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Comfortable restored farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of sleepy village - L'Atelier

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking

Overview

Description

L'Atelier

One double bedroom, with room for a cot, and one twin bedroom. Main bathroom has bath with shower. Additional WC.

The kitchen has an electric oven & gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, etc.

The living area has a comfy sofa & armchair, UK satellite freeview TV, books & games, tourist info.

Outside, it has a deck and private garden with BBQ & table & chairs.

Free Wifi.


About the property

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We have lovingly restored our 200 year-old farmhouse making sure we keep much of its original character.

It’s ideal for groups of 2, 4/5 or 8 people, in one-bed, two-bed or four-bed gîtes, each of which is comfortable & well-equipped with its own private outdoor eating area.

Each gîte also has UK Freesat TV & a DVD player, and the kitchen has a separate oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster and coffee maker.

Outside we have a shaded play area dedicated to younger visitors with swings, slide, and a trampoline & lots of toys and games to keep families entertained.

We pride ourselves that you’ll find everything you need to make your stay as comfortable as it can be and try to make sure you need to bring as little as possible with you – linen & towels are included, and any extras you might need for little ones are also available free of charge, just ask.

From here, you can easily reach Cognac, Saintes, Angoulême and La Rochelle to the north, go west to the glorious beaches of Royan and the Atlantic coast, or south to Bordeaux and St Emillion.

More Details

Owner
Lisa Elsey
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
7 October, 2017

About Lisa Elsey

We are Ian & Lisa Elsey and we live here at Chez Augros in Vibrac in Charente Maritime with our two daughters, Katrina and Rebecca who go to school locally. We moved here in 2005, when the farmhouse was in need of near-total renovation and we've done most of the work ourselves, so were able to make things as comfortable and efficient as possible.

We love this unspoilt, rural area that we live in - the roads are quiet and even the towns are fairly relaxed most of the time. The coast can get fairly busy in the summer, but it's easy to visit for a day, then escape back to our rural paradise!

Lisa Elsey purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Lisa Elsey chose Charente-Maritime

We chose this area because it's close to so many things to see & do - Bordeaux and Saintes are both World Heritage sites, and we're also within easy reach of the gorgeous sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast but at the same time, we're located at the edge of a sleepy village - we didn't want to be in town, but didn't want to be cut off from civilisation, either! This is the second sunniest region of France, and being sun- and water-lovers it's just perfect for us. The weather is reflected in the large swathes of sunflowers and vines which surround us each summer, and which give us a tranquil landscape we're sure you'll love too.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We particularly love our glorious pool area - we keep the water nicely heated from early May to late September, and find that it's a delightful place to relax & unwind, even in Spring & Autumn. It's also the perfect place to cool off and take it easy after a hot day sightseeing, its views over the surrounding farmland make it a delightful place to chill out.

You'll also appreciate your dedicated outside space - we find ourselves spending most of our evenings outside in the summer and it's important to us to have somewhere pleasant and private to relax.

Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bordeaux
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Fontaines d'Ozillac
Nearest Ferry
300 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Montendre
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Montendre
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Pons
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Moulons
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Meschers
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

We are 45 minutes by car from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast at Royan & 20 minutes from a lake with sandy beach. There are small coves and beaches, as well as harbours and caves that can be visited all along the coast of the Atlantic and the Gironde Estuary.

The nearest bakery is a few minutes from here, and the nearest supermarket is less than 10 minutes away.

The pretty town of Jonzac is 15 mins from us.

Cognac and Saintes (with its Roman amphitheatre) are 45 mins away as is the coast. La Rochelle is 90 mins away. Bordeaux is 50 mins away, & the vineyards of St Emilion and Brantôme in the Dordogne are less than 1.5 hours away. All times are by car.

Further Details:

The local market town of Jonzac, has a full range of shops, banks and supermarkets & swimming complex with a water slide, tropical lagoon, wavepool, bubble spas and saunas.

There is an excellent choice of restaurants within 15 minutes drive.

Between them, the local towns of Jonzac and Montendre hold fresh markets four days a week, and in summer there is a market somewhere near us, every day of the week - including Sundays.

In our local village is a heated open-air pool, with separate shallow bath for little 'uns. It is set in a small wooded area on the edge of the village, and enjoys glorious views of the surrounding countryside.

