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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Lake House

    St. Aubin-de-Plain, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F79143

    The Lake House is a delightful character farmhouse, a 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful rolling countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Farm on the Lake (F79142). The Lake House has exposed beams, a magnificent decorative stone fireplace and stone pillars in the grand living room. There is a large country kitchen/dining room and a lovely outdoor covered terrace dining/sitting area. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. A horse riding school is 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the Vendée beaches for a day’s outing.

    Ground floor: Entrance from covered terrace to large country kitchen/dining room. Large living room with decorative fireplace. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Terrace
    • 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
    • Shared air-temperature heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK channels only)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

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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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  • The Farm on the Lake

    St. Aubin-du-Plain, Deux Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F79142

    The Lake House is a delightful character stone farmhouse, a former 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Lake House (F79143). The Lake House features exposed beams and a large decorative stone fireplace. There is a country kitchen, lovely outdoor dining terrace with lake views, antique furniture, large galleried landing and ample space throughout. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. Horse riding school 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the beaches of Vendée for a day’s outing.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall leading to large living/dining room with decorative fireplace. Country kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Dining terrace
    • Shared 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
    • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK channels only)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

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  • Le Genet

    La Bossière-en-Gâtine, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FA274

    Set on the edge of a tiny rural hamlet, this delightful, comfortably furnished, old stone farmhouse offers peace and quiet together with great views over unspoilt countryside. Set in an enclosed garden, this holiday home is south facing and features a fenced pool and partly walled, paved terrace area - a real sun trap, and wooden decked terrace. It is just 3 minutes’ drive to the village of Allone, and 8km to Secondigny. Visit the pretty medieval market town of Parthenay, with its old quarter, cobbled streets and weekly market. The beautiful ‘Green Venice’ (known to the French as the Marais Poitevin) is close by. Within a 45 minute drive lies Pescalis, just south of Moncoutant, 250 acres of fishing and leisure complex. Futuroscope, Europe’s leading cinema theme park, is 65km. Discover the delightful old port, shops and restaurants of La Rochelle, 112km, and the glorious sunny beaches of the Vendée are just over one hour’s drive away.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and ornamental stone fireplace. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.35m)
    • Oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Very low windows (take care with children).

    Location: 8km from Secondigny (shops, banks, supermarket, lake with watersports, municipal pool), 11km from Parthenay (restaurants, market), 60km from beaches, 65km from Futuroscope.

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  • Bouillé-Loretz

    Bouillé-Loretz

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: FJD028

    This holiday house with 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, features exposed beams and stonework. The downstairs bathroom has a shower over bath and separate toilet, whilst upstairs the master double bedroom has an en-suite and the third bathroom is a shower room with toilet. The nearest villages are Bouillé-Loretz, 3km, or Thouars, 10km. Montreuil-Bellay, 10km, has an attractive château and ramparts, and just beyond is the town of Saumur with its castle. Here you are in the heart of the wine producing areas of the Loire Valley. Fishing 4km, golf 10km and public swimming pool, 12km. Shop 3km, restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, second lounge, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite shower with toilet and basin, 1 twin.

    Central heating (partially underfloor), open fire in lounge, electric woodburner in second lounge, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Steps up to one of the double bedrooms.

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  • La Seringa

    Jarnac, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F16216

    Set in a very quiet position in a tiny old stone village in between Cognac, Jarnac and Angoulême, this old farm house enjoys an indoor heated swimming pool which nestles in the summer house with a beautiful bougainvillier. This attached property has kept its original features with stone walls, and French rustic furniture. A short distance away are the distilleries of Cognac or Jarnac, both with the River Charente and boat trips. Or Angoulême with a large lake ideal for waterskiing. For a day out try the beaches of Fouras or take the ferry and discover the last retreat of Napoléon, Ile d’Aix near La Rochelle. An ideal holiday base to discover the Charente countryside.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, beams and patio doors to courtyard. Sitting room. Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Bathroom/WC with shower cubicle

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m, depth 0.9-1.75m)
    • Telephone (incoming calls only)
    • Oil heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Radio/CD
    • T/cot
    • Summer house
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4.5km from Mérignac (shops, cafés, restaurants), 12km from Jarnac (river), 27km from Cognac (distilleries, market, river, museums, golf courses), 21km from Angoulême (lake, old city, shops), 100km from Fouras (sea, beaches, ferry), 118km from La Rochelle.

