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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 Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    4
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    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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  • Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Messé, nr. Poitiers

    Grade
    4
    2
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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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  • Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Grade
    4
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    1
    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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  • Gondeville

    Gondeville

    Grade
    4
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    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 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 5 steps to entrance and 5 steps to terrace.

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  • Chirac

    Chirac

    Grade
    4
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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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  • Chez Barraud

    Segonzac, Charente

    Grade
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    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).

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  • Isatis

    Mortagne, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Vaux-sur-Mer

    Vaux-sur-Mer

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: FCH194

    This bright and airy, well maintained first floor apartment is in a quiet road just 800 metres from the lovely beaches of Vaux-sur-Mer. Enter into the lounge/diner or the kitchen, both lead onto a large balcony which overlooks the garden, the discreet owner lives on site. There is a bedroom with a double bed and the sofa in the lounge/diner sleeps two as well.Walk down towards the beach and you will find a choice of bars, restaurants and small shops, or there is a hypermarket within 2km. There are several smaller beaches and criques within walking distance and you can stroll along beyond the main beach of Pontaillac into Royan which is the main resort in the area. La Palmyre is 10kms up the road, with one of the best zoos in France, and next to the Zoo is an 18-hole golf course. This is a great area for cycling too and of course water sports. Visit the very pretty village of Talmont sur Gironde 20kms South and La Rochelle is just over an hour’s drive and a great place for another day out. Shop 500m, restaurant and beach 800m.

    Lounge/diner. Kitchen/diner. Shower room with basin(no toilet). Separate toilet. 1 double bedroom. double sofa bed in lounge.

    Gas central heating. Cot. Wi-Fi. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Mircowave. Balcony. Shared grounds. Outdoor furniture. On street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB: steps into shower.

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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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  • 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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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    5
    3
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    1
    Ref: FCH191

    This 19th century barn has been converted into two lovely holiday properties (FCH190 and FCH191), which can be booked together, and are decorated in a contemporary style to a good standard. Both properties feature a fully fitted kitchen, great lounge with large comfortable seating area and contemporary bedrooms. They also enjoy their own sitting-out area, and share the outdoor heated swimming pool (60m², open May-Sep), and the large enclosed terraced area behind the swimming pool gives plenty of space for children to play. The gités are situated in the heart of the Charente-Maritime countryside and there are several pretty villages and beach lakes close by. Matha, 10km, has all the main amenities, and there is also the attractive town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély, 25km away. A little further are the lovely beaches at Châtelaillon-Plage, the chic île de Ré and the lovely historic city of La Rochelle with its harbour and selection of cafés and restaurants from which to watch the world go by. Shop and restaurant 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single.

    Portable radiator, cot, highchair, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steep turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Chez Robin

    Dompierre-sur-Charente, Charente Maritime

    Grade
    5
    2
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    1
    Ref: FA149

    Set in the grounds of owners’ home, this cottage was originally part of the outbuildings and has been restored to create a simple, comfortable holiday property. The River Charente meanders past approx 300m from the property - fishing permits can be bought locally. Superb beaches at St. Georges-de-Didonne and Royan approx 1 hour’s drive. Further selection of shops and restaurants in the riverside village of Chaniers, a 10-minute drive where river boats can be hired. Visit Saintes, the Roman capital of Aquitaine and Cognac with its distilleries. Golf and riding a 20-minute drive.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with French window. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed

    • Shared enclosed garden
    • Terrace, steep steps
    • Shared swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.5m)
    • Telephone
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (one English channel)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Table tennis
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 5km from Chanier (PO, restaurants, bar, pharmacy, newsagent), 15km from Saintes (restaurants, bars, boutiques, cathedral, river cruises, golf), 15km from Cognac (distilleries, old town, blues festival in July), 40km from Royan/St. Georges-de-Didonne (sandy beaches).

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