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On the Lac de Rille, a birdwatchers' paradise

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The property is located very close to the Lac de Rille a national bird reserve and adjacent to mixed forest which stretches to the Loire Valley. It is an ideal location for walking, cycling, canoeing , fishing, and birdwatching. A wooden Canadian canoe, a rowing boat and bicycles are available for hire.

For a 'quick tour' of the property and its surroundings, please view the video available on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrRlrxQC84k

The property is part of 'Les Mousseaux' , an old watermill on the River Lathan, which flows through the gardens. There is also a large wildlife pond and almost two hectares of organic gardens and woodlands. Wonderfully quiet and peaceful with plant conservatory, riverside walk and woodland.

We are ideally located for most of the best known chateaux of the Loire, close to both Saumur and Tours. An ideal location for a 'get away from it all' holiday. We guarantee tranquility and calm.

There is also a conservatory created from a ruined building close by in which passion fruit vines and other subtropical fruit are grown and a large organic vegetable garden (fresh vegetables and honey from our bees, are for sale in season), flower garden, wildlife lake, and riverside (where fishing is possible). There is a private picnic area at the end of the river bank. In spring and summer you may see kingfishers, the golden oriole and hoopoes near the river and green and spotted woodpeckers frequent n the woods near the house. Ospreys have been known to visit the Lac de Rillé in the past.

See also LA BERGERIE (also on Holiday Lettings) which can accommodate a further four people if you wish to book for a large group of up to eight people.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac de Rille 2 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Tours 25 km, Nearest railway: Saumur 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Boat available
General CD player, Fax machine, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The modern kitchen has been created from a converted stable/byre retaining many of the original features. There are huge oak beams on the ceiling. There is a round dining table with six chairs. The old hay rack and livestock chains are retained as features.

The timbered bedrooms retain the old beams and are tiled throughout. The main bathroom has basic facilities including a shower attachment.

At the far end of the building is a third bedroom or 'annexe' with an en suite bathroom/toilet in the form of a small converted grenier with a separate entrance, with a double bed and en suite bathroom. This is available for an additional charge (please enquire). It is very quaint and comfortable and provides accommodation for two further people (double bed) at a very low additional cost.

Further details outdoors

Visitors are welcome to walk around and enjoy the two hectares of gardens at 'Les Mousseaux'. The gardens are bordered on the south by a large wildlife lake and the River Lathan (you can swim here and there is private fishing with BIG carp), There is a large organic potager with 'square foot' beds. We also have a large polytunnel and fresh vegetables and fruit are available in season.

The flower garden was started in 2005 and we have planted very many trees since 2003 . There were a number of mature fruit trees in place already by the pond to which we have added over the years. Fig trees on the south wall of the barn produce two crops a year of delicious figs.

The conservatory, created from the ruins of an ancient 'cellier', has a small pool and fountain in the inside corner which sometimes has a frog or two (which surprise visitors with their sudden loud croaking!) Here you will find edible passion fruit, guavas, feijoa, pomegranates, and other sub tropical fruit. An ideal location for a cool glass of wine on summer evenings or a barbecue on evenings when the weather is not so warm.

There is a picnic table able to sit six, and a rustic bench beside the river at the end of the pond, an ideal site for a barbecue or just to sit and watch the kingfishers with a glass of wine.

We have two delightful child-friendly dogs (Billy and Bertie), a number of cats, five geese, a malicious duck, chickens and several hives of productive bees. Fresh seasonable vegetables and eggs can be bought and there is honey from our own hives on sale.

Further details

Welcome pack available, with bottle of wine, vegetables and flowers in season. Tourist brochures.

Garden is shared with owners of the house but guests are welcome to wander anywhere they wish. We respect your privacy if you prefer to be left undisturbed or are happy to chat and give advice.

Swimming available in river or at the Lac de Rillé, especially near 'Huttopia', 3km away where there is a little beach and supervised swimming. There is also a little steam train which runs around the lake and is a wonderful attraction for children, whatever their age!

