bad as the Mistral that blows through Provence.

We have quite a number of long terms rentals in and around Carcassonne and it has proved to be a popular place to rent in the last couple of years. Here is a selection of the long term let properties currently available to rent in 2023:

 

Carcassonne cottage to rent in France long term (Ref: 1117)

Puissalicon house for rent in France long termThis cottage to rent in France long term is a beautiful refurbished 2 bedroom Cottage opposite the Canal du Midi in the centre of the city. The main railway station is 5 minutes walk and there are plenty of local restaurants, shops and services nearby. Carcassonne airport is just a short taxi ride. The cottage has its own private terrace and you can also sit on the canal bank with a baguette and a bottle of wine and watch the barges and little ducks go by.

The key features of the house include:

  • Private terrace
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Walking distance into Carcassonne town centre

This 2 bedroom property can be rented between September to June from €900 per month + bills. The house comes with Wi-Fi and is heated via electric radiators. The Owner will accept pets through prior agreement (limited to 2 small/medium size dogs). Available from November 2022.

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Siran house to rent in France long term, sleeps 4 (Ref: 1632)

Siran house to rent in France long termSiran is located in the heart of the Minervois wine region, producing some of the best wines in Southern France. The house is located on a quiet street in the medieval heart of Siran, a beautiful village close to Carcassonne. This well-equipped village has a bar, bistro restaurant, school, shop and library. The property comes with a beautiful cottage garden, 2 bedrooms, large lounge and kitchen-diner. The house comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Enclosed garden
  • Available for 3-12 month rentals
  • Good Wi-Fi connection and satellite TV

This lovely house in the Siran, France, is available for long term rentals from 3-12 months. The monthly rental price starts at €750 per month + bills. Available from September 2023.

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Domaine de Badens long term lets France pet friendly with pool (Ref: 1498)

Pet friendly Long term rentals Carcassonne Southern FranceDomaine de Badens is a beautiful long term lets property set amongst 5 hectares of land on the edge of the village of Cenne Monestiés in the South of France. The property is nestled in a forest of mature oak and pine trees, with the Lampy river flowing nearby. This long term lets property in France is very pet friendly - their are 4 resident cats and the owners are happy to welcome well-behaved dogs. The property comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Exposed beams and stonework
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Swimming pool
  • Home office/snug
  • WiFi and Satellite TV 

The property is available for long term lets from October  to June for a monthly price of €700 + bills (€850 per month all inclusive). Minimum stay 3 months. Available between March to June 2023 and again from October 2023.

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Marsanne long term rental near Carcassonne, France (Ref: 1746)

Aude house rentals France near CarcassonneMarsanne long term rental property is located in a beautiful corner of South France, in between Carcassonne and the Pyrenees. The property is located on Domaine de La Flotte, a country estate situated on a wooded hillside where you can enjoy the unspoilt nature and the beautiful views of the Pyrenees mountains in the distance. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful long term stay in South France, then this property is a great choice. Carcassonne is 30 mins to the North and the Ski resorts in the Pyrenees are 1 hour to the South.

This rental property near Carcassonne comes with:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
  • Private parking
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Large grounds
  • 5 mins to local town of Chalabre
  • Beautiful walking country

The property is available for monthly rentals between October to May from €700 per month + bills. Minimum stay 3 months.

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6. Beziers long term rentals France

Beziers long term rental properties FranceThe southern French city of Beziers is currently going through a much needed phase of Development. For most of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Beziers was a rich provincial capital. It grew rich on the back of the Canal du Midi and the wine industry. However, during the late 20th Century it started to fall into slow decline.

In my opinion it almost lost its raison d'etre. But a dynamic new Mayor has breathed new life into the town, with a fabulous new shopping complex (the Polygone) dragging reluctant inhabitants of the area back into Beziers. A programme of renovation of the facades of buildings in the town centre, the redevelopment of the central square and the promotion of a whole new series of bars and restaurants has started to transform the centre of the town.

