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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 Vieux Four

    Cherves-Châtelars, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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).

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  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W12539

    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.

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

    Woodburner in lounge. Cot. Highchair. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Microwave. Private enclosed lawned garden. Shared garden. Patio. Garden furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome.

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  • 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).

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  • Loge De Marie

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • 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.

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  • Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Gondeville

    Gondeville

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FJC058

    These two pretty terraced cottages (FJC058 and FJC059) both sleep 4 guests and sit nestled in the Charente countryside. They both have a sunny terrace to enjoy al fresco dining and benefit from a shared outdoor swimming pool (50m², open May-Sep). The small village of Gondeville with amenities is located in the Cognac region, and the town of Cognac is just 14km away. Explore the old town with its half-timbered buildings and medieval narrow streets and brand warehouses. Saint-Simon is a pretty riverside village, 6km away, where you can enjoy a boat trip along the river. Shop 500m, restaurant 2km.

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

    Electric heating, 2 cots, 2 highchairs, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, shared garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 5 steps to entrance and 5 steps to terrace.

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  • Chirac

    Chirac

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FJC057

    These terraced holiday cottages are on a small complex of three in the hamlet of La Sechère. The cottages date back to the 17th century, but now provide very comfortable accommodation. Each has its own south facing terrace with arbour, garden furniture and barbecue, and the vast enclosed grounds are shared by the three cottages. Within the grounds is a 10m x 5m above ground, shared swimming pool (available May-Sep), which has a raised wooden terrace with additional seating and tables. Or you can relax in one of the several shaded areas within the grounds. There is also pétanque, badminton and plenty of room to kick a ball around or practise a few swings of golf - there is an 18-hole golf course within 10km. Some of the lake beaches nearby have water sports, pedaloes and restaurants, and there is an adventure park at Massignac, 20 minutes, which includes a Go Ape in the Trees (Accrobranche). The lovely town of Confolens, also 20 minutes away, has a Vélorail (cycle railway), and the famous Vallée des Singes (Monkey Park) is an hour away. The local village is great for shopping and cafés. There is a selection of restaurants too. Properties FJC057 and FJC056 can be booked together. Shop and restaurant 2km.

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

    Gas heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, microwave, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • 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.

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  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: FJD040

    Set on a holiday park, both properties make comfortable accommodation in the Poitou-Charentes region, where the sun is guaranteed, with many facilities for (young) families and seniors. The bungalows are located on well-maintained, picturesque land, where you can enjoy the garden or the large terrace with barbecue. The shared outdoor swimming pool (120m²) is ideal for a lazy day soaking up the sun whilst the children roam freely. Nearby, discover the golf course with 27 holes, as well as a range of activities, such as horseback riding, hiking the large adjacent forest, fishing and cycling. The cities of Niort and Poitiers can be reached within 30 minutes, with a wide range of shopping to suit everyone. Within a radius of 50km, there are many attractions including shows and theme parks, such as Futuroscope. A day on the coast is also not to be missed with La Rochelle and Ile de Ré within an hour and a half drive. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 50km.

    The shared outdoor swimming pool (120m²) is ideal for a lazy day soaking up the sun whilst the children roam freely. Nearby, discover the golf course with 27 holes, as well as a range of activities, such as horseback riding, hiking the large adjacent forest, fishing and cycling. The cities of Niort and Poitiers can be reached within 30 minutes, with a wide range of shopping to suit everyone.

    Within a radius of 50km, there are many attractions including shows and theme parks, such as Futuroscope. A day on the coast is also not to be missed with La Rochelle and Ile de Ré within an hour and a half drive.

    Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 50km.

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

    Electric heating, DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Roseline

    Fléac-sur-Seugne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Maison Massignac

    Massignac

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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.

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