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Mill Lodge With Beautiful Views With Swimming Pool And Fishing.(Trout)



Updated: 28-Jul-2016
Mill Lodge in Mesnil Clinchamps, Calvados, Normandy, France - Gorgeous Location Set In Peaceful Village But Just Five Mins From Busy Village Of Saint Sever

Enjoy a warm French welcome at our beautifully renovated mill Lodge set in a really pretty French village on the outskirts of Vire and Saint Sever. The property is a large long Mill and has the luxury of being seperated into two accomodations. which makes it ideal for family and friends to holiday together but also benefit from having their own space and privacy plus extra facilites to cook and cater for themselves without being cramped. Altogether the Lodge has five bedrooms 2 reception rooms two laarge bathrooms plus seperate wash room, two kitchens both totally and fully equiped. The lodge is set in 6 acres of land which boasts a good sized fishing pool. It has a seperate enclosed garden and decked area with swimming pool which is totally exclusive to the property. The Decked area has a number of sunloungers and umbrellas plus a covered pagoda with wicker furniture, this is great for reading and relaxing in the shade. Just below the swimming pool in a seperate area of the garden is a dining area with a large permanant BBQ for al freco dining. There is enough seating for 12 people. The land also has a large apple orchard where all the apples are harvested and turned into cider.

The Mill is situated in the middle of the village and is only a 30 second walk from a bar, restaurant The village also has bakers for all those cakes, bread and croissants, Seven minutes walk from the cottage is a wine shop selling the most beautiful wines and norman cidre. The owner makes his own sparking wine which is like champagne. He also sells Calvados which is the aperetif of our area, this should be drunk before a meal to aid digestion. The village also has a very busy hairdressers which is very popular with our guests.

There are beautiful walks around the village and as the village is only situated five minutes from St Sever it is ideal to sample the local bars. the forest is also in Saint Sever where there are wondeful lakes and forest walks that are well signposted. there is also a lovely farmers market every Saturday morning which is just five mins from The Mill.

Just 10 minutes from the village is Vire this is a large town with its famous clock tower. In Vire you will find many shops, supermarkets,bars and restaurants. If you want a nice treat have a meal at The Hotel de France.

There is also a new chinese buffett, Mcdonalds, Bowling Alley, Aqua Centre and cinema which shows English as well as French films. Just opposite the cimema is a great bar and cafe which is ideal for a drink and snack before the film. There is so much to see and do in the area our guests just seem to run out of time.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

We are a family business, Simon, Julie Tom and Ellie

own Gite Holidays Normandy. Simon and Tom renovate the properties and Ellie and Julie do all the interior design and bookings. We love living in France

and have lived here now for nearly seven years.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Oh, the miniature ponies are so cute, thanks for a lovely holiday and thanks to Simon for showing Harry how to fish, he was thrilled at catching his very first fish. We all had a great time. Thanks again. Veronica, Bill and Harry. Aug 2011.

What a lovely place, we had a fantastic time, Sophie loved Ronnie and Reggie

Rabbits, we will have to buy her one when we get home. We loved all the animals. Hope you like the drawings of Saffy the cat. Thanks again.

Tessa, Gary, and Sophie July 2013
Feb 2008
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely village but property need some tlc

