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A lovingly renovated 19th century Windmill in the Vendee region of France... an ideal setting for a holiday in a windmill - a romantic honeymoon or special occasion at any time of the year. The Moulin is set just outside a small village. The only noise comes from church bells and the sound of sheep in the surrounding fields.
The Moulin at St Cyr Des Gats was built in 1885 and provided local people and businesses with flour for many years. In 1975 the original workings were removed and the building was changed from a working Windmill into what can only be very loosely termed a residence. The Moulin was put up for sale and remained without a buyer for approximately five years. During a big storm in 1999, one set of the sails was blown off and the Windmill looked to be in a sorry state. The current owner purchased the mill in June 2001, and the long arduous process of renovating it began. Since the renovation, hundreds of people have been able to live their dream of having a holiday in a windmill.
Situated within an hour of La Rochelle, you can sample the renowned fresh fish and seafood in the many restaurants located by the beach front. The nearest town to the Moulin is Fontenay Le Comte, the ancient capital of the Vendee, with its weekend market. Spend your holiday money in the delightful shops and boutiques. A short drive will take you to the medieval village of Vouvant, (designated one of the prettiest in France) and Mervant Forest with its walks, cycle tracks, large leisure lake and various other attractions. Beaches in the Vendée are excellent, clean and sandy. The nearest are approximately 40km away and take a little under an hour to reach. There are three resorts next to each other on the coast, la Tranche-sur-Mer, l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, and la Faute-sur-Mer .
The Windmill is easily reached by air with flight times from the UK of around 1 hour 15 minutes. The nearest airports are La Rochelle, Nantes and Poiters, served by Ryanair, EasyJet and Flybe. Hertz and Avis car rental offices are situated at the airports. Travelling by ferry to one of the following ports: St Malo - 300kms (approx 3hrs 45mins), Caen - 400kms (approx 4hrs 30mins), Le Havre - 480kms (approx 5hrs 30 mins), Boulogne - 640kms (approx 6hrs 30mins). We can also get you a 10% discount on Brittany Ferries bookings
La Rochelle 64 kms
Nearest Train Station:
Niort 47 kms
St Malo 295 kms
In the village - 0.5kms
La Tranche Sur Mer - 60 kms
La Calliere - 6 kms
Fontenay Le Comte - 20 kms
The Windmill is a cosy, well appointed property that accommodates two people. It is arranged over four floors, a lovely modern kitchen with granite work surface, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge / freezer and a breakfast table is situated on the ground floor. A curved wrought iron staircase leads up to the living area, furnished with two leather easy chairs and houses a wood burning stove to warm up chilly spring or autumn / winter evenings. The original wooden staircase rises to the second floor landing and a beautiful modern bathroom, with large shower cubicle, basin and WC. Onwards and upwards, a wrought iron staircase rises, quite sharply, to the bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view. There is a foldaway bed available should you wish to holiday with a friend and not share the bedroom.
Outside there is a BBQ area with a sheltered table and chairs, the outlook from the patio is of farmland with distant treelined views. The evenings provide stunning sunsets and clear starry skies. There is no doubt that your holiday in a windmill will be a peaceful affair. The nearest neighbours are approx 200 metres away, from whom you can buy fresh farm eggs and beautiful tender lamb, ideal for putting on the BBQ.
St Cyr des Gats has a Cafe / Bar, Restaurant, Boulangerie, Post Office, Church and Hairdressers. A small Supermarket (Spar), Cash point, Butchers, Chemist and Patisserie can be found in La Calliere, 6 kms away. A great location for Cycling with many routes both locally and around the Mervent Forest. Clear starry night skies are a regular feature, beautiful for anyone that enjoys astrology. The Vendee is famous for numerous gently sloping beaches which are ideal for water sports or just sunbathing. The region is also noted for the 'Venise Vert' (Green Venice) canal system, and walking around the Mervent area. For the connoisseur the Vendée is surrounded on three sides by the Loire, Cognac and Bordeaux. Inland the landscape is dominated by vineyards and sunflower fields with small villages every few miles. Ideal for a quiet holiday in the sun, the Vendée is said to equal anywhere in France for hours of sunshine each year. The climate means the season extends from Easter to late October - the average monthly temperature in September is 70 degrees. Not a bad spot for a holiday in a windmill.
Conditions of Rental
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