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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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  • Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Grade
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    Ref: FJC062

    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/diner. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and basin. 2 twin bedrooms.

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

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  • Loge De Marie

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F17285

    Just ten minutes drive from La Rochelle, this property nestles in a quiet position at the end of a lane and shares the grounds and nice swimming pool with two other properties. With a shady terrace ideal for dinner parties, the cottage is all on one level, practical with tiled floors and pretty pink interior. You can walk to the beach of La Noue where children will enjoy windsurfing, or just playing on the white sandy beaches picking lovely shells. Nice, good value restaurants and cafés serving pancakes and the local aperitif ’Pineau’. The markets are full of fresh fish, mussels and farm produce every day. Do not miss a visit to La Rochelle old harbour, museum and aquarium as well as the trendy shops. Can be booked together with F17345 to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door to terrace. Double bedroom. Bunk bedded room with patio door to garden. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Shared garden
    • Private terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5-2.5m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV (limited English channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m from beach, 1.5km from La Noue (shops, bars, restaurants), 7km from La Flotte (all facilities), 7km from La Rochelle (all facilities).

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  • Relais du Colombier

    Beurlay, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    2
    Ref: F17350

    In between the Roman town of Saintes and the naval city of Rochefort, this 17th-century Charentaise house is set in the heart of Beurlay, next to the owner’s historic property. Restored to a good standard using eco materials, the 140m² interior is tastefully decorated and well-equipped with large rooms and a veranda. With a marvellous large enclosed garden and rose trees, it also has 3-hectare grounds. The large heated and tiled swimming pool is enclosed with stone walls and decorated with little palm trees, flowers and marble statues. Beurlay is an ideal holiday base for visiting the wealth of land and sea attractions in the area.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Veranda. Double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, over-bath shower. WC. First floor: Sitting area. Double bedroom. Shower room. WC

    • Garden
    • Heated pool (10m x 5m, depth 1-2m), occasionally shared with owners only, open Jun-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Bicycles
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking
    • No smoking.

    Location: Beurlay (shops, café, restaurant), 15km from Saintes (boat trips, golf), 28km from Fouras (beaches, Ile d’Aix, golf), 37km from Royan (beaches, ferry to Médoc vineyards, golf), 49km from Cognac (distilleries) and La Rochelle (aquarium, boat trips, golf).

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  • Maison Massignac

    Massignac

    Grade
    4
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    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.

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  • Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: FCH092

    These simple but well maintained, 2 bedroom, terraced holiday gites, situated within the owner’s grounds, have fitted kitchens within the large open living area, which gives access onto the covered terrace. Beyond here is a shared garden. Enjoy sitting outside in the shade or sunshine eating your croissants on the east-facing terrace, or enjoy a game of table tennis. Visit the pretty village of Talmont-sur-Gironde, 6km to the west on the Gironde estuary, or a further 4km up the coast is the lovely beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde. Royan is another 5km up the coast, and is a very popular resort with a vast choice of shops and restaurants. Children will love the famous zoo at La Palmyre, 35.5km. If you prefer, head inland and visit the pretty, bustling town of Saintes, 30km, or Cognac, 50km, and visit the distilleries. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet). First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, colour TV (French channels only), shared washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W15223

    Standing in a large courtyard next to the owner’s home, this stone holiday cottage with its bright and spacious rooms is an ideal retreat for a couple or a small family wishing to relax and enjoy the countryside, or visit the many pretty villages in the area. Visit the medieval town of Poitiers for sightseeing, shopping and wine routes (50km). For a fun day out and within an hour’s drive, visit the theme park Futuroscope and the Natutilus Water Park in Angoulème, or discover Île de Ré for for a day on the beach. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (20m², open mid May-mid Sep). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize leading to 1 twin.

    Woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour TV (English channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, shared grounds, shared garden furniture, shared barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings and beams in bedrooms.

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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: F16239

    Set in the peaceful hamlet of Palluaud, this semi-detached holiday property adjoins the owner’s home and features wooden floors, exposed beams and stone work. Enjoy views over the rolling Charente countryside from its sitting-out area or long walks. You can visit several very pretty Charentais villages nearby including Aubeterre, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the Roman village of Villebois-Lavalette. Several beach lakes are nearby and a trip to Angoulême is well worth a visit, as are the wine producing areas of the Bordelais in the Dordogne over the border.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and wood-burning stove. Dining room with beams and corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room/WC. Wooden floors throughout

    • Garden
    • Patio
    • Oil central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 6km from shop, café/bar and restaurant, 13km NE of Aubeterre (beach lake), 15km S of Villebois-Lavallette (old town with castle, market, all facilities, tennis), 30km S of Angoulême (county town with cobbled streets, cafés, huge water skiing lake).

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  • La Boninière

    Neuvy-Bouin, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    4
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    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.

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  • Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Grade
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    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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  • Roseline

    Fléac-sur-Seugne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: F17289

    This semi-detached holiday cottage has a beautiful setting and shares a swimming pool (with removable cover) with the French owners. On site there are chickens and ducks for the children to watch. Nestled in southern Charente-Maritime, this is a very quiet countryside setting. Close by is Pons, with its beautiful abbey, and beaches start just a 30-minute drive away at Meschers, and stretch as far as La Palmyre with its famous zoo. Cognac (30km) has many distilleries to visit as well as a museum, or you can enjoy boat trips on the River Charente and in Saintes. To the south is the magnificent town of Bordeaux, and to the north is La Rochelle with its aquarium, old harbour and many seafood restaurants.These three semi-detached holiday cottages have a beautiful setting and share a swimming pool (with removable cover) with the French owners. On site there are chickens and ducks for the children to watch. Nestled in southern Charente-Maritime, this is a very quiet countryside setting. Close by is Pons, with its beautiful abbey, and beaches start just a 30-minute drive away at Meschers, and stretch as far as La Palmyre with its famous zoo. Cognac (30km) has many distilleries to visit as well as a museum, or you can enjoy boat trips on the River Charente and in Saintes. To the south is the magnificent town of Bordeaux, and to the north is La Rochelle with its aquarium, old harbour and many seafood restaurants.

    Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: one double, one twin. Shower room (no WC)

    • Large shared enclosed gardens
    • Shared heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6.5m, depth 1.1-2.2m)
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • Woodburner
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Fléac, 3.8km from boulangerie, 6.5km from grocery, bar and restaurant, 10km from Pons (most amenities), 30km from Cognac (shops, river, boat trips, golf, distilleries), 38km from Meschers-sur-Gironde, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and Royan (beaches), 70km from Angoulême (lake, old city, museums).Location: 2km from Fléac, 3.8km from boulangerie, 6.5km from grocery, bar and restaurant, 10km from Pons (shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarket, abbey, market), 30km from Cognac (shops, river, boat trips, golf, distilleries), 38km from Meschers-sur-Gironde, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and Royan (ocean beaches), 70km from Angoulême (lake, old city, museums).

    All properties:

    • Large shared enclosed gardens
    • Shared heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6.5m, depth 1.1-2.2m) with removable cover
    • Terrace
    • Shared w/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • All linen for hire.

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  • Montignac-le-Coq

    Montignac-le-Coq

    Grade
    4
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    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.

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  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
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    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).

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