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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Charente Maritime, France your home away from home

Charente Maritime, the coastal region of Poitou Charentes, France, has 300 miles of beaches. As you would expect from this region of France, the seafood is sensational, especially the locally harvested oyster beds, and is best washed down with a selection from the cellars of the local vineyards. A Charente Maritime property or some of the gites in Charente Maritime on offer here provide a perfect base for not only discovering the coast and beaches, but for cycle tours walks in the region.

Things to do in Charente Maritime, France

The beaches make taking a holiday rental in Charente Maritime worth it by themselves. However, they are only a tiny fraction of the activities on offer here. If you take to the water, the sailing is exceptional, and there is equipment available for all levels of expertise. You can sail to discover some of the islands just off the coast, including Ile de Re or Ile d'Aix. There are many international sailing events here, including the Whitbread Trophy which is contested in the blue seas of Charente Maritime. The waters are also perfect for fishing, with sea-bass, sea bream and meagre all available.

Inland, anglers have a wealth of choice. The Charente, Boutonne and Dronne rivers are all available for angling. Following the rivers inland, you discover some areas of incredible natural beauty. There are national parks including Port des Salines and Cabane de moins encapsulating salt marshes and lagoons. This is an important area for migratory birds coming from America, so bird watching is also popular.

Charente Maritime is an established centre for Romanesque art, and information is available at the heritage centre in Lozay.

Places to visit on Holiday in Charente Maritime, France

La Rochelle is a town devoted to the sea. Due to the port, La Rochelle grew into a major town on the French coast, and now has moorings for 3,600 yachts. The town itself is perfect for a leisurely shopping trip for antiques or fashion, and the Saturday market around the historic market place is bustling. La Rochelle also has two main beaches to enjoy during the summer, the Chatelaillon-Plage and St Georges de Didonne, and there is a children’s surf club at Pontaillac.

The town of Rochefort is a charming town renowned for its thalassotherapy centres, and with the café des Longitudes offering home made ice-cream and some of the best fish on this side of the French coast, Rochefort is perfect for a weekend break to fully relax.

Weather in Charente Maritime

Charente Maritime’s climate is affected by the Gulf Stream, meaning that it is much warmer than many places of the same latitude. It enjoys long summers and mild winters, and therefore, Charente Maritime properties can be used to explore the region all year round.

Travel to Charente Maritime

Charente Maritime is only 90 minutes by air from London, and the introduction of regular cheap flights to La Rochelle (LRH) has meant that the area has become much more open to tourism. Ryanair often provide cheap flights direct to La Rochelle from Stansted.

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                                            Perfection!

                                            5 of 5
                                            We've just returned from a week staying in the gite, which was not only perfect in terms of facilities and location, but was made special by the family that own the gite and live next door. Susie, Roddy and their children are so hospitable and cannot do enough for you to ensure you have a relaxing and interesting break, without being intrusive or overbearing. Their suggestions for places to visit on the coast and where to kayak were spot on, and we spent a couple of really enjoyable warm evenings eating and drinking with the family outside on their patio, and were made to feel very welcome. The gite is very classy, with beautiful original paintings and finishing touches that really make this place feel like a luxurious home. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the equipment you could need and the provision of drinks and bread, butter, fruit etc on arrival is very welcome. The owners' two dogs, Evee and Bentley, are great characters and are very friendly. The chickens were also entertaining and their fresh eggs are delicious. We cannot recommend this gite highly enough, it is ideally located within a short drive to interesting and historical towns and also only about 30 minutes from the most beautiful coastline. We will definitely return and cannot recommend the gite highly enough if you want a bit of luxury, with the option for relaxation in beautiful gardens and the ability to visit interesting local places, all at a fantastic rental price.
                                            • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                            Fab place to stay

                                            4 of 5
                                            From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome by Martin and Chris. There was a 'welcome pack' waiting for us with everything we needed to get us started and even a vase full of tulips, (from their beautiful garden I assume)! The garden room, with its perfect view of the pool, garden and village beyond, is a lovely place to spend some time. The gite is in a very good location to explore the gems of the area including La Rochelle, Bordeaux, all the small villages along the estuary and much more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in May/June and wouldn't hesitate to return to stay at the gite if we decide to visit Mirambeau in the future. Thanks again Martin and Chris for a wonderful holiday. Jan, Howard and Rosie the dog
                                            • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
                                            • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                            Picture Postcard Property

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                                            We stayed for seven days in May 2016 in Maison Cerisier and found it to be excellent and very clean and comfortable with a view over the pool and well kept garden .We will definitely revisit in the not to distant future . Highly Recommended . The owners Amanda and Ian were very friendly and helpful nothing was too much trouble.( Sandra and Bernard Callac.)
                                            • Review Submitted: 30-May-2016
                                            • Date of Stay: May 2016