Gîtes de France holidays
Gîtes de France holidays has developed over 60 years to become the leading European holiday rental network, and celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2015.
Personal, friendly and welcoming is the true speciality of the Gîtes de France network, a far cry from most other faceless travel agencies who only deal with the basic problems of a rental organisation.
The Gites de France network encompasses over 40,000 rural gîtes, with over 2500 new properties added per year, every one of these represents an average investment by the owner of over 58,000 Euros for each holiday property.
The average Gite rental is for 16 weeks per year with over 40% occupation rate. This is calculated on the number of weeks the gîte is available versus number of weeks occupied. Average Gite rental price per week is over 400 euros in summer high season to an average 260 euros in the off peak season. The average cost for renting a Gite for a weekend is 160 euros.
The Chambres d’Hotes brand has over 10.000 bed and breakfast properties. Each year an additional 500 new properties or 1500 bedrooms are added, for an average investment of over 40,000 Euros. Again the average rental is 16 weeks per year, 36 nights stay. The average price of 50 Euros per night for 2 persons with breakfast, and approximately 20 Euros for a meal in the restaurant.
The 4 main goals of the Gîtes de France organisation are:
- Developing Tourism in rural areas throughout France and other areas of Europe
- Providing assistance for the owners who want to create holiday accommodation
- Active promotion of holidays to the public by publication, website, trade fairs etc.
- Owner’s support network including association member’s activities and events.
In addition to this rural Gites add to the local rural economy and contribute to the conservation of local heritage and environment. They encourage local development and help retain rural populations by adding additional services for both tourists and locals.