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Moulin de la Ronde.....an exceptional location. – Home 74409 Watermill

  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Moulin de la Ronde.....an exceptional location. – Home 74409

Excellent Excellent – based on 23 reviews

  • Watermill
  • 1 bedroom
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Watermill / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

Moulin de la Ronde with its toes in the Vienne, occupies 4 acres of river frontage with a private island accessible through the mill, where you can fish, bird watch or just relax. Friends, visitors and locals describe it as stunning. La Ronde consists of the owners' cottage, the old watermill and two barns.
The last working mill in the Vienne, La Ronde was a demarcation line between free and occupied France in World War 2. It has over 600 years of history.
The "Old Grainstore" is the upper part of a barn which used to be linked by a footbridge to the mill. Now it is a very spacious, open plan apartment with parquet flooring, imposing original beams and imported furniture reflecting the owners time in Asia.

The local village of Bonnes is 5 mins walk away with a swimming pool, pharmacy, boulangerie,, bar/restaurant and a chateau!

Further details

The English owners live here are normally on hand to help as much or as little as you wish during

Moulin de la Ronde with its toes in the Vienne, occupies 4 acres of river frontage with a private island accessible through the mill, where you can fish, bird watch or just relax. Friends, visitors and locals describe it as stunning. La Ronde consists of the owners' cottage, the old watermill and two barns.
The last working mill in the Vienne, La Ronde was a demarcation line between free and occupied France in World War 2. It has over 600 years of history.
The "Old Grainstore" is the upper part of a barn which used to be linked by a footbridge to the mill. Now it is a very spacious, open plan apartment with parquet flooring, imposing original beams and imported furniture reflecting the owners time in Asia.

The local village of Bonnes is 5 mins walk away with a swimming pool, pharmacy, boulangerie,, bar/restaurant and a chateau!

Further details

The English owners live here are normally on hand to help as much or as little as you wish during your stay.

Bread and wine will be on the table when you arrive with coffee, tea and milk in the kitchen.

Access to the upper floors of the mill is for owners only.

Locals bathe in the river.It is entirely at our guests own risk if they choose to do so.

Further details indoors

* spacious open plan, quality furniture, rugs and artwork
* river views
* huge king sized bed, with Chinese screen providing privacy
* 'trundle bed' converts to 2 full size single beds or double
* (additional folding beds available)
* dining area with subdued lighting for romance!
* lounge area with UK TV (flat screen)
* kitchen bar - an original 1940's long bar from the "maison pour tous"!
* bathroom, with a view, and massage shower
* log burner and electric radiators for winter visitors (logs available, electricity charged as used)
* velux windows
* babies catered for

Further details outdoors

We would like guests of the "Old Grainstore" to enjoy the entire property and all it has to offer. There is a gas fired "Outback" BBQ in the shared courtyard beside the "Old Grainstore" and a charcoal BBQ on the island.

Tables, chairs, recliners, hammock and benches are placed throughout the property so that the many lovely views can be enjoyed.

You share Moulin de la Ronde with swans, herons, ducks, kestrels,woodpeckers, kingfishers, house martins, bats, red squirrels, rabbits, pike, carp, barbel, chub, catfish, crayfish and ragoudin, and occasional friends and family!

Location description from owner

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region

The Vienne is a region of rivers, lakes and forests gently undulating and easy on the eye with its own micro climate, generally dry and sunny. There are many historic towns and villages with vibrant local markets.

The area is known for Pineau de Charente, Poitou wines, biscuits, torteau du fromage, goats cheeses,lamb and its wildlife..

It is bordered by the beaches of La Rochelle to the west and the Loire to the north, both areas less than 2 hours away.

Chauvigny

The local village of Bonnes is 5 mins walk away with a swimming pool, pharmacy, boulangerie, 2 bars, one the Cafe des Sports serves a 5 course lunch with wine included for 11 Euros (15 on sunday). Just outside the village is the beautiful Chateau Touffou which is open during the at weekends. There are well stocked fishing lakes at Bonnes and a licence can be obtained from the bars. It is a lovely area for walking, cycling and birdwatching.

