les mousseaux
  "La Moussette":  by the Lac de Rillé... a      birdwatchers' paradise    Holiday accommodation in France
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'La Moussette' offers charming  accommodation in a tastefully converted hay loft and sleeps up to 4  people.* There are two bedrooms with an attached bathroom and a kitchen/dining room on the ground floor in the converted stable.  (There is additional accommodation with en suite bathroom suitable for two people  at the other end of  the building but with low  headroom.)

*Two additional 'bunk' beds are also available for children in bedroom 1.

The property is located very close to the Lac de Rillé*, a national bird reserve, and adjacent to mixed forest which stretches all the way down to the Loire Valley.  It is an ideal location for walking, birdwatching, fishing, cycling and canoeing on the lake. (A wooden Canadian canoe and bicycles are available to hire)  The property is part of 'Les Mousseaux', an old watermill on the River Lathan, which flows through the grounds.  There is also a large wildlife pond and almost two hectares of organic gardens and woodland. 

Saumur and Tours are only  25 km away and the location is ideal for visiting the many chateaux of the Loire Valley.  Our nearest town is Noyant (6 km)  but Le Lude, Chateau La Vallière, and Baugé are all no more than 20 minutes away.

The kitchen with dining area is fully equipped with  fridge-freezer, microwave, gas cooker, kettle and toaster.  There is a large round dining table and six chairs.  The original hay rack and manger are preserved as are the original beams.

 A beautiful open-tread hardwood  staircase leads upstairs where there are 2 adjoining bedrooms (one double bedded, one with a bed settee). Both bedrooms have exposed beams and Velux  windows which look out across the fields  to the countryside beyond.  In the main bedroom there is a double bed, a large 'armoire' and a storage area below two additional alcove beds (ideal for children) built over the old beams.  The bathroom is equipped with  a bath and shower unit, basin, WC and cabinet.  There is solar heating for water (supplemented by electric heating for dull days).

In front of  'La Moussette' is a secluded picnic area with a picnic table with parasol,  and barbecue. Guests are also welcome to use the  conservatory close by in which passion fruit vines and other subtropical fruit are growing.  They are also welcome to enjoy the three acres of  gardens at Les Mousseaux, which include a large organic vegetable garden (fresh vegetables and honey from our bees, are for sale in season), flower garden, wildlife lake, and riverside (where fishing is possible).   Especially if you rise early you are likely to see kingfishers, the golden oriole and even hoopoes near the river and green woodpeckers are often seen in the woods near the house.  Ospreys have visited the Lac de Rillé in recent years.

* We are located less than 100 metres from the lake, a minute or two's walk away.



The accommodation  is available to rent throughout the year and is let from Saturday to Saturday. To assist changeover, we specify a departure time of 10 am and an arrival time after 4.00 pm.

Low Season:
November '09 to end of March '10 (inc)

Mid Season
April 4th '10 to  6th June '10 inc

Summer: June 6th to July 18th '10

Peak period

18/7/10 to 5/9/10

Autumn period 5/9/10 to 30/11/10
£250  per week

(Nightly rates available out of season depending on bookings)

£300 per week

£350 per week

£400 per week
Autumn rate: £300 per week

The cost is for up to 6  people.  Bedding and towels are available for 15 euros per bed.    A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required on booking with the balance to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday.

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***We are always happy to see previous guests again.   Please contact us for special terms.***

 Cancellation charges apply and you will need to take out your own insurance; details of these charges are available when booking. Please also make your own travel arrangements, although we can offer advice on ferry and air companies. We can assist with car hire if required (including picking you up from the airport at Tours for a small supplement) , or we can collect you from the nearest railway  station - again please enquire when booking.

Meals and Eating Out:

                                      Bread and croissants are available from the bakery 1 km away in Breil, easy walking or cycling distance.

There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area including 'Le Pelican' at Vernantes, 'La Renaissance' at Le Lude,  'L'Oréé  du Bois' at La Breille Les Pins and the 'Lion d'Or' at Noyant.  There are also wholesome budget lunchtime meals (four courses including wine for 10.50 euros) at 'Le Restaurant de la Gare' at Liniere Bouton, where you will find genuine simple French cuisine.


How To Book:

Once we confirm availability you can complete the booking form which can be downloaded from our website and email or mail it to us: M et Mme Fox, Les Mousseaux, 49490 Breil, France.

In all cases please contact us first to check availability.
You can contact us directly at:

Email: adriangfox@gmail.com  

Snail Mail: M et Mme Fox, Les Mousseaux, 49490 Breil, France

Tel: 00 33 241 82 53 60 (from outside France) or 0241 82 53 60 (France)
Fax: 00 33 244 84 16 08 (from outside France) or 0244 84 16 08 (France)

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We do require a deposit on booking (please see above for the amount required) which is non-refundable, so we do recommend you take out travel insurance. If you book within 8 weeks of the commencement of your holiday, then we would request that the total amount is paid in full.

You can pay in any of the following ways:-
Bank Transfer - we can accept payment by bank transfer into our UK account. (Details will be provided on booking)
By cheque.

Booking Form:
To download our current booking form, which is available as a Word (rtf) document , right-click on the  icon, then select Save As or Save Link As or Save Target As to save the file to your computer. You can then either email or mail us the completed form.
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