The Loire Valley region

The Loire Valley offers hundreds of attractions of historic interest, from its ancient chateaux, including the Chateau de Breze and its 'souterrains', troglodyte dwellings carved in the 'tuffeau' of the region, wonderful architecture in its ancient cities of Tours and Angers, and the unparalleled landscape of the Loire Valley and its tributaries. It is one of France's great wine making areas, and the sparkling wines of Saumur and Vouvray are a great attraction, with visits to its 'caves'. You can also visit the distillery in Saumur where the famous 'Triple Sec' (which predates Cointreau) is made, along with other liqueurs.

Just to the north is the valley of the little Loir, with its picturesque steep wooded valleys and deep flowing currents.

This is 'green tourism' at its best.

Breil

Breil is particularly famous for the August 15th Fete de la Chasse, which attracts 20,000 + visitors from all over France. (Visiteurs pour la Fete de la Chasse sont bienvenus. Le camping est aussi possible.) It is held at the Chateau du Lathan and culminates in a magnificient firework display. Great for all hunting dog, and wildlife enthusiasts.

The gardens of the chateau can be visited most days of the year.

Nearby is a working watermill, the Moulin de Jau, a long walk or short cycle ride away.

The Lac de Rille has a cycleway and forest track around its 10km diameter.

It also has a little steam railway in season, 'Le Petit Train'. See our website for more details.

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13 Aug 2014

5/5

"Fabulous escapism"

Took my 10 and 13 year old and partner to escape technology and alarm clocks, I was a little unsure at first but couldn't have been more right, had the most chilled out fabulous time.Fresh chicke… More

23 Aug 2013

5/5

"A lovely peaceful rural property suitable for cycling and walking"

We had a most enjoyable 9 day stay at La Moussette in July 2013. The accommodation was very comfortable and lacked nothing. The location was stunning in lovely rural countryside just outside of the p… More

6 Aug 2012

5/5

"Very friendly and quaint place to stay but handy for the Loire Valley wine routes"

This is our second stay with Adrian and Sally. On both occasions they have been friendly and helpful, always around for a chat about what is available in the area. When you arrive you get a free box o… More

29 Jul 2012

4/5

"Great holiday for enjoying the outdoors and relaxation"

We spent four nights at La Mousette and found the building comfortable and clean, Adrian and Sally Fox the owners were very welcoming and helpful. Highlights included the cycle paths around the area a… More

24 Jul 2012

5/5

"Escape to the Country"

We had a lovely stay at La Moussette and I hope this review provides you with a brief insight in to why we will be returning for another stay.If you are looking for 5 star hotel luxury then stop readi… More

30 Sep 2011

5/5

"Lovely."

Les Mousseaux was just what we were looking for in our French holiday, and more. Adrian and Sally were wonderfully sweet and helpful, eager to share and help to make our stay comfortable. We especially loved the bicycles they provided, as the gite is perfectly located for cycling: flat, quiet, well-paved roads, and near to a very impressive number of well-marked cycle-routes. Other highlights of our stay there were the animals, the dramatic geese, sweet dogs and bizarrely loveable south american duck... as well as an impromptu (and fascinating!) lesson in Bee keeping from our hosts. The nearby lake (and canoe, also from the gite) was beautiful and lovely for swimming.

All in all we found our stay here friendly, warm, homey, and brimming with potential for relaxation or adventure or some combination of both...

17 Jul 2011

5/5

"The Good Life"

Adrian & Sally are excellent hosts with a weath of information at hand about the local area.The accomodation is good and well situated only 20 minutes from the Loire valley area.Compared to most Gi… More

18 Jun 2011

5/5

"Feel right at home in rural France"

A great choice for those who truly want to relax and enjoy a slice or rural France with minimal environmental impact. It has its own spring fed water supply and solar heated water. We got to Tour by t… More

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  • 6 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:27 Sep 2014

Based in France

Languages spoken
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  • French
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