Set in the heart of the Vendee and nestling in an acre of pretty gardens, yet walking distance to a well serviced village, the Manoir du Moulin is chic little retreat, that is ideal for parents hoping to re-live the romantic, boutique breaks of old but with little ones in tow.
Canadians, Shari and Warren, treated the Manoir to a sensitive restoration in 2011 and now combine North American hospitality and comfort with contemporary luxury and authentic French character. The six newly renovated guest rooms and private gite (available from 2013) each boast custom-made furnishings, luxuries in the form of super-king beds, 400-thread count linens, rainfall showers, sumptuous bathrobes, Campagnie de Provence toiletries, Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and cocoon bath tubs, all artfully blended with original Manoir features such as the high ceilings, exposed stone walls and wooden floors.
Whilst parents revel in the luxury and style, mini guests are equally well looked after with a long list of useful nursery gear from cots and moses baskets to highchairs and baby baths (full list in Fast facts), plus indoor toys, books and DVDs, and swings, slides and trikes outdoors.
All ages will enjoy the delicious breakfasts are served daily in the spacious conservatory. Tables groan with tasty fresh bread, pastries, croissants, cheeses and smoked meats, plus lovely homemade fruit jams and fresh pressed juices from the Manoir’s very own orchards. It is also worth noting that the handy shared guest fridges are great for storing milk and baby treats and ensuring even the smallest member of the family can be fully taken care of.
Come the evening, guests can either head out for a romantic meal reserved by Warren or Shari, who can also pre-book trusted babysitters, or follow an earlier suppe 'en famille' by retiring to the cosy study with comfy chairs and fully stocked bar, baby monitor in hand. Along with picking the brains of fellow guests, this also offers the opportunity to quizz the Manoir's Canadian hosts for tips and advice on planning the next day's adventure whether its heading out to one of the many unspoilt beaches and towns along the Vendee's 'Coast of Light', an action-packed day the the nearby 'Peu du Fou' medieval theme park, or sightseeing in one of the many local towns such as Nantes, La Rochelle and Les Sables D'Olonne, al are within about an hour's drive.
For lazy days closer to base, guests can make the most of the extensive gardens, whether picking a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic in the sun or playing with the little ones in the paddling pool and picking fruit from the many fruit trees.The centre of the village is within a few minutes stroll and comes alive on Friday mornings when the market takes place. The village bar and restaurant tables bustle with people enjoy coffees or lunch and taking in the scene.
Overview - Gardenia Suite
Manoir du Moulin offers six guests suites, including a family room. The full range can be viewed by clicking here but this page details the Gardenia Suite, booking requests for which can be made by clicking the 'prices' tab above.
With garden views, separate and spacious shower and bathing rooms,
fireplace and solid hardwood floors, the Gardenia Suite offers comfort
and luxury throughout. Its four large windows make it one sunniest rooms in the Manoir.
Like all the suites, it benefits from a super king (200 x 200) sized bed, LCD TV and WiFi as well as access
to MDM’s mini bar. Fine pressed cotton linens, microfiber duvets and
plush down and microfiber pillows adorn the bed, whilst the bathroom comes complete with Italian tiles, a large rain shower,
cocoon shaped bathtub, heated towel rail, plush bathrobes, a hairdryer and Compagnie de Provence soaps and skin care
products - everything needed for unwinding after a long day!
Nightly rate: €125 including breakfast.
One child under five years old can stay in this room with their parents with a cot or z-bed provided free of charge. For more than one child or for older children please book the Maple Family Suite.
"With its chic boutique rooms and child-friendly attitude — including a wine fridge and microwave for warming milk in the corridor — it’s the perfect place for families to base themselves when exploring the Vendée." The Times, June 2014Review dated 30/06/2014
Sleeps 2+ cot
45 minutes drive from both La Rochelle and Nantes international airports.
The chateau provide babysitting via prior arrangement.
The chateau provide a good stock of baby gear including, 1 travel and 1 wooden cot, 1 Moses basket, 2 highchairs, 1 baby bath, 1 baby chair, baby monitor, potty, childproof sockets, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery and sippy cups.
The chateau provide Bath toys, kids books, general toys and U-rated kids DVDs
For outside use the chateau provides Buckets and spades, trikes, swings, slide and a paddling pool.
The conservatory provides a lovely breakfast room for guests overlooking the pretty gardens.
The chateau is enclosed within 5000 m2 of well kept, pretty gardens including outside eating areas.
Complimentary WIFI is available.
The chateau provide 1 travel and 1 wooden cot and 2 highchairs for little ones.