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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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  • Bethines

    Bethines

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W14868

    Situated in the hamlet of Vrassac, within walking distance of the pretty village of Bethines, La Petite Grange is a picturesque detached, stone built holiday cottage. Many of the property’s charming details have been enhanced during restoration and now boasts an open-plan lounge/dining area. The expansive Brenne National Park is ideal for nature lovers with fishing and walking amongst the activities available. Nearby St. Savin has architectural features dating from the 13th century whilst Le Blanc and Montmorillon, also within easy reach of Vrassac, are both rich with historic and natural interest. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1.2km, beach 45km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 single bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, CD player, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

  • 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.

  • Chez Chabot

    Rioux, nr. Saintes, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17355

    This three-bedroom, traditional Charente house has been transformed by the owner into a spacious and bright holiday gîte, fitted with all modern conveniences and opening onto a wonderful Mediterranean garden with a private swimming pool. The owner, a landscape gardener, has created a lovely garden with palms, olive trees, yuccas and exotic plants, blended with several water features and areas to relax in. The pool water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an eco-system of water plants, much the same principle as with a mountain stream. The Roman city of Saintes is a 10-minute drive, with its street markets, cafés and restaurants and is located on the banks of the River Charente. Beaches are just over half an hour away, the zoo at La Palmyre is one of the best in Europe and there are vineyard and distillery tours at Cognac.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Kingsize bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom (zip and link, can be 2ft 6in twin). Twin bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling

    • Garden with water features and pond
    • Patio
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 10km SW of Saintes (market town, all facilities), 28km NE of Meschers (beach), 32km E of Royan (seaside resort), 35km W of Cognac (home to the famous brandy).

  • La Grange Du Clos

    Marthon, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16214

    In Charente but near the border of the Dordogne, this beautiful holiday property is set in the Bandiat Valley on the outskirts of the pretty village of Marthon. Very well restored, this barn conversion is set next to the home of the Anglo-French owners who are most helpful with advice on places to visit. Well-equipped and very comfortably furnished, it has its own private enclosed garden with a swimming pool, and a shaded, furnished terrace with stone pillars. Cycle on a converted old railway line, on a path via Marthon, or have superb walks all around. There is a good golf course at Ecuras at less than half an hour’s drive as well as a beautiful man-made lake with a beach that the children will love at St. Estèphe. Water-ski on the large lake at Angoulême - an interesting old town nearby with cobbled streets full of interesting shops. Do not miss the markets all around for special local food and wines but also the Pineau aperitif made from Cognac.

    Three steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/well-equipped kitchen with beams and French windows to terrace. Shower room/WC. Two steps down to second living room with door to garden. First floor: Three bedrooms, one queensize with wooden floor, two twin with wooden floors. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace/patio
    • Private heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km from Marthon (shops, bar, restaurant, tennis courts and private river fishing), 8km from Montbron (supermarket), 25km from Angoulême (golf), 27km from St. Estèphe (lakeside beach).

  • La Chapelle St. Etienne

    La Chapelle St. Etienne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W15057

    This 19th-century semi-detached holiday home, adjoining the owner’s home, has a vast garden with countryside views. Within a 5-minute drive is l’Absie with cafés, restaurants and a supermarket while 15km away is the larger town of La Chataigneraie. Visit attractive local towns and markets, and the fantastic battle re-enactment show at Le Puy du Fou (45km) and Futuroscope (85km). The Vendée beaches make a great day out as does La Rochelle (95km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping beamed ceiling in twin bedroom. Pond in garden. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W13022

    These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four. Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace. The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four.

    Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace.

    The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

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

    Woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (English channels only), washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

  • La Tonnelle

    Saint Simon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17100

    This attractive farmhouse next to the owner’s home has been carefully restored to retain its traditional charm and character. The spacious interior has cool rooms, whilst the typical farmhouse dining kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances. From this room, patio doors open on to the terrace and poolside. This is ideal for families, having enclosed shady gardens with swings and a private swimming pool. Set in peaceful countryside, within walking distance of the sleepy village of Saint Simon, the area is a delight to discover. Colourful markets abound in the nearby villages and wine-tasting of the local ‘Pineau’ aperitif can be found everywhere. With the fine sandy beaches of Meschers and the fascinating port of Royan just twenty-five minutes drive, the location is perfect. Other attractions are the historical city of Saintes, just a short drive and the bustling sea-side resort of La Palmyre with its zoo, water park and marvellous beaches - a haven for families with children. An ideal holiday base.

