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The Bread Oven Cottage
Le Four a Pain (max 2 people)
Our popular Wendy-house for adults, ‘The Bread Oven’ is a picturesque old stone building with French oak beams and terracotta tiled floor as well as the beautifully restored original oven feature! No you don’t have to cook in it – just turn on a spotlight! Outside the lovely garden terrace is centered around an ancient, mysteriously shaped ‘roll-right stone’.
A large picture window overlooks the orchard and swimming pool, the comfortable living/dining area has a table and chairs for two as well as fold down bed-settee, plus a flat screen TV for watching DVD's and a USB music tower. The adjoining kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. The bathroom has a shower, toilet and washbasin.
Set above on a galleried wooden floor, up some fairly steep steps – there is a bannister! - is a double bedroom with a window overlooking a magnificent mature walnut tree.
Heated pool & spa
Our sparkling heated swimming pool is simply fabulous. Measuring a huge 12 x 6 metres it is usually open from late-April to early-October for the complete enjoyment of everyone - you and your partner, your friends or family.
The Moulin pool is securely alarmed and has three wide non-slip Roman steps – perfect for just sitting with a book when it’s hot - plus a terraced surround with plenty of sun-loungers, deck-chairs and parasols.The evening sunset is fantastic! .
If it’s a bit too cool for the pool, or you just enjoy star-gazing into the amazingly clear night skies, we also have a six-person hot-tub/spa in a terraced corner of the main courtyard. At 38 degrees, the hot-jets – cooler in the summer! - and bubbles provide wonderful relaxation at any time of year.
Please click the link to our comprehensive website for lots more information, details and photos of the other facilities and services we can offer here such as Jude's restaurant quality home-cooked evening meals. There are also details of the many other famous Loire Valley chateau attractions in the area plus the amazing zoo and its pandas, as well as the nearby medieval town of Loches and it's wonderful fresh market produce.
Carp Fishing in France at the Moulin Lake
Our glorious private 2.5 acres Moulin Lake contains some 60 immaculate carp (mirror & common 15-45lbs) – all offering a great challenge.
Only 35 metres from the courtyard cottages, there’s flat, easy-access all around the lake. With 5 decked swims, as well as other good spots and an accessible island, there’s a range of different open water areas to fish into.
Carp fishing in France on your doorstep has rarely been so appealing!
There are now 18 weeks when the Moulin Lake CAN be booked exclusively for 2-4 fishermen during April/May and September/October for 1,160 euros, but only by renting the Fisherman’s Cottage.
Set in 15 acres of lush meadows and woodland, the Moulin Lake is stream-fed with fresh water, while an overflow ensures good circulation and oxygenation all year. It is also fed by a natural spring beneath the waters, so it never dries out, even during hot summers.
The lake is lined by a wide variety of mature trees and wild flowers, while abundant wildlife, including kingfishers, woodpeckers and red squirrels, simply add to the delightful carp fishing environment.
There are three decked swims on the nearest bank. Two overlook the deeper area of the lake – around 5 feet – and the third is between some large willows, near the feature island in the centre – another popular fishing spot.
The two remaining swims are on the opposite side of the lake which tapers to around three feet deep at the shallower silty-bottomed top end where the stream water constantly enters the lake.
Carp fishing for four anglers is comfortable if everyone is respectful – we’ve had some cracking competition and banter, but no arguments yet! There are no outside ‘day tickets’. Only those booked into a cottage can fish..
The lake is carefully supplemented most years by adding a selection of quality mirrors and commons from arguably France’s top carp supplier.
|28 March - 22 May||Spring||
|23 May - 10 July||Early Summer||
|11 July - 4 Sept||High Summer||
|5 Sept - 6 Nov||Late Summer/Autumn||
|Coffee maker||Toaster||Dining room|
|Communal pool||Hot tub||Heated pool|