10 mins away is Chauvigny with its busy markets, many shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and indoor pool. River canoeing trips can be booked, it's a unique way to view the river and its wildlife. Chauvigny's high medieval city, including five chateaux , offers spectacular displays of birds of prey, local museum and music during the summer months.

25 mins away is the historic city of Poitiers and the famous theme park-Futuroscope. Nearby is St Cyr with its lake, 'plan d'eau' and excellent golf course.

Saint Savin with its world heritage frescos, and Montmorillon -cite de l'ecrit- are 30 mins away.
For more birdwatching, the Brenne National park is 40 mins away driving through the famous village Angles sur Anglin on the way.

The WW2 memorial village of Oradour sur Glane is just 90 mins away and well worth the drive. It is as it was on the day the Nazis entered the village and murdered the entire population.

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Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Brian D
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
15 Feb 2017
Years listed:
8
Based in:
France
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Watermill has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 Nov 2008. Located in Chauvigny, it has 23 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £350 to £450.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 15 Feb 2017.

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“A beautiful, peaceful location”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2016

The Moulin is in an idyllic location, perfect for a relaxing holiday. The owners are warm and welcoming and the accommodation has everything you could wish for. We loved the area, with interesting places to visit - local markets, Poitiers, Chauvigny etc. though we could have happily just sat by river and read.

“One sentence, are you joking?”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2015

Its impossible to give a title to a review of La Ronde in a sentence, the title a book the review could be an anthology! The main thing on offer is peace, time appears to stand still at La Ronde until you're suddenly aware you have to leave. There is nothing sweet about the sorrow of parting from here. We saw otters every day, a wide range of birds and other wildlife during our stay, we used the bikes to cycle to the chateau d'eau although thanks to my wifes planning we followed that up in the afternoon by a trip on the Velorail which was not a good move... Bonnes is a sleepy village with a bakers and a couple of small shops that open sometimes. The only bar/restaurant is the Café des Sports where Sunday lunch is not to be missed 5 courses, 1 litre of wine plus pineau and coffee was 17euros and only a 5 minute or so walk away (hic)! Chauvigny has all the usual facilities of a small French town with several small supermarkets but a large E Leclerc on the road out towards Poitiers. the only minor issue we had was the wifi was sporadic but available but that didn't affect the holiday at all. We loved our stay, we're going back again next year all I ask is that you continue to feed the Barbel in the millstream!

“a timeless and magical place”

Reviewed 13 Jul 2015

Having been keen independent travellers for many years (from Australia), we have been fortunate to stay in many delightful places, however we agree that Moulin de la Ronde took first prize. It is a timeless and magical place and Gill and Brian are the most charming hosts. Our communications with them were very helpful from when we made our booking, then when we arrived the four of us had an excellent consultation over a large map about places we might like to visit. As we followed their advice we found that it was spot on. In the pretty town of Chauvigny we especially loved the old city on the hill and the market. Food shopping at the Super U and the bakery across the road was excellent. Bonnes, with its riverside setting and little church and mairie, is a lovely village. We enjoyed walking there several times and the bread and other products from the bakery were excellent. Our weekend visit to Chateau de Touffou was interesting and the garden exceptional. One of us saw otters in the river at the Moulin, however we were both able to watch a pair of otters swim and play from a bird hide at Reserve Ornithologique de Saint Cyr 20 km away. We loved the Abbey Church at Saint Savin sur Gartempe with its 11th and 12th century murals and our walk amongst the spring wildflowers in La Brenne National Park. In our two week stay, as well as exploring the area by car and on foot, we were fortunate to have plenty of time to spend sitting and relaxing - on the riverbank, on the island, in the courtyard and at our window - watching the river and the busy birdlife. One highlight was watching the grey heron fishing early one morning. Brian told us that the river islands are an official LPO sanctuary and there is a brochure in The Old Grainstore information folder listing 40 bird species that have been observed there. A great tit was a frequent visitor coming and going feeding its offspring in a cavity in the stone wall of the courtyard. We enjoyed several walks in the nearby forests. One good walk went off the Chauvigny road to the right not far past the back gate. Another took us from the Chateau de Touffou parking area along the river, through the forest and then returned along the road past farmhouses and wheatfields. Last but not least, The Old Grainstore apartment itself was attractive, comfortable, spacious and filled with beautiful and interesting items from Gill’s and Brian’s period working in Asia. We felt very happy and at home there.

