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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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  • Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Grade
    4
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    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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  • Loge De Marie

    Ile de Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Chez Kays

    Palluaud, nr. Ribérac, Charente

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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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  • Relais du Colombier

    Beurlay, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • Logis de la Roche

    Charroux, Vienne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: F86123

    Two minutes from the Charente Border and overlooking the Charente Valley, this charming detached holiday property faces the owner’s majestic château. The large fenced swimming pool is all yours, and situated just by the front terrace facing the château’s gardens. All on one level, it has been completely restored with lovely soft furnishings giving plenty of colour and light, and pretty pieces of antique furniture. The rooms are large and spacious and in an ideal setting for peace and quiet. A few miles away are Asnois and Charroux where you can find all facilities. The lake of Saint Macoux is ideal for fishing. The larger town of Confolens is well known for its summer festival in August and its activities on the River Vienne.

    All on one level. Living/dining room with French window to terrace. Kitchen. Large double bedroom with French window to terrace. Twin bedroom. Shower room with double basin. Separate WC

    • Large 2 hectare shared garden with woodland
    • Private fenced swimming pool (10.5m x 4.3m, depth 1.2m to 2m) with Roman steps and small paddling pool
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 4km from Charroux (shops, bar, restaurant), 10km S of Civray (shops, tennis), 20km E of Saint Macoux (lake, fishing), 26km N of Confolens (music festival, canoeing), 66km S of Poitiers (Futuroscope, airport).

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  • 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).

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  • Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    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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  • 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.

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  • Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Traversay, nr. Chaunay

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    5
    1
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    1
    Ref: FCH165

    This semi-detached holiday home is full of charm, situated within a group of similar properties, and is an ideal base for a family or friends alike. It lies just 100m from the sea and 1km from all amenities, as well as the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. Discover the surrounding area on foot or hire a bicycle. Attractions on the island, not to be missed, include Baleines lighthouse, the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars. As well as the outdoor, heated swimming pool (open mid-Apr to mid-Sept), there is also table tennis, petanque and an outdoor children’s play area. On-site there is a bakery service and a launderette (payable on-site). A car is recommended. Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, alcove with bunk bed, single bed in lounge.

    Internet connection, dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Rouffignac

    Rouffignac

    Grade
    5
    2
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    2
    Ref: FCH095

    This 19th-century holiday home has its own swimming pool (32m², open mid May-mid Sep) and lies close to the village with a couple of shops, including a small pizzeria. Montendre is 6km with all amenities and the pretty surrounding villages hold weekly markets. Jonzac (10 mins) has a great water park and a beach lake. Just 30km away, Port Maubert on the river Gironde has a canoeing and sailing school. The pretty beach at Meschers can be reached within an hour and the resort at Royan is just another 10 minutes from there. Bordeaux is just 40 minutes by train from the station at Montendre. Shop 1km, restaurant 2km

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, 2 colour satellite TVs, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Clussais-la-Pommeraie

    Clussais-la-Pommeraie

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14609

    This pretty, two bedroom semi-detached holiday cottage retains many original features including some stone walls and beamwork. Completed to a very good standard to offer very comfortable accommodation, it includes a fully fitted kitchen and a lounge featuring a woodburner and a large flat screen TV. The grounds and swimming pool (12m x 4m, depth 1.5m open June-August) are shared with the British owners. Situated in the picturesque Poitou Charente region, you are close to the pretty market town of Lézay (8km north) and the Roman town of Melle (10km west). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk plus single bed.

    Electric heater, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour Digital TV (UK channels), DVD player, Playstation, radio/CD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared lawned garden, private terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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