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Gites in France – Can you make any money?
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Gites in France – can you make any money?
Making money running gites in France has never been more difficult.
Outside the peak Summer months there is massive over-supply, while a generation of UK based France lovers, who provided steady business throughout the year are well into their eighties and travel far less.
Only recently have there been signs that a new generation of Francophiles are beginning to fill the gap.
So, if you’re thinking of moving to France to rent out idyllic French Country Cottages you now know what you are up against. Which to be honest is always a good place to start from!
It’s not all bad news
But don’t despair – it’s not all bad news!
- There is demand for high quality holiday accommodation in France – the key being high quality.
- Successful business can be built around themed holidays. It’s a growth area and one that larger companies find hard to compete in. We’ll talk much more about this idea in future posts.
- There are literally hundreds of gites in France and larger gite complexes up for sale at very realistic prices. Indeed, some owners are selling on thriving businesses.
- The general market for holiday rentals is buoyant and people from further afield will now choose a gite in France rather than hotel accommodation. Travellers from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are in particular choosing gites in France.
So, there are opportunities to make a living running gites in France.
In further posts we’ll be looking at building a successful gite business in France. It’s only our humble musings, but we’ve had ten years of experience developing a gite business in France and it’s provided us with a great adventure and now a lifestyle that leaves us with few regrets that we decided to try something different.
It’s not been easy. You’ll need to be a jack of all trades (but no time to be a master of any!) and you’ll need perserverance and imagination.
But – you could build yourself a completely different life and one where you are in control.
Moving to France in 2006 and leaving corporate life behind, we started running gites and then created a Chambre d’Hote.
Almost ten years on, the family has grown to include a daughter and while still running gites, the Chambre D’Hote specialises in welcoming cyclists from around the world.
LoireLife provides a place for others to advertise their gites in the Loire Valley, without the high commissions that larger holiday lettings websites charge.