Your ideal family holiday getaway in the heart of the French countryside
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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.
Pool / Spa
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Good Family Holiday
We had a lovely time on our holiday lovely rural setting supermarket about 10 minutes away. We've been to France before but nor so far down so we flew rather than driving took about an hour from Bordeaux airport very relieved that Lisa provides everything you need. The house us very comfortable our daughter had fun playing with the other children there's lots to do here so Nigel and I could relax while she played all the games & things while we chilled out in the shade.
It's a good place to go for families well equipped toys and games inside as well as outside and Lisa has everything you need to borrow if needs be.
The perfect place for my visiting friends and fami
This isn’t the first time I’ve used Ian & Lisa’s gites for visiting family to stay, but it’s even better then before with new games like table tennis and fussball and a boules pitch for family competitions.
My visitors really enjoyed their stay, and it’s great for me to have somewhere I can confidently recommend.
Thank you for your recommendation - using our place again and again is the best compliment you could give us!
We all enjoyed the swimming pool and the BBQ
And the owners are very helpful.
Very pleased you had a good time, hope your following week (for the rest of your holiday) was as much fun!
Fantastic place for a quiet getaway
Great place for our holiday. Very friendly owners bent over backwards to make our stay great.
Always happy to help!!
Beautiful area, comfortable family gite.
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.
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.
Nice accommodation with everything you need
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.
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.
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.