My husband and I stayed at Le Moulin de Plaisance for a fortnight in September. We had a wonderful time, and would heartily recommend it to those looking for an unusual and characterful place to stay in a peaceful, rural location within easy reach of Nantes.
The property has been beautifully decorated and comfortably furnished, and has many of the period features that you would expect from a windmill: deep windows with fantastic views across the countryside, heavily-beamed ceilings, and steep, narrow staircases. Really special.
We did feel that the stairs might prove challenging for those with mobility difficulties or small children. Duly warned about the stairs by the owner, we brought our energetic 18-month-old, and came prepared with travel stair-gates (which couldn't be fitted). We had no problems, but we did need to be extra-vigilant, as none of the rooms were entirely child-proof. Despite these indoor restrictions, we had free-run of the outdoors, as the owners very kindly shared their large garden with us, which the toddler absolutely loved! There were chickens, goats, a sand-pit, climbing frame, swings, slide...
The location suited us perfectly for walking, cycling, sight-seeing, etc. The nearest town (Temple de Bretagne) is a 10-minute walk or 2-minute drive from the property. It has a few amenities, including a tabac, boulangerie, post-office, and a bar that does surprisingly good pizzas. There is a small market there on Tuesdays, but the far bigger market at nearby Indres on Sundays is worth a visit. Nantes, with its many amenities and attractions, is an easy 50-minute bus ride away; we found it easier to take the bus than to drive. There is a Tourist Information Office at St Etienne de Montluc, where we found some good maps of local walks and cycle routes.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable fortnight's holiday, in a really interesting building, with very welcoming and helpful hosts. Thank you!