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Gites from Vendée to Charentes & les Landes

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Western France between
the Loire and
the Gascony coast

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Traditional gites in Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine, including the departments of  Deux-Sèvres, the Gironde, and les Landes.

Ferienwohnungen in Westfrankreich, in Aquitanien und an der atlantischen Küste Bellevue, near Cognac
The Atlantic coastal areas of France are popular holiday destinations. The 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 low-lying, the 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 Deux Sèvres are famous for their bucolic countryside (and the Puy du Fou historic theme park in Vendée),  the Charentes for their 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 beaches

Driving times for this area:
6 to 12 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving conditions.
Best access routes from UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western channel crossings to Roscoff, Cherbourg ofr Caen. From Calais, motorway via Rouen and Orleans.
Regional airports: Nantes, La Rochelle (Charente Maritime) , Bergerac (Dordogne) , Bordeaux (Gironde), Limoges.
For airlines serving this region, check out full details here: Flights to southwest France

Regional information:
The Loire Atlantique and Vendée are part of the Pays de la Loire region.
Deux Sèvres and the Charentes are in the Poitou-Charentes region.
The remaining departments are part of the Aquitaine region.
Main cities in this area :
Nantes, St. Nazaire, Les Sables d'Olonne, Poitiers, Niort, Périgueux, Angoulême, La Rochelle, Bordeaux.
Other attractions.
The Futuroscope (near Poitiers) and Puy-du-Fou (Vendée) theme parks

Official regional tourist site
Visit Poitou Charentes

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Vendée, Charentes and AquitaineArea 4 . South west France

Atlantic coastal areas  

On this page: Loire Atlantique to Aquitaine - including Vendée, Deux-Sèvres, and the Charentes, covering the following French départements: (in North-South order):
44 Loire Atlantique,   85 Vendée   79 Deux Sèvres,  17 Charente Maritime,  16 Charente, 33 Gironde, 40 Landes

► ► ► Further inland ?  Click for gites in....  
The Loire Valley (49, 86 etc.)
or  Dordogne & Lot et Garonne  (24 and 47)

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Click for   16 Charente 17 Charente Maritime 33 Gironde 40 Landes 44 Loire Atlantique 79 Deux Sèvres 85 Vendée

  The  latest additions in this area
  • New!   Charentes cottage gite 17  GB  Attractive 3 bedroom Charentais country cottage - village location. Sleeps 6 + sofa bed. Private courtyard, set in large garden with games room & swimming pool.
  • New!   Charente Maritime gites 17  GB  3 cottages for 6, 5 or 4 guests, with everything for a comfortable holiday. Child-friendly cottages and gardens, with heated swimming pool, all the ingredients for a great holiday
  • New!   Gite with pool near Lozay 17  GB  Idyllic holiday cottage with two bedrooms sleeping up to 7 people with swimming pool in Lozay within one hour of beaches, airports.

 Gites by department / par département

(Departments listed in random order )
40 Gites in Landes (The coastal department southwest of Bordeaux)
  • Rural Gascony 40   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. 

79 Gites in Deux Sèvres  (Department in the Poitou region)
  • Southern Deux-Sèvres  -  Fully equipped two bedroom gite near Ruffec, in the heart of the Poitou Charentes. Garden, shared pool & Plunge pool garden furniture etc.   
  • 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 bottom of the garden.
  • Gites near Melle    - Three beautifully restored, family friendly gites. Sleep 11, 6, 4. Heated pool & playbarn. Bikes +child seats. Peaceful hamlet location near many sites of interest. 
  • Gite in Poitou Charentes 79   - Large family gite in peaceful location. Sleeps 7, large stone-walled garden. 3 ensuite bedrooms, dining & breakfast room, lounge, games room. Terrace and court yard
  • Gite near Bressuire 79  - 4 bedroom gite with heated indoor pool ; peaceful surroundings, ideal for relaxing holiday. perfect for 2 families. Wheelchair-friendly.

85 Gites in Vendée  (Coastal department south of the Loire)
  • Southern Vendée, near Luçon      Two family friendly holiday homes, with large heated pool, gamesroom and gardens. 15km from the southern Vendée beaches. 
  • Gites in the heart of Vendée    Two restored farmhouses sharing a pool and large gardens, set in a peaceful hamlet with stunning countryside views. Less than an hour to  Vendee beaches.  
  • South Vendée nr. Ste Hermine    Sleeping 10 & 4 guests, two high quality restored farmhouses with large gardens, games room and heated pool. Great for family holidays.
  • South Vendée - Breuil Barret  - South Vendée - Breuil Barret. Charming, traditional stone cottage (sleeps 2-5) with private garden. Tranquil country setting, central to Coast, Futuroscope, Puy du Fou & Venise Verte
  • Gite in south Vendee 85 - Sleeping 4 to 6, restored and modernised, this 3 épis and 4 star cottage makes a comfortable base from which to explore the beautiful Vendee. 

17 Gites in Charente Maritime (Coastal department north of the Gironde)
  • Charente Maritime gites 17  GB  3 cottages for 6, 5 or 4 guests, with everything for a comfortable holiday. Child-friendly cottages and gardens, with heated swimming pool, all the ingredients for a great holiday
  • Gite with pool near Lozay 17  GB  Idyllic holiday cottage with two bedrooms sleeping up to 7 people with swimming pool in Lozay within one hour of beaches, airports.
  • Gite with pool near Saintes 17   GB Russian Comfortable and well-appointed two bedroom hacienda-style gite  near the Atlantic coast of France and has a private heated swimming pool.
  • Charente Maritime, near La Rochelle  Gite with swimming pool in a renovated farm, in a calm location 8 mins from La Rochelle and the isles of Charente Maritime. 
  • Gites with heated pool    In the Charente Maritime 15 minutes from La Rochelle and the coast,  four child friendly gites . Games room, wifi, playing field, baby equipment.
  • Seaside villa Royan:  Twenty yards from Chay beach, Villa Mamette is a large traditional sea-front villa for 12 people with own gardens; 5 bedrooms. 

33 Gites in the Gironde  (the area round Bordeaux)
  • Gironde, near Bergerac    Four star rated gite with indoor pool set amid the vineyards; ideally located between the Bordeaux wine areas and the sights & chateaux of Dordogne. 

16 Gites in Charente  (The inland part of the Charentes, next to the Dordogne)

  • Tranquille Vienne    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. Brand new larger pool for 2015.
  • Manoir La Betoulle     Charentes/Limousin border. Set in 90 acres of unspoilt countryside, 2 luxurious gîtes sleeping 2 and 5 with huge secluded pool and tennis court.
  • Gite in Charente 16   Luxury accommodation for up to 10 people with heated private swimming pool. 2 double beds with en-suite and 3 twins with separate bathroom, all linen provided. Free wifi, sat TV.

44 Gites in Loire Atlantique  (Once part of Brittany, either side of the Loire Estuary)
  • Gites near Nantes    Les Quatre Cles: Sensitively renovated near Guemene Penfao, a longere cottage with 2 gites in a beautiful river valley location. Serene but not isolated. 
  • La Cour - Southern Brittany  - Converted Barn (sleeps 10) and two pretty, stone cottages (sleeps 4/5) in a peaceful hamlet surrounded by beautiful Breton countryside. 
  • Village B&B  Nantes 44  French GB Spanish Two B&B rooms in the village of Trentemoult, on the banks of the Loire 10 minutes by riverbus or car from the centre of Nantes.

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