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Nr Vouvent, Vendée, France

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A short drive will take you to the medieval village of Vouvant, (designated one of the prettiest in France) and Mervant Forest with it's walks, cycle tracks, large leisure lake and various other attractions.
This romantic hide away windmill is set just outside a small village. The only noise comes from the church bells that chime hourly.The sound of sheep and a couple of cows in the surrounding fields really emphasises the tranquility of the area.

Built in 1885, this charming property has character and comfort. In 1975 the original workings were removed and the building was changed from a working Windmill into what can only be very loosly termed a residence.

The full renovation includes, mains electricity, mains water, septic tank, new roof made from hand crafted Chestnut tiles, Oak floors, Double glazed Oak windows and shutters, Granite work surfaces in the kitchen and a modern bathroom with large shower cubicle.

The windmill is arranged on four levels, kitchen on the ground floor, upstairs is the cosy living room with wood burning stove, a well equipped bathroom is on level three and the romantic bedroom on the top floor.

There is a good sized garden shed and Barbecue Area (with exterior lighting) from which the wonderful sunsets can be enjoyed. The Moulin is classified as a "Monument Historic" and as such cannot be extended or externally modified.

Situated approximately an hour south of Nantes and an equal distance inland from the seaside town of La Rochelle where you can sample the renowned fresh fish and seafood in the many restaurants located by the beach front. The nearest town to the Moulin is Fontenay Le Comte, the ancient capital of the Vendee.

Abbey Bival,
Normandy, France
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195,000 euros

Authentic 12th century abbey :
suspended in time
Former manor house of a community of Cistercian nuns established between 1128 and 1167
Fine "L" shaped house of stone and red brick, tiled roof
Carefully renovated to preserve the integrity of the original
Situated at the north-east corner of a 1.75 acre plot,
affording sheltered south and west facing courtyard.
• 3,000 sq.ft. of accommodation, with a fine oak staircase to
• 1,500 sq.ft. of attic space in good condition, suitable
   for conversion to bedrooms.
• 5 existing bedrooms (one of 430 sq.ft.),
• 3 bathrooms (one being installed),
• large kitchen/dining-room with wood-burning stove,
• 3 reception rooms with open fireplaces.
A further wing of 3,760 sq.ft. awaits restoration.

• Exposed oak beams
• Large working fireplaces
• Wine cellar in the original chalk
• Well, 560 feet deep, original wooden mechanism
• Partly uncovered "Oubliette", depth unknown
Documented extensive labyrinth of tunnels beneath the property, used by British and American airmen in WWII : still unearthed, but we know they exist!

Upper Normandy, France
Very quiet environment, but only
10 minutes from Rouen/Amiens motorway
• 2 hours from the Eurotunnel
• 4 hours from London
• 2 hours from Paris

Sale does not depend on any other transaction


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