Choosing the right house to rent in France effectively comes down to 3 main considerations: size, budget and location. If you are looking for a house for long term rent in France during 2019, there are plenty of available properties to consider, but will these prove to be the right choice for your circumstances. For instance the rural farmhouse would be idyllic during June through to September, but will it prove to be such a good choice when you have to heat it over the winter? Here we cover the main questions you should consider to give you a checklist on suitability.
At Long term rentals in France we have established a reputation as the leading provider of houses for long term rent in France. One reason for this is that we visit all of our long term 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 able to provide first-hand advice.
Long term rent in France - location
If you are searching for houses for long term rent in France, then you need to make sure that the location is absolutely right for you. Too often we find that we are organising long term lets for customers who have previously booked to stay in an area too quiet in the winter or too noisy at night or too far away from amenities. Whilst you may crave the peace and tranquility for a holiday, the 25 minute drive to the supermarket can soon become annoying when you are here for a few months.
Another issue we find is that during the summer, people renting along the Languedoc coast can sometimes feel penned-in by the traffic and the swarm of holiday makers (though this is nothing compared to the Cote d'Azur). One other factor to consider is your social life. In theory, living in a small village should lend itself to the local villagers being more welcoming and sociable, compared to the towns. But we are aware of 'open' and 'closed' villages locally. Also we find that French people who speak reasonable English or who have traveled abroad extensively, are more receptive to conversing with you in French (they are certainly more forgiving of your grammatical errors).
In our experience over the last 9 years, we find that these villages and towns are good spots for a long term rental in France:
- Pezenas, Herault - a beautiful historic town, popular with artists, antique dealers and international clients
- Uzes, Gard - another beautiful town popular with 'foodies'
- Sommieres, Herault - a gorgeous market town with a lovely river running through it
- Fayence, Cote d'Azur - away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and with a wonderful weekly market
- Marseillan, Herault - a Port town very popular for winter rentals
- Collioure, Pyrenees-Orientale - a stunning coastal town at all times during the year
- Ceret, Pyrenees-Orientale - a rural town, yet close to the beaches famous for its cherries and Modern Art Museum
- Caux, Herault - lovely little wine village close to Pezenas and with a couple of restaurants, a shop, bar, phamacy, boulangerie and butcher
- St Genies de Fontedit, Herault - another popular wine producing village set among the vineyards
- Capestang, Herault - set on the banks of the Canal du Midi and with plenty of life in the town all year around
Long term rentals in France - size
The size of the property is also crucial. Whilst it is important to ensure that there is plenty of space for visitors, it is also important to realise that you will be paying for empty bedrooms for most of the year. We fell into this trap ourselves and after our first year in France we ended up renting a medium sized property and then renting a small gite around the corner for our friends and family whenever they came out. This proved to be a good solution because it also gave us the space to continue to work and live our normal life.
The other crucial issue, is that whilst having a sapcious property is wonderful in the summer, in the winter you will need to heat all this 'space'. Electricity in France is expensive. Even if you go for alternatives (wood burner, gas fires or petrol burners) then you will need to factor in a monthly budget of €100 per 100m2.
Long term rental in France - budget
Finally, you also need to consider your budget. In our first year we rented a house far too expensive for what we could really afford. We arrived in France with enough money to last us 7 months. But we burnt through this in 2 months. Now we find France just as expensive on a day-to-day basis as the UK, especially the weekly shop and the utilities. You also get nice surprises like the 'taxe de habitation' which can hit you for around €700-€900. So we would certainly recommend that you do your sums thoroughly when you are looking at different rental options.
As a rough guide, this is the standard monthly rental price that you would be looking to pay for:
- 2 bedroom houses for long term rent in France (no outdoor space): €400-€600
- 2 bedroom long term lets in France with terrace or balcony: €550-€700
- 4 bedroom long term lets, South France (no pool): €900-€1100
- 4 bedroom long term lets in France with pool: €1200-€1500
The prices above are for standard long term lets. You will obviously pay much more for luxury or unique rental properties. The closer you are to the coast the more expensive the properties are. Long term lets in some of the popular towns (such as Pezenas, Sommieres, Uzes, Ceret, Marseillan, etc) also attract a small premium.
In addition to your rent, you will also have the following monthly costs (based on a family of four). Generally we advise people to budget for around 15% of the monthly rental price to cover the monthly utility bills:
- Utilities: €180
- Food: €700-900
- Insurance: €50
- Mobile/Cell: €45
- Internet: €50
- Heating (2-3 months in winter): €120
To visit all of the long term lets in France advertised on Long term rentals in France, please follow the link Long term lets in France.
