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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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  • Chez Chabot

    Rioux, near 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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  • Le Manoir du Puy

    Le Puy, near 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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  • La Tonnelle

    Saint Simon, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17100

    This attractive farmhouse next to the owner’s home has been carefully restored to retain its traditional charm and character. The spacious interior has cool rooms, whilst the typical farmhouse dining kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances. From this room, patio doors open on to the terrace and poolside. This is ideal for families, having enclosed shady gardens with swings and a private swimming pool. Set in peaceful countryside, within walking distance of the sleepy village of Saint Simon, the area is a delight to discover. Colourful markets abound in the nearby villages and wine-tasting of the local ‘Pineau’ aperitif can be found everywhere. With the fine sandy beaches of Meschers and the fascinating port of Royan just twenty-five minutes drive, the location is perfect. Other attractions are the historical city of Saintes, just a short drive and the bustling sea-side resort of La Palmyre with its zoo, water park and marvellous beaches - a haven for families with children. An ideal holiday base.

    Entrance via large French windows from patio beside swimming pool. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room. Separate WC. Steep open stairs with low beams up to cosy living room and three bedrooms; one double with basin, two twin

    • Covered pergola
    • Private enclosed swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1.2m - 1.7m)
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steep stairs not suitable for the elderly, infirm or toddlers.

    Location: 1km from Saint Simon de Pellouaille (small grocers, bread available), 6km N of Gémozac (all facilities, market), beaches 30km, Royan 34km (ferry to Médoc, casino), 45km from La Palmyre Zoo (large monkey park).

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  • Marigny, nr. Niort

    Marigny, nr. Niort

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W13022

    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.

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

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

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  • Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Saint Palais-sur-Mer

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14996

    This delightful duplex holiday apartment is situated in the lovely village of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, just 7km from the seaside resort Royan, and 150 metres from the sea. The sandy beaches of the Platin and Grande Côte are within walking distance, and all amenities are nearby. This complex has a large shared heated swimming pool (available mid Jun to mid Sep), sauna and children’s play area. Visit La Rochelle, 78km, and take a boat to the famous Charentaise islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron for a fun-filled day out, or stay closer to home with a trip to Royan, with its sandy beaches and picturesque marina. Shops 100m, café/bar and restaurant 1.8km, beach 700m.

    External stairs to ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 1 twin bedroom, single sofa bed and single pull-out bed in lounge.

    Cot and highchair on request, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi (at reception), dishwasher, shared grounds, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Brillac

    Brillac

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W14547

    This renovated, semi-detached property is part of a 17th century farmhouse on the edge of Brillac and close to Confolens on the Vienne River. There is a private swimming pool (15ft diameter, 3ft deep) and a climbing frame with swing and slide. French doors lead from the first floor lounge onto a balcony with steps to the garden and pool. Nearby are lakes ideal for fishing, golf courses and attractions such as Vallee des Singes, Futuroscope and Oradour-sur-Glane. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 7km.

    Ground floor: Kitchen/diner, separate toilet with basin. First floor: Lounge. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 1 twin with en-suite shower, toilet and basin. Double sofa bed in lounge.

    Full central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, cassette/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • La Flotte-en-Ré

    La Flotte-en-Ré

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH166

    The Île de Ré is a veritable paradise set on the ocean across from La Rochelle. The land is level and ideal for discovering the area on foot or on bicycle. On the island, there are certain unmissable sights such as Baleines lighthouse and the ports of Saint Martin, Flotte and Fiers d’Ars. This terraced holiday property is situated on a complex just 100m from the sea and 1km from amenities and the port of La Flotte-en-Ré. As well as the outdoor, heated, shared 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 launderette (payable on-site). Shop and restaurant 1km, beach 100m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 bunk, 2 single beds in lounge.

    Colour TV (French channels only), internet connection, dishwasher, microwave, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread, turning stairs to first floor.

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  • Logis de la Treille - Kingfisher

    La Barde, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F17348

    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: Living room. Kitchen with step up to dining room. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with over-bath shower and French doors to roof terrace. 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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  • Domaine du Petit Oulme

    St. Jean d’Angély, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17274

    Near the charming village of Aulnay and five minutes drive from the old town of St. Jean d’Angély stands this old restored stone house with a private swimming pool. It has a light interior with stone walls, cool in hot summers, a comfortable living room with the original fireplace dated 1842 and French windows opening on to a terrace. There is also a large garden ideal for children to play in and a covered barn. There is plenty to do in the Charente-Maritime, and it is less than a 45 minute drive to beaches, Fouras, the quaint harbours of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, and the ferry to the Ile d’Aix. St. Jean d’Angély is home to the ’Atlantis’ aqua centre that children will adore as well as canoeing, kayaking and water polo.

