Now into our 17th year of trading, I founded Wake Up in France in 1995 after many years experience in the travel industry. I started renting mobile homes and later added villas and holiday villages on the Vendee coast. In 2002, I decided to expand and started adding properties further along the west coast – we went north to Brittany and south to the Basque country, including in 2004 the, then-unknown, Ile de Re where we are now a major operator.
We pride ourselves in offering good quality accommodation, excellent value for money, and a personal service. We have an excellent product knowledge that comes from living and working in our major holiday region, the Vendee.
Wake up in France rarely advertises – for most of our clients are returning holidaymakers or their friends who they have recommended to us. We have had a wide selection of newspaper and magazine articles written about our holiday accommodation too.
Our portfolio now comprises 350 villas and apartments of all shapes and sizes. There are individual villas with private pools, villas in holiday villages with a shared pool, as well as smaller apartments with sea or mountain views – several set beside France’s finest golf courses and ski pistes. So the Wake up in France programme has something for everyone – we have properties that sleep 2 -25 people in comfort.
I live in the Vendee, on the French west coast and travel all over France stringently selecting properties for our programme. I have recently been elected on to the committee of ABTOF which is the Association of British Travel Organisers to France and have been an elected member of Notre Dame de Monts tourist office committee for many years.
In the French office we are ably assisted by Jacqueline and Isabelle. They can answer your calls and e-mails in perfect English – though I am always on hand to help.
Franck is our resident ski expert. He has in-depth mountain knowledge thanks to many years spent working as a ski instructor and in tourist offices in the French Alps. His local knowledge is awesome and if he can’t answer your questions immediately he will always know someone who can!.
We decided to open a UK office in 2005 – headed by Gill Cockin, in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. Gill and I worked together for many years at Keycamp before she went to Holidaybreak while I headed to France to start Wake up in France. Gill shares my love of France and as well as making regular visits all over France in a professional capacity, has enjoyed holidaying here for some 30 years.
We believe that Wake up in France is a little different. A small team of travel professionals – based in France and England – focused on providing excellent accommodation advice at very good prices. Affordable quality, excellent service.
I hope you will consider us for your holiday.
We are immensely proud of our informative website and hope that you can find everything you need to know to help you choose the right holiday.
However, we do understand that talking to a real person can be reassuring, before you make that final click! No impersonal off-shore call centres for us. Our small expert team are on hand to offer advice and guidance. For a real-time online chat with real people just click on our 'Click to chat' button for instant answers. Alternatively give us a quick call and if you tell us your landline number, we will happily call you back. Click, Chat and Buy.
Support during your stay.
Unlike almost any other on-line booking agency, Wake Up in France are on hand to support you during your stay.
Our most popular destination is the Vendee, where our English speaking team are on hand to help. Our office in Notre Dame de Monts is conveniently located for all our customers round the St Jean de Monts and St Hilaire de Riez and Noirmoutier areas.
Like you, we love to have a face to put with a name and we encourage our customers to call in, either for advice or just to say hello.
Our office is open 6 days a week during the summer months and at other times you can contact us by calling our local number: 0251597800
Reserves of publication
Great attention has been given to this Web Site. However, a few errors might appear. Our reservation department will advise you before your departure in the event of entry or printing errors observed, as well as of any change in the description of the accommodation offered.
Further, we draw your attention to the fact that the photos are not in any event contractual and do not engage our liability. They must be considered as purely illustrative. When you book accommodation through us, your contract will often be with the accommodation owner or supplier concerned. Please refer to Wake up in France's Booking Conditions for further details.
Best Tour Operator 2010 : The French Travel Trade Awards give special recognition to 8 operators for their contribution to the promotion of the destination France in various categories and take into account innovation, initiatives and general dedication to France in the programmes.
The judging process was extremely close with all those nominated demonstrating strong commitment and creativity during the very challenging economic climate of the past 2 years.