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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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Gite for holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC003220

Gite for holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £279 to £650


Self catering converted barn in Charente

Ref: PC003363_B

Self catering converted barn in Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £710 to £1295


Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Ref: PC003554

Self catering holiday cottage 6km Ruffec

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £225 to £425


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


One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_B

One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £450 to £695


Charente farmhouse holidays near Baignes

Ref: PC002405

Charente farmhouse holidays near Baignes

Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £1680 to £2800


One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Ref: PC002350_C

One of 5 Holiday cottages nr Chalais

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £240 to £435


Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Ref: PC002629_C

Holiday farmhouse, gites & pool, nr Angouleme

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: €275 to €700


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


Converted barn for holiday let Charente

Ref: PC003467

Converted barn for holiday let Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £250 to £550


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