Le moulin De La Combe
Watermill | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A very unique accommodation based in an ancient Water Mill with helpful/discreet owners on site. Set in acres of landscaped gardens in a little village, minutes from the medieval town of Melle, within 1hrs easy reach of Golden Beaches, Cognac,La Rochelle, Futuroscope,Zoo's,Green Venise & Monkey Valley. The Mill has been renovated and furnished to a very high standard maintaining its illuminated mill workings, fitted kitchen in original millrace with indoor fishing. 3 bedrooms, 2 en-suite, 1 with Four-poster bed and Jacuzzi Bath, Satellite TV, DVD, Broadband Wifi Connection,Covered balcony, Gas & Charcoal Barbecue areas, Badminton, Table Tennis, Mountain Bikes, Board Games,Boules,6" snooker table, Heated Plunge Pool.
The property can sleep 7 by special request
Flights daily to local airoports Poitiers & La Rochelle
The 'machine room' which has a stone flagged floor, oak beams and the original (18th century) illuminated mill workings, all recently restored. There are comfortable armchairs and settee, TV/DVD, Satalite freeview, CD player and radio, books and games. A wide hardwood staircase leads to the first floor bedrooms.
The 'Oak room' with the old mill stones embedded in the floor has a comfortable double bed, TV with DVD player & en suite shower room, wc, hand basin and annex 'Millers room' with 2 x single beds which can also be accessed by its own private balcony. A third double bedroom, has a TV video/DVD with en suite Jacuzzi bath, separate WC and host's a four poster bed and a single bed.
All bedrooms are equipped with electric fans to keep you cool in the hot summer months.
A fully fitted kitchen has been installed in the original mill race where you can even feed the fish, which come up the tunnel quite impressive! Large work surfaces with double sink, microwave/grill, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, toaster and large fridge/freezer.
The "Green Venice" (Marais Poitevin) is only a pleasant 40 minutes drive. An hour to the south is Cognac with its several distilleries offering guided tours, including the famous Hennessy, Martell and Remy Martin. Wildlife parks, historical buildings, chateaux, museums, aquariums, golf courses and theme parks make this area the perfect choice for that very special holiday that bring returning guests year after year.
We frequently get asked if the property is OK for children.
We have no children restrictions, we have brought up 3 children here and have rented out to families with children of all ages over the past 10 years.We have done every thing possible to make the property & grounds as safe and child friendly as possible,enclosed garden where the pool is,electric gates etc...but nothing can replace parent supervision.
Welcome Hamper on arrival, seasonal fruit & vegatables fresh from our gardens, reductions for long lets & couples.
You Tube Guided Tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f0560uP0gE
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Rochelle approx 1hr|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||60 km, 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region
Melle is within the heart of the Poitou Charentes region of France aprox 1hr from the coast. Easy access to La Rochelle, Golden beaches, Marais Poitevin ( The Green Venice which consists of hundreds of KM's of canals where one can hire a small boat or be rowed by somebody else) ) , Cognac, Futuroscope, Puy de Fou (Medieval attaction parc & son et lumiere), Monkey Valley,Romenesque churches, Zoo,s and much much more.
Just a few minutes away by car Melle is a beautiful market town in the heart of the Poitou Charentes region of France.Melle with it silver mines that used to serve the kings of France offers,romanesque churches,nature trails and a superb base for old & young a like to discover the region and all it has to offer
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2 Jul 2014
"The perfect rural retreat! Highly Recommended"
We have found an absolute gem of a property at Le Moulin De La Combe, an idyllic property and grounds where we all enjoyed a fantastic stay.
The Property is a wonderfully restored Watermill, complete with Mill Race running through the kitchen. Downstairs there is a fully equipped kitchen (full oven, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Microwave etc.) built around the original machinery in a really clever way. You feel like you are living in something between a museum piece and a tiny bit of history. The old machinery in the lounge throws up something new everyday to look at - and is totally safe for kids etc. The lounge area is comfortable with sofa, comfy chairs, dining table and a TV (UK Channels). The large room that has recently been converted is where we spent most of our time - another dining table, comfy chairs and sofa's, a large TV (French Channels) and is finished superbly. Spot lighting, amazing pieces of furniture and lots of floor space. Four large glass sliding doors give you a window to the superb gardens outside.
Upstairs there are three comfortable bedrooms - again there are tastefully done to a high standard. Well equipped bathrooms, plenty of storage space - the property is charming, authentic, clean and has everything you need - including countless DVD's and books if you have the odd day of poor weather (or need to get out of the sun!) A balcony, complete with Snooker table gives even more room and again, is an amazing place to sit and enjoy the view of the garden.
