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Secluded 18th Century Water Mill - Mill

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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L'Hermenault Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

11 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps up to 32

Thué is an 18th century converted Water Mill set in six acres of private land, located in the Vendée region of Western France. Recently converted into two large self contained dwellings, referred to as ‘The Mill’ and ‘The Wheelhouse’ accommodating up to 12 people in the Wheelhouse (Four Bedrooms), and 20 people in the Mill (Seven Bedrooms). They each have a large private heated swimming pool and a unique character. They can also be interconnected and used as a single eleven bedroom dwelling. Ideally situated, combining easy access from Cross Channel Ferry Ports and the fabulous climate found South of the Loire Valley. Facilities include fully equipped kitchens, three large lounges, large dining areas, private pools and large private garden area surrounded by woodland. Short drive to beaches and the bustling fishing town of La Rochelle. Thué is secluded but within 10 minute walking distance of the quiet village of L'Hermenault, which boasts friendly local bars and shops.

Details for Mill 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathrooms

25 foot long main lounge/dining area with original six foot wide traditional stone fireplace; large fully equipped kitchen (cooker, combined microwave/grill, 2 x large fridge/freezers, dishwasher, automatic washing machine etc); bathroom (bath & shower), shower room (shower & WC), and separate WC. Electric wall heaters in each room provide heating in addition to the log burning stove if required. Garden furniture, stone barbeque, decking area with furniture round large heated pool, table tennis room with permanent table. Video & DVD players with large wide screen TV, UK Satellite system with 2nd TV (for non encrypted UK TV and radio channels e.g. BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky News, Channel5, Cartoon Channel, Radio 5 etc). Garden furniture, and stone barbeque. The Mill has the following list of equipment for infants - Mothercare Berwick Cott [White], Mothercare Continental Foam Mattress [White], Mothercare Tilly & Thomas bath [White], two High Chairs.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Peter Little
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
October 1, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

'We enjoyed the peace and beautiful surroundings'

'L'Hermenault is certainly a lovely spot and we liked the unspoilt feel of the village '

'The Wheelhouse was very well equipped and the dishwasher was a real boon. The bedding was lovely, nice to have quality cotton duvet covers and pillowcases. The cooker was super and the quickness of the gas hob great to use. The amount of crockery and cutlery was generous and the patio plates and beakers ideal for our grandchild to use'

'Would recommend to anyone. Pool was excellent'

'Yes, we had a lovely time at Thue thanks. It's in a good position for several places we went to (Puy Du Fou, Vouvant, Parc Floral, Fontenay etc) and is in a lovely spot itself. Many thanks.'

'Loved the space. Really well equipped, especially liked the coolboxes, buckets, spades and bikes that made it all a lot easier'
Nov 2007
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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 7 reviews

Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Most of our immediate family (19) came to this marvelous rural location. With 9 children and an age range from 4 to 76 the property proved spacious and practical.

We didn't want luxury or a place where we were for ever telling the children to be careful. We had no problems sorting out bedrooms, plenty of hot water and good bathrooms and loos. There was seating for 20 at one long dining table inside so we could all eat together in the evenings - which we really enjoy. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped. Table tennis and table football provided good fun but the star was the swimming pool. We thought it might be a bit small but far from it. 27' across and 4' deep was ideal for both children and adults. There were plenty of bikes in the garage (we needn't have bothered taking our own) and 2 well designed permanent barbecues. The garden is large and there are loads of recliners and lounge chairs though the 6 acres of woodland proved impenitrable. We didn't watch TV (though there is satellite and all the BBC channels) but we did watch a few dvds together on the large HD screen for our 'movie nights'. - there are plenty of dvds there though we wished we'd taken a few favourites.. Loads to do locally (good walking) and the beaches a couple of miles passed La Tranche are fabulous and the body surfing great fun for all.

For an active holiday for a large group The Mill would take a lot of beating - highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Spacious interesting house in a secluded location. Well provisioned from plenty cutlery to two fridges. Lots of information about the area, places to shop and places to visit. Wonderful private swimming pool that we all loved. Thinking about hung back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A wonderful stay in a lovely setting

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Thue. We tested it to the full: 21 adults for a week with 3 days of pouring rain! The hot water never failed, the kitchens were terrific (and abundantly stocked with plates/utensils/etc.), all the machines (dishwashers, clothes washer/dryers, fridges and freezers, cookers) worked a treat and the spaces (even with all of us inside) were very comfortable. We easily sat 21 around the Mill House dining table. When the sun finally come out, we were able to explore the beautiful countryside around the area, although we'll have to come back to try the swimming pools.

Everyone agreed it was splendid. Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The property looks great from the outside but its not until we had a look around that we saw its real character.

A very homely kitchen and dining area with a living room that is perfect if you want to get out of the sun for an afternoon. Lots of bedrooms and a games room in the basement.

The pool was amazing as were the grounds, lots of bbqing and exploring. We went for a great meal up the road where they were really friendly and the food was top notch.

The place is perfect for a secluded family holiday or a group of friends looking for a peaceful week in the sun.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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The Mill

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Mill in June and had a fantastic time!

We chose The Mill because of its rural location and we were not disappointed.

The Millhouse was brilliant for 13 of us and we made good use of the pool which was lovely, the garden was great for the kids to just run around and they loved the bikes too!!

There’s plenty of outdoor tables and chairs and we used the 2 bbq's most evenings.

We didn’t venture out much as there were lots of outdoor toys to keep the kids entertained.

The supermarket in Fontenay was very big and had everything we needed.

We enjoyed our stay at The Mill so much that we are returning next year!!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, I hope you enjoy your next visit as much as this one.
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Wendover, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

The Mill, Thue

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at the Mill and used it as a base for following the Tour de France. The children especially loved the pool and the adults had some fiercely competitive table tennis matches!

We had the bbq going every evening and all sat round the big garden tables - 16 of us in total. The large supermarket at Fontenay was excellent value - with some nice shops and cafe too.

Overall, a great holiday - the relaxing, peaceful break we were looking for. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback, I do hope you decide to visit Thue again soon.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
La Rochelle
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Fontenay Le Comte
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A83, Junction 7
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Ideally located in the Southern Vendée, West France, 3 hours easy drive from the nearest Cross Channel Ferry Port, St Malo and a 50 minute drive to beaches and the bustling fishing town of La Rochelle. The lively resorts of Les Sables d'Olonne and St. Jean de Monts are only a short drive away. Thué is secluded but within 10 minute walking distance of the quiet village of L'Hermenault, which boasts friendly local bars and shops.


Rates & Availability

L'Hermenault Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2017 - Jul 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $122

Booking Deposit £200

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L'Hermenault Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Double
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Double
    Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Double + Bunks
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double + Single
    Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Bunks + Single
    Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , Bunks + 2 Singles
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Bunks
  • 4 doubles, 1 twin, 1 family bedroom, 1 room with 3 beds, 2 cots
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 16 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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