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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

    Grade
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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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  • Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Grade
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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 Amis

    St. Medard-de-Rouillac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • 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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  • Maison de la Mouette

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • 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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  • Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: FJC062

    These beautiful holiday apartments (refs FJC061 and FJC062) are situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. FJC061 has a very comfortable lounge with a woodburner, as well as a large screen television, perfect for relaxing in front of in an evening. Both apartments have original features, including exposed stonework and beams dating back to the 15th century. The discreet owner lives on site. There is also a shared swimming pool (24m², open May-Sep) to enjoy. The lovely village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, officially listed as one of the most attractive in France since 1993, has small traditional shops, bars and restaurants within 200m. Tennis and a popular river beach can be found just 500m down the road. Golf course 8km. Shop 200m and restaurant 50m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/diner. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 twin bedrooms.

    Electric heating. Cot. 2 highchairs. Wi-fi. Dishwasher. Fridge. Microwave. Shared garden. Terrace. Garden furniture. On street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Step into shower.

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  • La Boninière

    Neuvy-Bouin, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    4
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    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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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    5
    1
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    1
    Ref: FCH165

    This semi-detached holiday home is full of charm, situated within a group of similar properties, and is an ideal base for a family or friends alike. It lies just 100m from the sea and 1km from all amenities, as well as the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. Discover the surrounding area on foot or hire a bicycle. Attractions on the island, not to be missed, include Baleines lighthouse, the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars. As well as the outdoor, heated swimming pool (open mid-Apr to mid-Sept), there is also table tennis, petanque and an outdoor children’s play area. On-site there is a bakery service and a launderette (payable on-site). A car is recommended. Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, alcove with bunk bed, single bed in lounge.

    Internet connection, dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Chez Robin

    Dompierre-sur-Charente, Charente Maritime

    Grade
    5
    2
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    Ref: FA149

    Set in the grounds of owners’ home, this cottage was originally part of the outbuildings and has been restored to create a simple, comfortable holiday property. The River Charente meanders past approx 300m from the property - fishing permits can be bought locally. Superb beaches at St. Georges-de-Didonne and Royan approx 1 hour’s drive. Further selection of shops and restaurants in the riverside village of Chaniers, a 10-minute drive where river boats can be hired. Visit Saintes, the Roman capital of Aquitaine and Cognac with its distilleries. Golf and riding a 20-minute drive.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with French window. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed

    • Shared enclosed garden
    • Terrace, steep steps
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
    • Telephone
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (one English channel)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Table tennis
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 5km from Chanier (PO, restaurants, bar, pharmacy, newsagent), 15km from Saintes (restaurants, bars, boutiques, cathedral, river cruises, golf), 15km from Cognac (distilleries, old town, blues festival in July), 40km from Royan/St. Georges-de-Didonne (sandy beaches).

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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH191

    This 19th century barn has been converted into two lovely holiday properties (FCH190 and FCH191), which can be booked together, and are decorated in a contemporary style to a good standard. Both properties feature a fully fitted kitchen, great lounge with large comfortable seating area and contemporary bedrooms. They also enjoy their own sitting-out area, and share the outdoor heated swimming pool (60m², open May-Sep), and the large enclosed terraced area behind the swimming pool gives plenty of space for children to play. The gités are situated in the heart of the Charente-Maritime countryside and there are several pretty villages and beach lakes close by. Matha, 10km, has all the main amenities, and there is also the attractive town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély, 25km away. A little further are the lovely beaches at Châtelaillon-Plage, the chic île de Ré and the lovely historic city of La Rochelle with its harbour and selection of cafés and restaurants from which to watch the world go by. Shop and restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single.

    Portable radiator, cot, highchair, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steep turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Bethines

    Bethines

    Grade
    5
    3
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    1
    Ref: W14868

    Situated in the hamlet of Vrassac, within walking distance of the pretty village of Bethines, La Petite Grange is a picturesque detached, stone built holiday cottage. Many of the property’s charming details have been enhanced during restoration and now boasts an open-plan lounge/dining area. The expansive Brenne National Park is ideal for nature lovers with fishing and walking amongst the activities available. Nearby St. Savin has architectural features dating from the 13th century whilst Le Blanc and Montmorillon, also within easy reach of Vrassac, are both rich with historic and natural interest. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 1.2km, beach 45km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 single bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, CD player, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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