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Comfortable restored farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of sleepy village - Maison Augros

Bedrooms 4
Space 269 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking



Maison Augros

Four bedrooms : Two double bedrooms, one with ensuite shower room, and room for a cot, one twin bedroom, and one with bunks. Second, family bathroom has bath with shower.

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

The living area has a comfy sofas, 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:
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.


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


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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Booking Notes:
For guests using the "Enquire Now" link : Reservations may be made by e-mail or phone, with for guests paying directly to us. We require a 10% deposit (min £50) to secure the booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the start of the rental. Payment may be made by cheque or direct bank transfer, in Sterling or Euros.
For guests using the "Request to Book" button and paying for the additional services offered by the website under their "Book with confidence Guarantee", 100% payment is required at the time of booking.
End-of-stay cleaning is not included in the price, however as many of our guests carry this out themselves we take a deposit with the final payment (or 2 weeks before the start of your stay) and this is retained 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 Maison Augrosin Vibrac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 269 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Room for a cot or child's bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , These are bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Bed(s) can be replaced by a cot/cots if needed.
  • 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 £750 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.


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Maison Augros
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 11 reviews

Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Property was very clean and well equipped. Pool was excellent with access late in the evening. Big kids loved it. Made for a very relaxing time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - we love having big kids here, it's such a shame when all the little children are in bed & the pool looks so lovely with no-one enjoying it. The big kids (and their parents!) get so much more use out of it!! Hope to see you again.
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Pleasant stay in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

We were made to feel very welcome and really nothing was too much trouble. The facilities were excellent, the gite was clean and had everything we needed and more. We particularly enjoyed the pool and having a BBQ each evening in our secluded garden. We found the tourist pack very informative and planned a few trips out based on the details provided. I would definitely recommend a stay here. A car is needed as it is quite remote, but that was part of the attraction for us.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed yourselves - for visitors looking to get away from stressful lives, our gîtes seem to work very well. We are in lovely countryside, and you're right to make sure any potential guests know that a car is essential to be able to pop out to visit the attractions around, before coming back to relax and unwind by the pool. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Our Amazing mini moon at Maison Augros!

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away in a gorgeous and remote area, near Bordeaux is the sleepy town of Vibrac. A stones throw from the main crossroads is a smallish complex of farmhouses, and this is where our story begins.... Pretty soon after booking through OD, we were contacted by Lisa to inform us of a change to our accommodation for the better. We were furnished with telephone numbers, directions (and a map), as well as welcoming words for our impending arrival.

We drove down to the gites, and had we not been informed by Lisa prior to setting out it would probably have taken us a while longer from Calais - very clear directions.

Our stay.. Was amazing. The place was immaculate when we arrived, with lovely touches of personalisation throughout. We picked a particularly hot week to go to the south of France but fortunately there were fans in every room. The buildings themselves are old stone built and so have thick walls insulating the heat but also trapping the cold indoors, and so no air conditioning was required. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you could want/need to cook with! Moving to the rear we found a lovely private garden with BBQ, and past that.... A heated shared pool! The pool was the real plus here, with 35degree heat daily and the pool warmed to 29degrees, a quick dip ensured rapidly cooling.

Our neighbours were pleasant, and kept themselves to themselves, and we did not feel at any point that we were sharing the pool with them - it was so non-intrusive.

We loved our stay so much, we are planning to return in 2017. Costs are reasonable, conditions were excellent, what more could you want!

Thank you to Lisa and family for making our stay exactly what we wanted and we'll see you again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely for us to have you here for your honeymoon, and we're so pleased that you had such a relaxing time. It'll be good to see you again next year - when you're ready to unwind again, you know where we are !!
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family fun

  • 5 of 5

I live locally and asked friends to recommend somewhere for visiting family to stay. I was looking for somewhere they could stay together but they werent here for long and not all for the same amount of time so I couldn’t find anywhere for them to stay together that yhey didn’t have to pay the full price for the whole time. I met Lisa & she offered us Maison Augros based on the number of people & nights they stayed, which I though was very kind and perfect for my family. The kitchens quite big so we could all meet up & eat in the garden because there’s enough space outside for 10.

I love this area because I live here, but cam on holiday lots of times before we moved over and there are loads of places to go and things to do, one of my neighbours is from Paris with a holiday home here, and Charente is famous as a holiday area.

Ian & Lisa were very accommodating, not minding my noisy nephews and there were other familys staying so the boys had other kids to play with which meant the adults could just relax and enjoy. I can certainly recommend you come and stay here, next time we have family members who want to visit, this will be the place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always nice to meet someone who chose to live in this area like we did, and it was lovely to meet your family - they were already making plans to come back early next year when they were here!
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Beautiful property in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

This property was as described, lovely countryside location with pretty towns nearby. Perfect for a relaxing holiday with days out sightseeing.

Recommended to us we booked at very short notice. This wasn't a problem for the owners but good for us as we were put into a much larger gite (the only one left).

I'm recommending this place to everyone I know.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed yourselves, and we're always happy to accommodate our visitors in larger gîtes if the one they're looking at it already booked. Thanks for the recommendations - it's very important to a small place like ours, and we hope to see you again some time.
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Family reunion

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed our break at Mason Augros, it was great for getting together with my brother & his family who live in Madrid, practically half-way for both of us.

The kids loved the pool, even my nephew who's Spanish through & through but the pool water was warm enough for him. Some of the kids attractions weren't open because the French kids were at school, but we still found lots to do - a day trip to the beach was a long way (about an hour) but well worth it, the beach was huge & he kids had a great time playing and running around.

The house worked well for us, enjoyed the deck at the back, and we might even meet up here again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's exactly the reason we have a heated pool, although the weather here is usually glorious in the summer, heating the water means guests can enjoy a comfortable swim even first thing in the morning, or during the evening as you did. Glad the property was to your liking, we're very lucky in what we do, as we get to see people having lovely family get-togethers like yours. It would be lovely to welcome you back some time.
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