"VERY BIG GITES"
for sale in FRANCE
Despite the rather uninspiring label, the concept of "VERY BIG GITES" is big business in the south of France.
Most gites or holiday homes in France are modest 2 to 4 bedroom affairs, designed to accommodate up to 10 guests. There will usually be a pool in the grounds, shared by guests from a number of other gites.
"Very Big Gites" are, as their name indicates, a step up from the classic 2-bedroom gite, offering sleeping accommodation for up to 30 guests. Most will have upwards of 8 bedrooms and exclusive use of a pool. Their customers are family gatherings, corporate get-togethers, wedding guests or tour operators.
Because "very big gites" have exclusive use of the facilities (pool, spa, meeting rooms) they command much higher prices per head. Average rental prices for these properties in our region (Occitanie/Aquitaine) go from €3500 to €8500 per week depending on the quality of the equipment and furnishings.
a "very big gite" near Carcassonne
There is usually independent accommodation for the owners - away from the main building - where the owners (or managers) can camp for the duration of the high season while their VBG brings in the readies. This sort of business is therefore very attractive as an investment which can be run by a competent manager.
GITES à la française always has a few "very big gites" on its books. Here are a few of our more interesting ones:
Carcassonne: extremely well-appointed manor house with annex, heated pool, hot-tub, bar/disco space (!)
Old Quercy farmhouse transformed into a superb gite: space for meetings + heated pool and spa.
This little 16th century château in the foothills of the Pyrenees has been renovated from head to toe. + 3-bed cottage
3 gites on the estate with gite 1 offering 8 bedrooms and sleeping 18 guests. The whole estate sleeps 30.
What is a 'gîte'?
The word 'gîte' refers to a furnished, self-catering holiday house that is let to tourists over short periods. It can be a cottage, villa, chalet or apartment.
Originally known as 'gîte rural' the concept has spread from this rather narrow definition to encompass more or less any furnished, short-let property in the countryside, at the seaside or even in big towns.
Still relatively ignored by French law, a gîte can be set up anywhere in France as long as two important declarations are made: firstly to the Mairie of the commune where the gîte is situated and secondly to the Recette Fiscale of the owner. In other words, as long as the authorities know what you're doing and as long as you're paying taxes on your earnings ... everyone is happy.
What is a 'chambre d'hôte'?
This is a bed & breakfast establishment. Technically it involves home-owners welcoming tourists into their own home, putting a bedroom at their disposal and giving them breakfast in the morning. The maximum number of bedrooms permitted is five, after which the establishment is reclassified as a hotel.
However, there is a fine line between 'chambre d'hôte' and 'gite d'étape' which could be described as a hostel. Even then, it is customary for hostels of this type (usually in mountainous regions or on national footpaths - GR) to stick to the 5 bedroom rule although one of those rooms might be a dormitory sleeping a dozen people.
Where we work
GITES FOR SALE FRANCE operates throughout South-West France: in Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon
GITES FOR SALE FRANCE is an ESTATE AGENT (agence immobilière), registered under French law and subject to the laws and regulations of the EU and France. It has been vetted by the French Ministry of Justice and holds all the necessary insurance.
It should not be confused with 'finders' or 'house-hunting' services which have no legal standing, no financial guarantee and no estate agent's licence.
SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925
CARTE IMMOBILIERE HTE GARONNE N° 2197
RESPONSABILITE CIVILE: Assurance : Allianz 41404407GITES A LA FRANCAISE ne manie pas de fonds. A ce titre, et en conformité de l’article 38 de la loi (n°2010-853) du 23 juillet 2010, elle est disposée de garantie financière
GITES FOR SALE FRANCE (Gîtes à la Française S.A.R.L.) 17 rue des Roseaux, 31400 Toulouse
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