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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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  • Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Bougneau, nr. Pons

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15221

    These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features. Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west. There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux. Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.These two lovely, semi-detached holiday properties date back to the 18th-century and have been carefully renovated to retain many original features.

    Situated in the quiet hamlet of Montignac with an ancient church, the pretty town of Pons has all facilities and is 4km to the west.

    There are several pretty Charentais villages close by and you should also try to visit Cognac and Saintes, 20km north east, and the beach is 40km away (30 minutes’ drive). The lovely and historic towns of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are within an hour’s drive. Fly via La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

    Shop 4km, café/bar 2km and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (DVD use only), DVD player, patio, outdoor furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceiling in shower room.

  • Maison Massignac

    Massignac

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FJC054

    This delightful, semi-detached holiday property is constructed of wood and brick and stands not far from the town of Massignac in the Charente region of the south west of France. The property boasts exposed brickwork and beams, large comfortble sofas, tiled and wooden floors, and there are even chandeliers! Visit Rochechouart, 14 km from Massignac, or other popular places nearby including La Rochefoucauld, 21km, a small town just to the north east of Angoulême, best known for its castle. Saint-Junien, 28km, is also worth a visit, and has been an important centre for glove production for over 5 centuries.

    Steps to entrance. Living room with tiled floors and wood-burning stove. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor and breakfast bar. Two bedrooms: One double, one bunk, each with wooden floor. Landing with seating area. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. Separate WC. Steep turning stairs to first floor. Beams throughout, some low

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Central heating (partial underfloor)
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 5km from lake, 5km from shops, 5km from restaurant, 45km from Angoulême.

  • La Boninière

    Neuvy-Bouin, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: F79149

    This spacious gîte has been thoughtfully renovated throughout, whilst retaining charming original oak beams and exposed granite walls. The bright kitchen/dining area is well equipped and leads into a spacious, comfortable living area. La Boninière has its own paved terrace and barbecue for outdoor dining with views over the two hectares of private grounds and the tranquil countryside beyond. The large, shared, solar heated pool is surrounded by a terrace, a covered seating area and children’s play area. Cycles and child carriers are also available for guests. Beautiful rolling countryside surrounds La Bonninière and is ideal for walking, cycling, bird watching and photography.

    Four steps to ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with shower cubicle

    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.25m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: In the village of Neuvy-Bouin (bar/restaurant), 3km from Largeasse (bar/restaurant, boulangerie), 8km from Secondigny (all facilities), 50km from Puy du Fou.

  • Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Villars-les-Bois, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W12474

    This cosy semi-detached cottage for four is situated near the village of Villars-les-Bois, only the kitchen is on the ground floor and the other rooms are upstairs. The living area has pretty views over the garden and retains many of the original features such as stone walls and wooden beams. There is a garden area with barbecue where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the vineyards and the tranquillity of the countryside. For children, there is a large wooden playframe as well as various other toys. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the area including the town of Saintes, the vineyards of Cognac and even the Atlantic beaches of Royan. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Ground floor: Kitchen. First floor: Lounge/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, video, dishwasher, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: F17261

    Along the estuary of the Gironde, near the beaches of Meschers and Royan this old fisherman’s cottage is set in the lively village of Mortagne. The property has a courtyard with a large barbecue in a fireplace and a lovely enclosed patio, and you can see the estuary from the top floor main bedroom. With an attractive blue and white decor, this ecological gîte is a good value holiday, 2 minutes’ walk from the harbour. A bike riding, walking and horse riding paradise, it is only 20 minutes’ drive from the sandy beaches of Royan. Visit the zoo of La Palmyre north of Royan as well as the pretty town of Talmont with a Roman church and views over the estuary.

    Ground floor: Open plan living/dining room with corner kitchen, sofa bed and door to enclosed walled patio. First floor: Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed patio
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from Mortagne (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis, Tuesday and Thursday market), 26km S of Royan (beaches, casino, gardens, boat trips), 39km SW of Saintes (golf, Roman abbey, boat trips), 40km from La Palmyre (zoo).

  • Montignac-le-Coq

    Montignac-le-Coq

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FJC046

    This holiday cottage nestles on the hillside of the hamlet of Servolle and features a large garden with a glorious infinity swimming pool (55m², open May-Sep), which offers views over the surrounding countryside. There is a small restaurant within a 5-minute drive, shops and a supermarket in pretty Montmoreau, 10 minutes and a beach lake at the very pretty village of Aubeterre, 15 minutes. If you visit in September, the classic cars street race around the old ramparts in the lovely town of Angoulême is a must. Shop 8km, restaurant 3km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet, basin and bidet, separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to terrace.

  • Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Beaulieu-sur-Sonnette

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W13897

    It is very unusual to find a property for four as spacious and as well equipped as this one. Outside, the gardens are mainly lawned, and include a large patio area and a covered area with a drinks fridge. The pretty village of Beaulieu is approximately 2.5km. The very popular fishing and swimming lakes ’Lacs de Haute Charente’ are approximately 35km, as is a water park at Angoulême. Enjoy day trips to ’Futuroscope’ and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic ocean at Royan and La Palmyre. Shop 2.5km, café/bar and restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, second lounge, utility room. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heaters, woodburner, open fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD player, stereo/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. One pet welcome. NB: The ground floor bathroom and utility room can only be accessed externally.

