Saintes area Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Converted self catering watermill with private pool
Set in its own beautiful, secluded grounds, the Millhouse provides exceptional accommodation in the heart of the Charente Maritime countryside. The relaxing surroundings combine with the charm of this historic Mill to provide you with the perfect way to unwind.
Originally a functioning Watermill producing flour (the wheel is intact and still turns plus the original breadoven is till in place) it has undergone major restoration and refurbishment by the enthusiastic owner and his dedicated team.
The accommodation has large reception rooms with beautifully furnished interiors and outside there are wide sun and shaded terraces with extensive grounds and a large salt water, heated swimming pool with BBQ area.
Interior and Grounds:
As you walk through the main entrance door to the mill there is a spacious foyer with the main stairway leading to the upper floor giving access to the east and west wing bedrooms. This large foyer can be used for reading, relaxing or just simply enjoying the ambience of the mill while having a coffee and a chat on the two comfy sofas.
To the left of the entrance foyer is a large formal dining room which comfortably seats up to 18-20 people. In the dining room the millstream runs through the house to the Millwheel at the rear of the property and there is small wall suitable for seating and viewing the stream via a glass viewing panel (safety glass). This is a particularly nice feature as the stream is illuminated at night.
To the rear of the dining room there is a garden room with a separate downstairs WC with large shower, vanity unit with a hairdrier. The 'Garden room' doubles as an extra bedroom with a large comfy sofabed to accomodate additional adults or children in the party if necessary.
Adjacent to the dining room there is a large salon that has the traditional Charentaise fireplace with large comfy couches and entertainment in the form of a television connected to SKY satellite, DVD, and a music system. Passing through the salon you enter the large open plan modern kitchen which is fully fitted with the latest American style fridge, 5 ring gas hob, electric oven and microwave. There is a central island which houses the sink, dishwasher and is a great place to congregate when cooking. There is also a large ancient rectangular dining table and chairs perfect for having breakfast with family or friends.
Upstairs the large balcony area, which contains two large comfy couches and a small library stocked with old novels and magazines, is a perfect place for reading and relaxing and having a coffee during the day or a nice glass of wine in the evening. Leading off the balcony area are the the East and West wings of the house which contain the 5 double en-suite bedrooms and 3 twin en-suite bedrooms. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished in an eclectic style mixing ancient with modern in a traditional setting with honey coloured Charentaise stone walls and solid oak flooring. These bedrooms and bathrooms have been lovingly restored to compliment the rest of the mill without sacrificing the modern necessities of bathrooms and showers.
The double doors at the rear of the kitchen lead you outside to a large patio area with a large rectangular solid teak table and chairs which is a perfect place for al-fresco dining in the morning, lunchtime or evening, or just relaxing during the heat of the day as this is one of the the shadiest spots.
Facilities include: 12mx6m heated saltwater swimming pool. Integrated 4m x 3m kids pool. 12m poolside Cabana with comfy seating. Douche soleil (Solar heated pool shower). Childrens playground with swing set, slide and wendy house. Free adults and childrens bicycles available for touring and exploring the area. Stone built BBQ at Pool area. Traditional bread/pizza oven. Weber BBQ. Satellite TV, DVD and CD player with Ipod docking. Wi-Fi enabled. 2 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. Garden games (Badminton). Table tennis table. Board Games. Library with a large selection of books and magazines.
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- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
From all over the world we flew in this week (Netherlands, Hawaii, Curacao) to celebrate moms birthday. WE had a wonderful week at the mill. The house is lovely, very child friendly and has everything you need. Manisiah and Steve are wonderful ! We hired Harriet, a very professional photographer to make pictures of our family gathering which was a great success ! We are definitely dreaming to come back one day !
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