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Comfortable farmhouse with a shared heated pool at the edge of a village

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Maison Augros is a four-bedroom gîte with :

Upstairs : Four bedrooms; a master double room with en-suite shower room, a second double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a bedroom with bunk beds. A cot or small child's bed can be added in the master double, and either or both twin beds can be substituted with cots if requested. It also has a family bathroom with bath & over-bath shower.

Downstairs : Open-plan kitchen/diner and separate living room. The kitchen has an electric oven & 5-ring gas hob, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, etc. The living area has comfy sofas, UK satellite Freeview TV/French TNT TV, books, games, and 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
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 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:
  • 1076 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    En-suite shower room - toilet , shower , This leads off the master double bedroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master double bedroom - 1 double , A cot or child's ben can be added on request
    Double bedroom - 1 double
    Bunk Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , The top bunk is suitable for children only
    Twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , One or both beds can be substituted with cots if required
  • 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
  • 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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(13 traveler reviews)

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Comfortable farmhouse with a shared heated pool at the edge of a village
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful rural location in France

  • 5 of 5

Superb and beautiful rural location. Our room was very clean, very comfortable, and very well appointed. Relaxing by the pool in the evening was one of the highlights of our holiday as so relaxing. Ian and Lisa were also very friendly and offered good advise re-local amenities and points of interest. Cant wait to return as we all felt this place is a real gem.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always happy to point our guests in the right direction for things to do & places to go - because there's so many to choose from, we understand our guests might need some help to decide what to see first!! We're looking forward to seeing you and your families again later this year, hope you get the same glorious weather as you did last spring!!
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Fêtes de fin d’années en famille

  • 5 of 5

Maison située dans un village très calme, a 15min d'un grand supermarché.

Grand espace de vie avec une cuisine bien aménagée.

Salle de bains très propres et chambres confortables.

Des propriétaires très accueillants, prévenants et disponibles.

Facile avec des enfants en bas âges.

Merci encore

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous sommes très heureux que vous ayez passé un bon séjour - c'est agréable de voir des amis se réunir pour la nouvelle année et nous espérons vous revoir l'année prochaine
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Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Property was very clean and well equipped. Pool was excellent with access late in the evening. Big kids loved it. Made for a very relaxing time.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - we love having big kids here, it's such a shame when all the little children are in bed & the pool looks so lovely with no-one enjoying it. The big kids (and their parents!) get so much more use out of it!! Hope to see you again.
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Pleasant stay in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

We were made to feel very welcome and really nothing was too much trouble. The facilities were excellent, the gite was clean and had everything we needed and more. We particularly enjoyed the pool and having a BBQ each evening in our secluded garden. We found the tourist pack very informative and planned a few trips out based on the details provided. I would definitely recommend a stay here. A car is needed as it is quite remote, but that was part of the attraction for us.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed yourselves - for visitors looking to get away from stressful lives, our gîtes seem to work very well. We are in lovely countryside, and you're right to make sure any potential guests know that a car is essential to be able to pop out to visit the attractions around, before coming back to relax and unwind by the pool. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Our Amazing mini moon at Maison Augros!

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away in a gorgeous and remote area, near Bordeaux is the sleepy town of Vibrac. A stones throw from the main crossroads is a smallish complex of farmhouses, and this is where our story begins.... Pretty soon after booking through OD, we were contacted by Lisa to inform us of a change to our accommodation for the better. We were furnished with telephone numbers, directions (and a map), as well as welcoming words for our impending arrival.

We drove down to the gites, and had we not been informed by Lisa prior to setting out it would probably have taken us a while longer from Calais - very clear directions.

Our stay.. Was amazing. The place was immaculate when we arrived, with lovely touches of personalisation throughout. We picked a particularly hot week to go to the south of France but fortunately there were fans in every room. The buildings themselves are old stone built and so have thick walls insulating the heat but also trapping the cold indoors, and so no air conditioning was required. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you could want/need to cook with! Moving to the rear we found a lovely private garden with BBQ, and past that.... A heated shared pool! The pool was the real plus here, with 35degree heat daily and the pool warmed to 29degrees, a quick dip ensured rapidly cooling.

Our neighbours were pleasant, and kept themselves to themselves, and we did not feel at any point that we were sharing the pool with them - it was so non-intrusive.

We loved our stay so much, we are planning to return in 2017. Costs are reasonable, conditions were excellent, what more could you want!

Thank you to Lisa and family for making our stay exactly what we wanted and we'll see you again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely for us to have you here for your honeymoon, and we're so pleased that you had such a relaxing time. It'll be good to see you again next year - when you're ready to unwind again, you know where we are !!
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family fun

  • 5 of 5

I live locally and asked friends to recommend somewhere for visiting family to stay. I was looking for somewhere they could stay together but they werent here for long and not all for the same amount of time so I couldn’t find anywhere for them to stay together that yhey didn’t have to pay the full price for the whole time. I met Lisa & she offered us Maison Augros based on the number of people & nights they stayed, which I though was very kind and perfect for my family. The kitchens quite big so we could all meet up & eat in the garden because there’s enough space outside for 10.

I love this area because I live here, but cam on holiday lots of times before we moved over and there are loads of places to go and things to do, one of my neighbours is from Paris with a holiday home here, and Charente is famous as a holiday area.

Ian & Lisa were very accommodating, not minding my noisy nephews and there were other familys staying so the boys had other kids to play with which meant the adults could just relax and enjoy. I can certainly recommend you come and stay here, next time we have family members who want to visit, this will be the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always nice to meet someone who chose to live in this area like we did, and it was lovely to meet your family - they were already making plans to come back early next year when they were here!
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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 £100 a week before the start of your holiday, which is retained only if cleaning services are required
Taxe de séjour is collected by the Jonzac Tourist Board, for 2018 this is 0.50€ per adult per night, and for 2019 will change to 2% of the cost of each adult's stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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