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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.

John Short
John Short
Steven Carter
Steven Carter
Toby Hawkins
Toby Hawkins
John Liddon
John Liddon
Paul Woods
Paul Woods
Denise Vincent
Denise Vincent
Hugh Mcsheffrey
Hugh Mcsheffrey
Mike Gowen
Mike Gowen
Tania Simpson
Tania Simpson
Colin Appleyard
Colin Appleyard
Mary Nabi
Mary Nabi
Didi Hawkins
Didi Hawkins
Dave Alexander
Dave Alexander
Elizabeth Trunkfield
Elizabeth Trunkfield
Maxine Enderby
Maxine Enderby
Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day
Michelle Barlow
Michelle Barlow
Beverley Clarke
Beverley Clarke
Dawn Gregg
Dawn Gregg
Amanda Bremner
Amanda Bremner
Alison Richardson
Alison Richardson
Nigel Metcalf
Nigel Metcalf
Zena Sabestini
Zena Sabestini
Cathy Temple and Dave Crook
Cathy Temple and Dave Crook
Tony Murless
Tony Murless
Dave Crook
Dave Crook
Cécile Rouquet
Cécile Rouquet
Lesley Mason
Lesley Mason
Trina Summerfield
Trina Summerfield
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Véronica Callaghan
Véronica Callaghan
Alison McGlone
Alison McGlone
Sally West
Sally West
Penny Armstrong
Penny Armstrong
Maria Gallwey
Maria Gallwey
Gaereth Roberts
Gaereth Roberts
Mathew Mole
Mathew Mole
Julia Hunt
Julia Hunt
Stephanie Hayward
Stephanie Hayward
Brigitte Barthelemy
Brigitte Barthelemy
Fabienne Barbiot-Legrand
Fabienne Barbiot-Legrand
Denise Long
Denise Long
Debra Bush
Debra Bush
Anne Peeks
Anne Peeks
John Kingsley
John Kingsley
Suzanne Goodall
Suzanne Goodall
Duncan White
Duncan White
Jo Holton
Jo Holton
Laurent Michottey
Laurent Michottey
Mike Goldsmith
Mike Goldsmith
Janet Lea
Janet Lea
Alan Fuller
Alan Fuller
Les Bush
Les Bush
Francesca Murless
Francesca Murless

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


Famous chef Reza Mahammad’s cookery workshop comes to the Charente!

by silang on Wed 03 Jul 13

In July this year, 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.


Cockleshell Heroes Charity Walk

by suzanne on Tue 04 Dec 12

Many people not just in the south west of France but around the world are aware of the ‘Cockleshell heroes’, from the dangerous and daring second world war operation to attempt to attack shipping in Bordeaux Harbour in December 1942, and may have even seen the film of the operation starring Trevor Howard and José Ferrer.

 

2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the operation, in which 5 small 2 man canoes were launched from the submarine HMS Tuna off the atlantic coast. Only two men survived the operation, were able to evade capture, and in order to survive walked to Ruffec through dangerous occupied territory, to be met by resistance operatives, before being helped to escape France.
To mark the anniversary, Eric Edwards and Craig Moore, who both live in the area, are walking the first part of the route (100 miles or 160km) from near to Blaye on the Gironde estuary, Aquitaine to Ruffec in the Charente. They will follow the route that the 2 survivors of the operation, Major ‘Blondie’ Hasler and Marine Bill Sparks followed before they were met by resistance members at La Toque Blanche hotel in Ruffec and helped on their escape through France and Spain to Gibraltar.
To learn more about the commemorative walk, which is taking place between the 12th and 18th December 2012, please click here
To donate (all funds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal to help service personnel and their dependants) please click here
Eric and Craig would like to thank Legget agent Ian Fitzpatrick for offering free accommodation for 3 nights

 

Eric and Craig start training

Good luck Eric and Craig!


