What happened to French gites?

As long as the ventilation is ok and you have sorted out rising water then they can be lovely if built correctly… our neighbours opposite (who are a bit special) still have earth and it is absolutely not lovely and their house is damp and stinks of damp.

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Don’t hold back!

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I Do se allot of gites that is not renting out the hole summer too and owners that don’t go down in price

Our gite is a home away from home.
A mixture of antique family furniture and modern beds and equipment.
We have a heated pool and fabulous views as well. We also give seasonal produce from our garden to our guests and a welcome pack. there are no extras, the price is the price.
We already have nine weeks booked, but how many more we will have or if they turn up is, at the moment, in the lap of the gods.
It is not difficult to achieve this, but many people put their worn out stuff into their gites.
We stayed at a French farm gite when we were house hunting and you could read through the towels!

Are people’s demands bigger today? Different types of people too maybe that’s what friends are saying less the culture nature types more the same people that are going too Spain every year

Isn’t it simply economics - offer a better quality gite so you can charge more whilst still obtaining a good level of occupancy.

I think that’s what I was trying to say…people used to rent out auntie’s old house for not very much money (which they may not have paid tax on) and had no interest in spending any of this meagre sum on anything other than essential maintenance.

These days that equation just doesn’t work…taxe foncière, utilities, etc add up to needing to charge higher rents. And you can’t charge higher rents on a poor quality property. So you get out of the business completely or you bring it up to a higher standard and charge more. And you still won’t make much money!

We rent our gîte to culture nature types, and they still want clean sheets (washed in eco-products), hot water (heated with renewable energy) and a comfortable place to stay.

100% yes.

Many renters expect a similar level of accommodation and comforts that they’re used to at home plus a pool etc, that of course comes at a cost. The biggest house we manage charges close to £3k a week in the peak summer period.

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If I were ever to rent my house out that is about what I would charge. (It’s what I have been offered, only it is my home, so… no)

What I see around here is people renting a place for a week and newer go anywhere maybe then you expect the house to have everything all the stuff pool etc

People with young children often just want a place where they don’t have to go anywhere special to entertain them.

do people recoup the investment I mean too get a property too that high start is not cheap heated pools and everything up to the high standards

If you mean profits then that depends on occupancy and is never guaranteed. It is certainly possible to earn a living if you have a couple of gites or a complex but it’s bloody hard work.

We make a better return on our gite than if we had put the money in the bank, up to 6% depending on the year. But if we factor in the work we put in then we’re getting much, much less than the SMIC!

I don’t know how typical the places on Bienvenue Chez Nous are, but some of them seem more like boutique hotels than B&Bs.

Our website says relax in Burgundy, which makes it fairly clear that this is not a hot spot.
Having said that, we now have a Cabaret in Trivy, which is seven k away from us.
Two restaurants , a cabaret and no other useful shops at all!

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I like “Relax in Burgundy.” How many bottles does it take to fill the pool?

It’s the puzzle of the day as on the Today Programme.
It is 9m x 4.5m at a depth of 1.5m.

That’s 27 thousand bottles!

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