Le Moulin de St Blaise

Europe France Loire Valley Sarthe

  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
Out-of-the-ordinary glamping in a peaceful French village, in the scenic grounds of a converted watermill
‘Insolite’, French for unusual or out of the ordinary, is used to describe Le Moulin de Saint-Blaise. And unusual it is; there are fewer destinations more uniquely romantic than a secluded spot in rolling French fields, surrounded by woodlands, within the grounds of a converted watermill. If you’re looking to chalk up the brownie points with your significant other, this is the destination to do so.

Those holidaying to France typically fall in either one of two camps: city-breakers jetting off to Paris, or those looking for a waterside, wine-soaked getaway in the likes of Nice or Provence. Le Moulin de Saint-Blaise, then, offers a retreat that arguably few you know will have thus far embarked on — it’s not very often you’re afforded the opportunity to enjoy the real French countryside, watching the moorhen and kingfishers from your spot near the river, tucking into a three-course meal cooked by your hosts using produce from their garden, before retreating to your bell tent in the evening from which you can hear little but nature.

The Loire Valley is well-known for its fine wines and scenery, peppered with small communes and the occasional grand château, contributing to a laid-back lifestyle surrounded by beautiful sights. Le Moulin de Saint-Blaise is emblematic of this approach to life, with its off-grid site placing three bell tents within 10 acres of spacious land. The amenities are relatively simple — a compost toilet, a kitchen area for cooking, furnishings made from recycled materials — though across the river is the main building, in which you’ll have access to comforts such as a hot shower and flushing toilet. It’s the best of both worlds; eco-friendly and with an emphasis on keeping your surroundings unspoiled, though with more robust amenities nearby.

As its hosts note, the ‘insolite’ nature of Le Moulin de Saint-Blaise means that it is purpose-built to wriggle you out of your comfort zone. Many can say they’ve been to France and stayed in a hotel, apartment, or all-inclusive resort, but how many can say they pitched up in a quiet field in Chahaignes, a small village with a population of fewer than 1,000?

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Facilities

Each tent is set more than 20 metres apart, so you have lots of personal space. They are a short distance away from the main house, and simply ideal for singles or couples who want to get back to nature. A sanctuary where you can escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. A place to relax, recharge and unwind in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.

We want our luxury glamping tents to be as eco-friendly as possible, so they are off-grid, with no water or electric by the tents. Each one has a double bed or 2 singles and is furnished with a mixture of stylish recycled items. Outside there is an eco (composting) toilet, as well as an outdoor kitchen area alongside each tent. The kitchen is complete with gas burner,  BBQ, crockery, pots and pans, and a table for two. Sun loungers are also provided, so that you can relax in comfort and enjoy this idyllic location.

In the main building each tent is assigned it's own shower unit for their stay and this is where there is also a fridge and a communal washing up area and flushing toilet.  Parking is available next to the main building but not by the tents which are in a separate field accross the river.

Suitable For

This is an adult only site - no pets or children allowed.

Nearby

We are a 15 minute walk away from the village of Lhomme, where there is a bar/restaurant, grocery, boulangerie and butchers.  A 5 minute drive away from la Chartre sur Le Loir, with a choice of restaurants and some lovely shops and  brocantes.  The supermarket is a 5 minute drive away together with a petrol station.
Running directly through the village is the ‘Route de Vignobles’ (the Old Wine route). You can walk, drive or cycle the route. Stop for tastings along the way, and shop for the local wines, Jasnieres and Coteaux du Loir (both AOC). Our nearest winemaker is actually located in Chahaignes.
10 minutes from the Forest of Bercé with cycle routes, walking and horse-riding.  A lake beach at Marcon (15 minutes away) offers swimming, sailing and archery.
Le Mans and Tours are both 45  minutes away - with cultural centres, medieval cities and lots of tourist attractions.
The main Chateaux of the Loire are about an hour away, with smaller chateaux about half an hour.

Food & Drink

There is a local producers market twice a month in La Chartre sur le Loir and a main market at Chateau du Loir every Saturday.  There is a bistro type bar/restaurant in Lhomme or try Chez Miton in Chahaignes where you will find a fusion of Japanese and French cooking.

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The Owner Says

Looking for peace and tranquility?  Set in a field overlooking the river, and surrounded by 10 acres of fields and woodlands, our three 4m canvas bell tents provide comfortable, cosy accommodation for two people.  In the grounds of a converted watermill which also offers B&B and gite. 

Accommodation

Three bell tents within 10 acres of land.
Bell Tent Kingfisher i

Bell Tent Kingfisher

Bell tent Sleeps 2
4m Bell Tent, with outdoor kitchen and composting toilet

Bell Tent Woodpecker i

Bell Tent Woodpecker

Bell tent Sleeps 2
4m Bell Tent, with outdoor kitchen and composting toilet

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Location

Contact Le Moulin de St Blaise, Le Moulin de St Blaise, 72340 Chahaignes, Pays de la Loire, France

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Getting There

Our Mill is on the road the D64bis in between the villages of Lhomme and Chahaignes.  From the village of Lhomme head for Chahaignes on the D64bis (Rue St Blaise).  You will leave the village behind and after just less than a km there is a sharp right-hand bend.  We on the the left hand side of the road just after the bend, behing the tall conifer trees.  Directions from the A28 motorway can be provided.
The nearest train station is a 15-20 minute drive away at Chateau du Loir.  This has links to both Le Mans and Tours.  The nearest airport is at Tours (35 minutes by car) with flights to London Stansted and Dublin.

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