|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This striking mill house (dating back to the mid 19th century) had stood empty for 60 years. It has now been renovated to a very high standard but still retains all the character you would image for such an old, interesting and historic building. It has two double bedrooms each with their own staircases and bathrooms. It's almost a house of two half's, yet quirky, it's well insulated, double glazed, spacious but cozy and has all the benefits of modern life whilst retaining a feel of a 'rosier' bygone time.
The house stands in two and a half acres of private woodland and is bordered by a stream to one side and and apple orchard to the other. Wildlife is in abundance from kingfishers, buzzards and woodpeckers to deer, squirrels and tiny lizards. In spring the woods are full of bluebells, but each season brings its own delight for you to explore.
An impressive house of four floors, it's known locally as the little manor house. Also known as the 'haunted' house but as I have yet to see an apparition we assume this is either just local legend or that the spirits are content!
As you arrive there is a gated parking area with space for at least 2 cars. On this level there are two large cellars. The cellar to the left is now a wood store, laundry room and downstairs toilet. There is also a staircase leading to the kitchen on the first floor.
In the cellar to the right we store garden equipment. But more interestingly , under the stairs, which also lead to the first floor, there is a wine cellar.
From the parking area you climb the few steps (there is also a ramp) which lead to the front door and directly to the first floor.
On entering you find yourself in a long corridor with the door to the left leading to the sitting room. The staircase rising to the first bedroom and bathroom or straight on into the kitchen.
The sitting room has a fabulous log burning stove (electric heating is also available in all rooms) which is guaranteed to keep you warm even on the coldest winter nights. The furniture is clean and comfortable and the house has a quirky regency style featuring cut glass chandeliers, books and ornaments. there are some other slightly more 'emporium' artifacts, which I will leave for you to discover yourself.
The kitchen is both old and modern. The log burning range is wonderful in winter months but the modern inset electric oven and gas hob more practical for other times of the year. There is a dishwasher, fridge, kettle, toaster and coffee maker and sufficient kitchen paraphernalia to keep most cooks happy. The dining table and chairs seat four very comfortably.
From the kitchen another flight of stairs leads to the second bedroom and bathroom.
Bedroom one is an exceptionally nice room. It has a three windowed aspect with wonderful views over the stream to one side, orchard to the back and the lane which passes the house to the front. Fantastic in the summer with windows open and lacy curtains blowing in the breeze, or warm and cosy in the winter with the feature fireplace twinkling (you'll love it or hate it but you don't have to turn it on).
The double bed is new and very comfortable. Breakfast in bed and a good book an absolute must.
The bathroom is just next door and is a treat. It has a loo, good big bath and overhead shower. The basin is peculiarly set into the old marble fire surround.
The second bedroom is accessed by a second staircase leading from the kitchen. It is a smaller room set in the eaves. It has a large velux window and two single beds. Again the mattresses are new and very comfortable.. The bathroom opposite has a full size bath with over head shower and a rather intriguing basin set into an old sewing machine base. Sometimes after a hike or a bicycle trip, you can't beat a long soak.
It's a quaint little house with a labyrinth of stairs and corridors. Ideal for two couples or perhaps a family with slightly older children.
One of the great joys of this house is its position., away from it all and yet not isolated. The nearest town is La Chapelle d'Andaine. Its a quick 2mins in the car, or you could easily cycle or walk. It is not a tourist destination but a typical French town where people live and work. It has two banks; two boulangeries, a butcher; cafe/bar hotel and restaurant, La Poste, medical center with doctors and dentist. and a super market.
Five minutes in the opposite direction you find yourself in the spa town of Bagnoles de L'Orne. This is a gem for tourists. A large choice of restaurants, casino, cafe bars and terraces. Activities throughout the summer months which include street theater, live music, firework displays and much ,much more.
Le Pré du Moulin is an excellent base for anyone who enjoys country living. Walkers can explore the paths and tracks which start from right outside the house. Cyclist can enjoy the quiet country lanes. The area is steeped in history for the history buff and there are many gorgeous yet often little known grand houses and castles to visit in the area.
I have been living in France for 25 years and France is now my home. I love where I live and even more, love to share it with visitors to the area. I think I know every little village and country lane but even now after a quarter of a century' just now and then, either I will pass somewhere or someone will say," Have you seen such and such" and I'll think well, I didn't know that was there!
