Boutique holidays in rural France…

littlegreenshed french holidays in France

I am dreaming of holidays, I suppose the warmer weather tends to do that.  France is on my wish list this Summer, to take the boys across on the Ferry, to immerse them into rural French life. Perhaps to practice a little French whilst we are there.

I’ve been looking on-line at properties and came across French Loaf and fell in love.  A handful of beautiful boutique French homes, all decorated to a high standard and most with that all important pool.

French Loaf - France holiday littlegreenshed

French Loaf began life many years ago when an English couple fell in love with the Lot region and made it their home.  Today, they provide holiday homes tailor-made for families looking to soak up the delights of the region while keeping their children entertained and safe.

Each property is an interior lovers heaven, all beautifully designed with a touch of French chic.  Just look at that yellow sofa!

French dining, Littlegreenshed

The last time I was in France was back in 1983 (yes I am that old!), when I visited the Bordeaux region on a school trip.  The trip was to show French life to us 12 year old students. French culture, cuisine and to practice our very basic French.  Well, needless to say, the trip involved much hilarity, staring at French boys and drinking Orangina by the bucket load.  Oh and singing to Duran Duran on the coach.  Ah the 80’s.

French Loaf - Holidays in France Littlegreenshed

Yes we are hopelessly in love with the idea of France for this Summer. Dan is a long time fan of the Tour de France, and we have talked often about taking the boys to watch this amazing spectacle.  After years of wearing me down, I too look forward to watching this event on the TV, but to watch it in France with the cheering crowds would be super amazing!

The French Loaf website is full of great content, including a recipe for a traditional French loaf!!



  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with 2 cups water, 3 cups flour, salt, sugar and vegetable oil; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Divide dough half. Roll each half into a 9 x 12 rectangle and roll up jelly roll style, starting at long edge. Seal edges and place seam side down on a large baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.
  4. Use a sharp knife to slash each loaf diagonally 3 times. Brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yes, I am really looking forward to becoming all Francais!  Where is my breton, I wish to flounce around like Rachel Khoo!

This is a collaborative post with French Loafing.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • France, a little bit in love with it!!
    Your boys would love Le Tour…..the atmosphere is amazing, the carnival beforehand is fab and so many treats for them too!
    One of the best holidays my kids enjoyed in france was the WW2 tour. They learnt so much too.
    Go! :-) Xxx

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