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Property For Sale in Poitou Charente France
Poitou-Charentes lies in sunny mid-western France, and comprises four administrative departments, each with its own lively and attractive regional capital city:  
Vienne (capital Poitiers - 86)
Charente (capital Angoulême - 16)
Deux-Sèvres (capital Niort - 79)
Charente-Maritime (capital La Rochelle - 17)


Expect long hot summers, short winters (generally milder than the UK), thanks to early springs and late autumns. Second only to the Côte d'Azur in the average number of sunshine hours recorded annually, Poitou-Charentes has a warm, temperate climate, thanks in part to the Gulf Stream. This is an unspoilt region of frequent blue skies and warm sunshine.


You will encounter friendly, welcoming country people, since this is the heart of rural France where agriculture in its many facets is the primary occupation.


Each of the four departments possesses its own regional identity, largely as a result of its geographical location. The westernmost region includes both flat, grain-producing plains and coastal marshland - much of it protected nature reserve.

Inland, to the north lie the celebrated network of tranquil waterways and lush meadows known as the Marais Poitevin, whilst further south the Cognac area is characterised by its wealth of productive vineyards supplying grapes for both the illustrious brandy and its aperitif close relative, Pineau de Charentes.

Elsewhere, in northern Charente and Vienne, for example, you will pass through gently undulating fields of sunflowers, maize, rape and wheat.
Throughout the region, the landscapes also feature coppiced woodlands of chestnut, oak, cherry, holly and acacia, lending colour throughout the seasons. Here and there, lone mature walnut trees stand like sentinels. The effect, whatever the season, is both beautiful and rich in its variety.

 

Photo © Roger Moss
The River Charente at St Savinien
(Charente-Maritime)
Photo © Roger Moss
Paris-bound TGV streaks through
a landscape of sunflowers (Charente)
Photo © Roger Moss
Hotel de Ville, Poitiers (Vienne)

The River Sèvre at Niort (Deux-Sèvres)
Photographs © Roger Moss


 

 


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