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A romantic mill for your special day

A romantic mill for your special day

If you dream of a relaxed, bijou wedding in the sunshine of the Poitou-Charentes then take a look at Le Petit Moulin, a beautifully restored 19th century flour mill, recently voted one of the 25 best villas in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.


With its ivy-covered walls and the tranquil sounds of running water and bird song, all set within two acres of landscaped grounds, Le Petit Moulin in Annepont in the Charente-Maritime is a gorgeous wedding venue.

The mill is owned by Steve and Manisiah Forber who have lovingly restored it. Abandoned as a mill
many decades earlier, by the time Steve and Manisiah saw it, the mill was cold and unwelcoming and in need of some serious TLC. They completely renovated it but left the honey-coloured stone walls bare to accentuate the character of the building. One of the star turns is the glass-covered mill stream
that runs through the dining room through to the large paddling wheel, and which is illuminated at night.

The inside is a mix of modern and antique, with reproduction beds and wardrobes adding a lovely vintage touch. And as Manisiah is originallyfrom Singapore, there is a sprinkling of Asian influences such as Buddha statues and wall silks from Thailand. Outside, the landscaped gardens are full of flowers and herbs and a large swimming area with a 12-meter saltwater pool, cabana and jacuzzi.

With its nine bedrooms, the mill can comfortably accommodate 18 people (although they plan to expand) and since it opened in 2008 it is often booked out as a luxury gîte for the summer months. ‘We have a lot of repeat bookings,’ says Steve. This capacity means that if you want a wedding where your family and friends can stay together during the entire celebration, Le Petit Moulin can accommodate you. As well, Stephen and Manisiah can help with organising all the important details,
from the hairdresser to the catering.

The ceremony itself can be held anywhere in the grounds and for
the reception choose from the large wooden terrace adjoining the mill or a marquee in the gardens or even the orchard. With a marquee, the Le Petit Moulin can cater for up to 100 people. ‘Within a five minute walk there is more accommodation available,’ says Manisiah. The bride and groom, though, can retire to the luxury of the Bridal Suite with its splendid rococo bed.

The wedding meal can be typically French, starting with a cocktail of sparkling wine with the local speciality of pineau and then move onto dishes that include oysters and duck. For something more informal, how about a barbeque or hog roast?.

As for where to take your photographs, you’re spoilt for choice – by the wooden mill wheel? Or perhaps on the wooden bridge over the stream? ‘We may not be as grand as some but our welcoming and attention to detail and ‘can-do attitude’ make a wedding here something special,’ says Steve.

Sounds perfect.



Le Petit Moulin

67, Route de Juicq,

Annepont 17350

Tel: 05 46 91 58 78