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Bob and Jane Todd

Speaks French, English
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
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HOUSE LE HIBOU: 2 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 5

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Cognac - Le Moulin de Chazotte

Four individual gites sleeping 4, 5, 6 and 7 persons respectively

Le Moulin de Chazotte dates back to the 15th century when it was a flour and walnut-oil mill constructed by the then owner who had a chateau in the existing grounds. The mill closed down in 1896 and was finally abandoned during the first world war. The current owners began a total renovation project in 2003 beginning with bringing drinkable water, electricity and sanitation to the mill for the first time. Since then they have created four individual self-catering holiday gites within the building complex. The accommodation has been reconstructed to a very high standard but still retains many of the original features, particularly the exposed beams and the wonderful cream-coloured limestone. The mill stands in 11 acres of park and woodland with it's own little river, the Chazotte, running through it. Visitors can enjoy the total rural tranquilty of the mill location and the many facilities such as the large salt water pool whilst being able to be in bustling Cognac in 10 minutes by car.

The history of Cognac: The Cognac area was colonised by the Romans for some 800 years and any town or village with the letters 'ac' at the end or it's name was originally a roman villa (hence names like Cognac, Mesnac, Jarnac etc). The Romans introduced vines and viticulture into the region and so initiated the development of the world-famous drink of Cognac. Nowadays Cognac production is a thriving industry and we have the likes of Hennessy, Courvoisier and Martell almost on our doorsteps. We recommend that you have a conducted tour (and tasting!) of at least one Cognac distillery while you are staying with us.

There are also literally hundreds and hundreds of small family-run Cognac producers in the Charente and we have a close tie with the Chateau Chesnel which produces Cognac and Pineau (a local aperitif based on Cognac) under the family name of Roffignac. There was an intermarriage between the Chesnel and Chazotte families back in the middle ages so it makes for a particularly interesting local visit.

Water sports: The West coast of France boasts some of the finest sandy beaches in Europe. The mill is located only an hour from Royan where you can combine a day basking on the beach with a superb meal at one of many fresh-fish restaurants. At St. Georges de Didonne (next to Royan) is a magnificent sheltered and sandy beach which is perfect for younger kids. There is now also a pretty hair-raising tree rope-walking centre! For the more confident swimmer you can drive just a few miles along the coast from Royan to the Côte Sauvage and indulge in some surfing or body-boarding in the perfect Atlantic waves. Closer to home, and possibly for a cloudy day, we have water activity centres at St. Jean d'Angély, Angouleme and Jonzac. Even closer still (7 minutes by car!) is a recreation lake at Thors where you can hire pedalos or enjoy swimming in the lake before enjoying a good and very reasonably priced meal at the restaurant by the lake. Of course you can always go for a swim in the pool right here too!

Holidays for Mums (and Dads!) as well as the kids: For busy Mums a break from the routine of cooking and cleaning can be crucial. So, we provide well-equipped kitchens and a BBQ to encourage the dads to grab the apron while mum chills out with a book by the pool or on the terrace with a glass of wine. Superb fresh produce from local markets suddenly also makes cooking exciting again. Of course with such a wealth of restaurants, in theory, you needn't cook a single meal during your entire stay here! We often have a group BBq for all our guests at the back of the mill too.

As for the children well, we have one very important asset here...11 acres of space with a river! We have bikes for exploring, we have a large Canadian canoe for a paddling adventure right from the millpond. We have badminton and swings in the shade of the wood. We have a stunning saltwater pool (larger than average at 6m x 12m) - floodlit, heated and securely fenced. We have table-tennis and table-football in the barn and a 7 acre field for rounders and cricket.

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Details for holiday home Le Hibou, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

Le Hibou is a two bedroom house sleeping 4 and up to 5 persons using an occasional bed. The bedrooms are on the first floor with glorious views to the South from the front and across the mill races and into the woods at the back. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower and wash basin. There is also a separate shower room with toilet and vanity unit. On the ground floor is a large open-plan living area with comfortable seating for five and satellite TV, a cd player, books and games plus an activities folder. The dining area has a table and seating for up to five. The kitchen is fully-fitted with a comprehensive range of appliances, utensils, cutlery and crockery. The house has lots of original features such as exposed stonework and beams. For winter use there are electric panel radiators and a log-effect fire. There is a downstairs toilet and an entrance lobby. Outside is a South-facing terrace with a sun-awning and hardwood table and chairs plus a barbecue.
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Bob and Jane Todd (Owner)
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Reviews

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5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

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Le Hibou
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Le Hibou
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p439617?uni_id=1065883
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
IdF
5

nous reviendons...

