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THE CHARENTE

The Maison D'Hibou is situated in the Charente department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.  You will find a selection of wonderful french towns and villages within a 30 minute drive, where you can shop, kayak, visit a a wine cave, walk, swim or simply take in the french way of life.

Why do we recommend choosing the Charente for your holiday?

Beautiful Sunshine 

On average there is 40% more hours of sun than in the UK!

Uninterrupted views

You can see vines and sunflowers as far as the eye can see. 

Stargazing “à volonté”

There is no air pollution so you can watch the stars all night long.

Cognac

We are based in the heart of Cognac and Pineau de Charentes country.

Fantastic Family Outings 

Known as the "French Tuscany" there is so much to do outdoors.

Barbezieux

The nearest town is Barbezieux which is about 10 minutes drive away. Here you will find two larges supermarkets and a small shopping park. The town’s tourist office is situated in the old chateau. There are restaurants, cafes and shops plus a weekly market. Around and about you will find many small individual Cognac distillers where you can partake of the traditional “degustation” . Just call in and they will ply you with cognac and show you around their small vineyard and distillery – no appointment is necessary.

Why not visit a brocante which is a local street bric-à-brac market which pop up all over the place throughout the year.

Cognac

Cognac is about 25 minutes away, a vibrant town where the annual international jazz festival takes place in July.  Listed as a "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" Cognac is a wonderful town to visit for its shops, restaurants and street cafes. It is also home to many of the famous Cognac houses including Hennessey which offers a great boat trip across the river to its distillery.

Jarnac

Then there is the town Jarnac built on the banks of the Charente. Spend a day with a picnic on the rivers edge. A huge length of riverbank affords the perfect spot to watch this beautiful river or have a paddle in the shallow waters or hire a canoe and tackle the mini rapids further along the bank. You can also take one of the guided tour boats which offer a beautiful tour along the river. Here too is Napoleon’s impressive Cognac house of “Courvoisier”. The large museum is situated right on the banks of the river where a huge glass wall affords a view of the hundreds of Cognac barrels stored there. Well worth a visit. There is a children’s area along the banks of the river and a nice café for lunch or dinner.

Angouleme

In the other direction is the historic centre of the Charente...  Angouleme – a charming mix of old and new where cobbled streets wind around the town in the old quarter where individual shops, cafes and restaurants abound. Something for all ages including bars and the old indoor food market for the gastronomes among you. This is the largest town in the department and well worth a visit. Situated on the Charente river, the main town is perchec at the top of the ramparts with a stunning view over the whole department.

Bordeaux

Just over an hour away is the stunning city of Bordeaux, famous for its wine, stunning classic architecture and water side. A beautiful city to spend some time wandering or eating traditional French food, and tasting the wine of course. You wont be disappointed with a trip to Bordeaux.

Close to Maison D'Hibou

Chez Dauve and Maison D’hibou are set in a remote area in the small hamlet of Barrett. It's quiet and you will need a car if you want to explore. Having said that, you may choose just to enjoy the views and chill by the pool with a glass of wine and a good book. It’s a hard life but...you are on holiday after all.

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.

RELAX AND ENJOY THE SUNFLOWERS & VINES

If it's a quiet, 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 and your guests to unwind and enjoy a holiday in the French region of the Charente. We also offer our  new "Sew Pretty Things" sewing retreat, for 3 weeks in the summer.

Join either the sewing retreat or visit us for a holiday and relax with a glass of wine under the trees or next to the pool and listen to the nothing but the grapes growing and birds flying. Just sit and soak up the panoramic views and superb sunsets over Maison D'Hibou, for a peaceful and recharging break in the French countryside. 

WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK

MOLKKY & BOULES

Thank you so much for a wonderful week. We have been lucky with fantastic weather, sublime food and excellent company. So enjoyed the Monkey challenge too....

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!