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What is a Gîte

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"Gîte" is the French word for a holiday cottage. You can normally expect a gîte to be in a rural setting and to be self catering.

In France gîtes provide all the equipment you will need for your holiday. However, some gîte owners will charge a fee to provide you with bed linen and towels. You may also be asked to pay for the electricity and possibly the water that you use. At Gite de Piquetalen we have taken the view that guests want a hassle free holiday and everything is included (linen, towels, electricity etc).

The general rule in France is that a gîte should be left clean and in a similar state to how you found it on arrival. It is not expected that you wash the sheets and towels. If you don't want to have to clean at the end of your holiday you can usually ask the gîte owner to provide a cleaning service. At Gite de Piquetalen we offer a cleaning service for 70€.

Gîtes in France compare very favourably to hotels. In general, if you are 2 or more adults, the per night cost of a gîte is lower than that of a hotel. You get much more space, similar if not more than a hotel suite, often with access to a garden and usually in a much quieter location. You get the choice as to whether to eat in restaurants or to prepare your own food. If you are travelling with children you will usually find it more economical and your children can be safe in a bedroom next to yours within the same house rather than a bedroom accessibile via the hotel corridoor. Your children can also make as much noise as they want without disturbing other people.

There are many ways to find good quality gîtes. Gite de Piquetalen is registered with Clévacances which inspects the gîte every 5 years and in effect provides you with a good guarantee of quality. Gîte de France is better known and provides a similar service. Websites such as VRBO and TripAdvisor also provide a good way to find a gîte and you can clearly see, from reviews, how previous guests have rated the accommodation. It is almost always cheaper to book your gîte directly with the owner but if you want more security in regard to the payment system, commercial websites can provide this. With Gite de Piquetalen, you can book directly or through several partner websites.

French people tend to start booking their summer holidays at the end of December and the beginning of January. You can always find accommodation much later in the year but obviously there is a bit less choice the longer you leave it.

If you want any more advice on gîte accommodation, you are always welcome to contact us, whether or not you are interested in booking our gîte. You will also find lots of information on our website with advice as to what to do in the area and where to eat as well of course, information on our gţte




Gite de Piquetalen, Piquetalen, 645 route de Labastide, 81500 Ambres, Tarn. Tel: 05 63 83 01 09
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