|Le Moulin de Coulouvray||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||1||None|
This is a beautiful old mill tucked away down a very quiet lane which hardly sees any traffic. On one side the stream flows right next to the mill, there are two waterfalls. Opposite is a small pond where guest can try their hand at casual fun fishing. Some tackle is provided.
Originally built in 1648, the mill has ben fully rebuilt and modernised recently which wifi, FreeSat tv (English channels). Parking is outside. No children 5 years on safety grounds but great fun for older children to splash about in the stream.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessities: Cooker with oven and grill, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, small freezer, dishwasher, cafetière etc.
Loads of dishes and good quality crockery and cutlery and glass, plus some large wine glasses for the connoisseur.
The dining area next to the kitchen has a large family table with plenty of chairs.
Off the dining room is an illuminated screened off area of the old mill workings on display.
The main living room is full of character with a replica of the grain hopper and an original sack hoist in the corner. Three sofas, chairs, table and plenty of variable lighting. FreeSat tv and dvd player with a huge library of dvds for all ages and tastes. Lovely wood burning stove.
Main Bedroom: Double bed, bedside tables and lamps plenty of clothes storage with lovely view of pond
Second Bedroom: Double bed, lamp, dressing table, clothes storage
Modern P shaped shower bath with overhead mixer. Extractor and shaving light, basin and wc
A Separate wc and basin is located off the kitchen downstairs, off the washing machine room.
Woodburning stove also operates the central heating. Back up electric heaters in living room and dining room.
FreeSat tv, dvds, wi-fi,Backgammom, board games, jigsaws plus pleanty of books, brochures and magazines.
The Mill has a large garden and terrace. The terrace has a bbq and teak garden table and chairs with a parasol. There are also some plastic garden chairs. There is a bridge over the stream. The garden extend to rough ground alongside the stream.
Parking at the top of the path.
Not suitable for children under the age of 5 years on safety grounds due to the milling adjacent to water.
There are stone steps inside and out so not suitable for persons of limited mobility.
Dogs are welcome at the mill on the strict understanding that owners agree to keep them off the furniture and clear up the garden before departure. The garden is not specifically fenced for dogs.
After many busy years working, it was a great opportunity to buy a quiet and peaceful retreat. My wife and I both love coming to France, especially to Normandy which is so tranquil.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||Normandy is very close to UK and can be reached quite easily from the parts of France and northern Europe. The location is very relaxing, and a very short drive from Caen or Cherbourg|
|Unique benefits of property||The mill is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. Sit on the terrace by the waterfall sipping a local cider or whatever and really wind down. Everything is here from wifi, FreeSat tv, bbq, woodturner; a fully equipped house with everything you need.|
Under an hour from Le Mont St Michel. This is the second most visited site in all of France and a must see for every visitor. Go early to beat the coaches in the summer.
Bayeux Tapestry. About a 1.5 hour drive. The Tapestry and city of Bayeux with its wonderful cathedral are a great day out.
WW2. The Normandy landing beaches are also about a 1.5 hour drive. The north coast here has many cemeteries, memorials and museums. My favourites: Pegasus Bridge (near the port of Ouistriham) Utah Beach (hauntingly bleak, yet majestic and moving).
I recommend a trip to Carolles beach which is miles of sand. Lots of parking and a couple of cafes. 40 minutes via Avranches. Also a St Pere-sur-Mere another good beach and pretty hamlet. The beach as a tidal swimming pool. North of Granville, a classy town worth exploring, are many more beaches to check out.
Markets locally most days. Top picks are Villedieu-Les-Poeles-Tuesdays, Avranches-Saturdays. Smaller ones at Brecey-Fridays and St Sever- Saturdays.
The towns of Villedieu-Let-Poeles, Avranches and Vire all have plenty of shops cafes etc.
Local products: Cider, Calvados, Camembert, copper items in Villedieu etc etc
For an hour or so visit the granite museum 10 minutes away at St Michel de Monjou. It's only open on Sundays and bank holidays, but it's free!
Take a walk round Lac Dathee. A very pretty 6 km walk 15 minutes away.
Drive up to Coutances (about 40 mins). You'll see the magnificent cathedral as you approach the town which is worth exploring. Grab a bargain at the huge depot vente, a second hand/antique shop on the outskirts called Le Clef des Temps
Our family of four had a fab stay at the Mill this summer. We really enjoyed our stay in the beautiful Manche countryside with nothing but the wildlife for company. The kids had so much fun in the garden & stream, chasing the dragonflies & butterflies & spying on the otters in the mill pond. The house has been beautifully restored and is very well equipped for a family stay. We loved seeing the components of the waterwheel/cogs indoors & waking up to the sound of the running water everyday. We mostly used The bakeries in Villedieu les poeles and the supermarket in Brecey and enjoyed daytripping around Bayeux, Granville, Arromanches and the coast between Mont St Michel and Ouisteham. We would love to return sometime. Thanks Martyn for opening up your lovely home to us. X the Mercers