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May 29, 2011

Gîtes de France … Finding the Perfect Place…

Filed under: Accomodation,FRANCE,Reviews,Traditional — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So, I am planning a holiday in France… hmm the countryside might be nice… village or completely rural location, something rustic and typically French.

In my dreams …right?

Maybe not.  If ever you wanted your dream to come true, there is an organisation that you need to know about.

They are called “Gîtes de France”     and their website is :   http://www.gites-de-france.com/

So, What is a Gîte ?  well you pronounce it “jzeet” and it’s a kind of holiday house, camping or rented rooms,  and there are a selection all throughout France that range from ultra basic  to  luxurious, from cheap to expensive.

There are “childrens gîtes” that are especially family friendly, gîtes by the week or for weekend breaks, you can choose a gîte according to your passion: golf, skiing, beach, gourmet, with a garden, historic,  lake, countryside, village, or if you choose in the offshore  departements of France, even tropical.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

With 45 000 gîtes to choose from and 10 000 Chambre d’hôtes available in places affiliated with gîtes, there should be something to suit everyone, where-ever you want to be in France.

Mostly the rural gîtes are on working farms or adjoining  houses in villages, the local bakery may or may not be within walking distance depending on your choice but even if you have to drive a short distance  for fresh bread or croissants, it will be worth it. (you know by now I have a “thing” about freshly baked bread don’t you? LOL)

Family Kiwidutch love staying in a gîte because it allows us to have our own personal space at a good price.

Usually there are  decent kitchen and laundry facilities, and masses more space then a hotel and you can pick and choose your comfort level and number of rooms to suit.  In our case we look for one with a garden and for me on this particular trip, one with no stairs, a disability friendly shower area  and close in location to two of the three families we are visiting.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A little searching on the Gîtes de France website and I found one that met all of our criteria and was economical as well,   …jackpot!

I do have to say that I speak enough French that the website poses no problem for me to navigate, but even if you had to resort to a dictionary for a few key terms,  it’s fairly easy. The number of  “wheat”  next to the listing will tell you what grade of accommodation you are getting and checklists for items wanted: i.e.  number of beds, garden, dogs permitted (or not), swimming pool etc allow you to narrow down your search within a geographical area relatively efficiently.

So as we pull up outside our  gîte we get a view of where we will be staying for the next week…

Imagine a courtyard accessed by an large arch in the main wall, to the right, on the same wall is the old farmhouse, now long since empty, and in a wing adjoining that, the gîte , to the left of the archway there are various outbuildings for storage etc and off that, the main farmhouse (opposite the gîte ) on the remaining side a large wall, and a gate, the farm equipment sheds and the “working” hub of the farm.

There is a passageway between the end of the gite and the farm equipment wall, and it expands at the back to reveal a private patio, BBQ and a gate that leads straight out to the vines… I hear the small rustle of leaves in the wind, birdsong and … other than that,  total silence.

Merveilleux…

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1 Comment »

  1. Looks great!! I’ve saved the web page, thanks for that!!

    Comment by sarsm — May 29, 2011 @ 2:37 pm | Reply


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