  • Chez Barraud

    Segonzac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F16218

    Near the town of Segonzac - historical capital of the Grande Champagne - where the finest Cognac grapes are grown. In a hamlet amidst the vineyards and ideally situated to explore the treasures of a remarkable region, this totally self-contained holiday accommodation forms the annexe to a 19th-century barn conversion, undertaken by the helpful English owners who live next door. Close to the towns of Cognac (golf, castle, museums, shops, river trips) and Jarnac (river canoeing, Mitterrand museum). Fantastic restaurant at Bourg Charente, 2.5km. Just half an hour from Angoulême or an hour from the beaches of Royan.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with kitchen behind counter with patio doors to garden. First floor: Two bedrooms: one double, one bunk. Shower room/WC with jet shower

    • Large enclosed shared garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Air conditioning (ground floor)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Secure parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2.5km to Segonzac (Sunday market, shops, supermarket, café, restaurant), 7km from Jarnac, 12km from Cognac, 30km from Angoulême, 85km from Royan, 125km from La Rochelle (harbour, airport), 130km from Bordeaux (airport).

  • Le Vieux Four

    Cherves-Châtelars, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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    3
    Ref: F16212

    Set in peaceful rural hamlet above the village of Cherves-Châtelars, this former hamlet bakery has retained the oven (in the stone wall of the living room) but has now become a delightful detached holiday cottage. There is a shaded, furnished barbecue terrace for summer meals by the private swimming pool with distant views over the wooded valley. Enjoy a day out at the activity lakes of Lacs des Hauts Charentes at Massignac, 15km, with beaches, boating and windsurfing, or try canoeing on the Bonnieure river at Chasseneuil. Fly via Limoges or Poitiers.

    Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Snug. Bathroom/WC. Five steps to double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Twin bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.4m to 2.5m), open Jun-Sep
    • Heating
    • Woodburner
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (English channels)
    • CD
    • Cot
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steps throughout ground floor.

    Location: 2km from Cherves-Châtelars (shops and bar), 6km from Chasseneuil (war monument, restaurants, cafés, supermarket, all facilities), Charente activity lake 15km, golf 20km, 45km from Angoulême (open markets, cathedral, shopping), 60km from Limoges (famous for its porcelain).

  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W12539

    These three wonderful holiday properties have been completely removed by the Britsh owners and enjoy shared use of the above-ground swimming pool as well as a large shared garden with children play facilities. The smallest of the three, a two bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four. Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace. The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.These three wonderful holiday properties, completely renovated by the British owners, enjoy shared use of an above-ground swimming pool (7m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and a large shared garden with children’s play facilities. The smallest, a 2-bedroomed detached stone holiday cottage, offers a fitted kitchen with lounge/diner, ample and comfortable accommodation for a family of four.

    Relax in front of the woodburner in the low season, or take in the sun in the private south facing garden in the summer, either way this is a great base for a holiday. The second is a 3-bedroomed former forge and features a large fitted kitchen with open-plan lounge/diner with a log-burner. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms and bathroom are all well presented, of good size, and the house retains many original features; it has a private sitting out area to the front. The third property, a four-bedroomed, 19th-century detached farmhouse, is set in exquisite rural farmland and retains many original features including beams and solid fuel fires. As well as a large family kitchen, there is a lounge, two shower rooms, a second bathroom en-suite to the main bedroom and private garden and sun terrace.

    The beautiful town of Niort is 10 miles, and the stunning seaside port and harbour of La Rochelle is 35 miles. These properties can be booked together for larger groups or families holidaying together.

    Shop, café/bar and restaurant 2km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (English channels only), washing machine, freezer, microwave, private enclosed lawned garden, shared garden, patio, garden furniture, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

  • Maison de la Mouette

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: F17345

    In the beautiful and unspoilt Ile de Ré, near the beaches and hamlet of Les Grenettes, this semi-detached holiday cottage is set in a very quiet position. It is cosy, tastefully decorated and has its own terrace with lawn overlooking the enclosed swimming pool which is shared with 2 other properties. The old town of La Rochelle is 20 minutes away which is reached by crossing a bridge, and bicycles are ideal here. There are miles of cycle tracks along the sand dunes, and nearby are the trendy resorts of Saint Martin or La Flotte. Can be booked together with F17285 to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor, corner kitchen and French door to terrace and garden. Two double bedrooms. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Patio
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m to 2.5m) available May-Oct
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m from beach, 1.5km from La Noue (shops, bars, restaurants), 7km from La Flotte (all facilities), 10km from La Rochelle (old harbour, shops, museums, aquarium, airport).

  • Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W13604

    This detached single storey holiday cottage with private swimming pool combines peace and quiet with comfort and style, and boasts original beams and exposed stonework. The large enclosed garden features a stunning 10m x 3m pool, fruit orchard, large lawn, poolside barbecue and patio. Many villages (Rom 3km) and towns (Couhé 6km) are nearby, with markets, cafés, bars and restaurants. For wine routes, shopping and sightseeing visit Poitiers (40km) or for a day trip to the beach and port at La Rochelle (98km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge, colour satellite TV, DVD, washing machine, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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