MOULIN du CHATEAU
About the home
A Luxury 18th Century Watermill in Private Gated 20 Acres with Heated Private Pool.
The Moulin du Chateau is tucked away in a stunningly beautiful setting . This 18th Century converted watermill is a paradise for those in search of an idyllic retreat. Situated in the ' Parc Naturel Regional de la Brenne ' , the mill overlooks the ANGLIN RIVER and has its own private river frontage and 20 acres of private gated grounds for mill guests only, complete with 2 free boats and two small private islands. This very comfortable accommodation in beamed rooms, with the added attraction of swimming in the landscaped, private heated Chateau pool with diving board and Jacuzzi next door, makes this a marvellous holiday destination. The Anglin River and surrounding area is a Haven for birds ( ducks,heron, kingfishers, pheasant, partridge,etc. ) and Heaven for fishermen with its 15 types of fish ( trout, carp, perch, pike, tench, etc. ). There are interesting medieval towns, villages and Chateaux close by. You can whet your appetite on the delicious delicacies at the local restaurants. The friendly Anglo-American Chateau owners will give you a warm welcome.
*****Enjoyed-location, wildlife, weather, wine and food. Visited St. Savin, Chauvigny, Angles-sur-Anglin, Fontgombault Abbey & Oradour to name but a few. Holiday over too quickly.--Mr. & Mrs. Owen Darling
*****Had a wonderful two weeks at the Mill, wonderful place to unwind and relax with the family. Managed to catch almost twenty fish but the big pike proved too elusive. Eating out we have been spoiled for choice. St. Savin, Le Blanc and Chauvigny all have great restaurants. Some of the highlights for visiting must be Futuroscope, Chauvigny Castle and Abbey, Le Blanc's market on Saturday and the boat to cruise up and down the river. Thank you for your help and hospitality.--Guy Miller and Family
*****My wife and I planned a gastronomic week but we have enjoyed our time around the mill so much that we have eaten in every evening. I am glad we brought the binoculars, otherwise we would not have enjoyed the wild life as much.-- David Dunsmuir
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||At the Moulin du Chateau|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player, Boat available for guest use|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake / river|
Further details indoors:
***English Satellite TV - All the programmes you see in the UK and more !! *** Master bedroom with anteroom & En suite bathroom- vanity unit, washbasin, mirror, stall shower, WC. *** 2 Twin bedrooms with washbasins, mirrrors. ***Double sofabed & Baby cot. *** 2nd Bathroom- Tub/Shower, vanity unit, washbasin, mirror & WC.*** Kitchen- fully equipped plus 2 Kitchen towels, Electric Kettle , Coffee Maker & High Chair. *** Central Heating is by glass-fronted wood burning fireplace with 15 kw stove insert. Heat is circulated via hidden conduits by thermostat controlled and filtered turbo-pump to all bedrooms and corridor. Free logs. *** Each Floor is 67 sq. meters :670 sq. feet.
Further details outdoors:
*** Patio overlooking river scene. *** Table, Chairs for 8 *** Private River Fishing, Boating & Swimming Allowed at any time.*** Gas Bar-B-Q (Free Gas) ***Sunloungers for Patio & Pool *** ***Free Exclusive Boat use (2 Boats).. *** *** 20 acres that surround the Moulin are available for private walks, picknicking,flying kites, etc.
*** A Warm Welcome To Children. The river setting may make it unsuitable for small children.
***Private Heated Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi & Diving Board for Mill Guests' Sole Use are available from 11th May, 2013 to 1st September, 2013 from 9am-6pm daily.*** Pool is serviced daily and is heated to a minimum of 26 degrees C. ***This is a Non-Smoking Property *** Sorry,No dogs allowed.
INCLUDED IN PRICE : 2 Boats, Electricity, Gas, Water, Logs for Fireplace & Central Heating, Gas for Bar-B-Q, Baby Cot, High Chair, Sanderson Percale Bed Linen plus Duvets & Pillows ( Beds made prior to your arrival), 2 Kitchen Towels, Fans, All Appliances. Please bring your own towels.
Available for £6 per person per week (the only extra) : 2 Hand Towels & 2 Bath Towels.
