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BILL & KATE

Meet Bill and Kate Hughes owners of the beautifully restored, classic stone barn gite, "Maison D'Hibou", in The Charente.

They bought their French dream back in 2003 when they fell in  love with a rather grand but sadly neglected 17th century Charentaise farmhouse. They then spent 10 years travelling back and forth to France, restoring the farmhouse to its former glory, whilst both still working. 

They then set about converting the barn into a wonderfully classic yet modern and charming gite.  The testimonials speak for themselves, with many renters returning year after year, and who Bill and Kate now call friends. The gite is available for a few weeks in the summer months so find out more about the gite and pricing & availability.

"My husband of 46 years, Bill, is a miracle worker and did all the work with help from a close friend and our son and son in law, who we can't thank enough. It was a real family affair and we all pitched in, et voila “Maison D'hibou at Chez Dauve” was ready for business."

Kate Hughes

SEWING WITH KATE

I have a passion for sewing which was nurtured by my mother who came from a family of tailors and seamstresses.  I've been sewing for 60 years.   My mother taught me everything and at the time I was eager just to get a garment finished but she drummed into me the importance of

  1. Checking the layout of your chosen pattern and make sure its all correct BEFORE taking your scissors to it

  2. Choosing the correct fabric suitable for your project

  3. Getting the all important FIT

  4. Press as you go along every seam/every dart, every detail

  5. Apply all those tips and hints throughout the project

  6. Clip those “whiskers” and “tails” as you go (THREAD ENDS)

  7. Neaten all seams

  8. DONT CUT CORNERS – DONT RUSH – TAKE YOUR TIME

  9. DONT RUN  BEFORE YOU CAN WALK

 

I am not a professional sewist but I do have a wealth of experience to draw upon. I ran local sewing lessons, in the UK, from 2011 till recently. Then decided I could offer a better sewing experience by moving this operation to our gite in The Charente where we have a wealth of space, peace, calm and a beautiful space to learn and teach in.  Find out more about our Sewing retreat.

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.

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

SEWING FOR LIFE

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! 

FANTASTIC FOOD

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!!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

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!