Welcome to French Cottages
Bonjour et Bienvenue (Welcome!)
Everyone has two homelands,
their own and La France.
(Thomas Jefferson: American President)
"Thank you both for always living up to your website.
We would recommend you to anyone for the quality
and professional presentation of your houses."
(Sue and Rob Pursell: recent guests)
"This was an experience that transcended the ordinary.
I was so glad to have stumbled across Bryan and David's cottages."
(Stephanie and Alexander Lewis: guests and celebrities)
We are the owners and managers of 13 cottages and villas in France.
Thank you for visiting our website - we're pleased to have this opportunity
to answer your questions and talk to you about our favourite topic: France!
We will send you a personal reply within 24 hours; we often reply immediately!
(so stay online a bit after your enquiry)
Who are we and what will you learn from these web pages?
We are the two Australian creators and managers of 13 holiday cottages (gites) in four distinctive regions France.
David Hitchins, based in Melbourne, Australia and Bryan Stark, based in France.
Why are we different?
We are quite unlike those electronic catalogue sites that you see everywhere on the internet these days - sites that simply peddle the properties of others for a commission.
Because of our long-standing personal involvement in the acquisition of our rental cottages, villas and apartments and our continuing participation in their day to day running, we are able to offer you a direct service and the benefit of our own extensive personal experience to help you plan your visit to this extraordinary country. We're hoping you'll love it as much as we do!
We'll even help you plan your ENTIRE French itinerary if you wish, drawing upon our wide experience of all parts of France. Just mention this when you contact us.
It's a free service!
For quick answers or to contact us regarding availability, click on the one of the links to the left.
Free 80 page Brochure and French Travel Guide.
Whether you're a first time visitor or a seasoned French travel expert, we're sure you'll find the answers and insights to nearly all your French Travel and Accommodation questions right here on this website - or contact us for our free 80 Page brochure and travel guide - click here
Where are our cottages located?
Of all of France's celebrated regions there are four that really stand out for their richness, variety and difference to any other place on earth: Provence, Dordogne, the Loire Valley and the French Pyrenees Basque. (see the map above top right).
All our properties are right inside the historic centres of fascinating living villages - the best experience you can have!
Your 'Tour de France'
For an unforgettable holiday, we strongly recommend you include in your burgeoning itinerary a visit to at least one of these beautiful and distinctive regions.
Or, if time permits, create your own "Tour de France" by travelling from one region to the next, dallying and discovering the delights each has to offer.
By having your own home base for your wanderings (avoiding "hotel hops"), you will discover the joy of living in a real French village.
But not just any village!
No matter how pretty.
It must be just the right village with just the right type of accommodation and thoroughly French: a "five star" village.
This special quality cannot be judged on the internet; you need to have stayed there to know. By choosing thoughtfully, as we did, you'll get a glimpse of heaven! But how do you make this choice when you may not have even visited the village yourself?
Guest Video Interviews
Below are some interesting and entertaining videos interviews from guests who have stayed in our cottages. Click on image to play.
Find out the secret.
By spending a few minutes reading our web brochure, we will show you just how.
The Four Regions French Cottages are Located