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Map of Charente, Poitou Charentes, France

The department of Charente epitomises traditional rural France. Occitan dialects can still be heard in the fairs and markets frequented by local farmers and craftsmen.

 

Charente is an area of natural beauty and lush with vegetation, due mainly to its temperate climate.

 

Traditionally, the rest of France considers the Charentais character to be laidback and visitors here can certainly find time for lots of leisurely pursuits.

 

The whole area is laced with rivers and streams that feed into the picturesque River Charente. Taking a relaxing boat trip, it’s hard to imagine this was once a busy waterway bringing armaments from Angouleme to the naval shipyards of La Rochelle.

 

Each stunning valley in the department of Charente has its own character. The Vienne is popular with anglers and watersports enthusiasts, the Issoire boasts mountains, and the Tardoire valley has vineyards and exciting deep gorges.

 

Make time to visit the ancient village of Aubeterre perched on white cliffs above the River Dronne and the little river port of Jarnac - birth and resting place of France’s late president, Francois Miterrand.

 

There’s plenty too in Charente for those who enjoy the cultural experience: Chateau de la Rochefoucauld, the Chateau de Rochebrune at Etagnac and the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Fontaine Vive.

 

The cathedral city of Angouleme, once famous for papermaking, now has a centre – Centre National de la Bande Dessinee - showing the development of French print and film cartoons.

 

Historic Confolens with its riverside restaurants is a great place to try a dish of snails – ‘les petits gris’ – so popular with the Charentais. Afterwards, a measure of the world famous double distilled brandy known as Cognac could be in order for the faint hearted. A visit to Charente’s town of the same name is a must to sample and discover the history of its most celebrated product.

 

 

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Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Ref: PC002629_B

Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 1

Price: €350 to €500


Holiday let near Confolens, Poitou Charente

Ref: PC003307

Holiday let near Confolens, Poitou Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £229 to £669


Wing of the Chateau nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_G

Wing of the Chateau nr Chalais

Sleeps: 0
Bedrooms: 0

Price: £1342 to £1790


Character house for holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC003173

Character house for holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £450 to £750


Secluded holiday gite in rural setting

Ref: PC003589

Secluded holiday gite in rural setting

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £304 to £404


Lovely Quiet Gite in Charente, sleeps 4

Ref: PC003745

Lovely Quiet Gite in Charente, sleeps 4

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £325 to £625


Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Ref: PC002629_D

Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3

Price: €500 to €950


Luxury gites, B&B & pool, Charente

Ref: PC001095

Luxury gites, B&B & pool, Charente

Sleeps: 2 - 16
Bedrooms: 7

Price: £325 to £895


Gite for holiday rental charente

Ref: PC003269

Gite for holiday rental charente

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £200 to £300


Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Ref: PC003059

Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £450 to £900


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