French holiday cottages and gites in France, to rent with swimming pool, tennis court, self catering facilities and acres of country side in the heart of Poitou-Charente, on the west coast of France, ideal for visiting from early spring to late autumn    
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Between 1 hour - 2 hours drive

Adventure Park, Massignac (89 km).

Adults and children aged 8 +, can enjoy 63 supervised, life-size activities including monkey bridges, tarzan jumps and, for the more brave individual, bungee jumping. There is also a mini adventure park for under-8s, complete with bouncy castles. information page.

Giants of the Sky, Chauvigny (82 km).

Admire 40 different species of birds, including condors, eagles and vultures in this educational show. www.geantsduciel.com.

Le Château des Enigmes, Pons (108 km).

A pirate-themed adventure park with castles, mazes, underground caves and hidden treasure. www.chateau-enigmes.com.

Serpent Island, La Trimouille (100 km).

See snakes, alligators, iguanas and a variety of other reptiles in a natural setting. www.ileauxserpents.com.

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Forest of Mervent in Mervent (89 km).

A nature-lover's paradise. Explore cliffs, lakes and rivers, go horseriding, mountain-biking, rock climbing or fishing. Also enjoy water sports and wildlife watching. www.mervent-foret.com

Les Antilles, Jonzac (101 km).

A covered, tropical water park with lagoon, sandy beach, wave machine, waterfalls and flumes. Also includes a beauty and fitness centre. Information site

The Aquarium, La Rochelle (105 km).

Features 10,000 specimens (including sharks) from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Tropics in 65 aquariums. www.aquarium-larochelle.com.

Palmyre Zoo in Royan (118 km).

14 hectares of zoological parkland with 1,600 animals. www.zoo-palmyre.fr.

Le Puy du Fou (182 km).

One of the most spectacular sights in the whole of France. Gladiator, Vikings, Musketeers, bird displays, the list is too large - http://www.puydufou.com/fr/

Eurodisney

TGV trains departing from Poitiers station direct to Disneyland Paris take approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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All distances calculated with Microsoft Auto Route Planner.

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