Its like that here, hidden treasures just around the corner.
I love country life (more rustic than refined); I'm fascinated by architecture (old and new); if it grows it's great (except docks and bindweed); if it squawks, meows, neighs or woofs, I've probably got one; and I'm a hundred times happier in wellies than high heels.
Jennifer Stocks purchased this chateau / country house in 2014
I've been driving passed this house for a couple decades and could never understand why it was abandoned. It's one of those houses that 's sort of mysterious, maybe a bit sad, but definitely has a strong, if strange, attraction.
We started work on it last year and and with no exaggeration, was stunned at the reaction of the locals. So many people stopped to say how delighted they were to see the old place live again and even the older residents said they couldn't remember anyone living there.
Its undergone a massive rejuvenation and just peeling back 60 years of vegetation revealed a stunning and surprisingly well preserved building. Now with its new roof and all, its been returned to the grandeur and elegance it deserved.
Situated in a small valley with its own babbling brook. The ancient woodland with huge Oaks and Ash trees. The bluebells and ferns and all the creatures that live there, remind me of 'Swallows and Amazons' or perhaps'Tales from the River Bank'.
It's a truly magical place for all ages.
We cooked our Christmas dinner on the log burner oven and thanks to Jennifer we even had a Christmas tree with lights!
The Mill House is beautifully renovated with a lot of character, very comfortable and spotlessly clean ( I would love to know it's history). A lot of thought has been put into the furnishing and practical equipment making the stay a pleasure. The garden is delightful with a little stream running through it and we enjoyed sitting in the sunshine watching the wildlife. Our dog spent many happy hours exploring the small wood. Jennifer kindly arranged an appointment with her vet for our dog, as we were returning to the UK after our week at the Mill House.
Bagnoles de l'Orne is a short drive away and has some lovely restaurants and was an interesting town to wander round. The area has many pretty villages, some elegant chateaux and many very quiet roads.
There is a small supermarket that stocks most things very close to the Mill House and a larger one in Bagnoles de l'Orne.
We came here for a long weekend and enjoyed every minute. Jennifer gave is a very warm welcome, showed us around and left us to enjoy the beautifully renovated mill. The location is perfect, only a 2 minute drive from the Carrefour supermarket (ideal for stocking up on wine for sipping in the garden as the sun goes down), but out of the way enough to feel away from it all. The mill is very quirky, very tastefully decorated and furnished and feels very homely, this place really has personality. We'll definitely be back.
We stayed a week at the former mill house and we're really impressed. Jennifer has clearly taken a lot of time to make it modern whilst still retaining the old French charm of the building.
The dogs loved exploring the garden and stream and we loved how unique and quirky the property is.
Very comfortable all round with great amenities. I enjoyed my morning walk into the town for morning croissants and cakes for afternoon.
Found lots to do in the nearby area. Wifi in the property was really useful in looking up places we wanted to visit and keep an eye on the weather.
My only downside is we didn't really get to use the log burner as the weather was so nice!
Would definitely recommend staying here. Nice and peaceful and typically French but near enough to travel to local towns and attractions.
We loved our few days at the mill. Jenny met us and had the fires roaring. She was delightful and the house was every fantasy of a French hideaway you could imagine. Our dog loved running through the woods and there were great walks nearby. Best bits; cooking with the log burner in the kitchen. Thanks Jenny
Lucky enough to sample a few nights in the mill even before it was totally complete, which had no adverse effect on a great stay. Wonderful fully equipped kitchen, great lay out including two staircases the bedrooms. The mill is well furnished plus washing machine (fully utilised.!). The garden or terrace is a great little spot for a few sips at sunset - occasionally with our fabulous hostess/landlady joining in. We will definitely return.
Bagnoles de L'Orne has been a much favored Parisian haunt for generations. This quaint old spa town with its plethora of restaurants is perhaps little known to most people, but tucked away in the heart of the fabulous Forest D'Andaine it's a great centre for all holiday makers.
Le Pré du Moulin is an easy 5mins drive away. The house has its own mini forest (2.5 acres) a babbling brook and is totally private. Our guests can have the best of both worlds without the inconvenience of a half day hike to get your 'pain au chocolate'.
|linen and cleaning||£35|