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Oliver's Travels - France

Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Oliver's Travels

Advertiser since 2006
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THE MILLHOUSE

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 9 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Saintes area - The Millhouse

Converted self catering watermill with private pool

Set in its own beautiful, secluded grounds, the Millhouse 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FULL PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AVAILABILITY & PRICES ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON MY WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN VISIT BY CLICKING ON MY PERSONAL WEBSITE LINK BELOW.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Oliver's Travels - France (Property Manager)
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About Oliver's Travels - France

Simply Chateau was set up in 2003 after two old school chums enjoyed a fantastic holiday with friends in a French chateau in the Dordogne. Oliver & Ravi, the two directors of the company, were amazed at what terrific value these stunning chateau rentals represented and decided to spread the word. Soon after the website www.simplychateau.com was born.

Today we deliver a wide range of luxury villas, private chateau and charming farmhouses throughout France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Caribbean. We have something for everyone from charming manor houses representing great value for money to fully catered & serviced luxury chateau, all handpicked and chosen with care. Bookings are made direct with the owner of your chosen property to guarantee you get the best booking price available.

Why Oliver's Travels - France chose Saintes area

At Simply Chateau we only work with the very best rental properties on the market. All of our properties have been handpicked and we take our customer feedback extremely seriously. We operate a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy - that is to say if we have 3 negative reviews relating to any of our properties we cease to advertise it.

We have properties to suit every taste and budget, all chosen with care by our expert team for their unique character, fantastic features and stunning countryside locations.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Free Concierge Service:

As luxury rental specialists we have all the experience in the world helping each and every one of our customers find the most suitable property for their dream holiday. All you need to do is provide us with the details of what you imagine your dream holiday to be, and we'll find the perfect property for you. We can make sure that every arrangement is planned to perfection and each element of your holiday has been refined. Transfers, catering, maid service, tours and activities can all be prearranged to your specific requirements.

100% Financial Guarantee:

We realize that financial protection is an important consideration when choosing a holiday company so to ensure you have complete peace of mind we are bonded members of ABTA.

Lowest Price Guarantee:

Simply Chateau ���simply’ processes the bookings and credit card payments on the property owner’s behalf. The owners themselves set the rates so you know you are getting the best available rental rate when you book.

Avoid Internet Scams:

Each and every property listed on our website has been checked to make sure that it actually exists. This ensures that you do not become a victim of an internet scam as can happen through an ordinary listing website.

Guestbook comments from the manager

From all over the world we flew in this week (Netherlands, Hawaii, Curacao) to celebrate moms birthday. WE had a wonderful week at the mill. The house is lovely, very child friendly and has everything you need. Manisiah and Steve are wonderful ! We hired Harriet, a very professional photographer to make pictures of our family gathering which was a great success ! We are definitely dreaming to come back one day !
Jul 2012
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Trust & Security
Free protection up to £700 for all bookings.
£10,000 fraud protection when you pay using the secure HomeAway Payments system. 
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Reviews

Reviews

The Millhouse
average rating of 3.0 based on 4 reviews
business
The Millhouse
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422123
+44 -08001337999
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
1

An awful experience.

  • 1 out of 5
We arrived and instead of the promised gardens and view, almost the entire garden was taken up with a wedding marquee, with a foreboding sign warning us that we were not permitted to enter it as it was there for someone else's wedding. We would never have booked the place had we known but when we asked about this the owners told us it didn't affect us. There was no usable wifi for pretty much the entire stay, and when we asked why this wasn't being fixed were told that we didn't understand that we were in the countryside. Everywhere we went in and around the villa were signs telling us that we would be subject to extra charges for minor breaches of the "rules": leaving the lid off the Jacuzzi when not using it would lead to an additional heating bill, etc etc. With the owner living in the property, and wandering around continuously, the plethora of signs didn't induce a very relaxing atmosphere. Oddly, with the wonderful lavender and countryside surrounding the house (not that we could see it, admittedly, through the marquee), "air fresheners" pumped unpleasant smells throughout the house continuously. The owners tried to charge us more than the contracted amount for cleaning, and wanted to charge us to use the pizza oven. We felt like unwelcome guests at someone else's house as they prepared for a wedding to which we weren't invited. All very unsatisfactory.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
The Millhouse
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422123
+44 -08001337999
Saintes area Charente-Maritime
5

A fantastic week has gone incredible fast

  • 5 out of 5
A fantastic week has gone incredible fast! This is a place with something for every taste, for large and small. A perfect place to cure soul and mind - and the family. A beautiful place with incredibly pleasant hosts. Everybody have fallen in love, and we will return next year! and the year thereafter... Thank you very much
  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Location

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 Angoulême 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.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Saintes area, Charente-Maritime

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
2 night minimum stay
£6,500
 
 
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2014 - 5 Jan 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
January to March
6 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
April
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
May
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
June
1 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
July to August
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
September
1 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
October
1 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
2 night minimum stay
£6,500
 
 
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015
2 night minimum stay
£6,500
 
 
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2015 - 5 Jan 2016
2 night minimum stay
£7,000
 
 
January to March
6 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
April
1 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
May
1 May 2016 - 31 May 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
June
1 Jun 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
July to August
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
September
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 
 
October
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
£5,500
 

Notes

  • Guide Price: £5,500 - £7,000 (Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for a week).

    Short Breaks: £2,750 - £7,000 (Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for 2
    nights).

    Security deposit: €500. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage
    inspection.

    Energy costs: Included in the rental price.

    End of stay cleaning: Please enquire.
  • Terms:

    Capacity: The house can comfortably sleep up to 18 adults in 9 ensuite bedrooms with a further 3 children or teenagers on z-beds. If need be, two toddlers can also share with their parents and occupy a queen-size sofa bed which is found in the largest of our bedrooms bringing the total sleeping capacity to 23 persons. There will be charge of £50 per week for each additional adult or children exceeding the 18 sleeping capacity. This will cover provision of any additional linen, towels, beddings and z-bed. This sum is to be paid in cash directly to the Owners on arrival.
    Security deposit: £1000. This must be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
    Linen & towels: All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. Energy costs: Included in the rental price.
    Arrival time: 5pm onwards (no earlier please).
    Departure time: 10 am (although we request that the bedrooms on the first floor are vacated by 9.00
  • Additional chef’s services can be arranged at a supplementary cost :

    - Catered meal prepared by a reputable French chef (regional dishes) served within the premises of the house or its grounds. Prices and menus upon request.
    - Chef is accompanied by waiting services. Guests are at liberty to provide their own alcohol – no corkage fee added-on.
    - BBQ, Paella & Sangria party or spit-roast can be arranged. Prices and menu upon request.

    Additional Pamper Therapy Treatments
    Massage, reflexology, mini-facial, manicure and pedicure 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. Prices and menu upon request.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saintes area in Charente-Maritime

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Amenities: - Heated swimming pool. - Jacuzzi/spa. - Internet. - Golf course nearby. - Wine tasting. - Games room. - All rooms en-suite. - Ground floor bed/bath. - Bicycles provided. - Fishing. - Wedding venue/

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