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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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  • 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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  • Oradour Fanais

    Oradour Fanais

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FJC043

    This holiday home is situated in the small village of Oradour-Fanais, at the heart of the Charentaise countryside. Its south-facing terrace is partly shaded for those hot summer days. The above ground swimming pool overlooks an enclosed garden and one of the bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. A wide range of shops and facilities can be found at Brillac (8km to the south) and Confolens (17km). Within a 20-minute drive is a lake with a beach as well as golf at Mortemart. Oradour-sur-Glane, the setting for poignant events of WWll, is 35km, while the family will enjoy Futuroscope Poitiers (80km to the north). Shop 300m, restaurant 8km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Central heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Drop from terrace.

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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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  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FJD041

    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, 3 twin bedrooms.

    Electric heating, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue. Sorry, no pets.

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  • La Doucéane

    Aytré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17358

    This three bedroom, two bathroom, detached holiday home with private unheated swimming pool is bright and spacious. The kitchen opens to the attractive living/dining area with feature fireplace and exposed beams. Step out onto the south-facing, part-sheltered terrace from the living room or either of the two downstairs bedrooms, which in turn leads to the private pool, fitted barbecue and enclosed garden. There is also access from the garden to the quiet road at the back of the property, handy for walking or cycling to the local shops at the beach at Aytré. Just 4km brings you to La Rochelle, a beautiful once Roman town famous for its port, street cafés and restaurants. From here, cross the bridge to the idyllic island of Ré. The area offers an excellent cycle path network, cultural and leisure interests at La Rochelle and lovely beaches in this part of the Charente-Maritime.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen, beams, sloping ceiling and French doors to terrace. Two bedrooms: one double, one twin, both with French doors to terrace. Bathroom with over-bath shower and double basin (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (L-shaped, 8m x 6m, depth 1.2m to 1.8m), heated
    • Gas undefloor heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • American-style f/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 400m from centre of Aytré (main shops), 2km from Aytré beach, 4km from La Rochelle (port, museums, part-covered historic shopping centre, street cafés and restaurants), 10km from the Ile de Ré (beautiful island with network of cycle paths, beaches, pretty villages and ports).

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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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  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W13022

    These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four. Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace. The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace.

    The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

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

    Woodburner in lounge. Cot. Highchair. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Microwave. Shared garden. Patio. Outdoor furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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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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  • Combiers

    Combiers

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FJC055

    This semi-detached holiday property is set in a stunning location, with a river 200m away and lovely rural views. The property is on the outskirts of the Périgord Limousin Natural Regional Park, which has many walking and cycling routes, châteaux and small towns and villages to discover. Also, guests are just 30km away from Angoulême, the department capital, famous for its international comic strip festival in January, and the variety of attractions in an around the city, from museums, galleries, cathedrals and churches, golf, horse riding, rock climbing, and water sports on the many rivers surrounding the city, to name a few. Shop 3km, restaurant 4km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburners in lounge and kitchen, cot, high chair, satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Step to terrace. Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH190

    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 twin.

    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: Sloping ceiling on first floor.

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  • Champagne-Mouton

    Champagne-Mouton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: FJC050

    This property sits within a private garden bordered by hedgerows, with views onto the meadows. The terrace, where you can dine al fresco, sits alongside the outdoor swimming pool (32m², open mid May - Sept). There is also an outside summer kitchen in the grounds where you can enjoy a BBQ whilst relaxing in one of the hammocks. It is only 5 minutes from the village centre of Champagne-Mouton with all amenities and a twice-weekly market. There are many stunning castles to visit such as the magnificent castle at La Rochefouchauld and La Rochebrune. Shop and restaurant 1km.

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

    Electric heating, woodburner in kitchen, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Up to two pets welcome. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Low beam on furst floor. Uneven grounds.

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  • Domaine du Petit Oulme

    St. Jean d’Angély, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17274

    Near the charming village of Aulnay and five minutes drive from the old town of St. Jean d’Angély stands this old restored stone house with a private swimming pool. It has a light interior with stone walls, cool in hot summers, a comfortable living room with the original fireplace dated 1842 and French windows opening on to a terrace. There is also a large garden ideal for children to play in and a covered barn. There is plenty to do in the Charente-Maritime, and it is less than a 45 minute drive to beaches, Fouras, the quaint harbours of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, and the ferry to the Ile d’Aix. St. Jean d’Angély is home to the ’Atlantis’ aqua centre that children will adore as well as canoeing, kayaking and water polo.

    Large living/dining room with antique fireplace. Kitchen and French windows to terrace. Separate WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with dressing room. Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC with thalassotherapy shower

    • Large lawned garden
    • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.4m) with cover, open Jun-Sep
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • American f/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot
    • Covered parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Aulnay (all shops, church, cafés, restaurants), 15km from St. Jean d’Angély (shops, Atlantis Watersports), 45km N of Saintes (old town, River Charente, golf, boat trips, abbey), 55km from beaches.

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