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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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  • Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Coulonges-sur-l’Autize

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: FJD029

    This lovely holiday house has a superb outdoor swimming pool (60m², open mid Jun-mid Sep) and acres of private space to sit and relax or play badminton and table tennis. Lovingly restored, there is exposed stonework and beams, a great fitted kitchen, a large lounge with dining area and a second lounge. Two of the bedrooms have zip and link beds, there is also a double, a twin and a single, all spacious rooms. If you can tear yourself away from the house and its great facilities, visit the pretty town of Coulonges 4km, or 11km away is Chassenon. There are also plenty of watersports at nearby Mervent or visit historic La Rochelle or one of the lovely sandy beaches, all within 80km. Alternatively, visit Puy du Fou historical theme park - a must see in the region. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/dining room, second lounge, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 twin (zip and link), 1 single. Second floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin plus single bed.

    Central heating, open fire in lounge, woodburner in kitchen, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread turning stairs. Sloping ceilings on second floor. Steps within property.

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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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  • Migron

    Migron

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: F17234

    On the edge of the pretty village of Migron, in a quiet position, this holiday property faces a private outdoor swimming pool (45m², open Jun-Sep) with a covered seating area with kitchenette. There is also an external games room with ping-pong and an external shower room with toilet and basin. Explore the nearby Charentais countryside, a five minute drive to the lake of Thors with a beach, Cognac with day trips on the river Charente, famous distilleries and a market. Close by is Royan with sandy beaches and new orchid gardens. La Rochelle is only an hour away and has an aquarium, shops and sea food restaurants.

    Ground floor: Lounge. Kitchen/diner. 2 bedrooms: 1 single leading to further single. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet). Separate toilet and basin. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Open mezzanine with twin beds.

    Woodburner in lounge. Cot. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Microwave. Terrace. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep open-tread ladder stairs from single bedroom to mezzanine with sloping ceiling. Water feature by the terrace. Steps to pool.

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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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  • Les Papillons

    St. Maixent l’Ecole, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    5
    Ref: F79151

    This lovely detached holiday home has been beautifully restored to provide very comfortable and roomy accommodation. As well as the downstairs double bedroom with en-suite, you also have three other sleeping areas, one twin with its own en-suite and its own private stairs from the living room. An attractive mezzanine kingsize bedroom is accessed from a second set of stairs, from the magnificent high vaulted living/dining room, and from the main staircase you have two more large bedrooms. Outside there are two large terraces and a large enclosed swimming pool with hot and cold shower and an enclosed, mature garden, ideal for children. The private house really has everything and being in the countryside of Deux-Sevres, you have several local villages and weekly markets. The region has many chateaux, renaissance churches and abbeys, and Atlantic beaches within easy reach. Golf and horse riding locally. Fly to Poitiers or La Rochelle.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors to terrace and garden, with staircase leading to twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room/WC. Well-equipped kitchen with dining table, decorative fireplace and old stone potager. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate WC. Barn conversion with large living/dining room and staircase to mezzanine with kingsize bedroom, sloping ceiling. Fully equipped laundry room and wet room with corner bath/shower. Hall staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room/WC. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom/WC

    • Enclosed spacious lawned garden
    • Large terrace with 5 steps
    • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m, depth 1.2m) with terrace
    • Electric central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 6km S of St. Maixent-l’Ecole (all facilities, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping centre), 15km NE of Marais Poitevin (canal network and canoe trips), 20km N of Melle (church, abbey and attractive town), 60km SW of Poitiers (Futuroscope), 90km E of La Rochelle (historic town and leisure port, beaches close by).

