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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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  • Pat-Stef

    Saint Augustin, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17229

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Logis de la Treille - Kingfisher

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17348

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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 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.

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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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  • Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FJC061

    These beautiful holiday apartments (refs FJC061 and FJC062), set within the owner’s home, are situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. FJC061 has a very comfortable lounge with a woodburner, as well as a large screen television, perfect for relaxing in front of in an evening. Both apartments have original features, including exposed stonework and beams dating back to the 15th century. There is also a shared swimming pool (24m², open May-September) to enjoy. The lovely village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, officially listed as one of the most attractive in France since 1993, has small traditional shops, bars and restaurants within 200m. Tennis and a popular river beach can be found just 500m down the road. Shop 200m and restaurant 50m.These beautiful holiday apartments (refs FJC061 and FJC062) are situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. FJC061 has a very comfortable lounge with a woodburner, as well as a large screen television, perfect for relaxing in front of in an evening. Both apartments have original features, including exposed stonework and beams dating back to the 15th century. The discreet owner lives on site. There is also a shared swimming pool (24m², open May-Sep) to enjoy. The lovely village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, officially listed as one of the most attractive in France since 1993, has small traditional shops, bars and restaurants within 200m. Tennis and a popular river beach can be found just 500m down the road. Golf course 8km. Shop 200m and restaurant 50m.

    All on first floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin. 3 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin, 1 bunk.

    Electric heating. Woodburner in lounge. Cot. 2 highchairs. Wi-fi. Dishwasher. Fridge. Microwave. Terrace. Shared garden. Garden furniture. Barbecue. On street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to entrance. Step in lounge. Step to shower.

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  • Mirabelle

    Nercillac, Cognac, Charente

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16147

    In the Cognac countryside, close to the 18 hole golf course of St Brice, this old farmhouse has been completely restored and offers good value holiday accommodation with a private heated pool. The charming owners live in the adjoining house with their three children. The property has been furnished with modern, quality furniture but keeping the traditional stone walls and the interior is fresh, with a south facing exterior, and the pool is enclosed on three sides by old walls. Only five minutes away is the pretty town of Cognac, with daily morning market and boat trips on the river. Angoulême has a large lake for sailing and waterskiing and the coast and pretty seaside resort of Royan are just one hour’s drive away. Nearby sports facilities include golf, tennis, canoeing and a horse riding centre.

    Open plan large living/dining room opening on to terrace with corner kitchen and beams. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping beamed ceiling. Two double bedrooms with low beamed ceiling, one with extra single bed. Shower room/WC

    • Large shared play grounds
    • Fenced private heated swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.5m with ladder)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Car parking
    • Ping pong table
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 800m to Nercillac (shop, bar, hotel, restaurant), 2km to Sainte Brice (golf, canoeing, tennis), 5km to Cognac (restaurants, market, boat trips, distilleries), 18km W of Angoulême (lake of St Yrieix, sailing, swimming, museums), 80km to Royan (ocean, beach).

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  • Josephine

    Pillac, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F16213

    Well-equipped detached holiday villa with distant views overlooking picturesque countryside from the awning-shaded terrace overlooking the pool. Light, spacious and airy with a wall of patio windows leading to the terrace where the built-in barbecue means it is an ideal place for evening meals. There is table tennis on a covered front terrace and a large open rough grassed area just below the pool - an ideal place for children to play. The property has also been awarded a 4 star grading from the tourist board of the Charente region. Riding, tennis, fishing and golf are within reasonable distances. Open markets in Aubeterre and Chalais, where you will find a multitude of local products. Visit the Château de Taleyran in Chalais. Angoulême offers good shopping.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Four bedrooms: all with French doors: three double, one with curtained off shower/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment, shower cubicle, basin. Separate WC

    • Partially enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Steps to swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m, open May-Oct) with WC
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Piano
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 6km from Aubeterre (shops, bars, restaurants), 10km from Chalais (château, shops, restaurants).

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  • Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W15029

    This pretty four bedroom cottage with its wooden floors and beamed ceilings has been tastefully furnished to provide all comforts including gas central heating, as well as a log burner for out of season holidays and a fully fitted kitchen. There is plenty of space inside and outside, including your own private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and extensive gardens which are accessed by crossing the very quiet lane. There are two local villages, l’Absie, 7km, to the north and the lovely Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, 6km, to the south. Both have all amenities including some lovely cafés, restaurants and a weekly market. You should try to visit the Marais Poitevin 20km to the south, the ’Green Venice’ as it is known locally, famous throughout France where you can take a canoe trip through the canal networks. The county border with the Vendée is just 4km away, so it will take you less than an hour and a half to reach the lovely sandy beaches on the coast. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 6km.

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

    Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Cozes

    Montpellièr-de-Médillan, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH192

    This lovely detached property all on the ground floor, has a sunny terrace and benefits from a private outdoor swimming pool. It has a large lawned enclosed garden and open-plan living accommodation, opening out onto the decking. The pretty village of Montpellièr-de-Médillan basks in the beautiful countryside of the Charente-Maritime and has a weekly market for local produce. Nearby Pons with its castle and ramparts, is well worth exploring, while the village of Talmont with its 13th-century streets, is best explored on foot. The busy town of Saintes, with its Roman remains is another destination that is worth a look; little squares with street side cafes can be found in the old town.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors to terrace and tiled floor/kitchen with breakfast bar. Four bedrooms: Two double, two twin. Bathroom with two steps to bath and shower cubicle (no WC). Shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (20m², open May-Sep)
    • Electric underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 3km from Montpellièr-de-Médillan (shops and restaurant), 15km from Saintes (Roman ruins, shops, cafés), 16km from Pons (castle and ramparts), 17km from Talmont (Medieval streets), 87km from La Rochelle (airport).

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