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“A beautiful and comfortable old mill”

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Le Moulin de la Follaine
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We stayed for two nights on the way south. The mill house is beautiful and set in a lovely garden in a lovely setting. It is not far from the A10 and ideal if cutting across to the A20. It is very close to Loches, a fine, historicold town with some good restaurants - our hosts gave us very good recommendations as well as for visits in the area.
The mill machinery has been lovingly restored and Monsieur Lignelet is delighted to demonstrate it.
Our room was very comfortable looking out onto the garden and the breakfast was excellent. Our only regret is that we only had the two nights!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We stayed for 3 weeks in the gite at Le Moulin de la Follaine during part of September and October and are very glad we did so. The accommodation is comfortable and well equipped and is situated in a beautiful spot near the pretty village of Azay-sur-Indre. The owner’s house (the Moulin) is opposite the gite and the two buildings are surrounded by a lovely peaceful garden which is bounded by streams. This water has attracted ducks to the garden and a swan arrived during our stay. We opened the front door on several mornings to see the swan on the stream beside the house – a super start to the day! A ten minute walk will take you to the local restaurant in the village which also serves as a post office and boulangerie. It is only fifteen minutes by car to Loches, a very pretty small town well known for its Royal Castle which is worth a visit. The town centre has lots of restaurants, banks, and all the shops you might need. Tours, a much bigger city, is about 40 minutes away by car. The chateaux of Amboise and Chenonceau, to the east of Tours, are within easy reach and we also had day trips in the other direction to Villandry, Fontevraud and Chinon. (If visiting these go to Villandry first and keep your ticket. You can show that ticket at Fontevraud to get a reduction in the entry price.) There are walks you can do from the gite and others in the surrounding countryside.
We must not, however, fail to mention Danie and Christian, the owners, who are incredibly kind and helpful. Their knowledge of the area is immense and they are happy to advise on places to visit and give insights into the history of the region. Danie speaks English quite well but let us try out our French which is a bit rusty and needed the practice. We had to send some emails during the stay and whilst there is wifi at the Moulin the coverage is a bit patchy. However, Danie explained where best to pick up the signal and we were able to make the required communications quite easily. The mill wheel was set in motion one day and we were invited to go into the Moulin to see it working. We hope to be able to go back one day either to stay in the gite or in the Moulin’s chambres d’hote and enjoy their hospitality once more.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

We visited la Follaine on our way south and were so impressed with the warmth of both our hosts and the 'vibe' of the mill that we booked in for our return journey ten days later.
We loved the authenticity of the working mill and all the nick-nacks. Danie and Christian established a great rapport and we left feeling we had acquired two new (and special) friends.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

An ideal location for a restful stay in the Loire, whilst being within easy day trips to places of interest, beautiful villages, a short drive to Loches, Tours and restaurants in the Azay-sur- Indre. Danie & Christian were most helpful ,and always ready to direct us, and help with any requests. The cottage was very comfortable, and amenities clean & roomy .
We enjoyed many evenings on the back terrace , and were able to stroll around the very private garden, ,or watch the birds ,insects and fish in the stream busily 'do their thing'. Thankyou Danie & Christian

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Wendy K
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

We stayed at Le Moulin for 4 nights at the start of a trip through France having driven straight from the ferry port at St Malo. It was so peaceful after the fairly lengthy drive. The ideal place to unwind.
Le Moulin is set in a lovely garden with a lake and a lot of trees which provide shade from the sun. There are also tables with sunshades in the garden where it is possible for guests to enjoy their own picnic supper in the evening. Danie provided china and cutlery and also a rubbish bag. The mill workings have been restored by Christian and we were able to see them working whist we were there.
We had lovely second floor accommodation which comprised a bedroom with a single and double bed and a separate bedroom with a single bed together with a bathroom - ideal for a family. The bedrooms were beautifully decorated and furnished and had original beams.
The breakfasts were delicious. Various breads and home made jams. Breakfast was taken at a table shared with all Danie and Christian's guests and it was so nice speak with other nationalities.
Danie and Christian were very welcoming and give the impression that they enjoy the company of their guests very much.
From Le Moulin it is easy to reach Chenonceaux and other Chateaux on the Loire and also Loches which is a lovely little town and has a good market.
We would certainly recommend Le Moulin.

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stephanie D
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

We stayed with Danie and Christian for two nights on our way to the Dordogne and for one night on our way back. It is well placed to break this journey and after a long drive was a haven of restful tranquillity. The restored mill is an interesting building full of period furniture and Christian was kind enough to give us a demonstration of the mill machinery working. It was a delight to wander around the beautiful garden with its pond and waterways frequented by ducks and frogs. The room was comfortable and nicely colour co-ordinated and the breakfast included a generous range of bread and patisserie. Danie's English is good and she obviously takes pleasure and pride in sharing her lovely house with guests. We would recommend this bed and breakfast highly.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

When we arrived we couldn't have received a warmer welcome from Danie. This is the 3rd time that we have stayed at the Mill. We had BB for 7 nights and we stayed in the ground floor double room which was very spacious and clean with doors that opened facing the lake, couldn't have been better. The continental breakfast kept you going all day. The grounds are out of this world and in the evening if you didn't feel like going out you could just go out there and have a picnic beside the lake. There are picnic tables and relaxing sun chairs arranged all around the gardens. This is a wonderful base for visiting the Loire Valley. The nearest town is Loches which hosts many restaurants. A short walk from the Mill is a little restaurant called Le Relais D'Azay which is run by a young couple, highly recommended. Once again we like to thank Danie and Christian for their wonderful hospitality.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Moulin de la Follaine

Address: 2 Chemin du Moulin, 37310 Azay-sur-Indre, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Indre-et-Loire > Azay-sur-Indre
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Azay-sur-Indre
Price Range: $106 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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