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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!
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Poitou-Charentes for you?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.