The Loire Valley / Indre region
In this immediate area there are many medieval churches, Chateaux, towns and villages. Twenty minutes away is ST. SAVIN , with its 11th Century Romanesque Church and its famous frescoes ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site); ten minutes further on is CHAUVIGNY with its five floodlit chateaux clustered together on a hill- a fantastic sight! The town has a summer-long festival centred around the chateaux featuring performances ( folk-dance; jazz;and classical music ) from all over the world. Most are free. Another 20-25 minutes further down the road is Futuroscope -exciting for all the family. At ARGENTON- SUR CREUSE is Argentomagus Roman Amphitheatre, Town and Museum. (About 40 minutes away).Among the medieval villages nearby is ANGLES-SUR-ANGLIN and ST. BENOIT DU SAULT, each designated as one of the most beautiful villages of France. The historic university town of POITIERS and its Old Quarter and the Romanesque Church Notre-Dame -laGrande ,with outstanding carvings , is 45 minutes away. There is so much more to do and see, or just relax!
The Le Blanc / St Hilaire-sur-Benaize area
The tourist office in Le Blanc has a daily notice board and literature of local activities in addition to the literature and brochures we provide. They are English speaking and in the summer they are open 7 days a week. Saturday is the major market day in Le Blanc- Wednesday is the minor market day.
How to get there
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Fly with Ryanair to Poitiers airport . Several car rental companies are there (Avis,etc.) Moulin du Chateau is 40 miles . The Eurostar (TGV) via Lille is also at Poitiers. Car rental companies are across the street from the station. It is also 40 miles. For detailed information about car rental and discount ferry crossings please contact us.
Activities near Le Blanc
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
23 Sep 2012
I really don't know where to start, so to set the scene, the accommodation is a tastefully converted water mill located next to a small Chateau in the “Brenne” National Park area of France, roughly equidistant from Poitiers and Tours (an hour by road from either).
We stayed in early July and travelled (early) by road from London and the Channel Tunnel arriving at about 17.00 the same day. That was with a one hour stop off for lunch. It would be very difficult to come here without a car as there is no public transport within a few miles. The Moulin is located at the end of a mile long single track road tucked away from the rest of civilisation, although there is plenty of wildlife to keep you entertained. The owners live in the Chateau next door and are there if you need them, but otherwise leave you to get on with whatever you want in your own peace and quiet. The nearest town is Le Blanc which is a fairly typical small French town with a small selection of eateries and obligatory but welcome supermarkets.
The Moulin has three levels and they are reached from very authentic and rustic stairs. I am not the fittest person in the world so whilst daunting at first, they posed no problem; my teenagers took the bags up though! The ground floor is just that, ground. It is where the original mill workings were and there is still a big stone and some winding gear. One of the two boats you will have use of is kept inside as well as a washing line. So once up the first set of stairs you come to the main living area. This is a BIG space with a kitchen and living area. The kitchen has absolutely everything you will need and it was very clean when we arrived. Cooker, fridge, small freezer, toaster, microwave, kettle and well stocked cupboards with all the crockery and utensils you will need. There is a washing machine and drier and for those who like that sort of thing, an iron and ironing board. The living area has a main dining table with chairs as well as a couple of sofas and armchairs and a TV with a DVD player and Sky that offers all the usual UK Freeview channels, oh and there are some lovely views out onto the river and weir.
So off up the stairs then and there is a toilet / bathroom on the left and then two twin bedrooms with wash basins and plenty of storage. The master bedroom is at the end and has a double bed with separate shower and toilet. All of the upstairs rooms are in what would have been the roof space so have lovely wooden beams all over the place, but these are tastefully restored and add character rather than just getting in the way, the decoration is superb and everything was perfectly clean, no cobwebs hanging from the rafters !
So once settled in it's time for a walk around the grounds. You are free to wander into the Chateau grounds and there is a small swimming pool which was cleaned and no doubt the owners will show you how to run the filter before you pop in for a dip. Back at the Moulin there is a gas barbeque on a small patio area with a garden table and chairs (you know the plastic ones). We made use of this and it cooks a mean meat feast.
