For lovers of all things French, the recent news of the removal of our European neighbors from the list of countries where the British do not have to quarantine on return would have been disheartening.
One of our favorite spots for long and short getaways, yet easy to reach by ferry and not to mention a sustainable option for those who love to travel by train, France is a vacation spot we’ll never fall in love with.
If you follow the government’s advice and avoid going there just yet, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few places on British soil that could easily be mistaken for France.
Francophiles looking to recreate a vineyard or castle vacation experience should feast their eyes on these terrific places to stay from Sykes Holiday Cottages.
From beautiful villas over the vineyards to apartments with rivaling views of the French Riviera, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
La folie, Herefordshire
This picturesque property offers the peace and quiet of the Herefordshire countryside and is situated at the gateway to the unspoiled towns and sites of the Marche. Approached by a short walk through a small vineyard, The Folly has a large patio and outdoor seating area so you can relax and enjoy the last long summer evenings in a scene straight from Bordeaux or Champagne.
Seven nights from £ 368 (2 people)
Villa 8, Devon
This elegant three-story townhouse cradles the seafront in Salcome and could easily be mistaken for the French Riviera. Villa 8 Estura sits in one of the region’s most beautiful and exclusive waterfront settings and offers easy access to the unspoiled Devon coastline and beautiful beaches.
Seven nights from £ 1,827 (8 people)
Château Balbegno, Aberdeenshire
For a French castle experience in Scotland, Chateau Balbegno is a large 18th century house, part of which is a 15th century castle. It is located in the heart of Fettercairn, a small village in Aberdeenshire, and offers 20,000 acres of land around the castle for walking.
Seven nights from £ 1,769 (13 people)
Maison Oversteps, Devon
This beautiful beach cottage offers incredible views and an idyllic location overlooking South Sands in Salcombe. Oversteps House was originally built in 1901 and has been refurbished in a French villa style.
Seven nights from £ 4,162 (13 people)
The Wine Lodge, Devon
Set amidst 20 acres of stunning countryside on a family-owned vineyard, this luxurious and romantic property is the perfect place for Francophiles who love wine. The Wine Lodge is especially romantic for couples, where you can spend your days tasting wine and enjoying the view.
Seven nights from £ 1059 (2 people)
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