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We have over 200 properties in our collection - all personally visited and vetted. For more targeted results please enter your dates and requirements above or use the map on the left. Need a little inspiration? Below we've grouped some of our properties into popular categories.
villas-with-private-pools-image Private pool villas

Villas With Private Pools

Looking for a villa in France with private pool and near the beach? We have over 100 visited and vetted villas along the south west's stunning coastline with its wonderful surfing beaches and child-friendly bays. Enjoy the privacy and luxury of your own swimming pool, whether it's a classic French manoir, a luxury modern holiday home, a chalet-style villa on a resort. If you need help choosing please call one of our experts!

Hossegor villa with pool Lowest-priced villas with pools

Best Value Villas

Here we've pulled together our recommendations for the best value villas available this summer. Our list includes rentals with some fabulous special offers as well as those which we feel pack a lot in for the price...

Walk to the beach 1 km or less to the beach

Walk to Beach

It's 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!

Heated pool - Le Vignau For early and late season

Heated Pool

If you really want to enjoy a pool then we strongly recommend a heated one if you're staying in June or earlier. The holiday rentals below have either a heated private or shared pool.

Teenager-friendly - Hossegor For families with teenagers


Teenager-friendly Aquitaine is the perfect for destinations for active teens, particularly surfers. Many rentals also offer easy access to the beach, shops and cafes in a safe environment. Hossegor is a teenager's dream destination!

Heated pool Domaine Orx Security for little ones

Fenced/Covered Pool

All pools in France have to be protected. However, many parents of young children want to relax knowing their pool is fenced or covered - rather than protected by an alarm...

Vieux Boucau villa rental

Villas of the Week

This week I've chosen a very popular farmhouse near Biarritz featuring a superb chef; a villa with pool near Hossegor; and a brand new contemporary beach house in Vieux Boucau...

Best Quality - Villa Maria The very highest quality villas

Luxury Villas

Some clients simply ask to see the best villas available - here they are. We use the term luxury villa sparingly, and in our collection of over 100 villas with pools only a dozen or so justify the term. They offer five-star levels of comfort, concierge-style services and a real wow factor, often a breathtaking sea view, in desirable locations in Biarritz, Hossegor, Cap Ferret, Arcachon, St Jean de Luz. Please enquire for more help or info if needed.

Biarritz Ocean View is a fantastic apartment in the centre of town within an easy walk of all amenities and the beach Close to beach & transport

Car Not Required

Arrive by plane/train, short taxi/transfer to your property then it's on two feet (or wheels!) for the rest of your break! Biarritz, Arcachon & St Jean de Luz are good options

Pet friendly holidays Bring the family dog along

Dog Friendly Villas In France

A more popular request every season - dog friendly villas in France. All of the villa resorts and holiday parks in our Aquitaine collection allow dogs (sometimes only 1) - a small supplement is paid locally. You will also need the necessary documentation of course. Some of our private, independent villas in France are dog-friendly. Some owners will consider dogs on a case-by-case basis - if in doubt please call.

Walk to restaurants St Jean de Luz Central locations

Walk to Restaurants & Bars

This is a really popular request - parents can enjoy a drink out and teenagers can feel independent. Rentals in Biarritz, St Jean de Luz, Hossegor, Moliets & Arcachon offer a wide choice of bars, shops, cafes and restaurants...

late-availability-aquitaine-image Late Availability Holiday Villas in France

Late Availability

If warm sea, hot sunshine and no crowds is your thing, then try our selection of rentals available in October- from beachside apartments for 2 to villas with heated pools for larger groups...

Sea views and the pool terrace at Maison des Pecheurs See the horizon

Sea View

A popular request! These rentals have genuinely good sea views - remember, we've visited all of them and taken the photos!

Temperatures in Aquitaine are tempered by the Atlantic but these rentals all benefit from air con Stay cool in these air-conditioned rentals!


A small selection of rentals feature air-con but the climate in south west France is tempered by the Atlantic - it's not stifling like Provence / Cote d'Azur. N.B. Air-con may not be in all rooms.

Biarritz Our top picks for a cosy getaway

Winter breaks

Biarritz is so much more than a summer destination. With its plentiful markets, stylish boutiques, twinkling lights and that classic French je ne sais quoi, it's an excellent choice for a winter getaway.

Villa with private tennis France Your own tennis court

Private Tennis Court

No need to find the village courts - the villas below all have a private court. Some of the holiday parks and villa resorts also have tennis courts - please ask us for details.

The fabulous safe beach at Cottages du Lac is perfect for toddlers and young families Gentler waters

Toddler Beach

The Atlantic can throw up some good surf but there are protected beaches in St Jean de Luz & Arcachon Bay ideal for young kids. Aquitaine's great advantage is its beautiful, sandy lake beaches at Biscarrosse, Lacanau & Hossegor...

Romantic couples Biarritz stylish apartment short transfer from airport Perfect for couples

For Couples

Smart, centrally-located rentals within an easy walk of beaches, markets, shops and restaurants in fabulous seaside towns such as Biarritz, St Jean de Luz & Arcachon, all great destinations for two whatever the time of year...

classic-villas-with-pools-image Quality villas with private pools

Classic Villas with Pools

These independent villas and cottages have their own swimming pool. These villas form the core of our portfolio: they are not on a resort and are all hand-picked, individual and distinctive. Typically, they are in the £2,000 - £5,000 per week price band (peak season)

online-bookable-image Rentals you can book and pay for online

Online Bookable

A selection of the rentals in our collection can be booked and paid for instantly, online. Please call, send a mail or live chat if you need any help before you confirm.

Villa les Bruyeres Capbreton You won't find these villas on another website

Alternative Aquitaine Exclusives

Here is a selection of the villas uniquely available through Alternative Aquitaine - they can only be booked through us

September sun in south of France

September Getaways

September is the locals' favourite month. The crowds have gone so it's easier to bag the best table at the restaurant and park your car nearer the beach! It's also a reliable month for warm and sunny weather with afternoon temperatures in the mid-to-high 20's. Of course the sea is at its warmest too. We've selected for you a few of our best value villas with a heated pool, a couple of holiday parks ideal for pre-school families, cosy beach apartments for couples and some stunning 'surf pads' for September's the wave seekers...

Early Bird discounts on 2018 villas in France

Early Bird Offers 2018

Featured properties

Properties of the Month

This month we've chosen a fabulous farmhouse renovation within easy reach of Bordeaux; a gorgeous traditional townhouse on the Il de Ré and a contemporary villa with pool near Hossegor...

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