Property buyers interested in buying a gite in France will be familiar with the term “gite complex”. Gite complexes are properties that offer a number of individual gites and often shared leisure facilities.
Traditionally French gite complexes are created using certain types of rural property found in France. Firstly, traditional French farms are ideal. They often have a sufficient land and buildings (multiple farmhouses & outbuildings / barns / stables) to allow for the creation of multiple letting units.
Secondly, French country estates and manors / manoirs are ideally suited for the creation of a luxury gite complex. They offer substantial accommodation possibilities across a number of different dwellings and outbuildings. A typical French manoir or country estate will typically include a maison de maitre / country house, along with a selection of the following additional properties: maisons annexes (granny annexes) maison de gardien (caretakers cottage), maison d'amis (guest house) & additional outbuildings.
Finally, there are a number of gite complexes that consist of an entire hamlet, typically consisting of 10 – 20 buildings in total. This type of property is becoming increasingly difficult to find as the rural housing stock continues to be restored & developed. Uninhabited hamlets were common place in the rural areas of France prior to the 1990s. This was due to the large supply of rural housing and the huge rural exodus that depopulated France profonde from 1840 until as recently as 1975. Buying an unrestored hamlet in France is very difficult today but renovated hamlets that have been converted into large scale holiday letting businesses do appear on the market.
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