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Comfortable restored farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of sleepy village - Chez Mamie

Bedrooms 2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking



Chez Mamie

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.

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:
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.

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 Chez Mamiein Vibrac in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Room for a cot if required
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , These are bunks beds plus separate single.
  • 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.


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Chez Mamie
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

Lovely comfortable gites with heated pool

  • 5 of 5

Just had a fabulous two weeks holiday here. The Gite was extremely comfortable with everything you need just like home and so peaceful. The pool was absolutely glorious, so warm and inviting we went swimming every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times! The owners are lovely and friendly and are always happy to help if required. Thank you so much Lisa and Ian. Hope to see you again another year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to see you again - delighted you had such a relaxing holiday & look forward to welcoming you next time.
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Comfortable tranquility in a gorgeous location!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to welcome you back, it's great to see families enjoy their holidays here - your girls were great company for the other children who were here, and I enjoyed seeing you all relax & enjoy yourselves together. It's always easier to have a good time when your children are having fun, and I can imagine they were so tired after a day splashing in the pool, they slept very well! We're looking forward to seeing you again.
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Delighful short stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always happy to put smaller groups into our larger gites if they're available - and we'd love to welcome you back if you visit this area again.
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  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do everything we can to make your stay as perfect as possible, and we know when people fly to us that they appreciate having all the comforts of home that they couldn't bring along. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Lovely restored farm house with all your needs

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always good to hear when we've done our job properly and provided everything you need to make your holiday perfect - we're delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you next time.
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Holiday heaven

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy you had such a good time - and glad to see that the gite worked as it should for your family - it's designed to be a comfortable space to relax in after a (hot!!) day's sightseeing, delighted you got so much use out of the pool, but with your delightful girls, I'm certainly not surprised! Lovely to meet you.
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