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5 family friendly locations in France

French culture is extremely family orientated and there are plenty of great locations to choose from in which to buy a family home to suit every type of family. Here we have selected 5 spots for you to ponder: all family-friendly and within easy reach of an airport serving the UK.

Sète, Languedoc-Roussilon

You don’t need a movie star budget to buy a lovely family home in the picturesque seaside town of Sète in the Herault department of the Languedoc Roussillon.  This is a wonderfully unspoilt place, ideal for family holidays in France where you will find soft sandy beaches, salt flats, a pretty port, a superb market and fantastic seafood restaurants at affordable prices.

Sète, Languedoc-Roussilon

There are plenty of water sports on offer for children, museums – one dedicated to the popular folk singer George Brassens who was born here – a theatre and plenty of pretty bars overlooking the bay for the adults! Plus, there is the sophisticated town of Montpellier lies just a half an hour down the road. There is something on offer here for the whole family and property prices, whilst not the cheapest in France, are far more affordable than the neighbouring Provence. Sète is ideal for a family holiday home in France.

Getting there:

Montpellier airport, with regular flights on Easyjet to and from the UK lies about 40 minutes’ drive away.

Property prices:

Two-bedroom apartments of around 60m2 overlooking the sea from €200,000. Three- to four-bedroom houses from €400,000

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Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine

An incredibly pretty town situated on the Emerald Coast of Brittany, this is a hugely popular holiday place with plenty to do for all ages: sandy beaches, and plenty of activities for youngsters too as well as an international film festival. Despite being so far north, Dinard enjoys 1,666 hours of sunshine a year! The fact that it’s so close to the UK is an added bonus and makes it very well worth considering as a place in which to invest in a family-friendly holiday home.

Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine

Getting there:

Cheap regular flights from London Stansted with Ryanair to Dinard-Pleurtuit-St. Malo airport, just 10 minutes’ drive away.

Property prices:

Two-bedroom apartments from around €150,000. Three-bedroom villas from around €400,000.

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St-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées Atlantiques

Going over to the west side, St Jean de Luz, just outside the glamorous town of Biarritz on the Atlantic, is a really lovely peaceful and charming seaside town, perfect for families and all ages. It is set on a crescent bay with sandy beaches and a delightful old town with coloured buildings. Although it is tranquil, it has a lively pleasant atmosphere in the evenings with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops and never seems to be too overcrowded. There’s surfing and other water sports for the youngsters, pretty streets for meandering for the older folk here.

St-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrénées Atlantiques

Getting there:

The nearest airport is either Biarritz or San Sebastian in Spain, both just a few miles away.

Property prices:

Two-bedroom apartments from around €400,000. Three-bedroom house from around €500,000.

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Brantôme, Dordogne

Further inland but nevertheless a lovely town in the Dordogne, often termed the Venice of the North, Brantôme has some stunning medieval buildings, great restaurants and of course the wonderful 8th century Benedictine Abbey at the edge of the river, well worth a visit for all the family. There is a super restaurant right at the edge of the river open year-round.

Brantôme, Dordogne

Plenty of hiking and biking trails here as well as canoeing and kayaking for those more adventurous folk, plus a superb market and pavement cafes, ideal for all the family. It is a charming and very beautiful town with plenty of neighbouring villages with amenities to visit.

Getting there:

The nearest airport is Cognac International Airport, around 33 miles away.

Property prices:

Two-bedroom apartments from around €160,000. Three-bedroom house from around €350,000.

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