Outside and the high standards continue. The gardens throw up countless fruits and places to explore but as you head to the side of the property, you find the bathing area for guests. A huge splash pool (bigger than some below ground pools we've had in the past) is plenty for several kids at once - our 13 and 16 year old had plenty of room to lay out on Lilo's and mess around in general with several sun loungers in front and a superb covered area with another large dining table for an alfresco breakfast or to sit and enjoy some of the local wines as the sun goes down. The bathing area provides a window through to the water in front of the property and the water mill, through the twist of vines across the fencing. It really is idyllic. It's also a sun trap. On the weeks we stayed, there was very little breeze and it was red hot for all of you sun lovers. The covered area makes a great place to take a break, top up your sun-creams and cool down with a beer!
Move beyond the bathing area and there is a flat lawn place for badminton, boules or whatever else you can make use of it for.
There is another outside dinning area near to a BBQ, hidden under trees and on soft gravel, again if you need to get out of the sun - and through the fence, you enter the main garden area - and it is huge! Take a walk round the streams, stroll across grass and admire the trees, see the ducks, watch the wildlife or find new plants and wild flowers. There was something new every day.
We took our small dog, who is water mad. I think he has found his heaven! Small Children would need to be supervised, but the water is not deep or dangerous and there is plenty of space for them to stay back (access to the larger gardens is largely fenced off too remember!).
The owners - are just as described. Jason and his family are welcoming, yet discreet. To be honest, we didn't see them until we needed their help finding us a vet for our dog. The way the Watermill is laid out, there is nothing overlooking you and you are completely private. But once we asked for help, Jason couldn't have been more supportive. Friendly, discreet, helpful and professional - what more could you want.
The area - very easy to find. Rural - there are a few neighbouring properties but given the size of the grounds, a neighbouring property over there is only just within walking distance and you certainly never see or hear anyone else. The road outside is quiet, but behind electronic gates anyway and the property is set well away from the road. The nearest town of Melle is seven or eight minutes drive away and well equipped with everything you need - supermarkets, Boulangeries, Patisseries, Coffee shops, Chemists, Bars etc. and plenty of market towns to visit. We also visited La Rochelle, Ile De Re and knowing the area, Cognac, Royan, La Palmyre are all well worth a visit.
We have stayed in France for the past 14 years - and we always like to go somewhere new. This is the first time we have all agreed we want to go back and will be booking for 2015. It is a great location, great property and we had a fantastic holiday. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Thank you Richard & everybody else for your kind comments ! When we started in 1999 our moto was that "We aime to please at Le Moulin De La Combe" it still is and always will be ;-).
30 Jun 2014
"Beautiful property - friendly owners - perfect stay"
Stayed at the restored water mill in May and the weather was kind to us making the whole trip very enjoyable. The property is down a lovely leafy lane in its own grounds and very imposing. The family … More
28 Jun 2014
What a fantastic place! Lovely gardens and grounds, the setting is magnificent and the quality of the accommodation is possibly the best we have ever found in many years of gite rentals in France. The attention to detail is outstanding - fresh flowers on the table when we arrived, welcome hamper with local produce, spotlessly clean and tidy with comfortable furniture and even a four-poster bed! We appreciated the helpful advice from the owners on places to visit and learning about the history of the mill. 4**** recommendation.
28 Jun 2014
"A truly French experience"
We had a weeks holiday in this former water mill and it was just what we were looking for.My husband and I have quite stressful jobs and we were looking for a get away from it all leisurely sejour and… More
25 Jun 2014
High quality gite.Excellent standard throughout..lovely setting in a quiet valley.Wonderful garden and steams.Very friendly helpful owners.Interesting design features in all rooms.preservation of origional features of the mill makes adds to the overall atmosphere which is truly unique.
29 Aug 2013
"Phenomenal! Not to be missed"
This Gite is absolutely splendid! Everything you will need for a superb holiday is provided, and the facilities and location, together with the sympathetic restoration are second to none. We have had… More
18 Dec 2012
"WONDERFUL STAY IN A FAB LOCATION"
We were a family of 4 with 2 children aged 9 and 12 staying for a week.The property is a former water mill that has been lovingly restored and is set amidst extensive gardens criss-crossed by small st… More
15 Dec 2012
"lovely property great friendly owners"
the owner has put a lot of hard work into the property to retain its historical interest ,Good value for money .Owner very helpful property presented very well clean and well presented.
15 Dec 2012
"Beautiful property in lovely location"
If you are looking for an unusual property in fantastic settings ands location away from the hustle and busle of city life this property is ideal.Owners are always on hand if you need them...Overall fantastic gite for peaceful holiday.
11 Dec 2012
"A rather special place"
We have stayed in a number of gites in France over the years, but the Moulin De La Combe surpassed anywhere we had stopped before. The grounds are a mixture of rockery and vegetable patches to the fr… More
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