Converted mill to let + own lake in Normandy

Coulouvray-Boisbenatre (13km from Villedieu-les-Poeles), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004386 Advertiser since: 6 November 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Moulin de Coulouvray Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1

About this property

Old Converted Mill With Stream And Lake. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

An Old converted watermill dating from 1643, rebuilt in 1992 and fully updated recently.
The property offers modern amenities including wi-fi and Freesat tv and is tastefully furnished.
It is in a rural and very tranquil setting a 2 minute drive from the local village.
Local town with supermarket 10 minutes
Villedieu-les-Poeles, pretty market town with many cafes and restaurants 15 minutes.
40 minutes from the lovely beaches around Granville.
50 minutes from the world renowned Mont St Michel.
1 hour 20 mins from Bayeaux with its famous tapestry and cathedral
1 hour from Caen.
90 minutes from Cherbourg.   



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen, with cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, toaster large dining area with farmhouse table. Display of old mill workings behind glass screen.

Living rooms

Spacious open plan living room with 3 sofas, wood burning stove. Flatscreen tv plus dvd library, iPod dock and traditional games, tables and chairs.
Hopper, sack hoist and other character items from the mill.


Main bedroom: character room with double bed and view of lake.
2nd bedroom: smaller character room with double bed and view of lake.
3rd Bedroom: 2 single beds end to end, ideal for children.


Newly fitted spacious bathroom with P bath and shower, basin with shaver light, washstand. Downstairs WC.


Central heating throughout provided by woodburning stove.
Electric wall heaters also for back up.


Flatscreen tv with FreeSat English tv, cd player, wi-fi.
Large collection of dvds.

Garden and outside

Sunroom and large terrace overlooking stream and waterfall.
Bbq, teak garden furniture and parasol.

Parking and garages

Parking on site.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for persons who encounter difficulty with steps.
Very unsuitable for young children under 5 years.
This is due to the lake and stream being unfenced and having steep banks.
No children between 6 months and 5 years of age are accepted for safety reasons.

Information about any additional facilities

Many walks around. Lake Dathee and Le Gast are two large nearby lakes with beautiful walks.
Fishing is available on the lake, some tackle is provided.
More serious fishing nearby.
Markets on most days in nearby towns. Villedieu-les-Poeles on Tuesday, Avranches on Saturdays, Brecey on Saturdays, plus many others.
A first rate restaurant 5 minutes away in Cuves


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Well behaved dogs are welcome on the understanding that owners agree to keep them off the furniture and clear up the garden before departure. A local vet is available.



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp at Brecey
Name of nearest fishing location: At Mill for Perch,Trout
Distance: 8 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac Dathe
Distance: 15 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Walking all around

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Martyn O'Kelly

I live in the Uk and spend a lot of time in Ireland. I also try to visit the mill whenever I can as I enjoy visiting France and find Normandy very quiet and easy to get to and around.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? Peaceful and beautiful location, with stream and lake, yet near to interesting places and sites. Lots of wildlife.
Unique benefits of property A watermill which was there from 1643 and still used for milling until 1950, it has been tastefully converted and now updated. Old Victorian iron workings are still there on display, yet the place is also a real home with FreeSat tv and wi-fi. Guests can enjoy a barbecue on the terrace beside the stream in complete seclusion.

The Owner Recommends

Things to do-Places to go

Normandy has numerous attractions and activities. When you are not playing around the stream and lake, here are a few suggestions.

Le Mont Saint Michel- The 2nd most visited place in all France (after the Eifel Tower). A fabulous day out only sone 50 minutes drive from the mill. Get there early to avoid the coach loads.
Bayeux Tapistry- Another world class attraction about 90 minutes from the mill. See also the amazing cathedral there and browse the small calvados shops.
D Day landing sites-All found along the north coast some 90 minutes from the mill. Museums, Memorials and Cemeteries are everywhere to commemorate the pivotal event of WW2.
Locally- Zoo at Champrepous (20 mins), Copper museum in Villedieu-les Poeles (15 mins)

The best is at Carolles, about 45 mins away. There are a couple of cafes there. Also St Pere sur Mer (tide filled pool). All large and sandy. Swimming at high tide and surfing too.

Walking- As well as walking the paths and lanes around the mill, there are walks around Lake Dathee (9kms) and at Le Gast (5kms) Walk by the famous cascade at Mortain where rock climbing is also possible. There are many walks nearby in the forest of St Sever in Calvados.
Tennis- A public court at Brecey, clubs at Avranches and Granville
Check out the tourist office in Villedieu-les Poeles for may other options including cycle routes etc.

Villedieu-les-Poeles, on a Tuesday, very busy in the summer
Avranches, Saturday
Brecey, Friday

The best locally is Le Moulin de Jean at Cuves about 10 minutes drive. There are plenty of cafes and bistrots in Villedieu-les Poeles and Avranches

Supermarkets are open Mondays to Saturdays until about 19.30. The main ones open on Sunday mornings. Locally there is a Super U at Brecey which also sell fuel. Bakeries are often open on Sunday mornings as are the smaller convenience stores in Brecey, St Pois and Villedieu-les Poeles.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 4
  • Comfort: 5.5
  • Condition: 5
  • Facilities: 5.5
  • Local Amenities: 5
  • Setting: 7.5
  • Value for Money: 3
5.5 / 10 Familyof4 23 September, 2017

This property could be brilliant, but unfortunately we found it tired and grubby. Hopefully the owner will take these remarks and strive to change the local property management that is in place, as it is obviously failing him and casting him in a bad light.
The mill is grubby, furnishings are stained and dirty, sofas worn out and ripped. Outside was unloved, patio weedy, bbq still full of ash and cigarette butts.
Although holiday makers in the weeks previous to our visit raised similar concerns, We found it in a similar state.

4.7 / 10 Deal family 17 July, 2017

The Ad needs to be revisted as its misleading with its wording, theres not a lake its a pind which during thd summer months is very shallow and small.
My view on cleaniness differs to the owners so take that statement as you please!!

Overall I wont be in a hurry to go back there or the area, far to remote for anything you need.

Owner response

This guest mistakenly thought he had booked a "fishing" holiday. It is not and is not advertised as such. The locals fish the lake most of the year and catch perch, trout and eel. Although the level drops in the summer it is still quite fishable. As far as I know there are no 50lb carp there! The fishing is for family fun and many guests have left comments in the visitors book (over the six years I have been letting) to that effect. I forwarded many details to this guest of places for serious angling locally when advised of his concerns which was near the end of his stay. The guest made no criticism of the cleanliness of the mill on arrival but 5 days later sent a photo of a small cobweb in a window. If he was not happy with the cleanliness of the mill on arrival he could have contacted me then (not 5 days later) and it would have been resolved immediately. The mill is not remote; it is in a tranquil, rural and peaceful setting as described. There is a local shop (2 mins), local small town (10 mins), pretty larger market town (15 mins) plus 1-2 hours from world renowned attractions (Mont St Michel and Bayeux) The score of 2 for value is disingenuous. No guest before has criticised the price. The mill is advertised for 6 people, so if a couple want it for their own exclusive use that's their choice. It's a shame this is the first review on the HFD site which I have just started with. Please see reviews on Chez Nous (5 from 5) and TripAdvisor (4.5 from 5).