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Gites de France, France’s biggest and most popular source for rural holiday rentals and farmstays, has launched a huge promotional drive called “Mai” toi au vert on its website this week, with over 2000 rental holiday homes (which sleep up to six) available at a flat rate of €200 a week. This rate represents a discount of up to 60 per cent on standard rates. Larger gites designed to accommodate up to 12 persons are going for €250. The offer is valid through May 26th.
The gites are rated with wheat stalks—or “Epis”—instead of the usual star system, and most can be rented for weekends.
The Gites de France Web site—go to the French version because the English one doesn’t feature all the promotions—has other interesting deals this month, including 30 percent off certain weekends at a 4-epi eco-gite in Normandy, near Alencon. Discounted rates apply for the following weekends: May 4-6, June 8-10, and June 15-17.