|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Le Moulin Bodin is a former watermill nestling on the banks of the river Lay in the South Vendee countryside.
In a secluded setting at the end of a country lane, the detached guest cottage is an ideal romantic retreat for a couple, but can accommodate a small family . There is a private terrace with barbecue, swimming pool shared with the owners, rowing boats on the river, and five acres of grounds to enjoy, including a young arboretum with over 250 species of trees.
The property is rural but not remote, being only 2 miles from the small town of Mareuil sur Lay and 8 from Lucon which has a good range of shops and restaurants, as well as a very impressive Cathedral.
Both La Rochelle and the Puy du Fou are within an hour’s drive, and the beautiful, sandy Atlantic beaches are just half an hour away.
The guest cottage has recently been renovated in traditional style, retaining all its character with exposed oak beams and terracotta tiles throughout. Modern touches have been added, such as a fully functional fitted kitchen on one side of the main living area, and a wet room with open shower.
The 6m x 6m oak-beamed living room has a magnificent fireplace with wood burning stove, dining table for 6, sofa bed and armchair, as well as the fitted kitchen with gas hob, one and a half bowl sink, microwave and built-in dishwasher and fridge.
The master bedroom has a king size bed, and the second bedroom, with child size bunk beds, is located between the master bedroom and shower room and has a window overlooking the terrace; there is also a sofa bed in the living room.
The wet room has an open shower, wc and basin.
The view to the front looks over the mill race and weir towards the river and island; the living room back door gives on to a south west facing terrace with barbecue and garden furniture.
The bedroom has a window overlooking the river, and a farmhouse door with window facing across the drive to the owners' converted Mill House. There is also a large covered area housing bikes and table tennis.
Guests are welcome to use the 14mx7m swimming pool from May to September.
We really don't know how to describe our holiday other than amazing! totally relaxing! and life changing!!!! Having just sold our holiday home in the south of france, we didn't know what to do, by accident i found `le gite du moulin' and booked two wks in sept...weather not so good ...so kate said pack your wellies!!! which we did along with flip flops, We couldn't believe how roaming around their grounds would be so...not just relaxing...but inspiring..Ian wanted us to dig and cook his veg, which we did and oh my goodness, the flavours burst every night, so much that we even bottled some of them to bring home..and might i add they tasted just as good..never thought i'd be inspired to grow veg or fruit!!!!
We've never had a holiday that totally relaxes you, we often remember when we sat on the weir with a bottle of beer watching our little dog chase the ducks, then go back to the villa light up the fire and enjoy a meal cooked with Ians veg.
We were welcomed by Kate and Ian on our arrival and enjoyed a lovely week at Le Gite du Moulin. A beautiful, secluded rural setting with an island and river to explore. Wildlife, red squirrels, grass snakes and a couple of gregarious ducks. Very relaxed. Near enough to the coast for trip to the beach and handy for shops and local amenities. Clean, good facilities. Bad points/pointers. Don't rely on the satnav on your initial approach. And don't feed the ducks!
Already recommended to friends. We will be back. Jon
We arrived later than we wanted but we were given a very warm welcome by Kate and Ian, and we were told to 'make ourselves at home and to wander where we liked'. The property was spotlessly clean and well equipped, comfortable, spacious and very French rustic style - it suited us perfectly for a break away from it all. The sound of the birds and the frogs were a delight, and one morning early my husband looked out of the window into the garden and saw an owl flying close to the ground and past the house. The ducks were always pleased to see me especially when they saw the bread! We were told to help ourselves to the fresh produce that Ian quite lovingly grows and the tomatoes were particularly delicious (you could almost taste the sun!). The property is very remote and off the beaten track and was blissfully quiet and relaxing. The coast is about three quarters of an hour's drive and La Rochelle and Les Sables D'Olonne were a very pleasant visit. The downside was that we did not have enough time to visit any of the Cave's on the Route de Vin and taste some of the rather delicious local wine because we were just so relaxed sitting and reading at Le Moulin Boudin. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said "I'll be back" Thanks again Kate and Ian.
This was one of the best family holidays we have ever had and have already booked a return visit. This really must be rustic France at its best. Our children ages 10 and 14 cant wait to go back. The cottage is right on the river's edge and situated in fantastic gardens. There is a wonderful swimming pool. Fishing was excellent and a selection of boats to row on the river. The surroundings are idylic and very private and peaceful. This place is somewhere you will definitely want to return to. Beautiful sandy beaches are half an hour away. The town itself is a short cycle/walk and has a supermarket, shops and a friendly bar which kept my husband happy. The cottage itself was extremely well equipped with modern appliances. The whole experience was wonderful and we cannot fault it in anyway. The hosts Ian and Kate could not have done more to make us welcome and made our holiday very enjoyable. Once you arrive, you will not want to leave, you might even get some fresh produce and learn to drive a Renault 4!
We stayed at Le Moulin Bodin in September 2009 and enjoyed our stay so much we cant wait till we are there again. Kate and Ian provided us with much information before and during our stay - they are lovely hosts; both full of character and very knowledgeable. The location and property can not be faulted - very high standard of cleanliness and access to everything we needed. The highlights of our stay would have to be rowing on the river, cycling into Mareuil sur Lay to collect bread and cheese (&wine!) as well as visiting the local vineyards and the apple tasting at the local Orchard. The boys especially enjoyed building sandcastles (& eating icecream) at the beach (30mins drive). We drove and took the ferry Portsmouth to Cherbourg. I would recommend this property with no hesitations and I am on the countdown till we visit again.
The cottage at Moulin Boudin offers both spacious and comfortable accomodation in an idyllic, peaceful location and has meant that we return to this paradise year after year. The perfect place to relax and enjoy a slice of French life. The range of activities on offer both on site and in the local area mean that there is something for everyone, from boating on the local River Lay, to wonderful beaches of the Vendee and the holiday must- a journey to the very cosmopolitan La Rochelle. Kate and Ian are perfect hosts, there when you need them but discrete. They aim to please and ensure your holiday is everything you require. The fresh, home grown produce from the garden enhances every meal. But enough- this really has been such a find, we want to keep it a secret!
The Vendee is a very popular holiday and second home destination for French and English alike. It has a lovely climate, with the 2nd highest average sunshine hours in France, beaten only by the Cote d'Azur. At the coast (a 30 minute drive away), there are beautiful long sandy beaches as well as the famous sailing port of Les Sables d'Olonne, and inland there are miles of unspoilt farming land among gently rolling hills.
Mareuil-sur-Lay (2 miles) has a supermarket, a good selection of small shops and several restaurants and bars. Lucon, 8 miles south, has a wider range of shops, hypermarkets and restaurants, and La Roche sur Yon, 15 miles north, is the departmental capital.
The beautiful old port of La Rochelle, 50 minutes south, is always worth a visit, whether it be for a stroll down the stone collonnaded shopping streets, a leisurely lunch overlooking the port, or a visit to the aquarium.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Changeover day is normally Thursday, but can be flexible