21 French Cottages to Rent for the Most Charming Getaway

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Jetting off to the world's most far-flung regions and braving the wilderness may be trending, but if all that travel isn't really your speed or in your budget, how about your own DIY trip to a charming cottage or two in one of the many beautiful countryside regions of France? And while it might seem like nothing more than a Beauty and the Beast-inspired dream, it may not be as hard (or expensive!) as you think. Airfares to Europe are usually low in the late winter (and they've been low lately in general) and Airbnb has a wealth of charming options in off-the-beaten-path towns and villages across the country. If you're looking for something different, these one-of-a-kind accommodations make the ideal home base for discovering the local culture through guided tours, local markets, and charming cafes. And in many regions, getting to know your host — and even dining together — may be part of the experience. The best part is that most are well under the typical cost of a hotel room per night. Check out some of our favorites and get booking tout suite!

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(Photos via Airbnb)

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