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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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    Excellent! 4.5/5
    (16 reviews)
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    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    House #6662276
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
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      Cottage #1760163
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        • 5 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 12
        Villa #1708778
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 3
          Cottage #1781368
          24
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Apartment #1379226a
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Apartment #1398449a
              5
                • 3 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 7
                Villa #958493a
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Multiple rentals House #1095123a
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                    • 1 BA
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                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1095123a
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Multiple rentals House #8054741
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 2
                        Cottage #8025284
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 5
                          House #1011529a
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 8
                            Multiple rentals House #8054741
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
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                              Mobile Home #936269a
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
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                                Mobile Home #932952a
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                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Apartment #1201722a
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
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                                    Multiple rentals Villa #968797a
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Multiple rentals Villa #968797a
                                      1 Review
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Separate Toilet
                                        • Sleeps 8
                                        Multiple rentals Villa #968797a
                                        2 Reviews
                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 3 BA
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          Cottage #75905
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                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            House #1085871a
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                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                              (17 reviews)
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Apartment #6677881
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                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
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                                                House #1402319a
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                  House #1374513a
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Apartment #683448a
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                                                      • 2 BR
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                                                      House #1420123a
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                                                        Apartment #1336968a
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                                                          • 2 BR
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                                                          Apartment #1297197a
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                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                            (13 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Apartment #6606581
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                              Studio #1435060a
                                                              2 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 9
                                                                House #1732995
                                                                13
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #8020512
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                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                    (11 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Apartment #1369807a
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                      Apartment #1239285a
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                                                                        Apartment #1156027a
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                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                          House #1151829a
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                                                                            Apartment #1420279a
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                                                                              Apartment #1432922a
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                                                                                Studio #644510a
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                  Multiple rentals House #955157a
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                                                    Multiple rentals House #1085643a
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                                                                                      House #682922a
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                                                                                        House #985280a
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                                                                                          Villa #1220542a
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                                                                                            House #937781a
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                                                                                              • 4 BR
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                                                                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #6518649
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                                                                                                Apartment #1025411a
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                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                  Multiple rentals House #8025525
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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  An Experience Not to be Missed

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  If you have not as yet read some of the previous reviews....do so. We experienced much of what has been previously described, with a couple of new additions. Mid-October and the temperature outside was getting cool. Roddy was ever so quick, and he invited me to join him in the woodshed. He powers up an unusual table saw, and before I knew it, a large armful of wood was cut to size. I carried a bagful of kindling while Roddy did the heavy lifting. In no time at all a warm fire was heating our gite. We sat in front of the fire sipping wonderful wine provided by Susan and Roddy. We definitely plan to return next year if there will be "room at the inn".
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                  Great value for money

                                                                                                  4 of 5
                                                                                                  I will start by saying that although there were only 6 of us staying there, Antony, the owner opened up the additional cottage next door as it was vacant for the week which allowed us even more space at no extra cost. This was thoroughly decent of him and indicates we were renting from someone who was genuinely keen on us having a good time. All that said there was more than adequate space in the main gite. We have stayed in numerous gites with Owners Direct in France, and whilst some have been finished to a higher standard, none have represented better value for money. For what we paid it was excellent. We wanted something for our grown up family with a pool at a reasonable price and this one fitted the bill perfectly. Great level of kit in the property, kitchen utensils, towels, seats, loungers, games, books, outside eating area, BBQ etc and the table tennis went down a treat. Also enjoyed an evening in the elevated bar where we kept dry, enjoyed a drink but were immersed in a late summer storm - spectacular. This is also a great area of France where a day out and evening meal in La Rochelle is a must - in our opinion you need a car at this location. Cognac is also great, with various tours available of the local Chateaux de Cognac distilleries. Julie lives in the village and was on hand to deal with any questions etc - she was also able to give advice on where to visit (useful to have a local contact where the language is not a barrier). Antony also reimbursed our security payment within 2 weeks without the need to be prompted which is not always the case. Overall we had a great time and would absolutely recommend this property as superb value for money - thankyou Antony!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                  Beautiful gites and excellent hosts!

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Beautiful gites and superb hosts. John and Tania have created a wonderfully relaxing and immaculate couple of gites with more to come. We will definitely be back!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016