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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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  • La Cagouille

    La Foy, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: F17280

    Very well located, this property is set less than half an hour’s drive from the coast and beaches of the ocean. This stone farmhouse has been renovated and opens on to a large, enclosed garden with a private, above-ground swimming pool. On two floors, it has large rooms, a superb kitchen opening onto the terrace, and plenty of armchairs and sofas spread over two living rooms. The charming English-speaking owners live nearby, and can be of great help to advise you on local delicacies, fireworks on the beaches of Royan, classical music concerts in July in Saintes, markets, and antique shops all around. Do taste the local aperitif "Pineau", made with Cognac and sold nearby. This is an ideal holiday property for those with children or pets, as it is independent, set in a large enclosed garden facing the terrace and large, old kitchen.

    Ground floor: Living room. Sitting room with fireplace. Kitchen with French windows to terrace. Shower room. Separate WC. Stairs from living room to first floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one with additional single bed, one twin with additional single bed. Bathroom with shower attachment. Separate WC

    • Large enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Private, above-ground swimming pool (hexagon shape, 5.3m x 5.3m, depth 1.3m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Wi-fi
    • Table tennis
    • Carport
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Gémozac (shops, cafés, restaurants, tennis), 25km from St-Georges-de-Didonne (beaches, surf, windsurfing, sailing), 40km from Maine Gaudin (golf, horse riding), 27km to Saintes (old town, shopping, boat trips), 100km from La Rochelle (airport).

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  • Villa Champmillon

    Champmillon, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: FJC063

    This lovely house with superb, private, outdoor swimming pool, has been carefully converted to provide very comfortable accommodation. It comes with all mod cons including an excellent games room which features a 60" flatscreen TV, DVD player, comfortable seating and a table tennis table. There is a fully equipped kitchen with central table so everyone can dine in comfort, and there are two living rooms, one with a second large screen TV. The pool and garden are accessed from a raised wooden decked area with high quality table and chairs, perfect for relaxing or eating outside while keeping an eye on what’s happening in the pool which has an electrically operated cover. The whole outside area including the front courtyard is fully enclosed, and the entrance gate is operated by an electronic key code system. If you can draw yourself away from the house, there are boats available to hire from the village and there is kayaking and a river beach within 5km. There is golf (15km) and a visit to the very pretty towns of Angoulême (15km) and Cognac (30km), famous for its distilleries, are a must. And if you have time, try a day out at the coast too, 90km away.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove and tiled floor. Sitting room with tiled floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Separate WC. Turning stairs to first floor: Four bedrooms: Two double, one twin, one bunk. Bathroom with bath and shower attachment (no WC). Two shower rooms/WC

    • Garden with steps
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (32m², open May-Sep) with steps
    • Central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • Two satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 2km from Sireuil (shops, boat hire), 5km from restaurant, 15km from lake, 18km from Angoulême (all facilities, airport).

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  • Le Château-d’Oléron

    Le Château-d’Oléron

    Grade
    8
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH121

    This holiday apartment is set on a complex, with use of a shared swimming pool with paddling pool (open June-September) and just 300m from the ocean. Beautiful beaches can be found Le Grand-Village-Plage, 4km, and Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, 10km. Places to visit include Royan, 43km, a seaside resort that includes attractions such as the Church of Notre-Dames and Les Jardins du Monde, or Saintes, 52.5km, with its Roman ruins, archaeological museum and cathedral. Further afield is La Rochelle, 71km, a coastal town which has an historic port and museums, as well as plenty of seafood restaurants which line the port. Shop and restaurant 400m, beach 300m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Mezzanine: 2 single beds, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Internet connection. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs.

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  • La Chapelle Thireuil

    La Chapelle Thireuil

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W14660

    This detached holiday home with private above-ground swimming pool (7m x 3.5m, depth 1.2m, open mid Jun-mid Sep) offers comfortable accommodation in this pretty area of the Deux-Sevres. The gardens are vast, with football goals, badminton, a children’s swing and slide, and table tennis whilst inside the property provides children’s toys and games. La Chapelle Thireuil, 1km, has a shop/boulangerie and bar, and there are several pretty villages locally, including Coulanges, 7km and Vouvant, 20km. The historic towns of Niort and Parthenay are 30 minutes’ drive whilst La Rochelle is just 1 hour. Shop and café/bar 1km, restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, 1 twin, 1 bunk.

