Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Essonne, France.
For a region so close to the capital city of Paris, the departement of Essonne is surprisingly rural and green, with acres of open countryside and official parks and gardens. Home to some of France's most impressive country houses, the area can provide a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Paris, with several areas that are dedicated to outdoor sports.
There are two main areas where those looking for a chance to stretch their legs or get some fresh air can enjoy the peace and quiet on offer in Essonne. Rather than the organised parks and laid-out gardens that surround many of the region's country homes, the Senart forest in the north and the French Gatinais Regional Nature Park in the south are both huge areas of wilder, open spaces, mostly covered in woods, crossed with walking trails of varying lengths. The French Gatinais Regional Nature Park also has paths that are suitable for bicycles and horses, and there is an equestrian centre just outside the border of the park which organise their own trips through some of the prettiest scenery. If you want to explore the area yourself, make sure you check out all the maps and information at the park house in Baulne. The Senart forest is also popular with walkers, bike riders and even roller bladers. There are some great spots for an open-air picnic, just a short drive away from the city centre of Paris.
The town of Etampes boasts no fewer than 26 listed monuments, such as the 12th century Guinette Tower; the oldest house in the town, also known as the House of Pillars; and the intriguing Church of St Martin with its crooked steeple. The narrow pedestrianised streets are pleasant to walk around and enjoy the history that surrounds you at every turn. Keep the children happy by taking them to the town's large sports centre which has an indoor climbing wall, kayaking, mini golf, archery and an outdoor swimming pool.
There are several country houses throughout the Essonne region, all boasting their own impressive gardens, collections of art and furniture and often with their own interesting stories to tell. The Domain of St Jean de Beauregard is famous for its 17th century kitchen garden, still growing some of the vegetables that were in fashion at the time, while the grounds of the Courances castle is well known for its collection of water features and fountains.
Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Essonne? Then below is a selection of gites in Essonne and villas in Essonne that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.