Angoulême – tour des Remparts vintage car race

by suzanne on Wed 19 Sep 12

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

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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


Le Marché

by suzanne on Thu 09 Aug 12

Le Marché

Whether you live here all year round, or just visit from time to time, it is worth making an effort to take time out to get up early (ie before midday!) and get out to one of our fabulous french markets, they happen every week, come rain or shine and are full of in season produce, seafood and quality meat, as well as local cheeses.

Our area being so close to the sea provides a wealth of seafood and the French are generally enamoured by fish, seafood and shellfish of all types. Moules are in season and are very reasonably priced at the moment – lovely and plump and easy to cook!

In addition our local cheese tradition of goats cheese comes in many different tasty shapes and sizes, it is so famous locally that there is even a route de chèvre, you can follow and meet the producers visiting the farms on the way.

Currently they are harvesting wonderful sweet charentaise melons, the perfect starter with a good ham, or perfect in a fresh fruit salad.

All in all the local produce market is a perfect excuse to get out and mix with the locals, enjoy the patter of the market traders and embrace all that is great about this wonderful area of France.


“The Charentaise Way of Life” – “Les Cagouilles”

by suzanne on Wed 11 Jul 12

With the same population of the British, but with ten times more terrain, we find more space and with that comes a slower more relaxed way of life in the French countryside and more so with the Charentaise. Known as les “Cagouilles” local dialect for “Escargots” …the snails… you can see how the Charentaise lifestyle is laid back and more relaxed.

As I look around my own village, I notice that with this pace of life the locals live for longer with a better quality of life. The air is cleaner, the stars are brighter, the sky is bluer, the

summers are warmer…

My neighbours Madame and Monsieur E are well in to their 80s and yet I see Madame in their Potager (allotment), built like an athlete, weeding furiously, walking half an hour to the local town, rambling with friends, and Monsieur a retired farmer and Mayor of the commune, cycling to friends and family in local villages.

One day as I stood in front of our own Potager, full of weeds, I deliberated on how, with my little rotavator, I would tackle 50 metres by 10 metres in one day…

With a tap of the shoulder I was greeted by Monsieur E.

So what are you doing? Well with this small rotavator I need to plough this plot clean ready for sowing by my wife….no small task, possibly a days work !
…..Hmmmmm…. said Monsieur E…..its lunch time !! You must eat ! But I can’t my wife needs me to finish by the end of the day !
….Hmmmmm…. said Monsieur E…. do you like Oysters ? (Charente-Maritime is famous for the Oyster Farms around Marenne and Royan) I love Oysters !! Then come and eat with us.

On arrival at Chez E, I was asked if I could taste the red wine made from Monsieur E’s son’s vineyard…oh and perhaps some Baguette, oh and perhaps for starters a Potage (soup) from their Potager….delicious. Twenty oysters were presented, and to my surprise found that Madame and Monsieur E didn’t particularly like oysters
….Hmmmmm…I ate fifteen of them.

Well that was a lovely and generous meal and so, making my way to go …
…. Hmmmmm …. do you like beef bourguignon ?! I love beef bourguignon !! Then enjoy a plate full of large pieces of beef, with some Baguette and a glass of home made local red wine……and so followed cheese and dessert and coffee…

And so I stood in front of our own Potager, full of weeds, I deliberated on how, with my little rotavator, I would tackle 50 metres by 10 metres in one afternoon…

Round the corner arrived Monsieur E, in his mid 80s, with an enormous tractor with a contraption attached and ploughed the plot in fifteen minutes!!

With jaw dropped, and eyes wide open, I realised this was the Charentaise life style, an easy pace that gets you there in the end.

And so I took a photograph and explained to my wife that, with my little rotavator, it took me all day to plough our Potager!!

Kindly contributed by Nigel Metcalf


A Rich Life

by suzanne on Fri 22 Jun 12

A RICH LIFE

The Charente is by no means a wealthy department and with income mainly being earned from agriculture/cognac production, followed by tourism, many households in this area get by hand to mouth on a monthly basis. This in no way however, means that the Charentaise people are an unhappy bunch; far from it! The simple pleasures of life are embraced and enjoyed.