If you are in any way interested in wild life then you are in luck. On arrival there was a nest in the ground floor of the Moulin with some tiny swallows (?) being fed by mum and dad. By the end of the week we watched them flee the nest and take their first flights, quite magical. Bats… Not to everybody's liking but if you wander downstairs at dusk there are at least two that fly around inside. They are fascinating to watch and they make no attempt to encroach into the living area! All four of us stood watching them one night and they never hit us once even when we moved around. Outside we were entertained by some local wild cats. They will not bother you and run as soon as you go anywhere near them, but the barbeque smell did attract them. On day two we had a lot of aaaaw cuuuute noises when our children discovered a litter of five kittens just down the road. Dragonflies were a regular feature in all colours, shapes and sizes but apart from buzzing around they don't get in the way and they don't bite. There were a few rabbits but they run like mad whenever you are about. We had a mole (eat your heart out Jasper Carrot) Google it if you don't know what I am rambling on about. Oh there were a few frogs that croak quite a bit at night time, well squawk. We were able to watch a heron on a few days. None of us were bitten by anything all week, which for me is quite amazing, not a mosquito in sight.
The river itself is owned by the owners so you have sole use. There are two rowing boats that you have use of throughout your stay and the children loved them. You are free to use the river both above and below the weir at will either in it (swimming is safe, but a bit muddy!) and fishing is positively encouraged and the stretch of river is for you and only you to fish on. We do not fish, but can assure you there are some pretty big ones around about as witnessed by their jumping. You can actually walk across the weir to the field on the opposite bank which I plucked up the courage to do, and am glad I did as it affords lovely views of the Moulin and Chateau.
Prices range from £600 a week in late summer (pool closed) to £755 from May to June right up to £1295 in peak time. The owners have a UK bank account so money transfer is simple without need to covert currency. We were asked to pay a £200 security which was paid back immediately on our return and you are expected to leave everything clean and tidy on departure.
22 Sep 2012
Just returned from a wonderful holiday at this magical place. We'd seen photos beforehand, but our first sight of the beautiful watermill, with the fairytale chateau alongside took our breath away. The waterlily covered river was like a Monet painting, and we spent a glorious two weeks rowing, fishing, lazing in the garden and watching the wildlife.
The mill was extremely comfortable, light, airy and very clean. Although ancient, it was full of mod cons, including a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier.
Our holidays usually involve lots of sightseeing and restaurant visits, but we were so enchanted with our watermill, and its surroundings, that we couldn't bear to tear ourselves away, and ended up not going anywhere at all, apart from a few quick excursions to the local supermarkets for provisions. A good gas barbeque is provided, and we decided that no restaurant could possibly provide a better view, so we cooked and ate all of our meals on the lovely riverside patio.
The charming owners live in the chateau, and are on hand if needed, but are not at all intrusive. The mill is quite separate, with a private driveway, so we had complete privacy. We booked our next visit before we left, and can't wait to go back.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL+||18 May 13||8 Jun 13||£ 755||-||-||1 Week|
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL||8 Jun 13||22 Jun 13||£ 765||-||-||1 Week|
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL||22 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 785||-||-||1 Week|
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL||29 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL||6 Jul 13||13 Jul 13||£ 1210||-||-||1 Week|
|PRIVATE HEATED POOL||13 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||£ 1295||-||-||1 Week|
|P[RIVATE HEATED POOL||24 Aug 13||31 Aug 13||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||14 Sep 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|14 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 575||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rental Rates are for the Moulin du Chateau and its Gated Private Gounds and Patio for up to 8 persons. 2 Boats, All Utilities, Logs for Fireplace and Central Heating, Gas for Bar-B-Q, Sanderson Percale Bed Linen (beds made prior to your arrival), Duvets, Pillows, 2 Kitchen Towels, Highchair and Cot are ALL INCLUDED in the rental. The private pool with diving board and Jacuzzi is maintained daily and is heated to a minimum of 26 Degrees Celcius. The sun can top it up to 30 Degrees Celcius! In the swimming season ( 18th May, 2013 to 31st August ,2013) the pool, the Jacuzzi and the diving board are available for the private use of Mill guests from 9 am to 6 pm daily. The ONLY OPTIONAL EXTRA are Towels : 2 hand and 2 bath towels per person £6. Please bring your own.Enquire now
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