|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Two bedrooms : one double bedroom with room for a cot, and one triple bedroom, with bunks and a separate single bed. Family-sized shower room.
The separate sitting room 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.
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.
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.
£50 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.
Just spent 2 weeks in Chez Mamie with my husband and 2 little ones (3 and 5). The property was spacious, clean and comfortable. Loved the separate living room with the exposed brick work, and the kitchen was so well equipped it was easy to do the cooking! The bedrooms were spacious and there was loads of storage.
The gardens were fun to run about in and the swimming pool was warm and inviting - it was hard to get the children out of it!
Lisa and Ian are the perfect hosts - always happy to provide advice on day trips, but leaving us with plenty of space to relax and enjoy our holiday. This is the second time we've been, and I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing break in rural France.
My wife and I were looking for a short stay. Our dates did not match perfectly the availability dates of the original gite, but Lisa kindly allowed us to stay in the bigger property.
The property was as described, and lovely and clean with a welcome pack of basics. Lisa and her husband were very helpful with local knowledge and the property guide was very useful in planning activities when we were not just lounging by the pool.
Would definitely recommend and would stay again if we were looking to return to this area of France.
We spent ten fabulous days at chez augros. The gite had everything you needed to make your stay comfortable, even down to a cool box and ice blocks. The area of Jonzac is so beautiful and quiet but within easy reach of shops, restaurants and much more . Lisa and Ian were very friendly and helpful hosts with some lovely gites to offer.
Ian and Lisa have obviously put a lot of hard work and time into restoring their farm house to provide us with lovely accommodation that was well equipped for all your needs. All kitchen appliances, TV and Wifi worked fine. Out doors we had a small private area for eating and BBQ, the heated pool was ideal with plenty of sunloungers and seating areas. We recieved good customer service with complimentary bottle of wine, water and tea/coffee, ideal after a long drive. Instructions on how to get to the property was excellent and there was information on all the local supermarkets, restaurants and places to visit. Overall a lovely rural location with friendly hosts - certainly worth a second visit for us.
The gite was lovely. Plenty of space and all the amenities you could wish for. The pool and gardens were fantastic and kids absolutely loved it. The gite is rural but easily accessible to nearest towns and amenities. Lots to visit and explore in the area and lovely surroundings. Weather was fantastic too.
Thank you to Lisa, ian and the girls for being great hosts.
Would definitely recommend this lovely stay and area.
We have a brilliant time when we stayed here - the pool area is beautiful, and the weather was still so nice that we didn't really go out much, it was too nice stretched out by the pool. Ian and Lisa have really made the place beautiful and it's so peaceful it was a rench to leave. We're hoping to be back next year - the kids all got on so well it was one of the easiest holidays we've ever had.