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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Lovely welcoming hosts in outstanding Location
Super restored farm house gite with heaps of character and lovely comforting feel. Certainly makes your stay all the more comfortable and relaxing, just the ticket in beautiful French countyside.
We know you needed a complete rest after your epic tour, and we're very happy you chilled out so completely here.
Don't forget there's also lots of things to do around here, so if you fancy taking the 'active' part of your holiday here in the future, you know where we are!!
My brother & I brought our families back this year (we’d been first & recommended it to him and after he’d been we though it’d be ideal to go there together). We stayed in different parts, but everyone got together to play table tennis & fussball & badminton on the field and for drinkies by the pool to watch the sun go down.
There’s lots of days out to do (we loved the activities at the park in the local town, and a couple of the local lakes we fun) but we all just wanted to get back & splash in the pool to relax and cool down.
Second visit but won’t be the last.
Glad you enjoyed all the things to do in the local town, and we're looking forward to seeing you again
Lovely comfortable gites with heated pool
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.
It was lovely to see you again - delighted you had such a relaxing holiday & look forward to welcoming you next time.
Comfortable tranquility in a gorgeous location!
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.
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.
Delighful short stay
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.
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.
Lovely restored farm house with all your needs
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.
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.
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.