What is a Gîte in France?
What is a gîte in France? It’s a holiday cottage for short and holiday lets, usually located in rural areas near tourist places and attractions. They are extremely popular with holidaymakers from all around the world.
Is a Gîte the same as a B&B?
Typically a gîte is a traditional farmhouse annexe or outbuilding that’s been converted for the purpose to receive paying clients. It is not unusual for such a property to have 2 or 3 gîtes, sometimes more or chalets. In addition, the main house is sometimes used as a Bed & Breakfast for extra revenue in the ‘haute saison’.
Do I need to cook myself?
In essence, a gîte in France is an independent self-catering furnished and fully equipped holiday rental property. Guests and clients make their own travel arrangements, and as food isn’t included, they need to cook for themselves. In some places, this can be done al-fresco gîte often comes with a private outdoor space, some with a pool, especially in the south of the country.
It’s an excellent way to have a base while touring and discovering the area. In the evening when you arrive home, you can cook the local produce found in the many local markets, along with a delicious bottle of wine.
Can I book for a short weekend?
A typical gîte would be a furnished cottage with a kitchen, a living area, a couple of bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. They are usually rented weekly for a family stay or travelling friends. Out of season, it may be possible to rent for a long weekend; check the gîte’s website and book early. They are not to be confused with gîtes d’étape, which are basic overnight accommodations for adventurous hikers.
Do French gîtes offer long term rentals?
The short answer to this question, is non. It is sometimes possible to find and negotiate a bespoke arrangement with a gîte owner on a monthly basis. Understandably, with the summer months the most profitable and a short season (July-August), it’s very unlikely the owners will rent their property on a long term basis during this period.
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