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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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                                            Martin & Chris are wonderful hosts, they have succeeded in offering a beautiful property with everything you could think of provided except for your own clothes! The Gite and gardens are immaculate and the welcome hamper has never been beaten anywhere else. The location is great for exploring either inland or coastal (estuary) on very quiet French roads a pleasure for de-stressing. Great if you enjoy log burners, in both garden room & the lounge. A very well equipped kitchen so that you can really self cater if you wish. The bedrooms are accessed by a small spiral staircase from the hall, just have to remember to mind your head on the beams upstairs. Definitely a property to return to at some point in the future. Well done for sharing your special place with others.
                                            • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2016
                                            • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                            Beautiful area of France

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                                            We enjoyed a gloriously peaceful stay at this lovely house in Ars. As there was only two of us and a large dog we had plenty of space. The internal courtyard is very pretty and perfect for catching the late September sun, as is the upstairs terrace in the early evening. The island has beautiful beaches and we cycled a lot with the dog in an enormous carrier on the front. The house is 2 minutes from the centre and 5 minutes from the Port where we were able to buy the freshest fish and produce. It was most relaxing and we would definitely revisit Ars.
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                                            • Date of Stay: Sep 2015

                                            Beautiful period property...fabulous

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                                            This was our 2nd stay at Moulin Etourneau, the first being in 2012. The property is stunning with beautifully renovated rooms and a lovely traditional large French country kitchen, with dishwasher and all mod cons. The town of Jonzac is less than 10 minutes away, with a fabulous Chateau, choice of Restaurants and Supermarket. Living next door, Lee and Richard were perfect hosts, never instrusive but you knew they were there if you needed any advice etc. Pool was fantastic as was the private Barbeque area...Hope to go back next year...Idyllic.
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                                            • Date of Stay: Jun 2015