I must say, my favorite place to vacation in Europe tends to be France. Partly because I can speak a little French, partly because the food is so fabulous, partly because of the gites, and mainly for the amazing scenery and excellent climbing! Gites are wonderfully restored old farmhouses that are incredibly affordable. Check out this website if you are going to France. I recommend staying in a gite over a hotel any day.
This one, Les Vignes, is located at the top of the Gorge Du Tarn in southeastern France, up a very tiny, windy, freaky road. We rented the place in the off season for less than 300 euros for the entire week! The house has a fully loaded kitchen, living room, and 2 bedrooms. For you climbers out there, it is located just minutes away from the amazing cliffs of Gorge Du Tarn and Gorge De La Jonte.