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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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  • 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.

  • Plein Soleil

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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
    0
    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).

  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    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).

  • Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    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
    1
    1
    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.

  • Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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.

  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FJD040

    Set on a holiday park, both properties make comfortable accommodation in the Poitou-Charentes region, where the sun is guaranteed, with many facilities for (young) families and seniors. The bungalows are located on well-maintained, picturesque land, where you can enjoy the garden or the large terrace with barbecue. The shared outdoor swimming pool (120m²) is ideal for a lazy day soaking up the sun whilst the children roam freely. Nearby, discover the golf course with 27 holes, as well as a range of activities, such as horseback riding, hiking the large adjacent forest, fishing and cycling. The cities of Niort and Poitiers can be reached within 30 minutes, with a wide range of shopping to suit everyone. Within a radius of 50km, there are many attractions including shows and theme parks, such as Futuroscope. A day on the coast is also not to be missed with La Rochelle and Ile de Ré within an hour and a half drive. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 50km.

    The shared outdoor swimming pool (120m²) is ideal for a lazy day soaking up the sun whilst the children roam freely. Nearby, discover the golf course with 27 holes, as well as a range of activities, such as horseback riding, hiking the large adjacent forest, fishing and cycling. The cities of Niort and Poitiers can be reached within 30 minutes, with a wide range of shopping to suit everyone.

    Within a radius of 50km, there are many attractions including shows and theme parks, such as Futuroscope. A day on the coast is also not to be missed with La Rochelle and Ile de Ré within an hour and a half drive.

    Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 50km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 twin bedrooms.

    Electric heating, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue. Sorry, no pets.

  • Maison Massignac

    Massignac

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: FJC054

    This delightful, semi-detached holiday property is constructed of wood and brick and stands not far from the town of Massignac in the Charente region of the south west of France. The property boasts exposed brickwork and beams, large comfortble sofas, tiled and wooden floors, and there are even chandeliers! Visit Rochechouart, 14 km from Massignac, or other popular places nearby including La Rochefoucauld, 21km, a small town just to the north east of Angoulême, best known for its castle. Saint-Junien, 28km, is also worth a visit, and has been an important centre for glove production for over 5 centuries.

    Steps to entrance. Living room with tiled floors and wood-burning stove. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor and breakfast bar. Two bedrooms: One double, one bunk, each with wooden floor. Landing with seating area. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Steep turning stairs to first floor. Beams throughout, some low

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Central heating (partial underfloor)
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 5km from lake, 5km from shops, 5km from restaurant, 45km from Angoulême.

  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W12539

    These three wonderful holiday properties have been completely removed by the Britsh owners and enjoy shared use of the above-ground swimming pool as well as a large shared garden with children play facilities. The smallest of the three, a two 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.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

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

  • Loge De Marie

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F17285

    Just ten minutes drive from La Rochelle, this property nestles in a quiet position at the end of a lane and shares the grounds and nice swimming pool with two other properties. With a shady terrace ideal for dinner parties, the cottage is all on one level, practical with tiled floors and pretty pink interior. You can walk to the beach of La Noue where children will enjoy windsurfing, or just playing on the white sandy beaches picking lovely shells. Nice, good value restaurants and cafés serving pancakes and the local aperitif ’Pineau’. The markets are full of fresh fish, mussels and farm produce every day. Do not miss a visit to La Rochelle old harbour, museum and aquarium as well as the trendy shops. Can be booked together with F17345 to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door to terrace. Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room with patio door to garden. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Shared garden
    • Private terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5-2.5m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV (limited English channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m from beach, 1.5km from La Noue (shops, bars, restaurants), 7km from La Flotte (all facilities), 7km from La Rochelle (all facilities).

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