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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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  • 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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  • Maison Massignac

    Massignac

    Grade
    4
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    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.

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  • Gondeville

    Gondeville

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: FJC059

    These two pretty terraced cottages (FJC058 and FJC059) both sleep 4 guests and sit nestled in the Charente countryside. They both have a sunny terrace to enjoy al fresco dining and benefit from a shared outdoor swimming pool (50m², open May-Sep). The small village of Gondeville with amenities is located in the Cognac region, and the town of Cognac is just 14km away. Explore the old town with its half-timbered buildings and medieval narrow streets and brand warehouses. Saint-Simon is a pretty riverside village, 6km away, where you can enjoy a boat trip along the river. Shop 500m, restaurant 2km.

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

    Electric heating, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 5 steps to entrance and 5 steps to terrace.

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  • Relais du Colombier

    Beurlay, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    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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  • Gondeville

    Gondeville

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: FJC058

    These two pretty terraced cottages (FJC058 and FJC059) both sleep 4 guests and sit nestled in the Charente countryside. They both have a sunny terrace to enjoy al fresco dining and benefit from a shared outdoor swimming pool (50m², open May-Sep). The small village of Gondeville with amenities is located in the Cognac region, and the town of Cognac is just 14km away. Explore the old town with its half-timbered buildings and medieval narrow streets and brand warehouses. Saint-Simon is a pretty riverside village, 6km away, where you can enjoy a boat trip along the river. Shop 500m, restaurant 2km.

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

    Electric heating, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 5 steps to entrance and 5 steps to terrace.

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  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
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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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  • Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W13604

    This detached single storey holiday cottage with private swimming pool combines peace and quiet with comfort and style, and boasts original beams and exposed stonework. The large enclosed garden features a stunning 10m x 3m pool, fruit orchard, large lawn, poolside barbecue and patio. Many villages (Rom 3km) and towns (Couhé 6km) are nearby, with markets, cafés, bars and restaurants. For wine routes, shopping and sightseeing visit Poitiers (40km) or for a day trip to the beach and port at La Rochelle (98km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

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

    Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD, washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    4
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    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.

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  • Le Vieux Four

    Cherves-Châtelars, Charente

    Grade
    4
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    2
    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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  • Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    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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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, near Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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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  • La Boninière

    Neuvy-Bouin, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: F79149

    This spacious gîte has been thoughtfully renovated throughout, whilst retaining charming original oak beams and exposed granite walls. The bright kitchen/dining area is well equipped and leads into a spacious, comfortable living area. La Boninière has its own paved terrace and barbecue for outdoor dining with views over the two hectares of private grounds and the tranquil countryside beyond. The large, shared, solar heated pool is surrounded by a terrace, a covered seating area and children’s play area. Cycles and child carriers are also available for guests. Beautiful rolling countryside surrounds La Bonninière and is ideal for walking, cycling, bird watching and photography.

    Four steps to ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower cubicle

    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.25m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: In the village of Neuvy-Bouin (bar/restaurant), 3km from Largeasse (bar/restaurant, boulangerie), 8km from Secondigny (all facilities), 50km from Puy du Fou.

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