30 minutes from the sea, on the edge of the river Le Mignon, is the town’s mill.
Five main buildings is what remains of the vast XIXth century estate. : The two mills (East and West), the house, the engine room (now empty, used as an orangery) and the barn.
The mills have mainly kept their vast open space on 4 floors plus the attic. (1240m²/13300ft²)
»Ateliers ». On the East, overlooking the courtyard the Atelier stand proudly with its 30m long façade. Inside, each floor measure 210M²/2260ft² (x4) but only a fraction is now habitable on three levels heated with pellet boiler and wood burning stove. (240M²/2600ft²) All renovation is from 2007
Entrance, on the left the kitchen with its private patio, further on is the winter sitting room where the old wooden stairs lead to the bedrooms. On the other side of the entrance there is a large room with the grand stairs leading to the gallery (those two last rooms are for summer use)
Over the large kitchen is the study and its West loggia overlooking the patio. Further on, two bedrooms and the shell wet-room designed by Blott Kerr-Wilson. In the study, the old wooden stairs leads to the second floor with two more bedrooms (another one is ready for conversion) of similar size and basic wet-room. Space available and ready for one more bedroom. (at least !)
Also on the second floor, over the gallery the painter’s studio. (120M²/1300ft²)
»Magasins » (100m²/1076sq ft) per floor plus the empty volume of the silos on the West. This building has been left untouched. Except the slate and glass roof renewed in 2007.
Everything which has been restored has respected the history of the building. Original floor boards, lime-wash on the walls, hemp insulation in the mill, the « scars » of the old use of the building, reclaimed doors in the new partitions, … we have done as much as possible to preserve the spirit of this special place.
The house. (150M²/1600ft²) The foreman’s house attached to the mill is more classical.
On N°4, the green door on the tiny street (2 cars a day!) open onto the corridor. On the left the West facing kitchen/living room over looks the small garden standing over the river. On the right the small cosy sitting room is next to the laundry & wc.
Up the elm wooden stairs the corridors distributes the 3 large bedrooms with fantsatic views over the river and the generous bathroom. The river also runs underneath the house and one can hear it roaring in the winter month when it is fully flowing. Luckily the wheel is not grinding any more ! The house is totally independent and can be run or sold separately.
In the yard of the Minoterie
The old engine room, (80m²/860ft²) with it’s south facing fully glazed façade has become an orangery or winter garden. Slate roof to be retored. We also used it as a an artist studio with 5m/16ft high ceiling. Great architectural features. From the first floor good views East/South/West over the allotments and the village.
The barn, (200m²/2150ft²) where 5 cars can get parked is in need of restoration.
In the yard, a deep well allows eco-watering.
In 2007 the roofs of the mill have been fully renewed to their original layout. Part of the carpentry is new. All major work has been done following the agreement of the Architecte des Batiments de France (dedicated state architect in charge of patrimonial conservation).
There isn’t any attached building from the neighbourhood and it isn’t overlooked by anyone else. Exceptional environment listed as protected area « Natura 2000 » in the heart of the green Venice : Le Marais Poitevin.
In the village, you will find : All schools until high school, local train station (taking you to La Rochelle, Niort and beyond : Paris in 3h), supermarkets, doctors, dentists, local market twice a week ,…
Acces : On the main road from Paris to the coast.. La Rochelle, Rochefort sur Mer, Ile de Ré, Airport (Dublin, London, Porto, Lyon,… ) :30mn away. Bordeaux and Nantes 2h away. Motorway to Paris 15mn away.