page provides general information on booking a gite or a holiday
cottage in France directly from owners.
is a directory of selected gites most of which can be hired directly
from the owners: in most cases, you can contact the owners directly in
English. Gitelink specialises in attractive holiday cottages in rural
with character in villages or the countryside. It includes a
range of accommodation varying from simple country cottages
through to châteaux and manor houses. In all cases, the
emphasis is on
quality, good value and an attractive environment.
gites in France
direct booking process
holiday cottage directly
with the owner
is generally one of the safest and
ways of ensuring a successful holiday - especially when you have had
the opportunity to thoroughly check out the property you have chosen,
as is the case with the Gitelink guide.
Private owners renting out
their property directly often live in the same village, or close by,
and have their own
personal reputations to defend if there should be a problem. Many, if
not most, take pride in ensuring that their visitors get a great
welcome, for if not, it is they, they owners, who are in the direct
firing line. They have no anonymous travel agency or tour operator to
Remember, bad news travels much faster than good
news, and holiday cottage owners have every interest in ensuring that
no-one starts spreading bad news about their rental property.
Many of the
properties in the Gitelink directory are run by British or
; flags in the directory indicate the languages
in which they have put up their website.
A few properties in the directory will ask you to book through the
"Gites de France" organisation; some use the services of an online
booking portal such as the Netherlands-based Booking.com, or the
gooking site Airbnb. This is normally a reliable process.
There is a standard tradition in the world of holiday cottage rentals
in France. A deposit
usually between 20% and 40% of the rental cost, is required to secure
the booking, and the balance
is due either a month or so before arrival or sometimes on arrival.
There is also a standard damage
requirement, called in French "la caution
- though there is no fixed rate. Between 200 and 500 Euros is normal.
Usually the visitor must deposit this in the form of a cheque which
will not be paid in unless required. In some cases a deposit in cash
may be easier. Bookings made through one of the big rentals portals may
have different arrangements.
Some gite owners accept online
and those who do, especially if they use Paypal, often ask the customer
to pay the transaction charges if there are any. The owners of many of
the gites in the
directory will accept cheques
on a UK bank or in Euros on a French bank.
When payment is required in Euros
this is no big problem even if - as is probable - you do not have a
French chequebook in Euros. European banks have now all adopted the IBAN
(Single European Payment Area) system, and every bank account in France
now has its IBAN number.
Holiday cottage owners who do not accept payment in Sterling should be
able to provide an IBAN number; it is then a simple matter to instruct
your bank to make payment of the required sum to the IBAN account
indicated. You may even be able to do this yourself online, if you have
Internet banking. Bank
on IBAN / SEPA transfers are low, and even - for transfers between
countries in the Euro zone, which includes the Republic of Ireland -
cottages in the Gitelink directory
are not accepted into the Gitelink Directory unless they provide
sufficient information and photos on their website for us, and you the
potential visitor, to get a good picture of the property concerned. We
specialise in traditional rural gites, which are like homes from home
in French villages or the French countryside. We do not
the Gitelink directory accommodation that is too
cramped, lacks an outdoor space, is inadequately furnished, or
otherwise liable to prove less attractive than was imagined.
In sixteen years of operation, Gitelink has received just one single -
and unjustified - complaint regarding a property listed in the
What is a "gite" ? Click here for details on distinguishing between gites, villas,
cottages and other rentals
When making enquiries with
any of the properties listed in the directory, please remember to say
that you found them on
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