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Monday, January 10, 2011

Gite Accommodation In France - What to Expect

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By Andy Boisard
Normandy, with its abundance of history, castles and beautiful coastline is a favored destination for tourists visiting France. Most visitors choose cottages as accommodation for their visit. The French refer to this sort of accommodation as gites; which translated means shelter. Gites offer self catering rental accommodation normally for weekly rental.
Gites have all the facilities you would expect for a self catering holiday and normally provide a fridge, cooker, microwave, cutlery and crockery. In some rental properties, a dishwasher and washing machine may be provided. French gites owners do not always provide sheets and towels so it is worth checking this before booking. French tourists are used to this but English and American tourists may be shocked to discover this on arrival at the accommodation.
There are a lot of French gite owners who speak English, as well as may that are owned and run by English owners. For those who do not speak French, this will come as a relief when booking your holiday.
The high season in France is normally between June and September; during this period, gites are normally weekly rental only. The start of the rental period will vary but the majority will be Saturday to Saturday. Depending on the size and location of the property, a two bedroom gite would cost between 400-600 euros per week. For beach locations, this price can be considerable more.
There is an abundance of gites for rent in Normandy so do your research before booking. As mentioned, do ensure that the towels and sheets are provided; unless of course you prefer to take your own!
Ivy House offers superb Normandy holiday cottages; just 500 meters from the world famous D-Day Utah Beach. A perfect location for a D-day beaches holiday.

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