I predict that within 5 years Beziers will re-discover its mojo and it will once again reclaim its title as the jewel of the Languedoc

If you are looking for peace and tranquillity then the Languedoc Regional Park about 30mins from Beziers is a good choice to find a long term rental property. The scenery is glorious and the relaxed way-of-life really helps you unwind and enjoy your stay. This is excellent walking and cycling country and is also home to some of the best vineyards in the South of France - such as Faugeres and St Chinian.

We get a lot of requests for long term rentals in and around Olargues, Gabian (near Roujan, on the edge of the Park) and Olonzac to the South. If you are looking to find a long term rental where you can experience the real South of France way of life - with its focus on good food and wine and the simple pleasures in life, then the stretch of villages in between Beziers up the Orb Valley to the Haut Languedoc Park is the place to start looking.

Here is our selection of long term rental properties surrounding Beziers and the Haut Languedoc region:

 

 

Murviel les Beziers long term lets in South of France (Ref: 1893)

Beziers villa to rent France

This spacious long term lets property in South France is located in a quiet rural area with stunning views of the mountain ranges of the Haut Languedoc. The area is surrounded by vineyards and countryside as far as the eye can see.

The house is situated about 12 km north of Béziers and 2 km from the village Murviel-les-Béziers. This restored barn was formerly part of an active vineyard and oozes charm throughout. It sleeps up to 6 comfortably in its 3 bedrooms.

The house features:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large living room
  • Central heating
  • Private pool & garden
  • Private parking
  • Exposed beams and stone walls

This house in Murviel-les-Beziers, is available for long term rentals between mid-September to May from €900 per month + bills.

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Lespignan house for long term rentals, France, near beaches Ref: 569

Beziers house rentals France

This lovely house in Lespignan, near Beziers and the Languedoc coast, is a very convenient long term rentals property in France. The house has been renovated from a former wine cave and the results are dramatic. The house is close to the Mediterranean coast, it comes with its own swimming pool, and provides spacious accommodation all year round. Lespignan is situated close to Beziers and is just 10 minutes from the beach.

This house in Lespignan, South France, is located within 50 minutes of 5 budget airports and is situated close to the A9 autoroute. There are TGV train stations at nearby Beziers and Narbonne.

The house features:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Exposed beams and stonework
  • Private parking

This house is available for long term rentals between September to June from €1000 per month + bills. All year around from 1300€pm.

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Tête à Tête - 2 bed house for rent Beziers France (Ref: 2056)

Central Beziers apartment to rent FranceTête à Tête is a lovely 2 bedroom house for rent in the centre of Beziers, South France. The house comes with its own private garage parking, a covered terrace, air conditioning, central heating and 2 bathrooms. The house is just 2 minutes walk into Beziers town centre, where you will find a wonderful array of shops, restaurants, pavement cafés and historical monuments. The house will ideally suit a couple and provides plenty of space for guests.

Beziers is conveniently located just 10 kms from the Mediterranean coast and has excellent transport connections (it has a TGV train station, international airport and 2 motorways running close-by).

The house features:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large living room
  • Private terrace
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Beautifully furnished
  • Air conditioning
  • Garage parking

Available for long term rentals from €900 per month + bills. Pets may be considered.

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7. Montpellier long term rentals South France

montpellier house to rent long term FranceMontpellier is a wonderful city to be based in for a 6-12 month rental. Montpellier is the fastest growing city in France, soon to overtake Strasbourg as the 6th largest city in France. Since 1960, Montpellier has doubled in population.

Today people are drawn to the city by the large bio-medical industry that has grown up around celebrated Hospital complex and 3 universities.

Added to that you have a beach 10km away, an international airport, TGV train station, wonderful modern tram system and an amazing range of cultural activities such as internationally acclaimed Musee Fabre, Montpellier's Modern Art Museum; an excellent Zoological park in the North of the city, an Opera house, a Planetarium, a large Aquarium, a symphony orchestra and a beautiful botanical garden.

Montpellier's shops are excellent and so are the restaurants. There are a number of great night spots, with a collection of bars and clubs to service the young population of the city. In short, Montpellier is cosmopolitan, buzzing, vibrant, youthful, bright and cultured City.

