Finding the Perfect French Holiday Gites - A Beginners Guide
If you had thought you might like to book French holiday gîtes for your break this year, then you have stumbled upon the right place. Never done it before? No problem! Here’s a beginner’s guide.
Firstly, what is a gîte? Let us point you in the direction of our previous blog post of the same title, where we outline the differences and give you the heads up! Just quickly, though, a gîte can be described as a self-contained holiday cottage, classified as such dependent upon the location of the owner – if your owner lives on site or very close by, then they are available to – according to the French – give you a warm welcome to their property. (Some of the French ways are beautifully quaint).
If you fancy a hotel or a B&B, then you should search for Chambres des Hotes.
Next, now you know what you are looking for, you need to know where to find the best French holiday gîtes at the best prices.
French holiday gîtes online
Doing a Google search for the above title header will give you millions of results, most of which on the first page, will be booking agencies, such as booking.com, Airbnb and many more. This is a quick and easy way of finding what you are looking for, but it may not give you the best deal, due to the nature of the advertising. Agency + holiday booking = commission fee.
For many holidaymakers looking for French holiday gîtes, a booking agency is ideal, providing an easy way to find hundreds of properties. But what about the personal touch?
Booking direct is the answer, giving you the opportunity to speak to the gîte owner, who will tell you what you need to bring, what the weather is like, what facilities there are… etc. and so forth.
But how to find these gems!
The answer lies in having some time to spend on your search, and on your booking. Digging a little deeper into the search results can often yield a bounty of French holiday gîtes advertised by the owner. Many gîtes will have a website, which can give an inordinate amount of additional information than a booking agency can give, as owners are limited to advertising space.
In most cases, you will find many more images, which is always useful to give you an idea of the location of the holiday cottage, and tell you what the surroundings are like.
Remember that cottages listed as ‘Gîtes Rural’ are often in the middle of the countryside, as the name may suggest. Many rural regions in France are heavily farmed, and it may be wise to check first to make sure where your French holiday gîtes are in relation to local farms.
There can be ‘fors’ and ‘againsts’ here, as local farms may sell fabulous produce for you and your family to enjoy, but at certain times of the year farms can become very busy, noisy places, so take care!
How Gites Le Bisson can help you find the perfect French holiday gîtes
As our name suggests, here at Gites Le Bisson, we have gîtes!
We can accommodate up to 12 guests in our two, adjacent holiday cottages. Both are self-contained and fully equipped, and we live across the way – far enough for your holiday to be completely private, but close enough to be there in a whisker if you need us – and, of course, to give you that all-important warm welcome.
With a one-bedroomed hideaway for two, and a three-bedroomed family holiday cottage suitable for up to 9 people, we have something for everyone. Oh, and did we mention our gorgeous swimming pool? We are happy to make our private pool available for our guests to use when the weather is just right.
Finally, we have no booking agency fees for you to consider, meaning that every penny you spend on booking your French holiday gîtes is spent wisely, giving you more to spend where it counts – on yourselves and your holiday.
We are more than happy, and would welcome chatting with you direct about your holiday. Call us today, or drop us a message using the contact form – we are looking forward to it!