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Meet our Agents in Poitou Charentes

Houses and Property for sale in all areas of Poitou Charentes

Leggett immobilier is a family firm with a reputation for professionalism and friendly service. We have been selling houses in France for two decades now and are long standing members of the FNAIM. Our team in Poitou Charentes are all bilingual and we know the area and local property market intimately. We cover all four departments and have a growing portfolio of property for sale.

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John Kingsley
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Mike Goldsmith
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Judith Dye
Judith Dye
Alan Fuller
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Della Cole
Della Cole
Eric Le Boles
Eric Le Boles
Charlotte Field
Charlotte Field
Frances Wedge
Frances Wedge
Christine Murless
Christine Murless
Mark Cole
Mark Cole
Karen Geipel
Karen Geipel
Darren King
Darren King
Victoria Green
Victoria Green
Tamasin Lovell
Tamasin Lovell
Elinor Murless
Elinor Murless
Stephanie Holland-Hill
Stephanie Holland-Hill
Linda Chamberlin
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Nicola Hancock
Yann Roger
Yann Roger
Louise King
Louise King
Alan Reeve
Alan Reeve
Darren Pitts
Darren Pitts
Tom McInally
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Eva Vincent
Eva Vincent
Samuel Desirliste
Samuel Desirliste
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Janice Burton
Janice Burton
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Marie-Cecile Lavigne
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Janine Keeble
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Clare Lane
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Claire Read
David Thomas
David Thomas
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Rebecca De La Haye
Patricia Barendse
Patricia Barendse
Carl Beaudoin
Carl Beaudoin
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
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Anne Sophie Godier
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David Rodgers

We also have a central support team to ensure that your house search passes smoothly and successfully. This team is headed by our Chief Executive, Trevor Leggett – one of the most experienced and respected property experts in France. It includes lawyers, accountants, marketing experts and a call centre team who will arrange a viewing schedule to make the most of your visit.

Latest Articles from our dedicated Poitou Charentes blog


POITOU-CHARENTES – enjoying its beautiful climate …

by Jane Berry on Sat 07 Jan 17

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Located in the south west of France, the Poitou Charente is renowned for having a lovely climate. The winters are really mild and due to the oceanic climate, the summers are hot but not humid.

The Poitou-Charentes has the Atlantic Ocean to the west of it, hence is soaks up the sweetness of the ocean climate which creates a micro-climate along the coastline. Enjoying on average 2,400 sunshine hours a year the Poitou-Charentes is the hottest and sunniest place on the whole Atlantic coast.

However, there is a difference between the warm and gentle weather along the coastline and that further into the Charente where the climate is more continental, so either dryer or damper than on the coasts.

The Poitou-Charentes region of France is lush and green as it gets just enough rainfall which, blended to the long hours of sunshine, is beneficial to agriculture as well as the production of Cognac wines and liquers.

The temperature is mild during winter months, while summer is pleasantly warm. The average summer temperature is said to be around 20.4 degrees centigrade, while the winters average at around 5.6 degrees.


CHARENTE MARITIME: Ile de Ré …

by Jane Berry on Mon 18 Apr 16

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ST MARTIN DE RÉ …

The enchanting port of St Martin de Ré is well worth a visit … We drove across the bridge from La Rochelle, straight onto the island, a secret ‘getaway’ with sandy beaches and as many hours of sunshine as you’ll find on the Côte d’Azur.  Dotted with pretty, white painted, stone built cottages, cobbled streets and shutters in all shades of greens and blues, reflecting the blue of the sky and sea.

What I would give to own one of the homes on the water’s edge of these pretty fishing ports, St Martin is the biggest and the port is bustling with cafés, restaurants and pretty shops selling antiques, artisan ice-creams, fresh seafood from the morning’s catch and of course small hotels overlooking the port activity. Take time to visit the island when next you’re in the beautiful region of the Charente Maritime.


VIENNE – the up and coming historic town of Civray …

by Jane Berry on Thu 14 Jan 16

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The town of Civray has always been of historical interest, being the site of an ancient château and with the River Charente meandering  through the heart of the town.  Since I moved here in 2008, I have seen many changes and the town just gets better and better.