All of this makes it a great place to be based for a long stay. However, due to its popularity as a place to live in France, it is often very difficult to find properties to rent in the city itself. It is not uncommon for apartments and houses to be snapped up on the first day of listing. The rental prices in the city are also considerably higher than the surrounding region. If you are looking for a long term rental close to Montpellier, here is a selection of properties that might be worth considering:

 

 

Montpellier long term rentals villa South France Ref: 1777

Montpellier villa long term rentals FranceA beautiful long term rentals villa in the up-market village of Castries, situated on the Northern edge of Montpellier in Southern France. This modern villa comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a private heated pool, garden, a purpose-built home office and superfast fibre internet. The pretty village of Castries provides all the local services you will need (all within walking distance). The villa is very handy for the International School in Baillargues, as well as access to Montpellier airport, the A9 motorway and the TGV train. You can also be in the centre of Montpellier (Place de la Comédie) in 15 mins.

This modern 2 storey villa is situated in a quiet residential area on the South Eastern edge of the village. The villa is located on a 500 m2 plot and comes with a private pool and garden. Inside, the villa provides 135m2 of living space.

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Private swimming pool
  • Parking
  • Home office/studio apartment

Available for annual rentals from €1800 per month + bills. Available from July 2023.

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Stone cottage for long term rentals Herault France Ref: 1912

Long lets near Montpellier France

A renovated 15th Century stone cottage for long term rentals in Herault, France. This pet-friendly long term rentals property is located in the charming village of Montpeyroux, just 20 mins from Montpellier. Montpeyroux is a popular wine-making village close to St-Guilhem-les-Desert, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Within walking distance you have 3 restaurants, 2 cafe-bars, a shop, butcher, boulangerie and other services. Montpeyroux is a very-friendly and open village. This stunning renovated property comes with a courtyard garden, parking, and a beautiful lounge with a vaulted stone ceiling. 

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Enclosed courtyard garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Reversible air-conditioning
  • WiFi

This stone cottage is available to rent from €750 per month + bills. The property will accept pets through prior agreement. Available from November 2022.

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La Bergerie 4 bed property for long term rental France (Ref: 1751)

Montpellier long term rental properties FranceLa Bergerie is a lovely restored property with original features such as exposed wooden beams and preserved stone walls. The property comes with 4 bedrooms, private pool, large garden and parking. The property is available for long term rentals from €1000 per month + bills. The property is located close to the A75 motorway, which provides easy access to Montpellier, Beziers, Narbonne and the Mediterranean coast. This long term rental property comes with:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Large garden
  • Private swimming pool
  • Parking
  • Large open plan living room

This long term rental property close to Montpellier is available for rentals from October 2022. The monthly rental price will vary according to length of stay.

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8. Provence long term rentals France

long term rentals provenceThe beautiful Provence region of the South of France is an ideal place to be based for a few months. The lavender fields, hilltop villages and the historical cities of Avignon, Arles and Aix en Provence are all as wonderful as you imagine. It is just a joy to spend time driving about the Provence region, enjoying the Provençal markets, the excellent wines and the diverse local produce. The Provence region is bordered by the Alps to the North East, the French Riviera coast to the South and the Camargue to the west. The region covers the French departments of Bouches-du-Rhone, the Var and the eastern edge of the Gard.

Amongst the popular towns to stay for a long vacation include

  • Saint Rémy de Provence - the birthplace of Nostradamus and today it is a very pretty market town.
  •  Uzes - a foodies paradise, with local truffles, excellent Cotes du Rhone wines and an excellent market.
  •  Gordes - a famous hilltop village that is stunningly beautiful.
  •  Seillans - an ancient village, with cobbled streets and the Provence blue shutters on the old buildings.
  •  L’Isle sur la Sorgue - dominated by the two rivers that run through the town and it is popular with antique dealers and pottery producers.
  •  Porquerolles - a stunning island off the coast from Provence.

