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Gîtes de France History


From the creation of the first rural gîte in the Basses-Alpes in 1951, to the opening of Gîtes de France Corse in 1970, as well as the diversification of accommodations and vacation rentals offered by Gîtes de France, discover all the important dates in the history of the Gîtes de France in France and in Corsica

The main dates

- 1951 :
First gîte rural in the Basses-Alpes, an initiative of French Senator Emile Aubert

- 1955 : Foundation of the National Federation of the Gîtes de France. Charter drafted for rural gîtes. First edition of the annual directory containing 146 gîtes.

- 1969 : Official adoption of the chambres d'hôtes rented accommodation formula


- 1973 : Official adoption of the gîtes d'enfants status for child-friendly rented accommodation

- 1974 : Opening of Maison du Tourisme Vert in Paris (House of Green Tourism)

- 1987 : Dial-up Minitel digital information service on 3615 Gîtes de France, dispensing information and taking electronic reservations

- 1990 : EUROGITES European Federation of Tourism set up

- 1997 : Federation is approved by French Ministry of Tourism as a nationally-recognized organization for the promotion and inspection of furnished accommodation rentals,

- 1998 : goes on line.

- 2000 : Gîtes de France sponsors Michel Desjoyeaux, the winner of the Vendée Globe round the world sailing race

- 2003 : Two new brands created. CHARMANCE for chambres d'hôtes in bed & breakfast style accommodation. And for camp sites, PRE VERT.

- 2004 : ALLO chambres d'hôtes last minute reservation service for bed & breakfasts goes national. Gîtes de France sponsors, the winner of the Vendée Globe round the world sailing race, Vincent Riou.

- 2005 : 50 year anniversary of the foundation of Fédération Nationale des Gîtes de France



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A quality label

The guarantee of a 60 year label which is guaranteeing the quality and the inspection of the accommodations. They are regularly visited by a local team and respond to the standards in effect and to a national charter.

Multiple choices

More than 1100 holiday rentals, all unique and comfortably furnished to make you feel at home. They are located everywhere in Corsica : by the sea, in the mountains, by the countryside, in the village or in town, ...

A service close to you

A team of 6 trip advisors, all Corsican specialists, based in Ajaccio is ready to help you every day from 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
They have one goal : your satisfaction.

An easier search

Your search for accommodation is simple, quick and customized. Our travel agency services are made to measure and your booking is supervised before, during and after your stay.

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An instant message conversation during our opening hours, on all our website pages to provide you live answers to your questions, at each step of your browsing

Immediate confirmation

An immediate confirmation of your booking. A customer secure zone is dedicated to run your booking and take contact with the Booking Service

A friendly welcome

On your arrival day, you would be warmly welcomed by the owner, who would act as a real region ambassador. He would be able to provide you information and piece of advice for a stay out of the beaten tracks.

An optimum insurance

A cancellation insurance and assistance is specially created so as to meet all your needs, with multiple guarantees before your departure, during your trip and your stay, and after your vacation.

Real reviews

So far, thanks to a secure system, more than 13 000 reviews, 100% authentic can only be ventured by the tenants of the accommodations.

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A telephone helpline is at your disposal on Saturday afternoon if you need help or any assistance on your arrival day

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