  • 5 out of 5
Spacieux et décoré avec gout, rien n'y manque - très bien équipé, y compris accès Internet par Wi-Fi. Grande piscine état impeccable, vue sur les vignes
Ville de Cognac à proximité, musées, châteaux, balade sur la Charente, Paléosite, et beaucoup de visite à faire à moins de 30 minutes. Le moulin a une histoire, laissez Bob et Jane vous la raconter.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Le Hibou
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p439617?uni_id=1065883
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
Essex, England
5

Home from Home

  • 5 out of 5
The property was immaculate and had all the labour saving devises to make for an relaxing holiday. The owners were very friendly. The location was quiet and relaxing, not too far from the attractions that we wanted to visit. We enjoyed cycling around the country roads and canoeing on the local stream.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Le Hibou
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p439617?uni_id=1065883
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
Devon, UK
5

A pleasant week

  • 5 out of 5
Lovely secluded setting, apartment converted and equipped to high standard, and friendly hosts.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your kind comments.
May and June are particularly good months to holiday in this part of France. Everything is still fresh and green before the full summer sun kicks in and yet all the touristic attractions are open. There is the added bonus of only paying mid-season accommodation rates too!
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Le Hibou
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p439617?uni_id=1065883
+0033 (0)545 323972
Cognac Charente
Glasgow, Scotland
5

Le Hibou

  • 5 out of 5
The location, the property and the proprietors' welcome was everything that we hoped for and some more. We were three - two adults and a fourteen year-old with a love of sports and the outdoors. The standard within the gite was excellent and we could not fault it even of we tried. The location was rural, but close enough to Cognac town and others for our purposes - golf at Cognac, Saintes and (best of all) Royan; the latter being a fair drive (no pun intended), but worth it for the town and the best course we've played anywhere (yes, including Scotland!).
Then the woods and field surrounding the property, and the quiet country roads, were ideal for an early morning or late evening stroll.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property, which is enhanced by the ever genial hosts, Bob and Jane.
(Giving a secret away: we stayed the year before at a fine property in Monflinquin for a family wedding; the health and safety talk regarding the pool etc took over two hours of my brother-in-law's time - the rest if us having sloped off as we saw the way this was heading. Don't worry, you will not have to undergo that ordeal with Bob - and do try the tractor and cutting the grass while you are there).
John, Margaret and Sean.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Many thanks John, Margaret and Sean - hmmm...must brush up on my Health & Safety!
Seriously though, we find that a gentle warning to the children on arrival plus a good dose of common sense all round always does the trick.
We get quite a few guests from Scotland because their school hols are slightly earlier than in England so they can often book at the mid season rates.

Location

Location

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Cognac
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély on the A10
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Royan
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cherves Richemont
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
La Mongie (Barèges, Pyrenees)
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf du Cognac
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Chateau Mesnac
Car: necessary

The peaceful and gently rolling terrain of this beautiful area of vineyards and woodlands is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike and it's a bird-spotters paradise. Restaurants of all types are abundant but the local Charentais cuisine is exquisite and nowhere more so than at our local Chateau Mesnac which is within walking distance from the mill. Several theme parks (eg Futuroscope) are great for a day out but there are also aquariums, zoos, historic chateaux, many roman sites, ancient churches and abbeys all within reach by car. Local towns have excellent food markets and brocantes (flea markets) are common in the summer. Canoeing on the Charente and pedalling on the Velorail near Cofolens are great for working up an appetite! A day out to the beach at Royan or Ile d'Oléron is a must combined with a meal at one of the fresh-fish retaurants. Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saintes and Angouleme all make a fascinating day trip - we'll provide details of many more such outings in your gite.

Other Activities: Please check out the many, many activities via our website link

Golf: The Poitou Charentes region of France has yet to market itself properly to the world golfing fraternity. There are dozens of well-regarded golf courses in this area not the least of which is the superb Cognac golf course at St. Brice. In recent years we have hosted numerous golfers who have combined their love of the game with an opportunity to chill out here at the pool as well as to explore the area. We have a section on our website specifically devoted to golfing which you can get to via our link on this website.

Ski: Skiing is not something that goes on much in this part of France largely because we rarely get any snow! However we have a direct connection with a ski and activity holiday company based in the Pyrenees which may well be of interest if you're into skiing or, for that matter, any other activity-based holiday. Mountainbug is run by our daughter and son-in-law and they operate out of Barèges near Lourdes. They offer full board and lodging with tuition and mountain-guiding as well as airport collection etc (from Pau or Toulouse airports usually). You can find a link to them on our website or we'd be pleased to give you more details ourselves. In recent years we have arranged a number of 'two-centre' holidays for families wanting an avtive week or so in the mountains followed (or preceded) by a week or two in the tranquility of the Charente here at the mill.

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Cognac, Charente

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  • BOOKING PROCEDURE: A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable to secure the booking. The balance of 75% is then due 8 weeks before the start date. Payments can be in Euros or Sterling at the conversion rate on the day. Please contact us to discuss the most convenient (and painless!) way to do it. We will send you a booking form for completion or you can download a copy from our website www.cognacvacances.com

    SECURITY DEPOSIT: A security deposit of 1 weeks low season rental is required at the same time as the balance payment for each booking. This is to be by separate cheque or other payment and will be refunded in full within 2 weeks of the end of your stay once any breakages or damage has been paid for. Full details can be found on our website www.cognacvacances.com
  • CLEANING: Your accommodation will have been thoroughly cleaned at the time of your arrival. We would like you to leave the place in the same condition at the end of your stay. If you prefer we can arrange a cleaning service at an additional charge of 30€. Please note that if exceptional cleaning is required we may need to charge an additional amount to cover the expenses incurred.
  • HEATING: During mid and low season lets heating may be required. The gite has electric panel heating and additional electricity used in heating will be metered and charged at EDF cost.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Le Hibouin Cognac in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 96 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite shower - Shower Enclosure , En suite to main bedroom
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Main bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Cot or fold-up bed available
    small bedroom - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Canoe
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Child's Swing
  • Boat with Paddles
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating