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Gites in France

Choosing a gite or holiday cottage in France

Gites - classic French holiday rental accommodation 

   About-France.com is partnered  with Gitelink France, a selective directory specialising in affordable gites, most of them directly bookable with English-speaking owners.
According to "Gites de France", formerly the biggest gite rental agency, in 2011 there were over 45,000 gites or holiday rental properties in France; but that was back in 2011. Today in 2023 the number is over ten times that figure*, meaning that finding the perfect holiday rental property in France has become that much easier or that much harder – depending on how you look at it.

   It's easier for those whose main criterion is just where, specially if that means a specific village or small town; but it's much harder than it used to be for anyone looking for a rental property by general area and by quality. There are now so many properties available on the market that finding the right one can be an arduous task, especially for anyone going about it in the wrong way.
   Essentially there are four different ways of finding a gite or rental property in France – or five if you include booking through a travel agency. The four main ways of finding a holiday cottage all involve the same starting point, namely an Internet search; but once the initial search has been launched, the results will fall into four different categories.
* The number of rental properties has exploded with the arrival of "anything goes"  marketplaces such as AirBnB which has allowed anyone to advertise their property for rent, even if it is only for two weeks in the year.

How much does it cost to rent a gite?

     As they say, how long is a piece of string? The price of gite accommodation varies enormously. There are a number of specialist gites and cottage websites, notably British and American sites, that specialise in luxury gites priced at well over the going market rate, often over 2000 € a week and at the top of the scale a lot more than that..

   Outside of these websites, generally speaking, in 2022, good quality gîte accommodation can be found for around or under 100 € a day (with weekly rates for a 2 to 3 bedroom gite) and the cheapest gites in less interesting locations for under 70 €  a day for a two-bedroom property. Expect to pay a bit more if there is a heated swimming pool, or in highly demanded areas such as the French Riviera.  
    Most of the properties listed on our partner Gitelink France offer accommodation within these ranges, and for considerably less out of season.

   In most cases gîtes tend to be rented out on a weekly basis, generally Saturday to Saturday. However this is changing, and more and more gites offer flexible booking periods (often with a two or three night minimum), especially out of season. 

 Gitelink France, is an online directory of good quality but affordable gites, that includes many gites with English-speaking owners, both French and foreign, as well as websites in English. Links below will take you directly to the Gitelink directory pages for the different regions and areas of France. The directory can be searched by area (see area links below) or using interactive gites maps of France.
  Most of the gites listed on Gitelink France are for hire directly from the owners, which is generally the best way as no intermediaries, agencies or anonymity come between proprietors and guests.

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Normal procedures for hiring a gite in France

There are a number of accepted principles, when it comes to hiring a gite in France.
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Gites - the French term for holiday cottages to rent - are an important part of the rural economy in France.  Originally developed as cheap no-frills accommodation, the gite concept has since gone up market, to the point where gites come in all shapes and sizes, and in levels of quality from the cheap and cheerful to the luxurious. Generally offering good to excellent value for money compared to hotels, gites are today among the most popular types of accommodation for those wanting a break in the French countryside.

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