Running a Gîte in France

 Gîte business in FranceWelcome 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. 

More Info on Gîte Businesses

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French gîte La Rochelle

Renovating and running a gîte in France

Sue & Simon Paine, who have stylishly renovated properties near La Rochelle, answer our questions about doing up a French home and also offer some sound advice to buyers. They provide essential advice for anyone considering renovating and running a

Make sure your gîte is clean!

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.

Running gites; Is it for you?

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.

We share our home with paying guests

Luleen and Frederic Wanklyn have been living in the Tarn near a village called Lombers (between Albi and Castres) since 2005. They run a chambres d’hôtes for Wolsey Lodges. Luleen talks about the home she shares with paying guests.

Providing furnished property rental

Furnished property rentals bring many benefits but have you also thought about your obligations and the tax implications? Below you will find a brief summary of the main points you need to consider when running furnished property rentals in France.

Stress of living the dream

Having lived here for three years, I’d forgotten what a shock it can be coming to live in France. But I’m witnessing at close hand a friend who has just made the move and how hard it is for them to adjust.