Gites in South France – What is a Gite?
Every year millions of Europeans travel to France for their summer holiday. And one of the most popular holiday accommodation choices is to stay in a self-catering French gite. So what exactly is a gite and how does it compare to other types of holiday accommodation?
The dictionary defines a gite as:
“A furnished vacation home in France that is available for rental, especially in a rural setting.”
This is a good description of a modern gite – also known as a holiday home or holiday cottage. Nowadays gites are (usually) well-equipped, tastefully renovated and furnished French cottages or farmhouses, with attractive gardens and often pools. They are ideal for rural holidays, where families or couples are looking for quiet surroundings, in glorious French countryside.
However this was not always the case. In the past, a gite was a simple dwelling, where a person could spend the night. This later developed into a basic guesthouse that could accept paying guests. At this time, the facilities – particularly the bathroom were fairly primitive and guests were often disappointed.
Things have moved on as the tourist industry has increased in rural France. Modern gites are advertised on the Internet with a good number of photos, which help you to get an idea of the quality of the décor and facilities. As the competition has increased owners work much harder now to attract guests through making their gite comfortable and attractive for holiday rental.
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Kingfisher Holidays have over sixty gites in South West France for holiday rental. Our gites are furnished and decorated to the highest standards, and all have a pool in the grounds. We also provide many additional services to make your stay more special including baby-sitting, catering for special meals served in your gite and trips to the local vineyards.
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Gites are the preferred holiday accommodation choice of many. They generally cost less than stays in a hotel, and also offer holidaymakers greater flexibility as to how they take their holiday. If you are interested in staying in a good quality French gite this summer, get in touch, and we will help you find the perfect property to suit your party’s requirements.