 

If you are looking to find a long term rental in the quintessential scenery of the South of France, then Provence is the perfect destination. Here is our selection of some cottages currently available for long term rentals in the Provence region from October 2022:

 

  

Luberon - apartment long term rental Provence France (Ref: 1988)

Provence France long term rentalsThis beautiful apartment on the edge of Provence, South France, is available for monthly rentals for 3-6 monLuberon apartment for long term rentals is located in the beautiful village of Beaumont-de-Pertuis in Provence, France. This bright and beautiful top floor apartment features a private terrace with stunning views. The village of Beaumont-de-Pertuis is located on the edge of the Luberon National Park (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is just 40 mins from Aix-en-Provence. Marseille airport is 50 mins and the French Riviera coast is just over 1 hour.

The property comes with:

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Ideal for exploring Provence
  • 40 mins from Aix-en-Provence
  • Washing machine
  • Fully-equipped kitchen

The long term rental prices do not include the utility bills. There is a monthly provision of €150 towards the electricity, water, internet and communal taxes.

Long term rentals (October -May): from €1050 per month + bills

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Aups Cote d'Azur villa for long term rentals France (Ref: 1592)

Provence long term rental in France

This Provence villa for long term rentals in Southern France, is a spacious contemporary property, with 3 bedrooms, private pool, 3 bathrooms and a large open plan living room.

The villa is situated on a large plot of land (3500 m2) with olive trees, cherry trees and fig trees.

The villa is located just 2 kms from the charming village of Aups, which is located 1 hour inland from St Tropez, 1 hour 20 mins from Marseille airport and 1 hour 15 mins from Nice airport.

The property is laid out on predominantly one floor and comes with 

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms / shower rooms
  • Private pool & garden
  • 30 mins to Aix-en-Provence
  • 15 mins from 18 hole golf course
  • WiFi.

This Provence rental property is an ideal base whether house hunting or on an extended holiday. The villa is available for long term rent from October 2023 from €2800 per month + bills.

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L'Horizon - Provence long term rental apartment France Ref: 1984

Provence apartment to rent in France long termL´Horizon apartment for long term rentals is located in the beautiful village of Beaumont-de-Pertuis in Provence, France. This bright and beautiful top floor apartment features a private terrace with stunning views. The village of Beaumont-de-Pertuis is located on the edge of the Luberon National Park (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is just 40 mins from Aix-en-Provence. Marseille airport is 50 mins and the French Riviera coast is just over 1 hour. The apartment comes with

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • Private terrace
  • Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
  • WiFi and flat screen TV (satellite channels)
  • Stunning views
  • Beautiful location

The long term rental prices do not include the utility bills. There is a monthly provision of €150 towards the electricity, water, internet and communal taxes.

Long term rentals (October -May): from €1150 per month + bills

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9. Cote d'Azur long term rentals South France

cote-azur rent long term FranceThe French Riviera has some of the most spectacular coastline in Europe. When you visit the French Riviera, it doesn't disappoint. With turquoise waters, rocky cliffs plunging into the sea, beautiful coastal villages, large yachts and more Ferraris than you can shake a stick at - the Cote d'Azur really is a different world. The principal cities of the Cote d'Azur are of course Nice and Cannes, but other celebrated resorts include St Tropez, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Saint-Raphaël, Fréjus, Sainte Maxime and Cassis.

Unless you have an unlimited budget, then you may want to find other quieter towns and villages in which to be based, away from the tourist throng. Amongst the destinations you may want to consider include Bormes-les-Mimosas, Cogolin, Hyères, Le Levandou, Le Plan-de-la-Tour, Biot, Valbonne, Mougins, Vence, Grasse, Fayence and Roquefort-les-Pins. These towns away from the coastline are less crowded and you also feel that you are still in France rather than a millionaires playground. 

You will find many weekly markets selling local produce from neighbouring Provence and quaint little restaurants providing excellent local dishes.

