Chez Moulin de Beaumont
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Watermill | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Chez Moulin de Beaumont is close to the village of Cravans, with a bar/restaurant, boulangerie to walk or cycle to and just 3kms from the town of Gemozac with its shops, supermarkets, outdoor swimming lido, tennis courts and regular Friday market. The local fishing 'etang' is just 5 minutes away and a choice of 3 golf courses are just a short drive too.
Situated on its own, with no owners on site, and set in over an acre of garden, with a secluded walled and terraced solar heated pool, it is a typical old stone Charentaise mill house which has been renovated to provide a light, airy place to stay. All its facilities are for the sole use of the guests and so they are not shared with anyone.
With 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, additional WC, open plan well equipped kitchen, sitting room with sofas and French 'day bed' for those afternoon snoozes, there is plenty of space to enjoy the charms of this property. Situated in over two acres, and bordered by the river Beneguisse (actually, more of a stream with small waterfall), Le Moulin is surrounded by open countryside, where farmers are busy growing fruit and vegetables, along with sunflowers and vines. Just across the lane, the farmer is happy to sell his produce, including delicious Charentaise melons, directly to you and therefore saving yourself a trip to the shops.
The garden has proved to be a wildlife haven; the gentle stream often being home to families of ducks, moorhens and coots. Kingfishers and herons are regular visitors and if you're up early enough, you may well see the deer who come to drink from the stream too.
As well as being a wildlife haven, the garden provides hours of fun 'pond-dipping' for crayfish, tadpoles and small fish. All we ask is that everything caught is carefully returned to the stream or mill pond opposite the house. The moulin's interesting garden is large enough for ball games to be played, endless running around or simply finding a quiet, sheltered spot to tuck yourself away in with a good book or just your thoughts.
As well as spring and summer breaks, why not try an autumn or winter break too and witness the grape harvest, Christmas markets, as well as this beautiful peaceful area. With central heating, it really is the perfect place all year round.
Please see our website, www.chezmoulin.com, for further information and photos on the mill house and its surrounding area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: La Rochelle 90 km, Nearest railway: Pons 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
French doors lead to the enclosed patio with views of the pool, stream, farmer's fields and garden, in which, many flowers, plants, fruit trees and herbs grow.
The kitchen has most necessary mod cons needed to make your stay a comfortable one including all the usual kitchen equipment, plus a microwave and coffee maker. The dining table seats eight comfortably and for those rare times when taking a dip in the pool, sunbathing or just enjoying the surroundings is not enough, a TV, DVD player, CD/radio and i-pod docking station are supplied for your entertainment, along with wi-fi internet access. A folder setting out local information, a guide to restaurants, towns to visit and 'things to do' in and around the area, booking on the Charente Maritime and Poitou Charente in general are also here.
From here a feature staircase leads to sunny, airy sitting room. To help you relax, there are two sofas, a beautiful French 'day bed', a second TV with DVD player, a selection of DVDs, a small library of paperbacks, board games and jigsaw puzzles for your enjoyment.
Upstairs is the twin bedded room overlooking the farmer's fields and mill pond. If requested, a 'Z' bed can be made available to enable 3 children to share a room as there is plenty of space here. A cot can also be provided upon request. The upstairs double bedroom overlooks the pool area, stream, bridge and garden.
Conveniently, there is a double bedroom and downstairs bathroom on the ground floor. The bathroom is fully tiled and complete with corner bath, shower, washbasin and WC. For added 'convenience' there is also a separate WC next door.
|Further details outdoors|
With the aim of helping you make the most of your holiday, pool and garden furniture are all provided, plus of course, the all essential barbecue and tools. There is plenty of space for ball and garden games, such as boules and badminton. A children's sandpit can be found on the enclosed patio outside the French doors. Bikes are also available, making the trip to the boulangerie, a relaxing 5 minute cycle ride away.
The secluded walled and terraced heated pool (10m x 5m), is a great sun trap and is for the exclusive use of holiday guests. There is an extensive terrace with ambiant lighting so you can swim all night or just enjoy balmy evenings by the pool. In order to comply with French safety recommendations, the pool is also fenced and gated.
Please see the owners' website for more information along with terms and conditions.
