Welcome To Maison D'Hibou at Dauve, in the beautiful Charente


"One tranquil place for all to relax and enjoy"

Maison D’Hibou is set in two acres of meadow gardens and an orchard among the vineyards of the Petite Champagne region of the Charente.  We proudly started our "Sew Many Pretty Things" retreat here, and now host our Art and Wellbeing Retreats in the gite which is a large, beautifully appointed, very well equipped for all retreats and holidays, comfortably holding up to 8 people. (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms)


Join our sewing retreat held at Maison D'Hibou. "Sew Many Pretty Things" is a non structured week of sewing, learning and enjoyment with like minded sewing enthusiasts. Food, drinks, accommodation and sewing equipment is all provided so all you need to do is turn up. We sew everyday but also make time, if desired, to explore the Charente and the beautiful surrounding villages and towns.

June 26th - 3rd July 2022 - 6 spaces remain out of the 8 available


No sewing experience is necessary so if you are a complete beginner I can teach you at your own pace.  BUT if you are an established stitcher then why not bring that half finished project with you.. You will all be  welcomed into our little band of ladies who want to "stich and bitch"  or as I prefer to say "natter with a needle"  you know what its like when we girls get together ...and WOW wont we have a lot to talk about by then, everything from Boris to bias binding

 from Pandemics to pin tucks and from Harry and Megan to hems and Muslin...............This is your holiday and I  want to make it as enjoyable as possible and I am  always on hand to help. Take a closer look at the finer details of the retreat and what to expect.

Classic Interior

  • 4 double/twin bedrooms (2 with ensuite, 2 with private bathrooms)

  • 4 bathrooms in total

  • Large open plan living, diningkitchen 

  • Optional meal arrangements

  • Wifi

Stunning Exterior

  • ​Private garden with sun terrace

  • Al fresco eating area 

  • Heated, outdoor, secure pool 

  • Beautiful views and secluded location 

  • Stunning tranquil surroundings

Sewing Environment

  • Large sewing area featuring 8 sewing machines and  2 overlockers

  • Daily tutorial and guidance from Kate

  • Haberdashery items and some fabric **

  • Sewing Kit, if required

  • Private gite just for sewists




In 2021 we will be running our all new Well Being and Meditation Retreat where you can come to relax, destress and  enjoy a calming and peaceful experience with a small group of guests in our beautiful gite.  Meditation and therapy sessions will run several times daily  with the option to dip in and out as you wish. This is your retreat/holiday and all our facilities and sessions are geared towards you being able to make the most of the environment and to go home feeling refreshed and rested.


3rd -10th May 2021 : 8 Places currently available


Your teacher/therapist, the wonderful Donna Miller (EAA CCHH) is an Emotional Aromatherapy practitioner offering  meditation/relaxation sessions aimed towards giving mind, body and spirit what it needs to achieve a balanced natural state of health and wellbeing. (read her profile)


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We are proud to introduce our new Art Retreat with Artist and tutor Jane High, coming in 2021. As with our sewing retreat we offer a flexible, enjoyable and inspirational week for new and budding artists alike to join and create together. Food, drinks, accommodation and art materials are all provided so all you need to do is turn up. With art tuition everyday you will still find time, if desired, to explore the Charente and the beautiful surrounding villages and towns.

22nd -29th June 2021 : 8 Places currently available


Your tutor, the lovely and talented Jane High specialises in animal portraiture but whatever you choose as your subject matter Jane will be there to guide you every step of the way.


We offer our guests all the comforts of home plus other features to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Maison D'Hibou.


If it's peace, calm and a restful holiday you want in a tranquil setting away from the normal hectic stresses of daily life, then look no further. Surrounded by vines and sunflowers our gite is a fantastic place for you to unwind and enjoy a holiday or retreat in the Charente region of France.

Relax with a glass of wine under the trees or next to the pool and listen to nothing but the grapes growing and birds flying, or soak up the panoramic views and superb sunsets over Maison D'Hibou. 

Heated Pool

You have your own outdoor, fenced, heated swimming pool. 

Borrow a Bike

Take a family bike ride in the lovely countryside and quiet lanes.

Pamper Yourself

During your stay treat the ladies to a pampering spa treatment.

Pizza Night

We "fire up" the outdoor pizza oven once a week for pizza night.

Free Wifi

In the middle of nowhere you won't be cut off! Free wifi throughout.



I can't thank you enough Kate for giving me the ‘gift of sewing’. I get so much enjoyment from it and would never have taken it up without your lovely classes. Sending hugs and enjoy the sewing bee! 


What can I say - a wonderful holiday as usual. Thank you for look after us all, we really enjoyed it. We now need to go on a diet!!


Thank you for another thoroughly enjoyable & relaxing time. We all look forward to our yearly visit, and upon arriving back home will no doubt look towards next year's visit!