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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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  • 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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  • Lezay

    Lezay

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W12540

    Whatever you are looking for from your holiday in the south west of France, this semi-detached cottage is a good option. You are assured the peace and tranquillity of a small, sleepy hamlet with private gardens and a private swimming pool (depth 1.5m to 2m, open May to October), to relax and unwind. For the admirers of French culture and history, the nearby villages, including the Silver Mines at Melle are well worth a visit. Day trips to the medieval town of Poitiers and ‘Futuroscope’ are popular with visitors to the region as are the coastal resorts of La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron. For more leisurely pursuits, horse riding, tennis and cycling are all available locally. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

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

    Woodburner in lounge, (fuel not provided), cot, colour TV, video, DVD player, stereo/CD player, microwave, dishwasher, shared washing machine, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FJD027

    This 200-year-old detached holiday cottage sits in a very peaceful location overlooking the River Thouet. The gardens, tennis court and swimming pool (18m², open May-Sep) are shared with the owner who lives next door. The simple accommodation has 2 bedrooms, the double opening onto a south-facing terrace. There is also an annex, accessed from outside, with a double bedroom and en-suite shower room. Lake Cébron is 2km, where you can windsurf and sail. The Loire Valley is famous for its wines and Saumur is within an hour, while Futuroscope and Poitiers are just over an hour away. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Annexe: All on first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet.

    Central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Drops, steps and sloping banks in garden. River 50m.

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  • Le Petit Moulin

    Curçay-sur-Dive, Vienne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F86128

    Only a short drive to Saumur and Chinon and their famous vineyards, the setting of this semi-detached holiday property can give you the true taste of French rural life at a slow pace with un-crowded roads all year round. The interior is comfortably furnished throughout with leather sofas in the living room and open fire for those cool evenings. There is a large swimming pool with Roman steps which is shared with the owners from mid-June to mid-Sept, a sunny poolside terrace and an attractive sheltered terrace with a large walled barbecue area for outside dining. The owners live in the adjoining property for up to 6 weeks each summer. Just a short drive away are the historical towns, villages and châteaux of the Loire. Visit the busy cosmopolitan towns of Poitiers, home to Futuroscope, and Tours which has entertainment for all the family. This is a wonderful cycling area with tracks alongside the River Loire, horse riding 1.5km, fishing 300m and a 18-hole golf course all available locally.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one twin. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Large enclosed grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June-mid Sept) with Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Two TVs (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet connection
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking.

    Location: 12km from Loudun (medieval town, shops, bars, restaurants, golf), 14km E of Thouars (château town, all facilities), 24km from Chinon, 34km SW of Saumur (château, river). Fly via Poitiers, Tours or Nantes.

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  • Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

    Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH186

    This lovely, first and second floor, 3 bedroom apartment is situated 300m from the centre of the pretty little resort of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and has direct views onto the sea front. Sit and relax on one of the balconies whilst enjoying the views of the gardens, promenade and beach beyond. All amenities can be found locally; from a bike hire shop, 50m away, to the choice of restaurants in the centre. There is a wider choice of shops and supermarkets just 5km up the coast at Royan, and a number of larger beaches up the coast or down in to the estuary. In addition to all the water sports, there is an 18-hole golf course just north of Royan, and a further 10km up the coast is one of the best zoos in Europe at La Palmyre. Beach 80m, shop and restaurant 300m.

    First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 twin. Second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner.

    Electric central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balconies, garden furniture, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to property entrance on second floor.

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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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  • 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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  • La Grange Du Clos

    Marthon, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16214

    In Charente but near the border of the Dordogne, this beautiful holiday property is set in the Bandiat Valley on the outskirts of the pretty village of Marthon. Very well restored, this barn conversion is set next to the home of the Anglo-French owners who are most helpful with advice on places to visit. Well-equipped and very comfortably furnished, it has its own private enclosed garden with a swimming pool, and a shaded, furnished terrace with stone pillars. Cycle on a converted old railway line, on a path via Marthon, or have superb walks all around. There is a good golf course at Ecuras at less than half an hour’s drive as well as a beautiful man-made lake with a beach that the children will love at St. Estèphe. Water-ski on the large lake at Angoulême - an interesting old town nearby with cobbled streets full of interesting shops. Do not miss the markets all around for special local food and wines but also the Pineau aperitif made from Cognac.

    Three steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/well-equipped kitchen with beams and French windows to terrace. Shower room/WC. Two steps down to second living room with door to garden. First floor: Three bedrooms, one queensize with wooden floor, two twin with wooden floors. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace/patio
    • Private heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.5m, depth 1.1m to 1.6m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 1.5km from Marthon (shops, bar, restaurant, tennis courts and private river fishing), 8km from Montbron (supermarket), 25km from Angoulême (golf), 27km from St. Estèphe (lakeside beach).

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  • Gémozac

    Gémozac

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W15032

    This semi-detached holiday property is situated in a hamlet on the outskirts of Gémozac and retains many original features including stone walls, exposed beams as well as a contemporary woodburner in the galleried lounge. Outside there is a small enclosed terrace to the front, and a garden to the rear, ideal for barbecues. Gémozac is within a 5-minute drive and has all amenities, whilst lovely beaches can be found 25kms away. Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin. Mezzanine: Double sofa bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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