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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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  • Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Talmont-sur-Gironde

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH093

    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 toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single.

    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, open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    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
    0
    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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  • Château du Treuil

    Burie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17253

    This elegant 18th-century château stands in 2.7 hectares of walled grounds, in an idyllic peaceful setting of imposing trees with a large formal garden with statues. The superb mosaic tiled swimming pool has a lovely covered terrace, which makes the ideal place for dining in the shade. Completely modernised, this side part of the château is spacious, and modern. Located in the little village of Burie with shops, it is in an area rich in history and culture, with the cities of Cognac and Saintes only a twenty minute drive. Tours of the distilleries and boat trips can be taken, as well as classical and jazz festivals and their beautiful golf courses. For a day out, Fouras is a short drive away and visitors can take a ferry to Ile d’Aix, the last retreat of Napoleon. A little further afield is the old harbour of La Rochelle with its aquarium and many interesting shops, as well a lovely beach and clear blue waters.

    Large living/dining room. Well equipped kitchen. Shower room/WC. Mezzanine with sitting room and Syrian furniture. Master bedroom (four poster bed) with feature open window overlooking living room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Exterior shower room/WC with hydromassage shower. Utility

    • Large lawned garden
    • Shared grounds
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.90 - 2.15m)
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Radio/CD
    • T/cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden dining furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Gas barbecue
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: The very discreet owner lives in the château.

    Location: 800m from Burie (shops, cafés, restaurant), 14km NW of Cognac (shops, markets, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 19km NE of Saintes (abbey, concerts, boat trips, golf), 55km from Royan (beach).

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  • Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

    Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH186

    This lovely, first and second floor, 3 bedroom apartment is situated 300m from the centre of the pretty little resort of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and has direct views onto the sea front. Sit and relax on one of the balconies whilst enjoying the views of the gardens, promenade and beach beyond. All amenities can be found locally; from a bike hire shop, 50m away, to the choice of restaurants in the centre. There is a wider choice of shops and supermarkets just 5km up the coast at Royan, and a number of larger beaches up the coast or down in to the estuary. In addition to all the water sports, there is an 18-hole golf course just north of Royan, and a further 10km up the coast is one of the best zoos in Europe at La Palmyre. Beach 80m, shop and restaurant 300m.

    First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 twin. Second floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner.

    Electric central heating, cot, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, balconies, garden furniture, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Steps to property entrance on second floor.

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  • Les Forges

    Les Forges

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FJD041

    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, 3 twin bedrooms.

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

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  • Le Petit Moulin

    Curçay-sur-Dive, Vienne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F86128

    Only a short drive to Saumur and Chinon and their famous vineyards, the setting of this semi-detached holiday property can give you the true taste of French rural life at a slow pace with un-crowded roads all year round. The interior is comfortably furnished throughout with leather sofas in the living room and open fire for those cool evenings. There is a large swimming pool with Roman steps which is shared with the owners from mid-June to mid-Sept, a sunny poolside terrace and an attractive sheltered terrace with a large walled barbecue area for outside dining. The owners live in the adjoining property for up to 6 weeks each summer. Just a short drive away are the historical towns, villages and châteaux of the Loire. Visit the busy cosmopolitan towns of Poitiers, home to Futuroscope, and Tours which has entertainment for all the family. This is a wonderful cycling area with tracks alongside the River Loire, horse riding 1.5km, fishing 300m and a 18-hole golf course all available locally.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one twin. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower

    • Large enclosed grounds
    • Terrace
    • Shared swimming pool (72m², open mid June-mid Sept) with Roman steps
    • Central heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Two TVs (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet connection
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking.

    Location: 12km from Loudun (medieval town, shops, bars, restaurants, golf), 14km E of Thouars (château town, all facilities), 24km from Chinon, 34km SW of Saumur (château, river). Fly via Poitiers, Tours or Nantes.

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  • Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Saint-Loup-Lamairé

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: FJD027

    This 200-year-old detached holiday cottage sits in a very peaceful location overlooking the River Thouet. The gardens, tennis court and swimming pool (18m², open May-Sep) are shared with the owner who lives next door. The simple accommodation has 2 bedrooms, the double opening onto a south-facing terrace. There is also an annex, accessed from outside, with a double bedroom and en-suite shower room. Lake Cébron is 2km, where you can windsurf and sail. The Loire Valley is famous for its wines and Saumur is within an hour, while Futuroscope and Poitiers are just over an hour away. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Annexe: All on first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet.

    Central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Drops, steps and sloping banks in garden. River 50m.

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  • Chez Chabot

    Rioux, nr. Saintes, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17355

    This three-bedroom, traditional Charente house has been transformed by the owner into a spacious and bright holiday gîte, fitted with all modern conveniences and opening onto a wonderful Mediterranean garden with a private swimming pool. The owner, a landscape gardener, has created a lovely garden with palms, olive trees, yuccas and exotic plants, blended with several water features and areas to relax in. The pool water is kept sparkling clean by circulating it through an eco-system of water plants, much the same principle as with a mountain stream. The Roman city of Saintes is a 10-minute drive, with its street markets, cafés and restaurants and is located on the banks of the River Charente. Beaches are just over half an hour away, the zoo at La Palmyre is one of the best in Europe and there are vineyard and distillery tours at Cognac.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Kingsize bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Kingsize bedroom (zip and link, can be 2ft 6in twin). Twin bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling

    • Garden with water features and pond
    • Patio
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m)
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 10km SW of Saintes (market town, all facilities), 28km NE of Meschers (beach), 32km E of Royan (seaside resort), 35km W of Cognac (home to the famous brandy).

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  • Gémozac

    Gémozac

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W15032

    This semi-detached holiday property is situated in a hamlet on the outskirts of Gémozac and retains many original features including stone walls, exposed beams as well as a contemporary woodburner in the galleried lounge. Outside there is a small enclosed terrace to the front, and a garden to the rear, ideal for barbecues. Gémozac is within a 5-minute drive and has all amenities, whilst lovely beaches can be found 25kms away. Shop and restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin. Mezzanine: Double sofa bed.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Logis de la Treille - Otter

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17349

    Logis de la Treille is set in a lovely position, on the border of Charente-Maritime, Gironde and Dordogne. It shares large gardens and also a beautiful swimming pool (open May-October, heated June-September). The villages of La Roche Chalais, Saint Emilion, or nearer Saint Aigulin are all less than half an hour’s drive, while the magnificent city of Bordeaux is one hour away. The River Dronne offers fishing and canoeing, and there is also a beach on the river at Aubeterre with water sports and pedalos. Also a welcoming water park is in La Roche-Chalais that the children will love! There are lovely markets all around but the one not to be missed is in Libourne three times a week. The Dordogne can be explored one hour away. A perfect location for a peaceful holiday!

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living room with step down to dining room/kitchen with two French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with French doors to private terrace. Shower room/WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French door to roof terrace. All rooms with river views.

    Location: 5km from St. Aigulin (shops, café, restaurant), 10km from La Roche Chalais (market, tennis, water park), 30km from Aubeterre (beach on river, fishing, pedalos), 35km from St Emilion (wine tastings, châteaux, restaurants), 79km from Bordeaux (main city, museums, shops, airport).

    Both properties: Large shared lawned garden with river frontage (take care with children)

    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.6m), open May-Oct, heated Jun-Sep
    • Electric central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking.

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  • Le Manoir du Puy

    Le Puy, nr. Gurat, Charente

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16234

    This lovely, detached, manor house is set in the quiet hamlet of Le Puy which is close to the village of Gurat, on the border between the Charentes and the Dordogne. This holiday property and its grounds are spectacular and very spacious with a private swimming pool. The property has a traditional feel with an emphasis on quality furnishings and comfort. The kitchen and back kitchen are well-equipped and fully-fitted, whilst the living and dining rooms are bright and airy with large traditional windows giving wonderful views over the garden and countryside. Gurat is a pretty village and Villebois-Lavalette, a 10-minute drive, is famous for its historic Roman château, wooden covered market and pretty streets. Visit Angoulême, less than half an hour’s drive, which is capital of the Charente and famous for its architecture and international comic festivals. There are several beach lakes in the area for swimming and water sports as well as golf and paragliding facilities.

    Lower ground floor: Utility. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with door to garden. Shower room/WC with bidet. First floor: Two kingsize bedrooms. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Garden with 10 steps
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m to 1.6m)
    • Oil heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2km W of Gurat (shop, cafe/bar, restaurant), 7km S of Villebois-Lavallette (all facilities, castle, market), 20km S of Angoulême (cobbled town, cafés, lake, water skiing), 20km N of Aubeterre (beach lake).

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