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Holiday Gites in France

Many people find that staying in Gites is a good way of experiencing France whether it be whilst travelling through or for a memorable holiday in a specific region.

Although a Gite used to be a basic place to stay, today you can get luxurious accommodation like swimming pools etc, that can offer excellent value for money when it comes to your family holiday.

Holiday Gites in France

Technically speaking to be called a gite the owner must live close by in order to provide help, assistance and a warm welcome to guests, whereas if it is known as a French holiday cottage, then this normally means that it is owned by someone who does not live in France, like British, German or even American owned.

Gites are generally old farmworkers cottages or converted outbuildings and barns within the proximity of the owners' principal residence.  This type of holiday accommodation is sometimes regarded as 'basic' in terms of facilities, however most gites these days are generally very well kept and a growing number will have excellent facilities such as fully fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, TV, DVD and even access to a swimming pool or other sporting activities that you and the family can enjoy.

Holiday gites are encouraged by the local tourist board and planning authorities as they attract investment and tourism, and all owners are required to ensure that their gites are safe and comply with the necessary rules, regulations and insurance requirements.

Gites de France assesses them, which means the quality has risen and they are far better, well equipped and comfortable compared to how they used to be and a number of classes are defined and graded by G?tes de France and some of these are:

Gite Rural
These offer self-catering accommodation located in the countryside, by the sea, or in the mountains and are completely self contained with one or more bedrooms, a lounge, sometimes a dining room, a kitchen and bathroom facilities for famlies.

Gites d'Enfants
These are specifically holidays for children.  It is during the school holidays that host families provide lodgings for children of various ages with a wide variety of activities.  Children's gites are very well regulated and inspected to ensure a safe and secure environment for each child.

Gites d'Etape
These are stopover and holiday getaways, which are normally off the beaten track and mainly for groups of walkers or cyclists.  The best comparison is most probably a youth hostel.

Holiday gites can range from simple converted barns to part of a large chateau in private grounds and these can be located all over France, from rural villages, through to the centre of towns, up in the mountains or right near to the sea and beaches.

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