Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

Gardens and Riverside

The gardens at Moulin du Fontcourt have a special place in our hearts and are often remarked upon by our guests.

Whether your preference is for relaxation in sun or shade or exploring the four distinct islands bounded by the La Bonnieure river and its tributaries that make up the garden, an idyllic experience awaits.

Artists, photographers and anglers are sure to enjoy the gardens and their aquatic surroundings.

A wonderful array of birdlife frequents the garden. Bird lovers enjoy seeing our resident kingfishers, visiting herons, hoopoe, buzzards and, if lucky, a golden oriole. In spring and autumn you could see, and would certainly hear, the great flocks of cranes flying overhead – many thousands in V-shape formations, a spectacle not to be missed in this part of France.

We are also blessed with country wildlife, including deer and boar. The river plays host to various species of fish including trout so relaxed you will see them basking in the sunshine. You may even catch a glimpse of our mirror carp meandering through.

For more garden and riverside photos, watch the slideshow at the top of the page. You can click on right edge of image to go to the next.

Three centuries in the making: Moulin du Fontcourt

The Moulin’s original name was Le Foncour (not Fontcourt) and it is likely to have been a working river mill for well over 300 years. The mill was built on – and actually in – the La Bonnieure river, to which Napoleon was reputed to own the water rights.

The Le Foncour water mill was depicted on this site on the original Cesar Francois Cassini map of France commissioned by Louis XV in 1740. This was the first-ever topographical map of France, completed around the time of the French Revolution of 1789-99.

In recent years, the property and grounds fell into a state of disrepair and remained derelict until its present owners Tom and Susan took it upon themselves to renovate it and restore the ancient mill-house and accompanying stables to their former splendour.

water mill paddle

The mill paddle wheel is still active today