gites in Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine, including the departments
of Deux-Sèvres, the Gironde, and les Landes.
in Westfrankreich, in Aquitanien und an der atlantischen Küste
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
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
The Loire Atlantique and Vendée are part of the Pays
de la Loire region.
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. Other
The Futuroscope (near Poitiers) and Puy-du-Fou
(Vendée) theme parks
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property, with photos and prices
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France, but many are not. The absence of a Gites de France label has no
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page:Loire Atlantique to
Aquitaine - including Vendée,
Deux-Sèvres, and the
the following French départements: (in North-South order): 44
Deux Sèvres, 17 Charente
Maritime, 16 Charente,
Gironde, 40 Landes
Maritime gites 17
3 cottages for 6, 5 or 4 guests, with everything for
comfortable holiday. Child-friendly cottages and gardens, with heated
swimming pool, all the ingredients for a great holiday
with pool near Lozay 17 Idyllic holiday
with two bedrooms sleeping up to 7 people with swimming pool in Lozay
one hour of beaches, airports.
with pool near Saintes 17 Comfortable and
well-appointed two bedroom hacienda-style gite near the
Atlantic coast of France and has a private heated swimming pool.
by department / par
random order )
Gites in Landes (The
coastal department southwest of Bordeaux)
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.
Gites in Deux Sèvres (Department in the
- Fully equipped two bedroom gite near Ruffec, in the heart
Poitou Charentes. Garden, shared pool & Plunge pool garden
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.
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
- Large family gite in peaceful location. Sleeps 7, large
garden. 3 ensuite bedrooms, dining & breakfast room, lounge,
room. Terrace and court yard
near Bressuire 79
- 4 bedroom gite with
heated indoor pool ; peaceful surroundings, ideal for relaxing holiday.
perfect for 2 families. Wheelchair-friendly.
Gites in Vendée (Coastal
department south of the Loire)
Vendée, near Luçon Two
family friendly holiday homes, with large heated pool, gamesroom
and gardens. 15km from the southern Vendée beaches.
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
Vendée nr. Ste
Sleeping 10 & 4 guests, two high quality restored farmhouses
large gardens, games room and heated pool. Great for family holidays.
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
in south Vendee
85 - Sleeping 4 to 6,
restored and modernised, this 3 épis and
cottage makes a comfortable base from which to explore the beautiful
Gites in Charente Maritime (Coastal department north of
yards from Chay beach, Villa Mamette is a large traditional
sea-front villa for 12 people with own gardens; 5 bedrooms.
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organisation or througn an online booking portal.
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