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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

Romantic Hideaways - Le Couvent des Cordeliers

Romantic Hideaways - Le Couvent des Cordeliers

We discover stylish accommodation & fine dining, in the most unforgettable of settings...

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Visit the Haut Val de Sèvre

Visit the Haut Val de Sèvre

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we visit the Deux-Sevres out of season.

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To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

Roger Moss continues his relaxed journey beside the Charente, against the flow, all the way to the river’s source...

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A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

Stretching lazily amid the Atlantic Ocean beyond the slender toll-bridge tail connecting it to the mainland, the Ile de Ré offers the perfect opportunity for indolent days of sunbathing and cycling, or fine dining... 

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Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Our beautiful region counts 13 gardens boasting the coveted 'Jardin Remarquable' quality label, an award earned by gardens that have that something special to distinguish them from the wealth of other heavenly gardens open to the public. Stéphanie Bérusseau, garden correspondent for the Rendez-Vous Aux Jardins event within the Poitou-Charentes Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC), tells us what's special about each one...

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Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Like all great waterways, La Charente is a living being and makes an entertaining travelling companion as Roger Moss discovers...

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A Miller’s Tale - Le Moulin de Tintin

A Miller’s Tale - Le Moulin de Tintin

Just across the borders of Poitou-Charentes, on the outskirts of Saint Junien, lies a very special business owned and run by a charismatic British couple who combine entrepreneurial flair with an eye for style and value. You won’t believe half of what lies within le Moulin de Tintin.

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Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Drive through the sleepy village of Lessac on your way to Confolens and you may think you are one of only a handful of visitors each year to this pretty Charente village set back off the main roads. But follow the small blue signs to the Domaine de Boisbuchet and within minutes you enter one of the region’s best kept secrets, a world of cutting-edge design accompanied by the persistent murmur of teams of international students creating, building, designing and experimenting…

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Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Visit Coulon at the heart of the Marais Poitevin - a unique day out for all the family...

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Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

With its long coastline, scattered islands and sunny climate, the Charente-Maritime is the perfect place for a beach holiday, whether you are after a tranquil stretch of sand for all the family or somewhere to ride the waves...

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