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- n. A French holiday home, or rented tourist cottage.
After a few days combing Marrakech's maze-like medina for treasures to take home, you head into the High Atlas mountains near Oukaimeden to go trekking with Berbers for three days, staying in a village gite where you'll take long lunches under the walnut trees.
As the cave was dry, and filled with clean straw and withered fern, ‘it made,’ as he said, coiling himself up with an air of snugness and comfort which contrasted strangely with his situation, ‘unless when the wind was due north, a very passable gite for an old soldier.’
Summers are likely to be taken in a French gite or Tuscan farm house, says Lucia Van Der Post, founding editor of the Financial Times' How To Spend It, with winters in a fully catered skiing chalet with private ski instructor.
In French 'gite' means 'lodging, lair.'