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Bedrooms
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Pets
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Chez Françoise Ref: F17364

This three bedroom apartment lies just 150 metres from the largest sandy beach in Royan, one of the Charente-Maritime’s most popular resorts. Bright and airy, the fully-fitted kitchen leads onto the dining area and living room, from where guests can access a small garden. The beach is less than two minutes’ walk, and sits next to a marina and port. Within 10 minutes’ walk there is a choice of shops including a bakers and grocers, cafés and restaurants, together with a daily market, and the town has all facilities. Situated in the second sunniest area of France, don’t miss historic La Rochelle and the islands of Oléron, and especially Ré.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Three bedrooms: One double, one twin, one bunk, each with laminate floor. Bathroom/WC with over-bath shower. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

  • Small garden
  • Shared grounds
  • Gas and electric heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • On street parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Bed linen only included
  • No smoking.

Location: 600m from the centre of Royan (shops, cafés, restaurants, daily market), 70km S of La Rochelle (historic centre with shops, old harbour and museums), 75km S of Ile de Ré (beautiful, unspoiled island with quaint villages and marina).

WAS
NOW
£35-£1229
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
La Jacaranda Ref: F17361

This semi-detached holiday property sits in the village of Loiré-sur-Nie, with a private pool and an enclosed garden. La Jacaranda is spacious and includes a galleried living room with feature fireplace, exposed beams and stonework. The village has a general store and at a short distance is Aulnay with a market on Mondays and Thursdays and its 12th-century Romanesque church. Visit St. Jean d’Angély, with its European Centre of Culture, and the riverside town of Cognac, with tours of the brandy distilleries. In addition to local walks, there is tennis, cycling and pétanque. For days out, the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle, with its historic port, shops and architecture, and the Marais Poitevin are worth a visit.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom, en-suite shower room/WC. Shower room (no WC). WC. First floor: Two bedrooms: One double, one twin. WC. High sloping ceilings

  • Garden with unfenced pond (take care with children)
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 2m)
  • Heaters
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 10km S of Aulnay (shops, supermarket, restaurants, cafés), 20km E of Saint-Jean-d’Angély (shops, A10 autoroute), 75km E of Châtelaillon-Plage (beach), 85km E of La Rochelle.

WAS
NOW
£419-£1210
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Within walking distance from the sea and the lighhouse of Chassiron, this pretty holiday villa is set in a peaceful location at the end of the Island of Oléron. All on one level it opens onto a covered terrace on oneside and on to a verandah on the other side. It is an ideal base for a seaside holiday only 1.2km from the beach, and near a variety of restaurants and cafés. Discover the miles of flat cycle tracks around the island, perfect to enjoy with young children. Visit La Rochelle for a day trip with its many museums, as well as the aquarium, shops and old harbour full of creperies. Isle d’Oleron is known for good fish and sea food that you will find in local markets all around. Ideal location with children away from the crowds.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with corner kitchen, beams, tiled floor and French doors to terrace and verandah. Second dining room with tiled floor and patio doors to terrace. Three bedrooms, each with wooden floor. Two double, one twin. Shower room/WC. Separate WC

  • Enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Central heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Portable barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 1.2km from beach, 1.5km from shops, café, restaurants, cycle tracks, 13km from Saint Pierre-d’Oléron (all amenities, large swimmimg pool, thalassotherapy centre, horse riding), 37km from Marennes, 89km from La Rochelle (museums, shops, aquarium, casino, airport).

WAS
NOW
£490-£1350
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Private swimming pool

Deux Sèvres

This pretty four bedroom cottage with its wooden floors and beamed ceilings has been tastefully furnished to provide all comforts including gas central heating, as well as a log burner for out of season holidays and a fully fitted kitchen. There is plenty of space inside and outside, including your own private swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m) and extensive gardens which are accessed by crossing the very quiet lane.

There are two local villages, l’Absie, 7km, to the north and the lovely Coulonges-sur-l’Autize, 6km, to the south. Both have all amenities including some lovely cafés, restaurants and a weekly market.

You should try to visit the Marais Poitevin 20km to the south, the ’Green Venice’ as it is known locally, famous throughout France where you can take a canoe trip through the canal networks. The county border with the Vendée is just 4km away, so it will take you less than an hour and a half to reach the lovely sandy beaches on the coast.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 6km.

Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom with separate toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: shower room with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel and power included in rent, bed linen included in rent, cot, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry no pets. No smoking please. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor.

