Set in its own beautiful, secluded grounds, the Millhouse provides exceptional 5 star accommodation in the heart of the Charente Maritime countryside. The relaxing surroundings combine with the charm of the historic Mill to provide you with the perfect way to unwind. The Millhouse, which was voted one of the 25 best villas in Europe by Conde Nast, is the perfect venue for your vacation, French Wedding/Celebration or both. The enthusiastic owners Steve and Manisiah will be on hand to help you have a memorable stay.
Originally a functioning Watermill producing flour (the wheel is intact and still turns plus the original bread oven is s...till in place) it has undergone major restoration and refurbishment by the enthusiastic owners. The accommodation has large spacious reception rooms with beautifully furnished contemporary interiors and outside there are wide sun and shaded terraces with extensive grounds and a large salt water, heated swimming pool with traditional charantais stone BBQ area. The house can comfortably sleep up to 18 adults in 9 bedrooms and 4 children or teenagers on z-beds. 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 a number of activities either exercising on our step machine, or aerobics using the small weights, and gym fitness ball, reading, relaxing or just simply enjoying the ambience of the mill while having a coffee and a chat on the comfy sofa. To the left of the entrance foyer is a large formal dining room, which comfortably seats up to 18-20 people. The dining room is where 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 toughened 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 through a small passage is a fully equipped utility/Laundry room with Washing machine, tumble dryer, baby bath and cleaning equipment, next door is the garden room with a separate downstairs WC with large shower, vanity unit with a hairdryer. The 'Garden room' opens out to the rear gardens and doubles as an extra bedroom with a large comfy sofa bed to accommodate additional adults or children in the party if necessary. Adjacent to the dining room there is a large salon that has the traditional Charantais fireplace with three large comfy couches and entertainment in the form of a huge plasma television which has Freesat but has the option of receiving SKY (just bring your SKY card), Blu-ray DVD, and a quality 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, two full sized electric ovens and microwave. There is a central island which houses the sink, two dishwashers, 2 drawer drinks fridge, Wine cave, 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. Downstairs the double doors at the rear of the kitchen lead you outside to a large 60m2 covered wooden decked patio area with a large 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 shadiest spots. Upstairs the large balcony area, which contains two large comfy couches and a large well stocked Library with novels, children’s books 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 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 Charantais 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 Millhouse has a wealth of facilities which include: Huge swimming pool area incorporating a 12m x 6m heated saltwater swimming pool with sun loungers, plus integrated 4m x 3m kids pool. A large 15m decking area, which houses the poolside Cabana with comfy seating and fans and the huge 8 person Jacuzzi with IPod docking station. At the poolside there is a Douche Soleil (Solar heated pool shower). In the rear gardens we have a children’s playground with swing set, slide, Trampoline, and a lovely wooden Wendy house. 16 free adult and children’s bicycles available for touring and exploring the area. Charantais stone built BBQ at the pool area. A Traditional bread/pizza oven in the covered porch. Weber Genesis gas BBQ. Satellite TV, DVD and CD player with IPod docking. Wi-Fi enabled. 2 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. Garden games (Badminton). A table tennis table. Numerous Board Games. Library with a large selection of books and magazines.
*Please note, locations shown on the maps are approximations only Close to the historic towns of Saintes, Cognac, Taillebourg, St Jean D'Angely and only 40 minutes from lovely beaches in the area, the Millhouse is in a wonderful location. There is easy access to Angoulême, the capital of the Charente, the major train stations, international airports, and only 4 hours from St Malo ferry port. The Charente Maritime region is exceptionally sunny, and has its own micro climate as a result of the Azores' anticyclone, making for mild springs and pleasant autumns. Along its 470 kilometers of coastline, the Charente Maritime has around 110 beautiful sandy beaches. Needless to say, seafood is a speciality here. It is steeped in culture and history and boasts 500 years of Maritime history from the imposing outline of Fort Boyard to the stocky coastal fortifications of La Rochelle. Inland and around the area it boasts over 400 stunning Romanesque churches. It is a place where the land meets the sea and is reflected in the beautiful shades of the wooden shutters adorning the honey coloured sandstone houses. The house sits among the farms and vineyards that produce the famous Pineau Charente aperitif grapes which produce a sweet wine and is located approximately 14 kilometers from the main Saintonge city of Saintes (saintonge means saintes area). Saintes was originally a roman town situated on the banks of the Charente river. At most times during the year there are various festivals and markets selling local produce, fresh fish, seafood,poultry, fruit and vegetables. The nearest major airport would be Bordeaux (Merignac Airport) which is about 1-1/2 hrs drive away. La Rochelle a slightly smaller airport is located 45 minutes drive away and there are many budget airlines flying from the UK to La Rochelle. Paris is about 4-1/2 hours drive from the mill. The mill is also accessible via TGV trains from Paris and the nearest station is Saintes or St Jean D'Angely. Both towns are about 15 - 20 minutes drive away.
