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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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One of 5 holiday cottages for let nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_F

One of 5 holiday cottages for let nr Chalais

Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 5

Price: £1700


Peaceful Gite holiday let Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003755

Peaceful Gite holiday let Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £390 to £625


Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Ref: PC003554

Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £225 to £425


Farmhouse and cottage in Poitou Charente

Ref: PC003569

Farmhouse and cottage in Poitou Charente

Sleeps: 16
Bedrooms: 8

Price: £925 to £2350


Cottage for holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC003314

Cottage for holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £400 to £650


Spacious property holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC003005

Spacious property holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £750 to £1540


Ref: PC003659

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £295 to £600


Restored farmhouse in rural Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003572

Restored farmhouse in rural Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £395 to £975


Holiday rental converted barn with pool

Ref: PC003363_A

Holiday rental converted barn with pool

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £780 to £1445


House for holiday lets, St Fraigne Charente

Ref: PC002603

House for holiday lets, St Fraigne  Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £395 to £775


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