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Poitou-Charentes

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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  • Chirac

    Chirac

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    Ref: FJC056

    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, 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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  • Loge De Marie

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
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    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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  • Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W13897

    It is very unusual to find a property for four as spacious and as well equipped as this one. Outside, the gardens are mainly lawned, and include a large patio area and a covered area with a drinks fridge. The pretty village of Beaulieu is approximately 2.5km. The very popular fishing and swimming lakes ’Lacs de Haute Charente’ are approximately 35km, as is a water park at Angoulême. Enjoy day trips to ’Futuroscope’ and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic ocean at Royan and La Palmyre. Shop 2.5km, café/bar and restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, second lounge, utility room. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heaters, woodburner, open fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. One pet welcome. NB: The ground floor bathroom and utility room can only be accessed externally.

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  • Chirac

    Chirac

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • Maison de la Mouette

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F17345

    In the beautiful and unspoilt Ile de Ré, near the beaches and hamlet of Les Grenettes, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in a very quiet position. It is cosy, tastefully decorated and has its own terrace with lawn overlooking the enclosed swimming pool which is shared with 2 other properties. The old town of La Rochelle is 20 minutes away which is reached by crossing a bridge, and bicycles are ideal here. There are miles of cycle tracks along the sand dunes, and nearby are the trendy resorts of Saint Martin or La Flotte. Can be booked together with F17285 to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor, corner kitchen and French door to terrace and garden. Two double bedrooms. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Patio
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m to 2.5m) available May-Oct
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m from beach, 1.5km from La Noue (shops, bars, restaurants), 7km from La Flotte (all facilities), 10km from La Rochelle (old harbour, shops, museums, aquarium, airport).

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  • Relais du Colombier

    Beurlay, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
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    Ref: F17350

    In between the Roman town of Saintes and the naval city of Rochefort, this 17th-century Charentaise house is set in the heart of Beurlay, next to the owner’s historic property. Restored to a good standard using eco materials, the 140m² interior is tastefully decorated and well-equipped with large rooms and a veranda. With a marvellous large enclosed garden and rose trees, it also has 3-hectare grounds. The large heated and tiled swimming pool is enclosed with stone walls and decorated with little palm trees, flowers and marble statues. Beurlay is an ideal holiday base for visiting the wealth of land and sea attractions in the area.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Veranda. Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, over-bath shower. WC. First floor: Sitting area. Double bedroom. Shower room. WC

    • Garden
    • Heated pool (10m x 5m, depth 1-2m), occasionally shared with owners only, open Jun-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Bicycles
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • No smoking.

    Location: Beurlay (shops, café, restaurant), 15km from Saintes (boat trips, golf), 28km from Fouras (beaches, Ile d’Aix, golf), 37km from Royan (beaches, ferry to Médoc vineyards, golf), 49km from Cognac (distilleries) and La Rochelle (aquarium, boat trips, golf).

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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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  • Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

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  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

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  • Montignac-le-Coq

    Montignac-le-Coq

    Grade
    4
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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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  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F17261

    Along the estuary of the Gironde, near the beaches of Meschers and Royan this old fisherman’s cottage is set in the lively village of Mortagne. The property has a courtyard with a large barbecue in a fireplace and a lovely enclosed patio, and you can see the estuary from the top floor main bedroom. With an attractive blue and white decor, this ecological gîte is a good value holiday, 2 minutes’ walk from the harbour. A bike riding, walking and horse riding paradise, it is only 20 minutes’ drive from the sandy beaches of Royan. Visit the zoo of La Palmyre north of Royan as well as the pretty town of Talmont with a Roman church and views over the estuary.

    Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen, sofa bed and door to enclosed walled patio. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed patio
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from Mortagne (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis, Tuesday and Thursday market), 26km S of Royan (beaches, casino, gardens, boat trips), 39km SW of Saintes (golf, Roman abbey, boat trips), 40km from La Palmyre (zoo).

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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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