Cheap Holidays in
France: Gites, Farmhouses and Farm B&Bs
in France for farm holidays?
Looking for cheap holiday
accommodation in France?
Sometime ago the government offered owners of French farmhouses a
improve any unused farm dwellings that would be suitable for habitation
for farm rentals. As a result, many of the abandoned French farmhouses
restored to their former glory, and are now offered, at very reasonable
rates, as gites.
What is a gite? Well the direct translation is lodging. But
the French gite has become synonymous with a simple, and usually
inexpensive rural vacation retreat, usually farmhouses. This is good
news for travelers, because it means that instead of having to pay
expensive hotel bills in the the Côte
d'Azur or in Provence,
most popular tourist destinations, it is quite feasible to pay low
rentals on a farmhouse tucked away in the French countryside
only a day trip away to those touristy spots that you may not be able
to resist. For those of you who are wanting to visit Paris, you can
still find many gites
or farm accommodation
in outlying areas that will
suit your tourist needs and your pocket!
For those of you who are thinking about
doing some fruit picking during the summer, read this article on one
person's experience in Picking
Olives in the South of France.
This is such a large country that it would take a whole web
site of its own to describe the main places to visit. Suffice to say,
however, that France is home to the Alps on the eastern border and
therefore a haven for skiers. In the summer it is also a wonderful area
to take the cable car to the top of some of the mountains and see
mountain flowers and breath-taking scenery. Rural
Provence lies in the south-eastern region,
famous for its olive oil, lavender, Chateauneuf du Pape, and where
carline thistles are nailed to front doors for good luck. And it is not
just Provence that is famous for its food. French
food is world renown and each area has its own
specialties. You might also be tempted to try out some of our Quick
and Easy French Recipes.
The wine regions of Bordeaux in the
Aquitaine province is a must for wine lovers who can visit vineyards to
their hearts content. Bordeaux the city is a fascinating place to
visit, and I remember being rendered speechless when I came across a
fountain in Bordeaux known as the Monument aux Girondins that I still
rate as one of the finest in Europe. It consists of horses with
devil-like features with fine mists of water coming from their
When you do take a trip to France, I
give you a word of warning, the French are not great lovers of the
English language. Although many can speak it, they refuse to do so. As
a result, you really do need to learn how to speak some form of
conversational French to get you by. Rocket French
shows you how.
If you have a farm in France that you would like to showcase
Farm Photos. You can upload a picture and
brag a little. We don't mind! Share a farming story, tell us about your
best or worst farm holiday and lots more.
Do you know what to do and see in this
country? Do you need more information? Visit See
and Do France - a complete guide to France's most
famous landmarks, monuments, museums,
attractions, and more. Come along and explore!
Everything to see and do in France!
The Auvernge France
We have heard of Bordeaux, the Alps,
even Provence, but where in France is the Auvernge? This is an unspoilt
region in the center of France famous for its volcanic landscape,
Roquefort blue cheese and Volvic spring water.
The rural hilltop farming communities have not yet been
subjected to mass tourism, which makes it a wonderful area to explore
at your leisure and thankfully without the dreaded tour buses and
over-priced, touristy kitsch. The weather, however, is not always very
kind with long, cold winters and hot dry summers, the latter often
punctuated by vociferous thunderstorms.
So what is it like to stay in a place
like this on a regular basis? Do you like reading farming blogs from
around the world? If you do head over to a blog called A
Place in the Auvergne This is a photo-journal
compiled by Ian Walthew, author of
A Place in My Country,: In Search of a
Rural Dream. (Wiedenfeld & Nicolson; hardback 2007; Phoenix
paperback, 2008). Did he find his rural dream? Does he live there
permanently? I'm not telling, you will have to read his book to find
out. Is it worth reading? It certainly is, in fact it is a cracking
good read with great reviews that have even included endorsements from
the likes of Jeremy Irons, the British actor.
Read an article on Auvergne
written by Ian Walthew that appeared in L'Express.
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