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sheila Jun 7th, 2003 08:16 AM

How do you find houses to rent in France?
Hope you don't mind some market research here. If we succeed in buying this place in france we will be renting it out when we're not suing it. Where do you guys go to look for big houses to rent in France

cigalechanta Jun 7th, 2003 08:22 AM

I know people who use 'france today"
and "France"that wonderful BRITISH one.

mpprh Jun 7th, 2003 09:53 AM


the forum section at
has a category for Gite owners.
This subject is discussed there.


sheila Jun 7th, 2003 02:30 PM

Peter that was immensely helpful. Thank you

flygirl Jun 7th, 2003 02:37 PM

maybe you could register it with gites de france? or logis de france, I forget which...

I've used em both when searching for places both in Provence and the Riviera.

Robdaddy Jun 7th, 2003 03:00 PM

Hi, Sheila:
You might try goto-france; lots of stuff from villas to apts, and while I have not used them I understand Tony Tidswell has a very good reputation.
Good luck!

P.S. Tony runs goto-france, in case that wasn't clear.

cmt Jun 7th, 2003 05:41 PM

I know that Harvard Magazine has very good vacation rental ads, including a full section for European rentals. It seems like a particularly good place for someone looking to rent a vacation house in France.

I've never been in the market to rent vacation property myself, but I've browsed through this magazine because a former co-worker who was a Harvard alumna never bothered to change her address with the alumni office, so we still get her magazine in our office. The magazine is also online, so if you advertised there, non-Harvard people would also see it. The July-August issue may have the most of these ads, but I'm not really sure.

Here's a link to the vacation rental ads:

cmt Jun 7th, 2003 06:01 PM

You could advertise on the Francophile forum. There's an folder called "Advertising" that contains paid ads, including ads for "house rentals." Although I honestly don't think that many people would see your ad there, at least a lot of the people who go to that forum regularly are frequent vacationers in France and they rent houses. I would guess it must not be terribly expensive to place an ad there.

My suggestion above about Harvard Magazine is a better one, though. They seem to have really good vacation house rental ads, with nice big print, and quite a large selection of houses in France, at least in the issues I've seen. Between the Harvard grads who get the magazine by mail and all the people who access the ads online (the Slowtravelers website, for example, recommends Harvard Magazine as a very good place to look for home rentals in Europe), I think your ad would be seen by many people who are really serious about renting a house in France.

sheila Jun 8th, 2003 03:25 AM

Thanks all; The Harvard idea is especially good.

I would however be particularly interested in what YOU personally would do. Where would you look?

PBProvence Jun 8th, 2003 04:05 AM


You might contact Connie Afshar through She has had a Paris apartment rental business for years and for the past several years has dealt with homes here in Provence. She handles summer rentals for neighbors and friends of ours here near St Remy and they're very happy with her services.

You might also think about listing your house with the local tourist office. They rate properties, list them on their websites and are usually a good resource for clients.


MorganB Jun 8th, 2003 04:53 AM

I have reserved a house for a week in June in the south of France. I basically only considered homes that had plenty of photos available on the net. For example if they only had a picture of the living room and garden I didnt consider it because it made me feel like perhaps they were hiding something by not showing the other rooms. I would suggest that you create your own web site with photos of the exterior, the garden and each and every room in the house. In addition describe the size of the rooms and any amenities the home may have.

Even if you choose to list your house and not rent it yourself, it is best to create a site. It doesnt have to be professionally done as long as it shows the home and describes it.

designergigi Jun 8th, 2003 05:05 AM

Hi, Sheila
I agree with the previous poster about lots of pictures of the home, and perhaps of the countryside.
Some of the best websites also include dining suggestions and links to local car hires.
The above suggestions are great. You should do really well.
Good luck!

Maira Jun 8th, 2003 05:14 AM

One of the sites that I would checked would be (vacation rentals by owners). I have obtained quick, helpful, and courteous responses, which is a criteria that would make me go back to a site/property. I imagined that the sites above have been recommended to you because they have made the kind of good impression that makes customers out of prospective customers. I agree you have obtained great suggestions and great hints about customer service as well.

Scarlett Jun 8th, 2003 05:26 AM

Hi Sheila!
I agree with Morgan, if using a website, I would want many many pictures and detailed descriptions.
When we have taken houses and villas for holidays, we have either used a rental agent or have gone by recommendations of friends who have stayed in these places themselves. Once we stayed in a home of a client.
The Pup and I will definitely be interested in staying in any home you might want to rent :D ((&))

flygirl Jun 8th, 2003 05:36 AM

hi Sheila

I had forgotten about vrbo

I have used them quite successfully in the past, too. check it out.

mclaurie Jun 8th, 2003 11:43 AM

Sheila, have unfortunately not had the opportunity to do this recently, but if I did, I would probably do a web search for the area I was interested in (ie rental in provence). Check to see what websites come up on a Google search.

Very ironic about the Harvard suggestion. I almost rented from someone who had advertised in there a number of years ago. In the end, I didn't because the people had not yet furnished the place & couldn't show me photos of the furniture- so I agree on lots of photos. But the big issue for you is do YOU want to be bothered by phone calls/email etc. (ie Harvard ad or or do you want someone else to handle it for you?? You will also need a property manager of sorts to handle giving out keys, problems etc. Where's the house???

sheila Jun 8th, 2003 12:07 PM

I'm reluctant to say any more about it because I will get flamed for advertising for sure (and rightly so). I'm very grateful to all who have replied.

My email address is right there:)

Scarlett Jun 8th, 2003 12:40 PM

Then Sheila, if I may request the first set of photographs of the place located you know where? :) You never know-we might rustle up some pals and go to F....~

Marsha Jun 8th, 2003 03:53 PM Chez nous is a British company. I have never used them, but am considering renting through them next spring. Has anyone ever used them?
We have used to rent a house and were very pleased.

QueenMab Jun 9th, 2003 07:44 AM

We used and found some really nice places. I agree about wanting lots of pictures. Also, we always ask the owners (or agents) for references from people who have stayed there before. If they can't give us a reference, we won't rent it. Good luck!

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