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  • Rochefort-du-Gard

    Rochefort-du-Gard

    Grade
    11
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: FLG182

    This beautiful holiday cottage enjoys uninterrupted views over the Rhone Valley and is very close to Avignon. The house is a comfortable retreat with a large shaded terrace with sun loungers and benches, table tennis, a private swimming pool (50m²) and pool house with toilets. The house has been thoughtfully decorated in a rustic style and is a delightful Provençal property and even has a porch swing for relaxing on tranquil summer evenings. This is an ideal base for touring the regions of Gard and Vaucluse which have mountains (Mont Ventoux) and seaside resorts (Palavas and Gau-du-Roi) to discover. Only 12km from Avignon and its cathedrals, castles and museums. Further afield is Nîmes (34km) where you can explore its ancient ruins and monuments, museums and restaurants. Shops and restaurants 1km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, bathroom with basin (no toilet), two separate toilets, 5 bedrooms: 4 double, 1 plus single bed, 1 with double sofa bed.

    Electric heating, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, internet connection, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, ample parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Drops by pool area.

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  • La Maison du Papillon

    Romegoux, nr. St. Savinien, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    11
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: F17297

    This very pretty detached holiday villa is set in a quiet village between Rochefort, La Rochelle and Saintes. It has an enclosed private swimming pool and a large covered terrace, ideal for al fresco meals. The spacious interior is great for two families sharing and has been tastefully furnished whilst retaining original features and stone walls. A short drive away are the pretty towns of La Rochelle and Saintes which has classical music festivals in high season, Cognac with distilleries and boat trips on the River Charente. Golf can be played at La Rochelle, Saintes and Cognac; there is a large water aqualand in St Jean d’Angely; a beach at Fouras, 35km, and a ferry can be taken to the island of Aix - the last retreat of Napoléon. For a day out, La Rochelle is famous for its old harbour as well as its aquarium and numerous cafés and seafood restaurants along the water.

    Ground floor: Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to terrace. Utility. Double bedroom with patio doors to pool. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Shower room. Separate WC. First floor: Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed. Separate WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden with two steps
    • Large covered terrace
    • Swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.6m to 1.6m)
    • Central heating
    • Wood-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Built-in barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 2km from St Porchaire (shop,restaurant, bar), 12km from St. Savinien (all facilities, tennis, river, fishing), 22km from Saintes (old town, shops, abbey, river, golf), 35km to beach, 55km from La Rochelle (old harbour, aquarium, shops, golf, airport).

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  • La Ferme d’Alba

    Chasseneuil, Charente

    Grade
    11
    6
    1
    4
    Ref: F16157

    Set in the countryside between Limoges and La Rochefoucauld, this old stone farm is located in a very peaceful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has retained its original beams, paved floors and large fireplace, yet it has been carefully modernised with attractive soft furnishings. The large garden has a big mulberry tree and a swimming pool (heated at extra cost). Less than 25km away is the huge lake of Lavaud, ideal for swimming, sailing or just lazing in the sun. Angoulême is also a short drive and has another lake for water-skiing, museums in the old cobbled streets and plenty of interesting shops to wander around.

    Beamed living/dining room with open fire and bar. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Antique staircase to two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate steep stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Shower room/WC

    • Large enclosed garden with terrace
    • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m, open May-Oct) with salt water system (heated optionally)
    • Central heating
    • Telephone (incoming and local calls)
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Table tennis in barn.

    Location: 8km from Chasseneuil (shops, church, forest, market, restaurant, tennis), 25km from Lake Lavaud (beach, sailing, fishing), 37km E of Angoulême (shops, museums, boat trips, water-skiing, golf), 63km W of Limoges (porcelain shops, museums).

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  • Le Tilleul

    Irais, Deux-Sèvres

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: FJD025

    Offering 5 bedrooms and an annex (sleeping 2), this property exudes charm and period character, featuring original beams, flagstone floors and decorative fireplaces. The main part of the house has a large kitchen and a lounge. Upstairs are the bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities and a walk-in wardrobe. Two further double bedrooms can be accessed via this bedroom, or from outside via a spiral staircase. The 6th bedroom is in the annex with its own entrance, a kitchen area and a shower room with Italian type shower. Outside is a large child-friendly mature garden with enclosed fenced-in private swimming pool (May to September) and an impressive lime tree offering shade. A bakery is a minute’s walk from the house. The pretty village of Airvault is 7km and Thouars, a large attractive town, is 20km. Visit the Loire Valley including Saumur, 50km. Poitiers and the Futuroscope are 45km.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate WC. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, leading to 2 double bedrooms (also accessed via external staircase), 1 twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Shower room/WC. Annex: Kitchen. Shower room/WC. Double bedroom

    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Swimming pool
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Some rooms with low beams and sloping ceilings. Steps to garden. External spiral staircase to first floor.

