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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 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.

  • 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.

  • La Touche

    La Touche

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14633

    This lovely detached house has been completely renovated to a good standard by its owners, and features original oak beams and an enclosed above-ground swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m). The double bedroom upstairs has an en-suite shower room, and both the downstairs doubles have direct access into the private fully enclosed garden. Situated in the quiet hamlet of La Touche on the Charentes border, within a short drive, you have several pretty villages and local markets and there is a beach lake 5km away. Try also to visit La Rochelle and its beaches an hour and a half away (106km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

    Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • Ponant dela Rivière

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    4
    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.

    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
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.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.

    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, colour TV (English channels only), washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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