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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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  • 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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  • Maison de Mons

    Aigre, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: F16172

    To the north of Cognac and the well known distilleries is a little town called Aigre with all amenities such as bars, cafés and a lovely market. On the edge of this town is this holiday property overlooking maize fields on one side and completely private and enclosed on the other side with a superb swimming pool and large gardens for children to play in. The large town of Angoulême known for its cartoon museum also has a huge lake with a beach that is superb for waterskiing at a short distance. A little further is Cognac with a daily market, boat trips on the river Charente, interesting museums and nice pedestrian streets full of trendy shops. For a day out do not miss La Rochelle with the old harbour and famous aquarium as well as the multitude of restaurants along the water.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open-plan kitchen, open fire. Dining room. Separate WC. Up four steps: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower, double basin. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom, en-suite shower room

    • Large enclosed gardens
    • Covered pergola
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 1m-2.2m) with no chlorine and alarm
    • Electric heating
    • Underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels)
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Playstation
    • Children’s table football and pool table
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Pool and garden toys
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 800m (town centre, shops, cafés, restaurants), 35km from Angoulême (lake, golf, large town, museums, shops), 41km N of Cognac (shops, museums, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 110km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, restaurants, shops, airport).

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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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  • 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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  • Les Bambous

    Rouillac, Charente

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F16221

    Located north of Cognac, in a hamlet near the market town of Rouillac, this restored property adjoins the owner’s home and has its own private pool. Les Bambous is surrounded by vineyards and has a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and a terrace with a pergola and garden furniture, ideal for eating outside. Within easy reach of the seaside resort of Royan, or the towns of Cognac, Saintes, and Saint-Jean-d’Angely with a huge pool resort. You can taste the local apéritif ’Pineau’ at the market and delicious farm products as well as mussels from the island of Oléron, and fresh melons from the Charente region.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors to garden and single sofa bed/dining room with kitchen area. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom, en-suite shower room. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom (for children) with additional single bed. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Balcony
    • Private pool (9m x 4m, depth 1m to 1.5m) with alarm
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • 2 Cots
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Rouillac (shops, cafés, restaurants, swimming pool), 27km N of Cognac (distilleries, river Charente, boat trips, museums, golf), 96km from Royan (sea, casino, boat trips to the Médoc).

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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, wi-fi, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lagé

    Lagé

    Grade
    9
    3
    2
    4
    Ref: FJD030

    Enjoy everything this region has to offer from the comfort of a spacious holiday home with its own outdoor heated swimming pool (45m², open Jun-Sep), located near the city of Messé, just 47km from the centre of Poitiers. Enjoy strolling through this riverside city and visit the Romanesque church, Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers cathedral and the Palace of Poitiers. Fun for everyone can be had at Futurescope, an immpressive theme park equipped with rides, 3D experiences and discoveries around every corner. Niort (57km) is a classic old French town, located on the River Sèvre and dominated by a medieval castle. Angoulême (80km) is great for a day trip, as well as Saintes (95km) and Cognac (96km). Shop and restaurant 8km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin and toilet, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin, double bed on mezzanine. Annexe 1: Kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. Annexe 2: Lounge, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets with basin, 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Up to 2 pets welcome. No smoking please.

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