“Perfect place with perfect hosts”

Reviewed 5 Jul 2015

The photos of this accommodation look lovely however the experience of staying here is amazing! It's such a beautiful spot. Great for relaxing, walking, wildlife. The local area is well worth exploring and we spent a day walking into the village for bread and wandering along the river but we soon wanted to get back to relaxing in the meadow by the river or on the island. Brian and Gill were very obliging hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for letting us share your beautiful home. The gite is very spacious and furnished to a really high standard with pieces from Brian and Gills travels. A very special place.

“A totally relaxing haven.”

Reviewed 5 Jul 2014

My husband and I had a fantastic holiday at the Old Grain Store. The accomodation is lovely - really spacious and the surrounding grounds are just idyllic. Over the fortnight we stayed I think we tried out every deckchair... Each one with its own lovely view of the river! Brian and Gill made us feel really welcome, and gave us some great tips for places to visit and eat out. We were really well situated to visit some great places, when we could tear ourselves away from the lovely surroundings of the gite! The Old Grain Store is a great choice for a really relaxing break.

“Sheer bliss...such an idyllic spot and wonderful hosts”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2014

This was our third trip to To the wonderful Moulin de la Ronde, and yet again we had a fantastic holiday. The setting is so picturesque and peaceful, and the location ideal for exploring beautiful local villages by car, foot or bicycle. The apartment is stylishly presented and huge (2 adults and 2 kids and plenty of room to spare). Brian and Gill are such welcoming and friendly hosts, happy to help out in any way they can and will gorge extra mile to ensure you have a lovely holiday.

“Peaceful picture perfect riverside haven.”

Reviewed 30 Aug 2013

Fantastic and funky accommodation with everything you need, perfect for us and 2 children, spacious and in a tranquil setting that would be hard to beat. Very friendly and welcoming owners.

“Picturesque tranquility”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2013

The Grainstore provides beautiful and comfortable accommodation in a wonderful setting. The outside areas offer you a different place to relax each evening as you take in the wildlife and views of the river. Brian and Gill are there to offer advice on the area as required, and kindly provided a chilli as the supermarkets don't stock them!

“Seriously lovely place”

Reviewed 5 Jul 2013

Despite less than perfect weather, our stay at The Old Grainstore was great. The accommodation is ideal for a couple, quirkily kitted out, and with a very comfortable, enormous bed! The setting is absolutely beautiful, and Brian and Gill are the perfect hosts, both welcoming and hospitable. The barbecue in the courtyard has converted us both to the convenience of gas - but we also used the charcoal barbecue on the island, which has more evening sunshine. We found some wonderful walks and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the gardens. Our dog, Morse, who was kindly allowed to stay at the apartment, had a whale of a time, swimming in the river and becoming an expert on sniffing out deer, which we saw every day in the woods and fields. The immediate area is very quiet - possibly too quiet for some - but Chauvigny is walkable, has plenty of bars and a nice atmosphere. We enjoyed an incredibly relaxing holiday, which was just what we needed - if the sun had shone just a bit more, it would have been absolutely perfect!

“A True Gem, you must stay here”

Reviewed 16 Jun 2013

My husband and i stayed in The Old Grainstore along with our 8 month old baby for 3 nights at the end of May. We had a lovely stay. This place is a true gem and if you are visiting this area, dont stay anywhere else. The decor of the Gite was fabulous and had absolutely everything you could want for your stay. The grounds are amazing and the location is perfect to explore the surrounding area. We were lucky to have Gill cook for us on one evening. The meal was fantastic and the setting was fabulous as we overlooked the river. Brian and Gill were great hosts and Gill left toys and baby equipment in the gite which was very much appreciated, especially by our little fellow. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend to anyone.

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