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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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                                                                              Beautiful gites and excellent hosts!

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                                                                              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

                                                                              Fantastic!

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                                                                              Yet another fantastic week in your fabulous gite Susie, Roddy & family (not forgetting Bentley & Evie)! Thank you once again for making us feel so welcome. Was even better than we remembered from last year, love the makeover in the private 'fig garden', tried our best to eat some, even had them in our portidge! Have already booked again for next year and would definately recommend this well-equipt gite with this lovely helpful friendly family! Yvonne & Neil
                                                                              • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
                                                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                              Amazing...

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                                                                              As we drove over the bridge to the island, we realised we were somewhere very special. The gite is beautiful. Wonderfully decorated and furnished and was a delightful place to stay. Aline is a lovely host and made us feel so welcome. I can very easily recommend Malvy to anyone wanting to find a most relaxing and amazing place to stay.
                                                                              • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016