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La Maison D'Hibou - Beautiful 17th Century Farmhouse villa with Exclusive Privat

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-Jun-2016
Rural Farmhouse Villa near Sauze Vaussais / Ruffec, Charente - Relax in the unspoilt heart of the French countryside and adjust to a different pace of life

La Maison D’Hibou (The House of the Owl) offers spacious country living and comfortable accommodation for 10+ guests. - Ground Floor – large open living area, traditional fireplace, comfy sofas and a huge ground floor family bedroom with traditional shuttered French doors. Through hallway, past new wet room to enter large family kitchen (cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer) overlooked by a mezzanine landing. From the kitchen, door through to the new large dining room/reading room and stairs. - First floor – landing to family bathroom; 2 x twin bedrooms; 2 large individual double master ensuite-bedrooms. - Garden – the upper cottage garden has patio, pergola and trees that provide welcome shade. Side barns house a range of bicycles, patio furniture, BBQ equipment and outdoor games. The pool terrace has three timber decks and at its centre a 10x5m swimming pool (not heated). The lower garden is laid mainly to grass and gently slopes down to the fruit bushes.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

About the Owner

La Maison D’Hibou is owned by two couples, Mark & Debbie and Chris & Helen. We started visiting France over 30 years ago and immediately fell in love it. Whilst our families holidayed together in the Dordogne in 1997 we had a crazy idea about owning our own place and this has led to us being the custodians of a house standing in one of the most unspoilt corners of rural France.

We have been welcoming guests since 1999, so If you fancy a complete change, an opportunity to escape but want to keep the costs down and not travel too far, allow us to invite you your family or your friends to come and relax in the unspoilt heart of the French countryside and adjust to the LMD pace of life - Bonnes Vacances.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'Smashing holiday during which time we all learned to relax - going to miss those bells' - The Smyths



‘Really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Great location and pleasure to drive on empty roads’ - The Mealors



‘Perfect for a group of grown-ups and children and so peaceful’ - The MacLennans.



‘Four generations have had a most enjoyable week...The pool has been a bit hit’ - The Philpotts



‘We could not have asked for a better week..the church bells were a nice extra’– The Pannells



"We enjoyed the stay, the garden with the droning bees, the birds, the passing eagles, it was lovely and peaceful'' - The Hasletts



"If there's a heaven then this is it. Quietness and a feeling of lost time, no noise or rush." – Lynn & Geoff



"The pool was great and everything was perfect except the amount of time we had to stay."- The Gale and Gilbert families
Dec 2010
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Location

From the Owner

Our previous holidays had taught us that France is a BIG country and when you've got kids in tow, that matters. We drew an arc on a map; this was our maximum travelling distance from the channel. We decided on the Poitou-Charentes area. This was before the explosion in ‘Place in the Sun’ type programmes and, after independently looking at a number of properties, out of nowhere came our dream house set in a peaceful hamlet. It was a four way decision and we all had to agree – we did, and immediately fell in love with La Maison D'Hibou so on the drive home our decision was made.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

The beautiful Atlantic city of La Rochelle, famed for its beaches, port and fashionable shops, and the islands of Ile de Re and Ile de Oleron lie some 90Km west - approximately 75 mins drive. In the local area there are also several inland plan d'eaus (inland beaches) in the area.

Travel:

By road - driving time

Calais/Le Shuttle - 6.5 hours

St Malo – 4.5 hours

Cherbourg - 6 hours

Caen - 5 hours

Le Harve - 6 hours

By Air - distance – Poitiers (60Km), La Rochelle (90Km), Limoges (70Km) and Bordeaux (120Km)

Car hire facilities are available from all major towns in the area or the airports at Poitiers, La Rochelle or Limoges

Distances:

Nearby is the village of Montjean (5 km) which has a boulangerie and small restaurant and bar, to the north lies the larger market town of Sauze-Vaussais (12Km), to the south the village of Villefagnan (13Km), to the east the larger town of Ruffec (15Km) and to the west the town of Chef-Boutonne (15Km). All the towns mentioned are a short journey away and together they offer a wide variety of shops, street markets and restaurants for you to enjoy. They also cater for numerous leisure activities.

Further Details:

La Maison D'Hibou (LMD) is situated in a small quiet village hamlet consisting of 5 houses, a church and the local Marie. This is real France and at its heart the Charente is a rural area dotted with an abundance of small traditional communities to explore. When you're travelling you will see lots of farms, many of which offer their produce for sale.

