Gîte du Moulin is a bright one-storey home full of character, situated by an old water mill dating back to the 11th century, a trout stream and a waterfall. The house was originally a stone stable until the current owners restored and converted it, keeping the original oak beams and adding local terracotta tiles and granite fireplaces. With one bedroom, it is perfect for a couple.
The house faces south-west and opens onto a large granite terrace which receives plenty of sun, where one can dine or sit outside. The owners live in the adjoining water mill, which is fully separate from Gîte du Moulin. They are always available to help, and will otherwise respect their guests’ privacy.
Inside, the gîte is furnished with antiques. The double-sided fireplace warms both the kitchen and living room. The fitted kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, electric oven and gas stovetop, microwave and a dining table. A washing machine and a dryer are in a separate utility room.
On the other side of the fireplace, the living/dining room includes another dining table, a sofa and armchair, and a television with a DVD player.
Guests are welcome to walk all around the two acres (one hectare) of land. Beside the mill, a stream cascades over a four metre high waterfall.
A private bridge crosses the river to the other part of the owners’ land, which is filled with trees and runs alongside the nearby river. There’s also an apple and cherry orchard and a vegetable garden.
Benches are dotted around to provide a place to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. All around the property are green rolling hills. The nearest neighbour is a 15th century manor house.
Gas-fired under floor heating makes the house comfortable all year round. A telephone and free wireless internet access are available. Electricity is generated on site by the water mill.
The nearby village of Saint-Germain-de-Coulamer is within walking distance. It has a friendly bakery and a small combined grocery, bar, and restaurant.
A wider range of shops and services are available within fifteen minutes’ drive.
Gîte du Moulin is located at the entrance of the Normandy-Maine regional park, a two thousand square kilometre nature reserve with a large network of marked paths and trails.
The lake of Sillé-Plage is just eight kilometres away and from its man-made beach, one can enjoy swimming and water sports. Les Alpes Mancelles is a nearby area of hills and forest offering rock-climbing and canoeing.
Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, a natural thermal spa, was very popular during the 19th century "Belle Époque", and has a great fin-de-siècle atmosphere. It is just an hour away, as is Le Mans, home of the famous 24-hour race.
Closer to home are the superb new museum in the Château of Mayenne, the fascinating Gallo-Roman ruins of Jublains, the medieval town of Sainte-Suzanne and the caves at Saulges and their prehistoric treasures.
Gîte du Moulin is well located for seeing world-famous attractions. Within two hours drive to the north-west is the spectacular offshore monastery of Mont Saint-Michel, and to the east, the great medieval cathedral of Chartres. Southwards are the great châteaux of the Loire Valley and the surrounding vineyards. Claude Monet's garden at Giverny is equally close.
A day trip to Paris is also a great option: drive to the local station, take the train to Le Mans, and from there, the high-speed TGV reaches Paris in 50 minutes.
“Classé is top class! The fireplace is the heart of the house. Super friendly and discrete hosts. Perfect classy holiday stay.”
Hans V. - Antwerp, Belgium
“It's been three wonderful days here at Sylvaine's and Robert's. The house is beautiful and comfy and the landscape is inspiring. We've had a great time here over New Year's and would recommend it to anyone. The two chickens were a friendly and welcome addition.A bientot.”
David M. - London, UK
“We had a wonderful 2-week break here in Moulin de Classé. The gite was lovely and the quietness great!This was a great base to visit all the interesting sites around and the few days we spent at the lake (in Sille) were very nice.Thanks again for a wonderful holiday!”
Paul and Anne F. - Athlove, Ireland
“We are first-time visitors to this area we feel that we will return.Our gite was superb. It was warm and welcoming and accommodated our needs very well. It truly felt like home and we are sad to be leaving. Thank you Sylvaine and Robert for your hospitality and help. You have created something special.As for towns and villages, I am not sure where to start: St Ceneri is a treasure, Ste Suzanne, Jublains, awesome villages and the near-by towns are must sees. Beautiful country! Cheers!”
Pete and Jude B. - Newcastle, NSW, Australia
“Located in the countryside this is a top gite with all the comforts of home and French rural charm. Ideal location for visiting both the historic cities around as well as the distinctive charm of smaller locations such as Fontaine Daniel. The hosts, Sylvaine and Robert could not be more charming or welcoming. Great value.”
Patrick R. - Perth, Australia
“We are leaving here feeling very happy, relaxed and quite jealous that you get to stay in this beautiful part of the world. Thank you for keeping the Moulin landscape so peaceful and beautiful and for the attention to detail and interesting décor inside. This whole area of France is a pleasure to explore. Lots of happy memories and great photos to take with us.”
Wal and Bernadette A. - Australia
“How lovely everything is here. It is hard to put into words the magic here we have found.You were both so kind and fun to talk to . I do hope we can return another year.”
Audrey W. - Wildwood, MO, USA
“We had a wonderful stay at Gite du Moulin! The cottage is even better than the photos, well-appointed rooms, fine craftsmanship. Thank you for your gracious hospitality as well as your great suggestions on things to see and do in the area. Merci! Merci!”
Denise D. - Fort Worth, Texas, USA
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our January stay in this cosy cottage, surrounded by quaint villlages and beautiful French villages! Thank you for your warm hospitality!”
Wesley and Leigh F. - Cape Town, South Africa
“So wonderful was our stay. Very peaceful, very relaxing. Hopefully, we will be back.”
Terri and Jon F. - Arizona, USA
“ The grounds are perfect and it is very calming after a few days exploring to sit outside with a glass of wine and listen to the birds. We hope that you enjoy your stay as much as we did.”
Judith M. - Cornwall, UK
“Becalmed and bewitched. Gone is the desire to travel here, there and everywhere. To sit, to see, to be here, in every sense of the word, has made us both very, very happy! Magic happens here.”
Terry S. - Rankin Park, Australia
“A beautiful and wonderful place to unwind and relax. We highly recommend this property, and hope to return some day soon.”
M. W. - Leicester, UK
“Your property was a beautiful, restful place that far exceeded our expectations. The gite is lovely, clean, spacious and well-equipped. This was a wonderful honeymoon spot and we are already planning a return trip. We hate to leave!”
Mr and Mrs S. - Virginia, USA
“We had a wonderful and restful stay in this beautiful, quiet corner of the world. We particularly enjoyed the gardens and stream just near the gite, learning the history of your mill and exploring the local area. Thank you for such a warm welcome and good advice!”
Chris H. - NSW, Australia
“What a wonderful place to stay and explore this well-kept secret area of Mayenne, with the Roman ruins and Ste Suzanne. We would have loved to stay another week.We will recommend this gite to all.”
Michael M. - Victoria, Australia
“We loved this lovely warm house! We felt so at home. I especially loved sipping Blanquette above the babbling brooke. I will miss writing at the kitchen table where I found so much inspiration. Thank you.”
Sarah G. - Vancouver, Canada