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Mill House Cottage in the Loir Valley
Chapelle-Huon between Tours and Le Mans. With private fishing.
2 bedrooms, sleeps 4/6 people

Le Moulin de l'Etang

The 18th century Moulin lies in 37 acres of valley and woods, just outside the village of Chapelle-Huon in the Sarthe area of the Loir. Vendôme, Tours, Blois. Some of the great Loire châteaux are less than an hour's drive away. Le Mans with its lovely old town centre, famous for Grand Prix motor racing and in June, 24 hour racing, is 50 kms from here.

The Moulin, once part of the Château de Courtanvaux estate 3 kms away, has a twelve acre lake fed by a small river, which has good daytime and night time fishing and is reserved exclusively for our guests. The lake has carp (from between 4 and 40 pounds), perch, tench, pike (several specimens of about 32 pounds) and roach. There are a maximum of four places to fish from to ensure a peaceful environment. The small lakeside hut built of wood with a tiled roof has a fireplace and there are secure facilities with a wc and storage for boots, coats and equipment. There is lots of wildlife here and some lovely walks along the lakeside path and others up into the hill above. There is no charge and no permit is necessary. The lake is closed in December, January and February.

We have been careful to keep the original warmth and charm of the moulin, while restoring it with all modern comforts and there is a pretty garden with garden furniture through which a stream flows. There is private parking and a barbecue.

The cottage at one side of our house is completely private and independent. It has a rustic, beamed living room/dining room with satellite television, furnished with country furniture. The kitchen is entirely equipped and includes a dishwasher and washing machine, a cooker, microwave and a fridge/freezer.

On the ground floor is a double bedroom, decorated in the 18th century style and a bathroom with shower, washbasin and wc. Upstairs is a suite suitable for a family, also decorated in an 18th century style, with a bedroom (double bed, 2 single beds and a cot) for a couple and one or two children, a small sitting room area, satellite television and a bathroom with bath. Hair dryers are provided.

We kindly ask our guests to supervise young children at all times near the lake and the river.

The Area

The village of Bessé-sur-Braye (2 kms) has all essential shops and facilities, including a supermarket with a market on Saturday mornings. Saint-Calais (7 kms) has a good choice of shops and two markets a week, a large one on Thursday morning in the old covered marketplace and a smaller market on Sunday morning, where you can usually find fresh farm eggs and butter, organic fruit and vegetables, meat and locally made cider and apple juice or rillettes and pâtés, delicious with a fresh baguette!

There are several reasonably priced restaurants within an easy drive, where you can try some good local dishes and Loire wines.

The small town of Vendôme on the River Loir, a 25 km drive from the moulin, is worth a visit. Chambord, Blois and Cheverny are just some of the beautiful Loire châteaux worth seeing.

Travel Information

Tours - 1 hour
Paris - 2 hours
Car hire available
From Paris: A11 to La Ferté-Bernard,
then directions to Saint-Calais and Bressé-sur-Braye.

From Calais: A16, E402 and A28 via Rouen and Le Mans,
then N157 to Saint-Calais and Bressé-sur-Braye.

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Prices and booking information

March, April, May, June€ 650
July & August€ 720
September & October€ 650

The price per week is for 2 anglers and their partners
Saturday to Saturday, arriving at 4pm departing at 10am

If there are more than 2 anglers in the party,
there is an extra charge of €100 per angler

Weekends between October and March only (minimum 2 nights) €250

Regrettably, pets are not accepted
The cottage is non-smoking

A deposit of 30% is requested on booking
with the remainder paid on arrival

Language(s) spoken:
English, French, Spanish

To book or for more information please contact
Marie-Francoise Hopenko

Telephone: 02 43 35 74 01 (International + 33 2 43 35 74 01)

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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