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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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  • Les Musses

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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    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).

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  • Plein Soleil

    Saujon, Charente-Maritime

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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).

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  • Nouaillé Maupertuis

    Nouaillé Maupertuis

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    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.

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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

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    Ref: FCH083

    This semi-detached holiday property, attached to the owner’s house, offers a rustic-style interior with stone walls and exposed beams. Both the holiday property and the owner’s property have private entrances and patios. The garden leads to shared grounds, through which the peaceful waters of the River Boutonne run. The pretty village of Dampierre-sur-Boutonne is home to magnificent ancient monuments, including the original stained glass windows and sculptures at the St. Pierre church, which is 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. DVD player. Wi-fi. 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.

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  • La Maison Brechet

    Palzay Naudouin, Charente

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    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).

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  • Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

    Dampierre-sur-Boutonne

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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.

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  • Chirac

    Chirac

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    Ref: FJC057

    These terraced holiday cottages are on a small complex of three in the hamlet of La Sechère. The cottages date back to the 17th century, but now provide very comfortable accommodation. Each has its own south facing terrace with arbour, garden furniture and barbecue, and the vast enclosed grounds are shared by the three cottages. Within the grounds is a 10m x 5m above ground, shared swimming pool (available May-Sep), which has a raised wooden terrace with additional seating and tables. Or you can relax in one of the several shaded areas within the grounds. There is also pétanque, badminton and plenty of room to kick a ball around or practise a few swings of golf - there is an 18-hole golf course within 10km. Some of the lake beaches nearby have water sports, pedaloes and restaurants, and there is an adventure park at Massignac, 20 minutes, which includes a Go Ape in the Trees (Accrobranche). The lovely town of Confolens, also 20 minutes away, has a Vélorail (cycle railway), and the famous Vallée des Singes (Monkey Park) is an hour away. The local village is great for shopping and cafés. There is a selection of restaurants too. Properties FJC057 and FJC056 can be booked together. Shop and restaurant 2km.

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

    Gas heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, microwave, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Le Vieux Four

    Cherves-Châtelars, Charente

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    Ref: F16212

    Set in peaceful rural hamlet above the village of Cherves-Châtelars, this former hamlet bakery has retained the oven (in the stone wall of the living room) but has now become a delightful detached holiday cottage. There is a shaded, furnished barbecue terrace for summer meals by the private swimming pool with distant views over the wooded valley. Enjoy a day out at the activity lakes of Lacs des Hauts Charentes at Massignac, 15km, with beaches, boating and windsurfing, or try canoeing on the Bonnieure river at Chasseneuil. Fly via Limoges or Poitiers.

    Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Snug. Bathroom/WC. Five steps to double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Twin bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.4m to 2.5m), open Jun-Sep
    • Heating
    • Woodburner
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (English channels)
    • CD
    • Cot
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steps throughout ground floor.

    Location: 2km from Cherves-Châtelars (shops and bar), 6km from Chasseneuil (war monument, restaurants, cafés, supermarket, all facilities), Charente activity lake 15km, golf 20km, 45km from Angoulême (open markets, cathedral, shopping), 60km from Limoges (famous for its porcelain).

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  • Les Amis

    St. Medard-de-Rouillac, Charente

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    Ref: F16134

    With spectacular sunsets, surrounded by sunflowers and grapevines, this holiday property is set in a beautiful rural area, near Rouillac. The charming English owner lives next door, and is very helpful for local information. The huge lake of Angoulême is close by for bathing and waterskiing, and Cognac has many distilleries, a wonderful golf-course, indoor market, and boat trips on the river. The seaside is also just an hour away, with Royan and sandy beaches, as well as La Rochelle with the old harbour and aquarium, and boat trips to L’Ile d’Aix. Fly via La Rochelle or Poitiers.

    All on one level: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. Utility room. Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Courtyard
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 8km from Rouillac (shopping, cafés, restaurants), 30km N of Cognac (distilleries, jazz festival in July, boat trips), 38km NW of Angoulême (lake, waterskiing, golf).

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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

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    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
    • Wi-fi
    • 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).

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  • Montignac-le-Coq

    Montignac-le-Coq

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    Ref: FJC046

    This holiday cottage nestles on the hillside of the hamlet of Servolle and features a large garden with a glorious infinity swimming pool (55m², open May-Sep), which offers views over the surrounding countryside. There is a small restaurant within a 5-minute drive, shops and a supermarket in pretty Montmoreau, 10 minutes and a beach lake at the very pretty village of Aubeterre, 15 minutes. If you visit in September, the classic cars street race around the old ramparts in the lovely town of Angoulême is a must. Shop 8km, restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet, basin and bidet, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to terrace.

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  • Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Grade
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    Ref: W15223

    Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, this stone holiday cottage with its bright and spacious rooms is an ideal retreat for a couple or a small family wishing to relax and enjoy the countryside, or visit the many pretty villages in the area. Visit the medieval town of Poitiers for sightseeing, shopping and wine routes (50km). For a fun day out and within an hour’s drive, visit the theme park Futuroscope and the Natutilus Water Park in Angoulème, or discover Île de Ré for for a day on the beach. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (20m², open mid May-mid Sep). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize leading to 1 twin.

    Woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (English channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared grounds, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings and beams in bedrooms.

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