|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First time in france and what a perfect place to start, gite had everything we needed and the kids loved the pool and grounds to run around. Loads to do in the area, the boys loved the activities in Jonzac and the lake at montguyon is a really nice day out. Ian and lisa were perfect hosts and I would highly recommend staying here.