    Woodburners in lounge/diner and kitchen, 2 cots, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Beaunant, nr. Royan

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: W12451

    This attractive typical detached Charentais house boasts an enclosed courtyard with outdoor furniture, an indoor and outdoor barbecue, as well as a covered patio. Guests can make use of the bikes and the music CD and video library. The house is located in the peaceful hamlet of Beaunant near Saujon, a town offering shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is close by and can be found at Meschers, a mere 10km away. Visit the town of Royan with its many shops and restaurants, the superb sandy beaches of the Côtes Beauté and Sauvage (20km), the area around Marennes and island of Oléron with its oyster farms or the beautiful old Roman town of Saintes (25km). Shop 2km, café/bar and restaurant 5km, beach 10km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, cot, colour satellite TV, video, stereo/CD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed courtyard, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. One pet welcome.

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  • Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W15029

    This pretty four bedroom cottage with its wooden floors and beamed ceilings has been tastefully furnished to provide all comforts including gas central heating, as well as a log burner for out of season holidays and a fully fitted kitchen. There is plenty of space inside and outside, including your own private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and extensive gardens which are accessed by crossing the very quiet lane. There are two local villages, l’Absie, 7km, to the north and the lovely Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, 6km, to the south. Both have all amenities including some lovely cafés, restaurants and a weekly market. You should try to visit the Marais Poitevin 20km to the south, the ’Green Venice’ as it is known locally, famous throughout France where you can take a canoe trip through the canal networks. The county border with the Vendée is just 4km away, so it will take you less than an hour and a half to reach the lovely sandy beaches on the coast. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 6km.

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

    Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

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  • Le Gicq

    Le Gicq

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH189

    This delightful, holiday bungalow is surrounded by fields, and benefits from a shared outdoor heated swimming pool (60m², open May-Sep). Relax on the sunny terrace and enjoy an al fresco meal or morning coffee. The small village of Le Gicq sits in the beautiful Charente-Maritime countryside, and is just 24km from the medieval village of Tusson. Once on the pilgrim trail, it has a replica of a medieval garden, complete with fountains and ancient tombs. The town of Cognac, 27km, is famous for its brandy, and is split into two very different areas. With the bustling ‘new’ town having shops, boulevards and street-side cafes, while the ‘old’ town is quieter, with castle, historical monuments and distilleries. Shop and restaurant 10km.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, bathroom with toilet and basin, shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, shared enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Step into shower. 3 steps from terrace to garden.

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  • Les Brousses, nr. Cognac

    Les Brousses, nr. Cognac

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W13417

    The high external wall and huge timber entrance doors hide a renovated detached farmhouse, large, private, fully enclosed gardens and a larger than average private swimming pool (55m²), close the gates behind you and enjoy the complete privacy in this beautiful area of the South West of France. The house has all the features of a former farmhouse, a decorative fireplace, oak beams and exposed stone walls, plus some features not normally associated with this type of holiday property, for example larger than average bedrooms and a conservatory which is the full length of the house. The Charente and Charente Maritime have lots to offer in terms of interesting places to visit. Angoulême, the historic town of Cognac and the beautiful old roman town of Saintes are all within driving distance. A little further are the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Painting or sculpting classes can be arranged with local artists. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

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

    Central heating, cot, colour TV (UK channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Guitinières

