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Poitou Charentes Property - Number One for a Second Home

Five towns in Poitou Charentes that sum up why Poitou Charentes is the most popular region to own a second home

Poitou Charentes - a property buyer's dream

Poitou Charentes is a region of France that lies roughly halfway down the west of the country. It's far enough south to get lots of sunshine and warmth, with 2,400 sunshine hours each year. But, it's also green and lush, with warm summers, mellow autumns, fresh springs and mild winters. So, it's great for holidays at any time of year. It has beautiful countryside, a lovely coast (all 350 kilometres of it!), historic towns and low property prices too. No wonder so many Brits have chosen the region, and claim that it is the number one choice for a second home!

Things to do in the region

The region is one of the best in France if you want to find a varied programme of events, entertainment, sports and cultural activities too. There are theme parks, Monkey Parks, forests, vineyards, beaches, islands and the labyrinthine canals of the Marais Poitevin, so there is no end of possibilities for fun. Then there are the cities of Poitiers, Angoulême and Niort to visit as well as beautiful villages and towns full of history. Rivers and leisure lakes provide opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. And, there are 21 golf courses!

Poitou Charentes is easy to get to

Poitou Charentes is also such an easy region to reach from the UK. This can't be underestimated if you are considering where to buy your second home in France. You really don't want to waste more of your precious holiday time in travelling than you have to. There are several ways to travel to the region from the UK. You can fly to Poitiers, La Rochelle, Tours or Nantes, and the TGV also runs into the region in Poitiers, La Rochelle or Angoulême. Driving from the nearest ferry port, St Malo, takes about five hours.

Towns in Poitou Charentes that make desirable locations for second homes

Sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start looking for your second home, especially in a region like Poitou Charentes where there is so much to consider. What makes the perfect location for a second home? The sea, the tranquillity of the countryside, the bustle and character of a market town or the heritage of an historic town? Take a look at the five towns selected here, one of them could be just what you are looking for.

Ruffec - a vibrant market town found in the Charente department

Ruffec has a population of 3,000, and has everything you could want. There are hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and all services right there in the town. And, there's an excellent twice weekly market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ruffec has a rather lovely church, Romanesque, that's worth a look if you enjoy religious architecture and heritage. Many of the buildings of the town are old and original. The River Lien flows through the town, so riverside walks are a pleasure at any time of year. There's a lovely shallow spot too where kids can enjoy a paddle on a hot day. Everywhere is accessible from Ruffec, even if you don't have a car! There's a railway station with links to Poitiers, great for days out without having to drive.

Property in the Ruffec area

Property in and near to Ruffec currently begins at a mere 13,500 Euros for a cottage to renovate, and goes up to 670,000 Euros for a magnificent eight bedroom riverside home. There's an enormous choice of property sizes, types and prices, so there's bound to be something to suit!

Aigre - you can find bargain property here!

Aigre is a small market town of the Charente. Although its name translated into English means "sour", the town is as sweet as can be. It's set in gorgeous, unspoilt countryside, made up of traditional streets and houses, and has a great market on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Then there are additional special markets held at various times in the year, including a British market! So, if you love the French market experience, Aigre is the place to be. The town has also got shops, cafés and restaurants, plus all the usual services. For even more shops, both Angoulême and Cognac are within an easy trip. Property prices in Aigre are enticingly cheap, starting at just 14,500 Euros.

Bressuire - a town with a thriving community spirit

Bressuire is another market town, but this time it is set in the Deux Sèvres department. An old town, it boasts its own castle, albeit somewhat ruined. It's still considered to be a remarkable feudal site, though, so it's worth seeing. A later chateau stands in the old castle grounds. Bressuire has a good market on Tuesdays, where you can find local products and specialities. There's a really thriving community spirit in Bressuire, and it's near to all the region's attractions too. The property market around the town currently offers plenty of choice, and plenty of bargains.

Mirambeau - a well equipped town situated near the coast

Mirambeau is near to the fabulous coast of the Charente Maritime. The surrounding countryside is typically coastal, with flat plains that bloom gold with sunflowers in early summer. The Gironde Estuary is just a hop away. The town is not very large, (2,021people) but it has all amenities, with shops, supermarkets, little bars, cafés and restaurants of various types. Days out in summer will definitely see you heading for the lively resort of Royan, a great centre for water and beach sports.

Property in Mirambeau

Mirambeau's property market offers everything from a little building plot to a fabulous chateau. You'll be spoilt for choice! And if you are thinking of renting out your property while not using it yourself, Mirambeau is an ideal location for finding plenty of custom.

Civray - lies on the River Charente with a twice weekly market

The fifth and last of our Charentaise market towns is Civray, in the department of the Vienne. Traditional markets held on Tuesdays and Fridays let you shop French style, or you can simply use the many shops and supermarkets instead. There's a Romanesque church and many old buildings to discover. The River Charente, on which the town lies, is lovely and adds a very appealing note to the ambience. Civray's speciality is antiques, so if you want to see if you can pick up a bargain, don't miss the Broccante fairs. Civray is great for bargain property too, just take a look and see!

How to find your second home in the best towns of Poitou Charentes

Second home seekers who like the sound of the above mentioned towns can find a great selection of properties to suit all budgets at French Property Links. The site is simple to navigate and shows prices in either Euros or British pounds. Or, if you have a property to sell in Poitou Charentes (or anywhere in France), there are excellent rates on offer too.

French Property Links - English version

Agent Immobilier France - French version

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