Here is a sample of some of the latest houses for long term rentthat we have addedd to our site. Please check the availability calendars for the most up-to-date availability:
South of France long term rental sleeps 6 with air con and pool (Ref: 428)
This spacious South of France long term rental is situated in the heart of the Languedoc wine country a stone’s throw from the vineyards near Beziers. The villa is located in the popular village of St Genies de Fontedit. Inside it is comfortable and equipped with all mod cons The villa can sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms.This property has everything you need whether on an extended holiday or are house hunting.
This South France villa for long term rental benefits from:
- a large swimming pool and garden
- Air conditioning for the hot summer months
- Wood burning stove for the winter months
- WiFi internet and TV with satellite channels
- Private off-street parking
- Good location near the beaches and other sites of the Languedoc region.
This property is available from January 2019. The monthly rental price is €1,100 pcm + bills (based on a 6-12 month rental period, including the summer)
La Remise long term lets in France sleeps 2 (Ref: 1497)
La Remise is a stunning stone cottage available for long term lets in France. The cottage provides comfortable accommodation for a couple and is ideal for house hunters or just for a long vacation. Situated amongst the vineyards in the famous Saint Chinian wine region, La Remise is located just on the outskirts of the wine producing village of Cébezan. The village dates back to 859 AD and was originally founded by Benedictine Monks. Cébezan has a population of around 500 people. La Remise is a 2 storey stone cottage which comes with a lovely terrace, en-suite bathroom and large living room. You enter the cottage on the ground floor where you will find the open plan lounge, kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is decorated in typical French country kitchen style and it features exposed beams, original stonework and terracota tiles. The kitchen is equipped with an oven, microwave, fridge, hob, toaster and kettle. There are plenty of cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. The dining table can easily accommodate 4 people. The lounge features a large sofa and a TV (with satellite channels) and a DVD.
Peret, long term property rentals in France sleeps 2-4 (Ref: 1464)
This lovely village house for long term property rentals in France is located in the picturesque village of Péret in the Languedoc region. The property is modern inside and contains a spacious lounge, well-equipped kitchen and a large en-suite double bedroom. The property is located in a quiet area on the edge of the village, but it is still within walking distance to the centre of the village. Péret is a small, traditional wine-making village, situated between the mountains and the sea, close to Clermont l´Hérault and Pézenas and less than 10 minutes away from the main highway, the A75. This makes it very easy to reach the beaches and to explore the Languedoc region.The property also comes with:
- a large south-facing garden (40m2) which includes a nice patio table and parasols
- WiFi internet
- Wood-burner for cooler winter months
- Off-street private parking. The property is south-facing and enjoys warm sunshine throughout the year
- The owner may accept pets by prior arrangement
The monthly rental price is €600 + €100 provision towards the bills. Firewood paid for by tenant (separately)
5 bedroom house for rent in France-puissalicon (Ref: 1640)
This stunning house for rent in France is located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Puissalicon. The house comes with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and features a large open plan living room, beautiful swimming pool, 100 m2 Moroccan-style terrace and lovely views over the fields towards the village. Puissalicon is a very pretty hilltop village with an elegant Chateau in the centre. The village has a shop, popular wine bar, cafe-bar and local school. 2kms away, you will find supermarkets, a pharmacy, DIY store and restaurants in the neighbouring village of Magalas.
This property is available for long term rentals between 15 October to 15 April each year. Pets will be considered by request to the Owner.
House near Pezenas France for long term rentals, sleeps 6-7 (Ref: 1630)
If you are looking for a house in France to rent long term near Pezenas with plenty of storage options, then this 4 bedroom village house in Castelnau-de-Guers is ideal. Castelnau-de-Guers is a hilltop village just 2 km outside the popular town of Pezenas and just 15 mins to the coast. The house is situated in an elevated position and enjoys lovely views over the vilage to the vineyards and Black Mountains beyond. The house features:
- private terrace
- small garden
- 2 storage options (20m2 and 12 m2)
- Wifi and TV with satellite channels
The house rents for €800 pcm + bills all year around. Minilum stay is 3 months.
Portirangues house for long term rentals, France, near coast
This house to rent in France long term and is located the resort of Portiragnes, a classic French Mediterranean seaside town near Beziers. It enjoys some of the best weather in France with plenty of clear, dry days. The house is the oldest property in the village after the church. This large house is spread over 3 floors and comes with 4 bedrooms. The property features:
- Large south-facing terrace
- Easy access to the beach at Portiragnes Plage
- Very close to Beziers airport (3km) and Beziers TGV (5 mins)
- Good location for accessing A9/A75 motorways
- Walking distance to shops and restaurant
This Portiragnes house is available for long term rentals from September to June. The monthly rental price starts from €800 pcm + bills.
