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Poitou-Charentes is cognac country, a fertile region of central France, midway along the Atlantic Coast known for its patience with tradition, its beautiful rural scenes and its sandy beaches. If you haven’t heard of the region itself then its capital Poitiers, the seaside resort of La Rochelle, or Cognac, known for you know what, might be more familiar, all of which are among the best places to stay in Poitou-Charentes.

The other reason people love the Poitou-Charentes region is that it’s a fantastic place to escape to, so several of our Gurus recommendations for the best places to stay in Poitou-Charentes, are also excellent places to lose yourself in the beauty of the French countryside.

Cognac and the charming towns which surround it, make a great base for exploring the region. It’s packed full of historic sights, as well as tasting houses and wineries, and the narrow streets of its old town are littered with timber framed houses.

If you’re looking for somewhere glamorous to base yourself, try La Rochelle, on the Bay of Biscay, which has been around since Roman times and now boasts the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe. Life here revolves around the ‘vieux port’ with its myriad of bars and restaurants and the arcaded streets of its old town with their architectural treasures dating from the medieval period to the ‘belle époque’.

Poitiers is the region’s capital, so great as a hub, and for its Romanesque churches and impressive architecture.

The Best Places to Stay in Poitou-Charentes will be very popular especially during the peak summer months, so do yourself a favour and book early!

The Best Places to Stay in Poitou-Charentes

For romance

  • La Monnaie is an art and spa hotel offering an avant-garde experience in the heart of the La Rochelle. Every corner of the building is artfully staged and caters for all one’s requirements, and there’s a top notch spa providing massage treatments, chromotherapy, sauna and gym.
  • The Château de Saint Loup sur Thouet is a 17th Century château set amongst fifty glorious hectares of grounds. There are just ten rooms, but it’s a wonderful adventure!
  • The Château de Maumont is another wonderfully romantic château, this time with just five rooms and two hectares of fragrant gardens. There’s also a hot tub and massages available, so it’s a slightly more grown up option.

To get away from it all

  • The Château de Nieuil was a favourite hunting lodge of Francois I, and has ten spacious rooms, all furnished with antiques. There’s also extensive gardens, a pool and a moat.
  • Logis de L'Astree is a rustic, four bedroom B&B in a beautiful winery which dates back to the 15th Century. There are plenty of original features and a cosy lounge.
  • Château de la Motte is a medieval castle with five elegant bedrooms and beautiful grounds. As well as the charm of staying in a castle with four poster and canopied beds and fantastic stone walls, there’s also an outdoor pool and lovely gardens.

For foodies

  • Château Saint Martial in Cognac is a 19th Century château right by the river, with a beautiful six acre garden and five characterful rooms filled with antiques.
  • The Manoir de la Bouliniere is a 15th Century manor with just two guests rooms and table d’hôte dinners on request. As well as privacy, this B&B offers four poster beds, antiques, vast stone fireplaces and wood panelling.

For great value

  • Château de la Tillade is a pretty château turned B&B with a fantastic collection of furniture and art and a breakfast room which was the traditional, and very grand, dining room. There are just five rooms which start from around £70 per night.
  • La Chamoiserie in Niort is a re-furbished mansion with 16 elegant rooms and a lovely outdoor breakfast terrace and prices starting from around £70 per night.

For families

  • Logis de Bresdon in Cognac, is a delightful country house B&B with an excellent table d’hote and beautiful white rooms. It also has a whole house to rent onsite, which sleeps four and is very family friendly.
  • Relais de la Mothe is a quaint village inn with a rustic restaurant, lovely courtyard, good food and a self-catering apartment which sleeps four. Rooms start from around £50 per night.

To relax

  • The Château de l’Yeuse is an elegant family hotel just outside Cognac. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant which enjoys panoramic views of the river valley and surrounding countryside and a spa offering massage treatments, a hot tub, sauna and Turkish baths. Cognac Golf Club is 7km away.
  • Villa Clarisse is a pretty country house close to the beach on the Île-de-Re. There are just nine light, modern rooms with French antiques and a nautical feel. There’s also an outdoor pool, gardens and a spa.
  • Also on the Île-de-Re is Le Clos St Martin, which is a 33 room hotel totally geared up for your relaxation, with neutral tones, beautiful rooms, two heated pools, a Clarins spa and landscaped gardens.

