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The Windmill Vendee

the windmill vendee holiday home
The windmill vendee gite
Holiday windmill rental, vendee
outdoor area at the windmill, france
double bedroom the windmill
windmill sails at holiday home
large garden of windmill gite rental
driveway to moulin holiday rental
front of windmill
views from the windmill, Vendee
kitchen at The Windmill Vendee
windmill at sunset, Vendee
looking up under sails (Small)


The Windmill Vendee        1 Bedroom,  sleeps 2/3       Property Ref:  FR131

A Lovingly Renovated 19th Century Windmill In The Vendee Region of France...
An Ideal Setting For a Romantic Honeymoon or Special Occasion.  1 Bedroom.
The Windmill is set, unusually, 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.



Located at St Cyr Des Gats, built in 1885 and provided local people and businesses with flour for many years. In 1975 the original workings were removed and the building was changed from a working Windmill into what can only be very loosely termed a residence. The Windmill was put up for sale and remained without a buyer for approximately five years. During a big storm in 1999, one set of the sails was blown off and the Windmill looked to be in a sorry state. The current owner purchased the mill in June 2001, and the long arduous process of renovating it began. Since the renovation, hundreds of people have been able to live their dream of having a holiday in a windmill.

This is a cosy property where you will be able to get to know one another again without the normal interuptions associated with 21st Century life. Play games, read books ..... talk.... do all the things we have forgotten how to do because we are distracted by computers, televisions and mobile phones!





The Windmill is arranged over four floors, a lovely modern kitchen with granite work surface, ceramic hob, oven / microwave, fridge / freezer and a breakfast table is situated in the basement.
A curved wrought iron staircase leads up to the living area, furnished with two leather easy chairs and houses a wood burning stove to warm up chilly spring or autumn evenings. 
The original wooden staircase rises to the second floor landing and a beautiful modern bathroom, with large shower cubicle, basin and WC.

Onwards and upwards, a wrought iron staircase rises, quite sharply, to the bedroom with double bed and a beautiful view. Fold up bed available if required.

Outside there is a BBQ area with a sheltered table and chairs, the outlook from the patio is of farmland with distant treelined views. The evenings provide stunning sunsets and clear starry skies. 

Single Foldaway bed for those wishing to visiti the Windmill with a friend


Perfect for year round rentals all seasons with cosy rooms and beautifully clear winter skies.


Nearest beach:L'Aiguillon Sur Mer, 54km 
Access:Car advised 
Family friendly?Not suitable for children Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes:No pets allowed No smoking at this property 

Luxuries:Log fire, DVD player
Standard:Microwave,fridge, freezer, Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Rooms: 1 Bedroom, 1 family bathroom
Furniture:Double beds (1) plus foldaway bed, Dining seating for 2, Lounge seating for 2


This property is completely private and you will have exclusive use of all facilities.



Outside there is a BBQ area with a sheltered table and chairs, the outlook from the patio is of farmland with distant treelined views. The evenings provide stunning sunsets and clear starry skies. 

Large grounds

Plenty of Parking space




PRICES       2017

15 January - 31 March  £400                 

01 April      - 22 June      £450             

23 June      - 01 Sept      £525              

02 Sept      - 16 Dec        £400


Prices are per week, INCLUSIVE of linen, towels, electricity, water and cleaning costs.

Weekends available at £250 outside of main season

Changeover day - Saturday - this is flexible outside of main season

Security deposit £100 which is fully refundable if no damage to property and left in a clean and tidy condition.

Supplement for 3rd person £75 per week.Autumn / Winter Rentals: May be Subject to an additional charge to cover the higher heating costs.

Arrivals after 1600 and departures by 0930.

The Windmill sleeps TWO adults. Unfortunately, because of the layout of the building, it is unsuitable for children or pets.....SORRY!






Well what can i say? An absolutely fantastic property, in a stunning location. We turned up late afternoon and was blown away by the beautiful property we found before us, very very peaceful too. once inside we found it to be perfectly decorated, but keeping within the original detail of the building, we was absolutely blown away at the whole property it really was the perfect honeymoon for us, it really made the whole fairytale experience for us both, and was gutted to leave on our last day.
We have recomended this property to anyone who has asked about our honeymoon to be fair, and we are looking to come and stay here again for our first wedding anniversary. Only on the motorbike this time. Thanks again to Sally and the team.  5 STARS

On arrival we were overwhelmed by the Windmill and it's surroundings. We sat in the BBQ area and drank wine till 9.30pm....thought we had arrived in heaven. Everything about the Windmill is as everybody else says but if I can add, as a Chartered Surveyor, it is one of the most impressive and sympathetic restorations I have encountered.     Mr & Mrs H, Middleton, UK. 


Well, what can we say that hasn't already been stated? Great Moulin, great location, fantastic views. Peace, quiet, outdoor living. Sunshine on our shoulders, wind in our hair - we loved it! 2 weeks still isn't enough to see everything. Local farm very helpful - great eggs and lamb. Only downside being sometimes wine and scrabble don't mix!!      Mr & Mrs W, Birmingham, UK. 


