Gites

Gites offer a good value self-catered option for your family holiday to France.

The definition of a gite is a holiday rental that has tended to be a renovated rural house or farm building / farmstead.     They are usually renovated to reflect the area and can be anything from a small cottage to a farmhouse.

A French gite tends to be a holiday home that is connected to a main house.  These tend to be converted barns or cottages for example, and frequently the owners live on site and are available on hand to meet and greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Gites with swimming pools

Many French gites offer swimming pools, you can check on the gite listings on France for Families which gites have pools if this is something you are particularly looking for.  Some gites also offer facilities like catered meals, baby-sitting, sports facilities etc.

Prices for a French gite range from a few hundred pounds for smaller ones in the less popular and northerly locations, to several thousand pounds in the more popular locations.  The benefit of renting a gite in France is that you can have your own space and really get away from it all.  If you don’t want to cater for yourself it may be possible to arrange for a fully catered service, although this can be expensive.

Gites – good option with family and friends

You are more likely to find a cluster of gites together in one location because of this, making it ideal if you are looking to holiday in France with family or friends. You can book a group of gites together in the same complex.

Each site will be self-contained, usually with a garden and most likely a BBQ. Some gite complexes have central kitchen / BBQ areas where you can get together with other holiday makers.

Because the gites are often in rural locations, many will offer swimming pools and other amenities such as a games room and play areas.

English speaking hosts

As mentioned before, the owners will often be English speaking and may also live on the same site as the gites. They will then be on hand to offer invaluable advice about the most interesting things in the region, or to help if any problems arise.

There are several advantages of a gite or self-catering holiday. First is the freedom it supplies to do your own thing. No fixed meal times, no need to dress for dinner, eat and drink what you like, and usually you will be closer to the countryside and beauty of France, giving you a better feel for ‘the real France’. You can do things at your own pace, travel as far afield as you like, or do nothing at all.

Search for gites here on France for Families and you can contact the gite owners directly and get the best price. Simply send a message via our contact forms and our owners will reply to you very quickly.

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France for Families offers gites across France. Search for gites in different regions here:

Gites in Brittany

Gites in the Vendee

Gites in the Aquitaine and the Dordogne

Gites in Limousin

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