Sometimes we like to be tucked into a nice hotel in the city, but we also enjoy the unique experience of staying in vacation rentals in more remote places. It gives us the feeling of living in the French countryside.
We have stayed in the gorgeous apartments owned by a dentist whose sideline hobby is creating works of wrought iron. Another lovely apartment just down the road from the renowned Chateaux Chenonceau was owned by an artist and his family. Built up against a rocky outcropping, their children’s playroom literally was carved out of the cliff wall. After a week in our ‘troglodyte’ habitat, we slowly backed out of the driveway only to have the owner’s brother run to us with a bottle of wine his family produced.
And that’s the beauty of staying in out-of-the-way places – getting to know the people, the village, the customs and marketplace. An excellent resource for vacation rentals, whether in Paris or Provence, is Vacation Rentals by Owners.
GÎtes de France is also an ideal resource for locating bed and breakfast lodging, where perhaps a few rooms in a home are offered for rental, and breakfast with your hosts and fellow guests provides more opportunities to broaden your vacation experience.
We wish you happy ‘hunting’ and even happier vacation memories.