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Ideally located at the heart of the Loire Castles area, in Bléré, the Mill of Fief Gentil is a place of single stay to discover the area. Gorgeous castles, churches coiled within authentic villages, vineyards on hillsides as far as the eye can see, unique light of the Loire, you will taste in a soft and green nature all the pleasures of the "Jardin de la France".

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Presentation of the Mill of Fief Gentil
You will be staying in a mill with a history going back nearly one thousand years ...

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WaterfallThe millpond which forms part of the property is called "l’étang de Culoison". We know there has been a watermill on this site for over 750 years! The first written reference dates from March 1250 when Robert Marques sold the mill to Simon de la Tour. Culoison was then part of a fiefdom called "Le Fief Gentil". The mill pond was dug in the 10th century, and it is reasonable to assume a mill was operating at this time. The existing mill dates from at least the 16th century and probably earlier. The original stone walls forming the ground floor are still standing, as is one of the chimneys. The upper floors would originally have been built in wood, and we have been told that they were destroyed by fire towards the end of the 16th century. The upper floors are now built of local stone and probably date in part from the 17th century. There is no information on the mill from the 17th century but there are some traces up the beginning of the 20th century. The mill was working, grinding corn, until 1959, when it was turned into a small farm, and then finally abandoned around 1980. Renovations started in 1990. The mill is now a large comfortable house, which incorporates as many of the original features as possible, and still retains the flavour of a building with a history going back many hundreds of years.

Your hosts
Your hosts
Florence and François-Xavier, native from the Loire Valley, are happy to welcome you and share their love of this area. They will help you with information and directions for the day's sightseeing. Having a dinner at the "table d'hôtes" is an experience for tasting local product cooked by your hostess with fresh products and served with local wines.