    Large living/dining room with antique fireplace. Kitchen and French windows to terrace. Separate WC. First floor: Queensize bedroom with dressing room. Two double bedrooms. Shower room/WC with thalassotherapy shower

    • Large lawned garden
    • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.4m) with cover, open Jun-Sep
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • American f/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot
    • Covered parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Aulnay (all shops, church, cafés, restaurants), 15km from St. Jean d’Angély (shops, Atlantis Watersports), 45km N of Saintes (old town, River Charente, golf, boat trips, abbey), 55km from beaches.

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  • Le Genet

    La Bossière-en-Gâtine, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FA274

    Set on the edge of a tiny rural hamlet, this delightful, comfortably furnished, old stone farmhouse offers peace and quiet together with great views over unspoilt countryside. Set in an enclosed garden, this holiday home is south facing and features a fenced pool and partly walled, paved terrace area - a real sun trap, and wooden decked terrace. It is just 3 minutes’ drive to the village of Allone, and 8km to Secondigny. Visit the pretty medieval market town of Parthenay, with its old quarter, cobbled streets and weekly market. The beautiful ‘Green Venice’ (known to the French as the Marais Poitevin) is close by. Within a 45 minute drive lies Pescalis, just south of Moncoutant, 250 acres of fishing and leisure complex. Futuroscope, Europe’s leading cinema theme park, is 65km. Discover the delightful old port, shops and restaurants of La Rochelle, 112km, and the glorious sunny beaches of the Vendée are just over one hour’s drive away.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and ornamental stone fireplace. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom. Separate WC

    • Enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.35m)
    • Oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • T/cot (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Very low windows (take care with children).

    Location: 8km from Secondigny (shops, banks, supermarket, lake with watersports, municipal pool), 11km from Parthenay (restaurants, market), 60km from beaches, 65km from Futuroscope.

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  • The Farm on the Lake

    St. Aubin-du-Plain, Deux Sèvres

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F79142

    The Lake House is a delightful character stone farmhouse, a former 16th-century baronial hunting lodge, set in 10-acre private grounds within a 100-acre park with a beautiful carp fishing lake. Stunning panoramic views over peaceful countryside enable you to watch incredible sunsets, also seen from the swimming pool and terrace. The swimming pool is only shared with The Lake House (F79143). The Lake House features exposed beams and a large decorative stone fireplace. There is a country kitchen, lovely outdoor dining terrace with lake views, antique furniture, large galleried landing and ample space throughout. Walk or cycle up to a small shop for bread and essentials, a small restaurant and indoor tennis court in St. Aubin-du-Plain. A perfect place for walking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and abundant wildlife. Horse riding school 1 mile; 4 miles away is Argenton-les-Vallées with a beautiful lakeside restaurant, boating, kayaking, supermarket and international karting circuit. The large château town of Bressuire is 10 minutes’ drive with two hypermarkets, shops, restaurants, bowling and an international tennis club. Puy-de-Fou, Doué Zoo, Saumur, Le Cadre Noir (horse riding display) and Pescalis are 30-40 minutes’ drive. Within easy reach of the beaches of Vendée for a day’s outing.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall leading to large living/dining room with decorative fireplace. Country kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Large galleried landing leading to three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Bathroom with over bath shower (no WC). Separate WC

    • Dining terrace
    • Shared 10-acre grounds with fishing lake (take care with children)
    • Shared heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with electronic safety cover
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV (UK channels only)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 7 miles N of Bressuire. Drive: Caen 3½ hours, Calais 5½ hours. Fly via Poitiers or La Rochelle.

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  • Les Grenettes

    Ile-de-Ré, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17299

    Just 400 metres from sandy beaches on the south side of this lovely island. Les Grenettes is a modern holiday villa providing spacious holiday accommodation and set in large enclosed grounds in a pine-forested residential area. You’ll find a multitude of watersports, horse riding, tennis, walking and cycling trails within easy reach as well as many picturesque villages, nature reserves, oyster farms, antique markets and vineyards to visit. The local markets offer fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, there is one somewhere daily. Visit the port quayside at St. Martin where you can enjoy an apéritif of the local drink, Pineau, in one of the many bars and cafés.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with American kitchen and patio doors to terrace. Three twin bedrooms (can be kingsize on request), all with French window to terrace. Shower room/WC with double basin. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Private, enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 0.8m to 2m) with Roman steps
    • Electric heating
    • Fireplace
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden bench
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 400m from beach, 5km from Sainte Marie-de-Ré (shops, bars, restaurant and market), 7km from St. Martin (port, cruises, artisanal shops and all facilities), 12km from La Rochelle (museum, aquarium and all facilities).

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