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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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                                                                                    A relaxing stay in a beautiful property

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                                                                                    We had a really wonderful week-long stay here. The property was beautifully maintained and we very quickly felt at home. The property is situated in a tranquil and pretty village just outside of Aubeterre. Perfect for relaxing days in the garden; trips in to Aubeterre; or exploring the wider region. We would certainly go back and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break in this beautiful part of the world.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                    Lovely again!

                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                    Our second visit to the Gite and it was as lovely as we remembered it last year and lovely to see that Sarah-Jane continues to add extra touches and keep things lovely. She really does take constructive comments on board and strives to continuously improve the property which is difficult as it's already excellent. Location is idyllic in a lovely quiet village but with easy access to nearby towns, villages and facilities. Property is spotlessly clean and the towels and linen good quality if you opt to take the linen pack. Sarah-Jane, Gerald, the children and Biscotte the cat make you feel very welcome and we will certainly return. Some super days out - kayaking, Angers, tank museum Saumur and numerous trips to villages and chateaux. We were also lucky to see he Tour de France on the 4th leg from Saumur to Limoges which was a thrilling experience and one to repeat in the future. Great area for cycling too - surrounded by numerous quiet roads. If you are interested in wine make sure you speak to Gerald and get some excellent recommendations. A visit to Les Tontons the family's bistro in Saumur is a must do. A bientot.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                    Absolutely exquisite apartment

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                                                                                    The apartment in Hotel Jehan Beauce is truly lovely. It's large, luminous, quiet and private, with its magnificent heritage reflected in the architecture and decor. Communication was excellent and we were very warmly welcomed on arrival. Free parking is a great advantage and being right in the heart of the old town there's no end of restaurants and bars to choose from. Highly recommended!
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016