in Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine
on and near the Atlantic coast of central western France.
times for this area:
6 to 12 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving conditions.
access routes from UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western channel crossings to Roscoff, Cherbourg ofr Caen. From Calais,
motorway via Rouen and Orleans.
Nantes, La Rochelle (Charente Maritime) ,
Bergerac (Dordogne) , Bordeaux (Gironde), Limoges.
For airlines serving this region, check out full details here: Flights
to southwest France
The Loire Atlantique and Vendée are part of the Pays
de la Loire
Deux Sèvres and the Charentes are in the Poitou-Charentes
The remaining departments are part of the Aquitaine
cities in this area :
Nantes, St. Nazaire, Les Sables d'Olonne, Poitiers, Niort,
Angoulême, La Rochelle, Bordeaux.
The Futuroscope (near Poitiers) and Puy-du-Fou
(Vendée) theme parks
Official regional tourist siteVisit Poitou Charentes
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Atlantic coastal areas of France are popular holiday destinations
Charentes are reputed to be one of the sunnier areas of France, and the
coast offers many long expanses of sandy beaches. Parts of the coast
also support a fishing and shellfish industry, with small fishing ports
and oyster beds. Behind the coast, the region is mostly flat, with
mixed agriculture in the northern parts, many vineyards in the middle,
and pine-forests in the south, below the Gironde estuary.
While the Charentes are largely flat and
inland part of Aquitaine, the Dordogne and Lot & Garonne
departments, includes areas of hills and valleys, including some
impressive limestone gorges and many very attractive villages. Apart
from the cities of Saint Nazaire and Nantes, on the Loire, Bordeaux on
the Gironde, and the port of La Rochelle in the Charentes, central
western and southwestern France is largely rural. Vendée and
Sèvres are famous for their bucolic countryside (and the Puy
historic theme park in Vendée), the
dairy products, for oysters and for cognac, the Bordeaux area is of
course famous as one of the world's greatest vineyards, and Lot
Garonne is reputed for its fruit and vegetables, notably plums and
tomatoes. In the south, the department of les Landes is France's
largest forested area, and boasts over 100 kilometres of fine sandy
of the holiday cottages in this directory are listed with Gites de
France, but many are not. The absence of a Gites de France label has no
bearing at all on the quality of the accommodation. Click here for more
information on the Gites de France rating system.
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Area 4a: Atlantic coastal areas :
Loire Atlantique to Aquitaine - including Vendée,
Deux-Sèvres, and the
Charentes. . Includes
the following French départements: (in North-South order):
Deux Sèvres, 17 Charente
Maritime, 16 Charente,
Gironde, 40 Landes
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& Lot et Garonne
The two latest additions in this area - les deux
derniers inscrits -
Gites at Chatenet 17 In the south of Charente Maritime, 3 cottages equipped with everything
you need for a comfortable self catering holiday. Heated swimming pool .
Charente Maritime gites 17
Family gite complex, 4 gites from 2 to 4 bedrooms. Large heated pool,
crazy golf, table tennis, archery. All gites have UK sat TV and WiFi
by department / par
random order -
Gites in Landes (The
coastal department southwest of Bordeaux)
+ Large family gite in peaceful rural location. Sleeps 8, private pool
and gardens. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining/breakfast room, large
sitting room. Covered terrace.
in Armagnac 40
the heart of Gascony, southwest France.
bedrooms for up to 6 guests. Surrounded by nature and
Gites in Deux Sèvres (Coastal
department in the
Gites in Vendée (Coastal
department south of the Loire)
- Southern Deux-Sèvres
79 Fully equipped two bedroom gite near Ruffec, in the heart of the
Poitou Charentes. Garden, shared pool & Plunge pool garden
luxury gites 79
Cygnes, 3 beautiful Gites with lovely large gardens and pool
sleeping 6-8-10 and for groups up to 24, Close to many
attractions. New for 2012 - heated pool.
- Mill gite near Parthenay
Gite offering flexible booking periods. Stunning 700-year-old
converted mill, sleeping 8 and with a beautiful river running at the
of the garden
Vendée - Breuil Barret 85
+ Charming, stone built, traditional cottage (sleeps 2-5) with private
garden. Tranquil setting on the edge of small hamlet in rolling
countryside near La Chataigneraie.
in south Vendee
+ Sleeping 4 to 6, restored and modernised, this 3 épis and
cottage makes a comfortable base from which to explore the beautiful
Vendée, near Luçon 85
+ Two family friendly holiday homes, with large heated pool, gamesroom
and gardens. 15km from the southern Vendée beaches.
- Gites in the heart
restored farmhouses sharing a pool and large gardens, set in a peaceful
hamlet with stunning countryside views. Less than an hour to
- South Vendée nr. Ste
Sleeping 10 & 4 guests, two high quality restored farmhouses
large gardens, games room and heated pool. Great for family holidays.
- Vendée manor house 85
Two gites and B&B on the domain of a 16th century Vendée manor house; swimming pool, games room and outdoor play area.
Gites in Charente Maritime (Coastal department north of
Gites in the Gironde (the
area round Bordeaux)
- Charente Maritime, near
La Rochelle 17
+ Gite with swimming pool in a
renovated farm, in a calm location 8
mins from La Rochelle and the isles of Charente Maritime.
villa Royan: 17
Twenty yards from Chay beach, Villa Mamette is a large traditional
sea-front villa for 12 people with own gardens; 5 bedrooms.
Saintes and La Rochelle, 17
+ Not far off A10 motorway, Près du Puits offers en suite
renovated Gites each for 2 people with pool, in secluded
near Rochefort 17 - small
gite for 4, 10 min. from Rochefort and the beaches. One bedroom and
lounge with comfortable sofa-bed. Garden views, terrace, spacious
garden. Next to a riding school.
+ Four star rated gite with indoor pool set amid the vineyards; ideally
located between the Bordeaux wine areas and the sights &
Emilion - Sauternes
+ Fully renovated 18th century wine farm set in quiet location amidst
the vineyards. Five high quality & comfortable B & B
including one family suite and one room with disabled access. Swimming
+ Fully equipped gite for 4-6 in Bordeaux wine country at
Beau Séjour, an 18c
stone guest house offering peace & quiet, and a
happy visit. See site for guest comments.
Gites in Charente (The inland part of the
Charentes, net to the Dordogne)
Gites in Loire Atlantique (Either
side of the Loire Estuary)
+ Three gites, one offering 3 bedrooms and two with 2 bedrooms, 8m x 4m
pool set in a quiet hamlet near Confolens and St Junien.
- Manoir La Betoulle
Charentes/Limousin border. Set in 90 acres of unspoilt
countryside, 2 luxurious gîtes sleeping 2 and 5 with huge
and tennis court.
accommodation in the Gitelink
B&B directory pages for this region
+ Les Quatre Cles: Sensitively renovated near Guemene Penfao, a longere
cottage with 2 gites in a beautiful river valley location. Serene but
Cour - Southern
+ Converted Barn (sleeps 10) and two pretty, stone cottages (sleeps
4/5) in a peaceful hamlet surrounded by beautiful Breton
Some owners may ask you to book through the "Gîtes de France"