If you are planning a long stay in the South of France, here is our selection of long term rentals along the Cote d'Azur:

 

  

Villa Plascassier 4 bed long term rentals Cote d'Azur France Ref: 1996

Cote d'Azur long term rentalsThis lovely large 4 bed villa in Plascassier, Cote d'Azur, is available for long term rentals between October to April. The villa comes with 5,000 m2 of land and has a private swimming pool, garage, electronic gates and plenty of parking. Plascassier is a lovely medieval hillside village, that was once home to Edith Piaf. The village has 2 excellent restaurants and is surrounded by olive groves and fields of Jasmine and Roses (grown to supply the local perfume factories in Grasse).

The villa features:

  • 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8)
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 12m x 5m private pool
  • Well-equipped kitchen + laundry room
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • WiFi and international TV channels
  • Lovely views
  • 5,000m2 of grounds
  • Quiet residential location on the edge of village

This 4 bed villa in Plascassier, Cote d'Azur, is available for long term rentals between October to April. Prices are based on a 6 month rental period. Minimum stay is 3 months. Not available over the summer period (May to September). The rental price does not include the utility bills (there is a monthly provision of €350 towards the electricity, water, WiFi and communal taxes). Firewood to be purchased separately.

Long term rentals (October to April): from €2750 per month + bills

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Valbonne 4 bed long term rentals villa in Cote d'Azur (Ref: 1909)

Large villa Cote d'Azur long term rental

This 4 bed villa in Valbonne, Cote d´Azur villa is available for long term rentals for up to 12 months (including over the summer period). The villa is situated just on the edge of the medieval village of Valbonne, South France, and is walking distance to the town square where you can sample the historic architecture as well as shop, eat and drink from a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants, cafes & bars.

The villa is just 20 minutes to the beaches on the French Riviera, with the closest beach at Antibes.

Valbonne is located 25 minutes by car from Nice Airport, 25 minutes to Cannes and 45 minutes to Monaco. The International School at Mougins is just a 9 mins drive, as is the Sophia Antipolis technology park.

This property for long term rentals comprises:

  • 3 bathrooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Private pool
  • Private off-street parking for 2 cars
  • WiFi and flat screen TV
  • Large landscaped garden
  • Walking distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants

This Valbonne villa for long term rentals is available to rent for up to 12 months. The monthly rental prices are between €3,500 to €5,000 per month + bills depending on length of stay.

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Apartment for long term rentals near Menton France (Ref: 1918)

Menton house rentals near beach France

This lovely house in Lespignan, near Beziers and the Languedoc coast, is a very convenient long term rentals property in France. The house is just 10 mins to the beaches at Valras Plage and Vendres-Plage.

The house has been renovated from a former wine cave and the results are dramatic. The house is close to the Mediterranean coast, it comes with its own swimming pool, and provides spacious accommodation all year round. Lespignan is situated close to Beziers and is just 10 minutes from the beach.

This house in Lespignan, South France, is located within 50 minutes of 5 budget airports and is situated close to the A9 autoroute. There are TGV train stations at nearby Beziers and Narbonne.

The house features:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
  • Fully fitted kitchen
  • Exposed beams and stonework
  • Private parking

This house is available for long term rentals between September to June from €1000 per month + bills. All year around from 1300€pm.

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10. Rocamadour - the Lot department, France

Lot France long term rent

There is an area of Central-Southern France, that I would particularly recommend as a base for long term rentals. It is an area populated with historical sites, it is home to some of the most beautiful villages in France and it is also within easy striking distance of major cities such as Toulouse. 

The medieval village of Rocamadour is reputedly the second most visited religious monument in France (after Mont-Saint-Michel). This fortified village remains an important pilgrimage site. The village features a large stone staircase which takes you up to the Saint-Sauveur Basilica and Rocamadour's 6 other chapels (Sainte-Anne, Saint-Blaise, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Notre-Dame, Saint-Louis and Saint-Michel). Pilgrims traditionally climbed the steps on their knees, as an act of penance for their sins.

Rocamadour, is located in the North-Western corner of the Lot department in central Southern France and is a very popular area for customers searching for long term rentals in France. The Lot department neighbours the Dordogne to the West and the city of Toulouse is 1 hour to the South. The capital of the Lot is Cahors, a pretty town of about 20,000 people. The Lot is quite a small department, with a population of just under 175,000 people. But it is by no means a backwoods. According to the 2016 French Census, over 4.5% of the population of the Lot department is made up of foreign nationals, 80% of whom come from other European countries. So you will always be able to find a small Ex-Pat community here, but without feeling like you are taking over (as you do in parts of Dordogne). 

