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Owners: Updating your Availability Calendar

Dear owners, Keeping your availability calendar up to date helps with generating enquiries and makes it much easier to respond quickly to guests looking to make a booking.  To update your availability calendar, just follow these steps: Click Member Login at the top of the page at www.gites.co.uk Click Listings -> Manage Listings Click the pencil icon on the right hand side next to your property Click the Availability tab along the top. From here you can enter arrival and departure dates to mark the property as booked. If you need to remove a booking, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the bin icon next to the booking. The Gites.co.uk Team. Read more

Holidays In France 2020

Classic French Gite Holidays A holiday in rural France is the epitome of the perfect summer. The diverse scenery of the different regions, wonderful weather, the food and wine… a French holiday is one of life’s pleasures. Such is the beauty of France that not only are French holidays in 2020 a highlight to look forward to, but choosing where to go is part of the fun. Getting to France As one of the UK’s closest neighbours, travelling to France is straightforward with plenty of options. Choose from regular flights out of many UK airports, or take the Eurostar train and easily arrange car hire at the other end. If self-drive is preferred, take the Eurotunnel ... Read more

Living the 'La Grue' Dream by the Paylor Family

Have you ever considered selling up, packing your car to the rafters and moving your family to France? Well, we did! Me, my husband, our two children and my Mum bought a stunning 3 gite complex in South-West France one year ago. Our life-changing adventure to our hamlet of La Grue, which is approximately 4km from the market town of Aigre in the sunny Charente (Department 16) began. We dreamed of long summer days by the pool, time with and for our children, time for each other and a slower pace of life; a new challenge… …Our first year has actually been a mile-a-minute! With just four short winter months in which to make sure our gites were ready for our first booking... Read more

Taking Your Dog on Holiday to France

Although a good number of British holidaymakers think that they will need to book their beloved pet into a boarding kennel while they enjoy the delights of a French gite getaway, this is simply not the case. Of course, in the past government regulations meant that it was nigh on impossible to take your dog to France or to return with it. This is because the respective authorities in both countries were worried about the potential risk of diseases being transported back and forth. As such concerns have receded, so the regulations have been relaxed and a holiday in France with a dog is now certainly easier than it ever has been before. Nevertheless, there are a number of factors y... Read more

Self catering in France

Your French self catering holiday View our self catering  Gites and Villas in France . When you choose self-catering accommodation as your base to enjoy the attraction and beauty of France, you can be sure of a holiday with a difference. Your holiday home rental in France could be one of the beautifully set properties we list on these pages, all with comfortable interiors and ready to welcome guests. Many of these carefully chosen gites or cottages offer views over French countryside, where you can relax and enjoy the invigorating scents of honeysuckle plants, lavender bushes and pine woods on the gentle, warm breeze. The first step is to choose which part of France you wi... Read more

Long-Term Rentals in France

Few things can beat the holiday experience of a rustic French country cottage or villa all to oneself. Settling into a place that is new and yet feels like home immediately; waking up to azure skies or gentle waves breaking on white-sand shores; or diving into the rustic French life with its history, fresh produce, and incomparable wine - all these tantalising opportunities await you when you book long term rentals in France through Gites.co.uk. You build the picture of your perfect extended holiday, and we will pair you up with the right fit for a satisfying French long term rent experience that will stay with you and keep you coming back for more. Long Rental France Is the B... Read more

Ten gites for all the family to stay in

A holiday in a traditional French gite offers a delightful, stress-free child-friendly escape. At Gites.co.uk, we list hundreds of family gites that will keep both children and parents happy. With gites.co.uk, you book directly with the owner: with no commission or booking fees to worry about, our website makes it easy to find perfect gites for families. If you are searching for holiday inspiration, read on to discover ten of the best gites for families in our collection. 1.'Les Chardonnerets' - Extra Large Villa Ideal for Big Groups Gather the extended family for a holiday to remember at Les Chardonnets in Pay de la Loire. 12 bedrooms offer plenty of space for up to 24 a... Read more

Romantic gites in France just for two

Hand-picked selection of romantic gites in France just for two people France is one of the most popular destinations for a romantic holiday, especially Paris. However, it's worth venturing beyond the allure of the capital. Sun-kissed vineyards, historic chateaux, quaint villages - the unspoiled countryside of Poitou-Charente is the perfect location for a more peaceful and less cliched romantic getaway. Bucolic bliss in our rural gites If you are searching for a couple's break in France then why not browse our selection of bijou gites for two people? Well-equipped, private and charming, they're the ideal destination to whisk away a loved one for a romantic escape from the hus... Read more

French Country Cottages

French Country Cottages with Gites Are you looking to book a break in the glorious French countryside for yourself, your family, or you and your partner? Are you fed up with trawling through sites that offer only cheap, garden-variety package holidays in big cities? Gites.co.uk can help.   Click here for French cottages on Gites.co.uk . What is Gites.co.uk?   Gites.co.uk gives you access to a wide, searchable selection of rentable French properties, from distant farmhouses to seaview villas. We organise direct contact between holidaymakers and private owners looking to rent. We cut out the middleman and allow for the creation of bespoke packages. We specialise in ... Read more

Guest Article: Mind My Maison, Property Management - The Gite Owners Choice..

Looking after your Gite, whether you manage it remotely or not, can be time consuming, especially throughout the busy summer season. Welcoming guests; conducting changeovers; managing the laundry, whilst also maintaining the gardens and possibly a pool as well, can all get a bit hectic at times! Mind My Maison is a property management company whose aim is to help you manage all the different aspects associated with letting your Gite throughout the year - whether you need help with the gardening on a regular basis, or maybe just a key holding service to help with the meeting & greeting of your clients, they can do it. Mind My Maison cover the three departments of Haute-Vie... Read more

Holiday Gites and Villas in France - Book Direct

Our guide to choosing a gite in France.
Gite with private pool