Forget chain hotels and get in touch with the real France by choosing Gîtes de France and their extensive network of beautiful and quality accommodations set in authentic French country homes
Gîtes de France offers an enchanting way to experience the nation’s rich heritage and natural beauty. As a renowned network of independent accommodations, Gîtes de France provides visitors with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the authentic French lifestyle. With a wide array of charming cottages, bed and breakfasts, and rural retreats, Gîtes de France embodies the essence of hospitality. Whether you seek a peaceful retreat, an adventure in nature, or a cultural exploration, a stay in a Gîtes de France property will provide a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.
Over 60 years of experience
Gîtes de France was established in the 1950s as a response to the decline of rural France following World War II. Its founder, Emile Aubert, envisioned a way to revive the struggling rural economy by promoting tourism in lesser-known regions. By converting existing farmhouses, cottages, and manor houses into comfortable lodgings, he sought to offer visitors an authentic glimpse into the French countryside. City folk could experience living in the countryside, while villages saw the houses and buildings restored. Today, Gîtes de France has evolved into a nationwide network comprising over 56,000 properties, encompassing a diverse range of accommodations that cater to all types of travellers.
One of the key aspects that sets Gîtes de France apart is its rigorous quality assurance process. Each property in the network undergoes a thorough evaluation to ensure it meets the organization’s high standards. The classification system, ranging from one to five “épis” (ears of wheat), denotes the level of comfort and amenities available at each accommodation.
Living like a local
Gîtes de France advocates “a tourism of authenticity, friendliness, nature, calm, discovery and space”, ensuring a more sustainable approach to travelling, providing local jobs and developing the drawing power of each destination.
Staying at a Gîtes de France accommodation offers travellers an experience that often eludes those confined to mainstream hotels. The network’s properties are located in picturesque settings, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, tranquil villages, and charming towns. From cozy cottages with crackling fireplaces to stately manor houses with sprawling gardens, each Gîte emanates a sense of warmth and character.
Many hosts are proud custodians of their regions, eager to share their knowledge and love for the area. They offer insider tips on nearby attractions, traditional festivals, and local gastronomy, immersing guests in the cultural tapestry of rural France and an engaging stay within the local community.
Flexibility and variery
Gîtes de France caters to diverse preferences, offering a wide range of accommodations suitable for solo travellers, families, and large groups alike. From romantic cottages for couples to spacious farmhouses for family reunions, the network provides an array of options. Guests can choose between self-catering gîtes or opt for a bed and breakfast experience but there are also ‘city break’ options listing urban properties or, on the flip-side, rural campsites for an outdoorsy stay.
Additionally, Gîtes de France embraces sustainable tourism practices, with many properties incorporating eco-friendly initiatives. From energy-efficient appliances to locally sourced produce, these accommodations prioritize minimizing their environmental footprint while ensuring guests enjoy a comfortable stay.
In fact, you can filter your search by selecting their ‘themed stays’. Take your pick among ‘écogîtes’, Panda WWF accommodations (located within protect natural areas), work from home locations, ‘Bienvenu à la ferme’ for an unforgettable stay on a working farm, places that are ideal for gardening, fishing, wellness, skiing, cycling, horse riding, hiking, golfing…the choice is endless and ensures visitors the perfect holiday in France.
Lead photo credit : Stay in French country cottages with Gîtes de France © Gîtes de France
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