Our windmill adventure started on the Friday evening with a long journey from Manchester...the heavy rain stopped for us on arrival at the windmill and a peaceful night was had. Despite the long drive, it was a magical place to find - the excitement kicked in whilst exploring each floor. You can see the love, time and heartache (!) that has gone into renovating this lovely windmill, it's a really special little place. I am so pleased we came across it.....         Ms P, Manchester, UK. 


What an amazing windmill. I don't think we can add any more praise than has already been heaped on you in the previous pages, but we would like to's fabulous, a brilliant, faithful restoration and beautifully, aptly furnished too...Love the bedroom lights! We have had a lovely relaxing time in a unique building......    Ms G & Mr C, Essex, UK. 


The windmill is a truly fantastic place, the care and attention (and no doubt the expense) is plain to see.......We found it to be a wonderfully peaceful retreat and really has been a relaxing week.... Altogether, staying here has been an interesting experience and one which we have very much enjoyed. Batteries have been thoroughly recharged.     Ms H, Osnabruck, Germany 


What a memorable few days we have spent in this lovely peaceful place! The Windmill has been sympathetically restored and thoughtfully equipped. We could happily have stayed here much longer if time had permitted. We have been blessed with the weather in this past week and therefore have been able to eat breakfast and dinner outside each day, maximising the use of the excellent BBQ........  Mr & Mrs B, York, UK.


The Windmill is, without a doubt, lovely and we have enjoyed our stay here very much. As my Mother would say, "It's very well appointed"!............. We have been greatly blessed by the weather and so have spent many happy hours sitting in the BBQ area watching the sun go down (with the odd glass of wine, of course!) ..........  Mr & Mrs W, Carlisle, UK. 


Thank you for a wonderful time in a magical place. Having arrived at 2am from Paris it was bliss to wake up to silence and a tranquil view. Daytrips to La Rochelle, Vouvant and Mervent were very enjoyable, but it's the degree of care that has gone into the detail at the Windmill that really made the holiday. The stove, the games, the basket of logs, those canny light switches all add to the experience.......S C, Paris 


A beautifully restored windmill! You can tell the love and care that went into renovating this historic place............................We had a great week - the perfect escape from city life. Congratulations on a great restoration job. Thanks again for an amazingly well equipped gite, with lovely rooms. The bedroom is by far the nicest we've ever stayed in, in a gite.    A C, Paris 


We fell in love with the property and had a fantastic holiday. The Windmill exceeded our expectations and is in a great location. So much to do in the area. We will definitely be back. Thank You.   September 2010


Just got back home from our week in your windmill, one word WOW!
We had the most wonderful week, so relaxed, we were just happy to sit in the garden and just read, what a place to chill out.  I will recommend the windmill to anyone who wants to relax and unwind.    Thanks again....   P & D - Waterlooville, Hants.   23-30 July 2011


What a fabulous place for a wedding anniversary! As said before, by many, the windmill is wonderful - so well restored, in such a peaceful location and yet ideally located for visiting the local area.
All in all we have had a wonderful week - it was a surprise trip for my husband and from the moment his face lit up at the first glimpse of the windmill, our smiles have been firmly fixed.
We have been blessed with glorious weather and have loved sitting outside with a bottle of wine, watching the sun go down. There is nothing more relaxing.   23 - 30 April  2011


“Wonderful, unique and well equipped venue in a lovely part of France”  4 of 5 starsReviewed 22 June 2013 for a stay in September 2012
The windmill is beautifully and faithfully renovated and provides a comfortable and inviting holiday home, complete with lovely large garden, barbecue and loggia. Ideally situated for cycling or walking, lots of interesting places to visit in a lovely area of France. My friend and I had a great, relaxing time, enjoying the local cuisine. It was a wonderful place to stay and I look forward to returning there.






The lovely property is located in the village of St Martin Des Fontaines, L'Hermenault village is just 2km away and has a small supermarket, boulangerie, pharmacy, 2 banks (24 hour cashpoints), post office, tabac, English speaking doctor and dentist etc.St Martin des Fontaines has a bar/restaurant with a good choice of meals and a takeaway pizza - only 10 minutes walk away.

The nearest town is Fontenay le Comte and is approx 15 minutes drive away offering a variety of hypermarkets, restaurants and cafes etc. A lovely renaissance town which must be seen.

The property has an excellent location, with the beautiful city of La Rochelle and the exclusive island of Ile de Re being only 45 minute drive away.

Beaches also approx 40 minute drive.

There is plenty to do in the area whether your interests are water sports, walking, cycling, horse riding, visiting museums, tourist attractions, wine tasting the list goes on and on. Whatever your age and interests the Vendee has something to offer everybody.


How to get thereNearest airport -

La Rochelle 45 minute drive

Other airports include Nantes 75 minute drive

Poitiers 75 minute drive

All airports served by discounted airlines ie Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe.


Nearest channel port is St Malo 3 Hours drive    Caen 4 hours drive approx    Calais 6 hours drive approx



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