This area has an excellent sunshine record and has similar weather to the south east coast of France. Outside of the main June, July, August and September holiday periods it can be very pleasant, warm and surprisingly sunny. Because of this, many of the adult attractions are open at least from Easter to the end of October, if not all year round. There are so many things to see and do, it would be impossible to list them all, however if you have a particular interest in architecture, fishing, horse-riding, museums, food, cognac, or anything else, please let us know, and we can provide you with guidance and information to help you plan your holiday if you should wish. Alternatively, if you simply want to relax and breathe in the clean air of French countryside, then you can do so in great comfort.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Booking Notes:
Reservations may be made by e-mail or phone, and we require a 10% deposit (min £50) to secure the booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the rental. Payment may be made by cheque or direct bank transfer, in Sterling or Euros.
£60 end-of-stay cleaning is not included in the price, however as many of our guests carry this out themselves we are happy to take this by cheque, which is cashed only if cleaning services are required.

Changeover Day:
In July & August changeover day is Saturday, & on any day of the week in other months.
Holiday lettings are from 4pm on the date of arrival, and the property should be vacated by 10am on the date of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for L'Atelierin Vibrac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Room for a cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Beds can be swapped for a cot if required - just let us know
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: All bed and household linen provided including towels. Cold boxes and picnic sets provided. Cots, high chairs, and baby bath are available free of charge, on request. Each gîte contains an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and alarm clock. The gîtes are non smoking, as is the pool area. No pets accepted. Long lets available out of season - from £475 per month (heating/utility costs included). Outside: We have a 5m x 10m octagonal pool, in a secluded area, with sun loungers, tables and chairs & parasols, and a shaded patio area for when things get too hot. The pool is heated from May to September, so you can enjoy a swim even on cooler days. The view from the pool area is across our garden to the surrounding farmland, and rolling hills, without another house in sight. In the shaded children's play area we have single and double swings, slide and trampoline & lots of outdoor games and toys plus 2 acres of playing field.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.4444447 based on 18 reviews
4

Pleasant

  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed the swimming pool and the BBQ

And the owners are very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you had a good time, hope your following week (for the rest of your holiday) was as much fun!
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5

Fantastic place for a quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great place for our holiday. Very friendly owners bent over backwards to make our stay great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always happy to help!!
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4

Lovely gite with heated pool in beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

Extremely comfortable gite, very well stocked (just like home!) and the pool was beautifully warm and just exactly as the photos had shown. The owners were very welcoming and so helpful as well. We loved it so much, we intend to go back next year to explore more of this lovely area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to welcome people back (some even come back to us year after year) - it reassures us that we're getting things right for our guests !
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4

Beautiful area, comfortable family gite.

  • 4 of 5

We loved it here! This well run, little group of 4 gites is set in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful countryside, vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The owners are very welcoming and relaxed and were happy to accommodate our last minute booking and our very late night arrival. We travelled with two boys, aged 10 and 13 and L'Atelier and the local area had everything we needed for a family holiday. The gite is comfortable and practical and we enjoyed having a private garden area as well as the larger grounds. The boys loved the quirky little twin bedroom with its beamed ceiling and " secret" door. The pool area is lovely and we enjoyed being able to swim in the warm evenings, after a busy day out, and, even with other families on site, we often had the pool to ourselves. The gardens have enough space and toys for everyone, and the neighbouring farm provides the sound of cockerels crowing and a very friendly visiting cat! The detailed local information folders, provided in the gite, were invaluable and we enjoyed visits to the local leisure lakes, the markets ( night and day) in Montendre, restaurants in Jonzac and longer trips to Aqualand and Vallee des Singes. There really is nothing bad to say about this place, we just wish we had discovered it sooner and wish we could have stayed longer! We would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You certainly made the most of your holiday - we barely saw you until the evenings, and your boys most definitely enjoyed swimming in the dark !! There's still plenty more to see around here, so we look forward to seeing you again.
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4

Nice accommodation with everything you need

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time: beautiful area and countryside, peace and quiet, great pool for all (our kids were never out of it) and nice accommodation. Location ideal for days out to local family attractions / activities. All in all a very enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you and your lovely girls had a good holiday - they seemed to really enjoy themselves with the other children here, and everyone seems to have had a lovely time.
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5

Very enjoyable stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week stay at L'Atelier. Lisa was extremely helpful during the booking process and was super quick at replying to emails and answering numerous questions - thank you Lisa! The gite was lovely and clean with everything that you could need. The pool area was fantastic and the location was great for getting to Saintes and Cognac within the hour. Enjoyed very much - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know that finding a holiday can be a little frustrating when you have to wait for ages to have any questions answered, so I always make sure I reply as soon as I can - booking your holiday should be fun, not stressful!! I'm pleased that the accommodation was perfect for your stay - it's what we aim for. Lovely to meet you, and we hope to see you again.
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