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Villa 23263 Vendee/ Charentes, France

Sleeps: 18

The Millhouse
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Description

Set in its own beautiful, secluded grounds, the propriety provides exceptional accommodation in the heart of the Charente Maritime countryside. The relaxing surroundings combine with the charm of this historic Mill to provide you with the perfect way to unwind.

Originally a functioning Watermill producing flour (the wheel is intact and still turns plus the original breadoven is till in place) it has undergone major restoration and refurbishment by the enthusiastic owner and his dedicated team.

The accommodation has large reception rooms with beautifully furnished interiors and outside there are wide sun and shaded terraces with extensive grounds and a large salt water, heated swimming pool with BBQ area.

Interior and grounds

As you walk through the main entrance door to the mill there is a spacious foyer with the main stairway leading to the upper floor giving access to the east and west wing bedrooms. This large foyer can be used for reading, relaxing or just simply enjoying the ambience of the mill while having a coffee and a chat on the two comfy sofas.

To the left of the entrance foyer is a large formal dining room which comfortably seats up to 18-20 people. In the dining room the millstream runs through the house to the Millwheel at the rear of the property and there is small wall suitable for seating and viewing the stream via a glass viewing panel (safety glass). This is a particularly nice feature as the stream is illuminated at night.

To the rear of the dining room there is a garden room with a separate downstairs WC with large shower, vanity unit with a hairdrier. The 'Garden room' doubles as an extra bedroom with a large comfy sofabed to accomodate additional adults or children in the party if necessary.

Adjacent to the dining room there is a large salon that has the traditional Charentaise fireplace with large comfy couches and entertainment in the form of a television connected to SKY satellite, DVD, and a music system. Passing through the salon you enter the large open plan modern kitchen which is fully fitted with the latest American style fridge, 5 ring gas hob, electric oven and microwave. There is a central island which houses the sink, dishwasher and is a great place to congregate when cooking. There is also a large ancient rectangular dining table and chairs perfect for having breakfast with family or friends.

Upstairs the large balcony area, which contains two large comfy couches and a small library stocked with old novels and magazines, is a perfect place for reading and relaxing and having a coffee during the day or a nice glass of wine in the evening. Leading off the balcony area are the the East and West wings of the house which contain the 5 double en-suite bedrooms and 3 twin en-suite bedrooms. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished in an eclectic style mixing ancient with modern in a traditional setting with honey coloured Charentaise stone walls and solid oak flooring. These bedrooms and bathrooms have been lovingly restored to compliment the rest of the mill without sacrificing the modern necessities of bathrooms and showers.

The double doors at the rear of the kitchen lead you outside to a large patio area with a large rectangular solid teak table and chairs which is a perfect place for al-fresco dining in the morning, lunchtime or evening, or just relaxing during the heat of the day as this is one of the the shadiest spots.

Facilities include: 12mx6m heated saltwater swimming pool. Integrated 4m x 3m kids pool. 12m poolside Cabana with comfy seating. Douche soleil (Solar heated pool shower). Childrens playground with swing set, slide and wendy house. Free adults and childrens bicycles available for touring and exploring the area. Stone built BBQ at Pool area. Traditional bread/pizza oven. Weber BBQ. Satellite TV, DVD and CD player with Ipod docking. Wi-Fi enabled. 2 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. Garden games (Badminton). Table tennis table. Board Games. Library with a large selection of books and magazines.

Location and local information

Close to the historic towns of Saintes, Cognac,Taillebourg and St Jean D'Angely and only 40 minutes from lovely beaches in the area, the Millhouse is in a wonderful location. There is easy access to Angoulκme the capital of the Charente and the major train stations, international airports, and only 4 hours from St Malo ferry port.

The Charente Maritime region is exceptionally sunny, and has it's own micro climate as a result of the Azores' anticyclone, making for mild springs and pleasant autumns. Along it's 470 kilometers of coastline, the Charente Maritime has around 110 beautiful sandy beaches, needless to say, seafood is a speciality here. It is steeped in culture and history and boasts 500 years of Maritime history from the imposing outline of Fort Boyard to the stocky coastal fortifications of La Rochelle. Inland and around the area it boasts over 400 stunning Romanesque churches. It is a place where the land meets the sea and is reflected in the beautiful shades of the wooden shutters adorning the honey coloured sandstone houses.

The house sits amongst the farms and vineyards that produce the famous Pineau Charente aperitif grapes which produce a sweet wine and is located approximately 14 kilometers from the main Saintonge city of Saintes (saintonge means saintes area). Saintes was originally a roman town situated on the banks of the Charente river. At most times during the year there are various festivals and markets selling local produce, fresh fish, seafood,poultry, fruit and vegetables.

The nearest major airport would be Bordeaux (Merignac Airport) which is about 1-1/2 hrs drive away. La Rochelle a slightly smaller airport is located 45 minutes drive away and as far as we are aware, there are many budget airlines flying from the UK to La Rochelle.

Paris is about 4-1/2 hours drive from the mill. The mill is also assessible via TGV trains from Paris and the nearest station is Saintes or St Jean D'Angely both towns about 15 - 20 minutes drive away.

Catering and services

Rental of the house includes
- Meeting on arrival or within 24 hours if night arrival. Also check-out on day of departure- by the housekeeper.
- All linen and towels are included free of charge.
- Swimming pool towels are also provided free of charge and are stored in the pool Cabana.
- One laundry change per week upon request.
- On site management/housekeeping support is always available for your assistance and support.
- Childrens facilities such as high chairs, cots, a changing table, baby bath, right down to plastic plates, cups etc are available free of charge.
- The services of a Paris trained French chef is avaiable for the preparation of regional dishes served in the main house or at the pool/BBQ area, prices and menus on request.

Treatments
Massage, face, nails, pedicure, manicure plus various other treatments can be done around the pool area next to the jacuzzi or in the privacy of the garden spa room. Portable massage/therapy beds can be set up anywhere and our therapist is able to spend 2 half hour sessions per person, split between the morning and afternoon.

Group A
Micro facial + file and paint hands or feet (30€)
Reflexology taster + Indian head massage taster (30€)
Reflexology taster + leg massage (30€)
Mini pedicure (25€)
Manicure (20€)

Group B
Indian head massage (25€)
1/2 hour reflexology (25€)
Foot, leg and arm massage (30€)
Mini facial (30€)
Aromatherapy face, neck scalp massage (30€)
Aromatherapy - back (30€)


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