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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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  • Pat-Stef

    Saint Augustin, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F17229

    Situated in a quiet residential area just a five minute drive from the beautiful beach of La Grande Côte, this practical house is all on one level above a garage. With a large enclosed garden, ideal for children to play in, it also enjoys a south facing terrace, ideal for outdoor dining. The French rustic interior is comfortable, with an open fire and several French windows opening on to the terrace. In the centre of the village is a good bakery serving traditional French baguettes, and in the summer there is a morning market. At Grande Côte there are plenty of good restaurants overlooking the sea, as well as tennis and windsurfing. There is also the opportunity to play golf just 3kms away. To the south is the resort of Royan, famous for its gardens, casino and thalassotherapy, and also convenient for boat trips to nearby islands and the prestigious wine-growing area of the Médoc, which also boasts many stunning châteaux. A short drive is the town of La Palmyre, with its market, restaurants and superb zoo.

    Entrance up a few steps to terrace, or via interior staircase and garage. Large living/dining room with open fire and patio door to terrace. Kitchen with door to garden. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with double basin and shower cubicle. Separate WC

    • Large garden with terrace
    • Full oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • T/cot
    • Parking in garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 500m to centre of Saint Augustin (shops, café, restaurant), 3km to 18 hole golf course, 4.5km to Grande Côte (beach, sea, restaurants), 10km N of Royan (casino, boat trips, shops), 10km to La Palmyre.

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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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  • Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde

    Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FCH188

    This light and airy detached holiday home is furnished in a contemporary style in the popular tourist destination of Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde, only 18km from the sandy beaches and close to the fishing port and marina of Port Maubert. This 2 bedroomed house offers a large garden with terrace, garden furniture and barbecue, ideal for outside dining and enjoying the long summers of this popular area of south west France. Shop and restaurant 2km, beach 18km.

    Lounge/diner, second lounge, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets (1 with basin), 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, cot, wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please.

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  • Chez Françoise

    Royan, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F17364

    This three bedroom apartment lies just 150 metres from the largest sandy beach in Royan, one of the Charente-Maritime’s most popular resorts. Bright and airy, the fully-fitted kitchen leads onto the dining area and living room, from where guests can access a small garden. The beach is less than two minutes’ walk, and sits next to a marina and port. Within 10 minutes’ walk there is a choice of shops including a bakers and grocers, cafés and restaurants, together with a daily market, and the town has all facilities. Situated in the second sunniest area of France, don’t miss historic La Rochelle and the islands of Oléron, and especially Ré.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Three bedrooms: One double, one twin, one bunk, each with laminate floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC). Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Small garden
    • Shared grounds
    • Gas and electric heating
    • W/machine
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • T/cot
    • On street parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 600m from the centre of Royan (shops, cafés, restaurants, daily market), 70km S of La Rochelle (historic centre with shops, old harbour and museums), 75km S of Ile de Ré (beautiful, unspoiled island with quaint villages and marina).

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  • Mirabelle

    Nercillac, Cognac, Charente

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F16147

    In the Cognac countryside, close to the 18 hole golf course of St Brice, this old farmhouse has been completely restored and offers good value holiday accommodation with a private heated pool. The charming owners live in the adjoining house with their three children. The property has been furnished with modern, quality furniture but keeping the traditional stone walls and the interior is fresh, with a south facing exterior, and the pool is enclosed on three sides by old walls. Only five minutes away is the pretty town of Cognac, with daily morning market and boat trips on the river. Angoulême has a large lake for sailing and waterskiing and the coast and pretty seaside resort of Royan are just one hour’s drive away. Nearby sports facilities include golf, tennis, canoeing and a horse riding centre.

    Open plan large living/dining room opening on to terrace with corner kitchen and beams. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping beamed ceiling. Two double bedrooms with low beamed ceiling, one with extra single bed. Shower room/WC

    • Large shared play grounds
    • Fenced private heated swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.5m with ladder)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Cot
    • Car parking
    • Ping pong table
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 800m to Nercillac (shop, bar, hotel, restaurant), 2km to Sainte Brice (golf, canoeing, tennis), 5km to Cognac (restaurants, market, boat trips, distilleries), 18km W of Angoulême (lake of St Yrieix, sailing, swimming, museums), 80km to Royan (ocean, beach).