Nearby is the village of Montjean (5 km) which has a boulangerie and small restaurant and bar, to the north lies the larger market town of Sauze-Vaussais (12Km), to the south the village of Villefagnan (13Km), to the east the larger town of Ruffec (15Km) and to the west the town of Chef-Boutonne (15Km). All the towns mentioned are a short journey away and together they offer a wide variety of shops, street markets and restaurants for you to enjoy. They also cater for numerous leisure activities such as walking, cycling, tennis, horse riding, fishing and canoeing and there are several public lakeside beaches that have children's play areas and BBQs.

LMD is an excellent location for day trips; to the north is the city of Poitiers where you will find the world famous Futuroscope theme park and to the south the ancient Ramparts of the Roman town of Anglouleme. Further afield is the pretty city of Cognac, with its famous distilleries hugging the shore of the Charente river and Saintes which has one of the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatres and last but not least the beautiful Atlantic city of La Rochelle famed for its beaches, port and fashionable shops.

Other attractions

La Valee des Singes - 'Valley of the Apes' (20Km)

There are several equestrian centres in the area

Zoodyssee (50Km)– In the Chize forest, one of Europe's largest animal parks

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low season
27 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£825
for 7 nights
£825
 
 
Medium season
18 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£885
for 7 nights
£885
 
 
High season
16 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 14 nights
£1,100
 
 
Medium season 2
27 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£790
for 7 nights
£790
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To secure a week at LMD please contact us for conditions of hire and copy of our booking form. Please return booking form along with a 20% booking deposit. The balance will be payable 8 weeks before arrival along with a security deposit of £100 per week. Keys and directions will be sent two weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
LMD operates a Saturday to Saturday change-over with the rental period starting at 16.00hrs on the first day and finishing at 11.00 hrs on the last day.

Notes on prices:
The house is open for a limited number of weeks only each year (June through to September), but we are happy to consider advance or out of season enquiries. If you wish to re-book, or the weeks you would like are already taken, you can express a no-obligation interest in the following year. Please note that bookings are taken on a first-come-first-serve basis, so book early to avoid disappointment. You can also call us on 01733 243305.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

I wish these words could convey the tranquil hideaway nature of the house. The pleasure of getting up and drinking your coffee whilst sitting watching the horses in the fields opposite, or of riding a bike through the gently rolling countryside as the sun climbs into the sky. These are the reasons why people value their relaxation time so much. Judging by the number of people who want to stay at LMD we are not alone in seeking quality relaxation time.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Wetroom (ground floor) – Shower, basin and WC. Family bathroom (first floor) – Bath with shower over, basin and WC. Two en-suites to bedrooms 4&5 (first floor) – consisting of vanity basin unit, double shower, WC and towel rails.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (+2) (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (ground floor) – Large double/triple Bedrooms 2&3 (first floor) – two twin rooms Bedrooms 4&5 (first floor) – two master double rooms with ensuite

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: La Maison D'Hibou is a 360 year old rural property and its doors are flung open throughout the summer period. This means that it generates a regular supply of cobwebs and spiders and no matter how often you brush them away, they will return just as promptly. Please do not be put off by this as it should not reflect the cleanliness of the property. Outside: The outside space is divided in to several different areas - The upper garden - cottage garden style with patio, pergola with intertwined grapevine and flowers and fruit trees and grassed area with stepping stones leading to lockable gates providing access to pool terrace. The side garden – laid mainly to grass but with small side barns housing a range of adult and children bicycles, patio furniture, BBQ equipment and outdoor games and large open barn to side of house providing shaded off road parking and gate to drive. The pool terrace – two decks either side of centre access gate with sun loungers, parasols etc and one raised deck with table overhanging the lower garden and providing views and at its centre a 10x5m swimming pool (not heated) with paved area and pool alarm. The lower garden - laid mainly to grass and gently slopes down to the fruit bushes and range of trees. Use of the garden and pool is exclusive to guests staying at La Maison D’Hibou. Utility Room: none Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: In order to keep rental costs to an absolute minimum, guests are asked to provide their own linen and towels. Cleaning is the responsibility of the outgoing guests and if left in a unsatisfactory condition deductions to security deposit will be made. Other: Dining room/reading room - large room with stone walls, chestnut floor and more books and comfy chairs and family dining table. Also has double sofa bed if required.

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