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Re: retirement notice

Dear France Bound friends:

I am writing to let you know that the website and emails are no longer active following my recent decision to retire and to close France Bound Villa and Vacation Rentals.

The domain name now points to this site. In addition, the email addresses are no longer active, but I can still be reached at francebound at email address.

In case you did not receive my retirement notice in December, here is a summary. After much thought and careful consideration, I decided to retire. This was not an easy decision, and one that I struggled with for many months. However, the time was right: vacation rental agencies have been considerably impacted by industry changes in the past few years, and I have recently been facing some major health challenges.

Almost 20 years ago I founded France Bound, and it has been an enriching and rewarding experience that provided wonderful opportunities for growth, travel, friendships, and fabulous memories.

I genuinely enjoyed the friendship and association that I have had with all of you over the years, and I will miss working with you.  Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your support. I have been very fortunate to work with you, and I will miss you.

Kerry McKeen
France Bound Villa & Vacation Rentals

Customer review:

Customer review: “I have just returned from 3 glorious weeks in Provence, organized by Kerry McKeen at France Bound.I stayed in the cottage on a vineyard estate between the villages of Ansouis and Cururon. I was hosted by Alex and Helen, who were helpful in directing me to the local markets and suggestions on walking, hiking and biking in the area. They made me feel very welcome and the cottage was private without being isolated. I explored as far west as Arles and south to Aix en Provence and took time to see the points of history, antiquity and food markets, and of course did a little shopping. The area economy is driven by tourism and the ex-pat community so language was not a problem and the locals were ever so patient with my broken French. I look forward to returning again soon.” Nancy. Vancouver B.C. June 2016

Turn your dream of owning a villa in Provence into a reality!

8402-14-exterior2If you’re looking for a beautiful house to buy in Provence, we have a very special property to share with you. This gorgeous fully renovated four bedroom house is perfectly located just a short stroll from a charming Provencal village. The property features a large swimming pool, beautiful grounds including an orchard and olive grove, wonderful views of Mt. Ventoux and the surrounding villages & vineyards. The house features tasteful Provencal furnishings and decor, a spacious modern built-in kitchen, and 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Also included is a separate caretakers cottage, and a private & beautifully appointed owners apartment.

8402a-14-pool2 (800x600)Finding the perfect villa in Provence isn’t easy; there is a lot of competition, and many of the best properties are sold before they reach the market. It is rare to find a property that offers all of the most important features, but Villa Caromb is one of them, and this perfect property is now for sale.

If you’ve been dreaming of living in Provence, this is an ideal place to call home, and it is move-in ready! Villa Caromb is also one of our most popular rental properties with many returning guests, and a solid rental record. Best of all, the current caretakers are available to look after the property for you, and the France Bound team will market your rental & manage your reservations.

8402bb-13To turn your dream of owning a villa in Provence into a reality, contact us for more information. Email:


Aix en Provence apartment rental review

France Bound client review: “We are back home after our French adventure and wanted to say thank you for your help in ensuring that we had a great holiday. Coming from Australia we find that some organisations are more geared towards the US and Canadian market. We really appreciated the effort you made, not only to ensure that everything went smoothly for us, but also to ensure that we were confident and secure about all of the arrangements that you had made. The France Bound information pack on Provence was also very helpful in helping to plan our stay.

Our stay at France Bound’s “Aix en Provence Apartment Elegance” was one of the highlights of our trip. We really appreciated your detailed directions on how to get to the apartment, after our taxi had to drop us off short of our destination due to road closures. We could not have asked for a more welcoming or helpful hostess in Holly. She was there to greet us, and gave us great advice about the area, as well as restaurants and shopping. The apartment was even better than the photos on the web. It was not only stylish, but more importantly very comfortable and well appointed, stocked with everything that we could possibly need during our stay. It was in a great location, but it was the light bright rooms, high ceilings and big windows that really made it a pleasure to stay in. There is nothing like sitting back with the windows open, enjoying the Aix sunshine with a glass of wine in the late afternoon after a day of sightseeing.

We are back in cold Tasmania now, missing the warm Aix sun, and dreaming of our next holiday. We will be recommending France Bound to our friends.”

Helen Bennett and Ray Smithurst. June 2015

France Bound  Specialists for France travel & vacation rentals.

France Bound
Specialists for France travel & vacation rentals.

Welcome to our new blog where we look forward to sharing our insider tips and recommendations for travel and vacation rentals in France. To kick off our new blog, we invite you to join us on our upcoming France inspection trip. We travel to France regularly to check out new places and to revisit some of our favourite places. Join us as we visit Provence villages and towns, restaurants in Paris & Provence, markets in Paris & Provence, shopping in France, and recommended sights & activities in France. We will also be staying in a selection of our villa & vacation rentals in France, and inspecting new prospects for vacation rentals in France. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you on this trip to Provence and Paris. Follow us on the francebound blog and the facebook page as we visit Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, the Riviera, Provence, Aix en Provence, Luberon villages, Paris and more.