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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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Luxury gites, B&B & pool, Charente

Ref: PC001095

Luxury gites, B&B & pool, Charente

Sleeps: 2 - 16
Bedrooms: 7

Price: £325 to £895


Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Ref: PC003554

Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £225 to £425


Lovely Quiet Gite in Charente, sleeps 4

Ref: PC003745

Lovely Quiet Gite in Charente, sleeps 4

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £325 to £625


Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003789

Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £250 to £600


Self catering cottage within large property

Ref: PC003756

Self catering cottage within large property

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £425 to £750


Self catering converted barn in Charente

Ref: PC003363_B

Self catering converted barn in Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £710 to £1295


Gated gite for rent in Charente Area

Ref: pc003902

Gated gite for rent in Charente Area

Sleeps: 3
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £350 to £600


Holiday let near Confolens, Poitou Charente

Ref: PC003307

Holiday let near Confolens, Poitou Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £229 to £669


Holiday rental converted barn with pool

Ref: PC003363_A

Holiday rental converted barn with pool

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £720 to £1495


One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_D

One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £450 to £695


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