Entrepreneurship: gîte or chambre d’hôte, what is the difference?

2,500 new gîtes and B&Bs are created every year in France. For stressed city dwellers, the idea of a “green” activity at home is indeed very appealing. First step: define the type of accommodation you are going to offer: Gîte or B&B?

While the human qualities required are common to both gite and B&B owners, the type of accommodation you will be offering does not always involve the same day-to-day work.

The guest house

Since August 2007, a decree regulates the activity of renting out bed and breakfast. Bed and breakfast accommodation must be in the home of the inhabitant, in their main or secondary residence, in the main building or in an adjoining building. The guest must be hosted by the inhabitant in person (you cannot go on holiday and delegate another person to host you). The service must include at least the following elements

  • a furnished room for one or more nights, with linen provided. The heating system ensures a temperature of 19°C. The room has access to a toilet and a bathroom with a washbasin, shower or bathtub.
  • Breakfast is included with each night’s stay;
  • the place complies with health, safety and sanitary regulations;
  • the capacity of the accommodation is limited to five rooms with a maximum capacity of 15 persons.

Bed and breakfasts are aimed at “itinerant” visitors, with the majority of stays being for two to five nights, rarely more than a week. The amount of work is significant because, with each new arrival, the rooms must be prepared, the bedding and towels changed, the room and bathroom cleaned, and all the living areas and the garden kept clean. During the summer, some owners require a minimum stay of two nights to limit turnover.

Do not confuse bed and breakfast with guest house

The name “chambre d’hôte” is regulated, the law and its decree must be respected in order to use it, but nothing defines the expression “maison d’hôte”. When an advert says “maison d’hôte for rent in the Dordogne” you do not have all the guarantees of a chambre d’hôte.

The gîte

According to the official legal definition, a “furnished tourist accommodation” is a furnished house, villa, flat or studio, rented to a visiting clientele who stay there for a day, a week or a month and who do not take up residence there. The maximum duration of this rental is twelve consecutive weeks.

Unlike bed and breakfast, there is nothing to prevent you from renting a gîte located far from your own home, sometimes in another département. Furthermore, you are not obliged to host your guests yourself and you may well ask a trustworthy person to do this for you. Nevertheless, a gîte far from your home requires a certain amount of organisation, whether you have to free yourself every weekend when new people arrive or you have to find the right person to host them.

Buying a gîte or a bed and breakfast in the Dordogne

The Dordogne is a must-see destination. In 2019, there were 17 million overnight stays in the Périgord. More and more holidaymakers are coming to enjoy the charm of the Périgord, its gastronomy, its preserved nature and its heritage. If you wish to invest in gites or bed and breakfast, Anthouard Immobilier will be able to advise you on properties that will meet your expectations and charm your future clients. Sarlat, Bergerac, Périgueux… our selection of gites and B&Bs for sale in the Dordogne. Here are some examples of properties suitable for hosting guests.

Stone house and gîte for sale - near Villamblard 18th century Périgourdine for sale - Dordogne

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