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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • La Touche

    La Touche

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W14633

    This lovely detached house has been completely renovated to a good standard by its owners, and features original oak beams and an enclosed above-ground swimming pool (3.5m x 7.5m). The double bedroom upstairs has an en-suite shower room, and both the downstairs doubles have direct access into the private fully enclosed garden. Situated in the quiet hamlet of La Touche on the Charentes border, within a short drive, you have several pretty villages and local markets and there is a beach lake 5km away. Try also to visit La Rochelle and its beaches an hour and a half away (106km). Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin.

    Electric heaters, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, microwave, enclosed garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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, 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Josephine

    Pillac, Charente

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: F16213

    Well-equipped detached holiday villa with distant views overlooking picturesque countryside from the awning-shaded terrace overlooking the pool. Light, spacious and airy with a wall of patio windows leading to the terrace where the built-in barbecue means it is an ideal place for evening meals. There is table tennis on a covered front terrace and a large open rough grassed area just below the pool - an ideal place for children to play. The property has also been awarded a 4 star grading from the tourist board of the Charente region. Riding, tennis, fishing and golf are within reasonable distances. Open markets in Aubeterre and Chalais, where you will find a multitude of local products. Visit the Château de Taleyran in Chalais. Angoulême offers good shopping.

    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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  • 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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