Rental Income and Caretaking A popular way to make extra income is to provide holiday accommodation in the way of gîtes or chambre d’hôtes, which can run from one or two rooms in a house to full-on tourist businesses. Firstly,…
Running a Gîte in France
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to running a gîte business is France.
Gîtes in France have come a long way from their humble beginnings as rustic shelters. They range from charming converted farm outbuildings to upscale country cottages and luxury holiday homes.
While they can provide owners with a welcome income and the opportunity to meet lovely guests, the initial property purchase raises some additional questions. Is it better to buy an ongoing concern, or should you start from zero with your own renovation project? Will the income be worth the hard work involved? How long is the season? What are the costs concerning tax, insurance, safety, maintenance, and required equipment?
In these pages we aim to bring you expert tips and advice on the main aspects to consider when you are planning to run gîtes in France.
Advice on Running a Gîte
Essential advice on running a gîte business in France and whether it's the right thing for you.
Gîte Business - Finances
Before letting your property, learn about the costs involved and what you are likely to make in return.
Gîte Business Real Life Stories
Read real life stories from those who run their own holiday lettings in France, including all the ups and the downs.
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If you are renovating or converting an existing building, are you under obligation to conform to laws regarding accessibility? Or is it enough to apply common sense?
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The gîte market in France is ultra-competitive – but this doesn’t mean it is impossible to earn an income. However, to make it work you have to be committed and focused…
Every home in France must be equipped with an independent smoke alarm (DAAF Détecteur avertisseur autonome de fumée) by March 8, 2015 at the latest. The DAAF has to comply with the norm NF EN14604 or CE EN14604 and can…
Health and Safety for your property in France needs to be based on a common-sense evaluation.It is about managing the level of risk involved.
There is nothing worse than discovering your holiday cottage is grubby. Make sure your gîte is spotless and welcoming and your guests will keep coming back and recommend you to their friends.
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Author Susie Kelly writes about the five years running a gîte in France. Out of 300 delightful guests, there was bound to be the one exception …
Most gite complexes are sold ‘turn key’ i.e. fully furnished and ready to go. The gite business here in France has been under pressure for revenue and bookings for a few years now – you need a unique selling point to stand out from the crowd.