A Gitelink directory
directory offer good quality accommodation and
good value for money. BandB-in-France.com
includes many quiet
b&b's near motorways, and in the
heart of rural France, and with English-speaking owners.
B and B or
gites? What is
- bed and breakfast -
is catered accommodation, providing bed, breakfast and sometimes
evening meals; gites
self-catering holiday cottages.
To find gites
(holiday cottages) click button for directory.
Find a B and B in France.
On each directory
, you will find a choice of Bed and Breakfast
accommodation in the region concerned. Many of the B and B's and small
guest houses are English-owned or run by English-speaking or sometimes
owners. The flags
property in the directory show the language or languages in which the
website is presented. When there is just a single flag, it tends also
to indicate the language spoken by the owner.
on offer ranges from rooms in small country cottages to suites in
manors or châteaux; but
in all cases, they provide relaxing and comfortable accommodation,
generally with a garden and often with a swimming-pool too. This
directory does not knowingly list any B&B properties that are
situated in noisy locations (next to a main road), nor B&Bs
in characterless urban locations.
Each B and B is
presented in the directory through a brief description; click on the
link, and you will be taken directly to the owner's individual website,
or to their page on a booking site, providing full and detailed
information about the accommodation, the
number of rooms and
capacity, the location, the amenities, as well as prices. Each website
illustrated with plenty of photos.
Booking your B&B in France
in most cases you will need to contact the owner directly - usually in
sites provide online booking forms and payment by credit card, others
will ask you to contact them by email. A deposit may be required in
order to secure a reservation, but not all owners require this. Owners
who do not take credit cards but require a deposit may accept
payment by UK cheque or by SEPA / IBAN transfer (very easy, can be done
online). Some B&Bs offer online booking, with or without a
card. This is often through a bookings site. Bookings sites accessible
from Gitelink or BandB-in-France.com do not charge commission or agency
fees to visitors; and even if you book through a bookings site, you
will usually pay the b&b owner directly.
Generally speaking, Bed and breakfast or guest
house accommodation is -
quality for quality - a cheaper option than staying in a hotel, and
often a convivial way of meeting people in the place where you plan to
spend a holiday or stop for an overnight break. Many B&Bs are
all intents and purposes small guest houses, that prefer not to
hotels, since registering as a hotel entails a certain number of
administrative formalities and constraints, and extra costs; but like small
because they are small, they are places whose owners take pride in
offering a good quality of service with a personal touch.
tax in France
In many parts of France, B&B's, like any
other type of
accommodation, are obliged to levy a tourist tax or bed tax (in French
séjour) on all overnight stays. Some establishments include
tax in their rates, others may add it to the bill. But it will not make
much of a difference to the price, since tourist tax is generally low,
even symbolic, normally somewhere between 0€50 and
per night, depending on the area. Whether or not to apply a tourist tax
is a matter for local authorities in France, and it is local
authorities that set the rates for their area.