There are now excellent restaurants in which to eat, including O’City Ven  (05 49 87 14 22) in the pretty market square, which serves a reasonable Plat du Jour at lunch times and an à la carte menu in the evening.  If a full meal is not what you need, Café de la Paix is great for a glass of wine or coffee, and the owner, Raymonde does not mind if you take in your own pastries too!  I would recommend you buy these from the little boulangerie in the square, Malfoy, where you can be tempted by macaroons and chocolates too.  Or pop in and say “hello” to Claude at Bar Central, where a warm French welcome awaits.

If you wish to travel further afield, the Bouton d’Or in St. Romain is run by Chef Francis, one of the top MOF chefs in France; 5 courses for €15.50 including wine.  While house-hunting, do drop into the Auberge de Blanzay (86400), set in one of the prettiest local villages, where one can sit on the terrace overlooking the village green and pretty church.  This is my local village, so I am somewhat biased perhaps.

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Back to Civray;  take a peaceful break from the busy market (Tuesday and Thursday mornings) to visit the church, one of the oldest in France (12th Century), complete with its painted frescoes inside.  For the energetic, there is a new leisure centre with two pools and yes, even the outside pool is heated!  A walk along the Charente is a must and there are several places to sit and eat a picnic with bread, cheese and pâté purchased  from the local family-run delicatessens, of which there are several.

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Big bright lights are not far away with Poitiers being 35 minutes by car, with local train services too; and the stylish seaside town of La Rochelle is just 1 hour 40 minutes. Civray, the perfect location! Click here for the local property portfolio or contact me; Frances Wedge, via info@leggett.fr for further advice.


SUD CHARENTE – The village of St. Severin, near Aubererre sur Drone

by Jane Berry on Sat 12 Dec 15

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Saint Severin is close to the Charente / Dordogne border, in a beautiful valley in rural South West France. Nearby villages are full of activity, with places to visit, dine and drink. The picturesque Roman town of Aubeterre, voted one of the prettiest villages in France, is only a bike ride away.

The market town of Riberac (20 mins) has one of the biggest markets in France. The capital town of Angouleme (45 mins) offers a wider and more sophisticated range of shops in a typically French setting. The region is a paradise for wine lovers who may wish to visit the numerous chateaux and wine caves on the Bordeaux wine trail, with St. Emilion, Bergerac and Cognac also on our doorstep.

Local activities range from walking, sightseeing, tree climbing, canoeing, cycling, fishing, jet–skiing and quad biking to name but a few. Wine tasting and degustation are of course a staple part of the French experience! There are many local festivals, fêtes and firework displays throughout the summer.

Children will find plenty to occupy them and their families with local activities, including crazy golf, horse riding and tree top adventure’s, plus river and lake beaches, play areas and wet day activities too.

South West France is known for it’s great climate, with sun drenched summers, rolling green hills and valleys, plus all the history you could ever need. The food and drink is superb and the people are very welcoming. Click here to view properties for sale …


DEUX SÈVRES – Inheritance & Taxation Advice Seminar, being held on Friday 6th Nov.

by Jane Berry on Sun 04 Oct 15

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CHARENTE – Living between Jarnac and Châteauneuf …

by Jane Berry on Sun 23 Aug 15

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Leggett Agent Janet Lea explains why she moved to this beautiful area …

In 2003 my husband and I decided to live in France. We had already bought our dream home in 2002 with the intention of using it as a summer home but within the space of a few months knew that a better life style was within our reach. I came out with our 2 boys in the May and then began our wonderful adventure. My husband continued working in the UK and spent 7 years commuting between Manchester and here, not easy at times but definitely worth it in the end. The boys then aged 9yrs and 13yrs quickly integrated into the French education system and within a short period of time had mastered the language. They enjoyed a level of freedom here that they would never have experienced back in  the UK. I now had quality time to spend, helping the boys to settle into their new schools, whilst running my gite business, oh and breeding geese, chickens and ducks, walking our chocolate Labrador and making new friends. My wonderful husband has now retired and joined me. Our adventure continues as we enjoy new challenges together.