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
The Charente Maritime, with its own micro-climate, equals the South of France for sunshine hours. Its sweeping vineyards produce grapes for the famous Cognac brandy and Bordeaux wines, while its oyster beds grow this local delicacy and seafood is found in abundance, being known as the ‘fast food’ of the area.
As well as the stunning beaches, with their miles of soft sand, and the elegant harbours and ports of the Atlantic coast, the region is also famous for its cultural heritage with its Romanesque churches, towns and ruins. The Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route that many pilgrims took during the Middle Ages and in fact, still do today, passes right through this area. Saintes, La Rochelle, the citadel at Brouage, Talmont sur Gironde, Pons and Rochefort, with its maritime history, are just some of the examples of the cultural wealth to be found here.
So, from beaches with miles of golden sand to historical ports, oyster farms, blue lakes, winding rivers, idyllic islands, quaint undiscovered villages and Roman sites, this peaceful, beautiful area of France really does have everything to offer the visitor.
The River Charente flows through the nearby historic Roman towns of Cognac and Saintes with its amphitheatre. The brandy houses of Hennessey, Remy Martin and Martell are based at Cognac and provide guided tours of their distilleries, offering a sample or two of the amber nectar to taste or take away.
The islands of Ile de Re and Ile d'Oleron, famous for their oyster beds and wildlife are also great for cycling with many cycle tracks meaning residents rarely use their cars and watersports with many picturesque whitewashed cottages to see along the way. The main port of La Flotte has a lively, family friendly quayside where you can enjoy the delicious local ice cream.
La Palmyre Zoo, just beyond Royan, is a must see for adults and children alike. With a world renowned breeding programme, there are always lots of young animals to see and pet.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the La Roche Courbon Chateau is one of the many Chateaux in the area not to be missed. Also recommended is the 17th century Chateau du Douhet which is set in over 49 acres of gardens.
The Bordeaux wine producing areas of Blaye, St. Emillion and Medoc are also worth a visit. Guided tours are given at many of the local chateaux.
Futuroscope at Poitiers is a colourful state-of-the-art park with a 3D cinema and latest in visual technology. Great for an out of season visit, or in case of inclement weather.
Talmont is a very pretty village nestling on the Gironde estuary. Its small lanes are filled with hollyhocks and a very old church, St Radegonde, juts out overlooking the estuary, which has many small coves and inlets which are a haven for bird-watchers.
Mortagne sur Gironde has a very picturesque port below the town, which is lively, with several bars and restaurants offering dining along the waterside, to the gentle clink of the rigging; a perfect ambiance day or night.
There are Troglodyte dwellings to visit at Meschers with breathtaking views over the estuary. Carrelets (fishing cabins on stilts) dip their nets into the estuary and the sheltered coves offer beaches and gentle waves to enjoy. River trips can also be taken from here.
Pons with its magnificent, medieval Keep and ramparts, located in the centre of the town, allows for fabulous views across the countryside with the vivid colours of the sunflowers in mid-summer. It’s a pretty town; only 10 minutes drive away, with a few restaurants, cafes and shops.
A little further afield, just less than an hour’s drive away is Brouage. It is a 17th century citadel developed by Richelieu is a truly magic place.
Beaches - the nearest beaches are about 20 minutes away by car at Meschers; these are small coves with sandy beaches. Further along the coast at St Georges de Didonne and Royan, there are huge sweeping beaches with lots of space, some watersports and full safety patrols. North of Royan is the Grand Cote - several miles of sandy beaches with some local beach patrols and a little further is the Cote Sauvage, with good sandy beaches but where the rollers come in off the Atlantic and therefore, perfect for surfers.
Sporting Activities—there are 3 good golf courses in the area at Royan, Saintes and Cognac; all within 20 minutes drive. At Royan, the golf course nestles amongst the pine forest, incorporating an 18 hole main course with a separate 6 hole pitch and putt course too. The course at Cognac is surrounded by vineyards with each holes named after a different cognac! However you’ll need to make sure you are feeling fit and ready for a challenge if you decide to play at Saintes, as it is rather a hilly course. All the courses boast excellent restaurants.
For the fisherman, fishing permits are available locally for fishing in the Charente River or nearby lakes. The local 'etang' is 5 mins away, charges about 8 Euros a day to catch what you want and take home for the bar-b-q. It has proved extremely popular with guests.
