About Us - we are experts on all aspects of villa rental in the South of France. For Villas in the Languedoc, Provence, Cote d'Azur or further afield in Morocco - we can help!

South France Villas offers quality holiday villas in the Languedoc, Provence, the Cote d'Azur and Corsica - we are experts in the field since 2000.

Meet the team

Alissa Knight

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Background

Publishing, Broadcasting BBC World Service, Running a business and being a mum.

Responsible for

Everything! From establishing the company in 2000 to viewing & contracting new property to making sure we provide excellent service to our clients.

Favourite place in the South of France

River Orb, 'Flat Rocks', in Vieussan, Languedoc

Me, in three words

People loving, enthusiastic, passionate about houses

Top of my bucket list

6 month road trip across America

My South France Villas property

Chateau Cavaliere ref VR007A – a short walk to a beautiful sandy beach and complete privacy in a exquisitely designed landscaped garden.

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

Food, wine, cheese, markets, ripe fruit, peaches and melons that actually taste like they should, the laid back slightly 'time stand still' feel of rural France, the extraordinary varied landscapes and seascapes.

Nicky Sinclair

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Background

Sales and Marketing in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry

Responsible for

Customer and Owner Liaison and Administration

Favourite place in the South of France

Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Cote d'Azur, closely followed by Collioure on the Cote Vermeille

Me, in three words

Sociable, conscientious, thoughtful

Top of my bucket list

See the world on the back of my husband's motorbike and see the Gorillas in the Mist!

My South France Villas property

HE044A Les Rocailles – location, pool and beach!

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

Diversity of landscapes - Mountains to Mediterranean, culture, history, food and wine.

Yvonne Nicklin

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Background

Admin, Sales and Customer Service

Responsible for

Helping our clients make the right choices and liaising with our owners to help achieve this!

Favourite place in the South of France

Monaco and closer to home the Gorges d'Heric

Me, in three words

Sincere, honest and happy

Top of my bucket list

Visit the Grand Canyon – done and ticked off the list!

My South France Villas property

Villa Chenet ref VR003A because I could see myself sipping champers in the hot tub

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

The wonderful food, brilliant climate and being able to visit gorges and mountains one day and lie on the beach the next!

Maya Knight

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Background

Bi-lingual French speaking, travel writing, travel blogging

Responsible for

Blogging and making u-tube videos on regional events, restaurants, music festivals etc.

Favourite place in the South of France

Canoeing down the beautiful Orb river and finishing the exhausting day with a glass of wine and delicious tapas at the Cave St Martin which has a great view of the river and bridge.

Me, in three words

Sociable, creative and determined.

Top of my bucket list

See parts of the world I have not yet seen

My South France Villas property

Chateau Lucvielle ref MP001A – ideal for a wedding – I am not there myself yet but it's one of my favourites.

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

I love the joie de vivre that you can find anywhere even in the most remote corners of the South of France. Good food, good wine and beautiful landscapes everywhere you go.

Sam Knight

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Background

Background in entrepreneurship and charity work. Currently Digital strategy and Implementation Consultant.

Responsible for

Digital strategy and long term strategy.

Favourite place in the South of France

Languedoc – consider it as home. Especially at the end of the summer when the heat is not so bad but the evenings are still sunny and long.

Me, in three words

Sociable, passionate and adventurous.

Top of my bucket list

Skydive

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

The food, the people, and a chance to enjoy the simple things in life. It always puts the busy world of London back into context for me.

Sandra Macdonald

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Background

Sales and Marketing

Responsible for

Social Media, Website updates, New Business

Favourite place in the South of France

A secret beach near Vias!

Me, in three words

Northern, bubbly, loyal

Top of my bucket list

Spend a week at Rochelongue and enjoy the area, I forget what is on my doorstep.

My South France Villas property

HE005A Rochelongue - An amazing location.

What is the best thing about the South of France Villa holiday?

Pace of life, people, beaches, cultural experiences, fresh food and wonderful local wines.

Who we are

The South France Villas team

South France Villas is a small family run business specialising in rentals of beautiful, high-quality properties in the Languedoc, Provence, Côte d'Azur and Corsica. All our properties have a pool...unless they are on a beach!  Although the company is based in England we spend much of our time in France (being French home owners ourselves) and know the area very well.  We were one of the first on-line villa booking companies to set up back in the year 2000.  

We love the Languedoc region and pride ourselves on our knowledge of its geography, its cultural sites, its beach resorts and especially its food and wine. We also have extensive knowledge on the Cote d'Azur, Provence and Corsica.

All of these we enjoy sharing with our clients and whether it's your first visit to these regions or if you are a returning customer, we hope to provide you with a professional and inspired service.  We are small enough to give you unrivalled individual attention and telephone support but have been in existance as a family business long enough to offer you a superb selection of holiday villas.  In light of ever-increasing cases of 'villa fraud' on owner-direct holiday rental websites, we offer the assurance of having visited most our listed properties with the aim of meeting the individual property owners and familiarising ourselves with them and their property. We have legally binding contracts with all our property owners and there is always someone available for you to talk to who has visited the property and will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Our philosophy

Villa Arcachon - Luxury Beachfront Manor

All our villas are inspected by a member of our team to evaluate if it suits the company portfolio.

