The Moulin, a renovated 19th Century Windmill on the edge of the village of St Cyr des Gats, nr. Fontenay le Comte

The Moulin at St Cyr Des Gats was built in 1885 and has been totally renovated by the owner, it is arranged over four floors and is unique, many of the fittings being hand-crafted, this superb holiday home is for 2 people who would like peace and tranquility, the only noise comes from the Church bells that chime hourly. The sound of sheep and a couple of cows in the surrounding fields really emphasises the tranquility of the area. Only 45 minutes from the west coast where you can find excellent beaches at La Rochelle, La Faute sur Mer and La Sable d'Olonne.

Restored 19th century windmill in the Vendee

  • 1 bedroom Windmill
  • Super views over farmland
  • Modern Kitchen
  • Original features
  • BBQ and seating area
  • Well maintained garden
  • Close to Restaurant and 2 Bars
  • Ideal for a Romantic getaway or a Honeymoon

The kitchen. A lovely modern kitchen with granite work surface, ceramic hob, microwave/grill, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, Iron, a breakfast table for 2 and is located in the basement floor area.

Living area. 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 evenings.

Bathroom and Toilets. The original wooden staircase rises to the second floor landing and a beautiful modern bathroom, with large shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC.

Bedroom. Onwards and upwards, a wrought iron staircase rises quite sharply, to the bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view of the surrounding fields.

Garden and outdoor facilities. There is a BBQ area with a sheltered table and chairs, the outlook from the patio is of farmland with distant tree lined views.The evenings provide stunning sunsets and clear starry skies.

Miscellaneous. 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 km's. All linen and towels are included. No pets allowed. Not suitable for children. Not suitable for elderly or infirm and no smoking inside the property. Electric heaters for the winter evenings. There is a separate single foldaway bed for those wishing to visit the windmill with a friend.

Location. Nearest airports are La Rochelle, Nantes and Poitiers served by Ryanair, EasyJet and Flybe. Hertz and Avis car rental offices are situated at the airports and some of the staff speak English! If you are driving then Caén is 4.5 hours, Le Havre 5 hours, Boulogne 6.5 hours. You will need a vehicle during your stay at the Moulin as local transport is probably not what you are used to! To be honest, there isn't any!!

Activities. The Vendee is famous for numerous gently sloping beaches which are ideal for water sports or just sunbathing. The nearest take a little under an hour to reach. There are 3 beaches next to each other on the coast, la Tranche-sur-Mer, l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, and la Faute-sur-Mer. The region is also noted for the 'Venise Vert' (Green Venice) canal system, and walking around the Mervent area. 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. Île de Ré an island off La Rochelle, a new road bridge makes it accessible by car. It is picturesque and has numerous beaches, cafés, towns and parks. There is a very good value golf course on the island. Mervent is only a short drive ride from St Cyr Des Gats, the area has been developed with tourism in mind. There are large wooded areas ideal for walking and particularly mountain biking. There are places where pedalos and wind surfers can be hired, and wind surfing lessons are offered at reasonable rates. Venise Vert is the canal system the Vendée is famous for. There are numerous places, Maillezais is one of the best, 20 min drive from St Cyr Des Gats) where small rowing boats can be hired (with or without guides). Maps are provided and you can navigate round canal systems to set routes. The canals range from 20m wide to narrow stretches barely wide enough for the boat. All the canals are completely covered with a very distinctive weed giving them the appearance of flat green land, hence the 'Venise Vert' name. Also at Maillezais there is also a restaurant, souvenir shop and crazy golf course. A great day out. Puy de Fou is well worth a visit, by day there is a theme park which includes medieval jousting, villages with traditional crafts and actors dressed in the period of the day. The highlight is a twice daily display of falconry. The display is held in an amphitheatre with hawks, falcons and eagles swooping over the crowd and collecting food from the falconers who are dressed in traditional costume. During the summer Puy de Fou is renowned for holding France's foremost Son et Lumière spectacle.

2011 Prices:

Oct 2011 to 27th May 2011 £450:

28th May to 30th Sept £500:

3rd Oct to 26th May 2012 £450

Low / Mid Season Weekends By Arrangement - Please Contact Us

Rental Prices Include: Electricity, Linen. Winter bookings are subject to an additional heating cost.



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Unique hand crafted kitchen
Circular kitchen

Romantic double bedroom with views
Bedroom with a super view

Pretty dining area
Dining room

Cosy seating area
Living room