Are We There Yet?: Fancy a bit of French fun for Easter?
Sunday 16 March 2008
If, like me, you've been racking your brains for something to do over the Easter holidays, fret no more. These last-minute offerings in unspoilt rural France are perfect for instilling a little family 'joie de vivre' - and you can practise your Franglais to boot.
First stop is Simply Perigord (00 33 55 354 5431; simply-perigord.com), which still has a variety of alluring properties available in south-west France, including a lovely old stone house on the banks of the Dordogne, where the kids can go canoeing, explore troglodyte caves and take boat trips up the river.
Inntravel (01653 617906; inntravel.co.uk), too, has some family mini-breaks for active types over Easter. Its riding holidays at Les Juliannes cater for all abilities. You get to stay in a lovely old 17th-century farmhouse, and, when you're not in the saddle, you can explore the surrounding vineyards and medieval villages at your leisure.
But if you're after something a little more sedentary, check out Sanctuary Villas and Apartments (01242 547906; sanctuary-villas.com), which has just signed up a new luxury villa in the south of France, with availability over the Easter period. Villa St Paul is a modern property in the medieval town of Saint Paul de Vence, near Nice. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, spacious gardens, boules pitches, and plenty of 'je ne sais quoi'.
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