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Gite Holidays in France
'Gites de France' can be an affordable and comfortable way to experience rural France. Choose from a range of self catering gites across France at French Connections.
Gites offer comfortable or luxurious self-catering accommodation for holidaymakers in France, with the reassurance of help and knowledge from the property owner who lives on site. Gites represent good value, can be found in most parts of France and are suitable for groups, families, couples or individuals for holidays or short breaks all year round.
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A complete guide to gîtes in France
Staying in a gîte has long been one of the most popular ways to take a holiday in France. A gite was traditionally a shelter. Now it is an independent, self-catering holiday home where the owner lives close by and is on hand to welcome visitors, ensure that all their needs are met and share inside knowledge of the local area.
Usually the owner lives in the main house and the gite or gites are either in a separate wing of the house or in converted outbuildings such as barns and farm cottages. Gite accommodation used to be perceived as fairly basic but these days they are comfortable and well equipped holiday homes that represent excellent value. Many even meet high standards of luxury with stylish décor based on rustic French traditions or bright contemporary lines. Gites offer traditional charm along with up-to-the-minute facilities such as modern fitted kitchens and en-suite bathrooms, television, DVD and a computer or wi-fi connection.
Outside a gite there is usually a swimming pool with barbecue and patio for al fresco dining on local wine and fresh food from the market and often there is play equipment for children. Some gite complexes even have a gym, boules pitch, table tennis and a tennis or squash court, with access to even more activities in the vicinity. All this means an informal, friendly and relaxed holiday in France that’s great for groups, families, couples or individuals.
Where to find gites in France
Gites are on offer in most parts of France. There is a particularly plentiful choice og gites in Normandy and Brittany, with their charming ports and fantastic family beaches and in the Dordogne, home to rivers, prehistory and vineyards. Gites also abound in the quiet, sunny Lot region, as well as the south of France, especially in ski and snowboarding resorts. Many property owners offer out of season or long weekend breaks for those who are hungry to sample a taste of la belle France.