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“WONDERFUL STAY IN A FAB LOCATION”
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Beautiful watermill from the mill pond
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Heated 5.5m above ground pool Indoor fishing in the fitted kitchen in the original mill race
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Beautiful watermill from the mill pond
Heated 5.5m above ground pool
Indoor fishing in the fitted kitchen in the original mill race
Mill pond
Old waterwheel
Oak room
Mill room
Landscaped Gardens
Alfresco dining
Waterfall in front gardens
Original mill workings
Master bedroom with en suite jacuzzi bath
Lounge/dining room
Mill pond
Lounge/Dining Room
Mill Front facade
Lounge/Dining Room
Lounge/Dining Room
New Grassed Sun bathing area by the stream
New Covered Bread Oven/BBQ area
New Covered Bread Oven/BBQ area
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Watermill -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Melle, Deux-Sevres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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mistajimb...
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“WONDERFUL STAY IN A FAB LOCATION”
Reviewed December 18, 2012 for a stay in August 2011
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We were a family of 4 with 2 children aged 9 and 12 staying for a week.
The property is a former water mill that has been lovingly restored and is set amidst extensive gardens criss-crossed by small streams, one of which actually runs under the house. There was plenty of room for us inside and lots of play areas outside for the kids. There is also a pool to cool down in ! Barbecues are a must at evening time which is a very relaxing affair. The owner, Jason (who is English) and his family live next door and he is very obliging especially when explaining the local and regional places to visit. We were off almost every day and visited Niort, Venise Verte, La Rochelle, the Vendee coast and also had a day on Ile de Re. Melle, close by is a lovely town with all amenities and also has on old Silver mine to see.
Altogether a very rewarding stay in a lovely property, a hidden gem.

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Liked best: Apart from the property... THE WEATHER !
Liked least: A puncture on the Peage
Traveling group: Young Children
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 15, 2012 for a stay in September 2010

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Liked best: location
Liked least: it was all good
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 15, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: House and grounds were fantastic
Liked least: Nothing
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Your age range 35-49
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alan m
Leicester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A rather special place”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We have stayed in a number of gites in France over the years, but the Moulin De La Combe surpassed anywhere we had stopped before. The grounds are a mixture of rockery and vegetable patches to the front (which is far more picturesque than I have managed to make it sound). To the side of the property is a rambling area of trees and grass, with a stream in which you can paddle or race walnut-shell boats. It is idyllic.

The swimming pool is in an enclosed area, and is just big enough to cool off in and splash around. Next to that are the terraced areas where we spent much of the day relaxing, or playing table tennis.

Inside, the mill workings dominate the lounge area. The lounge itself stays cool during the heat of the day, which is handy. The kitchen is a wonderful quirk of the property - all the usual facilities are arranged in a narrow passage, which shares the space with the mill race - water running through your kitchen is not, generally speaking, something you would look for(!) but in the mill it makes for a remarkable feature. The presence of a trout ready to eat pieces of bread just adds to it really.

Upstairs the bedrooms are neatly furnished, and use the mill's features to good effect, and the bathrooms are nicely fitted out too.

In all, we arrived exhausted after a busy year, and left relaxed and chilled, which tells me it is a great place. There is enough in the local areas to go and visit, and a range of supermarkets not too far away.

The owners are friendly and genuinely discrete, though always happy to help as required.

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Liked best: The whole ambiance
Liked least: Nothing really, though the kitchen does have a step in that some may find awkward
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Rod C
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Location to get away from it all”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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This is one of the best French Holidays we have had , The Mill and its grounds are superb and the location is perfect for exploring the French countryside.
Many activites to keep everyone happy including cycling,walking and fishing in one of the many streams or in the mill the pond itself or even indoor fishing in the kitchen as the mill race goes right under the property.
lots of local places of interest including a silver mine and numerous country parks ,zoos and chateaux to vist aswell as some great local markets.
If you want a lovely french holiday and stay somewhere different we highly reommend the Le Moulin De La Combe.

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Liked best: The grounds and the General Location
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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