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  • Charroux

    Charroux

    Grade
    7
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FJV022

    This comfortable holiday home is set in the picturesque Poitou-Charentes region, with the friendly owner living on-site. In the village of Charroux is the remains of the Benedictine Charroux Abbey, founded in the 8th century and are still preserved in the town. This is an ideal base to explore this region. Ruffec is 20km away and is situated on the Lien River in the quiet countryside, offering a selection of shops and restaurants. Verteuil-sur-Charente is a village situated on the banks of the river Charente and is dominated by the castle that stands above the picturesque river banks. At the end of a busy day exploring, relax in the shared outdoor swimming pool (32m² open from mid June-mid Sep) or enjoy a game of table tennis. Shop and restaurant 1km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bed in alcove area of lounge, 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom plus single bed.

    Central heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Bed in lounge separated by a curtain. River 100m.

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  • Cozes

    Montpellièr-de-Médillan, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH192

    This lovely detached property all on the ground floor, has a sunny terrace and benefits from a private outdoor swimming pool. It has a large lawned enclosed garden and open-plan living accommodation, opening out onto the decking. The pretty village of Montpellièr-de-Médillan basks in the beautiful countryside of the Charente-Maritime and has a weekly market for local produce. Nearby Pons with its castle and ramparts, is well worth exploring, while the village of Talmont with its 13th-century streets, is best explored on foot. The busy town of Saintes, with its Roman remains is another destination that is worth a look; little squares with street side cafes can be found in the old town.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors to terrace and tiled floor/kitchen with breakfast bar. Four bedrooms: Two double, two twin. Bathroom with two steps to bath and shower cubicle (no WC). Shower room/WC. Separate WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private outdoor swimming pool (20m², open May-Sep)
    • Electric underfloor heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 3km from Montpellièr-de-Médillan (shops and restaurant), 15km from Saintes (Roman ruins, shops, cafés), 16km from Pons (castle and ramparts), 17km from Talmont (Medieval streets), 87km from La Rochelle (airport).

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Ecoles

    Matha, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: F17351

    Close to Cognac, St. Jean d’Angely and Saintes, this semi-detached 18th-century holiday property lies in a village near Matha. It has a private swimming pool, enclosed garden and large enclosed grounds. Set over three levels, it boasts a lot of charm, retaining beams and original features. The kitchen opens on to the garden and there is a covered terrace by the pool. Matha and Cognac have a weekly market, offering fresh seafood including mussels and oysters from Ile d’Oléron, farm products, mushrooms, and the local aperitif, pineau. You have a large choice of distilleries to visit as well as tastings all around. The aqualand of St. Jean d’Angely will be loved by the children; budding historians will like the abbey of Saintes, or the castle of Taillebourg. Fouras has many beaches, from where you can take a ferry to the Isle of Aix, or visit the old harbour of La Rochelle with its famous aquarium.

    Ground floor: Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors to garden and tiled floor. First floor: Two bedrooms with wooden floors: One double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Second floor: Two bedrooms, both with wooden floors: One double, one twin with en-suite shower room

    • Enclosed garden
    • Covered terrace
    • Large enclosed grounds
    • Swimming pool (6.4m x 3.8m, depth 1.4m) with external shower room/WC
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • T/cot
    • Garage
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 3km from Matha (shops, restaurants, market, tennis), 3km from Thors (beach on lake), 20km from St. Jean d’Angely (Aqualand resort), 23km from Cognac (distilleries, golf course, boat trips, market, museum), 66km from Fouras (beach, ferry to Isle of Aix), 87km from La Rochelle (old harbour, museum, aquarium, airport)

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  • Maison Burie

    Burie, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FCH184

    In 2.7 hectares of a wooded fenced park, the cellars of this 18th-century castle have been renovated to offer an ideal holiday property with atypical spaces. This magical place is very quiet and has its own park and access to a shared, outdoor heated swimming pool. The wine region of Cognac offers many distilleries to visit, but also entertainment throughout the year, such as the Jazz Festival. The city of Saintes is within easy reach, with its Roman amphitheatre, museums, theatre, cinema and various festivals throughout the year. The seaside resort of Royan can be reached in under an hour and has sandy beaches, a marina, market, shops, restaurants and cafés. History lovers should visit Angoulême, classified as a City of Art and History. Here, visitors can explore the old city walls, ramparts, the Palace of Justice, the cathedral, churches and museums. For children, the zoo at La Palmyre is also worth a visit.

    Living room/step to kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Two shower rooms (no WC). Separate WC. Open-tread spiral stairs to mezzanine: Double bed

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Shared outdoor swimming pool (40m²), open May-Sep
    • Electric heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 500m from shop and restaurant, 11km from Cognac (distilleries, golf, river), 19km from Saintes (abbey, golf), 50km from beach, 55km from Royan (marina, indoor market).

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