The place here at Le Domaine des Hallais is not small, and needs a fair amount of maintenance and attention. The guests can also be quite tiring. Given that we're not getting any younger, we're keeping an eye open for a smaller place to move to, this time for a real retirement. I'd like to have a water mill, not least for its electricity-generating potential, and today we went to look at one not far from the town of Mayenne. It's a lovely place, dating from the 15th century, but too big for us.
The mill complex has been split into two parts, and it was a friend of mine who told me that both are currently for sale. The smaller part is on the market at about €130,000 euro, the bigger one that contains the water wheel, the big house and two large outbuildings, at about €540,000.
I liked the place a lot, and I think that if we had seen it at the time we were looking for Les Hallais, we might well have bought it. As it is, I think it would suit a younger couple who want to run gîtes, chambres d'hôtes, or B&B, etc. At current exchange rates, it's up for about £400,000 for the bit with the water wheel.
The buildings with the pink shutters are the outbuildings that were operated as gîtes in the past. The mill building itself is the yellow one on the left of the right-hand photo.