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In the middle of a vast estate devoted to equestrian arts, this old mill has the cheerful appearance of a holiday home. The surrounding nature is completely undisturbed by any noise except, perhaps, that of the horses' footsteps. With light blue shutters, the façades are truly eye-catching against the background of greenery that envelopes them. This elegant refuge, very close to the capital, will delight city-dwellers in search of space and hiking which are generously provided by the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse park and the Rambouillet forest - both can be easily reached by foot...or hooves.
For its greenery and proximity to the Rambouillet national forest in the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse regional natural park. The cottage is located on an exceptional two hundred hectare estate among the horses of the Haras de la Cense.
The house has a rectangular layout and is built in stone. It is spread across three floors, one of which is a loft. The roof is covered with flat tiles, the floors are terracotta or parquet and the beams are visible. An opulent wooden staircase leads to the upper floors. The machinery and the mill wheel have been preserved and restored and are now an integral part of the decor.
When hunting in the forest of Yvelines one evening in the 16th century with his favourite mistress Gabrielle d'Estrées, King Henry IV became utterly exhausted and stopped at a lumberjack's house. Enchanted by the surroundings, the royals built a residence here named La Cense. Le Moulin was part of this ensemble. It was in 1980 that William Kriegel bought La Cense and set up a stud farm here.
Calm and large spaces with a water source nearby to relax and reconnect with nature. The exceptional nature surrounding the property offers a multitude of walks and bicycle routes . For horse lovers, this internationally renowned place is must-see. Budding or experienced riders can also take advantage of walks and courses organised by La Cense within five hundred metres.
The Barn Hotel restaurant, also located in the Haras de la Cense, serves fresh and seasonal products from their vegetable garden. The village of Rochefort-en-Yvelines and its 12th century church offer a beautiful view of the valley at sunset. Four kilometres away is the Ferme des Clos, the first hop farm in the Ile-de-France with berry plots, market gardening, honey, laying hens and organic chickens. Last but not least is a tour of the Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay which is fourteen kilometres away.
1500 € - 1750 € per week
The 200 m² gîte is located in the water mill and can accommodate up to six people. It consists of a beautiful kitchen and a very large living room with a fireplace on the ground floor. On the first floor are two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and an adjoining bathroom with a bath and toilet, and another with two single beds and a bathroom (shower and toilet) as well as an office. A bedroom with a king size bed and a nice relaxation area occupy the top floor. A car park is located 100 metres away. A discount is offered on the second week of rental.
The mill is located on the vast domain of the Haras de la Cense, a stud farm dedicated to equestrian disciplines, based on horse riding training, man-horse relationship and equine ethology, - the science that studies horse behavior -. The center offers numerous trainings as well as internships: themed courses, initiations and the Cense method. Detailed information on the site: https://lacense.com/ecole-la-cense-3/