WINDMILLS AND WATERMILLS OF THE VENDEE

 

 3. LA TRANCHE AREA

 

LONGEVILLE-SUR-MER

Picture from Longeville-sur-Mer tourist literature.

Farther down the coast at Les Rabouillères, midway between Longeville-sur-Mer and the village of Angles, stands the pristine, newly-restored MOULIN DE BOTS PIAS, looking over a sea of maize and sunflowers - the last of 15 windmills that once operated in the commune of Longeville.

A long wooden pole, or guivre, attached to the roof meant that the top of the mill, with its Berton-style slatted sails, could be turned to keep the sails facing the wind - a job for the miller's donkey. Bots Pias (the name is derived from the local patois for "sabots plats", or worn-down clogs!) - was built in 1819 and remained in service till 1955.

No longer open to the public.

  

 

MELLE AREA (Deux-Sèvres)

Le Moulin de la Combe, a converted watermill turned into guest accommodation.

If you fancy staying in a converted watermill, here is just the place - albeit a little way beyond the confines of the Vendée..

At Paizay-le-Tort near the medieval town of Melle, 28km south-east of Niort, Jason and Marie-Laure Satterthwaite have converted Le Moulin de la Combe to provide bed-and-breakfast and self-catering accommodation for - judging by the remarks guests have written in the visitors' book - an extremely appreciative clientèle!

Le Moulin de la Combe, 79500 Paizay-le-Tort (tél/fax +33 (0) 5 49 27 19 23). Email: info@moulin-lacombe.com

 

 

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