$108 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Moussette – Home 48511 Gite

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


The property is located next to the large Lac de Rille a national bird reserve and adjacent to mixed forest which stretches to the Loire Valley. It is an ideal location for walking, cycling, canoeing , fishing, and birdwatching. A rowing boat, canoe and bicycles are available for hire.

The property is part of 'Les Mousseaux' , an old watermill on the River Lathan, which flows through the gardens. There is also a large wildlife pond and two hectares of organic gardens and woodland. Wonderfully quiet and peaceful with plant conservatory for reading and relaxation, riverside walk and forest.

We are in an isolated location, in small valley, with no neighbouring properties,.

We are ideally located for many of the best known chateaux of the Loire, such as Chenonceaux, Langeais, Villandry etc and close to both Saumur and Tours. An ideal location for a 'get away from it all' holiday with tranquility and calm.

There is 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). There is a private picnic area at the end of the river bank. In spring and summer you may see kingfishers, the golden oriole and hoopoes near the river and green and spotted woodpeckers frequent n the woods near the house. Nightingales are regular spring visitors.

See also LA BERGERIE ( which can accommodate a further four people if you wish to book for a large group of up to eight people.

Further details

Welcome pack available, with bottle of wine, vegetables and flowers in season. Tourist brochures.Garden is shared with owners of the house but guests are welcome to wander anywhere they wish. We respect your privacy if you prefer to be left undisturbed or are happy to chat and give advice.Swimming available in state of the art stainless steel swimming pool in Noyant, or lakes at Hommes. , Near 'Huttopia', 3km away where there is a a wonderful walk around the lake and a little steam train, a wonderful attraction for children, whatever their age!

Further details indoors

The modern kitchen has been created from a converted stable/byre retaining many of the original features. There are huge oak beams on the ceiling. There is a round dining table with six chairs. The old hay rack and livestock chains are retained as features.The timbered bedrooms retain the old beams and are tiled throughout. The main bathroom has basic facilities including a shower attachment. At the far end of the building is a third bedroom or 'annexe' with an en suite bathroom/toilet in the form of a small converted grenier with a separate entrance, with a double bed and en suite bathroom. (not suitable for elderly or disabled). This is available for an additional charge for larger parties (please enquire). It is very quaint and comfortable and provides accommodation for two people (double bed).

Further details outdoors

Visitors are welcome to walk around and enjoy the two hectares of gardens at 'Les Mousseaux'. The gardens are bordered on the south by a large wildlife lake and the River Lathan ( there is private fishing , There is a large organic permaculture garden with raised beds. We also have a large polytunnel and fresh vegetables and fruit are available in season.The flower garden was started in 2005 and we have planted very many trees since 2003 . Fig trees on the south wall of the barn produce two crops a year of delicious figs.The conservatory, created from the ruins of an ancient 'cellier', has a small pool and fountain in the inside corner which sometimes has a frog or two (which surprise visitors with their sudden loud croaking!) Here you will find edible passion fruit, lemons, oranges, guavas, feijoa, pomegranates, and other sub tropical fruit. An ideal location for a cool glass of wine on summer evenings or a barbecue on evenings when the weather is not so warm.There is a picnic table able to sit six, and a rustic bench beside the river at the end of the pond, an ideal site for a barbecue or just to sit and watch the kingfishers with a glass of wine.We have a delightful child-friendly dog (Bertie), a Breton spaniel/labrador cross, two cats, four geese, an elderly duck, chickens and several hives of bees. (safely remote at the end of the garden). Fresh seasonable vegetables and eggs can be bought and there is honey from our own hives on sale.

Please note that cockerels DO crow early in the morning though we do our best to move them to a location by the river if they prove a problem for light sleepers.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Sofa beds
    Bedroom 2: Full bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Boat available
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Rail stations at Tours, Saumur, Langeais, Paris is one hour by fast train. Ideal for cycling as very few hills and numerous cycleways and small roads with little traffic. Forest tracks also suitable for cycling. Numerous walks and walking routes with maps available from local Mairies and the Internet. 'Randonnee' or rambling routes are very popular and well documented in France and most villages and towns have several well posted routes, both long and short. Visiting major towns like Tours, Le Mans, Angers, you are recommended to park outside and use the modern, fast and frequent light rail/tram services, which give all day travel around the towns for a couple of euros (including parking).

Interaction with guest

We live on site but respect the privacy of our guests. We are always available for help, advice and sorting out minor problems. We will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable and will always endeavour to put right any problem if it is within our power to do so.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: ($177.89) €150.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

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House rules

Sorry no bookings for stag and hen parties or similar events.


About the owner

Adrian F.

Tourist License

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10 Oct 2020
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


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Guest reviews

13 reviews

Very Good

“Un p'tit coin de Paradis”

Reviewed 10 Aug 2020

Nous venons de passer une super semaine dans ce petit coin de Paradis. Une jolie petite maison très typique, un terrain charmant clôturé toujours à l'ombre bordé… More

“Amazing summer holiday”

Reviewed 4 Sep 2019

We had a wonderful time at La Mousette. Sally and Adrian were amazing hosts, very friendly and helpful. We were warmly welcomed with vegetables from their own garden, a bottle of wine, coffee, tea, mi… More

Response from the owner Vielen Dank für Ihre sehr freundliche Bewertung. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt genossen haben.

“Simple and lush and enormously hospitable”

Reviewed 4 Sep 2018

Our stay at La Moussette was right at the end of our trip round France. The position of the accommodation was like a small paradise. The established garden gave just enough shade so that when the weat… More

Response from the owner A lovely family and it was a pleasure to have them to stay here. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you so much for your good review.

“Beautiful French countryside and a very relaxing gite.”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2016

We had a wonderful time with our two young children at La Mousette. The gite is converted from a barn, it's basic but very clean and comfortable and has everything you'd need. Our kids loved… More

Response from the owner Lovely guests. We are always grateful to have such people to stay, especially with their delightful children.

“Tranquility at it best.”

Reviewed 31 May 2015

Beautiful location. Great for cycling around the huge lake and the local area. Very friendly and knowledgable hosts, who couldn't do enough to help you enjoy your break. The children enjoyed swim… More

“Fabulous escapism”

Reviewed 13 Aug 2014

Took my 10 and 13 year old and partner to escape technology and alarm clocks, I was a little unsure at first but couldn't have been more right, had the most chilled out fabulous time. Fresh chick… More

“A lovely peaceful rural property suitable for cycling and walking”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2013

We had a most enjoyable 9 day stay at La Moussette in July 2013. The accommodation was very comfortable and lacked nothing. The location was stunning in lovely rural countryside just outside of the p… More

“Very friendly and quaint place to stay but handy for the Loire Valley wine routes”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2012

This is our second stay with Adrian and Sally. On both occasions they have been friendly and helpful, always around for a chat about what is available in the area. When you arrive you get a free box o… More

“Great holiday for enjoying the outdoors and relaxation”

Reviewed 29 Jul 2012

We spent four nights at La Mousette and found the building comfortable and clean, Adrian and Sally Fox the owners were very welcoming and helpful. Highlights included the cycle paths around the area a… More

“Escape to the Country”

Reviewed 23 Jul 2012

We had a lovely stay at La Moussette and I hope this review provides you with a brief insight in to why we will be returning for another stay. If you are looking for 5 star hotel luxury then stop rea… More

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Adrian the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Adrian (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Adrian (the owner) before booking?

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How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Adrian (the owner) a message.

If Adrian (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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