The Lot contains some of the most beautiful villages in France and many are concentrated in this North-Eastern corner of the department surrounding Rocamadour. They include the medieval town of Martel and the villages of Carennac, Loubressac and Autoire. There are also two impressive castles nearby at Castelnau-Bretenoux and Château-de-Montal.

The Lot department is also home to a large regional park (Regional Natural Park of the Causses de Quercy) and the Cahors wines are some of the best red wines in France. You can also indulge in the local truffles, foie gras and Rocamadour cheese.

In terms of the climate in the Lot department, whilst the summers can be glorious, the winters can certainly get quite cold, but the days are mainly dry. The temperatures in the summer months are for me absolutely perfect - averaging a pleasant 26°C / 77°F in July and August and rarely getting above the mid-30's. The Lot department receives roughly the average amount of rainfall for France (799mm per year), but it has an above average amount of sunshine (2,135 hours per year).  

The Lot is generally cheaper to live in compared to Dordogne, but its countryside is, I would say, much more beautiful. So whilst it may not have the name-checking abilities of Dordogne, in my book, I would still prefer to live in the less expensive Lot department, to enjoy better wines, a drier climate, cheaper property prices and much more to do and see.

Here is a selection of long term rental properties currently available in the Lot department around Rocamadour: 

 

Payrac long term rental Lot, France near Sarlat and Rocamadour (Ref: 2047)

Dordogne long term rentals in FranceThis beautifully situated 2 bedroom long term rental property in Lot, South West France, is conveniently located between the popular sites of Sarlat and Rocamadour. The house was built in 2019 and features a gorgeous master bedroom with breathtaking views over the village of Payrac. Start you day listening to the birds and enjoying a morning sunrise and cup of local French coffee from the comfort of your cosy double bed.

The house contains:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Beautiful countryside location
  • WiFi internet
  • Large garden
  • Private swimming pool
  • Close to restaurant and shop

This house is available to rent between October to May. The guide rental price is €800 per month + bills.

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Riverside farmhouse to rent long term in Lot France (Ref: 1995)

Dordogne long term rentals in FranceThis beautiful 3 bed farmhouse by the edge of the River Lot in South West France, is available for long term rentals between October to May from €1250 per month + bills. The farmhouse is located on the border of the Dordogne and Lot departments, in between Bergerac and Cahors. The nearby village of Albas has a restaurant and shop and within 15 mins you can visit some beautiful sites. The house contains:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • WiFi internet
  • Large garden
  • Direct access to river + rowing boats
  • Close to restaurant and shop

This house is available to rent between October to May. The guide rental price is €1250 per month + bills.

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L'Ancienne Auberge long term rentals Lot France (Ref: 2006)

Lot farmhouse long term rentals FranceThis old stone farmhouse in the beautiful Lot region of South West France is available for long term rentals between October and May. The property comes with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a garden with pool, a beautiful lounge and a stunning kitchen.

The farmhouse was thought to have been used by the French Resistance during the Second World War and when the Owners first accessed the house, they discovered a makeshift table made from an old door resting on grenade boxes in one of the rooms.

The property comes with:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine 
  • Private parking
  • WiFi
  • Large garden
  • Character features: oak beams, exposed stone walls, solid wooden floors and original fireplaces

Available for rental between October-May each year from €1500 per month + bills. The Owner will accept pets through prior agreement. Minimum stay 3 months. 

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Thinking of moving to France in 2023 . . . ?

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    Long term rentals in France

    Long Term Rentals in France provides the largest selection of long term lets across the South of France, Dordogne and Northern France. Our properties are all personally inspected and available for rentals of between 3 to 12 months.

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    Long Term Rentals in France
    68bis Avenue de Pezenas
    34320, Roujan, France.
    Tel: +33 (0)6 95 00 28 44
    Email: Long Term Rentals