French Gites: The perfect holiday solution while running your own small business

It’s never easy to take a holiday when you’re busy but it’s even harder when you run your own business! Independent local Councillor and IT consultant Graeme Campbell believes he’s found the perfect solution via the modern French gite vacation, enabling him to keep his family happy with three weeks in the summer sun each year and at the same time, ensuring his five year old business ticks over while he’s enjoying some quality family time.


“I’ve always considered that there is no good time to go on holiday,” Graeme explained: “I found it even more difficult after setting up my own consultancy business (Govbiz) in 2009 but spending quality time with my wife (Fiona) and two sons (Mathew & Craig) is even more important to me.

I tried several holiday solutions from apartments in Spain to other Gites in other French regions but It wasn’t until I found ‘Gites Du Marigne’ near Civray, that I’d found my perfect holiday solution.”

Graeme described many attempts at finding a quality location to holiday with his family, while at the same time still having access to the internet, enabling him to still do several hours work a day, while his family relaxed by the heated swimming pool.

“My biggest challenge was finding an honest Gite owner who delivered exactly what described on their website,” Graeme went on to explain: “You’d be amazed that some gite owners say that they have WiFi but to access it, you are required to walk down a path with your laptop until you can pick up their next door neighbours signal. I needed reliable and fast broadband from inside my holiday Gite to continue business as usual and I found this at Gites Du Marigne.”

In 2012 Graeme had to make an important business trip to the United States but this didn’t come between him and his annual family vacation. With the airport and TGV train station only forty minutes away at Poitiers, Graeme explained that making a quick business trip during his holiday wasn’t a problem. “I’d strongly recommend a gite holiday as the perfect family retreat while trying to run your own small business,” Graeme concluded: “I’ve struck gold with Gites Du Marigne, which is run by a fantastic English couple (Aaron & Sharon Vogel). They live on site, provide an extremely high level of standard and cleanliness so without their type of Gite holiday product, I doubt I’d have been able to take the time away from home and my business for a well-deserved family holiday.”

Author: Graeme Campbell – Govbiz Limited – -

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