WAS
NOW
£359-£1039
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Le Petit Moulin Ref: F86128

Only a short drive to Saumur and Chinon and their famous vineyards, the setting of this holiday property can give you the true taste of French rural life at a slow pace with un-crowded roads all year round. The interior is comfortably furnished throughout with leather sofas in the living room and open fire for those cool evenings. There is a large swimming pool with Roman steps which is shared with the owners from mid-July to end August, a sunny poolside terrace and an attractive sheltered terrace with a large walled barbecue area for outside dining. The owners live in the adjoining property for up to 6 weeks each summer. Just a short drive away are the historical towns, villages and châteaux of the Loire. Visit the busy cosmopolitan towns of Poitiers, home to Futuroscope, and Tours which has entertainment for all the family. This is a wonderful cycling area with tracks alongside the River Loire, horse riding 1.5km, fishing 300m and a 18-hole golf course all available locally.

Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Dining room/kitchen. Utility. Separate WC. First floor: Three bedrooms; two double, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

  • Large enclosed grounds
  • Terrace
  • Shared swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m - 1.9m) with Roman steps
  • Oil central heating (at cost, on request)
  • Open fire
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Two TVs (French channels only)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Cot
  • H/chair
  • Table tennis
  • Ample parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen for hire.

Location: 12km from Loudun (medieval town, shops, bars, restaurants, golf), 14km E of Thouars (château town, all facilities), 24km from Chinon, 34km SW of Saumur (château, river). Fly via Poitiers, Tours or Nantes.

WAS
NOW
£49-£1290
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Josephine Ref: F16213

Well-equipped detached holiday villa with distant views overlooking picturesque countryside from the awning-shaded terrace overlooking the pool. Light, spacious and airy with a wall of patio windows leading to the terrace where the built-in barbecue means it is an ideal place for evening meals. There is table tennis on a covered front terrace and a large open rough grassed area just below the pool - an ideal place for children to play. The property has also been awarded a 4 star grading from the tourist board of the Charente region. Riding, tennis, fishing and golf are within reasonable distances. Open markets in Aubeterre and Chalais, where you will find a multitude of local products. Visit the Château de Taleyran in Chalais. Angoulême offers good shopping.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Four bedrooms: all with French doors: three double, one with curtained off shower/WC, one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment, shower cubicle, basin. Separate WC

  • Partially enclosed garden
  • Terrace
  • Steps to swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m, open May-Oct) with WC
  • Telephone - incoming calls only
  • Heating (at cost)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD/stereo
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Piano
  • Table tennis
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Barbecue
  • All linen included
  • No smoking.

Location: 6km from Aubeterre (shops, bars, restaurants), 10km from Chalais (château, shops, restaurants).

WAS
NOW
£27-£2060
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

Charente

This semi-detached, single-storey holiday property with a shared, above ground, swimming pool (4.5m diameter, depth 1.2m, open May-Sep), is ideally located for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding. The village has a grocery store and the nearest supermarket is at Champagne Mouton (8km). Visit the pretty villages in the area, as well as Lake Lavaud with beach (30 minutes’ drive). The town of Angoulême is 40km. Explore the Parc de la Vallée des Singes at Romagne (65km) and Cognac’s distilleries (85km). Can be booked with ref FJC042.

Shop 600m, restaurant 8km.

All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 2 double bedrooms.

Elec heating, woodburner in lounge (no fuel provided), all other fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£68-£370
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Brigueil-le-Chantre Ref: FJV019

Ideal for families

Vienne

This beautiful, stone, terraced holiday cottage is situated in the heart of Brigueil-le-Chantre, a peaceful village in the Vienne.

The garden offers an attractive setting as well as a place to sit and relax during your stay.

Further afield is the medieval town of Montmorillon, 24km, filled with picturesque surroundings and rich heritage. This is a great area to explore and offers everything you need, including many summer events.

Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet and basin. First floor: Bathroom with toilet and basin, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

Central heating, all fuel and power at cost, CD player, washing machine, microwave, garden, garden furniture, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry no pets. No smoking please.

WAS
NOW
£189-£530
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Alloue Ref: FJC045

Ideal touring base

Charente

This pretty 2 bedroom holiday cottage sits in the small hamlet of Lasfont, 8km west of Confolens. The property has an attractive fitted kitchen and the south west facing terrace is a real sun trap. There is also a large garden to enjoy.

There are some shops in Alloue, and the nearest main shopping area is Confolens, a very attractive old town with all services, shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as a swimming pool.

