An Ideal Setting For a Romantic Honeymoon or Special Occasion. 1 Bedroom. sleep 3
The Windmill is set, unusually, just outside a small village. The only noise comes from the Church bells that chime hourly.The sound of sheep and a couple of cows in the surrounding fields really emphasises the tranquility of the area.
A REALLY LOVELY PROPERTY
This is a cosy property where you will be able to get to know one another again without the normal interuptions associated with 21st Century life. Play games, read books ..... talk.... do all the things we have forgotten how to do because we are distracted by computers, televisions and mobile phones!
ACCOMMODATION - 1 BEDROOM
The Windmill is arranged over four floors, a lovely modern kitchen with granite work surface, ceramic hob, oven / microwave, fridge / freezer and a breakfast table is situated in the basement.
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 spring or autumn 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 the bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view. Fold up bed available if required.
Outside there is a BBQ area with a sheltered table and chairs, the outlook from the patio is of farmland with distant treelined views. The evenings provide stunning sunsets and clear starry skies. Sun loungers. Gardens. Ample parking.
Perfect for year round rentals all seasons with cosy rooms and beautifully clear winter skies.
There is a foldaway bed for a 3rd person if required.
The Moulin at St Cyr Des Gats was built in 1885 and provided local people and businesses with flour for many years. In 1975 the original workings were removed and the building was changed from a working Windmill into what can only be very loosely termed a residence. The Moulin was put up for sale and remained without a buyer for approximately five years. During a big storm in 1999, one set of the sails was blown off and the Windmill looked to be in a sorry state. The current owner purchased the mill in June 2001, and the long arduous process of renovating it began. Since the renovation, hundreds of people have been able to live their dream of having a holiday in a windmill. This is a cosy property where you will be able to get to know one another again without the normal interruptions associated with 21st Century life. Play games, read books, talk.... do all the things we have forgotten how to do because we are distracted by computers, televisions and mobile phones!
No pets, No smoking.
Sadly, due to the setup of the property this is not suitable for the disabled or young children.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the manager
On arrival we were overwhelmed by the Windmill and it's surroundings. We sat in the BBQ area and drank wine till 9.30pm....thought we had arrived in heaven. Everything about the Windmill is as everybody else says but if I can add, as a Chartered Surveyor, it is one of the most impressive and sympathetic restorations I have encountered. Mr & Mrs H, Middleton, UK.
Well, what can we say that hasn't already been stated? Great Moulin, great location, fantastic views. Peace, quiet, outdoor living. Sunshine on our shoulders, wind in our hair - we loved it! 2 weeks still isn't enough to see everything. Local farm very helpful - great eggs and lamb. Only downside being sometimes wine and scrabble don't mix!! Mr & Mrs W, Birmingham, UK.
Our windmill adventure started on the Friday evening with a long journey from Manchester...the heavy rain stopped for us on arrival at the windmill and a peaceful night was had. Despite the long drive, it was a magical place to find - the excitement kicked in whilst exploring each floor. You can see the love, time and heartache (!) that has gone into renovating this lovely windmill, it's a really special little place. I am so pleased we came across it..... Ms P, Manchester, UK.
What an amazing windmill. I don't think we can add any more praise than has already been heaped on you in the previous pages, but we would like to anyway....it's fabulous, a brilliant, faithful restoration and beautifully, aptly furnished too...Love the bedroom lights! We have had a lovely relaxing time in a unique building...... Ms G & Mr C, Essex, UK.
The windmill is a truly fantastic place, the care and attention (and no doubt the expense) is plain to see.......We found it to be a wonderfully peaceful retreat and really has been a relaxing week.... Altogether, staying here has been an interesting experience and one which we have very much enjoyed. Batteries have been thoroughly recharged. Ms H, Osnabruck, Germany
What a memorable few days we have spent in this lovely peaceful place! The Windmill has been sympathetically restored and thoughtfully equipped. We could happily have stayed here much longer if time had permitted. We have been blessed with the weather in this past week and therefore have been able to eat breakfast and dinner outside each day, maximising the use of the excellent BBQ........ Mr & Mrs B, York, UK.
The Windmill is, without a doubt, lovely and we have enjoyed our stay here very much. As my Mother would say, "It's very well appointed"!............. We have been greatly blessed by the weather and so have spent many happy hours sitting in the BBQ area watching the sun go down (with the odd glass of wine, of course!) .......... Mr & Mrs W, Carlisle, UK.