We know how precious family holidays are especially when people are leading busy and pressured lives. So our philosophy is to list properties which correspond to several criteria making your time away really special; aesthetic, that of comfort, position and location. Our assessment of what a 'good holiday property' provides has changed vastly in the last 10 years - whereas 10 years ago in France it was still plausible to rent a 5 bedroom property with one bathroom, nowadays this would be regarded as completely inadequate even if the location had great charm. We like to think that we move with the times and upgrade our property selection offering more and more contemporary high quality luxury accommodation, seeking only the very best on the rental market. We are passionate about France and Morocco and passionate about property and together with our courteous, efficient and quick service you know you are in safe hands.

What we do

Ben and Alissa Knight, having worked for two large UK tour operators decided to set up www.southfrancevillas.com and go it alone in 2000.  We realised that a huge mark up was thrown on villa prices due to brochure printing costs and distribution to high street agents.  We wanted to offer our clients luxury villas and high quality holiday villas in the South of France but at a much more affordable price. 

Having had professional careers in tourism for over 20 years they have plenty of experience in assessing the properties and writing descriptions - which should include the weak points as well as the strong!  Our philosphy is to provide as much information and as many photos as we can so that clients can assess if the property suits their holiday needs. 

It is terribly important that holiday makers do not end up holidaying at a property which is not right for them. We understand the needs of the Holiday Maker and endeavour to give knowledgeable advice - maybe you have small children and the layout of the bedrooms is crucial, sometimes the location of the pool or the size of the garden is important, sometimes you want to know if in-house catering or baby-sitting can be provided - whatever the requirements you may have for your villa we would be only too happy to discuss them with you.

Our Bookings Team know the 'Midi' - the area that stretches from the Spanish to the Italian boarder - like the back of their hand,  having either lived in the South of France for many years or spent time exploring the region.  They speak both English and French and provide inspirational service with an expert ability to 'match' client to property using their knowledge of our villa portfolio to make sure the holiday home suits the client’s individual needs. Therefore, if a customer doesn’t see their ideal property straight away on our website, they should contact us so we can do the searching on their behalf.

We go to great lengths to hand pick the  best quality holiday villas available.  Knowing all our owners personally and speaking French fluently means that if there is a problem on arrival we can quickly contact the owner or the property manager and liaise  on the clients' behalf to sort it out qickly and efficiently. 

What our owners say about us

Friendly, Efficient, Enthusiastic, honest and extremely on the ball are only a few of the qualities of South France Villas.

We have been working together since 2013 and are so pleased with the partnership that we haven’t approached another company. In fact it’s like being part of a family. South France Villas communicate very well with their clients and owners which results in perfect satisfaction for both parties.

It is a pleasure speaking to any of the staff at South France Villas they are all fun and bubbly and nothing is ever ‘A Problem’ – there are only solutions!!!

So all I can say is they are FAB!!!

Jane Corrie
Bastide des Vignes, Near Toulon and Beaches with a Large Pool, Air-Conditioning, lovely garden

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Company Registration, Insurance and Financial Bonding

South France Villas Limited are a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with "The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992" all passengers booking with South France Villas Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of South France Villas Limited. This insurance has been arranged with MGA Cover Services Limited (registered address Farren House, The Street, Farren Court, Cowfold, West Sussex, RH13 8BP, company registration: 08444204 authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 597536) under a binding authority with the insurer CBL Insurance Europe Limited (registered address 2nd Floor 13-17 Dawson Street Dublin 2 Ireland, who are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 203120).

In the unlikely event of Insolvency you must Inform MGA Cover Services Limited immediately on +44 (0) 20 3540 4422. Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation form as evidence of cover and value.

Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid back to you by your Travel Insurance or any losses which are recoverable under another insurance or bond. Please ensure the Company you have booked with has the appropriate CAA / ATOL Bonds in place.

**We act as booking agents only for the owners of the properties on our website. Your contract for the rental of any property seen on our website is with the owner of the property and not with South France Villas Ltd. We are responsible only for processing bookings made through our website and other advertising means and the client is liable to the owner and vice versa in all legal respects.

All the material contained within South France Villas' Ltd web pages is the property of South France Villas Ltd., and protected under copyright law.

'South France Villas' is a registered trademark. We hold the trade mark for the name and logo 'South France Villas' from:

  • Great Britain and Northern Ireland (No. 2580604)
  • The European Community (No. 009967282)
  • The BENELUX - Bureau Benelux des Marquex (No. 0798876)

No material, textual, photographic or otherwise must be copied or reproduced without express written permission from South France Villas Ltd. 

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South France Villas Limited is a UK registered company (#4334670) committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with "The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992" all passengers booking with South France Villas Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of South France Villas Limited. This insurance has been arranged with MGA Cover Services Limited (registered address Farren House, The Street, Farren Court, Cowfold, West Sussex, RH13 8BP, company registration: 08444204 authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 597536) under a binding authority with the insurer CBL Insurance Europe Limited (registered address 2nd Floor 13-17 Dawson Street Dublin 2 Ireland, who are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority registration number 203120).

In the unlikely event of Insolvency you must Inform MGA Cover Services Limited immediately on +44 (0) 20 3540 4422. Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation form as evidence of cover and value.

Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid back to you by your Travel Insurance or any losses which are recoverable under another insurance or bond. Please ensure the Company you have booked with has the appropriate CAA / ATOL Bonds in place.