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How do you find houses to rent in France?

Jun 10th, 2003, 06:03 AM
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Sheila: I don't know whether this is necessarily a good place to advertise, but I've noticed that a lot of people say they read the Slowtravel web site for tips on renting a house, gite, villa, etc., in the more commonly visited countries in Europe. So maybe that's a place where people would see your ad. I find the site a little difficult to navigate myself, but then I haven't been looking for a rental, so I don't have reason to be patient with it. Also I'm not sure whether their listings are ads or recommendations or a combination of both. But anyway, here's the site:

http://www.slowtrav.com/france/listings/france_all.htm
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Jun 10th, 2003, 06:20 AM
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I'll second, third, fourth (or wherever it's at) the advice for pictures.

I will not book accommodation without being able to first see good quality pictures of it - including bedrooms, bathrooms, lounge, kitchen etc.

I also like to see an accurate location map so that I can see for myself how near it is to local amenities - better than a vague statement such as "near to local restaurants and shops".
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Jun 14th, 2003, 05:49 AM
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There's a group of two print magazines and two websites on French culture and travel topics that I just recently heard of. It seems that a lot of frequent vacationers in France subscribe to the magazines. I just recently saw a sample copy of the magazine called France Today for the first time. The copy I looked at had six full columns of ads for vacation rentals in France. Apparently the same ads are on the web sites, which can be accessed for free and without registration. The English-version one is www.francetoday.com That might be a place where people really intent on spending vacation time in France might look for a nice house to rent.
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Jun 14th, 2003, 11:52 AM
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Another vote for vrbo! Just got back from a Paris rental (from a Scottish couple by the way); I really liked the site and the easy communications. I think Randall Smith advertises there too; he is a Fodor's contributor who has his own rental website in adddition, something you might consider. (www.lacigaleparis.com just to get an idea)
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Jul 4th, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Also, don't underestimate bulletin boards in shops and libraries and schools and other places where house-rental types tend to go.

By the way, there's a ad in the Harvard Mag. that looks like it COULD be yours, but I didn't know whether you'd already placed an ad there (sounded like your area--near Pyrenees, etc., but I didn't think yours was a farmhouse). Anyway, if it's not yours, that still looks like a really good place to put an ad. France, Ireland, and Italy seem to be the most popular, to judge by those ads.
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Jul 4th, 2003, 08:28 AM
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All of our rentals (10 so far) have been through frenchconnections.co.uk and holiday-rentals.com. I definitely look for pictures of all the rooms and information about parking, distance from shops, and so on.

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Jul 11th, 2003, 03:10 PM
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correction: This is where the ads in France Today can be found on the internet: http://www.journalfrancais.com/modul...days=14&page=1 The address I gave previously (www.francetoday.com) seems to be just for requesting a subscription and will not get you to the ads.
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Jul 11th, 2003, 03:48 PM
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Sheila. I subscribe to France today. It's a good Idea but so is the British "France" magazine. I subscribe to that also and the ads are lush for house rentals and I think is the best of the lot. It is also the best magazine on France as it covers off the beaten track places.
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Aug 30th, 2003, 07:30 PM
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Someone was asking for ideas re where to look for villa rentals in Normandy. There are a lot of suggestions here.
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Aug 31st, 2003, 07:10 AM
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Sheila, I hadn't seen this thread before and got a giggle from your typo in the OP. Thinking about tales of holiday home-ownership in France, the joys of international property purchases, absentee ownership, all that, and my recollection that you work as a solicitor, well, the "suing it" line made me
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