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Four exclusive gites in a historic French watermill only 10 mins from Cognac - Le Hibou

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,033 sq. ft.
Property type house



Le Hibou

La Maison de Hibou, translated as "The Owl House" and so named after the magnificent barn owl which was found roosting in the roof beams during the renovation. Split over two floors and with two bedrooms this gite can comfortably accommodate four people with the option for two more on a sofa bed in the lounge if required.

Le Hibou forms half of the grand, main building which was built in the mid 1890s and adjoins La Principale. This charming gite has many original architectural features, including traditional Charentais roof beams and beautiful exposed stonework.  From the master bedroom you look out over the vineyards and from the rear windows, watch the river and its wildlife flow by. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower and wash basin. There is also a separate bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity unit. On the ground floor is a large open-plan lounge with comfortable seating and satellite TV, a dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Outside is your own south-facing terrace.

About the property

Le Moulin de Chazotte

Le Moulin de Chazotte is a 16th century French watermill offering beautiful, family friendly self catering holiday accommodation.

Our four exclusive gites are brimming with charm and character whilst offering all the modern comforts and facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. The gites vary in size, from La Principale (the main house) which sleeps up to 7 people - perfect for families. Or for a couple looking for a more romantic, private stay, Le Chai, which is a cosy one bedroom hideaway. All gites have their own private terrace but also offer access to 12 acres of grounds and facilities, including the large heated and floodlit swimming pool (12m x 6m) and a variety of outdoor activities and games. See each gites listing for more details.

Located in blissful rural tranquility within the Poitou-Charente region on the French Atlantic coast, only 10 minutes away from historic Cognac and a short drive to the nearest village with that all important local boulangerie. This picturesque region is steeped in Roman and Medieval history and is known for its sleepy villages, Romanesque churches, heritage towns, as well as for the famous and delicious Cognac drink of course.

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.

More Details

Laura & Rowan Wickham
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Basic French and German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2017

About Laura & Rowan Wickham

Hello there! We are Rowan and Laura Wickham and are the proud owners of Le Moulin de Chazotte.

We purchased the Mill in early 2016. It was a somewhat impetuous decision having first seen it in September 2015 and falling totally in love with the mill, the gites, the gardens, the surrounding area and France in general. Seriously, this place is a little piece of heaven and we are so excited to start running it and welcoming lots of lovely guests.

Rowan is from New Zealand, and Laura is English and we have spent the last ten years living in Zurich, Switzerland. 

We are taking over Le Moulin from the fabulous Bob and Jane Todd who lovingly restored it to what it is today. Their knowledge, support and kindness towards us has been invaluable and we cannot thank them enough. They are off to their next adventure in the Pyrenees and we just hope that we can continue the success of the mill in a manner and spirit that continues their legacy.

So, enough about us! If you want to know more, come and visit and we can have a good old natter over a glass of wine or two on the terrace. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you at the Mill!

Laura & Rowan Wickham purchased this house in 2016

What makes this house unique

- An ancient water mill dating back to the 16th century at least. Much of the original machinery remains on view.

- A tranquil setting away from the road - amongst the vines and woods with very little traffic at all.

- Large swimming pool

- Only 10k from historic Cognac

- Less than 1hr from the coast (Royan)

Available Rentals


Stay Details: In the summer, bookings are for a 1 week minimum Saturday to Saturday. Out of high season we can be flexible on arrival and departure dates and length of booking, please contact us and we will see what we can do.
Breakage & cleaning deposit: This deposit will be refunded within 2 weeks of the end of your stay once any breakages or damage has been paid for.
Extra cleaning: All cleaning materials are provided to allow the gite to be left as clean as it was found on arrival. A final clean can be arranged at an additional cost if required.
Full details including Q&A and booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: www.moulindechazotte.com


Accommodation and facilities for Le Hibouin Cherves-Richemont in Charente

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1033 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Ensuite shower - Shower Enclosure , Shower and sink in main bedroom
    Main bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Downstqirs WC - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Main bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Cot available
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Le Hibou
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

nous reviendons...

  • 5 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: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Essex, England

Home from Home

  • 5 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: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Devon, UK

A pleasant week

  • 5 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
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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Glasgow, Scotland

Le Hibou

  • 5 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: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Gelungener Aufenthalt

  • 5 of 5

Die ehemalige Mühle in der Nähe von Cognac bietet alles, was man für erholsame Ferien braucht: Ruhe, eine liebevolle Landschaft aus Weinbergen, Sauberkeit, grosszügige, gut ausgestattete Wohnungen und wunderbare Vermieter, die sich liebevoll um ihre Gäste kümmern. Die Mühle ist auch ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Touren in die Umgebung mit ihren reizvollen Dörfern, Städten und mittelalterlichen Kirchen. Hier möchte man wieder herkommen.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cherves Richemont
Nearest Ferry
240 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf du Cognac
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
St Jean d'Angély on the A10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Chateau Mesnac
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
La Mongie (Barèges, Pyrenees)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Translated as the Mill of Chazotte, we are a 16th century French watermill offering beautiful, family friendly self-catering holiday accommodation near Cognac, France.

Our four exclusive gites are brimming with charm and character whilst offering all the modern comforts and facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. All gites have their own private terrace and also offer access to 12 acres of grounds and facilities, including the large heated and floodlit swimming pool.

Located in blissful rural tranquility within the Poitou-Charente region on the French Atlantic coast, we are only 10 minutes away from historic Cognac and a short drive to the nearest village with that all important local boulangerie. This picturesque region is steeped in Roman and Medieval history and is known for its sleepy villages, Romanesque churches, heritage towns, as well as for the famous and delicious Cognac drink of course.

Nearby Activities: 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 within a short driving 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 restaurants. Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Saintes and Angouleme all make great day trips.

Golf: With a choice of 20 first class golf courses in some stunning locations, Poitou-Charentes is a great destination for a French golf holiday, with the temperate climate and long hours of sunshine enabling play all year round. The beautiful links course of Golf de la Prée overlooks the Baie de l’Aiguillon and Ile de Ré (1.5 hour drive from the Mill). The 18-hole Golf du Cognac in Saint-Brice is particularly popular with British visitors and is less than 30 minutes away. Slightly further afield (2 hour drive) is the Golf du Haut Poitou, where an 18-hole challenge and 9-hole pitch-and-putt course overlook the beautiful lake of Saint Cyr.

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!

Family Friendly: In addition to our well equipped gites to provide you all the comforts of home, the Mill also offers 12 acres of gardens, including our own river! You don't even need to leave the Mill to enjoy a day of canoeing, badminton, table tennis, table football, cricket or rounders on the field, or just lounging by our stunning saltwater pool (larger than average at 6m x 12m) - floodlit, heated and securely fenced.


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