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Poitou-Charentes

Popular with the discerning French, Poitou-Charentes has all the ingredients for a wonderful holiday in western France. This is an area of great variety; miles of golden sandy beaches, fields of vineyards, marshes rich in wildlife and medieval cities. We can offer self catering accommodation throughout the region; take a look at our villas in Poitou-Charentes.

Imagine vast beaches, historic castles and lighthouses, romantic islands and the freshest seafood all packed into one holiday. Then visit Poitou-Charentes. Nestled on France''s western coast and with a lovely unspoilt interior, it''s a hub for lovers of the outdoor life.

The historic medieval capital Poitiers in fact offering 2000 years of history with quaint streets, charming squares, delightful gardens and the architectural masterpiece that is Notre Dame la Grande, one of the region''s finest churches.

Make sure you visit the medieval fishing town of La Rochelle. Guarded by the picturesque Vieux Fort with its twin towers, there''s much to see and do. Step on board historic ships at the town''s maritime museum or visit one of Europe''s largest aquariums. With 160km of cycle tracks, it''s easy to take a ride to Ile de Re or ''White Island'' across the toll bridge to visit some of France''s most beautiful villages.

For wonderful beaches you''re spoilt for choice. Visit the resort of Royan with five sandy bays ranging from secluded covers to acres of golden sand. If you like to get away from it all visit the car free Aix Island, and take a horse and cart tour to visit the house where Napolean surrendered to the English. Olreon Island is also another wonderful destination with no less than 25 sandy beaches and the famous Chassiron lighthouse. The Gironde Estuary is packed with charming fishing villages.

Poitou-Charentes also has much to offer inland. Marais Poitevin is known as France''s ''green Venice''. An extensive wetland, best explored by boat or bike, you can enjoy birdwatching, nature trails or outdoor adventures. Don''t forget to sample the area''s specialities.

The area also has some great leisure facilities including France''s biggest leisure park Futuroscope near Poitiers and La Palmyre Zoo.

No holiday would be complete without great food and Poitou-Charentes has it in abundance. Famous for its seafood particularly oysters, the restaurants, cafes and markets offer some of France''s best cuisine. Start searching for holiday cottages in Poitou-Charentes for an unforgettable holiday.
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  • Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

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    Ref: W13392

    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. It has its own private terrace and large attractive garden, ideal for dining out. The historical city of Poitiers (12km) and Futurscope theme park (22km) with its many attractions and laser show offer a memorable family day out. Only 10 minutes more lies the leisure park of St Cyr with golf, tennis, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. Within walking distance (1km) is the medieval abbey of Nouaillé. Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bidet and basin.

    Oil heating, open fire in lounge, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, garage. One pet welcome.

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  • Les Musses

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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    Ref: F17200

    Less than 20 minutes’ drive from the coast, and the resort of Royan, this simple house enjoys a rural position surrounded by cornfields. It is on a site with F17232 and the owners property, sharing the well-kept gardens full of flowers, and offers an open plan living room with patio doors on to a private dining terrace. This is an ideal base to discover the treasures of the Charente-Maritime. Marennes, with its oyster beds and salt marshes, is a short drive away, leading to Ile d’Oléron. There are miles of sandy beaches backed by the forest of la Coubre, stretching to La Palmyre and its zoo, while inland is Saintes with its old abbey.

    Open plan living/dining room with clic-clac (double sofa simple bed). Sliding bay windows opening on to terrace with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Large enclosed shared lawned gardens
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Car parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km N of Saujon (shops, cafés, restaurants, market, pool), 15km NE of Royan (casino, ferry to Médoc), 10km from Cadeuil (bird watching, lake, fishing), 25km from Saint Palais (riding, golf, beaches), 28km W of Saintes (Charente River, abbey).

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  • Plein Soleil

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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    Ref: F17232

    Situated in the heart of the Charente-Maritime, adjoining another property, F17200 Les Musses, this small modern house faces large lawned gardens. Plein Soleil is all on one level, with patio doors opening on to a private terrace, surrounded by fields of sun flowers. Only five minutes away is the small town of Saujon with restaurants, shops, a good swimming pool and a lake. Further away are the beaches of Royan where you can also enjoy lovely boat trips to the Médoc Region. The old town of Saintes offers summer classical music concerts of good value and Cognac has numerous distilleries.

    Living/dining room with double sofa bed and simple corner kitchen opening by sliding doors to private terrace. Shower room. Separate WC. One bedroom with twin beds (can be put together)

    • Large shared gardens
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km to Saujon (shops, cafés, restaurants, lake, tennis), 15km NE of Royan (shopping, orchidee gardens, casino, boat trips), 28km W of Saintes (old abbey, River Charente, summer concerts), 10km to Cadeuil (lake, bird watching).

