Poitou-Charentes

 

The Poitou-Charentes area of western France is not a historic region of France, but was formed in 1956 from the major part of the old Poitou area, plus three smaller areas in the south.  It is now part of the large region of southwest France.
The climate of the Charentes is one of the mildest in France, and the coastal area of this region is the sunniest part of France outside the Mediterranean coastal areas.
In brief, the region covers the central part of France’s Atlantic coastal plain, together with a gently undulating hilly area further inland, the first foothills of the Massif Central. In the southern part of the region, extensive vineyards provid

Poitou-Charentes
Poitou-Charentes

e the grapes that are used in the production of Cognac and the famous local apéritif wine Pineau des Charentes.
In the north of the region, the departments of Deux Sèvres (79) and Vienne (86) make up the historic Poitou region, centered on the ancient city of Poitiers; the low-lying departments of Charente (16) and Charente- Maritime (17) make up the southern part of the region. The whole region is largely rural, and even the regional capital Poitiers has less than 100,000 inhabitants. Niort, capital of the Deux Sèvres department, is specialised in financial services, notably insurance, and mail-order, which is surprising for a town of just 60,000 inhabitants; however the town was hit hard in 2008 by the collapse of the CAMIF, one of France’s big mail order cooperatives, and by the financial crisis in general.

The regional council has tried hard to develop the regional economy; the creation of the Futuroscope theme park, just north of Poitiers, opened in 1986, was designed to give an economic boost to the region; but though it has generally been a successful tourist venture, and is one of the twenty most visited attractions in France with an average of over 1.5 million visitors a year, it has not transformed Poitiers into one of France’s major cities, and many of those who visit the Futuroscope, located beside the A10 motorway, are just passing through on their way to the coast, or further south. The coastal area, including the towns of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, is popular for seaside tourism and also with yachtsmen; however many kilometres of the coastline are given over to oyster beds, oysters being one of the big local specialities. The coastal islands of Oléron and Ile de Ré are famous for their beaches and maritime environment. Some parts of the coastal area lie at or even marginally below sea-level; in Spring 2010, high tides and heavy seas pushed by hurricane Xyntia broke through the sea defences causing serious flooding. As a result of this, some 1500 houses in the Charente Maritime and Vendée departments are to be demolished.

 

 

 

Below you can browse our selection of beautiful locations to spend your holiday in the beautiful Poitou-Charentes

 

Le Tournesol (Chambres d’hote)

Le Tournesol (Chambres d'hote) Sleeps: 2 to 5 Price Range: 300-600 euros per week Our Chambres d'hotes is a vegetarian/vegan establishment in a converted barn in the small village of Nieuil in the Charente. We ...
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HOLIDAY-ACCOMMODATION-VERTEUIL-SUR-CHARENTE

Name: simon milton Name of Gite / B&B / Hotel: 2 rue des douves Sleeps: 4 Price Range: 300-600 euros per week Restored village property in the the centre of verteuil-sur-charente. We welcome you to ...
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Saint Severin Gite

Saint Severin Gite Sleeps: 4 Price Range: from £350 per week Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel : Village location with stunning views of the South Charente countryside, this ground floor private apartment is ...
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La Maison D’été

La Maison D'été Sleeps: 6 Price Range: £350 - £495 3 Bedroomed (all en-suite) upstairs apartment/Large lounge/Kitchen/Dining room Email: clyon1@sky.com Your website address: http://lamaisondete.weebly.com/ Siret Number or Maire Registration (Number or Yes or No): Marie ...
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Chabanais & Rochechouart gites at Tranquille Vienne

Chabanais & Rochechouart gites at Tranquille Vienne Sleeps: up to 4 plus baby Price Range: 290 - 590 euros per week Our Chabanais & Rochechouart gites are a converted barn and are the smaller of ...
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Confolens Gite at Tranquille Vienne Gites

Confolens Gite at Tranquille Vienne Gites Sleeps: up to 6 plus baby Price Range: from 340 euros - 690 euros per week Our Confolen gite is the largest of 3 gites and benefits from it's ...
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Le Vieux Grenier

Le Vieux Grenier (sleeps 2 to 6) Located 4km from the town of Celles Sur Belle, a converted grain attic with private pool. Accessed by an external staircase this characterful 3 bedroomed, 2 bath/shower room ...
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Gites du Marigné

 Gites du Marigné Set in the Poitou-Charentes in a stunning peaceful rural setting, Sharon and Aaron Vogel are pleased to welcome you to Gites du Marigné. Set in two and a half hectares of meadow ...
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Fortified French Retreat

Fortified French Retreat Sleeps: 2 Price Range: 33 Euros We are a family run business, located in the heart of the French countryside on the border between Deux-Sevres and Véndée. We have lived in France ...
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Hazelnut Cottage

Contact the owner Olivia Roberts for rates and availability.   Weekly and monthly rents available. Minimum stay 7 days. Tel France 0033 545300387 or UK 0044 2081336353. Or email Olivia@resolutionmagic.com Sleeps up to: 4 Description of Property: ...
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Font Remy

Font Remy Sleeps: 6 - 32 Price Range: £500 - £6575 Font Remy has 4 gites, 2 sleeping 6 each and 2 sleeping 10 each, a huge heated and fenced saltwater (kinder to skin) swimming ...
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Wisteria House

Beautiful 300 year old French house deep in the tranquil countyside. Sleeps: 18 Price Range: Rooms start from 65€ for 2 people In the heart of the beautiful French countryside you will find Wisteria House ...
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