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A Lovingly Renovated 19th Century Windmill In The Vendee Region Of France

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday villa in Saint-Cyr-des-Gâts

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

The Moulin is set, just outside a small village. The only noise comes from the Church bells that chime hourly. The sound of cows and sheep in the surrounding fields really emphasises the tranquillity of the area.

The Windmill is arranged over four floors, a lovely modern kitchen with granite work surface, ceramic hob, grill / 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 autumn or 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 a stylish bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view.

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sally Herbert
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016

About Sally Herbert

My name is Sally and I own this beautifully converted windmill. I live in the UK and drive trains for a living when I am not renovating old buildings!

Sally Herbert purchased this villa in 2001

Why Sally Herbert chose Vendee

This property was a real challenge, it is a 19th Century windmill that, until the 1970's was used to grind flour for the local area. It is classed as a Historic Monument and therefore was very difficult to renovate.

What makes this villa unique

Just tell your friends that you are taking a holiday in a converted is pretty unique in itself!


A Lovingly Renovated 19th Century Windmill In The Vendee Region Of France
average rating of 1.0 based on 1 reviews


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•Rodents above our head when sleeping

Plugs and light bulbs in the windmill not working, even though the owner had been there a week before.

Rodents trying to get in the kitchen and digging through a hole that has been there for some time.

Fire alarm going off randomly

Bernini told by the owner we are lying about the rodents and we can hear"birds" in the attic!

The owner is uncooperative, rude, frequently changes her story and seems to have an answer for everthing.

Leaving after only 2 days and being told we would get a full refund but then to find out only 50% refund as the owner was charging us for cleaning and an investigation of the rodents!!


  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
St Cyr Des Gats
Nearest Ferry
290 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
75 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
St Cyr Des Gats
Nearest Beach
67 Kilometres
La Tranche Sur Mer
Car: necessary

The Vendee

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.

La Rochelle is France's 2nd largest boat building area and the historic Vieux Port remains largely unchanged. A daily fish market can be found in the old town until 12:00 midday. The port is very attractive and waterside cafés and restaurants offer a relaxing break. The seafood platters are their speciality and are excellent. The new marina holds Europe's largest aquarium which is open 365 days a year and has a large selection of fish from highly coloured tropical types to eels and sharks. Well worth a visit at approximately £4 per person.

Vouvant is a quiet historic town with a church overlooking a valley and river. There is a very good crêperie and pedalos can be hired out by the hour.

Mervent is only a short drive ride from St Cyr Des Gats, it has a dam and a large reservoir. 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Saint-Cyr-des-Gâts, Fontenay-le-Comte area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Xmas & New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season 2017
4 Mar 2017 - 12 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
13 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Property is not suitable for young children or those with mobility issues due to the steep stairs. Animals accepted on consideration.

Low Season - Winter months will incur an extra cost of £50 to cover high electric heating costs.

Towels, Linen and general cleaning is included in the rental cost. We reserve the right to charge a penalty fee of £50 to cover cleaning if the property is left in an unacceptably dirty condition.

Breakages will be deducted from the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Saint-Cyr-des-Gâts in Pays de la Loire

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Large shower cubicle, hand basin and vanity unit and WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom is at the top of the windmill, so being fully mobile is essential as the stairs are quite steep.
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking

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