Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 8 10/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Le Grand Moulin 1||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
We came to stay here and loved it so much that we bought the whole place!
This elegant and comfortably furnished gite is set in the mature and beautiful gardens of an 18th century water mill. A river borders the garden and feeds the mill stream. Ornamental trees and shrubs provide shade around the lake and offer quiet places to read, paint, relax and fall asleep in.
The swimming pool is surrounded by aromatic plants and roses. Patio furniture and pool loungers are provided along with a barbeque. There are several eating areas under the trees so that you can make the most of the weather.
The garden is perfect for wildlife and we have now spotted 50 different bird species including kingfisher, golden oriel, cirl bunting and black woodpecker. Red squirrels are often seen too.
We are surrounded by quiet country lanes for safe cycling and sleepy country villages to explore. The picturesque town of Verteuil-sur-Charente with its 12th century chateau, good restaurants and wine bar is only 3km away.
Our sunsets are spectacular and the stars are incredible.
You're going to love it!
There are 2 gites here which may be hired together for larger family groups.
The garden is large and you will find plenty of private space to enjoy even if another family is on site.
Tax de sejour is payable locally at 0.40 cents per adult per night.
Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave and electric oven and hob.
Good quality comfortable sofas, freeview English tv and dvd player. Free wi-fi.
One double bedroom with en suite shower room.
One twin bedded room with en suite shower room.
Quality bedlinen and towels provided
2 bathrooms, both en suite.
Swimming pool (towels provided). Open May to September
Garden games, boules, croquet, badminton.
Books and puzzles.
Bicycles and helmets.
Information on local sites and attractions.
Beautiful gardens with wildlife areas.
Lake, river and millstream.
Swimming pool with safety alarm.
Garden furniture, pool loungers and parasols.
Peace and quiet apart from birdsong!
Ample parking for guests.
Not suitable for very small children due to open water in several locations.
Older children welcome but must be supervised near the river, millstream and lake.
Not suitable for wheelchair users as bathrooms on first floor.
We were brought here by 'Escape to the Continent' to look for a holiday home, but while staying here we fell in love with the property and were offered it by the owners. We sold our business in the UK and returned to live here full time with our labradors and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, friendly bars and restaurants and the superb sunny weather. With a background in hospitality and a fabulous setting we are confident we can offer you a genuinely enjoyable escape.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We are surrounded by fields of sunflowers and wheat, oak woods and country lanes. Our garden has a river at the bottom and our lake is home to kingfishers, herons and several fish. The nearest town has an imposing chateau, good restaurants and three lovely bars, one right on the river, perfect for summer evenings. There is often live music here during the summer.
The Charente is one of the sunniest areas of France and even in December we have been able to eat lunch outside.
We are close to local cycling networks and the area is perfect for wildlife watching, walkers and kayakers.
|Unique benefits of property||Everyone who comes here loves the outside space. A tranquil and beautiful garden, space to play and a pool surrounded by roses.
For wildlife lovers the garden is perfect. We have red squirrels scampering through the trees and many species of birds including spotted flycatchers, golden oriels, kingfishers and nesting ducks. There are large specimen trees and unusual scented shrubs to wander among.
We are close to markets, supermarkets and visitor attractions but tucked away at the end of a quiet country lane.
The area has lots to do if you can tear yourself away from the pool but nothing beats lying in the shade with a good book and a glass of chilled white wine, always at a good price here!
Close to national cycling network route
Hire a kayak to explore the local waterways, available about 3km away with a choice of routes. Suitable for children too.
Local wine bar and gift shop selling authentic Charentaise produce
Good food in the nearby village. English spoken,
Large lake with man made beach, leisure area of 70 hectares with woodland and picnic areas.
Sailing, swimming and canoeing. 5km from Angouleme (about 30 minutes from us by car)
New water park with variety of water slides and leisure area. About an hour away from us
Lovely zoo with large selection of animals set in parkland. Snow leopards, lions, polar bears etc with close up viewing but plenty of natural space for the animals. About 2 hours away by car but worth the trip. And rhinos and hippos - www.zoo-palmyre.fr
An exact replica of an 18th century sailing ship. It is the largest and most authentically built tall ship in the last 150 years. The construction methods are displayed in the workshop next to the ship. www.hermione2015.com
La Demeure des Roses is a comfortable café bar right next to the river in Verteuil. A beautiful setting to enjoy a drink. Sports events are shown on tv and some live music is also available. Open all day in summer.
Bill and Sarah made me feel very welcome and they could not have done more to help me enjoy my week with them. Poursac is a rural and very quiet village which suited me perfectly, you have the local larger village with boulangerie, restaurant, shops and bars within a 3.5 Km bike/car ride which is so beautiful. The large town of Ruffec is just a 10/15 car ride away which has every thing you need, including at least two large supermarkets available.
I had the most relaxing week and enjoyed every minute of my stay. The Gite was very comfortable and I slept as well as I had for ages. I can not fault Bill and Sarah's hospitality at all and the days sat by the lovely pool either on the sunbed or beanbag will be remembered well into the future.
Thanks so much Kevin. We are really pleased you enjoyed your time here. Sarah and Bill
Just returned from this beautiful accommodation. The ground and facilities were to a very high standard, the surrounding area and village was lovely and we would recommend a stay here to anyone.The hosts Bill and Sarah were so helpful, kind and friendly....nothing was too much trouble. If anyone is in need of a relaxing few weeks this is the place to come to. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you very much Norma, we are so glad you enjoyed your time here. It was a pleasure to meet you both
It was an excellent stay once again. We were there 3 years before in summer and curious about nature in spring. It was so beautifull and peacefull. Very quiet, ideal when you like to read books and rest from dayly bussy life.
We have stayed in excess of 30 gites over the years and are finding it difficult to think of one that was better. The booking process with Sarah and Bill was easy They are a most friendly, hospitable and helpful couple. The site is very well maintained, comfortable and comes with everything one could need for a self catering holiday. Needless to say, the gite is spotless.
The extensive, interesting and very beautiful garden is a delight, and provides many areas to sit, relax and to enjoy a peaceful meal. Another delightful feature of the garden is the secluded and well maintained swimming pool.
There are many and varied walks to be enjoyed from the gite`s doorstop along paths,tracks and lanes, and the latter are virtually traffic free. It is a gite which is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the peace and tranquility is almost palpable.
There is no local shop or baker, but the delightful village of Verteuil is very near, or for more shops it is not far to Ruffec.
We would commend Le Grand Moulin 1 without hesitation, but please don`t book the the dates of our next visit!
Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to next time!