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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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lovely gite to let in Poitou Charente

Ref: PC004173

lovely gite to let in Poitou Charente

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £279 to £299


Self catering holiday cottage nr Chalais

Ref: PC004080

Self catering holiday cottage nr Chalais

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £550 to £900


Gite for holiday rental charente

Ref: PC003269

Gite for holiday rental charente

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Price: £200 to £300


Holiday Gite Child Friendly with Pool

Ref: PC004338

Holiday Gite Child Friendly with Pool

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £350 to £550


Beautiful villa to let in resort, Charente

Ref: PC004203

Beautiful villa to let in resort, Charente

Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 3

Price: €550 to €1175


Spacious gite with pool to let, Chavenat

Ref: PC004232

Spacious gite with pool to let, Chavenat

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £380 to £910


Luxury gite and pool, Charente

Ref: PC001095_E

Luxury gite and pool, Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £460 to £895


House for holiday lets, St Fraigne Charente

Ref: PC002603

House for holiday lets, St Fraigne  Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £399 to £779


Charentaise holiday farmhouse & pool rental

Ref: PC004353

Charentaise holiday farmhouse & pool rental

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £670 to £770


Rustic gite with pool to let, Chavenat

Ref: PC004238

Rustic gite with pool to let, Chavenat

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £410 to £940


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