With over 2500 km of cycle routes, many quiet lanes to cycle along, there really couldn't be a better way to discover the area.
With so many interesting and wonderful sights to see, you'll wish you could stay forever!
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1 Jan 2014
"Fantastic house in a beautiful setting with great facilities."
We stayed for ten days with our one year old. The house is well equipped and great with a small child with stairgates, cot and high chair in place. We loved just relaxing in the garden and by the poo… More
Thank you so much for your feedback. It is good to hear the moulin suited you all and we very much hope to welcome you back again soon.
20 Oct 2012
"A truly special house in quiet peaceful France free from the trappings of everyday life."
We so enjoyed our one week. We had not been to France for some time and Moulin de Beaumont was welcoming, so clean, great swimming pool and beautiful garden. Real space to relax. The boulangerie in… More
We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, managing to soak up some of the local, peaceful atmosphere and making full use of the moulin, its pool and garden out of the main summer season. We hope to welcome you back in the future and thank you for taking time to post a review.
5 Sep 2012
"Fantastic Experience in a wonderful setting."
We would highly recommend this lovely house which has fantastic gardens and views. Pool was great and we spent lots of lazy days around it as this location has very hot weather into the 40's on a… More
Thank you for taking the time to post a review; it is much appreciated. We are so pleased you all made the most of the moulin and its surrounding area have to offer. Thank you for being great guests and we hope to welcome you back one day.
30 Jun 2012
"Fantastic rural holiday cottage"
Had a lovely week at Chez Moulin and we would definitely recommend it. It's a perfect spot to experience rural France while not feeling too cut off. The supermarket is a short drive away, but bet… More
Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, experiencing all the moulin and its surrounding area have to offer. We hope to welcome you back soon.
24 Jun 2012
"An amazing holiday home in outstanding location"
A wonderful well equipped holday home in wonderful landscaped surroundings. We have stayed in many villas in France but can say le Moulin is the best by far.Clean and modern accommodation.Amazing farm… More
We are so pleased you enjoyed the moulin and all the area has to offer. Thank you very much for your kind comments, which make us realise all the effort everyone puts in to ensure you have a pleasant stay, is worthwhile. We look forward to welcoming you back.
11 Oct 2011
"A wonderful experience"
Our holiday at this lovely property has been fabulous. The area is so quiet and very beautiful. The house was a very welcome surprise after a less than good holiday in another property earler in the… More
13 Jul 2011
"A really lovely place for a family holiday"
We stayed here with our two girls (9 and 12). The house was really clean and comfortable, with plenty of space and really well equipped with DVDs and games. The real gem is the garden. Large and gr… More
24 Jun 2011
"Fantastic, comfortable holiday location to discover "Real" France"
Great Holiday from start to finish, booking very simple and courteous, location exceeded expectation and pool is fantastic. Would definatly look to book again.
20 Jun 2011
"A beautiful place wth something for everyone"
Having visited the area many times, this is definitely the best house we have ever been to. Spotlessly clean and the welcome basket on arrival was wonderful to have as we'd had a long drive and so didn't need to go out for food until the next day. Good safe, off-road parking and you would need a car to stay. Folder with lots of information, restaurants from a personal view point rather than just tourist leaflets. It is half an hour's drive to some spectacular breath-taking beaches and just half an hour to Cognac, Saintes etc for some history, perfect for following the Saintonage route. It was very much appreciated to see a discount offered to couples staying. A truly beautiful, tranquil setting, listening to the stream on a warm evening as the sun goes down with a glass of wine in hand...Just perfect. We will definitely stay again. Highly recommend.
31 May 2011
"The perfect family holiday!"
We stayed here with our 2.5 year old son in May. Pictures do not do the grounds justice, our son very happily played beside the stream, looking for frogs crayfish. The pool was great and very safe as with a double safety lock, there was no way our son could get in there without an adult opening it for him (as much as he tried).
The stairs also had stairgates (top and bottom) which was very reassuring for us with a son who sometimes likes to wander half asleep into our bed during the night.
A great base to explore the area, which is surrounded by vineyards, hiring bikes is a must, there were two at the property but we hired an additional two with a child seat (we had family join us for a couple of days). The bikes were delivered to the house on the day we arrived and then collected.
The owners were extremely helpful providing any information we required about the area before we left. We have already booked our return for next year! I cant recommend the property enough.
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