Gîtes in France

Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France
Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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Top tips to increase your gîte bookings

Written by on June 17, 2019 in Gîtes in France
Top tips to increase your gîte bookings

When it comes to filling your gîte weeks there’s lots you can do to help yourself… Tips on photographing your gîte How your gîte looks on the internet to potential clients is one of the top things you must get right. Photography is vitally important for a successful holiday let. It’s the owner’s best chance […]

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The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Written by on May 24, 2019 in Gîtes in France
The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Londoner Linda Devine moved to France with her husband Bernard, an engineer, in 2014. After a lifetime of work in hospitality including management roles at the Ritz, Hilton and Accor Hotels, she knew just what makes guests happy and bought all the experience to her latest venture, a gorgeous gite near Carcassonne in the south […]

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10 tips for running a gite business in France

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Gîtes in France
10 tips for running a gite business in France

The last few years have seen unprecedented numbers of buyers seeking homes in France and particularly homes that can be run as a gite business. It seems that TV shows like Place in the Sun and Escape to the Chateau have fuelled the desires of many Brits to give up the rat race and escape […]

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Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Written by on November 1, 2018 in Gîtes in France
Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Peter Friend, joint owner of the award winning B&B La Villa Mazamet in the Tarn shares his top tips. The villa has been named France’s top luxurious B&B for several years and, says Peter, there are lots of things you can do to make your own B&B have a better chance of success… Location Location […]

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Four essential tips to help make your holiday home pay

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Gîtes in France, Property in France
Four essential tips to help make your holiday home pay

Mediterranean beaches, majestic mountains for winter skiing and cycling in summer, and some of the most popular cities in the world – France is the perfect place to buy a holiday home that you can also rent to tourists. But what type of property is best and where do you even start looking? Buying a […]

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Maximise Your French Holiday Let Bookings

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Gîtes in France, Property in France
Maximise Your French Holiday Let Bookings

Donna Sloane, general manager at online accommodation specialist French Connections, shares her tips on how holiday let owners can be ready and active in attracting bookings. Special offers There’s no doubt that a special offer gets your property noticed online. We have dedicated pages for special offers that are prominently displayed. Usability tests show that […]

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Brilliant tips to help you market your French holiday let

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Gîtes in France, Property in France
Brilliant tips to help you market your French holiday let

How to ‘show and tell’ when you market your French holiday let Does your online property listing grab browsers’ attention? “Great images and an engaging description make holidaymakers want to stay on the page – and that’s what leads to enquiries,” says Donna Sloane, general manager of holiday let listing specialist French Connections. Here’s her […]

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Essential Guide to running gites in France

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Gîtes in France
Essential Guide to running gites in France

One of the big misconceptions about owning a gite in France is that the paperwork and bureaucracy are so intense that it can make your life a misery. Not so, says Jo-Ann Howell of French Admin Solutions, you just need to know where to begin. Here to help, is her detailed guide to running gites […]

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The top six skills that gite owners need

The top six skills that gite owners need

What are the top skills you need to run a successful holiday let in France? People, preparation, practical building maintenance, parler francais? All are important – and most property owners already know more than they think. French Connections is a holiday property listing site that specialises in France, with 20 years experience of giving owners […]

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