    Location: 54km from Poitiers (river), 75km from Niort, 93km from Angers (castle, cathedral, Verdun bridge), 98km from Tours (town hall, Place Jean Jaurès, cathedral).

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  • Domaine de Villeneuve

    Villeneuve, Charente

    Grade
    14
    7
    0
    5
    Ref: F16184

    A superb large family Charentaise house with large enclosed garden, perfect for a large group of friends or two families wishing to holiday together with the benefit of a private swimming pool. Set in a small peaceful village close to Jarnac with its daily market, shops, restaurants and cafés, and only 12km from the well known town of Cognac. This accommodation is over three floors, has many bedrooms with en-suite facilities with plenty of space and privacy. Decorated with antique furniture but well equipped and practical for modern living. Cognac is known for its distillieries, but children will love the playgrounds by the river where boats can be hired, watch jazz bands in July and discover a covered market with fish stalls, local produce and local wines. The Cognac golf course has a restaurant overlooking the pretty countryside. For a day out to the beach, Royan is an hour away. La Rochelle with its old harbour, shops and well known aquarium.

    Large living room. Large dining room. Sitting room. Well-equipped modern kitchen. Laundry room. Separate WC. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom/WC with double basin. First floor: Four bedrooms; one king size with en-suite bathroom/WC, with shower and bath, one double with en-suite bathroom/WC, two twin bedrooms (one with 120cm beds) with en-suite bathrooms with double basin. Separate WC. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms (can also be double). Shower room/WC

    • Large enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Private enclosed swimming pool with alarm (12 x 6m, depth 1-2m)
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels and TNT)
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • T/cot
    • Garage
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Nercillac (shop, café, restaurant), 5km from Jarnac (River Charente, supermarkets, market, cafés, restaurant, tennis), 12km from Cognac (golf, shops, supermarkets, hospital, boat trips, distillieries), 80km from Royan (beaches), 120km from La Rochelle (old city, airport, shops, aquarium), 120km from Bordeaux (airport, vineyards), 30km from Angoulême (cartoon/comic museum, shops, restaurants).

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  • Chez Gill

    Cressé, Charente-Maritime

    Grade
    15
    7
    0
    6
    Ref: FA236

    A delightful, spacious property, beautifully renovated to provide comfortable and stylish holiday accommodation. In a tranquil setting on the outskirts of the village, with views over the fields beyond, this lovely old mill house with small river running beneath and separate cottage are set beside a stream with a central courtyard separating the two properties. (Although the stream may dry up in Summer, careful supervision of young children is recommended). It has a good-sized garden with a large patio, flower beds and lawns, and a large shady area with trees. Helpful owners occupy the right wing of the main house but have separate access. The Roman town of Saint-Jean-d’Angély is a 30 minute drive with boating lake, cobbled streets and excellent twice-weekly market for fresh local produce, and the historical town of Angoulême is 1 hours’ drive. An ideal situation for cycling and walking in the gentle countryside all around.

    Main House: Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One kingsize with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC. First floor: Three bedrooms: One double, two twin, one with additional single bed. Two shower room/WCs. Cottage: All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite shower room/WC, one twin with en-suite bathroom/WC, over-bath shower

    • Lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Private swimming pool (11m x 5.5m, depth 1m to 1.7m), Roman steps and shower
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • TV (French channels only)
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot and h/chair on request
    • Swings
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 2km from Cressé (shops), 10km from Matha (shops and restaurant), 40km from Cognac (golf, all facilities), 50km from Saintes (boutiques, Roman arena and boat trips on the Charente), 100km from beaches.

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