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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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                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      Another relaxing break

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The fact that we went back to Sainte-Terre says a lot in itself - we'd loved it so much two years ago. But if anything we enjoyed ourselves even more this time. It's a very comfortable and well-equipped place for two people who love to take it easy, cook themselves good meals and generally enjoy the tranquil side of France. Vicki and Gregor are the perfect hosts - and also welcomed our ever-inquisitive spaniel! Nothing is too much trouble and they manage the ideal combination of discretion and helpfulness. If you enjoy wine excursions both the Loire and the Gironde are only a couple of hours or so away, the local countryside is lovely to explore, all in all we can't recommend a stay too highly.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Quiet and ideal for our needs plus lovely owner

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The property suited us fine, quiet and ideal for us with a bedroom each and a lovely environment and location. The property however would benefit greatly from money being spent eg shower cubicle and gardening work to enhance what is a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience. We will be more than happy to spend more time there, but a cash injection would turn the whole experience into something special. We must emphasize that the owner was a most lovely lady, very accommodating and if we lived nearby would be a friend.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016