The west of France is easily accessibly from the UK, with an excellent climate. The most popular areas tend to be Poitou-Charentes and Pays-De-La-Loire

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Poitou-Charentes

 
This a very popular area with British expats looking for countryside, coastline and ambiance. This is an excellent area with a great climate. House prices typically increase westwards, although here is cheaper than the Dordogne.
 
Charente-Maritime has an Atlantic coast, with one of France’s sunniest climates – over 2250 hours per year; this makes it an ideal destination thanks to its rural villages, fertile river valley and sophisticated towns. Nearby, La Rochelle was once the main port for trade with Canada and the West Indies, whilst Cognac in the west is the centre of the brandy industry.

This is a solid area, with 300 miles of coastline and beautiful wooded valleys dotted with vineyards that provide the grapes for the famous Cognac. There are miles of canals, wetlands and walking trails that attract canoeists, hikers, cyclists and the walkers. Ile de Re (across an inlet from La Rochelle) offers properties with excellent rental potential.
 

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The Charente is very popular with foreign house buyers, and the area bordering on the Dordogne is probably the most attractive, especially as a holiday region. The area of Deux Sevres is worth looking at, with many renovation properties being found here.

 

Getting there

 

Air France flies from Gatwick to Nantes, whilst Ryanair flies to Tour, La Rochelle, Angouleme and Poitiers from Stansted. British Airways flies to Nantes from Heathrow, and EasyJet, Ryanair, Aer Arann, Jet2 and Flybe all fly to La Rochelle.
 
There are excellent TGV route links to Le Mans, Angers, Nantes, Poitiers, La Rochelle and Angouleme to Paris Gare Montparnasse. Euroline operates services to La Rochelle, Angouleme and Poitiers.

 

Pays-De-La-Loire

 
This a popular are for second homes, thanks to the gorgeous landscape, Loire River and decent coast line. In fact, around 20% of all properties in the region are second homes, mainly across the coast. Nantes, the regional capital, is one of the trendiest places to live in the country, whilst nearby Le Mans.
 
The Loire is France’s longest river, cutting through both Pays-De-La-Loire and Centre. Nantes was the traditional seat of the Dukes of Brittany, but the city has not been part of Brittany since 1962. There is now a large and lively university city with beautiful botanical gardens and its very own Gothic cathedral.
 
The landscape of forests, small towns and villages dotted along the Loire’s river lends itself particularly well to gite tourism. The coastal area of the Vendee is sometimes said to have its own microclimate, similar to the Riviera. There is a great rental market, thanks to a high volume of tourists in the summer. The wealth of employment opportunities in Nantes makes the city perfect for those looking to work in the Loire. It has a temperate climate and is just over 50km from the coast.
 

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Les Sables d’Olonne is a cheerful port with a large fish market that supplies the town’s wealth of seafood restaurants. The capital of Pays-de-la-Loire, Nantes, is a large and lively university city which as splendid botanical gardens and a grand Gothic cathedral.

 

Getting there

 

Air France and Flybe fly from Gatwick to Nantes, and Flybe also flies from Southampton to Angers. Ryanair flies to Tours, La Rochelle and Poitiers from Stansted, and from Bournemouth, Dublin, East Midlands, Liverpool and Shannon to Nantes. British Airways flies to Nantes from Heathrow, and Aer Arann flies from Cork to Nantes.
 
There is an excellent TGV route, linking Le Mans, Angers, Nantes, Poitiers, La Rochelle and Angouleme from Paris Gare Montparnasse. Euroline operates services to La Roche sur Yonne, Le Mans, Les Sables d’Olonne, Nantes, Orleans and Tours.


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