Escape to the Loire Valley and take a gite holiday in the 'Garden of France.' Gites are normally agricultural buildings in a rural setting that have been converted into holiday accommodation for visitors to enjoy. And where better than the Loire Valley with the mighty River Loire flowing through the lush landscape. The area's produce - fresh fruit, vegetables, game and fish - can be found at local markets for all your self catering needs. And of course, the region is renowned for its super wines, a perfect accompaniment to any meal. In addition to being a wine enthusiast's paradise, the Loire Valley has many fine chateaux, medieval towns and excellent fishing, riding and hiking.