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Comfortable farmhouse with heated pool at the edge of a village – L'Atelier

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Your ideal family holiday getaway in the heart of the French countryside

L'Atelier is a two-bedroom gîte with :

Upstairs : Two bedrooms; a double and a twin. Either or both single beds can be substituted with a cot, on request. It has a main bathroom with full-size bath & over-bath shower.

Downstairs : Open-plan kitchen/diner/living room. The kitchen has an electric oven & gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 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?!).

Outside, there is a decked area and private garden with BBQ & table & chairs.

Beyond the back garden 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

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:
  • 645 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    WC - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Double Bedroom - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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 – L'Atelier
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 18 reviews


  • 4 of 5

We all enjoyed the swimming pool and the BBQ

And the owners are very helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you had a good time, hope your following week (for the rest of your holiday) was as much fun!
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Fantastic place for a quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great place for our holiday. Very friendly owners bent over backwards to make our stay great.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always happy to help!!
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Lovely gite with heated pool in beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

Extremely comfortable gite, very well stocked (just like home!) and the pool was beautifully warm and just exactly as the photos had shown. The owners were very welcoming and so helpful as well. We loved it so much, we intend to go back next year to explore more of this lovely area.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to welcome people back (some even come back to us year after year) - it reassures us that we're getting things right for our guests !
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Beautiful area, comfortable family gite.

  • 4 of 5

We loved it here! This well run, little group of 4 gites is set in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful countryside, vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The owners are very welcoming and relaxed and were happy to accommodate our last minute booking and our very late night arrival. We travelled with two boys, aged 10 and 13 and L'Atelier and the local area had everything we needed for a family holiday. The gite is comfortable and practical and we enjoyed having a private garden area as well as the larger grounds. The boys loved the quirky little twin bedroom with its beamed ceiling and " secret" door. The pool area is lovely and we enjoyed being able to swim in the warm evenings, after a busy day out, and, even with other families on site, we often had the pool to ourselves. The gardens have enough space and toys for everyone, and the neighbouring farm provides the sound of cockerels crowing and a very friendly visiting cat! The detailed local information folders, provided in the gite, were invaluable and we enjoyed visits to the local leisure lakes, the markets ( night and day) in Montendre, restaurants in Jonzac and longer trips to Aqualand and Vallee des Singes. There really is nothing bad to say about this place, we just wish we had discovered it sooner and wish we could have stayed longer! We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You certainly made the most of your holiday - we barely saw you until the evenings, and your boys most definitely enjoyed swimming in the dark !! There's still plenty more to see around here, so we look forward to seeing you again.
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Nice accommodation with everything you need

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time: beautiful area and countryside, peace and quiet, great pool for all (our kids were never out of it) and nice accommodation. Location ideal for days out to local family attractions / activities. All in all a very enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you and your lovely girls had a good holiday - they seemed to really enjoy themselves with the other children here, and everyone seems to have had a lovely time.
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Very enjoyable stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week stay at L'Atelier. Lisa was extremely helpful during the booking process and was super quick at replying to emails and answering numerous questions - thank you Lisa! The gite was lovely and clean with everything that you could need. The pool area was fantastic and the location was great for getting to Saintes and Cognac within the hour. Enjoyed very much - thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I know that finding a holiday can be a little frustrating when you have to wait for ages to have any questions answered, so I always make sure I reply as soon as I can - booking your holiday should be fun, not stressful!! I'm pleased that the accommodation was perfect for your stay - it's what we aim for. Lovely to meet you, and we hope to see 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 £50 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