points to note when
booking a gite in France
When you rent a gite, you are renting a private home. While most gites
are dedicated holiday or vacation rental properties, others are people's second
homes, or even family homes, properties that are lived in by the owners
for a part of the year, and rented out for the rest. But one way or
another, gites are homes, not hotels.
There are different ways of booking a
gite; you can work through a vacation rental agency or a travel agency, who may take a
commission; or you can book through the huge French organisation Gites
de France which - contrary to a popular belief - is not an official
organisation, and does not list all gites available.
Alternatively - and this is often the best solution - you can
book directly with the
Booking directly means that you have direct
contact with the rental property owner, not with a faceless agency.
rent directly know that they will meet their customers face to face;
and for this reason, they have a strong incentive to do things well.
Very often, owners who rent directly live nearby, if not next door to
the gite(s) they are renting out, so they are there 24/24 in
the event of an emergency. Many owners who rent directly -
probably the majority - take pride in their service, and will be
happy to advise visitors on local specialities, things to see and do,
and other useful points.
One final point to note is that it is often possible to rent
from English-speaking owners; there are many thousands of gites in
France that are owned and run by British, Dutch, even American or
Australian owners, who are happy to welcome their visitors in English,
even to take payment in sterling, US Dollars or even dollars from down
under. A large proportion of the gites in the Gitelink gites directory
are rented out by English-speaking owners; and virtually all of the
gites in this directory are rented out directly. So if you were
hesitating about choosing a gite or bed & breakfast for fear of
the language barrier, don't worry. Check out the Gitelink
directory, and you'll find that you can do all the booking directly
with the owners in English, or even in Dutch. Speaking French is not a
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