France doesn’t stint on diversity and from its impressive mountain ranges to the unspoiled coasts, quaint towns and villages or grand cities, Summer France knows it intimately. Which makes them a great partner in the quest for a fantastic family adventure this year, especially as they have over 30 different holiday residences across France, cover coast to countryside and have even gone to the effort of picking out perfect places to stay, based on the ages and stages of your kids.

Summer France holiday homes range from luxury villas with private pools to cute lakeside cabins and forest cottages. Flexible arrival times and lengths of stay are another big plus for families, and they’re always great value – even on UK school holiday dates.

So, whether it’s your first foray with baby or you’re travelling with experienced teens, where in France do Summer France recommend for a fitting family holiday in 2020?

Saint Gilles Croix de Vie beach in Vendée

1/3 Vendée is best for babies, toddlers and under-fives

With over 250km of beachy Atlantic coast, the grand and very child-friendly city of Nantes, not to mention links to one of the world’s most famous yacht races and quite a bit of untamed countryside into the bargain, you might think the Vendée region of western France would be packed come summer. But if you’re looking for crowds, this is definitely not the place to find them – less than 20% of Vendée’s coastline is developed. What you will find is sweet seaside towns, plenty of safe paddling spots, immaculately clean beaches, nicely flat terrain for buggy-friendly exploring and an almost endless supply of fun stuff to see and do. Summer France have an enduring passion for Vendée, love the easy atmosphere and particularly recommend it for holidays with younger kids – not least of all because direct UK flights to Nantes only take an hour and 30 minutes.

Summer France recommended residences

Think about heading to Saint-Jean-de-Monts this summer. This lively seaside resort on the Vendée coast is just 90 minutes’ drive from Nantes Atlantique Airport, within easy reach of the remarkable Marais de Breton wetlands and close to Les Sables d’Olonne (birthplace of the legendary Vendée Globe). Plus its miles of soft, sandy beaches are kid-heaven and no distance at all from Summer France residences:

Vendée, Saint Jean de Monts, Le Domaine de Vertmarines

Le Domaine de Vertmarines

Just south of Saint-Jean-de-Monts, this peaceful residence sits in 16ha of parkland and each detached family villa comes with its own private pool, garden and terrace.

  • Two to four bedroom villas, sleeping between four and eight guests.
  • Private swimming pool, garden and terrace.
  • Family living room, fully equipped kitchen, family bathroom.
  • Set in 16ha preserved parkland.
  • Minutes from Saint-Jean-de-Monts resort and beaches.

Two bedroom villa in Le Domaine de Vertmarines from £1161* for seven nights in July, based on a family of four.

Vendée, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Le Mas de Saint Hilaire

Les Mas de Saint Hilaire

This characterful residence is set in a 600ha pine forest, close to Saint-Jean-de-Monts, and on top of charming family cottages in their own gardens, also has a large communal swimming pool and separate kids’ pool.

  • Bright, airy family cottages, sleeping between four and six guests.
  • Private gardens and terrace.
  • Family living room, fully equipped kitchenette, family bathroom.
  • Communal swimming pool, kids’ pool, forest setting.
  • Close to Saint-Jean-de-Monts and beaches.

One bedroom mezzanine cottage in Les Mas de Saint Hilaire from £566* for seven nights in July, based on a family of five.

Find out more about family holidays in Vendée with Summer France