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  • La Jacaranda

    Loiré-sur-Nie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17361

    This semi-detached holiday property sits in the village of Loiré-sur-Nie, with a private pool and an enclosed garden. La Jacaranda is spacious and includes a galleried living room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and stonework. The village has a general store and at a short distance is Aulnay with a market on Mondays and Thursdays and its 12th-century Romanesque church. Visit St. Jean d’Angély, with its European Centre of Culture, and the riverside town of Cognac, with tours of the brandy distilleries. In addition to local walks, there is tennis, cycling and pétanque. For days out, the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle, with its historic port, shops and architecture, and the Marais Poitevin are worth a visit.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. WC. High sloping ceilings

    • Garden with unfenced pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Patio
    • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 2m)
    • Heaters
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 10km S of Aulnay (shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafés), 20km E of Saint-Jean-d’Angély (shops, A10 autoroute), 75km E of Châtelaillon-Plage (beach), 85km E of La Rochelle.

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  • Château du Treuil

    Burie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17253

    This elegant 18th-century château stands in 2.7 hectares of walled grounds, in an idyllic peaceful setting of imposing trees with a large formal garden with statues. The superb mosaic tiled swimming pool has a lovely covered terrace, which makes the ideal place for dining in the shade. Completely modernised, this side part of the château is spacious, and modern. Located in the little village of Burie with shops, it is in an area rich in history and culture, with the cities of Cognac and Saintes only a twenty minute drive. Tours of the distilleries and boat trips can be taken, as well as classical and jazz festivals and their beautiful golf courses. For a day out, Fouras is a short drive away and visitors can take a ferry to Ile d’Aix, the last retreat of Napoleon. A little further afield is the old harbour of La Rochelle with its aquarium and many interesting shops, as well a lovely beach and clear blue waters.

    Large living/dining room. Well equipped kitchen. Shower room/WC. Mezzanine with sitting room and Syrian furniture. Master bedroom (four poster bed) with feature open window overlooking living room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Exterior shower room/WC with hydromassage shower. Utility

    • Large lawned garden
    • Shared grounds
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.90 - 2.15m)
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Radio/CD
    • T/cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden dining furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Gas barbecue
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: The very discreet owner lives in the château.

    Location: 800m from Burie (shops, cafés, restaurant), 14km NW of Cognac (shops, markets, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 19km NE of Saintes (abbey, concerts, boat trips, golf), 55km from Royan (beach).

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  • Château de Nue

    Loudun, Vienne

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F86129

    In a secluded and quiet position near the attractive town of Loudun, this 19th-century château is full of character and stands in extensive grounds. The interior is spacious and furnished with period antiques, with high ceilings and large stone ornamental fireplaces, whilst also incorporating the comforts of modern living. In front of the château there is an enclosed courtyard, small garden, sheltered terrace and barbecue area, ideal for al-fresco dining. The private swimming pool is well away from the château to assure total privacy. Well placed to explore the Loire region with its ancient towns, villages, famous vineyards and châteaux including Chinon, Saumur and Fontevraud Abbey. Two of the prettiest villages in France are also near here, Candes St. Martin and Montsoreau. The discreet, friendly owner’s home adjoins the property.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Beams and tiled floors throughout. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Two twin bedrooms. All with wooden floors. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden with five steps
    • Shared 8-hectare grounds
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (9m diameter, depth 1m to 1.4m), open mid Jun-mid Sep
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • See saw
    • Table tennis
    • Petanque field
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 4km from Loudun (café-bars, restaurants, shops), 15km from golf course, 19km E of Thouars (town, château, markets, all facilities), 25km SW of Chinon (château, riverside beach, all facilities), 58km NW of Poitiers (Futuroscope Theme Park), 78km SW of Tours (all facilities, TGV to Paris - 50 minutes).

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