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Le Moulin

Normandy - France

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • Sorry, no WiFi
  • Friday changeover
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£558 - £831 per week *

Description

In the heart of Normandy, at the very end of a pretty farm track, banked in spring by yellow primroses and daffodils, sits a delightful water mill - Le Moulin, its old water mill wheel still in position and beside it. This beautiful building has been converted into a top quality holiday property.

Le Moulin Estate, Normandy, France

Style:

Le Moulin is a stunning old watermill, the exterior looking much as it would have done when it was built several hundred years ago; the interior completely refitted to create a large boat house on the ground floor (for the storage of oars) and above a beautiful riverside holiday apartment with two lovely bedrooms and a large open plan living area looking out over its spacious balcony and the river.

Setting:

One of privacy and exclusivity. It is possible; even likely, that once you reach Le Moulin you will not wish to leave. Le Moulin inhabits its own small island. Reached by a series of bridges, the building is situated astride one of the two mill streams, the old mill wheel still in position to one side. Set within a small country estate on the edge of the Vire river the grounds are stunning. The wooded islands a paradise for wildlife and children alike, the gardens a carpet of bulbs in the spring, with Mediterranean flowers in summer and even if it does rain you can enjoy a barbecue in the stone shelter on the island closest to the river.


There are lovely private walks along the river bank, a real joy in the early morning sunshine and a rowing boat which just begs to take you and your friends on a gentle meander up stream towards the delightful village of Tessy sur Vire.

There is nothing more relaxing than to sit in the garden with a glass of wine, or drift gently along the river watching the kingfishers, ducks, moorhens, herons, honey buzzards and grey wagtails flitting over the surface, whilst water vole and musk rat slice silently through the water. Red squirrels chase one another up the trees while rabbits, and even the occasional badger and pole cat, can been seen if you keep really quiet.



Reading through the visitors' book it is clear that we are not the only ones to be transformed by the magical quality of Le Moulin in Normandy. If it rains, mists rise from the water, when the sun shines the trees are reflected in the rippling river. Le Moulin is described as "an artists' paradise"; the light is superb and the scene changes with the passing of the day and the nuances of the weather.

Children wax lyrical about their adventures - rowing and swimming being their favourite occupations on the river with family games around the dining table in the evening - old fashioned perhaps, but all the more of a treat for that.


Christmas is a joy here, summer a wonder.

Round and About in Normandy:
The river Vire is the major river of the Manche region of Normandy. With two rowing boats at your disposal you can explore the river to your hearts content. Le Moulin has its own private outdoor BBQ area for you to enjoy the wonderful local produce.There are plenty of local walks along the river in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you want to venture further afield some magnificent destinations are within a couple of hours drive, including the Normandy coast and Le Mont St Michel, regarded by many as one of the wonders of the world.For shopping, Tessy-Sur-Vire, our little local town is just a few minutes away, with a wonderful boulangerie, butchers and a small supermarket to cover your daily needs, whilst in St Lo there are larger supermarkets available.

For those who do venture out of the valley, there is so much to see, a fulsome list of fantastic places to visit, restaurants to eat in and things to do - all outlined in the welcome notes.

Features

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • Sorry, no WiFi
  • Friday changeover
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 6.9 miles
  • Nearest pub 5 miles
  • 26.4 miles from the coast
  • Barbecue

Facilities

Le Moulin - The Mill

  • Cross the bridge on to a small island and then on to a further bridge to the island on which Le Moulin is situated. A straight wooden staircase takes you to a wooden balcony
  • The sitting room, with its vaulted ceiling, makes the very most of the fantastic views, the entire river facing wall is glazed. There is a large and comfortable sitting area with sofas and coffee table.
  • The dining area has a table and six chairs, large sideboard with board games, cards and jigsaw puzzles.
  • The kitchen area is separated by a wooden unit with cupboards, electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and an ample supply of cutlery, china, pots and pans.
  • A hallway leads to the bedrooms
  • Super king bed with bedside cabinet and lamp, built in hanging cupboard and dressing table and stall. The window looks down river.
  • The twin bedroom has two full sized single beds, a built in hanging cupboard with shelves and dressing table with stall. Views up river towards Tesse
  • There is a good sized shower room with shower, wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
  • There is a large first floor balcony which reaches out over the river with outdoor furniture and stunning views

