Gites in France

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

The definition of a gite in France 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.

This type of self-catering French accommodation tends to be a holiday home that is connected to a main house.  Gites in France tend to be converted barns or cottages for example and the owners tend live on site which means they are available on hand to meet and greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Gites in France 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.

Many gites with swimming pools are shared with other gite users, making the pool a lovely central hub where you can be social and meet other guests.

Prices range from a few hundred pounds for smaller gites in the less popular and northerly locations of France, 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 in France – good option with family and friends

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

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

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

Gites in France with English speaking hosts

As mentioned before, the owners of French gites 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 in France 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.

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

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More about Gites in France

Originally, Gites were simply shelters that were placed in rural or village locations. Today, these types of accommodation are often referred to as Gites because they are located in separate wings or converted outbuildings. While they may be comfortable, they are also very different from traditional homes.

Gites are made in France and can be found in many regions. They are usually found by the sea or in the countryside and can be found across France, although there tends to be a high number in the north and west of France.

Gites are often in close proximity to a town or village, and are great for those wanting to experience French living in a rural setting. There are plenty of self-catering options available, and if you are looking for something a little different, then a Gite is the place for you.

Most Gites have fully-equipped kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, DVD player, Internet Access and plenty of other extras. Some owners also offer extras such as linen as standard, but others provide extras such as Welcome packs and even more.

Most Gites have plenty of space for guests to play and relax in the garden, swimming pool or barbecue area.

As most of Gites properties offer self-catering accommodation, it is a great option for families wanting a comfortable stay. With large swimming pools and high chairs, it is also a great option for extended families.

Gites are a great choice for groups of friends or families, they are often located on a Farm or an Estate and can be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of people.

Here on France for Families you can choose from a carefully selected range of Gites in France, suitable for families, group holidays and family reunions.