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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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  • Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: W12451

    This attractive typical detached Charentais house boasts an enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, an indoor and outdoor barbecue, as well as a covered patio. Guests can make use of the bikes and the music CD and video library. The house is located in the peaceful hamlet of Beaunant near Saujon, a town offering shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is close by and can be found at Meschers, a mere 10km away. Visit the town of Royan with its many shops and restaurants, the superb sandy beaches of the Côtes Beauté and Sauvage (20km), the area around Marennes and island of Oléron with its oyster farms or the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes (25km). Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 5km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed courtyard, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Maison Burie

    Burie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH184

    In 2.7 hectares of a wooded fenced park, the cellars of this 18th-century castle have been renovated to offer an ideal holiday property with atypical spaces. This magical place is very quiet and has its own park and access to a shared, outdoor heated swimming pool. The wine region of Cognac offers many distilleries to visit, but also entertainment throughout the year, such as the Jazz Festival. The city of Saintes is within easy reach, with its Roman amphitheatre, museums, theatre, cinema and various festivals throughout the year. The seaside resort of Royan can be reached in under an hour and has sandy beaches, a marina, market, shops, restaurants and cafés. History lovers should visit Angoulême, classified as a City of Art and History. Here, visitors can explore the old city walls, ramparts, the Palace of Justice, the cathedral, churches and museums. For children, the zoo at La Palmyre is also worth a visit.

    Living room/step to kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Two shower rooms (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread spiral stairs to mezzanine: Double bed

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (40m²), open May-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 500m from shop and restaurant, 11km from Cognac (distilleries, golf, river), 19km from Saintes (abbey, golf), 50km from beach, 55km from Royan (marina, indoor market).

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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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  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: W12378

    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. Shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 twin.

    Cot. Highchair. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Microwave. Private garden. Shared garden. Patio. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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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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  • Les Ecoles

    Matha, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: F17351

    Close to Cognac, St. Jean d’Angely and Saintes, this semi-detached 18th-century holiday property lies in a village near Matha. It has a private swimming pool, enclosed garden and large enclosed grounds. Set over three levels, it boasts a lot of charm, retaining beams and original features. The kitchen opens on to the garden and there is a covered terrace by the pool. Matha and Cognac have a weekly market, offering fresh seafood including mussels and oysters from Ile d’Oléron, farm products, mushrooms, and the local aperitif, pineau. You have a large choice of distilleries to visit as well as tastings all around. The aqualand of St. Jean d’Angely will be loved by the children; budding historians will like the abbey of Saintes, or the castle of Taillebourg. Fouras has many beaches, from where you can take a ferry to the Isle of Aix, or visit the old harbour of La Rochelle with its famous aquarium.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors to garden and tiled floor. First floor: Two bedrooms with wooden floors: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Second floor: Two bedrooms, both with wooden floors: One double, one twin with en-suite shower room

    • Enclosed garden
    • Covered terrace
    • Large enclosed grounds
    • Swimming pool (6.4m x 3.8m, depth 1.4m) with external shower room/WC
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • T/cot
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Matha (shops, restaurants, market, tennis), 3km from Thors (beach on lake), 20km from St. Jean d’Angely (Aqualand resort), 23km from Cognac (distilleries, golf course, boat trips, market, museum), 66km from Fouras (beach, ferry to Isle of Aix), 87km from La Rochelle (old harbour, museum, aquarium, airport)

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  • Les Brousses, nr. Cognac

    Les Brousses, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W13417

    The high external wall and huge timber entrance doors hide a renovated detached farmhouse, large, private, fully enclosed gardens and a larger than average private swimming pool (55m²), close the gates behind you and enjoy the complete privacy in this beautiful area of the South West of France. The house has all the features of a former farmhouse, a decorative fireplace, oak beams and exposed stone walls, plus some features not normally associated with this type of holiday property, for example larger than average bedrooms and a conservatory which is the full length of the house. The Charente and Charente Maritime have lots to offer in terms of interesting places to visit. Angoulême, the historic town of Cognac and the beautiful old roman town of Saintes are all within driving distance. A little further are the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Painting or sculpting classes can be arranged with local artists. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

