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Self Catering Abroad: There are so many possibilitiies when it comes to self catering holidays abroad. Get inspiration in our holiday destinations section. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling or simply sightseeing, the world is your oyster for self catering holidays abroad.

Holiday gites describe a particular type of self catering cottage abroad, namely French self catering accommodation.  French holiday gites are typically old stone cottages which have been converted to provide self catering holiday accommodation.  Holiday gites are typically in village or countryside settings and very often appeal to those looking for self catering accommodation with character.

Most holiday gites have a garden, although they can vary in size and some may have very small courtyard gardens or no garden at all.  If booking a property with a garden is important to you then do make sure you read ad details carefully before making a booking.

If you enjoy dining al fresco do remember to check what facilities the holiday gite you are interested in has for outdoor dining.

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British travellers should take note that accommodation in France does tend to be more rustic than that in the UK.  As the saying goes, an Englishman’s home is his castle and many British are keen on decorating and making sure that their homes are as comfortable and pleasant as possible.  Interior design is a consideration for many Brits who take pride in their home’s appearance.  Judging from the accommodation in France, the French by and large do not share the same passion for interior design.  Perhaps because of the difference in climate or perhaps due to the French having different cultural attitudes, in France, when it comes to accommodation you are more likely to find shabby chic.  In particular you should be aware that kitchens in French properties can be far more rustic than the typical fitted kitchen that you usually find in the UK.  All this though can be part of getting a taste for French life during your holiday.

On the flip side, the French do have some amazing cuisine and you should enjoy culinary shopping in France.  There is a great selection of cheeses and fresh produce in France which can be a joy to cook with, and divine to eat.  The French are also known for their bread, croissants and patisseries, which can also be enjoyed whilst on holiday in France.

And let’s not forget French wines or les vins.  France is world famous for producing excellent wines and holidaying in France can be a great opportunity to try these out.  You may even want to visit a vineyard or two for some wine tasting which can be great fun.

When it comes to holidaying in France there is lots of choice.  Brittany and the Loire Valley are both popular choices for family self catering holidays.  The South of France can also be an attractive option.  Some like to enjoy a French beach holiday on the French coast for paddling in the sea and building sandcastles.  Others prefer to explore the French countryside and visit vineyards and pretty French villages.  Whatever type of French self catering holiday you opt for we hope you find the best holiday gite for you and that you have a great holiday.

Holiday gites in France

France is an amazing country to visit with a good number of beautiful areas. Gite holidays are a French speciality.

Pretty french village for gite holidays

French chateau

The Loire valley is a particularly appealing part of France with chateaux galore.

Another pretty French village
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