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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Poitou Charentes France your home away from home

The Poitou-Charentes is on France's Atlantic coast, and is the sunniest place on the western coast of France. It also boasts a 300 mile long stretch of fine, sandy beaches, so is a favourite in the summer months. Inland though, the serenity of the wooded valleys, canals and Cognac vineyards are hard to resist.

Things to do in Poitou-Charentes, France

If you manage to tear yourself away from the beaches, sea and the restaurants of the coast, many of the regions famous Cognac producers open up for free tours to see how Cognac is still made to traditional recipes. Poitou-Charentes is a very flat picturesque region, meaning that it is hugely popular for cycling and touring. Bike hire is available from most towns, and a self-catering villa or holiday rental in Poitou-Charentes provides the ideal base for cycling, giving the flexibility and space required to have a cycling holiday. The futuristic theme park Futuroscope attracts visitors from across Europe.

Places to holiday in Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes, France is split into four departments, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sevres and Vienne.

Charente, has a very rural feel, and is the main Cognac producing region. It benefits from rolling hills, and the north of the area gets mountainous and is covered in deep forests, attracting walkers and mountain bikers of all abilities. Angouleme is the regions capital, a fortified town where you can still walk round the ramparts, although this is not advised in September, when the town is filled with the deep roar of the annual vintage car race.

Charente-Maritime is the coastal region of Poitou-Charentes, offering 300 miles of beaches. A villa or rental accommodation here acts as a great base to explore the islands of Re and Ile d'Arix.

Deux-Sevres is the fertile, arable farming centre of the department, littered with traditional market towns offering the finest produce and craftsmanship to be found. Connoisseurs of fine food should certainly not miss the restaurants of Niort and Parthenay. There is also a fascinating marshland national park at Marais Poiteuin.

Finally, Vienne is renowned for vibrant shopping and architectural masterpieces especially the Romanesque churches in Poitiers, the regions capital. Also, for a family holiday to Poitou-Charentes, the theme park Futurescope is certain to entertain.

Weather in Poitou-Charentes

The sunniest region of the west coast of France, Poitou-Charentes receives 2,000 hours of sun per year, with warm summers with temperatures around 27°C. Winters however are cold and wet, although this does little to discourage the use of holiday villas in the region.

Travel to Poitou-Charentes

Cheap flights from the UK land daily in La Rochelle (LRH), Nantes (NTE) and Poitiers (PIS) airports.

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                                                                                    We had a fabulous holiday at the home of Jackie and Mercedes, Spotless. and. Very well equipped the pool was fabulous also the hot tub, sauna were brilliant, We particular liked the peace and tranquillity of the. area and the friendliness of the local people Would. Be great for young families as well
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                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Superbly appointed gîte and genial hosts

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                                                                                    We really enjoyed our stay, in the beautifully decorated and fully equipped gîte. It was the little extra touches that made it really comfortable: the tea and coffee, the super swings and slide for the kids, plus badminton and boule, shady nooks to read in, noughts and crosses by the bench, and of course the beautiful pool. Our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly, and helped us enjoy our stay to the utmost. We would definitely recommend this gîte to others.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Perfect holiday retreat

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                                                                                    Our Party of 5 which included 3 over age of 60 and one 19 yr old found the apartment to be simply perfect. The location is brilliant with bars, restaurants, shops, boat trips and a beach all within easy walking distance. The apartment has all the essentials for self catering, is very comfortable, clean and spacious even for a party of 5 with a roof top terrace for sunbathing and wine tasting and the owner is very friendly and accommodating. We booked for 7 nights but wish we could have extended our stay for another week as there were still lots of things to do and experience that we hadn't managed to fit in. We would have no hesitation about booking a return visit or recommending to others
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                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016