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.
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.
Top Traveller Review
Very enjoyable stay!
About the Owner
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.
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.
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.
(16 traveller reviews)
Lovely gite with heated pool in beautiful area
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.
Beautiful area, comfortable family gite.
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.
Nice accommodation with everything you need
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.
Very enjoyable stay!
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!
First class gite
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.
I'd go back - says it all.
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!
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
From the Owner
“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.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- smoking allowed ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- roller blading
- 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
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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.