For a beach break

  • Le Richelieu is a sophisticated hotel with spectacular ocean views, a thalassotherapy spa and Michelin starred restaurant on the Île-de-Re, just off the coast from glamorous La Rochelle.
  • La Baronnie is a magnificent 18th Century manor house on the Île-de-Re, off La Rochelle, surrounded by its own glorious gardens and 22 beautiful, light rooms with lovely antiques and all the mod. cons.

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  • Le Senechal

    Ars en Ré, Ile de Re

    In the centre of pretty, chic Ile de Ré, this is a very French, very laidback hotel which sprawls in a glorious hotch-potch of staircases & winding corridors. Rooms are quirkily decorated with designer flair; some with private terraces. There's a small pool, charming breakfasts, and quiet courtyards

    24 rooms from $89
    Local markets  -  Visit the local antiques market in La Flotte.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the renowned fortifications
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • La Baronnie

    Ile de Re

    This magnificent 18th-century manor house is surrounded by its own glorious garden. Beautiful, light rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques, wooden floors & all mod cons. Enjoy the bar, living rooms, library, spa and heated pool. A spacious and sophisticated base for exploring the Ile de Ré

    22 rooms from $163
    Spa  -  Heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, tea corner.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

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  • Relais de la Mothe

    Yzeures-sur-Creuse, Poitou Charentes

    A rather quaint village inn with a rustic restaurant, courtyard garden and contemporary rooms. A great spot for foodies (there's a Michelin star restaurant a bike ride away) and families (there's a self-catering apartment that sleeps four.

    20 rooms from $82
    Foodies  -  Excellent restaurant, and a Michelin star restaurant up the road.
    Great walks  -  Maps and instructions on hand from the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Chateau de la Motte

    Usseau, Poitou Charentes

    Authentic Medieval castle. Elegant bedrooms have four poster or canopied beds, fireplaces, stone walls and modern bathrooms. Outdoor pool, gardens and terrace. Tours of the castle and grounds. A charming and unusual stay.

    5 rooms from $112
    Writing a novel  -  Plenty of cozy nooks and eclectic lounges in which to relax, whilst learning the history of the castle and its ghost
    Sights nearby  -  Chitre Mill and the Natural Sanctuary of Pinail
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Chateau de Maumont

    Poitou Charentes

    Ivy-clad 16th century chateau. Interiors are full of rustic charm with four poster beds, parquet floors and contemporary bathrooms. Hot tub and massages available, two hectares of fragrant gardens and terrace. Peaceful, grown up and at good value.

    5 rooms from $140
    Country Escape  -  Set within 2 hectare garden, with hot tub and massage for your enjoyment, take a walk along the river
    Great walks  -  Walk along the "green path" (Coulée Verte)
    Sights nearby  -  The Rochefoucauld Château
    Full of character
  • Chateau de Saint Loup sur Thouet

    Deux Sèvres Poitou, Poitou Charentes

    17th century chateau steeped in history and set in a glorious 50-hectare park. Elegant rooms, some feature four poster carved beds, wooden floors and fabulous garden views. "The Keep" will provide cosy adventure for families with a two bedroom suite evoking the atmosphere of the era. True escapism!

    10 rooms from $129
    Writing a novel  -  The place which inspired Perrault's Puss in Boots- with orangery, kitchen garden, authentic rooms and moat
    Weddings  -  An amazing wedding venue
    Great walks  -  Take a guided tour of the Chateau's park and gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Château de Oiron and Château de Saumur
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • La Chamoiserie

    Niort, Poitou Charentes

    A contemporary, re-furbished mansion that combines the refinement and elegance of a hotel with the warmth and cosy ambiance of a guesthouse. Guests can enjoy traditional breakfasts on the outdoor terrace and read a book in the garden shade. Traditional french townhouse.

    16 rooms from $110
    Sights nearby  -  Ideally situated in the centre of Niort. Visit Le Donjon de Niort
  • Manoir de la Bouliniere

    Usseau, Poitou Charentes

    This grand 15th-century manor house has kept many original period features, including vast stone fireplaces, wood panelling and restored oak shutters. Four poster beds, antique furniture and exposed beams give a rustic feel. Table d'hote dinners on request. Beautiful historic chateau B&B.

    2 rooms from $157
    Sights nearby  -  There are oodles of chateaux and pretty towns and villages to explore
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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