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Mill house with private wood

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Newly renovated Mill house with private bluebell wood and stream

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.

More Details

Owner
Jennifer Stocks
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
12 November, 2017

About Jennifer Stocks

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

Why Jennifer Stocks chose La Chapelle-d'Andaine

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in La Chapelle-d'Andaine in Orne

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • bedroom one Double bed. Bedside tables and lights. New mattress. Marble fire surround and over mantle mirror. Hanging space. bedroom two Twin single beds. New mattresses. Bedside tables and lights. Hanging space, drawers. Mirror.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

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Mill house with private wood
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews
5

A beautiful place both close enough and far enough

  • 5 of 5

The owner (Jennifer) is most helpful and kept in touch at all times from booking right up until she met us when we arrived. What a beautiful place it was to arrive at as well. Just close enough to the town and supermarket (it takes about 15 mins to walk) but far enough to have virtually no traffic on the road past the property save for the odd tractor, bike or car.

It's exceptionally quiet and at times all you can hear are the birds and the breeze. If you like peace and quiet then this is an ideal place for you.

The layout is unusual with there being 2 staircases to the separate wings but this only adds to the charm. My wife was convinced that the cellars were haunted but then she always thinks that places are haunted and there was certainly nothing spooky going on there.

The kitchen was well equipped with all the usual things you would expect. There is no microwave though so be warned if you like that sort of 'cooking'. It didn't bother us though.

I thought the property description said there was a DVD player so took series 5 of 'Engrenages' for us to watch of an evening but there didn't appear to be one. Not a problem. We talked, drank the occasional glass of wine, watched the English TV channels.

There are lots of lovely places to visit within easy driving distance.

All in all a very pleasant holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. The DVD player is integral in the TV and obviously far too discrete! Both French 'Orange'TV and Sky 'free view' channels are available. My Swiss guests last week said they had managed to watch some German channels, although I'm not actually sure how. I shall be sure in future to explain more clearly so as no one else misses out on a box set binge! What a shame, wish you had called me. You are the second people to mention a microwave, or rather the lack of one. I shall get one next time I'm Chez Darty. Finally a few words about the cellars. A few spiders and cobwebs for sure but I doubt even Derec Acorah could find any 'light anomalies' . Up aloft we do have the odd squeaky floor board, but alas no ghosts. (Well I've never seen one) Shame really, could be very good for marketing.
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5

Lovely, spacious home in french countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the mill house. It was comfortable, spacious, and quiet. From the photos I thought the rooms would be small, having stayed at many tiny European homes, and was pleasantly surprised at how big the rooms were. Loved the 2 bedroom 'wings' which were quiet and private for our group. The kitchen was well stocked as we enjoyed breakfast there every day. The bathrooms were modern and large with plenty of hot water. Four of us were there for a wedding in Bagnoles de l'Orne which was an easy 10 min. drive away. A good grocery store was 2 minutes drive. Jennifer was a great host, responsive when making reservations, leading up to the trip, and while we were there. Thank you for a great time at this lovely property!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a delightful place in a charmed setting

  • 5 of 5

In a part of Normandy that is off the beaten tourist path, starting point for great walks and day trips to historic places, this lovely mill house is a restful place.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay in a wonedrful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Host Jennifer welcomed us to the mill house and showed us around the house and the magical little wood around it. Our dog, Billy, headed straight for the quite stream that runs through the property while we settled in.

The house is thoughtfully decorated and well equipped. Everything was clean and everything (washing machine, wood burners, electric heaters, kitchen appliances) was in perfect working order. A great stay in a great property. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

we just had a wonderful christmas at Mill House, beautiful house in a perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

We cooked our Christmas dinner on the log burner oven and thanks to Jennifer we even had a Christmas tree with lights!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and tranquillity

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Caen/Dinan
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
La Chapelle D'Andaine
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Bagnoles de L'Orne
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Bagnoles de L'Orne/Briouze
Nearest Motorway
48 Kilometres
A88Argentan/A81Laval
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La Chapelle D'Andaine
Nearest Ski
1000 Kilometres
The Alpes
Nearest Beach
87 Kilometres
Mont st Michel/Granville
Car: necessary

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'.

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