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Arkwright's

Dreaming of a holiday in France to beat the post-Christmas blues? Check out this lovely piece by one of our owners, Chris Callaghan, to evoke images of rural France. Chris has a Gite in Limousin that you can view here . More of Chris' published work can be viewed at  www.chriscalder.com . Tucked away down a side alley in a sleepy rural town quite near where I live in France, there is a small hardware emporium of the old-fashioned kind. Stock is displayed apparently randomly from floor to ceiling, with garden implements, tools, pots and pans and all manner of domestic paraphernalia jostling for space on the ancient wooden shelves. If you are British and of a certain ag... Read more

Dog Friendly Gites

One of the pleasures of visiting a gite or villa in France is the flexibility it offers. Rather than face the hassles of flying, you can pack as much as you like in the car and sail across to France.  And this means that, if you have a pet passport , your family dog doesn't need to miss out on the action! Here at Gites.co.uk we have loads of dog friendly gites and villas across France. Our owners are also pet owners so many of them are happy for you to bring along your pet dog. As always there may be some requests like not allowing pets on furniture, but with a little consideration there's no reason why you and your pets shouldn't all have a fabulous holiday in France. ... Read more

Villas and Gites With Private Pools

Looking for a villa or gite with a private pool? Well, we've got plenty to choose from, and some of them even have heated pools! Some holiday makers are just looking for the peace and tranquility of a rural gite, away from all the pressures of modern life. For many, however, a swimming pool is an essential! Many of our villas and gites have lovely pools - some of them are shared with several properties. But if you are looking for entirely your own space, why not book one of our gites with a private pool? For those on a bit more of a budget, there's no need to miss out on a pool. Take a look at our gites with a shared pool! A private pool is for your own exclusive use whilst ... Read more

Elephant Haven, Bussiere Galant, Limousin

In the heart of the beautiful Limousin countryside a rather unusual series of events has begun to unfold. The Limousin region of France is renowned for many things, prime amongst which are its deep connection with the porcelain industry, stunning natural lakes, Limousin beef, beautiful countryside and villages.       In the near future however, it is destined to become famous for something quite different, its elephants!    Yes, it does say elephants! In an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Perigord National Park approximately 70 acres of land have been purchased in order to provide the first Elephant Sanctuary in Europe.     The sanctuary will b... Read more

Timeless Elegance - Jardin des Tuileries

The Tuileries Gardens (Jardin des Tuileries) is ideally located in the centre of Paris between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre and as such has long been one of the most popular of Paris's many public parks and gardens. A perfectly situated island of tranquillity for both native Parisians and tourists alike, it is certainly worth a gentle afternoon's stroll for anyone staying in gites in Ile de France. History In the fifteen hundreds the area where the park is now was a quarry from which the clay for roofing tiles was mined – which is where the park and the palace that once stood on the site got their name. Following the death of her husband, King Henri II in 1559, C... Read more

Days out in historical Amiens

Situated in the Picardy region between Lille and Paris, Amiens is a picturesque historical city in the North of France. There is no shortage of things to do in the city with its three cinemas, four theatres, three museums and numerous concert venues. It also has its fair share of charming French pubs and hosts the largest Christmas market in the North of France. If you are spending your holiday in gites in Picardy, it is worth spending some time in this beautiful city. Top of your list of things to visit would have to be the Gothic Notre-Dame d'Amiens Cathedral. This is a Roman Catholic cathedral overlooking the river Somme. Built between 1220 and 1270, it is the tallest cathe... Read more

Midi-Pyrénées: Food and drink in France's largest region

Bordered through the Pyrenean mountains, with Spain to the south and enjoying close access through neighboring Languedoc-Roussillon and Aquitaine, to both the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, families and couples who opt for a stay in one of the region's many gites will certainly find plenty to see, do and experience in Midi-Pyrénées. But the one thing the region is particularly known for is its wide variety of mouthwatering dishes and fine aromatic wines. Wherever you choose to eat out while on a gites holiday - at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in the region, in a rustic, town-square café or even a homely farmhouse inn - as ... Read more

Gites in Dordogne – A Beginner's Guide to the Region

Nestled in the south-west of France, Dordogne is a region blessed with richness and variety, enjoying a colourful history and breathtaking natural beauty. Prehistoric cave paintings fight for the attention of those staying in gites in the area with breathtaking gardens from the seventeen hundreds. Worth mentioning also is the draw of the outdoors: meandering waterways, quaint copses and well preserved natural parks are in abundance. The chances to enjoy delicious wine and food endless. The opportunity to enjoy a gite holiday in Dordogne should not be missed. The Dordogne Flavour The region is a favoured holiday choice for both wine connoisseurs and history buffs. Dordogne's a... Read more

A Nature Holiday in Auvergne

For repeat visitors to the Auvergne region, the spectacular landscape and biodiversity are two of the main attractions. The region is blessed with beautiful scenery, large areas of untouched landscape and all manner of rare flora and fauna. Conservation and sustainable development are key in Auvergne and you will find the countryside well-preserved and highly respected by locals and visitors alike. Auvergne is home to many areas of outstanding natural beauty and, no matter what your interests, you will find plenty to take your breath away. Whether you are a keen cyclist, a horse-rider, an ardent nature-lover or you just enjoy casual walks through unspoilt countryside, you'll f... Read more

Auvergne - Holiday attractions in France

Auvergne, one of France's 27 administrative regions, is comprised of four departments: Puy-de-Dôme, Haute Loire, Cantal and Allier. Surprisingly there are numerous dormant and extinct volcanoes in the area with the last eruption occurring some 6,000 years ago. Many have now been subject to the effects of erosion, forming distinctive round-topped hills referred to locally as 'puys'. Today, this mostly rural region offers many laid-back, relaxing activities for couples and families staying in holiday villas in France. Puy-de-Dôme Puy-de-Dôme takes its name from a local extinct volcano, which is itself one of the most popular tourist sites in Auvergne, attracting more tha... Read more

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Dog Friendly Gites
Our guide to choosing a gite in France.