de France and other organisations
The Gitelink directory list gites and holiday
cottages in France, that may
or may not also be listed with the organisation known as "Gites de France
is a large
French organisation that lists and classifies gites. There is
owners to sign up to Gites de France, and many, particularly foreign
residents, British and Dutch owners, for example, do not do so. Listing
with Gites de France is not a question of quality, but of individual
For owners, listing with Gites de France involves
costs vary from one département to another, but generally there is a
listing fee, plus a commission based on rental costs and/or a
commission on bookings reserved through the Gites de France reservation
system. In 2018, Gites de France commissions on bookings made
through their system were typically in the range of 15% to 20% - and
reportedly higher in some cases.
The Gites de France association was founded
the second world war, and developed essentially to help French farmers
supplement their meagre incomes by providing fairly rudimentary rural
accommodation, at the same time offering people from the towns and
cities an opportunity to cater for themselves in deepest rural France.
Even today, some of the gites offered through the Gites de France
catalogue are still quite basic, and some are quite small -
though this is by no means the norm.
Gites de France rating system:
Gites de France rate all properties with
call "épis", meaning litterally "ears of wheat"; The classification
goes from one épi to five épis, with two and three épis being
common rankings. It is important to note that the Gites de France
rating system was for many years just based on amenities
; originally the quality of amenities was not a ranking factor. Today,
while quality factors have been added to the amenity factors, it
remains possible for gites to get a three épi ranking as long as
they offer the
correct amenities, even if they are not particularly enchanting. Conversely, a gite without a telephone
landline or French television or a dishwasher cannot be classed 3 épis,
and would in theory only be ranked with two épis (or just one épi, if
it had no
TV at all), even if it were otherwise a luxurious "bijou" holiday
cottage, catering for people who do not want to spend their
evenings watching French television..... The four
ranking is harder to obtain, and visitors can be fairly confident that
a four-épi gite will be a comfortable and good quality place to
Today, since the arrival of other online holiday
accommodation booking sites, Gites de France no longer has the biggest
choice of gites available. Sites like AirBnB have many more properties,
but most of these do not correspond to the traditional
designating a rural gite. They may be suburban apartments that could
never get accepted by Gites de France, nor by Gitelink or
other selective directories. Quantity is not a substitute for
A minority of the properties advertised in the
directory are listed with Gites de France; the majority are not.
However, many of the properties advertised on Gitelink offer
most of the qualities required for a four-épi
rating with Gites de France, namely buildings of traditional character,
attractive and good quality interior furnishings, wood stove or
fireplace. Many also correspond to the requirements of a Gites de
France 5 épi
ranking, offering a private garden, swimming pool, games room and /or
Besides Gites de France, there is a
accrediting organisation recognised by the French ministry of tourism,
and that is Clévacances
smaller than Gites de France, Clévacances is also a much more recent
organisation, set up in 1995 by the merger of three smaller
associations, Nidvacances, Meublé confiance, and Cléconfort.
Clévacance's rating system is based on quality as well as amenities,
rather like the Visit
's ranking for B&B accommodation in England.
in France? The French tend not to
use the word
"villa" to describe self-catering holiday rentals, though villa
is occasionally used to describe a modern house with a garden, rather
than a traditional gite - in this case a synonym of the more common pavillion.
Gite or B&B
site: add your property to Gitelink France
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independent gites, country cottages, holiday villas or
accommodation in France.
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for further information.
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Gitelink France directory
B&Bs in the Gitelink France directory
is a totally
directory, offering a selection of traditional gites, villas and
B&B accommodation in France.
Almost all gites can be booked directly
with the owners
each property is presented on its own independent website, there
is no limit to the amount of information and photos that can be
provided, and most websites in the directory are copiously
illustrated. Some of these gites are listed with
others are not.
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does not rate properties. However the directory
lists only properties that meet quality
provide a fully illustrated website, and offer a relaxing and pleasant
holiday environment. Most properties have gardens for the enjoyment of
visitors, and those that do not make up for it in other ways, such as a
historic location, a sunny terrace, a magnificent view, or something
The Gitelink directory of gites in
does not knowingly list holiday cottages or gites that are right beside
main road, or in an otherwise noisy location.
Many of the gites and B&Bs in the Gitelink
can be booked with English speaking owners, and can be paid for in
sterling or euros. Specific pages of this directory also provide
travellers with a selection of chateaux and manors.
For anyone planning holidays in France
gites or self-catering cottages to rent can offer an attractive and
economic alternative to hotels.
chose from a list
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