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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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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    5
    3
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    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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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    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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  • Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH093

    These simple but well maintained, 2 bedroom, terraced holiday gites, situated within the owner’s grounds, have fitted kitchens within the large open living area, which gives access onto the covered terrace. Beyond here is a shared garden. Enjoy sitting outside in the shade or sunshine eating your croissants on the east-facing terrace, or enjoy a game of table tennis. Visit the pretty village of Talmont-sur-Gironde, 6km to the west on the Gironde estuary, or a further 4km up the coast is the lovely beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde. Royan is another 5km up the coast, and is a very popular resort with a vast choice of shops and restaurants. Children will love the famous zoo at La Palmyre, 35.5km. If you prefer, head inland and visit the pretty, bustling town of Saintes, 30km, or Cognac, 50km, and visit the distilleries. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), shared washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning, open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Logis de la Treille - Kingfisher

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17348

    Logis de la Treille is set in a lovely position, on the border of Charente-Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne. It shares large gardens and also a beautiful swimming pool (open May-October, heated June-September). The villages of La Roche Chalais, Saint Emilion, or nearer Saint Aigulin are all less than half an hour’s drive, while the magnificent city of Bordeaux is one hour away. The River Dronne offers fishing and canoeing, and there is also a beach on the river at Aubeterre with water sports and pedalos. Also a welcoming water park is in La Roche-Chalais that the children will love! There are lovely markets all around but the one not to be missed is in Libourne three times a week. The Dordogne can be explored one hour away. A perfect location for a peaceful holiday!

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with step up to dining room. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French doors to roof terrace. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French door to roof terrace. All rooms with river views.

    Location: 5km from St. Aigulin (shops, café, restaurant), 10km from La Roche Chalais (market, tennis, water park), 30km from Aubeterre (beach on river, fishing, pedalos), 35km from St Emilion (wine tastings, châteaux, restaurants), 79km from Bordeaux (main city, museums, shops, airport).

    Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m), open May-Oct, heated Jun-Sep
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

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  • La Tonnelle

    Saint Simon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17100

    This attractive farmhouse next to the owner’s home has been carefully restored to retain its traditional charm and character. The spacious interior has cool rooms, whilst the typical farmhouse dining kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances. From this room, patio doors open on to the terrace and poolside. This is ideal for families, having enclosed shady gardens with swings and a private swimming pool. Set in peaceful countryside, within walking distance of the sleepy village of Saint Simon, the area is a delight to discover. Colourful markets abound in the nearby villages and wine-tasting of the local ‘Pineau’ aperitif can be found everywhere. With the fine sandy beaches of Meschers and the fascinating port of Royan just twenty-five minutes drive, the location is perfect. Other attractions are the historical city of Saintes, just a short drive and the bustling sea-side resort of La Palmyre with its zoo, water park and marvellous beaches - a haven for families with children. An ideal holiday base.

    Entrance via large French windows from patio beside swimming pool. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep open stairs with low beams up to cosy living room and three bedrooms; one double with basin, two twin

    • Covered pergola
    • Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1.2m - 1.7m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steep stairs not suitable for the elderly, infirm or toddlers.

    Location: 1km from Saint Simon de Pellouaille (small grocers, bread available), 6km N of Gémozac (all facilities, market), beaches 30km, Royan 34km (ferry to Médoc, casino), 45km from La Palmyre Zoo (large monkey park).

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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH166

    The Île de Ré is a veritable paradise set on the ocean across from La Rochelle. The land is level and ideal for discovering the area on foot or on bicycle. On the island, there are certain unmissable sights such as Baleines lighthouse and the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars. This terraced holiday property is situated on a complex just 100m from the sea and 1km from amenities and the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. As well as the outdoor, heated, shared 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 launderette (payable on-site). Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 bunk, 2 single beds in lounge.

    Colour TV (French channels only), internet connection, dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Logis de la Treille - Otter

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17349

    Logis de la Treille is set in a lovely position, on the border of Charente-Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne. It shares large gardens and also a beautiful swimming pool (open May-October, heated June-September). The villages of La Roche Chalais, Saint Emilion, or nearer Saint Aigulin are all less than half an hour’s drive, while the magnificent city of Bordeaux is one hour away. The River Dronne offers fishing and canoeing, and there is also a beach on the river at Aubeterre with water sports and pedalos. Also a welcoming water park is in La Roche-Chalais that the children will love! There are lovely markets all around but the one not to be missed is in Libourne three times a week. The Dordogne can be explored one hour away. A perfect location for a peaceful holiday!

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living room with step down to dining room/kitchen with two French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with French doors to private terrace. Shower room/WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French door to roof terrace. All rooms with river views.

    Location: 5km from St. Aigulin (shops, café, restaurant), 10km from La Roche Chalais (market, tennis, water park), 30km from Aubeterre (beach on river, fishing, pedalos), 35km from St Emilion (wine tastings, châteaux, restaurants), 79km from Bordeaux (main city, museums, shops, airport).

    Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m), open May-Oct, heated Jun-Sep
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

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  • Pat-Stef

    Saint Augustin, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17229

    Situated in a quiet residential area just a five minute drive from the beautiful beach of La Grande Côte, this practical house is all on one level above a garage. With a large enclosed garden, ideal for children to play in, it also enjoys a south facing terrace, ideal for outdoor dining. The French rustic interior is comfortable, with an open fire and several French windows opening on to the terrace. In the centre of the village is a good bakery serving traditional French baguettes, and in the summer there is a morning market. At Grande Côte there are plenty of good restaurants overlooking the sea, as well as tennis and windsurfing. There is also the opportunity to play golf just 3kms away. To the south is the resort of Royan, famous for its gardens, casino and thalassotherapy, and also convenient for boat trips to nearby islands and the prestigious wine-growing area of the Médoc, which also boasts many stunning châteaux. A short drive is the town of La Palmyre, with its market, restaurants and superb zoo.

    Entrance up a few steps to terrace, or via interior staircase and garage. Large living/dining room with open fire and patio door to terrace. Kitchen with door to garden. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with double basin and shower cubicle. Separate WC

    • Large garden with terrace
    • Full oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Parking in garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m to centre of Saint Augustin (shops, café, restaurant), 3km to 18 hole golf course, 4.5km to Grande Côte (beach, sea, restaurants), 10km N of Royan (casino, boat trips, shops), 10km to La Palmyre.

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  • Chez Françoise

    Royan, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17364

    This three bedroom apartment lies just 150 metres from the largest sandy beach in Royan, one of the Charente-Maritime’s most popular resorts. Bright and airy, the fully-fitted kitchen leads onto the dining area and living room, from where guests can access a small garden. The beach is less than two minutes’ walk, and sits next to a marina and port. Within 10 minutes’ walk there is a choice of shops including a bakers and grocers, cafés and restaurants, together with a daily market, and the town has all facilities. Situated in the second sunniest area of France, don’t miss historic La Rochelle and the islands of Oléron, and especially Ré.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Three bedrooms: One double, one twin, one bunk, each with laminate floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Small garden
    • Shared grounds
    • Gas and electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • On street parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 600m from the centre of Royan (shops, cafés, restaurants, daily market), 70km S of La Rochelle (historic centre with shops, old harbour and museums), 75km S of Ile de Ré (beautiful, unspoiled island with quaint villages and marina).

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  • La Chapelle St. Etienne

    La Chapelle St. Etienne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W15057

    This 19th-century semi-detached holiday home, adjoining the owner’s home, has a vast garden with countryside views. Within a 5-minute drive is l’Absie with cafés, restaurants and a supermarket while 15km away is the larger town of La Chataigneraie. Visit attractive local towns and markets, and the fantastic battle re-enactment show at Le Puy du Fou (45km) and Futuroscope (85km). The Vendée beaches make a great day out as does La Rochelle (95km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, shower room (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping beamed ceiling in twin bedroom. Pond in garden. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Chez Chabot

    Rioux, nr. Saintes, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17355

    This three-bedroom, traditional Charente house has been transformed by the owner into a spacious and bright holiday gîte, fitted with all modern conveniences and opening onto a wonderful Mediterranean garden with a private swimming pool. The owner, a landscape gardener, has created a lovely garden with palms, olive trees, yuccas and exotic plants, blended with several water features and areas to relax in. The pool water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an eco-system of water plants, much the same principle as with a mountain stream. The Roman city of Saintes is a 10-minute drive, with its street markets, cafés and restaurants and is located on the banks of the River Charente. Beaches are just over half an hour away, the zoo at La Palmyre is one of the best in Europe and there are vineyard and distillery tours at Cognac.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Kingsize bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom (zip and link, can be 2ft 6in twin). Twin bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling

    • Garden with water features and pond
    • Patio
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 10km SW of Saintes (market town, all facilities), 28km NE of Meschers (beach), 32km E of Royan (seaside resort), 35km W of Cognac (home to the famous brandy).

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  • Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14996

    This delightful duplex holiday apartment is situated in the lovely village of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, just 7km from the seaside resort Royan, and 150 metres from the sea. The sandy beaches of the Platin and Grande Côte are within walking distance, and all amenities are nearby. This complex has a large shared heated swimming pool (available mid Jun to mid Sep), sauna and children’s play area. Visit La Rochelle, 78km, and take a boat to the famous Charentaise islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron for a fun-filled day out, or stay closer to home with a trip to Royan, with its sandy beaches and picturesque marina. Shops 100m, café/bar and restaurant 1.8km, beach 700m.

    External stairs to ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom, single sofa bed and single pull-out bed in lounge.

    Cot and highchair on request, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi (at reception), dishwasher, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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