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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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Ref: PC004846_D

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £313 to £625


Large gite to let with pool, Charente

Ref: PC004214

Large gite to let with pool, Charente

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £325 to £835


Luxury 4* Cottage rental nr Cognac

Ref: PC004030

Luxury 4* Cottage rental nr Cognac

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £500 to £1150


Wing of the Chateau nr Chalais to rent

Ref: PC002350_G

Wing of the Chateau nr Chalais to rent

Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 5

Price: £1275 to £1550


Pretty holiday gite for rent near Parzac

Ref: PC004795

Pretty holiday gite for rent near Parzac

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £270 to £350


Pretty holiday gite in Poitou Charante, pool

Ref: PC004496_A

Pretty holiday gite in Poitou Charante, pool

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £400 to £550


Holiday Gite Child Friendly with Pool

Ref: PC004338

Holiday Gite Child Friendly with Pool

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £350 to £550


Self catering converted barn in Charente

Ref: PC003363_B

Self catering converted barn in Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £455 to £1495


Holiday rental 5km Aubterre-sur-Dronne

Ref: PC003406

Holiday rental 5km Aubterre-sur-Dronne

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £550 to £1500


Villa style bungalow in hamlet, large garden

Ref: PC004397

Villa style bungalow in hamlet, large garden

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £345 to £545


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