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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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  • Le Masdieu

    Pleuville, nr. Pressac, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16240

    This detached farmhouse, situated on a working farm, has been converted to create a comfortable and spacious holiday home, which features a woodburner in the living room and a large garden. The owners’ have kept the exposed beams and original stonework to ensure the property has retained its Charente character. The small village of Pleuville is within a kilometre and has a general shop and bar. There are more shops in Pressac, and Charroux and several pretty villages are nearby that offer weekly markets. Visit Futuroscope at Poitiers, an hour away, Angoulême or one of the Charente’s beach lakes. Fly via Limoges and Poitiers.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC, accessed via twin or externally. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom (curtained off). Shower room/WC

    • Large garden
    • Outdoor swimming pool (7m x 3.5m)
    • Heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Car port
    • Garden furniture
    • No smoking.

    Location: 800m from Pleuville (shop and bar), 7km from Pressac, 15km NW of Confolens (market town, all amenities, supermarket, restaurants), 66km S of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 68km N of Angoulême (famous for its comic strip festival).

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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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  • Les Grenettes

    Ile-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17299

    Just 400 metres from sandy beaches on the south side of this lovely island. Les Grenettes is a modern holiday villa providing spacious holiday accommodation and set in large enclosed grounds in a pine-forested residential area. You’ll find a multitude of watersports, horse riding, tennis, walking and cycling trails within easy reach as well as many picturesque villages, nature reserves, oyster farms, antique markets and vineyards to visit. The local markets offer fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, there is one somewhere daily. Visit the port quayside at St. Martin where you can enjoy an apéritif of the local drink, Pineau, in one of the many bars and cafés.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with American kitchen and patio doors to terrace. Three twin bedrooms (can be kingsize on request), all with French window to terrace. Shower room/WC with double basin. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Private, enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • Fireplace
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden bench
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 400m from beach, 5km from Sainte Marie-de-Ré (shops, bars, restaurant and market), 7km from St. Martin (port, cruises, artisanal shops and all facilities), 12km from La Rochelle (museum, aquarium and all facilities).

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  • Le Genet

    La Bossière-en-Gâtine, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FA274

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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