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Going Eco - Eco-Gites in France

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Going Eco - Eco-Gites in France I love living in France where people can get grants and incentives for installing solar at home and where people love a local market and support local produce, particularly in rural areas, such as Sophie’s Barn’s backyard, the Dordogne in the South West of France. Homegrown vegetables are common and can save expensive and unnecessary trips to the shop. Trees are grown for firewood with increasing measures to achieve sustainability. Savvy and environmentally conscious business people are creating more eco-gites for environmentally conscious guests who get to feel more like they are working with...

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Visiting French Markets for the Best Quality Around

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I love French markets because they resonate with the history of the French. And, of course, you can get up close and personal with great quality, local produce. I also enjoy the experience of shopping outdoors. You get out of supermarkets and actually see some of the people who grow and raise your food. All areas have a local market town. There are thousands across France. And this is no passing trend - markets in France may have been in the same location week after week for hundreds of years. If you want to experience some true French culture, visiting...

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Hotel Ratings in France and What They Really Mean

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  France is considered the world’s leading tourist destination, with over 80 million foreign visitors every year. Getting your gite rated in France used to help people know what facilities to expect. Now, the ratings lean more towards telling you about the experience as a whole. In the UK, there is a five-star system. The AA and national tourist boards harmonise their schemes, so guests know what they’re getting no matter who provided the rating. Seventeen countries in Europe harmonize their rating systems using Hotelstars, which is similar to the British system. France, however, has its own five-star hotel rating...

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Listing a Gite on Airbnb - 7 Steps

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  You’ve got a view to die for. You’ve got a four-star rating. You’ve got Sophie’s Barn in every kitchen and bathroom. It can feel like it doesn’t mean anything, though, if you are not receiving reservations. You can offer your gite to Airbnb’s 150 million users, however, without breaking a sweat. Listing itself is free. Airbnb takes 3% when you receive a reservation. In return for this, it gives you access to a massive pool of customers. Fair deal, I say. You don’t have to use Airbnb exclusively. When you get bookings outside of Airbnb, just log in and...

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Starting a Gite – 10 Things to Know

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  I work with many gites out here in South West France and I’ve picked up a lot of tips on the way. If you’re thinking about running a gite or you’ve recently started, here are ten tips that will help you balance your vision with practicalities, just as I’ve had to do with Sophie’s Barn. 10 Things to Know About Your Gite If you register with a professional network of gites, you can get help and advertising. Most gite owners are registered with Gite de France. The Gite de France label informs potential guests of a gite’s comfort, surroundings,...

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