Rental of the house includes: - Meeting on arrival by the owners. Also check-out on day of departure by owners. - All linen and large towels (bath and face towel) are included free of charge. - A separate large swimming pool towels are also provided free of charge and are stored in the pool cabana. - One laundry change per week upon request. - On site management/housekeeping support is always available. - Children’s facilities such as high chairs, cots, stair-gates, a changing table, baby bath, right down to plastic plates, cups etc are available free of charge (vetted by a leading children’s holiday company). Additional chef’s services can be arranged at a supplementary cost: - Catered meal prepared by a reputable French chef (regional dishes) served within the premises of the house or its grounds. Prices and menus upon request. - Chef is accompanied by waiting services. Guests are at liberty to provide their own alcohol – no corkage fee added-on. - BBQ, Paella & Sangria party or spit-roast can be arranged. Prices and menu upon request. Additional Pamper Therapy Treatments Massage, reflexology, mini-facial, manicure and pedicure plus various other treatments can be done around the pool area next to the jacuzzi or in the privacy of the garden spa room. Portable massage/therapy beds can be set up anywhere and the therapist is able to spend 2 half hour sessions per person, split between the morning and afternoon. Prices and menu upon request. Art and Painting Workshop A local and talented artist, painter and illustrator affiliated with the local tourist board offers seasonal workshop/classes for adults and children. Subjects and themes include portraits, imaginery characters, animals and cartoons, landscape and more. Media used include drawing with pencil/ink, sketching with pencil, watercolours and acrylic. The workshop is informal, educational, fun and relaxed and aims at developing creativity, accuracy of drawing and the pleasure of using one's imagination. A popular option is the “travel sketch” whereby guests can combine a day’s outing (a picnic) and sketching nearby country-side. Please enquire for prices and details (cost include all materials). To arrange any of these services, contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team.
Weddings, Anniversaries and other Celebrations can be catered for at the mill. If the basic packages do not suit your requirements, please contact Oliver's VIP Concierge Team to discuss a custom package for your needs. Wedding Package (Option One: 4 days/3 nights package: £8,800 based on 40 people; 20 of which are resident guests at the Mill). As part of this package, you will get: • Exclusive rental and use of the mill and all its facilities. • Accommodation for up to 20 persons in nine en-suite bedrooms (with 2 on foldable beds sharing one or two rooms). • An experienced and dedicated bi-lingual Wedding Planner and Owners on-site to assist from Start to Finish. • A choice of a typical 3-course French meal or a BBQ for 20 covers. This meal can be enjoyed on any day you are here at the mill or you can have this as part of your wedding day meal (€40 supplement for each additional cover). • Canapés and one champagne toast for 20 persons (€12 supplement for each additional cover). • NO alcohol restrictions, allowing you to bring your own alcohol on site. Alternatively there is an option for the owners to organize this for you at a small additional cost. • Champagne and chocolates for bride and groom. • A complimentary welcome food pack for in-house guests. • House and grounds elegantly dressed for your wedding (if desired by the wedding couple). • A choice of two beautifully dressed bridal suites (couple chooses which bridal suite they prefer). • Use of the rose-entwined garden pergola for your ceremony. • Use of the garden gazebos providing additional shade for your guests during the blessing ceremony. • Use of the beautiful white wrought iron ‘romantic’ tables and chairs during the blessing ceremony (for up to 50 persons). • Use of marquee with tables and chairs supplied (white table linen with matching napkins) • Use of the 12m x 6m salt-water pool and an integrated 4m x 3m children’s pool nestled around a landscaped pool area. • A 10m-fully covered poolside cabana with comfy seating with ceiling fans, music and lighting. • Douche soleil (solar heated pool side shower). • Exclusive use of 8 person Jacuzzi. • Use of the traditional Charentais stone-built charcoal bbq located by the swimming pool and a Weber top of the range gas bbq located by the rear terrace (bottle gas not supplied – can be supplied at a small cost). • Fully equipped modern kitchen with two conventional ovens, two dishwashers, a huge American fridge with ice maker, two-drawer beverage fridge, microwave, wine chiller and many more kitchen appliances. • 50-inch plasma TV with built-in freesat, blueray DVD and CD player with Ipod docking station. • Use of SKY satellite digibox (Client just needs to bring viewing card). • A 60 sqm wooden decked rear terrace with outdoor table and seating for 20 people. • Enclosed children’s playground with swing set, slide, Wendy house, trampoline, plus many other garden games as well as a large selection of indoor board games. • A billiard table, table-tennis table and air hockey. • A fleet of bicycles (adults and children), toddler’s chariots, tag-a-long bikes, bike helmets (all provided at no extra cost). • Use of Library with a large selection of books and magazines. • Hotel quality linen and towels plus separate pool towels. • Wi-Fi enabled throughout the main house, rear terrace and pool area. • Friendly onsite help from the owners throughout your stay. • Flexible stage payments. Depending on your requirements and needs, the owners can provide at an additional cost the services of a celebrant, music (Pianist, DJ, guitarist, band, etc.), photographer, hair & make-up artist, florist, pamper therapy (manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, etc.), mini-bus or coach transfer for your guests, assistance with B&B; accommodation for your additional guests and many more services available upon request. Wedding Package (Option Two: 4 days/3 nights package: £9,500 based on 60 people; 20 of which are the resident guests at the Mill). As part of this package, you will get all of the above plus a complimentary typical French wedding cake (Piece Montee) for 60 persons worth £320. Wedding Package (Option Three: 4 days/3 nights package: £10,500 based on 80 people; 20 of which are the resident guests at the Mill). As part of this package, you will get all of the above plus a complimentary typical French wedding cake (Piece Montee) for 80 persons worth £420. Wedding Package (Option Four: 4 days/3 nights package: £11,500 based on 100 people; 20 of which are the resident guests at the Mill). As part of this package, you will get all of the above plus a complimentary typical French wedding cake (Piece Montee) for 100 persons worth £520.
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