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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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                                                                                    Fantastic house

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                                                                                    We have just come back from spending the first two weeks of July in Saint Pierre d'Oleron and what a fantastic house to stay in. The lounge was big and spacious - enough room for us to spread out on a evening and the beds lovely and comfy. The house had lots of nice little touches and a great big garden for our boys to run around in. We really liked the fact it took just over 5 minutes to walk into the centre of the town but the villa itself was nice and quiet. We also enjoyed getting fresh bread and croissants from the boulangerie round the corner every morning. We can't wait to come back - it was a fabulous holiday!
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Beautiful French farmhouse that feels like home from home.

                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                    A lovely traditional French house, very comfortable, loads of room, surrounded by a pretty garden with a SUPER heated pool. We loved the peace and quiet and the beautiful countryside. The garden has lots of seating which means you can sit in shade or sun any time of the day, when it was hot the dense cool shade of the chestnut tree was most welcome. Penny and Tony have provided everything you can possibly need, from kitchen utensils and equipment (never had an ice cream maker in a holiday home before!) to lots of swimming stuff like noodles and balls. We particularly enjoyed the table tennis table under the shade, but didn't get round to croquet. It's obvious that this is really their holiday HOME. The Charente is a lovely area, Saintes is a beautiful town and of course Cognac is nearby. We enjoyed one of the free concerts at the Blues Passion festival in the beautiful gardens, great entertainment. A super fortnight.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Lovely property in a great location

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                                                                                    The property was excellent and very well-appointed. Olivier really had thought of everything - right down to the raclette which was put to very good use! The house has a very modern feel to it but clearly a lot of thought has gone into its furnishings and it certainly wasn't lacking in charm. The extensive supply of board games was a very nice touch, as were all the amenities such as the hi-fi, satellite TV, washer, dryer and wifi. The garden at the back of the house is lovely with a large terraced area with dining table, sofas, barbecue and is a real suntrap in the evenings. The location is great and you're within easy walking distance of the town centre, beach, tourist information centre, post office, supermarket and the wonderful covered market. Royan itself is perfectly located within the region with lots of lovely towns and villages along the coast to explore, as well as being within a close driving distance of Bordeaux, La Rochelle and the Ile d'Orleron. Olivier lives in the neighbouring property and is very attentive, inviting you to contact him if you need anything, but without being at all intrusive. One of our party was taken ill during the week and Olivier was very helpful, calling the paramedics and explaining the situation to the doctor over the phone. You're guaranteed a warm welcome and you'll find that the house is lacking nothing. There is a large number of bikes in the garage which is a great touch as there are lots of places to explore on two wheels, not least the cycle path that runs the whole length of the front and into neighbouring St-Georges-de-Didonne. I can't recommend this property enough, nor Olivier who is a wonderful host, and would definitely return in the future. Thanks, Olivier, for a wonderful stay!
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016