13018 I live in South West Charente, between Jarnac and Chateauneuf. This region enjoys a micro-climate, so many happy days are spent soaking up the sun underneath blue skies. Dining ‘al fresco’ is a way of life here and picnic areas feature wherever you travel at a number of beauty spots.

The Charente river plays an important role and the Gabarre a charentaise barge now takes people, rather than its precious cargo of cognac, on trips along its banks. There are many cycle and footpaths to explore and many other activities including a variety of water sports, fishing, golf, and horse riding, to name but a few, life is never dull.

In addition there are plenty of cultural events which take place throughout the year. The famous Cognac Blues Passion takes place in July followed by the Festival of Cognac which also features music. In September in the historic town of Angouleme, vintage cars race around the Ramparts of the city. The “Circuit des Remparts” attracts thousand of visitors and is a weekend not to be missed. In November there is the festival of Food and Drink aptly named ‘The Gastromonades’. These are but a few of those that take place each year. There are also many community focused celebrations and of course the famous Brocantes a French national pastime. Good food, wine and cognac are a consistent feature of life here with a wealth of restaurants ranging from paysanne to gourmet. Airports at Limoges, Poitiers, La Rochelle and Bordeaux provide international links to the UK and Europe whilst the fast roads and the efficient rail network with its high speed trains link the area to Paris and Bordeaux.


CHARENTE MARITIME – Country of earth and water …

by Jane Berry on Sun 09 Aug 15

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Country of earth and water “par excellence” with its gentle climate and bright blue sky, the Charente-Maritime counts more than 100 beaches of fine sand and 460 km of coastline. Pine forests, scented mimosa trees and tall hollyhocks frequently line the many picturesque country roads and cycle paths.

Steeped in history, with over its 400 roman churches, castles such as Crazannes and La Roche Courbon, fortified towns such as majestic La Rochelle, Rochefort, Fouras and Buage, museums including the Maritime Museum of La Rochelle, the historic shipyard of l’Hermione in Rochefort, the Vauban Tower in Fouras and many more, you are never short of fascinating places to visit.

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The 3 main islands of Oléron, “L’île Lumineuse”, 2nd largest in France after Corsica, Ré, nearest to La Rochelle and Aix, only reachable by boat, are also worthy of a visit (or 2!). Local wines and apéritifs including the famous Pineau des Charentes, Marennes-Oléron oysters, mussels from Les Boucholeurs, sea salt from the Island of Ré, melon charentais are just a few of the vast array of local products to be found in abundance in the many ancient and colourful markets. From a local café to a Michelin star restaurant, the choice is immense and never far away, seafood and fish usually being the area’s speciality.

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A sea lover’s paradise, la Rochelle’s marina is the largest in Europe with over 4800 berths and hosts more than 100 events a year including some of the biggest names in the yacht racing calendar, so it is definitely the place to visit for any boating enthusiast.

Within easy reach by yacht, there are more traditional ways to travel to the Charente-Maritime: by plane to La Rochelle, Nantes, Bordeaux or Poitiers airports, by TGV train to Poitiers, Surgères and La Rochelle, by motorway via the A10.

So whatever you are looking for, to visit or settle in, you are certain to find it here and I will be delighted to help you in your quest for the perfect spot!

Anne Peeks.


CHARENTE – Circuits des Remparts, vintage car race in Angoulême …

by suzanne on Fri 19 Sep 14

In the middle of September every year , the city centre ramparts of Angoulême, the county town of the Charente department, are transformed into a racetrack for a festival of historic car racing. Acting as a magnet for all car enthusiasts, families & friends and especially the British, the city centre becomes a fantastic theatre of classic cars and enthusiastic owner drivers determined to show and race their priceless motors to their limits. In 1978 the Circuit des Remparts was revived from its ashes of 1955 and supported by Juan Manuel Fangio himself.  It has been run ever since, the festival getting better and better year by year.

Angouleme is a particularly attractive city up within the ramparts. Plenty of cafés, bars, shops & restaurants, a beautiful covered market hall (which hosts the cocktail party at the end of the rally) and a very grand Hôtel de Ville town hall courtyard where you can spend summer evenings at an open air opera. From the ramparts there are good views over the rooftops to the surrounding countryside. The TGV station can be seen from there, the railway line snaking its way below the city walls.

