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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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  • Le Tilleul

    Irais, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FJD025

    Offering 5 bedrooms and an annex (sleeping 2), this property exudes charm and period character, featuring original beams, flagstone floors and decorative fireplaces. The main part of the house has a large kitchen and a lounge. Upstairs are the bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities and a walk-in wardrobe. Two further double bedrooms can be accessed via this bedroom, or from outside via a spiral staircase. The 6th bedroom is in the annex with its own entrance, a kitchen area and a shower room with Italian type shower. Outside is a large child-friendly mature garden with enclosed fenced-in private swimming pool (May to September) and an impressive lime tree offering shade. A bakery is a minute’s walk from the house. The pretty village of Airvault is 7km and Thouars, a large attractive town, is 20km. Visit the Loire Valley including Saumur, 50km. Poitiers and the Futuroscope are 45km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, leading to 2 double bedrooms (also accessed via external staircase), 1 twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Shower room/WC. Annex: Kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Some rooms with low beams and sloping ceilings. Steps to garden. External spiral staircase to first floor.

    Location: 54km from Poitiers (river), 75km from Niort, 93km from Angers (castle, cathedral, Verdun bridge), 98km from Tours (town hall, Place Jean Jaurès, cathedral).

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  • Domaine de Villeneuve

    Villeneuve, Charente

    Grade
    14
    7
    0
    5
    Ref: F16184

    A superb large family Charentaise house with large enclosed garden, perfect for a large group of friends or two families wishing to holiday together with the benefit of a private swimming pool. Set in a small peaceful village close to Jarnac with its daily market, shops, restaurants and cafés, and only 12km from the well known town of Cognac. This accommodation is over three floors, has many bedrooms with en-suite facilities with plenty of space and privacy. Decorated with antique furniture but well equipped and practical for modern living. Cognac is known for its distillieries, but children will love the playgrounds by the river where boats can be hired, watch jazz bands in July and discover a covered market with fish stalls, local produce and local wines. The Cognac golf course has a restaurant overlooking the pretty countryside. For a day out to the beach, Royan is an hour away. La Rochelle with its old harbour, shops and well known aquarium.

    Large living room. Large dining room. Sitting room. Well-equipped modern kitchen. Laundry room. Separate WC. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. First floor: Four bedrooms; one king size with en-suite bathroom/WC, with shower and bath, one double with en-suite bathroom/WC, two twin bedrooms (one with 120cm beds) with en-suite bathrooms with double basin. Separate WC. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms (can also be double). Shower room/WC

    • Large enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private enclosed swimming pool with alarm (12 x 6m, depth 1-2m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels and TNT)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Nercillac (shop, café, restaurant), 5km from Jarnac (River Charente, supermarkets, market, cafés, restaurant, tennis), 12km from Cognac (golf, shops, supermarkets, hospital, boat trips, distillieries), 80km from Royan (beaches), 120km from La Rochelle (old city, airport, shops, aquarium), 120km from Bordeaux (airport, vineyards), 30km from Angoulême (cartoon/comic museum, shops, restaurants).

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  • Chez Gill

    Cressé, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    15
    7
    0
    6
    Ref: FA236

    A delightful, spacious property, beautifully renovated to provide comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation. In a tranquil setting on the outskirts of the village, with views over the fields beyond, this lovely old mill house with small river running beneath and separate cottage are set beside a stream with a central courtyard separating the two properties. (Although the stream may dry up in Summer, careful supervision of young children is recommended). It has a good-sized garden with a large patio, flower beds and lawns, and a large shady area with trees. Helpful owners occupy the right wing of the main house but have separate access. The Roman town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély is a 30 minute drive with boating lake, cobbled streets and excellent twice-weekly market for fresh local produce, and the historical town of Angoulême is 1 hours’ drive. An ideal situation for cycling and walking in the gentle countryside all around.

    Main House: Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with additional single bed. Two shower room/WCs. Cottage: All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC, over-bath shower

    • Lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Private swimming pool (11m x 5.5m, depth 1m to 1.7m), Roman steps and shower
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot and h/chair on request
    • Swings
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Cressé (shops), 10km from Matha (shops and restaurant), 40km from Cognac (golf, all facilities), 50km from Saintes (boutiques, Roman arena and boat trips on the Charente), 100km from beaches.

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