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Western France

If you don’t want to travel as far as the south, or want to try somewhere different, head for Western France which likes to boast it has just as many sunshine hours. You’ll get more for your money than the swanky Cote d’Azur, a sweeping Atlantic coastline and a relaxed family friendly atmosphere; basically it’s a wonderful holiday destination. Inland there’s lovely countryside plus a rich history to be discovered and of course superb local food and wine plus a great selection of self-catering holiday villas.

The Poitou-Charentes starts just north of La Rochelle and finishes at the Gironde Estuary north of Bordeaux. Being the second sunniest department in France and with its own micro-climate it can often be a couple of degrees warmer than its northern neighbours. Get away from the coast and the countryside is mainly rural with woodland and those signature fields of maize and sunflowers. La Rochelle is very popular with visitors with a wonderful collection of Renaissance and Medieval history notably the famous 14th century Saint-Nicholas Tower. The low lying Ile de Re is exquisite with dunes, pine forests, chic towns and harbour villages, long golden beaches and cycle paths, the Ile d’Oleron is just as delightful. Saintes and Royan are also popular as well as Rochefort which is a great day out, an old Naval Town with a rich maritime history.

The Vendee, named after the river flowing through the south east of this department, is truly spoilt with a coastline of over 90 miles of golden sandy beaches, the main reason most people visit. Sunny days are virtually guaranteed and the sea benefits from the influence of the warm Gulf Stream which is always a plus! The area also conjures up images of castles and ancient buildings, history and culture buffs can choose from 18 Medieval castles, 27 Renaissance castles and 8 castles dating back to the 17th and 18th century. There are many well-known coastal resorts to choose from such as Noirmoutier, and hidden gems like Saint-Jean-de-Monts, St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Les Sables d’Olonne, Longeville-sur-Mer and La Tranche-sur-Mer. The food and drink is delightful and you will soon be joining queues at small stalls selling fresh mussels and oysters.

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  • St. Sigismond, Vendée
    St. Sigismond, Vendée×

    Le Boncoin - Le Chic

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

    St. Sigismond, Vendée

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    Ref: F85301
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    These two holiday cottages have been renovated by the owner who lives nearby, and who will advise on places to visit in this lovely area on the Vendée side of the Marais Poitevin.
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    10 1 reviews

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    Le Boncoin - La Grange
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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes
    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes×

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: W12954
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This one bedroomed, semi-detached bungalow features a cosy lounge and fitted kitchen
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  • Nouaillé Maupertuis, Poitou-Charentes
    Nouaillé Maupertuis, Poitou-Charentes×

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis, Poitou-Charentes

    Nouaillé Maupertuis, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: W13392
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Set in the peaceful region of the Vienne, this spacious semi-detached holiday cottage is part of a farmhouse which has been carefully renovated to retain many original features, including beamed ceilings and stone walls, decorated in pastel colours and cosy furnishings
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    9.3 4 reviews
    9.3 4 reviews

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  • Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendée
    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendée×

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendée

    Saint-Avaugourd-des-Lande, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE154
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This neat terraced, holiday property is accessed from the front garden, which leads into the spacious lounge and on through the fully fitted kitchen/diner to the completely private and enclosed courtyard garden, which is ideal for those lazy lunches and barbecues! There is a great network of cycle paths from the house, one leading into the local village of Moûtiers with its covered market hall and all amenities, only 3km by car
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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes
    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes×

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: FCH083
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Relax in the shared grounds of this wonderful property and watch the peaceful waters of the River Boutonne flowing freely through the gardens.
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  • Palzay Naudouin, Poitou-Charentes
    Palzay Naudouin, Poitou-Charentes×

    La Maison Brechet

    Palzay Naudouin, Poitou-Charentes

    Palzay Naudouin, Poitou-Charentes

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    1
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    Ref: F16207
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Surrounded by fields and enjoying a lovely garden with vines and peach trees, this charming semi-detached cottage enjoys an idyllic village location.
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    9.7 6 reviews
    9.7 6 reviews

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  • Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendée
    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendée×

    Les Sables-d’Olonne

    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendée

    Les Sables-d’Olonne, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE215
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Great for couples or a small family with shared swimming pool on site.
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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    Les Sables-d’Olonne
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  • Saint-Sauvant, Poitou-Charentes
    Saint-Sauvant, Poitou-Charentes×

    Saint-Sauvant

    Saint-Sauvant, Poitou-Charentes

    Saint-Sauvant, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: FCH193
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Lovely little holiday home with terrace, nestling in the pretty village of Saint-Sauvant.
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    10 1 reviews
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  • Bourneau, Vendée
    Bourneau, Vendée×
    Newly Listed
    Villas du Lac - Les Jours Paresseux

    Villas du Lac - Les Jours Paresseux

    Bourneau, Vendée

    Bourneau, Vendée

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    Ref: FVE169
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This delightful gîte is set within the grounds of a château in the picturesque region of the Vendée.
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    Villas du Lac - Le Gite Traditionnel
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  • St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts, VendeeVendée
    St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts, VendeeVendée×

    Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts

    St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts, VendeeVendée

    St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts, VendeeVendée

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    Ref: W12520
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Only a short walk to the huge sandy Atlantic beach are these holiday residences, 126 cottage style properties grouped on a gentle hillside in the dunes, arranged to give a friendly ’village’ feel
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    Le Mas de Saint Hilaire, St. Hilaire de Riez, St. Jean-de-Monts
    6
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  • Asnois, Poitou-Charentes
    Asnois, Poitou-Charentes×
    Newly Listed
    Les Cachettes Ruraux - Vue du Jardin Gite 2

    Les Cachettes Ruraux - Vue du Jardin Gite 2

    Asnois, Poitou-Charentes

    Asnois, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: FJV031
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Ideally placed for exploring the medieval towns of Confolens and Charroux with historic châteaux and abbeys.
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    Les Cachettes Ruraux - Vue du Jardin Gite 1
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  • Vaux-sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes
    Vaux-sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes×

    Vaux-sur-Mer

    Vaux-sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes

    Vaux-sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes

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    Ref: FCH194
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This delightful first floor apartment is 800 metres from the lovely beaches of Vaux-sur-Mer.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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