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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights




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


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

Lisa Elsey
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 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.

Available Rentals

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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.


Accommodation and facilities for L'Atelierin Vibrac in Poitou-Charentes

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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 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.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)


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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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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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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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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First class gite

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts Lisa, Ian and girls were extremely helpful and friendly. The property was clean and had all the facilities needed. We would have no hesitation in recommending Chez Augros and we will certainly return on our next visit to France.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a good to hear that the gite was exactly what you wanted - and of course you'll be very welcome when you come back, we feel the biggest compliment our guests give us is to come for a return visit, it says it all!
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I'd go back - says it all.

  • 4 of 5

This was the best equipped gite we have stayed in. Lisa and Ian have thought of every eventuality and catered for it! The heated pool was wonderfully warm and there is so much space around it to feel you are not 'on top of other people' although a lot of the time we had it to ourselves. I needed to use the medical service while we were there and Lisa went out of her way to help with that. We visited many of the places they recommended and enjoyed them all (particularly the Cognac distilleries!). The Gironde estuary is within easy reach so you have both coast and countryside to enjoy. We would certainly consider coming again perhaps with our extended family and having the convenience of the interconnecting gites. All in all a very enjoyable holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we renovated the gites we remembered our own experiences of poorly-planned apartments, and tried to make ours as comfortable and well-equipped as possible. Helping out with the clinic was no trouble - it's always useful for our guests to have someone around when they need help & advice. We’re glad you appreciated the variety of things to do in the area, and would love to meet your extended family, and to see the two of you again.
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