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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

                                                                                                      Fantastic Gite - Wonderful Location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Just returned from a wonderful weeks stay at this fabulous property. Shani & Paul were brilliant hosts giving us lots of great tips on where to eat and to visit and all of them were spot on! Gite was very very well equipped with everything you could need and really comfortable (I got very attached to the sun beds 😁). Great for nearby shops (2 mins in car) for everything you could need and a 5 minute drive from Cognac which is beautiful. Great place for relaxing or for the more active - wonderful walks (we didn't do as subbed beckoned) and beautiful places to visit nearby. Will miss Missi and Holly very much (Shani & Paul's wonderful and very affectionate dogs) all in all a wonderful place to stay and will absolutely be going back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Excellent

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Superb stay the accommodation was great very comfortable with everything you could want. Throughout our stay felt more like guests of the family not paying guests, we were kept supplied with fresh produce from the garden and eggs from the chicken and the daily visits from the dogs were a delight. All in all cannot recommend highly enough will definitely return. Susie, Roddy and children were delightful and certainly made it a holiday to remember.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017