  • 3 of 5

The house is split into two and if you are two families together one of you will get slightly less quality accommodation. Some effort has been made here but a long time ago and although the house inside was nice the kitchen could have done with a deep clean and the outside has been left to fall into disrepair. The swimming pool didn't get cleaned for the two weeks we were there, the fences are falling apart and forget pony rides or boat ride on the lake (there's a hole and my husband fell in!). That said, there were plenty of fish and the kids still had a good time. Village remote but pretty and nearby bar was great. Photos do not show the best side of the house. WiFi sketchy. Julie and husband did come when we called and were very helpful but the details advertised do not accurately reflect the property and they need to do some maintenance here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your feedback.I am very sorry that you found certain areas of the Mill not to your liking, but I would like to raise a couple of points, the guests that had just left before you arrived had used the pool considerably and hence it had become cloudy with sunproducts as soon as we realised this it was treated and was back to normal within a few hours, I also understand that one half of your party was not happy because she had the smaller of the cottages, this I am afraid I can do nothing about. The outside of the Mill is a working farm with 4 donkeys and ponies plus sheep and rabbits at certain times with that amount of animals, straw, hay etc we are not able to keep the working areas like ornamental gardens it is not possible, our guests however have lovely terraces and swimming pool area where there are not animals permitted, If I had known about the boat or that you thought the kitchen was not cleaned I would of addressed this issue by asking my cleaning staff to return to the property. The Village is just a four minute drive to the next small town of Saint Sever and just !0 minutes from the larger town of Vire so I feel that it is not remote, I also feel that it would of been nice if you could of discussed these issues with me at the start of your holiday as you led me to believe that you had had a wonderful holiday at the Mill. Thankyou,
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Lovely stay at Mill Logde!!

  • 4 of 5

A lovely relaxing time a Mill Lodge!! We all enjoyed the pool and the kids enjoyed exploring the grounds where they played with their kites etc. Julie was great in recommending places to go and eat and helped us out with a problematic car that we had. Nothing was a problem.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it as a holiday destination!!

We look forward to coming back and staying again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Moulin

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time, though the weather was not very conducive to swimming which was a shame as the pool is lovely. A good size and sparklingly clean. The trampoline was much used though. We particularly enjoyed watching the various animals in the fields and all the birds opposite. Peacocks, turkeys, geese, chickens etc. Really rural life in the French countryside.

A couple of small problems were dealt with very promptly and Julie also arranged a vet appointment for our dog which was very helpful. I was very pleased that she was prepared to offer ten day stays so we avoided the Saturday crowds on our return.

I would recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here. We had 4 adults and 7 children across the two properties and everyone enjoyed themselves. We thought the children would be occupied by the swimming pool and a bit of fishing, but the fishing was the best attraction with everyone wanting to fish more and more. We must have caught well over 20 fish on the first day. We went to some nearby beaches and they were desolate and lovely with the sea being surprisingly warm. We ate out in the local town most nights which is a short drive away and there is a lovely boulangerie in the village.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your lovely review. We are so happy that you had such a wonderful time at Moulin. It was fantastic to see your children enjoying themselves so much with the fishing and of course taking such good care of Ronnie the Rabbit. Hope to see you all again in the future. xx
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Delightful stay in the Mill

  • 4 of 5

We had a really good time. Julie is very helpful and seems to know just about everything about the area and what is going on as well as being very friendly, always available and extremely helpful -= can provide something if wanted.

The Mill is comfortable and large with good, separate space if a bit of quiet is wanted (by grandparents for instance!). Plenty of parking.

The children were very happy with the swings, pool, donkeys and boat on the lake. We caught some fish too.

Barbecue is good. Main house lounge and kitchen is big enough to seat 10 of us easily.

Area is quiet and peaceful .... an occasional car or tractor.

Would recommend any time!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much for your very kind comments. We are so glad you had a lovely time at Mill Lodge. Hope to see you all again the future.
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From the Owner

Whilst we were on holiday in my friends cottage, we saw this property for sale, We were totally wowed with how big it was and the village location suited us perfectly, it was only three houses from a lovely bar and just one minute from the bakers, the other thing that attracted us was it was only 10 minutes from Vire and 4 minutes from Saint Sever. We also loved the terraces and the view of the grounds at the back. It is two houses each with their own entrances so perfect for a gite. Simon and Tom also loved the fishing pool. We love living next door to Le Moulin cottage as it is a lovely village and our neighbours Noel and Jean Claude are fantastic bringing us fresh eggs everyday. Since owning the property we have added a new garden with a swimming pool plus a pony ménage.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

We are able to offer free pony rides for children, plus help with fishing.

Horesriding lessons can also be arranged at the stables.


