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  • Our Autumn holiday ideas now live at The Good Life France website


    The Good Life France is an extremely popular online magazine devoted to all things French. We are delighted that they regularly feature contributions from French Connections and our latest article ‘Ideas for Autumn Breaks in France’ is now live.

    We feature photographs of French Connections properties and explain the benefits of booking a holiday let, gite or B&B through our website for a holiday or short break during the autumn months. Our photo above shows vineyards near Mondounet gites in the Lot.

    One of several ideas is an activity break. France offers a great choice of outdoor activities and many people prefer the cooler conditions of autumn for fishing or golf. Also for taking to the impressive network of tracks and paths for cycling, horse riding, walking and trekking. The autumn hues also provide a colourful subject on which to practice – or even learn – the skills of painting and photography.

    In this anniversary year of the First World War battle of the Somme, we also suggest visiting Commemorative sites. Armistice Day, which marked the war’s ending on 11th November 1918, will be a particularly poignant time to visit the Picardy region.  

    Many of our owners of gites and B&Bs in this region are knowledgeable about local history and human stories. They are happy to advise on battle sites and war cemeteries for those who wish to visit them – and to combine that with lighter holiday activities. The same is true for the D-Day beaches in Normandy and other sites and memorials from the Second World War.

    Read the full article here

  • Read our top tips on skills owners need at The Good Life France

    158549 Dave and Kath Vowles with dogs

    The Good Life France website and digital magazine are a great resource for ‘everything you need to know about France’. The emphasis is on quality content, so we’re delighted that right now the site is featuring advice from French Connections as the editor's pick of the week. It’s on a topic of interest to owners and holidaymakers – the top skills needed for running a successful holiday let.

    Our article has prominent position on the Home page of the site and also promotes our holiday lets and their owners with stunning photos that link to the specific properties they show. This is all part of our publicity drive to support our owners and help to get them noticed. The photo above shows Kath and Dave Vowles and their dogs at their pet friendly farmhouse and gites in Ariege, south west France

    We all know the difference it makes to a holiday when the accommodation owner is helpful, friendly and efficient. That feeling of a smiling swan gliding on the surface, yet paddling like mad unseen. So what are our tips about the skills that owners need? Well, they range widely from language to business, from people skills to property maintenance.

    Whether you’re new to the business of letting or an experienced old hand, you’ll find food for thought in this article – and maybe you have something to add about the skills that you find important. Read our article ‘The top six skills that gite owners need’.

  • We’re in The Good Life France magazine and website!


    The Good Life France has chosen French Connections to feature in the new, Autumn issue of their digital magazine and in the 'Editor's Picks' on their very popular website.

    In the magazine article, our general manager Donna Sloane gives her top tips for marketing holiday lets. “Successful marketing means being pro-active with a clear strategy and budget,” says Donna.

    Her advice includes tips on where to advertise – she recommends choosing a listing site with great customer service like French Connections of course!

    The article is opposite a full page advertisement for our fantastic special offers, unique in the world of online listing - six months free advertising or money back if no enquiries received, and all with no commission on bookings.

    Donna’s article on the Good Life France website, entitled ‘Brilliant tips to help you market your French holiday let’, focuses on how to ‘show and tell’ your holiday property. “Great images and an engaging description make holidaymakers want to stay on the page – and that’s what leads to enquiries,” says Donna Sloane.

    The article gives clear, concise tips on how to take and use photos and video and how to write a property description that leads to booking enquiries.

    You can see The Good Life France digital magazine by signing up on the website and see our latest article here.