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Comfortable farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of a village - Le Chai

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Your ideal holiday getaway in the heart of the countryside of Charente Maritime

Le Chai is a one-bedroom gîte with :

Upstairs : one double bedroom, with room for a cot or child's bed (provided by us). En suite shower room.

Downstairs : Open-plan kitchen/diner/living room. The kitchen has an electric oven & hob, dishwasher, fridge with freezer shelf, washing machine, microwave, etc.

The living area has a comfy sofa, UK satellite freeview TV/French TNT, books & tourist info. There is unlimited free Wi-Fi (who can live without it these days?!).

As this is our dedicated couples' gite, Le Chai has its private outside area at the front of the house rather than at the rear with the other units, and has a BBQ and table & chairs, as well as its own sunloungers.

At the rear of the house, you'll find our glorious 10mx5m heated pool, and just beyond this is the play area for children, then over an acre of open garden for your children to play (if you can drag them out of the pool!!). As well as swings, a slide and trampoline, we provide a sports net and lots of racquets & balls for anyone who’s feeling energetic. Because we’re the last property on the lane, there are no passing cars (just the occasional tractor), and we’re surrounded by fields of sunflowers or maize and an oak wood.

Our location is peaceful and rural, with a pork butcher and cognac & pineau distillery within walking distance, a bakery, a general store and a seasonal al-fresco restaurant in a village 4 miles away, and a different restaurant in a village 3 miles away.

With over ten years’ experience of welcoming guests to our holiday rental properties here, we can offer lots of help & advice and to help you plan your days out, we have prepared a book of our own recommendations of where to go & what to see, and how best to enjoy this beautiful area, depending on what kind of day out takes your fancy. Because we live on site, we’re usually on hand if you need us for any kind of advice, and we have teenage daughters who are only too happy to offer their babysitting services for a small fee, should you fancy an adults-only evening (or daytime!!).

More Details

Lisa Elsey
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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, and have planned everything to suit your holiday, and make it as comfortable and suited to its purpose 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

Lisa Elsey purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Lisa Elsey chose Vibrac

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.


Vibrac Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Please make sure we know if you need the single bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Comfortable farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of a village - Le Chai
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Another fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have now stayed here 3 times over the last 4 years and to us as a family it has everything we could wish for. Lisa and Ian couldn't be more helpful with anything that is asked which to us makes all the difference. The property is lovely and clean andhas everything you need, we all love the swimming pool which exspecially our 10 year old son spend most of his time in. We will definately be returnning again thank you again Lisa and Ian for making our holiday as always so lovely.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You know you're very welcome every time you visit - it's been lovely watching Finn grow up!! See you again next year or the year after - the pool will be here waiting for you!
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We enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days. The house was very pleasant, with good facilities. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the pool on hot days. Lisa and Ian were very helpful with advice for local shops and restaurants, and places to see. The property sits in pleasant countryside, well located for visits to the seaside or day trips as far afield as La Rochelle or Bordeaux.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're always pleased that our guests enjoy their stay with us - we try to make everything perfect for visitors, and it feels like a job well done when we receive praise like yours - thank you so much & we look forward to your next visit.
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A wonderful property in peaceful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time over the Easter weekend staying at this gite. The property was very well-equipped and nicely furnished and we enjoyed using the BBQ in the courtyard garden. Our daughter enjoyed playing in the swings and the trampoline too. There are loads of lovely places to visit in the vicinity so we had some great days out. Finally, the owner Lisa and her family were really kind and full of helpful advice.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you (and your adorable young lady!) - I'm particularly pleased you made good use of our "picks" of the best places to visit, when we visit a new place we always like to stay somewhere that the owners are accessible : there's no substitute for local knowledge!!
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Excellent Gite & Friendly Hosts

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Lisa's Gites, the location was rural but not too far away from local amenities, so nice and quite.

The gite was nice and clean and well equipped, during our stay we viewed all of Lisa's gite which were all presented to the same high standard.

As the weather was so good during our stay we spent most of our time relaxing around the pool, which was heated making entry that must easier.

I do not know what more I can say other than we will be returning next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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One of the nicest gites we have stayed in

  • 4 of 5

We had a really lovely 2 week holiday, staying in Le Chai at Chez Augros. We've explored many different areas of France but this is one of the nicest gites we have ever stayed in. Hosts Lisa and Ian have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible and we wanted for nothing. The pool area was fabulous - with sun and shade available, and we also enjoyed sitting outside our Gite in our own private space. We visited the new wine museum at Bordeaux and made trips to Saintes, Cognac, Blaye, Talmont, Royen and into the Perigord district - we would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always good to see visitors enjoy this area as much as we do - you certainly packed a lot into your stay, but there's still lots more to see & do, so we very much hope you'll come back & explore further.
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Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

After such a lovely holiday last year we returned and had a fantastic time, our son especially enjoys the swimming pool and had a lovely time playing with the other children who were staying there. We can't recommend staying here enough it is a lovely place to relax and unwind Ian and Lisa are so helpful and friendly and we are looking forward to returning. Paul, Elaine & Finn x

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's lovely to welcome you back each year, and we're flattered that you're so comfortable here. Finn is such a lovely boy, and it's great that he has so much fun with the other guests' children. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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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).

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'd like. Alternatively, if you simply want to relax and breathe in the clean air of French countryside, then you can do so in great comfort.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

End-of-stay cleaning is not included in the price, as many of our guests carry this out themselves. We therefore collect a cleaning deposit of £30 a week before the start of your holiday, which is retained only if cleaning services are required

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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