Le Moulin Estate

  • Follow the winding track towards the river and then take the long drive which runs parallel to the river bank.
  • The barbecue building (great for outdoor eating what ever the weather) is situated on the second island; it is covered and has a table and bench seats for at least six people. There is another open seating area on the first island (reached via a bridge)
  • Two rowing boats are available for holidaymaker use. There is a weir on the river just below Le Moulin
  • Please note the river is not fenced and Le Moulin is reached by two bridges over the mill stream, the building itself is situated on an island
  • There is a wooded area to one end of the garden and lovely river side walks from the house

Services

  • Le Moulin has electric heating throughout and is toasty warm in winter.
  • Bed linen (synthetic) and thick fluffy towels, shower gels, hair wash and even cotton buds are provided as well as a nice welcome pack. There is also a hair dryer. If using the travel cot, please provide your own bedding for it.
  • Please bring swimming towels
  • There is plenty of parking in the drive
  • There is a charcoal barbecue provided
  • For children, a cot and high chair are available at the property

Where to go and what to see

  • I had always promised myself a visit to Bayeux, and the tapestry did not disappoint. As for the town itself; in recent years the ancient buildings have been beautifully restored and presiding over all is the magnificent cathedral.
  • For a seaside trip I would certainly recommend Carteret. It took just over an hour to get there but we avoided all motorways, a pleasant scenic route with very little traffic and lots to see. Carteret and the Point de Carteret remind me somewhat of both Padstow in Cornwall and Blakeney on the north Norfolk coast. Houses and hotels are perched on the headland overlooking the sandy beaches, rumoured to be the best in France, and, like Blakeney, an inlet reaches into the town itself, the local fishermen landing their catches on the harbour wall beyond which is a yacht haven.
  • We were advised to eat in the restaurant in the Marine hotel, Michelin starred and we were told, excellent value - but it was closed so we went to L'Hermitage near the harbour entrance and sat in the sun (March) watching the catch being landed. The mussel soup and the fresh sole were out of this world.
  • One of the wonders of the Western world and now a World Heritage site is Mont St Michel, which sadly pales our own St Michael's Mount in Cornwall into insignificance. Climb the steps and visit the Abbey even if you are not looking for a miracle, it will certainly get the heart muscles going and the views are superb, but be warned it does attract a lot of tourists and the food prices are somewhat over the top. Best seen when the tide is sluicing in, you cannot fail to be impressed by its magnificence. Drive along the Baie Route on your way back to Le Moulin Estate, from where there are excellent views back over Mont St Michel.

How to get to Le Moulin Estate from the UK south coast

  • By Brittany Ferries
  • A real treat is to go via St Malo from Portsmouth on the overnight Brittany Ferry (Commodore Class) .
  • By Channel Tunnel

Prices

Band Date Range 7 night price *
2nd June 2017 - 21st July 2017 £681.00
21st July 2017 - 1st September 2017 £831.00
1st September 2017 - 29th September 2017 £681.00
29th September 2017 - 20th October 2017 £558.00
20th October 2017 - 27th October 2017 £681.00
27th October 2017 - 22nd December 2017 £558.00
22nd December 2017 - 6th January 2018 £831.00

* Please note: guide prices are based on the current year's prices and do not include optional items such as pet fees.

Reviews

Our third visit to Le Moulin de Fervaches and we continue to discover new places to visit and delightful walks. For total relaxation Le Moulin de Fervaches is hard to beat.Caroline S, Herts - 11th August 2016

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