GITES for SALE in FRANCE - what to look out for when buying a gite in France

Gites for sale in SW France



Gite or B&B?


Running a couple of gites (holiday lets) or running a Bed & Breakfast are quite different operations. It is wise to be clear from the outset which direction you want to take.


Buying a gîte in France


Potential buyers should ask themselves a lot more questions than if they were just buying a holiday home in France.




* Do I want to make a living out of gîte rental?

* Is my move to France dependent on rental income from a gîte?

* Will I be keeping my job in my home country and commuting?

* Is my idea rather to have a holiday home that I can rent out in the off-season to cover costs?

* Do I have an area, a region or even a village in mind?

* Am I looking for finished gîtes or big rambling places with lots of potential for gîte development?

* Am I a handywoman or will I have to buy in repair & maintenance services?

* Is my French up to living in France and running a business?

* Would I not be better off in Spain, Portugal or Bulgaria?


Running a gite entails a lot of preparatory work pre-season, intensive weekend work throughout the season and then a period of general fixing and repairing after the season.


Whatever the answers to these and countless other questions you may have mulled over, we at GITES FOR SALE FRANCE are ready to share your thoughts and help you to narrow down your search requirements.


Once you have spoken to one of our team then we accompany your purchase at every step with advice, translations, interpreting ... right up to closing at the notaire's office. And even beyond.. helping with finding the right artisans for refurbishment, asking the EDF to link you up, finding a broadband supplier...


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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

Please note:

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.

Legal details:

SARL GITES A LA FRANCAISE RCS Toulouse n°: 531 694 925


RESPONSABILITE CIVILE: Assurance : Allianz 41404407

GITES 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
Gîtes à la Française S.A.R.L. 2015