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Here's a selection of Justin, Alex & Bethan's favourite places which still have a school holiday week available (mid-July to end-August. Most have a private swimming pool, some are a walk to the beach, there's a few family-friendly parks with a shared pool, whilst a handful are genuinely luxurious villa rentals - take your pick!

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Popular Destinations

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The Aquitaine coast is home to some fabulous seaside towns, some quite famous, others not so well known and worth discovering too - take a look
Hossegor beach


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A smart sea-side town, Europe's surfing capital, and especially popular with families with teenagers

52 properties

Cap Ferret restaurant

Cap Ferret

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Barbados meets Bordeaux! A relaxing natural environment with the subtle refinements of French life

17 properties

Biarritz grande plage


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Style, glamour and a laid-back ambience, all in a breath-taking sea-side setting - Biarritz is back!

27 properties

St Jean de Luz bay & beach

St Jean de Luz

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Basque Country gem - charming fishing port with great restaurants, boutiques & family-friendly beach

13 properties

Periere beach Arcachon


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Seaside 'oyster town' with safe, sandy beaches, stunning scenery & cuisine. A hit with families and couples

15 properties

Moliets sunset


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Popular with active families thanks to superb beaches, surfing, cycle trails, kayaking, tennis, golf & more

22 properties

Biscarrosse lac


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Lively summer resort with a stunning ocean beach, picturesque lakes, in a lovely area of dunes and pine forests

13 properties

Lacanau ocean beach


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Active 'pine forest & beach' destination - surfing, cycling, water sports, golf, tennis & horse-riding

12 properties

Soulac beach



Attractive, up-and-coming Medoc sea-side town with fantastic beach and much to explore nearby

1 properties

Landes Coast



Magnificent beaches, stunning lakes, cycle paths and lots more for active families to enjoy

91 properties

French Basque Coast

Basque Coast


Where France meets Spain, creating a distinctive country - and memorable holiday destination

37 properties



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Stunning scenery and wildlife in the mountains. A haven for walking, mountain & road biking and for nature lovers.

3 properties



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Rolling countryside, walled villages, markets & famous cuisine - a place to slow down and recharge

1 properties

Arcachon Bay

Arcachon Bay


French holiday 'chic' on the Atlantic Coast, blending fine beaches, restaurants & good living

32 properties

Bordeaux Countryside


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Authentic France: vineyards, chateaux & market towns - enjoy the tranquility and exceptional cuisine

9 properties

Medoc Coast

Medoc Coast


A natural playground of ocean, lakes, dunes, forest - and famous vineyards too!

13 properties

ile de re region

Ile de Re


Chic & distinctive island paradise with sandy beaches, characterful villages, great food & cycle trails

2 properties

Looking For Inspiration?

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Looking for inspiration? Try our picks below - villas with pools, walk to beach rentals, villas with lots to do nearby, and more...
Villas in France with pool near beach


Villas in France with a private pool and near the south west coastline's stunning beaches. All villas visted & vetted by us.

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French holiday resorts for teenagers


The Aquitaine coast is brilliant for active teenagers, especially if they love watersports. Try these teenager-friendly resorts and rentals...

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Villa Resorts

Resort villas with pools

Villas with pools, near beaches, especially ideal for active families - close to surfing, water sports, cycle trails, golf, tennis, horse-riding and more...

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Villas with shared pool France


Holidaying with another family and need a little space? Try our villas with shared pools in France, all near the south west coast.

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Dog Friendly Villas in France

Dog Friendly Villas In France

See our collection of dog friendly villas in France with private pool plus family holiday parks where dogs are welcome.

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Family Holiday Parks in South West France

Family Holiday Parks

Small & friendly family holiday parks with a pool, other facilities and in great locations too - ideal for young families, especially on a budget, and great for kids to make friends...

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Villas Biarritz | Les Villas Milady Biarritz

Biarritz Beach Villas

You want Biarritz, the beach, smart accommodation and a pool?! Try these brand new contemporary townhouses - Les Villas Milady...

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Villas with stunning swimming pool

Stunning Pool!

Infinity pools, 18m pools, pools with superb views - check out these superb villas for your holiday...

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St Jean de Luz villa rental

Ticks All Boxes!

You want to walk to the beach, walk to restaurants and have a private pool? Better go to Villa Baita in St Jean de Luz - we'll throw in a sea view too!

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Best quality holiday rentals

The very best quality rentals

You can still look even if you can't book! Here's a dozen or so of the very best holiday rentals available in south west France...

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Aquitaine walk to beach rentals

Walk To Beach

What the majority of clients ask/wish for! The rentals we've selected below are genuinely no more than 1 km to the beach and some are no more than a few steps...

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Villas with pools Moliets Plage

Flexible changeover

Want to stay for 10 nights? Want to avoid travelling at the weekend? Check the La Prade and Clairiere villa estates at Moliets...

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A New Holiday Experience

Are you looking for an experience on your holiday?  Something new? Or simply taking the time to enjoy activities that you already love, but in a different environment...  

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Basque country villa with pool | Villa Azkaine

Basque Country Villas

Distinctive and beautiful, the Basque Country has its own language, architecture and cuisine. Treat yourself in a stunning Bsque Country villa with pool...

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Walk in to any French fresh food market & all senses go in to overdrive trying to decode the dozens of noises, sights and flavours hitting them all at once. The produce looks vaguely the same as at home but actually everything is fresher, deeper in colour, riper, and tastes & smells of so much more. We’ve picked our five favourite markets from Biarritz to the Arcachon Bay, along with nearby places to stay...

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