Family gite holidays in the Charente

I have to confess, the area of the Charente is one of my favourite in France and for a family holiday, it’s perfect. I spent a few years working in the Charente Maritime and love the mix of rolling countryside filled with sunflowers and the beautiful coastline with a huge variety of beaches to enjoy.


Inland you have the famous towns on Cognac, famous for, well, you know, Cognac (a Martell tour is highly recommended), to the old Roman town of Saintes. Within around an hour’s drive you can head to the wine capital of the world Bordeaux, or head north to La Rochelle.  All great places to visit for a day out.

The Charente Beaches

The beaches on the Charente coastline are amazing. You have the family friendly sandy coves of La Palmyre and Saint Palais sur Mer plus the more adventurous ‘Cote Sauvage’, long stretches of sandy beach, great for body-boarding and surfing.

Family-friendly cycling in the Charente

The coastline is also fabulous for cycling. Lots of family-friendly cycle paths, through the woods of the ‘Foret de la Coubre’, perfect for a day out among the lush pine trees and sandy dunes next to the beaches.

New gites in the Charente

We’ve recently welcomed some new properties onto France for Families, so check out some highlights in the beautiful region of the Charente, in the Aquitaine region of France.

These gites in France all have a unique character, whilst sharing this lovely location.  Suitable for families or couples or even a group of friends enjoying a holiday together in France, this range of gites and holiday homes also offers something for all budgets.

Lavande, Les Landes Vacances 

Saint-Crépin, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes from 275 e to 980 euros per week

marieclaire gite in the CharenteThis second property from Les Landes Vacances is another well-equipped and charming cottage in the Charente Maritime.

There’s a fantastic 10×5 metre swimming pool, fully enclosed for safety and with plenty of inflatables to amuse the kids. Plus there’s plenty of garden space for croquet, badminton or boules with the neighbouring holidaymakers, and plenty of sunloungers and outdoor furniture to make sure that you enjoy the full benefits of the marvellous climate.

This cottage sleeps 4/5 in one double and one twin bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster etc and there is a laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities.

You can book with two other cottages on site for group holidays.

Find out more about Lavande here >>>

Logis de la Croix

Gilbourne, 17160, Charente Maritime, 1650 euros per week

Logis pool

If you’re looking for a gite holiday with plenty of fun, then head to Logis de la Croix, 4 luxury gites with plenty of great facilities, perfect for a family holiday.

There’s a heated pool, UK sat TV, Wi-Fi, gas BBQ’s, plus plenty of outdoor activities including a playing field, a toddler pool and a swimming pool.

Logis is a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom gite which comfortabley sleeps up to 10. It is one of four gites at Logis de la Croix, a family friendly gite complex set in beautiful countryside just 5 minutes from the busy market town of Matha.

Find out more about Logis de la Croix here >>> 

Les Hiboux Gites 

Crézières, Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes,£370 to £1750 per week 

Hiboux giteYou’ll be charmed by this  beautiful 18th Century farmhouse and 3 cottages in Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes region of France.

Ideal for families, these self-catering attractive gites sleep 6, 6, 10 & 12 with shared swimming pool. F

With their setting in three acres of superb enclosed gardens, you can relax on your own patios, or enjoy the boules pitches and BBQ area.   It’s very family friendly with all facilities and equipment provided on request, including bicycles.

Nearby airports are at Poitiers and La Rochelle, and there’s a host of attractions nearby including Futuroscope, Cognac, La Rochelle and much more.

Deep in the French countryside, this is truly a holiday haven.

Find out more about Les Hiboux gites here >>>

La Maison Hibiscus 

Souvigné, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, 350 to 950 euros per week

hibiscus giteA warm welcome awaits at this beautifully converted former farm complex in the Charente department of South West France.

With a choice of three gites with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms that can be rented singly or in any combination, we can cater for large and small families. Each gite is fully equipped and has its ovn fenced and furnished patio with a barbecue.

The heated 10 metre x 5 metre pool is in the top garden with plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxation and the fully equipped games room will keep you entertained with free bikes to borrow to explore the beautiful countryside.

The complex is within an easy drive of the coast for a day at the beach but there is also a swimming lake with bar and cafe a five minute drive away.

Find out more about La Maison Hibiscus here >>>