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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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  • Plein Soleil

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    2
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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).

  • Les Musses

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    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).

  • Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
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    Ref: FCH083

    This holiday property, part of the owner’s offers a rustic-style interior with stone walls and exposed beams. The garden leads to shared grounds, which the peaceful waters of the River Boutonne run through - a river which fishermen will enjoy. The pretty village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is home to magnificent ancient monuments: discover the original windows and the sculptures at the St. Pierre church, 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, colour TV (French channels only), video, DVD player, internet connection, 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.

  • Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: W15221

    These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features. Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west. There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux. Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features.

    Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west.

    There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

    Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (DVD use only), DVD player, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceiling in shower room.

  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Grade
    3
    1
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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.

  • La Maison Brechet

    Palzay Naudouin, Charente

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    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).

  • Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: W13897

    It is very unusual to find a property for four as spacious and as well equipped as this one. Outside, the gardens are mainly lawned, and include a large patio area and a covered area with a drinks fridge. The pretty village of Beaulieu is approximately 2.5km. The very popular fishing and swimming lakes ’Lacs de Haute Charente’ are approximately 35km, as is a water park at Angoulême. Enjoy day trips to ’Futuroscope’ and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic ocean at Royan and La Palmyre. Shop 2.5km, café/bar and restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, second lounge, utility room. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heaters, woodburner, open fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. One pet welcome. NB: The ground floor bathroom and utility room can only be accessed externally.

  • Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W12474

    This cosy semi-detached cottage for four is situated near the village of Villars-les-Bois, only the kitchen is on the ground floor and the other rooms are upstairs. The living area has pretty views over the garden and retains many of the original features such as stone walls and wooden beams. There is a garden area with barbecue where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the vineyards and the tranquillity of the countryside. For children, there is a large wooden playframe as well as various other toys. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the area including the town of Saintes, the vineyards of Cognac and even the Atlantic beaches of Royan. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Ground floor: Kitchen. First floor: Lounge/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, video, dishwasher, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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
    • 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).

  • Logis de la Roche

    Charroux, Vienne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: F86123

    Two minutes from the Charente Border and overlooking the Charente Valley, this charming detached holiday property faces the owner’s majestic château. The large fenced swimming pool is all yours, and situated just by the front terrace facing the château’s gardens. All on one level, it has been completely restored with lovely soft furnishings giving plenty of colour and light, and pretty pieces of antique furniture. The rooms are large and spacious and in an ideal setting for peace and quiet. A few miles away are Asnois and Charroux where you can find all facilities. The lake of Saint Macoux is ideal for fishing. The larger town of Confolens is well known for its summer festival in August and its activities on the River Vienne.

    All on one level. Living/dining room with French window to terrace. Kitchen. Large double bedroom with French window to terrace. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

    • Large 2 hectare shared garden with woodland
    • Private fenced swimming pool (10.5m x 4.3m, depth 1.2m to 2m) with Roman steps and small paddling pool
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km from Charroux (shops, bar, restaurant), 10km S of Civray (shops, tennis), 20km E of Saint Macoux (lake, fishing), 26km N of Confolens (music festival, canoeing), 66km S of Poitiers (Futuroscope, airport).

  • Relais du Colombier

    Beurlay, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    2
    Ref: F17350

    In between the Roman town of Saintes and the naval city of Rochefort, this 17th-century Charentaise house is set in the heart of Beurlay, next to the owner’s historic property. Restored to a good standard using eco materials, the 140m² interior is tastefully decorated and well-equipped with large rooms and a veranda. With a marvellous large enclosed garden and rose trees, it also has 3-hectare grounds. The large heated and tiled swimming pool is enclosed with stone walls and decorated with little palm trees, flowers and marble statues. Beurlay is an ideal holiday base for visiting the wealth of land and sea attractions in the area.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Veranda. Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, over-bath shower. WC. First floor: Sitting area. Double bedroom. Shower room. WC

    • Garden
    • Heated pool (10m x 5m, depth 1-2m), occasionally shared with owners only, open Jun-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Bicycles
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: Beurlay (shops, café, restaurant), 15km from Saintes (boat trips, golf), 28km from Fouras (beaches, Ile d’Aix, golf), 37km from Royan (beaches, ferry to Médoc vineyards, golf), 49km from Cognac (distilleries) and La Rochelle (aquarium, boat trips, golf).

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