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Moulin De Malineau is a 200 year old, stone mill house situated in 4 acres of gardens surrounded by a small lake. The gardens feature a variety of trees and scrubs together with plum, peach, apple, fig and cherry trees. The area also features a wide variety of wildlife including, kingfishers, hen-harriers, buzzards, sparrow hawks and lizards and the mill is surrounded by meadows and sunflower fields. Moulin De Malineau is situated in a small village called Messac and it is in an ideal location to easily reach the cities of Bordeaux, Angouleme and Cognac, together with the Atlantic beaches which are approximately 45 minutes away. The nearest village with amenities is Leoville, which is a couple of minutes by car and it has a Post Office, a Bakery and Tabac. Montendre is approximately ten minutes away and it has a good variety of shops and supermarkets. It also, during the summer has an excellent street market on Tuesday evenings. Jonzac is approximately fifteen minutes drive from Messac and features a very impressive Chateau, a larger range of shops, a Cinema and an excellent variety of good quality restaurants. There is also Les Antilles which is an excellent water park, with a Casino, excellent Spa facilities, which are very popular with visitors to Jonzac and it is also possible to take a flight in a hot air balloon.
Moulin De Malineau has two three bedroom Gites, Monet and Matisse, each of which can sleep up to eight people. Monet has three bedrooms upstairs and features exposed beams and stone walls. There is a large double room, a twin room and a family room with a double bed and two singles. Downstairs there is an open plan Dining/Kitchen area with both being well defined, together with a living area with two sofa beds, SAT TV/DVD and french doors which lead out onto a shaded, gravelled area looking out over the lake. This area is an ideal spot for outside dining. The Kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, full sized oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker and large dining table and chairs to seat up to ten people.
Matisse has a family bedroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, one double and one twin. Again, the living/dining/kitchen areas are open plan with a fully equipped kitchen. The dining area leads out to a shaded, gravelled verandah, overlooking the pool and french doors lead out to a shaded, gravelled area from the living room. Outside is a 10x5m pool, which is fenced to prevent unsupervised access and there is plenty of room by the lake to enjoy a picnic.
Arrival day: Saturday
Distance to nearest airport: Bordeaux - 40 miles
Distance to nearest train station: Jonzac – 10 miles
Distance to nearest shop: 2 miles
Sporting activities/facilities nearby
Canoeing, Horse Riding, Cycling,Tennis, Swimming, Golf and Fishing.
T-towels and hand towels are supplied together with all bedding but not bath or beach towels.
May – June – Monet, £695 – Matisse, £695 .
June – July – Monet, £1095 – Matisse, £1095
August – September – Monet, £1095 – Matisse, £1095
A 20% deposit is required to secure the booking.
The balance is required 8 weeks before arrival.
No refunds can be made within eight weeks of the booked dates.
The balance is non refundable in the event of cancellation within eight weeks of booking.
Monies can be made by sterling or Euro cheques, by post or by bank transfer, ( details to be supplied ).
A returnable 100Euro deposit will be asked for on arrival.
Gites to be cleaned after occupation.
50 minutes approximately from Bordeaux, 90 minutes approximately from La Rochelle and Bergerac with regular services from the UK throughout the year.
Approximately 8 hours from the ports of Calais and Boulogne, 5 hours from St Malo and Caen and 6 hours 30 minutes from Roscoff.
Nearest train stations are: Bordeaux – 50 minutes and Angouleme – 40 minutes. Both of these are served by the TGV network.
Approximate driving times
Jonzac – 15 minutes.
Pons - ( beautiful medieval town ) - 25 minutes.
Cognac – 40 minutes.
Bordeaux – 1 hour.
La Rochelle - ( beaches, aquarium and zoo ) - 1 hour fifteen minutes
Beaches – 40 minutes upwards, depending on where you travel to!
Dune de Pila - ( largest sand dune in europe ) - 1 hour 45 minutes.STOP PRESS! - It appears that a couple of Otters have taken up residence on the Island in the middle of my lake. There could be the possibility of young ones come the Spring/Summer!
The summer of 2018 was my first as a Gite owner after retiring as a secondary school teacher. I hope that you will read the reviews form my guests last year and get a positive impression of what is on offer here. I wanted to rent out my Gites for a limited time to begin with last year but now I am fully prepared to offer further weeks this year.