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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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  • La Touche

    La Touche

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14633

    This lovely detached house has been completely renovated to a good standard by its owners, and features original oak beams and an enclosed above-ground swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m). The double bedroom upstairs has an en-suite shower room, and both the downstairs doubles have direct access into the private fully enclosed garden. Situated in the quiet hamlet of La Touche on the Charentes border, within a short drive, you have several pretty villages and local markets and there is a beach lake 5km away. Try also to visit La Rochelle and its beaches an hour and a half away (106km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

    Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

  • Domaine du Petit Oulme

    St. Jean d’Angély, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17274

    Near the charming village of Aulnay and five minutes drive from the old town of St. Jean d’Angély stands this old restored stone house with a private swimming pool. It has a light interior with stone walls, cool in hot summers, a comfortable living room with the original fireplace dated 1842 and French windows opening on to a terrace. There is also a large garden ideal for children to play in and a covered barn. There is plenty to do in the Charente-Maritime, and it is less than a 45 minute drive to beaches, Fouras, the quaint harbours of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, and the ferry to the Ile d’Aix. St. Jean d’Angély is home to the ’Atlantis’ aqua centre that children will adore as well as canoeing, kayaking and water polo.

    Large living/dining room with antique fireplace. Kitchen and French windows to terrace. Separate WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with dressing room. Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC with thalassotherapy shower

    • Large lawned garden
    • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.4m) with cover, open Jun-Sep
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • American f/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot
    • Covered parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Aulnay (all shops, church, cafés, restaurants), 15km from St. Jean d’Angély (shops, Atlantis Watersports), 45km N of Saintes (old town, River Charente, golf, boat trips, abbey), 55km from beaches.

  • La Jacaranda

    Loiré-sur-Nie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17361

    This semi-detached holiday property sits in the village of Loiré-sur-Nie, with a private pool and an enclosed garden. La Jacaranda is spacious and includes a galleried living room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and stonework. The village has a general store and at a short distance is Aulnay with a market on Mondays and Thursdays and its 12th-century Romanesque church. Visit St. Jean d’Angély, with its European Centre of Culture, and the riverside town of Cognac, with tours of the brandy distilleries. In addition to local walks, there is tennis, cycling and pétanque. For days out, the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle, with its historic port, shops and architecture, and the Marais Poitevin are worth a visit.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. WC. High sloping ceilings

    • Garden with unfenced pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Patio
    • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 2m)
    • Heaters
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 10km S of Aulnay (shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafés), 20km E of Saint-Jean-d’Angély (shops, A10 autoroute), 75km E of Châtelaillon-Plage (beach), 85km E of La Rochelle.

  • Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FJD027

    This 200-year-old detached holiday cottage sits in a very peaceful location overlooking the River Thouet. The gardens, tennis court and swimming pool (18m², open May-Sep) are shared with the owner who lives next door. The simple accommodation has 2 bedrooms, the double opening onto a south-facing terrace. There is also an annex, accessed from outside, with a double bedroom and en-suite shower room. Lake Cébron is 2km, where you can windsurf and sail. The Loire Valley is famous for its wines and Saumur is within an hour, while Futuroscope and Poitiers are just over an hour away. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Annexe: All on first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet.

    Central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Drops, steps and sloping banks in garden. River 50m.

  • The Lake House

    St. Aubin-de-Plain, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F79143

    The Lake House is a delightful character farmhouse, a 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful rolling countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Farm on the Lake (F79142). The Lake House has exposed beams, a magnificent decorative stone fireplace and stone pillars in the grand living room. There is a large country kitchen/dining room and a lovely outdoor covered terrace dining/sitting area. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. A horse riding school is 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the Vendée beaches for a day’s outing.

    Ground floor: Entrance from covered terrace to large country kitchen/dining room. Large living room with decorative fireplace. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Terrace
    • 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
    • Shared air-temperature heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK channels only)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

  • Levant de la Rivière

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17349

    Logis de la Treille is set in a lovely position, on the border of Charente-Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne. It shares large gardens and also a beautiful swimming pool (open May-October, heated June-September). The villages of La Roche Chalais, Saint Emilion, or nearer Saint Aigulin are all less than half an hour’s drive, while the magnificent city of Bordeaux is one hour away. The River Dronne offers fishing and canoeing, and there is also a beach on the river at Aubeterre with water sports and pedalos. Also a welcoming water park is in La Roche-Chalais that the children will love! There are lovely markets all around but the one not to be missed is in Libourne three times a week. The Dordogne can be explored one hour away. A perfect location for a peaceful holiday!

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living room with step down to dining room/kitchen with two French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with French doors to private terrace. Shower room/WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French door to roof terrace. All rooms with river views.

    Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m), open May-Oct
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

    Location: 5km from St. Aigulin (shops, café, restaurant), 10km from La Roche Chalais (market, tennis, water park), 30km from Aubeterre (beach on river, fishing, pedalos), 35km from St Emilion (wine tastings, châteaux, restaurants), 79km from Bordeaux (main city, museums, shops, airport).

    Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m), open May-Oct, heated Jun-Sep
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

  • Champagne-Mouton

    Champagne-Mouton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: FJC050

    This property sits within a private garden bordered by hedgerows, with views onto the meadows. The terrace, where you can dine al fresco, sits alongside the outdoor swimming pool (32m², open mid May - Sept). There is also an outside summer kitchen in the grounds where you can enjoy a BBQ whilst relaxing in one of the hammocks. It is only 5 minutes from the village centre of Champagne-Mouton with all amenities and a twice-weekly market. There are many stunning castles to visit such as the magnificent castle at La Rochefouchauld and La Rochebrune. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in kitchen, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Up to two pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Low beam on furst floor. Uneven grounds.

  • Le Genet

    La Bossière-en-Gâtine, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FA274

    Set on the edge of a tiny rural hamlet, this delightful, comfortably furnished, old stone farmhouse offers peace and quiet together with great views over unspoilt countryside. Set in an enclosed garden, this holiday home is south facing and features a fenced pool and partly walled, paved terrace area - a real sun trap, and wooden decked terrace. It is just 3 minutes’ drive to the village of Allone, and 8km to Secondigny. Visit the pretty medieval market town of Parthenay, with its old quarter, cobbled streets and weekly market. The beautiful ‘Green Venice’ (known to the French as the Marais Poitevin) is close by. Within a 45 minute drive lies Pescalis, just south of Moncoutant, 250 acres of fishing and leisure complex. Futuroscope, Europe’s leading cinema theme park, is 65km. Discover the delightful old port, shops and restaurants of La Rochelle, 112km, and the glorious sunny beaches of the Vendée are just over one hour’s drive away.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and ornamental stone fireplace. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.35m)
    • Oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Very low windows (take care with children).

    Location: 8km from Secondigny (shops, banks, supermarket, lake with watersports, municipal pool), 11km from Parthenay (restaurants, market), 60km from beaches, 65km from Futuroscope.

  • Brillac

    Brillac

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W14547

    This renovated, semi-detached property is part of a 17th century farmhouse on the edge of Brillac and close to Confolens on the Vienne River. There is a private swimming pool (15ft diameter, 3ft deep) and a climbing frame with swing and slide. French doors lead from the first floor lounge onto a balcony with steps to the garden and pool. Nearby are lakes ideal for fishing, golf courses and attractions such as Vallee des Singes, Futuroscope and Oradour-sur-Glane. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 7km.

    Ground floor: Kitchen/diner, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Lounge. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 1 twin with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. Double sofa bed in lounge.

    Full central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, cassette/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • The Farm on the Lake

    St. Aubin-du-Plain, Deux Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F79142

    The Lake House is a delightful character stone farmhouse, a former 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Lake House (F79143). The Lake House features exposed beams and a large decorative stone fireplace. There is a country kitchen, lovely outdoor dining terrace with lake views, antique furniture, large galleried landing and ample space throughout. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. Horse riding school 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the beaches of Vendée for a day’s outing.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall leading to large living/dining room with decorative fireplace. Country kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Dining terrace
    • Shared 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
    • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK channels only)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

  • Le Château-d’Oléron

    Le Château-d’Oléron

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH120

    Set in a residential area, located just 300 metres from the ocean, this typical seaside apartment lies on a complex with other similar properties. Discover the beautiful beaches of Le Grand-Village-Plage which are just 4km away and a little further are the beaches at Saint-Trojan, 8km. Enjoy use of the shared outdoor swimming pool with a paddling pool (open Jun - Sep, 10am to 7pm). Bike hire is also available from reception (July to August). Explore the beautiful island of Le Château-d’Oléron, ideal on a bicycle, with its sandy beaches and sand dunes, bustling harbour, museums, monuments and so much more. This is a stunning island with many attractions and places to see, which will keep all the family entertained. Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 300m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge

    Internet connection, dishwasher, microwave, outdoor furniture. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

  • Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14996

    This delightful duplex holiday apartment is situated in the lovely village of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, just 7km from the seaside resort Royan, and 150 metres from the sea. The sandy beaches of the Platin and Grande Côte are within walking distance, and all amenities are nearby. This complex has a large shared heated swimming pool (available mid Jun to mid Sep), sauna and children’s play area. Visit La Rochelle, 78km, and take a boat to the famous Charentaise islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron for a fun-filled day out, or stay closer to home with a trip to Royan, with its sandy beaches and picturesque marina. Shops 100m, café/bar and restaurant 1.8km, beach 700m.

    External stairs to ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom, single sofa bed and single pull-out bed in lounge.

    Cot and highchair on request, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi (at reception), dishwasher, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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