This year, as usual, the late summer sun shone on all, as exquisite exhibits of many marques and competitor’s racing cars circulated the Hôtel de Ville area. On the Friday a Concours d’Elegance was followed by a rally of over 600 classic cars on Saturday covering the south Charente down to Villebois La Vallette and Chalais.

On race day the morning was dedicated to race practice and strolling through the squares & pedestrian areas, which for this weekend were full of classic cars, lines of Jaguars, Alfas, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and probably more Morgans than you could see at their factory. Lunch was taken at leisure in one of the many terrace restaurants amongst the cars, until the real action started in the afternoon.

Eleven races were held on Sunday, the trophies all named after famous French drivers.  They represented  many categories of historic cars, single seaters, rally & sportscars. Marques such as Bugatti & Delahaye raced to the limit with Alfa Romeo & Amilcar as they have done since the circuit first opened in 1939. MG, Riley, Wolseley, Jaguar & Lotus were amongst the British manufacturers represented on the grid with one race pitting a Mini Cooper S against Porsches, TVRs, a Jaguar and a very enthusiastically driven Triumph Dolomite Sprint.

All the drivers pushed their very valuable charges to the limit and beyond, the paddock was a hive of activity with body panels, chassis & wheel rims being straightened, headlamps taped up and middle aged frames being squeezed into tiny cockpits. This was no fancy parade of wealth, more a determined wish to race these cars rather than keep them in a museum.

This year’s races proved very spectacular from the Bugatti 35B driver leaning out of the cockpit, to the Porsche 911 hanging its tail out and the Alpine A336s hugging the tarmac through the very narrow turns & hairpin bends with unforgiving barriers protecting the bleached white limestone classic buildings marking the course.

After the races there was a general feeling that all is well with the world, drivers rushed to apologise about accidentally pushing another into the barrier, congratulations were mixed with commiserations and racing tales were embellished. Farewells were made, driver to driver, family to family, bags packed into any space available, fellow competitors waved to each other before they headed off on the drive back home,  planning to meet up and do it all again next year on the 14th-16th September.

Kindly contributed by Dave Alexander, agent in the Charente Lakes


CHARENTE – Famous chef Reza Mahammad’s cookery workshop …

by silang on Thu 03 Jul 14

In July 2013, Reza Mahammad launches his cookery school, “Chez Cartier”, in the PoitouCharentes region of France. Surrounded by vines and rolling hills, Reza’s 19th Century home and former distillery will receive food lovers from around the globe to cook alongside him in his state of the art kitchen. If the thought of working with Reza excites you* then click the link below to learn
more about his workshops.

http://www.rezamahammad.co.uk/workshops

Reza fell in love with the Poitou-Charentes region when making the ‘A Place in France’ series and vowed to return and live there one day. His dream has now come true. Reza is the hugely popular and flamboyant TV chef and owner of the renowned Star of India restaurant in Kensington, London. Reza as top chef and main talent for the Food Network UK, has received high praise for his two recent series “Reza’s African Kitchen” and “Reza, Spice Prince of India.” Making regular appearances as guest chef on ITV’s This Morning, Reza never fails to create a stir in the kitchen with fellow presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

“Reza’s Indian Spice” was published last year, to much acclaim, winning 2nd prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards (Indian section) and editor’s pick in ‘The Bookseller’. Drawing from his encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian food, Reza combines Indian and Western flavours to stunning effect, delivered in his informal, humorous style.

Reza cut his televisual teeth on Flavours of India in 1993/4 but he really came into his own as copresenter with Sanjeev Bhaskar on Delhi Belly in 2001 for UKTV. The much talked-about series is still being repeated on air to this day and has lost none of its popularity. In 2002, Channel Four came looking for the next big star for their hugely popular series “A Place in France” and found it in Reza Mahammad. This resulted in the completion of the next two series, “A Place in France II” and III. Reza’s relationship with UKTV resumed with “Coconut Coast” in 2003 and was followed by “United States of Reza” in 2004.

