‘Haute’ & ‘Basse’ rental season
We recently posted an article about gîtes and self catering holiday lets in France. When searching for a holiday destination, you will notice that prices vary depending on ‘haute & basse‘ rental season. This is to estimate the amount of weeks an hospitality property is expected to generate in a year taking in consideration the season and holiday periods.
Three periods in a rental season
They are usually broken down in 3 periods, the “basse” (off-peak), “moyenne” (middle) and “haute” (high) season.
The “off peak” season is when there are fewer clients for a gîte or holiday property, it runs from 1st November to 31st March. The “peak” high season runs from 1st June until the 1st of September. However this can be extended by at least two weeks on both sides in the southern areas. Anything in between is considered to be “moyenne” season, when weekend booking are sometimes possible. Naturally there are exceptions, for example ski properties in the Alps, or around important holidays such as Christmas and New Year.
France is popular, book early
Major events take place all the time in Paris and all over France. The influx of visitors has a strong impact on availability especially at Easter, July 14th (National bank holiday), Christmas and New Year’s. Additionally Paris hosts major fairs, international exhibitions, fashion shows and sports events such as the Olympic Games in 2024.
So it’s important to remember to book well in advance if you want to come at any of these times. Depending on the periods, note that conditions can sometimes be modified at very short notice, look at the small print.
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