Advice to gite owners from a guest in Gite Owners Forum Posted November 8, 2009 Without reading through every single other post, I would just like to add that I often find lights in many gites to be too dim. In one place I had to lie on the floor in an entrance hall to get enough light to read in an evening and that wasn't enough, so I went to bed early with a headache. I just found myself going to bed ridiculously early and not being able to sleep, because I could neither read nor do the cross stitch I'd taken with me. Also, in parts of the kitchen it was too dark to see what I was doing. In future, I'll probably start taking a desk lamp or a bright uplighter with me.Also, I sometimes think that gite owners assume that everyone is going to go out to restaurants, or just barbecue or warm up a tin of cassoulet. I now take with me a salad bowl, baking trays and sharp knives, having bought a rabbit (pre-decoupe) which actually needed decapitating. After trying to hack at it with a penknife, I went to ask the gite owners if they had a knife, and they lent me one from a large case, containing more knives than they have in stock in some hardwear stores. They didn't say to keep the knife for a week, so I returned it and bought one which I now take with me.In case any B&B owners read this, it would be really nice if B&B's could find space for either a communal kitchen (if they have several rooms) or just a coin cuisine. We did stay at one B&B where there was a sort of cupboard unit which closed off, containing sink and hob. I've almost run out of places in France where I would be able to find enough to visit for a full week, and whilst we usually camp, it is hard work having to pack up after only 3 to 5 days in order to move on. Hotels/B&B's work out too expensively if you have to go out for meals, so B&B's with a coin cuisine would be really excellent. I have considered taking in a Remoska and camp stove. Thanks.