*Classes are now available for EURO 150 (GBP 130) on the 8th July, 20th July, 24th July, 27th July, 3rd August, 7th August, 10th August, 14th August, 21st August and 24th August.

This is the perfect family holiday destination with a wealth of well run campsites, B&B’s, hotels and gîtes to choose from together with wide open spaces to enjoy activities which range from golf to water-sports.

*Exchange rate used is 1 Euro = 0.83 GBP.


How do you explain to the owner of a stunning Chateau worth over a million Euros that the nice people from A Place in the Sun want to come and film at her house?

by suzanne on Tue 04 Sep 12

Strangely the answer is easy… they have over 6 million viewers for every episode. Exterior of chateau being filmed for A Place in the Sun Naz filming the interior explaining to the owner of the chateau

It must be slightly dull filming the same type of small 3 bed property with 2 en-suites and a lovely well kept garden, over and over again. So when we arrived at the chateau they both took a moment to just look round and take it all in… it took 30 minutes just to decide which angles to shoot and which rooms to do a panorama, you don’t get that with a two up two down semi in Hull. After a quick introduction with the owner they set about filming the exterior facade and then the magnificent interior … the house is always immaculate so there were no issues with moving unwanted stuff about… the chickens however that roam the garden managed to get into a couple of shots (exterior of course).

If you would like to know more about the property being filmed please click here

Kindly contributed by Dave Crook, agent in St Jean d’Angely

The variety of Poitou-Charentes

From lazing on the beaches to tasting some world class cognac there's plenty to do in Poitou Charentes. The seaside town of Royan in the Charente Maritime is often voted as one of the safest, cleanest and best resorts in France. It has no less than five beaches as well as a marina and fishing port. A little further north you will find the chic city of La Rochelle which is famous for it's upmarket restaurants, shops and boutiques as well as for the twin harbour towers that guard the old port. La Rochelle is connected to the Ile de Ré by a 2.9km bridge. This beautiful island is home to the most expensive houses in Poitou Charentes and attracts buyers from all over the world, particularly in the summer months when the population swells from 20,000 to around 220,000.

The coast is particularly popular here as the beaches are sandy and gently sloping while the micro climate makes it the second sunniest part of France.

If lazing on the beach is not your thing then why not explore further inland. Take a trip into the region around Cognac and you will be met by gently rolling hills covered in grapevines. In the town centre you can take a tour of the major cognac producers such as Hennessy, Martell and Remy Martin or wander through the cobbled streets down to the river Charente where you can climb aboard one of the flat bottomed "gabarier" boats and see more of this beautiful river.

There are plenty of attractions for children, the most famous of which has to be Futuroscope which is second only to Eurodisney in popularity. Over 1.5 million visitors flock here each year to sample the mix of rides and 4D cinemas. It's a theme park that manages to be both fun and educational at the same time - you won't go hungry either as the park boasts eight full service restaurants as well as ten snack bars!

The Vallee des Singes is a huge (15 hectare) monkey and ape park where many of the 350 primates who live there mix freely with the visitors. The best way to visit is to follow the feeding schedule and you'll find that the park is clean and tidy while the animals are well cared for by the knowledgeable staff. All of the animals were born in captivity and for many it's their first taste of open air "freedom".

Next to the park you will find the Parc de la Belle where you can stay overnight in tree-houses in a 10 hectare forest. The tree-houses are between 4 and 12 metres in height and breakfast is left at the bottom of the tree and has to be hauled up by pulley.

The Aquarium in La Rochelle is one of the best in Europe and has over 10,000 sea creatures to wonder at whilst a little further south on the edge of Royan you will find the La Palymyre zoo which, again, is seen to be one of the best in Europe with animals from polar bears to elephants.

Les Antilles de Jonzac is a water park and swimming pool complex that provides a great day out whether summer or winter. As well as the pools there are slides, water toboggans, indoor beaches, beauty & fitness centres and restaurants.

