Unless you have a specific place in mind, it can take a while to come up with an ideal location for your French gite. If you’re trying to pin down a location, the next two posts should help.
This week and next, we’re going to outline some of the considerations you could make when trying to come up with a location for your French gite.
Location, location, location
They say it three times because it really is that important. Location can make a huge difference to how we live and respond to a place.
That’s true for a place of work, home or both as a gite would be!
Unless you’re fulfilling a specific niche like a gite close to Le Mans or close to the vineyards of Burgundy, your choice of location is going to be incredibly important.
Consider these factors when deciding on where to buy a gite.
France is much larger than your school maps ever showed. The climate is almost as diverse as the British climate, just a little more predictable.
Stay north if you like four seasons, a distinct autumn and winter and don’t mind clouds and a sensible amount of rain.
The interior around the Loire valley has slightly less rain and a calmer climate with distinct seasons.
The Atlantic coast offers a variety of weather with a steady breeze on coastal regions.
Go south for warmer summers and milder winters.
Choose the Mediterranean coast of you want balmy weather with a cool sea breeze.
The warmest places to live in France include Côte d’Azur, Occitanie, Pyrénées-Orientales, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Charente-Maritime and Charente.
Access to transport links
France has a decent transport network with motorways, toll roads, faster country roads and their version of B roads. All tend to be in reasonable condition except in cities where potholes are normal.
Airports are spread around the country in large towns and cities in the same way they are in the UK.
Ferry ports are also useful to be around as there are numerous ferries linking the UK with France.
A gite should be within a reasonable distance of as many of these transport links as possible. The more options you provide guests, the better.
If guests can fly into a local airport and drive for an hour to get to you, that’s an acceptable journey.
The same for ferries. Guests would be fine with arriving at the ferry port and driving for a couple of hours to get to your gite. Much longer and they might have a problem!
The French public transport system is very good. You have trams and buses in cities, buses in more rural areas and trains covering most of the country.
This makes getting around without a car a possibility if you can provide transport or there is a taxi or bus service linking towns to your gite.
Like with airports and ferries, the more connected your gite is, the more likely people will book it. While they may drive over or hire a car, nobody wants to be forced to use a car all the time, especially when dining out.
Any alternatives there are to driving should go down well!
Join us next week when we discuss more considerations for choosing the location for your French gite.