The culture here is not one of materialism, where to ‘keep up with the Jones’’ is the be all and end all of life and you work hard to make sure that you ‘enjoy’ all mod cons and latest gismos and electrical gadgets.

Family and friends take priority. The Charentaise way of life offers good food and wine to friends and family above any thought of saving for a new car/plasma TV, or redecorating the bathroom as it isn’t ‘in fashion’.

It is not uncommon to find a family business closed with a hand written sign saying ‘fermeture exceptionelle’ because there is a family event, which takes priority over the need to make more money.

A day out often means that the family packs a picnic (and the French really know how to picnic in style – tables, chairs glassware and a feast with wine) and heads for the park or riverside to spend an enjoyable afternoon, fishing, playing boules or simply kicking a football around.

It’s a refreshing way to think and this week, I decided to embrace it and take a look at the simple pleasures in life instead of letting them pass me by.

My regular dog walk almost always finds me ‘multi-tasking’ and I’ve become very adept at ball throwing, while answering emails with my right hand glued to my mobile phone.

This week has been different. I turned my phone off and took time to look around at the real world I live in. Unseasonal rainfall (as over much of Europe) has encouraged food for birds and germination of seeds, resulting in a wild flower and baby bird boom. For the first time in many a walk, I noticed birdsong from Hoopoes, Tits and Chaffinches, Swallows, Cuckoos and Collared Doves – just to name a few. The squeaks of baby birds urging mum and dad to hurry up with the next meal with baby Blackbirds peeking out from their safe havens in gaps between the Charentaise stone walls

 

and woodpecker holes in trees, now home to fledgling families with big appetites. Mother duck gave me some loud verbal feedback when she decided I was a little too close to her 10 (yes 10) little ducklings for comfort and ushered them further along the river.

Wild flowers cover exposed patches of grassland, encouraging the butterflies, bees and other insects to feast on pollen, providing a natural multi coloured carpet between the trees.

I hadn’t even realised until yesterday, that a beautiful red squirrel, resident in our garden since we arrived here, has now become a member of a family of 3, having found a mate and produced offspring; they played chase among the trees, completely at ease with my presence. We also play hosts to a bee hive, sheltered inside a tree with an old woodpecker hole as the entrance. Amazing!

My dog walks became a pleasure instead of a chore, during which I try catch up with work and I returned refreshed and relaxed, instead of racing back to the laptop with a new list of ‘to do’s’ in my head.

There are many people who readily criticize the fact that the Charente way of life often means inconvenience, when short notice change to trading hours disrupt their routine, but I think the people here have their priorities right.

What good are material things if we can’t enjoy life’s simple pleasures? Family and friends and time to just take in the natural world around us can offer us fulfilment never achieved on the treadmill of working life.

The majority of Charentaise people may well not be wealthy, but they are rich in many ways, gained from prioritising family and friends and enjoying the simple delights of Mother Nature, with all she has to offer. Why wouldn’t they be a happy bunch?

Kindly contributed by Amanda Bremner our agent in Aigre

 


Integration doesn’t have to be tough!

by suzanne on Tue 12 Jun 12

Many people considering a move to this area of France are concerned that there are pockets of ex-pats who live separate little lives in a community surrounded by the local people who look upon them with resentment.
It can and does indeed happen whenever there are a high number of immigrants from one country or speaking the same language.
However, I am happy to say that this is an area where the French and ex-pats live happily alongside one another and ex-pats who make even the smallest of effort to become integrated into their local community (just a ‘bonjour’ when out walking or going into the boulangerie/post office is a great ice breaker) are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy being a part of local life here.

The local cafe bar is a great place to become familiar with local faces and popping in regularly for a coffee (or a little something stronger if you prefer), will soon get you known as a supporter of village commerce and accepted as part of the community.

I am not a great football fan, but my husband has found his liking of the game a piece of common ground, to communicate in many ways other than speech to fellow football lovers in the area. He regularly watches the local team play and takes an interest in their progress, talking and/or more often than not, gesticulating in conversation about the game at local and international level.

