Every nationality has a holiday type particular to them, and for the French it is gites. Throughout the year, the cities empty out as the locals escape to the countryside for a well-deserved break. So what does the word "gite" mean in French? Quite simply, it is the equivalent of holiday apartments or cottage rentals but with a particular flavour Francais.We have found this top deal from our Paris office: For the weekend of Oct. 1-3, you can stay in a "country cottage" (sleeping up to six) almost anywhere in France for only $115 (€90) per cottage for two nights -- that's up to 75% off the regular rate. This sale happens once a year and there's a choice of 2000 cottages right across the country.
How to book: Click here to see a map of the areas of France (in green) where cottages participating in this promotion are located. The website is in French but don’t worry, it’s easy: Click on the region you’re interested in visiting and it will take you to a listing of the cottages available. Click on a cottage for more details and to book. Some pages will have a button for an English translation (a small Union Jack).