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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...

Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

If you’re looking for a special place to source decorations, the extraordinary Côté Art boutique in Angoulême is bound to fill you with inspiration... 

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The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

Grape harvest time seems to be the perfect moment to discover the smallest vineyard in France – and the top quality wines that Gontran Beaudoin produces by hand in the accompanying winery... 

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Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Every year foodies visit the capital town of the Charente to tickle their taste buds at the ‘Gastronomades’ festival

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A restful retreat - Les Jardins d'Aliénor

A restful retreat - Les Jardins d'Aliénor

The Ile d'Oléron can be at its best out of season – and the classy yet informal ambience at Les Jardins d'Aliénor makes it the perfect base for a relaxing autumn break by the sea

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Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

The rural plains and valleys of central Deux-Sèvres are full of historical secrets, and one of the best is the ancient heart of Parthenay...

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Château Chic at Château Valcreuse

Château Chic at Château Valcreuse

Château Valcreuse, near La Roche Posay in the Vienne, was classed as one of Le Figaro's favourite 200 B&Bs in 2009. If you meet owners Caroline and Alexander and visit their romantic hideaway, you'll soon understand why...

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Encore Theatre Group - behind the scenes

Encore Theatre Group - behind the scenes

The small village of Loulay in Charente Maritime is a focal point for amateur dramatics in English and French, thanks to the successful theatre group 'Encore Theatre' set up by Jan and Bruce Morris in 2002

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Discover Royan!

Discover Royan!

Labelled is 'the most 50s town in France', Royan has plenty to offer the holiday maker and local visitor. Home to 18,000 people, of which two- thirds are retired, its numbers swell to 40,000 in the summer months.

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Say cheese! Goat's cheese production in Poitou-Charentes

Say cheese! Goat's cheese production in Poitou-Charentes

Bertrand and Monique Desjeux from Rétaud, Charente Maritime,are helping to keep the traditional Poitou-Charentes breed of goat alive, thanks to their flock of 40 chévres Poitevines...

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Garden Party at Domaine de Péré

Garden Party at Domaine de Péré

If there is one garden fair that should be on everyone’s calendar then make sure it is the “Fête des Plantes et du Jardin” in the Deux-Sèvres. Teresa Hardy meets the man who makes it happen.

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