So what is a gîte?

When we decided to buy Mantilly Cottage, we had to decide on a name for the property. It was situated in the lovely village of Mantilly, so that was the easy bit! We know in france most self catering properties are refered to as a gîte, and in the UK it would be called a holiday cottage. According to the Oxford English dictionary the definition of gîte is :


A furnished holiday house in France, typically in a rural district.

You may not know, or you may have guessed, but the origin is French, from Old French giste; related to gésir ‘to lie’. Which makes perfect sense!

However, at Mantilly cottage there is so much more to do than lie on the comfortable beds! We settled on ‘cottage’ in the end.


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