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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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018

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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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! 4.5/5 -
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Mill house with private wood
average rating of 4.5 based on 18 reviews
Palm Harbor, Florida
5

Beyond charming! Loved this antique country house!!

  • 5 of 5

We made our reservation about 5 months before our trip after researching the area and were so thrilled with this house! Our host and her son met us in the late afternoon and showed us the whole property and anything we may need or want. The house is adorable and immaculate. It's been updated and for the three of us it was perfect. We loved the charm of this antique house and all the little details our hosts have added. The bedrooms had plenty of room, and comfortable beds. We loved having all the windows open and hearing the birds and the little brook that runs beside it. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes, etc., and there is a little grocery store about a 2 minute drive away. We used the clothes washer just fine and loved having our clothes outside, line drying. We had a family event going on nearby, so our only wish was that we could have spent more time, just enjoying the grounds and the house. I highly recommend this location for it's quiet, beauty and comfort. Our hosts son (at our request) also brought his beautiful Great Dane over to meet us and that was a huge highlight for us travelers who missed our own dogs :) The only thing I would add, would be a guest book and I'd love to see photos of the house before and after the renovations. Thank you SO much for having us at your beautiful home!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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a closer look at the mill house: bit of a teeth grider.

  • 2 of 5

we spent 5 days of 16 with various lack of things. 1) lack of hot water because of a setting the property people did not set for various gas and electricity. 2) faulty facet for which i had to lean on property people to have them fix. 3) lack of proper stairs, i mean these are some mean and deadly stairs to the master bed room. Runs of 6 inches and winding with no rails. 4) bathtubs, same way: no rails. 5) light bulbs were out everywhere (i think they expected us to change the bulbs if we wanted light). 6) . beds are good if you are less than 6 feet; otherwise you will have to curls your toes or something.

And then there is the little matter of water in basement. this apparently happens often, as it did when we were there; the problem is the house continually smells of water damage. i worried about mold. to make matters worse, we must have been the first guest for the year and they didn’t air the place out and it smelled iilike a burial crypt. oh and airing the space — the space is essentially two one bedroom houses with conjoined first floors — was made more difficult because the lack of screens which meant whenever opening windows you will soon have big black flies buzzing all through house.. (guys, how about a whole house fan with a couple of screens; cost a couple of hundred euro?)

property people had a bit of a flippant attitude that you often see in touristy places which certainly added to a pained and unpleasant stay.

overall, i felt this was overpriced which doesn’t apply in this.case when you consider some things are priceless and others things like a waste of your time-off, make this a sit up and look closer property.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, first we would like to thank Patricia (one half of our American guests) for the kind words and books left behind for the benefit of future guests - very appreciated and a nice gesture. To the review, what can I say? Without exception, previous guests (including some tall ones) have had a great time and enjoyed the house, garden and wood and even its quirky 200 year old staircase. A lot even come back for seconds. All issues raised (apart from the incessant rain and worst storms for decades) were addressed very quickly. Most people come to enjoy the rural location and unspoiled countryside. We have a fantastic range of wildlife, kingfishers, squirrels and deer to name just a few. The house has been carefully modernized and is clean, well equipped and well maintained You will get the odd creepy crawly coming in and most people understand that's part of country life. We believe that the house description and photos accurately describe the house and environment and past guests have not only agreed but have said that the photos do not do the house justice. We are always on hand to help out (even change light bulbs). Arrange Vet appointments for dogs returning to the UK a specialty, suggesting good restaurants, even where to go on a rainy day. We also appreciate that the reason people choose 'le Pré du Moulin' is because they want privacy, enjoy the rural ambiance and to explore and discover all this lovely region has to offer at their leisure. Put simply, just generally get away from it all. We want our guests to enjoy their time and come again. Unfortunately it seems that the house really did not suit this guest and we sincerely wish them well for future holidays.
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5

Idealic property, comfortably furnished and located in a beautiful area of northern France

  • 5 of 5

Four of us (all adults) stayed for a week and Le Pre du Moulin fufilled our every need. Jennifer was most welcoming and extremely attentive in her contact leading up to our stay. She met us on arrival and ensured we were properly looked after, including offering to get some groceries for our arrival and booking a table at a local restaurant. The Mill house is located just outside the town of La Chapelle-d'Andaine, close enough to be local to the town and surrounding attractions, but also rural enough to enjoy some peace and quiet with a good book in the beautiful grounds listening only to birds and the small stream running through the garden. Inside, the accommodation was clean and comfortably furnished with the essentials. The 2 bedrooms had comfortable beds with good ensuite facilities. The kitchen had all the items one needed to self cater and a good sized table in which to accommodate 4 adults to enjoy long dinners over a few glasses of wine! We specifically enjoyed the opportunity to walk the local footpaths and fields during the day and after dinner. The local town has 2 good boulangeries in which to pick up croissants and bread, in addition to a small Le Carre-four for other items. The market town of Bagnoles is a short 7 minute drive away offering a reasonable number of restaurants. We visited Bagnoles frequently but also explored further afield to Faliase, Domfront, Lassay-les-Chateaux and Mayenne - all interesting places with a variety of history. In summary, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in a beautiful part of northern France. It is somewhere we will certainly come back to.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic Charm

  • 4 of 5

We stayed with our labra doodle, Wilson at The Mill House over the New Year period, we were given a warm welcome by Jenny and her husband on arrival. Due to Storm Dylan and Eleanor, the weather was pretty appalling but fortunately the Mill House has two wood burners, one in the lounge and one in the kitchen, plus radiators in all the rooms, so we were as warm as toast. Again due to the weather, rain or wind is fine, but both together, horizontally, not conducive to being outside, even Wilson did not want to go out! We were not able to sight see as much as we had hoped, lots of reading and TV, catching up on Christmas/holiday films. There was a dog walk right beside the house, which was great, other than being quite a steep up hill drag initially, great on the way back though. This sadly very quickly got too wet for us to use, so we drove 7mins down the road to a lovely town called Bagnoles-de-I'Orne, which is a very pretty town that has a tarmac walk along the river, a god send. There are several good super markets close by to buy food. We really enjoyed our break, despite the howling gales, the house has all you want with plenty of cut wood for the burners. We found the bed a little hard for us and because we were pretty much house bound a bigger TV would have been nice but other than that it was great. We left Normandy mainly under water, it and the Mill House must be a lovely place in the sunshine.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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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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