Thank you for a wonderful time in a magical place. Having arrived at 2am from Paris it was bliss to wake up to silence and a tranquil view. Daytrips to La Rochelle, Vouvant and Mervent were very enjoyable, but it's the degree of
Activity and Interests
Lakeside beach 10 minutes drive away, with life guards, picnic area, play area etc
Coastal Beaches in the Vendée are excellent, clean and sandy. The nearest are approximately 40km away and take a little under an hour to reach. There are three resorts next to each other on the coast, la Tranche-sur-Mer, l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, and la Faute-sur-Mer . All are excellent for families, for the larger more touristy type of resort les Sables-d'Olonne offers full facilities expected of a more commercialised resort. This very popular resort is 70km away and takes approximately 1½ to reach.
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. This is ideal for the kids as it is only 15 minutes away.
La Rochelle is France's 2nd largest boat building port 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.
Futuroscope is situated near Poitiers, it combines latest cinematic developments with the entertainment and fun of a theme park. there are a dozen or so main attractions comprising some of the largest cinema screens in the world (seven storeys high), 3-d special effects, flight simulators, cinema seats on hydraulic pedestals, all around cinema with picture that extends underneath you, 360degree cinema screens, huge curved screens etc.
Mervent is only a short bike ride away, 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. There are also restaurants, a small zoo and a very extensive fun park known as 'Pierre Brune', which has dozens of rides from castles, crazy bikes, and slides to hamster wheels and see-saws. This is good value at approximately £5.
Venise Vert is the canal system the Vendée is famous for. There are numerous places (Maillezais is one of the best, 15 min drive) where small rowing boats can be hired (with or without guides). Maps are provided and you can navigate round canal systems to set routes.
Puy de Fou is well worth a visit, by day there is a theme park which includes mediaeval jousting, villages with traditional crafts and actors dressed in the period of the day. The highlight is a twice daily display of falconry. The display is held in an amphitheatre with hawks, falcons and eagles swooping over the crowd and collecting food from the falconers who are dressed in traditional costume. This includes every bird of prey you have ever imagined including some enormous vultures. Great fun and highly professional ! By night during the summer Puy de Fou is renowned for holding France's foremost Son et Lumière spectacle.
Île de Ré is a quiet island off La Rochelle, a new road bridge makes it accessible by car. It is picturesque and has numerous beaches, cafés, towns and parks. The cost for the toll bridge is approximately £10 but is free if you cycle or walk out to the island. There is also a very good value golf course on the island.
Cognac is approximately 1½ hours drive south and well worth a visit for the connoisseur. In the centre of the town the best tour is that of the Otard distilleries, where cognac has been made for hundreds of years. A sample session follows the tour, but drivers beware, new laws on drink driving are more strict than UK.
Saumur is more for the wine buff, it is similar distance north and this town on the Loire also offers numerous caves (cellars) along with various historic buildings.
St Emilion is ½ hour drive south of Cognac, this historic wine producing region is for the red wine enthusiasts and boasts excellent tours of vineyards and historic sites.
How to get here Fly to La Rochelle, Poitiers, Nantes, Rennes
Ferry to St Malo, Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Prices are INCLUSIVE of linen, towels, electricity, water and cleaning costs.
Weekends available at £250 outside of main season
Security deposit £100 which is fully refundable if no damage to property and left in a clean and tidy condition.
Supplement for 3rd person £75 per week.
Autumn / Winter Rentals: May be Subject to an additional charge to cover the higher heating costs.
Arrivals after 1600 and departures by 0930.
The Windmill sleeps TWO adults. Foldaway bed available
Saturday changeover day in main season.
We are flexible with changeover days outside of main season and will do our best to suit your requirements.
Booking deposit required to secure the booking, a booking form link will be emailed also.
Balance payment of the holiday is required 12 weeks prior to the rental.
Any bookings taken within 12 weeks of the rental period will be required to pay in full at time of booking.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- theme parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- The original wooden staircase rises to the second floor landing and a beautiful modern bathroom, with large shower cubicle, basin and WC.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: a wrought iron staircase rises, quite sharply, to the bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view out over open countryside. Fold up bed available if required.
- Boat ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Tennis ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- GUEST COMMENTS On arrival we were overwhelmed by the Windmill and it's surroundings. We sat in the BBQ area and drank wine till 9.30pm....thought we had arrived in heaven. Everything about the Windmill is as everybody else says but if I can add, as a Chartered Surveyor, it is one of the most impressive and sympathetic restorations I have encountered. Mr & Mrs H, Middleton, UK. Well, what can we say that hasn't already been stated? Great Moulin, great location, fantastic views. Peace, quiet, outdoor living. Sunshine on our shoulders, wind in our hair - we loved it! 2 weeks still isn't enough to see everything. What an amazing windmill. I don't think we can add any more praise than has already been heaped on you in the previous pages, but we would like to anyway....it's fabulous, a brilliant, faithful restoration and beautifully, aptly furnished too...Love the bedroom lights! We have had a lovely relaxing time in a unique building...... Ms G & Mr C, Essex, UK.