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Staying in a French gite vs a hotel, hostel or villa

We may be biased but we think a gite in France is far better than staying in a hotel, hostel or villa. It offers more freedom to explore, higher standards of accommodation and the guidance of friendly gite owners. They aren’t the only positives though. According to some of our fellow gite owners, there are other benefits offered by gites that you won’t get anywhere else. Gites vs....

Furnishing and equipping your gite for guests

Now the world is slowly recovering and France is slowly opening up travel for more countries, gites across France are ramping up for a resurgence in business. People have been cooped up in their homes for too long and there is an almost insatiable appetite for holidays. As France was already popular before the pandemic, it’s going to be even more popular after! If you’re a new gite owner or are...

Deadline for residency in France extended until September

The deadline for Brits to apply for residency in France after Brexit has been extended until 30th September 2021. You now have a little extra time to apply for a carte de séjour so you can enjoy your gite. With the events of the past 18 months or so, having to apply for a Withdrawal Agreement Residency Permit (WARP) was an extra burden on an already turbulent time. Fortunately, the deadline has...

5 reasons why France is so attractive to Brits

Despite the current situation, we are seeing a definite uptick in gite bookings and enquiries from people wanting to buy or sell a gite. It looks like things are picking up even though travel to France is still problematic. But why is France so attractive to Brits? Why do we choose France over other countries? The same but different One of the reasons is France is the same but also different....

Preparing your gite for guests in times of pandemic

With travel restrictions coming and going and states of pandemic hard to predict, knowing what to do if you own a gite is a tough proposition. How about preparing your gite? Are there rules for what to do and how to prepare a gite during the pandemic? The short answer is no, there are no national rules on cleaning or preparing French gites for occupancy. The industry body, the UNPLV has provided...

The pros and cons of virtual viewings for French gites

With the various travel restrictions stopping us visiting France to view properties, many Brits have been depending on virtual viewings to give them an idea of gites. Some have even made buying decisions based only on these virtual viewings. While we would never recommend buying without visiting, virtual viewings do have a place in buying French gites. With that in mind, let’s outline a few pros...

Do you have to pay import duty when moving items between home and your French gite?

Now the prospect of travel is beginning to open up and the potential to start a new life in France is set to become a reality, how will it all work? Specifically, are there taxes to pay when moving furniture or items to France? Whether it’s to a second home, gite or you’re moving permanently, there is a lot of confusion around whether you have to pay import duty on the items you move. Import...

Setting up your new life in France

If you have just bought your French gite or are moving here to buy a gite, you’ll need a few pointers to set up for your new life here. There are lots of similarities between the UK and France but there are also some fundamental differences. That’s what today’s post is all about. Setting up a French bank account Once you have a permanent address here in France, you’ll want to open a bank...

The French wealth tax and gite ownership

The tax system in France is surprisingly straightforward, but one tax not many people know about until it’s too late is the annual wealth tax. This is on top of income tax and is payable on the assets you have, regardless of where they are. So, what is it and what do you need to know? We’re not tax experts so don’t take this as tax advice. This is simply a blog post highlighting something you...

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