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

    Central heating, cot, colour TV (UK channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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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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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH189

    This delightful, holiday bungalow is surrounded by fields, and benefits from a shared outdoor heated swimming pool (60m², open May-Sep). Relax on the sunny terrace and enjoy an al fresco meal or morning coffee. The small village of Le Gicq sits in the beautiful Charente-Maritime countryside, and is just 24km from the medieval village of Tusson. Once on the pilgrim trail, it has a replica of a medieval garden, complete with fountains and ancient tombs. The town of Cognac, 27km, is famous for its brandy, and is split into two very different areas. With the bustling ‘new’ town having shops, boulevards and street-side cafes, while the ‘old’ town is quieter, with castle, historical monuments and distilleries. Shop and restaurant 10km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Step into shower. 3 steps from terrace to garden.

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  • La Chapelle Thireuil

    La Chapelle Thireuil

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W14660

    This detached holiday home with private above-ground swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m, open mid Jun-mid Sep) offers comfortable accommodation in this pretty area of the Deux-Sevres. The gardens are vast, with football goals, badminton, a children’s swing and slide, and table tennis whilst inside the property provides children’s toys and games. La Chapelle Thireuil, 1km, has a shop/boulangerie and bar, and there are several pretty villages locally, including Coulanges, 7km and Vouvant, 20km. The historic towns of Niort and Parthenay are 30 minutes’ drive whilst La Rochelle is just 1 hour. Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, 1 twin, 1 bunk.

    Woodburners in lounge/diner and kitchen, 2 cots, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Guitinières

    Guitinières

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH094

    This detached house nestles in the centre of a quiet village just by the 11th-century church. Lovingly restored, this holiday property, set amidst vast gardens, features many of the original oak beams and exposed Charentaise stone walls. There is a fully fitted kitchen including a breakfast table area, whilst the main dining table is set off the lovely lounge section, which features a woodburner ensuring year round comfort. There is a front garden and a south-facing private terrace at the back of the house. Additionally, there is table football and a library section at the top of the stairs. The nearest town is Jonzac, 7kms, which has a stunning château, all services, restaurants and bars, a waterpark and a free beach lake. The sea and the lovely sandy beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde can be reached within an hour, or the resort at Royan is another 10km up the coast. Try also to visit Cognac, 40kms, where you can see its famous distilleries. The historic city of La Rochelle is just over an hour away and well worth a visit. Golf can be found 25km away. Shop and restaurant 7km, beach 40km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, wet room with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom (for alternative slepping). First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, two cots, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Beams in some bedrooms.

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  • La Cagouille

    La Foy, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F17280

    Very well located, this property is set less than half an hour’s drive from the coast and beaches of the ocean. This stone farmhouse has been renovated and opens on to a large, enclosed garden with a private, above-ground swimming pool. On two floors, it has large rooms, a superb kitchen opening onto the terrace, and plenty of armchairs and sofas spread over two living rooms. The charming English-speaking owners live nearby, and can be of great help to advise you on local delicacies, fireworks on the beaches of Royan, classical music concerts in July in Saintes, markets, and antique shops all around. Do taste the local aperitif "Pineau", made with Cognac and sold nearby. This is an ideal holiday property for those with children or pets, as it is independent, set in a large enclosed garden facing the terrace and large, old kitchen.

    Ground floor: Living room. Sitting room with fireplace. Kitchen with French windows to terrace. Shower room. Separate WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one with additional single bed, one twin with additional single bed. Bathroom with shower attachment. Separate WC

    • Large enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private, above-ground swimming pool (hexagon shape, 5.3m x 5.3m, depth 1.3m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Wi-fi
    • Table tennis
    • Carport
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Gémozac (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis), 25km from St-Georges-de-Didonne (beaches, surf, windsurfing, sailing), 40km from Maine Gaudin (golf, horse riding), 27km to Saintes (old town, shopping, boat trips), 100km from La Rochelle (airport).

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