The glorious beaches of Granville and Julouville are only 40 minutes drive away. The D.Day landing beaches are approx 1 hour away. Granville is a cosmopolitan town with many ‘Tres Chic’ boutiques. Why not stroll along the harbour and try one of the many delightful fish restaurants. If you fancy a day trip to Jersey or a tour around the Chanel Islands you can catch the ferry in Granville. The ferry is very good value and the shopping in Jersey is wonderful.


The nearest Airport is Dinard. Ryan Air operates flights from Stansted, Bristol and EastMidlands. The distance from Brouains is 1 hour 20 mins. Car hire is available, however, airport transfer is possible, this is worthwhile if you are planning a cycling or walking holiday at the cottage. In addition Taylor Made holidays can be arranged including Taster days and French Tuition. Alternatively if you wish to bring your car then the nearest ports are Caen or Cherbourg.(1 hour approx).


Soudeval 5 mins drive. Vire 10 mins drive. Mont Saint Michael 40 mins drive. Granville 40 mins drive.

Further Details:

The pretty willage of St Sever is only a 5 min drive away from the cottage and on Saturday morning it holds a lovely farmers market where the local farmers come to sell therir delicious normandy produce, the food is very fresh and tasty but also excellent value Tuesday mornings selling lots of delicious Normandy produce. Also visit the huge Depot Vente in Saint Sever which sells 2nd hand furniture, ornaments and other fascinating things. The town of Vire is only 10 mins drive which is a large town boasting many fantastic shops. Why not try a trip in November and December and visit the quaint Christmas Markets. The restaurant is open both for lunch and evening meals.

In the village of St Sever which is 10 minutes from the cottage there is a large open air swimming pool and again many bars. You cannot however, come on holiday to Normandy without visit to Mont St Michel which is approx a 40 min drive away. The Mont has been named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of the top 10 romantic places to visit in the world. I don't think they are wrong. If you have teenagers or a feeling like a daredevil why not visit Hackets Adventure Park. You could try Bungee Jumping from the viaduct that was designed by Gustaff Eifel (guaranteed to blow away your cobwebs).


Rental rates

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4 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by telephone or email. A deposit of £150 will secure the booking. We can also offer a 20% discount on Brittany Ferries.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our preferred day of arrival, however this is flexible depending on bookings. Departure time is 10am and arrival time is no earlier than 3.30pm. We are able to offer 10 day bookings but these must be booked early on to avoid disappointment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We think Le Moulin is quite unique, it offers a bit of everything. You look out from the terrace and see beautiful views, horses and fishing pool, at the side of the property the gite has its very own garden (not shared with anyone else and exclusive use of the permanent swimming pool). We also offer free pony rides to the children plus they can fish in our fishing pool. We also have an Adopt a Rabbit for a week scheme which children love. The bar up the road is owned by Jullien and Christian and they offer free drinks to our guests the food is really fantastic, if Mum and Dad want to chill out and have a meal we offer a babysitting service, or an Art and Crafts/ French lesson for the little ones. For 2013 we are working with other bars/cafes/attractions to save our guests money.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Large Bathrooms with jacuzzi style baths with enclosed with showers. 1 wash room.s


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 plus cot (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: French style blue bedroom with double bed. Bedroom 2 cozy cottage French style with double bed and 1 single sledge bed. 3 other double rooms


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The property is lovely for children it is set in 6 acres of land with a fishing pool and dingies are available to row around in. It also has a lovely private garden with a 17ft swimming pool.Wwe have a large outside dining area with large BBQ plus two terraces. We also have a small horse arena which is great for the children to ride their bikes around. Outside: The property has a lovely terrace soverlooking the fishing pool. The Lodge also has a private garden with enclosed swimming pool, decking, garden plus pagoda with wicker sofa and chairs to relax in. The garden also has electric points for listening to music. We also have sun loungers with umbrellas plus a large outside dining table. The BBQ is also situated in the garden.where there is a large dining area for all those al fresco meals. Utility Room: Washers, irons and ironing boardss Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The properties provides all bed linen and towels. Extra bed linen is provided for stays of two weeks or more.

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