2014

Cottages and gites from Loire Atlantique and Vendée to Charentes and Aquitaine

The west of France and French Atlantic coast from the Loire valley to Gironde & the Landes

 also including the departments of  Deux-Sèvres and the Gironde

Ferienwohnungen in Westfrankreich, in Aquitanien und an der atlantischen Küste
In Charentes
  En français... gîtes près de la côte atlantique

Traditional gites in Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine 

on and near the Atlantic coast of central western France. 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. .
Includes 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

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The Loire Valley  or  Dordogne & Lot et Garonne

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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!   Gites in the Gironde  33   Gites for 6 or 8 people, or gite for 14, with pool, in Bordeaux wine country, near bastide town of Monségur.
  • New!   Gite in Charente 16    La Grange provides comfortable accommodation for up to 10 people in 5 bedrooms with a private heated swimming pool. Satellite TV and Wi-Fi.
  • New!   Gites near Melle 79   Two detached gites each sleeping up to 4 people, in picturesque Poitou-Charentes. The gites are set in a peaceful village in a river valley.
  • New!   Gites near Bordeaux 17   Three gites with enclosed garden and heated salt water pool 30 mins from sandy beaches, Bordeaux, Saintes and Royan. Self catering or catered options.
  • New!   Gites near Melle 79    Three beautifully restored, family friendly gites in pretty gardens with heated pool & playbarn. Peaceful hamlet location near many sites of  interest

 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  (Coastal department in the Poitou region)
  • B&B Deux-Sèvres   Near Bressuire, quaint, 18th century cottage set on seven hectares of exclusive woodland, picturesque gardens and orchards beside the Argenton River.
  • Gites near Melle    Two detached gites each sleeping up to 4 people, in picturesque Poitou-Charentes. The gites are set in a peaceful village in a river valley.
  • 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 in pretty gardens with heated pool & playbarn. Peaceful hamlet location near many sites of  interest.

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  - 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. 
  • 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)
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Gites near Bordeaux   - Three gites with enclosed garden and heated salt water pool 30 mins from sandy beaches, Bordeaux, Saintes and Royan. Self catering or catered options.
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. 
  • St. Emilion - Sauternes area.    - Fully renovated 18th century wine farm set in quiet location amidst the vineyards. Five high quality & comfortable B & B rooms, including one family suite and one room with disabled access. Swimming pool. 
  • Gites in Bordeaux wine country  Gites for 6 or 8 people, or gite for 14, with pool, in Bordeaux wine country, near bastide town of Montségur.

16 Gites in Charente  (The inland part of the Charentes, net 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.
  • 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   La Grange provides comfortable accommodation for up to 10 people in 5 bedrooms with a private heated swimming pool. Satellite TV and Wi-Fi.


44 Gites in Loire Atlantique  (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. 

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