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There are nearly 150 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 Aquitaine Coast with its wonderful surfing beaches and child-friendly bays and lakes. 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!

La Grivette France 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...

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! (Also see our Cycle To Beach Villas)

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...

Clairiere aux Chevreuils villa Villas complexes on the south west coast

Resort Villas

Mum & Dad may prefer the seclusion of a French villa rental in idyllic countryside. But the reality is kids need to be nearer the action. And 'happy families' make for 'happy holidays'! The resort villas are a great solution. These are private estates of villas with pools close to the south west coast's stunning beaches, forest cycle paths and a range of activities including golf, tennis, horse-riding and watersports. Guaranteed fun for active families! The villa locations are: Moliets Plage, Lacanau Ocean & Biscarrosse, plus there are townhouses with shared pool by the beach in Biarritz.

Heated pool - Le Vignau For early and late season

Villas With 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.

Pet friendly holidays Bring the family dog along

Pet Friendly Villas In France

A more popular request each season - dog friendly villas in France! We have a number of options for pet friendly self catering accommodation, whether it's a villa with private pool or a holiday rental near the beach in the south of France. All of the resort villas with pools and our French holiday parks allow dogs. Plus a few of our private, independent villas in France are dog-friendly too. If in doubt give us a call - many owners will consider it. Just remember he/she won't be allowed in the pool - we have been asked before!

Best Special Offers On France Villas By The Beach A selection of our best offers on villas in France near the beach

Best Offers

We've done the hard work for you! Here are the best special offers currently available on the villa rentals in our  south west France collection. Most of the villas in our collection are near the beach and feature a private swimming pool. But, there are also some fabulous coastal apartments with sea views or conveniently located near to restaurants, cafes and shops. Some of these special offers will have an early booking deadline so be sure to check the expiration dates. There are plenty of longer stay offers too which apply to holidays of 14 nights or more.

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!

Family cycle to beach villas south west France A bit far to walk, but an easy cycle-ride

Cycle To Beach

We've picked out the villas which are more than a 15-20 minute walk from the beach, but less than 5 kms - an easy bike ride for all ages, you can still leave the car behind! All the villas selected are close to the fabulous forest cycle trails the Aquitaine coast is known for, and hiring bikes is easy. (Also see our Walk To Beach Villas.)

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...

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...

Best Quality - Villa Maria Luxury holiday villas in Aquitaine

Luxury Villas

We use the term "luxury villa" with caution. We've seen plenty of so-called luxury villas that simply don't justify the name. But, these villas - all visited & vetted by us - do indeed offer genuine luxury. These villas possess a real 'wow' factor, they offer five-star levels of comfort and concierge-style services are often available too. Naturally they are always in desirable locations such as Biarritz, Hossegor, Cap Ferret, Ile de Re and St Jean de Luz and many are in walking distance of a fabulous beach. Alternative Aquitaine has the best choice of luxury villas by the beach in south west France...

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

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.

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...

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

2019-villas-image Ready to book for 2019

2019 Villas

Many of our properties are now ready to book for 2019 and some even come with an early booking discount! We are updating this list daily, but if you are interested in a villa that doesn't yet feature here, please just get in touch and we can give you a quote...

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