The France v England match on Monday 11th June presented a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy an evening of camaraderie and healthy, friendly competitive spirit.

In Aigre, Lauren and Veronique dressed the PMU café/bar for the Euro Championships with banners (hand painted by Veronique), flags and huge photographs of previous football events supported by all.

Men, women and children gathered for the game – many of whom, like me, do not normally watch football, but knew that the atmosphere would be vibrant and the evening entertaining. Veronique painted stripes on everyone’s faces – red, white and blue or red and white; whichever your preference – and the pre match banter involved outrageous score predictions and more than a little ‘micky taking’ about players past and present by both countries supporters.

Children not interested in the match took it upon themselves to play in the square and as per usual here, there was no fear or need to fear for their safety, merely concern as to whether they needed another drink or lolly pop.

The first goal in England’s favour brought about much celebration, as you can imagine and served to increase the atmosphere of expectation from the French of a spectacular comeback. Their answering goal prompted a celebratory music blast from Lauren – ever ready with his finger on the button of the sound system for the moment to arrive – and a sea of smiling faces and challenging remarks from the relieved French fans.

A final 1 – 1 score had the banter rising once again with anticipation of matches to come and predictions of a France v England final.

The fact that this occasion involved football was, in reality, irrelevant. It was simply a great example of a community coming together to enjoy an event, meet some new faces, take a drink with some more familiar faces and prove to yourself and those around you, that you want to be part of life here. And what a great life it is too…. as long as you put in a bit of effort to make it happen!

Kindly contributed by our Aigre agent Amanda Bremner P1020489 P1020490


The polls have opened in the first round of the french presidential elections 2012

by suzanne on Sun 22 Apr 12

With Nicolas Sarkozy (conservative or centrist UMP) and Francois Hollande (socialiste) as the front runners with an estimated 30% of the vote each (with Francois Hollande currently a few points ahead), the French voters have a total of 10 presidential candidates to choose from.

The national front candidate Marine Le Pen and far left Jean-Luc Melenchon will both have a bearing on the final stance of the leading two as they fight for 3rd place and the pre-election polls suggest each has around 13% of the vote, giving a bearing on the stance of the 2 main candidates in the second round on May 6th. If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote today, the 2nd round in 2 weeks time will be between the top two candidates, thus finally deciding who will rule France for the next 5 years.

Polls close at 6pm in small local stations, with major cities staying open until 8pm this evening, with the first results due shortly after 8pm.

Sarkozy’s slogan – La France Forte – ( A Strong France ! )

Hollande – as opposition front runner – goes with Le Changement c’est Maintenant ( its time to change !)

Marine Le Pen has various ‘catch-phrases’ – but the main one is  Oui la France – playing on nationalism and ‘French First’

Whilst, unsurprisingly, Jean-Luc Mélenchon opts for the socialist workers tried and tested ‘Take Power”

 


Comparing house prices in Poitou Charentes

by silang on Tue 10 Apr 12

The four departments that make up this wonderful region have a variety of architecture, landscape and, of course, house prices.  We thought that you might appreciate this handy guide, figures were taken from the official Notaires de France website.

Charente
Average price of “old” house is €115,800
Prices rose by 1.7% in 2010/11

Charente Maritime
Average price of “old” house is €180,000
Prices rose by 6.5% in 2010/11

Deux Sevres
Average price of “old” house is €112,000
Prices rose by 0.8% in 2010/11

Vienne
Average price of “old” house is €136,000
Prices rose by 7.2% in 2010/11

Overall house prices in Poitou Charentes have changed over the last 5 years by:

2006/7   +4.4%
2007/8   +2.3%
2008/9   -7.6%
2009/10   +3.8%
2010/2011   +5.1%

Of course, these statistics should be treated with caution.  To find out the current state of the property market in Poitou Charentes you should speak to one of our experts who live and work in the area – we’d be happy to help!

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.

Beautiful and Affordable property

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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