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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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Detached house for rent in Charente

Ref: PC004024

Detached house for rent in Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £250 to £300


Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Ref: PC003789

Beautiful cottage to let in Poitou Charentes

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £200 to £500


Large Holiday Gite with Pool and Lovely Views

Ref: PC004341

Large Holiday Gite with Pool and Lovely Views

Sleeps: 12
Bedrooms: 5

Price: £550 to £1795


Holiday gite with shared pool in Charente

Ref: PC004299

Holiday gite with shared pool in Charente

Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £500 to £900


Luxury 4* Cottage rental nr Cognac

Ref: PC004030

Luxury 4* Cottage rental nr Cognac

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £500 to £1150


Farmhouse holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC004053

Farmhouse holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £455 to £595


Spacious farmhouse for holiday let Charente

Ref: PC003848

Spacious farmhouse for holiday let Charente

Sleeps: 11
Bedrooms: 5

Price: £550 to £1595


Gite for holiday rental Charente

Ref: PC003220

Gite for holiday rental Charente

Sleeps: 5
Bedrooms: 2

Price: £350 to £725


Pretty house for holidays in Saint-Severin

Ref: PC004867

Pretty house for holidays in Saint-Severin

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3

Price: £400 to £500


Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Ref: PC003059

Villa for holiday rental Charentes

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4

Price: £600 to £900


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