Stunning converted mill with four poster master bedroom offers peace and quiet and is close to attractions
La Forgeard is a stunning conversion of a 700-year-old mill, complete with a spectacular four poster master bedroom and a beautiful river running at the bottom of the garden.
Within a few minutes’ drive of the Medieval town of Parthenay, the property is in the Deux Sevres area of Poitou Charentes, known for its particularly sunny climate.
Whether you are looking for a well-deserved holiday, a shorter break or a weekend away, we will happily meet your needs.
The house is unusually spacious and, with its four double bedrooms (three very large double bedrooms and one twin), can easily provide enough space for eight people whilst it also makes the perfect romantic retreat for couples.
Set over three floors, with two bedrooms and a bathroom on both the first and second floors, the house can accommodate one or two families at a time. It is therefore possible for two families to stay in the property at the same time and enjoy a floor each.
However, the house is also equally suitable for couples and smaller groups to enjoy. Thanks to the romantic master bedroom, with its breathtaking super king Tudor-style four poster bed, and its quiet and peaceful location, the house is ideal for honeymooning couples or those keen to spend some quality time together.
The relaxing lounge and elegant dining room, each with an open fireplace, as well as the dining kitchen and mezzanine, leave you spoilt for choice as to where to spend your time.
The focal point of the house, however, has to be the beautiful beamed lounge with its exceptional fireplace, measuring nine feet across, and its stunning mezzanine floor, which offers a relaxing reading area and well-stocked book-and-DVD case together with an office and computer. (Wifi is also included in the rental of the house.)
The kitchen is well equipped with lovely views of the garden and includes yet another comfortable seating area, where you can bask in the rays of the sun for most of the day, as well as a dining area. There is, of course, also more formal dining room should you prefer to eat in style.
One of the many advantages of La Forgeard is that it is only a few minutes’ drive from Parthenay, with its wealth of history, and from nearby villages (our favourite restaurant in the world is in the next village) and yet it is amazingly peaceful.
With only one other house and a farm in the hamlet, you can really get away from it all if you wish and enjoy traffic-free peace and quiet, which might only be broken occasionally by the peaceful sounds of the river or the odd neigh from a horse in the field beyond.
It is also amazing how brightly the stars shine at night here without the light pollution that it is so hard to escape from in today’s world.
If you want to combine your idyllic stay with some sight-seeing, La Forgeard is in the perfect location. It is just over an hour from the beautiful beaches of La Rochelle and the fascinating and exciting tourist spots of Puy du Fou, the biggest historical and educational theme park in the world, and Futuroscope are within easy reach. (See Places to See page.)
There are also plenty of local opportunities for fishing, walking, swimming, cycling or golf.
We can recommend some excellent nearby restaurants or you can simply relax with a book or DVD, make the most of the rest you know you deserve and savour the delicious food and wonderful wines available locally.