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 What is a gite?

If you are considering a vacation rental home in the Loire Valley in France you will find references to ‘gites’ as an accommodation option. Our understanding of the term gite originally referred to a shelter or lean-to added to an agricultural building to provide additional accommodation for seasonal workers then was offered to holidaymakers as it became available. As more and more people were choosing holidays abroad the potential to earn additional income from an empty barn or outbuilding became very attractive. So a gite traditionally was a rural holiday rental in a renovated country cottage or barn conversion situated in a village or the countryside but the word has been now become synonymous with virtually any holiday accommodation in France or continental Europe. Gites in the Loire Valley will be like most other areas where they offer fully furnished and equipped accommodation for self-catering.

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Our first offer of a Loire Valley gite is the delightful 'Old Walnut Mill' a19th century  two bedroom cottage in the rural village of Barrou in Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire France.

Previous guest comment:

"Dear Pauline & Jim, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality, your invaluable guidance/advice on where to go, what to see, where to eat etc and especially for your invitation to the 'moules frites' night in the village which was an unforgettable experience!!! We have gained a fabulous insight into the beautiful rural France and will take home lots of happy memories."

Village: Barrou - Indre et Loire (37)                  Visit owners website


Our second offer of a Loire Valley gite is Les Balcons a substantial 3 double bedroom house over two floors with a delightful raised balcony in the rural village of Le Grand Pressigny in the department of Indre et Loire, France.

Previous guest comment:

"Les Balcons was a lovely house with everything we needed for our stay and in a good position in the village. It was just a short walk every morning to buy our fresh baguettes for breakfast. We particularly liked the balcony of the house where we could watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine. Jim and Pauline were very friendly hosts and gave us lots of help regarding the local area and the best places to go. There are plenty of beautiful, quiet lanes for cycling and we made the most of these, finding new routes everyday."

Town Le Grand Pressigny - Indre et Loire (37)    Visit owner's website

Our third Loire Valley gite offering is a lovely riverside barn conversion Le Bourg with views over the river Creuse. The house is in the rural village of Barrou, in the department of Indre et Loire, France.

 Previous guest comment:

"In all the years holidaying in France we have never encountered such a well equipped house. 'Le Bourg' has so much character that is appealing. Our grateful thanks to Pauline and Jim who have been wonderful hosts. The advice we have received from them has greatly enhanced our holiday."


Village: Barrou - Indre et Loire (37)  Visit owner's website

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