Sporty types will love Poitou Charentes too. There are 21 golf courses to choose from ranging from a quick 9 holes for a fun holiday game to 18 hole championship courses. Cyclists will be in heaven too - indeed you're positively encouraged to cycle rather than drive on the Ile de Ré. Around Poitiers you will find around 400km of cycle routes. These meander through some wonderful countryside. In the Deux-Svres a popular cycling route is between Thouars and Parthenay, a trek that leads past Roman remains, over ancient bridges and along beautiful wooded valleys.

Fishermen, tennis players, ice skaters, canoeists, footballers, rugbymen and gymnasts will all find excellent facilities in Poitou Charentes - just ask at your nearest tourist office and they will point you in the right direction.

Stunning Landscape

The meandering river Charente is one of the most beautiful in France. This wonderful river flows through 381 km's of the most beautiful countryside in Haute Vienne, Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime. It was described by Henry IV as "the most beautiful stream in my kingdom" and you will find some of the prettiest towns and villages of the region scattered around its banks.

The river starts life outside Rochechouart in the Haute Vienne and flows into the Atlantic at Rochefort in the Charente Maritime.

The Charente was fully navigable for many years and you can still get as far upstream as Angouleme (capital of the Charente) passing through such scenic towns as Rochefort, Saintes, Jarnac and Cognac. The locks are easy to navigate and some of them are particularly attractive - the perfect spot to stop and have a picnic. You can hire boats at Crown Blue Lines in Jarnac who recommend a one week cruise from Jarnac to Angouleme or a one week cruise from Jarnac to Rochefort.

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South West France is famous for the colour and variety of its markets. All of the major towns have at least one daily market and it's worthwhile visiting Poitiers, Parthenay, La Rochelle, St Jean d'Angely, Angouleme, Ruffec and Cognac to name but a few. Make sure you don't miss the regular market at Chauvigny in the Vienne too as it has a huge variety of food, wines and related products. If you are in Poitou Charentes on the 27th of the month then take a trip to Rouillac in the Charente. You'll find one of the largest markets in Europe as the whole town is taken over for the day - from livestock to tractors and from local wines to a pair of shoes you will be amazed by the colour and variety of this bustling "foire".

Of course the region is famous around the world for the production of Cognac. Go into any bar from Caracacas to Shanghai and you will see bottles of Courvoisier, Hennessy and Remy Martin. Tourists flock to the region all year round and you will find that many local dishes have a drop of cognac in the recipe. Whilst most famous as a digestif you'll find that bars now offer a Cognac Schweppes as an aperitif and run competitions to find the best cognac cocktail.

The local wines may not have the cach of the nearby Bordeaux's and St Emilion's but they are eminently drinkable and you'll find them most reasonably priced. There is also a local speciality called Pineau de Charentes which is a delicious fortified wine and one of the best kept secrets of the region. If you are lucky enough to be invited for aperitifs or dinner by one of your French neighbours you will almost certainly be invited to try a "taster".

Seafood is an important part of the local cuisine - go to a market on Christmas Eve and watch the locals staggering away with trays laden with freshly harvested oysters. Indeed if you want a fascinating day out then visit the Marennes-Oleron oyster beds which is by far the largest cultivation area in Europe.

Naturally cheese also plays a big role at meal time and local specialities include the Chabichou du Poitou which has a crinkly skin and a dense, chalky paste that melts in the mouth. Other local cheeses to try include Mothais, Bche du Poitou and Chabi.

Finally you'll find that the famous Truffle is used in many local recipes. The riverside town of Jarnac has a very famous truffle market where people come from all over the region to taste, buy and argue over the best ways of eating them.

Ideal Location

Location, location, location - airports, motorway network and TGV links make Poitou Charentes easily accessible. When looking to buy a house in France the famous saying of "location, location, location" is just as applicable as it is elsewhere in the world.

You will find that Poitou Charentes is brilliantly situated with great links to the rest of France and beyond.

The airports of La Rochelle and Poitiers are open all year round with flights to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Germany and, of course, France.

To find a full list of destinations and timetables visit the airport websites here - La Rochelle, Poitiers.

You'll find TGV stops with connections to the Eurostar in Lille & Paris and the motorway network is easily accessed from pretty much anywhere in the region.

To find a full list of TGV destinations and timetables visit the website here - SNCF.

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