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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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Restored farmhouse in rural Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003572

Restored farmhouse in rural Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £395 to £975


Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Ref: PC002629_D

Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3

Price: €400 to €950


Beautiful cottage to let with shared pool

Ref: PC003659

Beautiful cottage to let with shared pool

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £295 to £600


Peaceful Gite holiday let Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003755

Peaceful Gite holiday let Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £390 to £625


One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_A

One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £275 to £977


Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Ref: PC003059

Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £450 to £900


Spacious farmhouse for holiday let Charente

Ref: PC003848

Spacious farmhouse for holiday let Charente

Sleeps: 11
Bedrooms: 5

Price: £550 to £1595


Holiday cottage rental nr Mansle

Ref: PC003626

Holiday cottage rental nr Mansle

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £200 to £275


Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003789

Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £250 to £600


Gite for holiday let Charente

Ref: PC003815

Gite for holiday let Charente

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £325 to £675


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