Gîtes de France Jura: Family jewels of the Jura
Text: Hannah Jane Thompson | Photos: Gîtes De France Jura
To book a stay with Gîtes de France Jura is to experience true relaxation. Specialising in holiday rentals, the service spans across the Jura – a moderately mountainous region of France near the Swiss border, known for its countryside and tourist sites such as the Herisson Waterfalls and the picturesque yellow wine village of Château-Chalon.
Other popular activities include cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, hiking, mountain biking and horse-riding – not forgetting the food, which includes the typical dish chicken with yellow wine and morel mushrooms, as well as much-loved cheeses such as Comté, Morbier and raclette.
Available all year round, Gîtes de France Jura offers 840 holiday rentals, varied in style and size. Properties range from intimate cottages and quirky cabins, to traditional homesteads accommodating from two to 15 people or more – perfect for everyone from romantic couples, to large gatherings of friends, and even multi-generational getaways.
Rather than a brand, Gîtes de France calls itself a ‘label’ of quality, with 64 years of history. With an agency in every French department, each offers unrivalled knowledge of its own region, and the small team in the Jura is no exception. Each property is visited personally by the team – with criteria including the warmth of the welcome, the decoration and the upkeep – and then given a rating of ‘épis’ (‘wheat ears’ in French) from one to five. Booking securely through the website allows you to search by category (such as ‘well-being’, ‘unique’, ‘wine tourism’ or ‘group’), as well as by date and precise location.
As manager Isabelle Damien says: “We have a largely family clientele, who come to enjoy the countryside, to rest and relax. We also often have people who rent big properties, and invite all their children and their grandchildren. With some booking sites, anyone can put anything up, and you risk getting less-than-ideal accommodation. For us, that is not the case. We are a well-known label. Our photos reflect reality. And if there are ever any problems, we are there to help.”
Always aiming for high standards, Gîtes de France Jura is now establishing itself as a premium option for discerning families, with more and more rentals now bearing the four- or five-épi rating – with high-end decor and a refined atmosphere. “We are very proud to have some truly beautiful properties of this quality,” explains Damien. “They offer everything you need. A real home away from home.”
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