At Chabanais, a half hour drive, you also have a beach lake in the summer months, and there is golf at Saint-Junien, 45 minutes to the east. You should also try to visit Futuroscope in Poitiers.

Shop and restaurant 5km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: 2 double bedrooms.

Electric heating, all fuel at cost, power included in rent in summer, at cost in winter, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour satellite TV, DVD player, CD player, internet connection, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: Beams on first floor.

WAS
NOW
£48-£3286
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Plaisance Ref: F16236

At the border of Charente-Maritime, Charente and near Dordogne, between Jonzac, Cognac and Aubeterre, this detached holiday property is set near a very quiet hamlet in Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde. A classic French manor house with an immaculate lawned garden and swimming pool, this is an ideal holiday property for family and friends alike. Plaisance is well-equipped and has kept all the original features, such as old beams, tiled floors, a fire place and enjoys views of the vineyards. For a day out, the little town of Jonzac has a large leisure centre with a swimming pool. Cognac and the distilleries, as well as boat trips on the river Charente will be enjoyed by everyone. In the summer months enjoy many music festivals. Visit the old city of Angoulême with a cartoon musuem in the old perched town, as well as many cafés and restaurants in the cobbled streets. A little further is Bordeaux or take a ferry to the Médoc region to enjoy wine tasting.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Games room (external access). Bathroom/WC with corner bath and shower cubicle. Separate WC. First floor: Four double bedrooms, two with en-suite shower room/WC. Two twin bedrooms

  • Large lawned garden
  • Terrace
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower
  • Central heating
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • F/freezer
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Table tennis
  • Pool table
  • Table football
  • Gym equipment
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Sun loungers
  • Built-in barbecue
  • All linen included.

Location: 2.5km from Baignes (shops, cafés, restaurant, tennis), 42km S of Cognac (golf, boat trips, distilleries), 50km E of Blaye (estuary, fishing, Citadel, ferry to Médoc), 80km N of Bordeaux (old city, shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£879-£2170
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lezay, nr. Poitiers Ref: W12540

Private swimming pool

Deux-Sèvres

Whatever you are looking for from your holiday in the south west of France, this semi-detached cottage is a good option. You are assured the peace and tranquillity of a small, sleepy hamlet with private gardens and a private swimming pool (depth 1.5m to 2m, open May to October), to relax and unwind.

For the admirers of French culture and history, the nearby villages, including the Silver Mines at Melle are well worth a visit. Day trips to the medieval town of Poitiers and ‘Futuroscope’ are popular with visitors to the region as are the coastal resorts of La Rochelle, Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron.

For more leisurely pursuits, horse riding, tennis and cycling are all available locally.

Shop, café/bar and restaurant 3km.

Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner. First floor: Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and basin 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single plus sofa bed.

Woodburner in lounge, (fuel not provided), all other fuel and power included in rent May to September, €30 supplement October to April, bed linen and towels included in rent, cot, colour TV, video, DVD player, stereo/CD player, microwave, dishwasher, shared washing machine, lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets.

WAS
NOW
£59-£1150
Shortlist
Grade Grading pending
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1
La Ferme d’Alba Ref: F16157

Set in the countryside between Limoges and La Rochefoucauld, this old stone farm is located in a very peaceful hamlet. Spacious and comfortable, it has retained its original beams, paved floors and large fireplace, yet it has been carefully modernised with attractive soft furnishings. The large garden has a big mulberry tree and a swimming pool (heated at extra cost). Less than 25km away is the huge lake of Lavaud, ideal for swimming, sailing or just lazing in the sun. Angoulême is also a short drive and has another lake for water-skiing, museums in the old cobbled streets and plenty of interesting shops to wander around.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and bar. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room/WC. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Antique staircase to two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin. Bathroom/WC with shower. Separate steep stairs to first floor: Three bedrooms: two double, one twin. Shower room/WC

  • Large enclosed garden with terrace
  • Pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m, open May-Oct) with salt water system (heated optionally at cost)
  • Central heating
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls)
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • M/wave
  • Wi-fi
  • T/cot
  • Parking
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis in barn
  • All linen included.

Location: 8km from Chasseneuil (shops, church, forest, market, restaurant, tennis), 25km from Lake Lavaud (beach, sailing, fishing), 37km E of Angoulême (shops, museums, boat trips, water-skiing, golf), 63km W of Limoges (porcelain shops, museums).

WAS
NOW
£53-£1749
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