Secluded and idyllic, this large 18th century watermill is situated near villages and yet is also only 35 minutes from beaches.
This thriving commercial Gite business with room for further growth and expansion, with the new 200 m² function/seminar room being an excellent and attractive addition to the facilities, currently operates all-year and has considerable further potential.
The facilities lend themselves to use as a wedding venue or small conference centre and can sleep between 45 and 60 people, depending on whether the millhouse itself is used for letting.
Set in stunning riverside surroundings in a hamlet a short distance from a nearby village with shops and perfectly located between the historic Roman town of Saintes (20 minutes) and the former naval town of Rochefort (20 minutes). It's 35 minutes to the nearest Atlantic beaches and about 50 minutes to the airport at La Rochelle.
This is a property with masses of potential. The former watermill building, with its large Victorian house(currently used as an additional five-bedroom gîte but which could easily be brought back into use as a distinguished dwelling for the family) together with five well-organised gites, all retaining interesting architectural features is situated in quiet countryside with a gentle shallow river running through the garden.
Each of the five independent gites, has its own private terrace. Hidden from the country lane by high hedges and large gates, the house and gites have complete privacy and an uninterrupted view across the fields.
Opposite the main house is the beautiful function/seminar room, converted from former agricultural buildings, has about 200 m² of usable reception space, is equipped with reversible airconditioning for all-year use and has all the necessary facilities indoors, plus a fabulous 240 m² riverside terrace for guests to enjoy, with a bridge to a small island.
This space gives the possibility of an entirely new strand to the business, both seasonal, for summer weddings etc, and all-year (seminars, art gallery ......)
The main house comes with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large family sitting room, dining room and fully fitted modern kitchen. Above this in the attic is masses of space to renovate (112m2) which could easily become another 4 bedrooms. There is a 1/2 bedroom self-contained apartment currently used by the managers and further space on two different levels (84m2) and two more rooms (42m2 each) to renovate.
This is where the potential lies for expansion - all this space could become more accommodation or it could be refurbished into B&B rooms, workrooms, Conference or Reception rooms generating all year round income.
There is one 4-bed, one 3 bed and three 2-bed gites - all have fitted kitchens and are renovated to a good standard whilst retaining some of their quirky original features.
The 5 gites in total can accommodate 28 people.
The most recent addition to the facilities is the spacious function room, capable of being divided into two spaces, with kitchen/servery, modern toilets and direct access to a beautiful riverside terrace.
The gardens (4 acres/1.6 hectares) around the property are large and mainly laid to grass, wildflower and woodland, with the river flowing peacefully through - it is a great place for children to explore.
There is also a large secure swimming pool (10 x 5m) and playground area for guests to use and the grounds attract a wide variety of wildlife and birds all year round. Plenty of parking space for cars.
The Location: The area is tranquil, but not isolated. Situated near a small hamlet, yet only 20 mins from several large towns. Nursery and Infants schools (1,2kms) at Geay and Romegoux. College (secondary school) is 7kms at St Porchaire. Commerce, chemist, doctors, dentist etc 7kms.
Both Bordeaux and Poitiers Airports are approximately 1h - 1h15 away. The beautiful seaside town of La Rochelle is a 50 min drive with its airport connecting to London, Dublin, Manchester, Oslo, Lyon and Paris Orly.
There are train stations at Rochefort 20 minutes, Surgeres 40 minutes or Niort 50 minutes away, which means you can be in Paris within 3 hours. There is also a local railway station at Saintes for journeys in and around the area. The superb sandy beaches of the west coast can be reached in 25 minutes by road.
The area is very popular with tourists, because of its accessibility from the UK/Paris, the amount of interesting places to visit (Ile d'Oléron, La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac, Atlantic beaches.....) and the rural tranquility to which they can return after busy days out with the family.
- Property type
- Mill - Water/Wind
- Special class
- Guesthouse-bed & breakfast-gites
- Extra info
- Grounds 1-5 HA
- Plot size
- 10,152 m²
- Total living area
- 725 m²
- All bathrooms
- Swimming pool
- Caretaker cottage
- Air conditioning
- Broadband internet