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  • Saint-Sauvant

    Saint-Sauvant

    Grade
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    Ref: FCH193

    This one bedroom holiday house nestles in the pretty village of Saint-Sauvant, close to the owner’s home. There is a large open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with French doors opening onto a south facing and a west facing terrace. There is also a summer kitchen at the back with the oven, a second hob and a second sink unit. The bedroom has a double bed and a single fold out bed if required. There is a small bar and shop in the village within 300 metres walk, and Saintes is 10 minutes away with all shops, services, bars and restaurants. There is fishing in the river in the village, there is tennis locally too and an 18 hole golf course at Saintes. The lovely beaches and famous resort of Royan are less than an hour away, as is the historic harbour and city of La Rochelle. Shop 400m, restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner. Shower room with basin (no toilet). Separate toilet. 1 double bedroom plus fold out single.

    Electric heating. Cot. TV. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Microwave. Natural grounds. Two terraces. Garden furniture. Barbecue. On street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps to terrace.

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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

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    Ref: W12954

    This one bedroomed, semi-detached bungalow features a cosy lounge and fitted kitchen. There is a delightful patio area at the back of the holiday property, and another garden at the front leads onto the River Boutonne where you can go fishing and enjoy peaceful living. The pretty little village of Dampierre has local facilities, and nearby you will find the forest of Chizé, the lovely old port of La Rochelle, and the Atlantic beaches and Cognac are all within easy driving distance. There is also a small zoo (Zoodysee) 9km away. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, sofa bed in lounge.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washer/dryer in shared laundry room, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: River on edge of grounds.

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  • La Maison Brechet

    Palzay Naudouin, Charente

    Grade
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    Ref: F16207

    At the border of Charente-Maritime and north of Charente this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in the charming village near Chef Boutonne and Villefagnan. Surrounded by fields and with a garden with vines and peach trees. In the village there is a church within walking distance. The patio area is an ideal place for dining al-fresco, or relaxing in the hammock after a day exploring. Travel further south and visit Cognac with its many distilleries, or spend a day in Angoulême, with a huge lake with a beach, ideal for windsurfing and even water-skiing. To the north is Poitiers with Futuroscope. Fly via Poitiers, Angoulême or La Rochelle.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom. Shower room/WC with Jacuzzi shower and bidet

    • Large garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heaters
    • Woodburner
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Hammock
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from restaurant, 8km from Villefagnan (shops, restaurant, tennis), 55km from Cognac (distilleries, boat trips, golf).

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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Grade
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    Ref: FCH083

    This semi-detached holiday property, attached to the owner’s house, offers a rustic-style interior with stone walls and exposed beams. Both the holiday property and the owner’s property have private entrances and patios. The garden leads to shared grounds, through which the peaceful waters of the River Boutonne run. The pretty village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is home to magnificent ancient monuments, including the original stained glass windows and sculptures at the St. Pierre church, which is illuminated at night. There is a donkey farm close by, where you can take rides on a donkey or in a cart. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Lounge/diner. Second lounge. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and basin. Mezzanine: Double bed, sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating. Cot. Highchair. DVD player. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Terrace. Shared grounds. Shared garden furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 5 steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings on mezzanine. River borders grounds.

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  • Les Amis

    St. Medard-de-Rouillac, Charente

    Grade
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    Ref: F16134

    With spectacular sunsets, surrounded by sunflowers and grapevines, this holiday property is set in a beautiful rural area, near Rouillac. The charming English owner lives next door, and is very helpful for local information. The huge lake of Angoulême is close by for bathing and waterskiing, and Cognac has many distilleries, a wonderful golf-course, indoor market, and boat trips on the river. The seaside is also just an hour away, with Royan and sandy beaches, as well as La Rochelle with the old harbour and aquarium, and boat trips to L’Ile d’Aix. Fly via La Rochelle or Poitiers.

    All on one level: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. Utility room. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Courtyard
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 8km from Rouillac (shopping, cafés, restaurants), 30km N of Cognac (distilleries, jazz festival in July, boat trips), 38km NW of Angoulême (lake, waterskiing, golf).

