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 a wet room and WC to enter large family kitchen (cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer) overlooked by a mezzanine landing. From the kitchen, door through to the large dining room/reading room and stairs. - First floor – seating area on the landing leading to family bathroom; 1 x twin bedroom and 1 x 3 bedroom; through hallway to two large individual double master ensuite-bedrooms. - Garden – the upper cottage garden has gravelled seating areas, patio and trees that provide welcome shade. A summer kitchen to the side alongwith shed housing 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.
Traditional rural Farmhouse Villa where you can relax in the unspoilt heart of the French countryside and adjust to a different pace of life
About Debbie Bogusz
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.
Debbie Bogusz purchased this House in 1999
Why Debbie Bogusz chose La Forêt-de-Tessé
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
Pool / Spa
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Relaxed and chilled after a flabby week.
Beautiful house on the country-side
It was our first time to this location with 3 families (5 adults + 5 kids). We had plenty of room, each family had its own bathroom, a huge kitchen with all that is needed for daily live.
We enjoyed the outdoor kitchen while having BBQ and as it was very hot this summer we spent most of the time in the large pool.
We had the honour to meet one of the hosts (Chris) who was really nice as he cleaned the pool twice during our two week stay.
We can recommend going to La Rochelle for a day and also doing a Kayak tour starting in Taizé-Aizie where you can also visit the high-wire garden.
All in all we had a great and relaxing time and will come back in the future.
Delighted to have been able to host you and your friends and meet your lovely family. Thank you for taking care of the house and please come back again. Chris, Helen, Deb & Mark - La Maison d'hibou
We have had a great week at this wonderful house. It had plenty of room for the 9 of us. We didn't see much of the environment because the kids entertained themselves in and around the pool. It is a quiet location, but it's a short ride to nearby towns.
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.
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
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.
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.
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