    Guitinières

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH094

    This detached house nestles in the centre of a quiet village just by the 11th-century church. Lovingly restored, this holiday property, set amidst vast gardens, features many of the original oak beams and exposed Charentaise stone walls. There is a fully fitted kitchen including a breakfast table area, whilst the main dining table is set off the lovely lounge section, which features a woodburner ensuring year round comfort. There is a front garden and a south-facing private terrace at the back of the house. Additionally, there is table football and a library section at the top of the stairs. The nearest town is Jonzac, 7kms, which has a stunning château, all services, restaurants and bars, a waterpark and a free beach lake. The sea and the lovely sandy beach at Meschers-sur-Gironde can be reached within an hour, or the resort at Royan is another 10km up the coast. Try also to visit Cognac, 40kms, where you can see its famous distilleries. The historic city of La Rochelle is just over an hour away and well worth a visit. Golf can be found 25km away. Shop and restaurant 7km, beach 40km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, wet room with toilet and basin. 1 double bedroom (for alternative slepping). First floor: Bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, two cots, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, stereo/CD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Turning stairs to first floor. Beams in some bedrooms.

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  • Maison de Mons

    Aigre, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: F16172

    To the north of Cognac and the well known distilleries is a little town called Aigre with all amenities such as bars, cafés and a lovely market. On the edge of this town is this holiday property overlooking maize fields on one side and completely private and enclosed on the other side with a superb swimming pool and large gardens for children to play in. The large town of Angoulême known for its cartoon museum also has a huge lake with a beach that is superb for waterskiing at a short distance. A little further is Cognac with a daily market, boat trips on the river Charente, interesting museums and nice pedestrian streets full of trendy shops. For a day out do not miss La Rochelle with the old harbour and famous aquarium as well as the multitude of restaurants along the water.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. Large living room with open-plan kitchen, open fire. Dining room. Separate WC. Up four steps: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower, double basin. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom, en-suite shower room

    • Large enclosed gardens
    • Covered pergola
    • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 1m-2.2m) with no chlorine and alarm
    • Electric heating
    • Underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels)
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Playstation
    • Children’s table football and pool table
    • Two t/cots
    • H/chair
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Pool and garden toys
    • Barbecue
    • Unsuitable for the infirm.

    Location: 800m (town centre, shops, cafés, restaurants), 35km from Angoulême (lake, golf, large town, museums, shops), 41km N of Cognac (shops, museums, distilleries, boat trips, golf), 110km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, restaurants, shops, airport).

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  • Josephine

    Pillac, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F16213

    This well-equipped, detached villa has distant views overlooking the picturesque countryside from the shaded terrace which overlooks the pool. It is light, spacious and airy with patio windows leading to the terrace which has a built-in barbecue meaning it is an ideal place for dining al fresco. There is a table tennis table on a covered front terrace and a large open rough grassed area just below the pool - an ideal place for children to play. Riding, tennis, fishing and golf are within reasonable driving distances. The open markets in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and Chalais are well worth a visit as they are full of local produce. Why not visit the Château de Taleyran in Chalais or Angoulême which has some great shops.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Four bedrooms: all with French doors: three double, one with curtained off shower/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment, shower cubicle, basin. Separate WC

    • Partially enclosed garden
    • Terrace
    • Steps to swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m, open May-Oct) with WC
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • H/chair
    • Piano
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 6km from Aubeterre (shops, bars, restaurants), 10km from Chalais (château, shops, restaurants).

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  • Juignac, nr. Montmoreau

    Juignac, nr. Montmoreau

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W13449

    A three-storey, stone-built, typical Charentais farmhouse with generous room sizes and high ceilings, a large feature fireplace (decorative only) and an abundance of exposed oak beams. There is a courtyard to the front of the holiday home; to the rear are large, mainly lawned, fully enclosed gardens with an outdoor swimming pool (9m x 3.8m, depth 0.9 to 1.75m), and patio area with built-in barbecue. A short walk across the fields (approximately 300m) will lead you to the private fishing lake. The famous writers village of Montmoreau where you will find all facilities and a public swimming pool is approximately 4km. The château of Villebois, the beautiful village of Aubeterre with lakeside beach and the busy market town of Ribérac are all within 20km. For the more adventurous take a day trip to Bordeaux and the Atlantic Ocean. Fly via Bergerac (82km) or Bordeaux (115km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room, separate toilet. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 3 double bedrooms 1 with en-suite toilet and basin. Second floor: Bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV, DVD player, video, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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