    Entrance via large French windows from patio beside swimming pool. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep open stairs with low beams up to cosy living room and three bedrooms; one double with basin, two twin

    • Covered pergola
    • Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1.2m - 1.7m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steep stairs not suitable for the elderly, infirm or toddlers.

    Location: 1km from Saint Simon de Pellouaille (small grocers, bread available), 6km N of Gémozac (all facilities, market), beaches 30km, Royan 34km (ferry to Médoc, casino), 45km from La Palmyre Zoo (large monkey park).

  • Le Masdieu

    Pleuville, nr. Pressac, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16240

    This detached farmhouse, situated on a working farm, has been converted to create a comfortable and spacious holiday home, which features a woodburner in the living room and a large garden. The owners’ have kept the exposed beams and original stonework to ensure the property has retained its Charente character. The small village of Pleuville is within a kilometre and has a general shop and bar. There are more shops in Pressac, and Charroux and several pretty villages are nearby that offer weekly markets. Visit Futuroscope at Poitiers, an hour away, Angoulême or one of the Charente’s beach lakes. Fly via Limoges and Poitiers.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC, accessed via twin or externally. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (curtained off). Shower room/WC

    • Large garden
    • Outdoor swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) available from April 2014
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Car port
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 800m from Pleuville (shop and bar), 7km from Pressac, 15km NW of Confolens (market town, all amenities, supermarket, restaurants), 66km S of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 68km N of Angoulême (famous for its comic strip festival).

  • La Seringa

    Jarnac, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F16216

    Set in a very quiet position in a tiny old stone village in between Cognac, Jarnac and Angoulême, this old farm house enjoys an indoor heated swimming pool which nestles in the summer house with a beautiful bougainvillier. This attached property has kept its original features with stone walls, and French rustic furniture. A short distance away are the distilleries of Cognac or Jarnac, both with the River Charente and boat trips. Or Angoulême with a large lake ideal for waterskiing. For a day out try the beaches of Fouras or take the ferry and discover the last retreat of Napoléon, Ile d’Aix near La Rochelle. An ideal holiday base to discover the Charente countryside.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, beams and patio doors to courtyard. Sitting room. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m, depth 0.9-1.75m)
    • Telephone (incoming calls only)
    • Oil heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Radio/CD
    • T/cot
    • Summer house
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4.5km from Mérignac (shops, cafés, restaurants), 12km from Jarnac (river), 27km from Cognac (distilleries, market, river, museums, golf courses), 21km from Angoulême (lake, old city, shops), 100km from Fouras (sea, beaches, ferry), 118km from La Rochelle.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Le Manoir du Puy

    Le Puy, nr. Gurat, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16234

    This lovely, detached, manor house is set in the quiet hamlet of Le Puy which is close to the village of Gurat, on the border between the Charentes and the Dordogne. This holiday property and its grounds are spectacular and very spacious with a private swimming pool. The property has a traditional feel with an emphasis on quality furnishings and comfort. The kitchen and back kitchen are well-equipped and fully-fitted, whilst the living and dining rooms are bright and airy with large traditional windows giving wonderful views over the garden and countryside. Gurat is a pretty village and Villebois-Lavalette, a 10-minute drive, is famous for its historic Roman château, wooden covered market and pretty streets. Visit Angoulême, less than half an hour’s drive, which is capital of the Charente and famous for its architecture and international comic festivals. There are several beach lakes in the area for swimming and water sports as well as golf and paragliding facilities.

    Lower ground floor: Utility. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with door to garden. Shower room/WC with bidet. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Garden with 10 steps
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 1.6m)
    • Oil heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2km W of Gurat (shop, cafe/bar, restaurant), 7km S of Villebois-Lavallette (all facilities, castle, market), 20km S of Angoulême (cobbled town, cafés, lake, water skiing), 20km N of Aubeterre (beach lake).

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