Beautiful 17th Century house in a secluded setting overlooking the Vienne river.
A perfect space to unwind, relax and recharge, with beautiful woodland views all around.
The whole house is included; three bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, half-covered patio and large garden with an island and 100m of river frontage
Arrivals any time after 3pm and departure please by 11am to allow for cleaning.
All the information you need for your stay is included in the house manual
Le Moulin Giraud is a beautiful old house on the edge of the river Vienne surrounded by woodland and farmland. It's about 3km from the town but it feels a million miles away - from the house itself you cannot see or hear anyone or anything apart from the wildlife.
There is a large garden surrounding the house, with 100m or riverbank and an island accessible by a bridge. There is also a small boat you can use to get to the woodland on the other side of the river.
There is a small pool, not really for swimming but a lovely spot for cooling off on a hot day or for children to play in.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to cook, with hobs, two ovens, a microwave, and plenty of pans and crockery. There is also a fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
There is an outhouse with a washing machine and games equipment, and a store shed with two bikes for guests to use.
Indoors there's a dining room with a table for six, and a nice lounge with three sofas and a TV.
There is wifi in the house; the signal is very good in the lounge and dining room but weaker throughout the rest of the house due to the thick walls.
There is a small flat on the side of the house with its own front door - this is where we stay when we're there. If we're there we'll be sharing the outside spaces with you but the spaces inside the house are for your exclusive use.
There is a railway track next to the house; every couple of hours a train goes by but they're very little trains that go by very quickly so not at all disruptive; and children love to catch a glimpse of them as they go past. All the bedrooms are on the other side of the house so you can't hear them from your bed.
There is lots of wildlife in the garden; birdsong is constant throughout the day, and the crickets come out in the evenings. Water voles live on the riverbanks and are often spotted on the lawn or swimming in the river, and herons, ducks and moorhens live on the river too. Sometimes you can also see buzzards flying overhead.
Guests are free to use everything in the house and grounds apart from the garden machinery.
There is a small pool; it's not much good for swimming due to its size but great for cooling off.
There is a boat moored at the bottom of the garden; guests are free to use it and return it to the same place.
You can swim in the river; the best place to swim from is the other side of the island. We have cleared sticks and debris from the river but please be careful, there may still be sticks underwater from the trees next to the river.
The river is 1.7m at its deepest point between the garden and the opposite bank. Children should be supervised when playing or swimming in the river. The water is warm enough to swim between May and October.
There is an outhouse at the eastern end of the house that has a washing machine in it available for use and games to play. Help yourself but please put everything back!
There is a flat on the side of the house with its own front door; this is where we stay when we're at the house. If we're there we'll say hello and you may see us in the garden but we will respect your privacy and give you the space to enjoy yourselves in peace!
Next door to the east about 50m from the house are our neighbours Frédérick and Marie-Helène. Frédérick is the last of the long line of the Rougerie family who owned and ran the paper mill on-site for 400 years (until the 1960s).
Apart from Frédérick and Marie-Helène there is no one around at all; from the house you cannot see any sign of civilisation, no houses, no traffic, no people... just you and the wildlife.
Sometimes we stay in the annex flat at the side of the house and we are always keen to meet our guests and help you with anything you need, but it's also important to give everyone the space they need to enjoy the space - the best thing about it is the peace and quiet, just you and the birds!
Happy to be contacted anytime through Airbnb or by phone or email.
- Children playing in or near the river must be supervised
- The pool cover must be replaced after use
- Games equipment to be returned to the store after use
- House to be locked and shutters on the northern side closed at the end of your stay
- Gate shut and keys returned to their locations at the end of your stay
I live in Brighton, UK with my wife Alex and run a social enterprise focused on sustainable transport.
Alex and I recently bought our dream home in France which one day we will probably move to but in the meantime it's where we go to recharge the batteries in beautiful surroundings. It is available through Airbnb for anyone who wants a nice relaxing break in the countryside.