Le Moulin de Bardeas is set in the beautiful peaceful countryside of the Bocage with its gently undulating terrain fabulous for walking and cycling.
The Tourist Office has produced an Android App "Pay de Bocage Bressuirais" which allows you to follow cycling and walking routes using the GPS on your smartphone.
There is a marked cycle route passing the gite "Le Thouaret entre Bocage and Gatine" 36.5km.
However this is a beautiful cycling area and both road and off-road routes can be followed straight from the gite. Road routes take you to our nearest villages Chiché or Faye l'Abbesse or even further afield. The routes are quiet and well surfaced. Off road you can explore quiet gravel tracks, passing woods, lakes and fields.
Bressuire is centre for a series of cycle tracks following old train tracks. These can take you to Parthenay, Argenton Les Vallees or Moncountant.
The area is lovely for walking, whether you follow one of the many waymarked routes in the area or just take a leisurely stroll down by the river on our land. The roads and tracks are very quiet and there any many tracks that make lovely circular walks both long and short.
The area is full of wildlife, just site back and enjoy the many birds and butterflies from your lounger.
Depending upon the season you can hear (and see) Hoopooes, Cuckoos, Nightingales, Buzzards and Herons, and if you are lucky you will see a Golden Oriole in the treetops or the kingfisher speeding along the river. We have cleared a path next to the river and you can find signs of deer, wild boar or even an otter. The gite has a range of flower and bird guide books to help you discover the rich wildlife.
Enjoying the peace.
There is no need to leave the gite and its garden if you just want peace and quiet and to watch the world go by.
But if you feel more energetic we provide boules, and a badminton set and of course there is plenty of room to play ball or other games.
We have the pool at the gite, but if you prefer a change the swimming pool at Bressuire can be highly recommended with flumes, childrens pool, swimming pool and hammau and sauna for the adults.
Or if you prefer lake swimming you can do this at Sainte Gemme (20 minutes.)