Gabian cheap long term rentals property, France (Ref: 304)
This 1 bed furnished house in Gabian, South France, is available for cheap long term rentals for 3, 6 or 12 months. The wine-making village of Gabian is 15km from Pezenas and 30 mins to the Languedoc coast. It benefits from 1 double bedrooms, large lounge, 1 bathroom and a nice kitchen. The house has kept many of it´s original features including exposed stone work and beamed ceilings. The house contains:
- 1 bedroom
- 1 bathroom
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Pet friendly
- WiFi internet
- From €450 pcm
- Walking distance to boulangerie & cafe
This house is available to rent from November 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months+. The guide rental price is €450 pcm + bills.
Valros luxury apartment rentals long term France sleeps 4
This luxury apartment for long term rentals in France is located in the lovely wine-making village of Valros, close to the Mediterranean coast. The apartment is perfectly located for exploring the Languedoc region of France. Beziers airport is just 20 mins drive, as is the TGV train station in Beziers and the local motorway network can be accessed in 5 mins. Just down the road you have the historic market town of Pezenas and the surrounding countryside is covered in vineyards in all directions.
The apartment benefits from:
- 2 en-suite double bedrooms
- Stylish interior decoration and high quality finish
- Good access to A75/A9 motorways
- Private garage parking
- Walking distance to 2 excellent restaurants + cafe/-bar + shop
The long term rental price is from 900€-1200€ per month plus bills (minimum stay 3 months).
Portirangues house to rent in France long term, near the beach (Ref: 948)
This 4 bed house to rent in France long term is located in a classic French Mediterranean coastal village near Beziers. Portiragnes enjoys some of the best weather in France, with plenty of clear, dry days. Portiragnes is a popular village, which has retained a friendly atmosphere. The village is just 3 kms from the beaches at Portiragnes Plage. The house contains:
- 4 bedrooms (sleeps 7)
- 3 bathrooms
- Large front terrace
- Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
- Pet friendly
- Central heating and air conditioning
- WiFi and flat screen TV
- Easy access to shops, restaurants
- 3kms to the beach
- 5 mins to Beziers airport
This house is available to rent from December 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 3-9 months. The guide rental price is €800 pcm + bills.
Gabian house for rent in France with garage (Ref: 1644)
This newly available 4 bedroom village house for rent in France comes with a home office, courtyard garden and garage. The house is located in the medieval village of Gabian, in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. Gabian is 5 mins drive to the nearby town of Roujan, which has a large supermarket, restaurants and a variety of services. The house contains:
- 175m2 of living accommodation
- Garden and large terrace
- 4 bedrooms
- Garage - for storage or parking
- Available to rent all year around
- Washing machine
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Pets accepted (limited to one small dog)
This house is available to rent from December 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months. The guide rental price is €800 pcm + bills.
4 bed house for long term rentals in Belarga, France (Ref: 1674)
This gorgeous 4 bed house in Belarga, South France is available for long term rentals for 3, 6 and 12 months. The house is situated in a peaceful village of Belarga, 5 minutes from Pezenas, 20 mins from beach. Just a few minutes walk from the house takes you to the river Herault for fishing and swimming in the summer. The property offers a large roof terrace, 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large living room and well-equipped kitchen. The house contains:
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Large roof terrace
- Well-equipped kitchen
- WiFi and flat screen TV
- Large living room
- Pet friendly
- Walking distance to boulangerie and cafe
This house is available to rent from November 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months. The guide rental price is €900 pcm + bills.
Pet-friendly villa for long term rentals in Tourbes, France (Ref: 1673)
This newly available 3 bed pet-friendly villa for long term rentals in Tourbes, France, is located just 20 minutes from the coast and close to the historic town of Pezenas. The property comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large terrace and garden with stunning views. The owner will accept pets through prior arrangement and the property is available for long term rentals from 6 months up to 1-2 years. The villa contains:
- 3 bedrooms + additional sleeping
- 2 bathrooms
- 1400m2 enclosed garden
- Well-equipped kitchen + washing machine
- Private parking for 2-3 cars
- WiFi and flat screen TV (with UK channels)
- Large converted basement - home office, bar
- Walking distance to boulangerie, cafes, restaurants
This house is available to rent from December 2018 and the Owner will consider rental periods of 12 months. The guide rental price is €1200 pcm + bills.
Thinking of moving to France . . . ?
- Read our article on the Moving to France with your family
- Interested in long term rentals in the South of France? Check out our selection of Long term rentals France currently available for rent
- Read our Checklist on renting in France long term
- Read our article on the 10 best places to rent long term in France
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