There is a legendary microclimate that hovers over the Poitou-Charentes giving it the second highest number of sunshine hours in France (after Provence). Choose your area depending on whether you want easy access to the coast, like to live amongst the waterways of the Marais Poitevin or love gently rolling countryside dotted with tiny hamlets. This region is also home to the world’s finest cognacs.
Charente, Charente-Maritime, Vienne, Deux-Sévres
Getting there and getting away
Airports : La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges
TGV stations : La Rochelle, Niort, Poitiers, Ruffec, Angouleme
One of the four departments that make up the Poitou Charentes region of France, and one of the 87 departments created after the French Revolution, Deux Sévres is slightly more off the beaten track than its neighbours.
The only part of the Poitou Charente region to enjoy a coastline, the Charente Martime benefits from the resulting mild winters. This micro-climate (officially sub-mediterranean!) means that olives, mimosa, palms and oleander flourish
One of the four departments that make up the Poitou Charentes region of France, the Vienne was once home to Eleanor of Aquitaine (wife of Henry II) and was a key site during the 100 Years War.
Famed worldwide for its Cognac production, the Charente is second only to Provence for the number of sunshine hours per year. The vines flourish under these conditions and stretch for miles in orderly ranks