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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Bambous

    Rouillac, Charente

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: F16221

    Located north of Cognac, in a hamlet near the market town of Rouillac, this restored property adjoins the owner’s home and has its own private pool. Les Bambous is surrounded by vineyards and has a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and a terrace with a pergola and garden furniture, ideal for eating outside. Within easy reach of the seaside resort of Royan, or the towns of Cognac, Saintes, and Saint-Jean-d’Angely with a huge pool resort. You can taste the local apéritif ’Pineau’ at the market and delicious farm products as well as mussels from the island of Oléron, and fresh melons from the Charente region.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors to garden and single sofa bed/dining room with kitchen area. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom, en-suite shower room. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom (for children) with additional single bed. Shower room. Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Balcony
    • Private pool (9m x 4m, depth 1m to 1.5m) with alarm
    • Electric heaters
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • 2 Cots
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Rouillac (shops, cafés, restaurants, swimming pool), 27km N of Cognac (distilleries, river Charente, boat trips, museums, golf), 96km from Royan (sea, casino, boat trips to the Médoc).

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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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  • Lagé

    Lagé

    Grade
    9
    3
    2
    4
    Ref: FJD030

    Enjoy everything this region has to offer from the comfort of a spacious holiday home with its own outdoor heated swimming pool (45m², open Jun-Sep), located near the city of Messé, just 47km from the centre of Poitiers. Enjoy strolling through this riverside city and visit the Romanesque church, Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande, Poitiers cathedral and the Palace of Poitiers. Fun for everyone can be had at Futurescope, an immpressive theme park equipped with rides, 3D experiences and discoveries around every corner. Niort (57km) is a classic old French town, located on the River Sèvre and dominated by a medieval castle. Angoulême (80km) is great for a day trip, as well as Saintes (95km) and Cognac (96km). Shop and restaurant 8km.

    Lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin and toilet, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single bed, 1 twin, double bed on mezzanine. Annexe 1: Kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin. Annexe 2: Lounge, kitchen, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets with basin, 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Up to 2 pets welcome. No smoking please.

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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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  • La Chouette Grange

    Mouzon, Charente

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: FJC048

    La Chouette Grange has been cleverly restored to a very good standard. The converted barn offers guests a truly unique holiday property, from the balustraded balcony over the living room to the large French windows which flood the house with light. There are also views of the terrace and the pool from the living room, where you can enjoy the morning sunshine over breakfast on the terrace. A few kilometres to the west is the town of La Rochefoucauld where you can see the fairytale château overlooking the town. A little further are the towns of Angoulême and Limoges well known for its porcelain, are also worth a visit. The lakes of the Haute Charente are close by and numerous water activities are available including fishing, swimming and boating. Also there are the caves of Chazelles to explore and the brandy houses of Cognac to the south. The local markets offer tempting regional specialties, and there are also many local restaurants to sample.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room/WC. Turning stairs to first floor: Four bedrooms: Two double, two twin, one with additional single bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle (no WC). Two shower rooms/WC

    • Separate WC. Some rooms with sloping ceiling and low beams
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Outdoor swimming pool (55m², open May-Oct)
    • Central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

    Location: 7km to restaurants, 8km to shops, 23km from La Rochefoucauld, 30km from Chazelles (caves), 48km from Angoulême, 63km from Limoges, 80km from Cognac (brandy)

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  • Le Moulin de l’Ardillier

    St. André-de-Lidon, nr. Royan, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FA264

    Situated on the village outskirts, this detached Charentais farmhouse has spacious and airy rooms with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. Furnished in rustic style, it is surrounded by farmland and vineyards, with a large garden of shrubs, mature trees offering shady areas, and terraces for dining ‘al fresco’. The village centre is just a 3-minute drive for daily bread and basic supplies, along with tennis courts. Cozes is a 9-minute drive with its restaurants, shops and riding. For public pool and tennis, Gémozac is only a 10-minute drive. The picturesque port of Mortagne-sur-Gironde has good seafood restaurants and is just 15 minutes drive. There’s a daily market, supermarket and disco at Saujon a 20-minute drive and sandy beaches along the wide Gironde estuary at Meschers, St Georges-de-Didonne, and Royan, all within 30 minutes drive. Saintes is a 20-minute drive and has boutiques, restaurants, golf, Roman sites, and the chance to cruise on the River Charente - down to Cognac, for example, to taste the world-renowned brandy. A bottle of Bujard Pineau is offered to guests on arrival.

    Living/dining room with wooden floors and beams. Steps to kitchen. Double bedroom/sitting room with en-suite shower room (no WC). Single bedroom. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom, access to roof terrace. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed, low sloping ceiling and access to roof terrace. Bathroom (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden
    • Terraces
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m), open mid May-mid Sep
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot and h/chair (on request)
    • Parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 98km from La Rochelle, 120km from Bordeaux.

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  • Mage

    Thouars, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: T79019

    This farmhouse, situated in a very quiet, sleepy village ’off the beaten track’, has been carefully converted by the owners. The area is a comfortable drive from the western Loire châteaux (Angers, Saumur, Chinon, Montreuil-Bellay), and an excellent touring base to explore the vineyards of the Loire Valley, the waterways of the Marais Poitevin or Fontevraud Abbey. Visit the recreational lake (5km), a golf course at Roiffé (36km), Futuroscope Park at Poitiers (60km), and ’Son et Lumière’ at the Puy du Fou theme park. The house is set in an enclosed garden, with a lawn, trees and flowers, and a shaded terrace. The holiday property is spacious and is furnished in a comfortable French style. The owners sometimes occupy a small house to the rear of the property, but have their own private garden and sitting-out area. A converted outhouse is now a summer kitchen, with a large open fire and barbecue, small fridge, a sink, a large table and benches, and ample shade in which to enjoy meals.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Utility. Bathroom with spa bath, shower attachment and separate shower (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment. Second floor: Two double bedrooms

    • Garden
    • Fenced swimming pool (13m x 5m; depth 1.2m - 2.3m)
    • Poolside shower/WC and changing area
    • Oil central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km NW of Louzy (tennis), 5km N of Thouars (all facilities), 5km N of St. Martin-de-Sanzay (lake).

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  • Ribérac

    Ribérac

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W12541

    This spacious 17th-century stone cottage, with exposed wooden beams, is situated in Bors de Montmoreau, in the peaceful countryside of the Charente, a few kms from the town of Ribérac. From the gravelled terrace there is a nice view over the surrounding maize and sunflower fields. The lawned garden in front of the house provides some shade on hot summer days but you can also choose to have a refreshing swim in the 10 x 5m private outdoor swimming pool. About 8km from the property lies the village of Aubeterre considered among the most beautiful of France, with an impressive Monolith church. Built on a hillside, nearby Chalais is known for its market and its old town quarter. There is a nice beach on the banks of the River Dronne, where kayaking is available. The area also offers a golf course. For a days excursion you can drive to Cognac with its interesting Musée de Cognac or to Barbezieux, known for its Eau-de-Vie, confectionery and marrons glacés. Shop and restaurant 8km, café/bar 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, dining room, kitchen, separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet). First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with basin, 1 twin plus 2 single beds.

    Colour TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets.

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