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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
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    Ref: F16239

    Set in the peaceful hamlet of Palluaud, this semi-detached holiday property adjoins the owner’s home and features wooden floors, exposed beams and stone work. Enjoy views over the rolling Charente countryside from its sitting-out area or long walks. You can visit several very pretty Charentais villages nearby including Aubeterre, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the Roman village of Villebois-Lavalette. Several beach lakes are nearby and a trip to Angoulême is well worth a visit, as are the wine producing areas of the Bordelais in the Dordogne over the border.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and wood-burning stove. Dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. Wooden floors throughout

    • Garden
    • Patio
    • Oil central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 6km from shop, café/bar and restaurant, 13km NE of Aubeterre (beach lake), 15km S of Villebois-Lavallette (old town with castle, market, all facilities, tennis), 30km S of Angoulême (county town with cobbled streets, cafés, huge water skiing lake).

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  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
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    Ref: F17261

    Along the estuary of the Gironde, near the beaches of Meschers and Royan this old fisherman’s cottage is set in the lively village of Mortagne. The property has a courtyard with a large barbecue in a fireplace and a lovely enclosed patio, and you can see the estuary from the top floor main bedroom. With an attractive blue and white decor, this ecological gîte is a good value holiday, 2 minutes’ walk from the harbour. A bike riding, walking and horse riding paradise, it is only 20 minutes’ drive from the sandy beaches of Royan. Visit the zoo of La Palmyre north of Royan as well as the pretty town of Talmont with a Roman church and views over the estuary.

    Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen, sofa bed and door to enclosed walled patio. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed patio
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from Mortagne (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis, Tuesday and Thursday market), 26km S of Royan (beaches, casino, gardens, boat trips), 39km SW of Saintes (golf, Roman abbey, boat trips), 40km from La Palmyre (zoo).

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  • Roseline

    Fléac-sur-Seugne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
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    Ref: F17289

    This semi-detached holiday cottage has a beautiful setting and shares a swimming pool (with removable cover) with the French owners. On site there are chickens and ducks for the children to watch. Nestled in southern Charente-Maritime, this is a very quiet countryside setting. Close by is Pons, with its beautiful abbey, and beaches start just a 30-minute drive away at Meschers, and stretch as far as La Palmyre with its famous zoo. Cognac (30km) has many distilleries to visit as well as a museum, or you can enjoy boat trips on the River Charente and in Saintes. To the south is the magnificent town of Bordeaux, and to the north is La Rochelle with its aquarium, old harbour and many seafood restaurants.These three semi-detached holiday cottages have a beautiful setting and share a swimming pool (with removable cover) with the French owners. On site there are chickens and ducks for the children to watch. Nestled in southern Charente-Maritime, this is a very quiet countryside setting. Close by is Pons, with its beautiful abbey, and beaches start just a 30-minute drive away at Meschers, and stretch as far as La Palmyre with its famous zoo. Cognac (30km) has many distilleries to visit as well as a museum, or you can enjoy boat trips on the River Charente and in Saintes. To the south is the magnificent town of Bordeaux, and to the north is La Rochelle with its aquarium, old harbour and many seafood restaurants.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: one double, one twin. Shower room (no WC)

    • Large shared enclosed gardens
    • Shared heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6.5m, depth 1.1-2.2m)
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Woodburner
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Fléac, 3.8km from boulangerie, 6.5km from grocery, bar and restaurant, 10km from Pons (most amenities), 30km from Cognac (shops, river, boat trips, golf, distilleries), 38km from Meschers-sur-Gironde, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and Royan (beaches), 70km from Angoulême (lake, old city, museums).Location: 2km from Fléac, 3.8km from boulangerie, 6.5km from grocery, bar and restaurant, 10km from Pons (shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarket, abbey, market), 30km from Cognac (shops, river, boat trips, golf, distilleries), 38km from Meschers-sur-Gironde, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and Royan (ocean beaches), 70km from Angoulême (lake, old city, museums).

    All properties:

    • Large shared enclosed gardens
    • Shared heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6.5m, depth 1.1-2.2m) with removable cover
    • Terrace
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • All linen for hire.

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  • Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Grade
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    Ref: FCH092

    These simple but well maintained, 2 bedroom, terraced holiday gites, situated within the owner’s grounds, have fitted kitchens within the large open living area, which gives access onto the covered terrace. Beyond here is a shared garden. Enjoy sitting outside in the shade or sunshine eating your croissants on the east-facing terrace, or enjoy a game of table tennis. Visit the pretty village of Talmont-sur-Gironde, 6km to the west on the Gironde estuary, or a further 4km up the coast is the lovely beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde. Royan is another 5km up the coast, and is a very popular resort with a vast choice of shops and restaurants. Children will love the famous zoo at La Palmyre, 35.5km. If you prefer, head inland and visit the pretty, bustling town of Saintes, 30km, or Cognac, 50km, and visit the distilleries. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet). First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), shared washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

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