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Welcome
Welcome(4 Articles )
  • La Source Tranquille - an oasis of calm
    Welcome to La Source Tranquille , our oasis of calm in Mouy, France. We are located just one hour from Paris and 90 minutes from the Cote d'Opale in the north of France, and we are perfectly central being just 25 minutes from Beauvais , Chantilly and Senlis . Whilst our gîte is beautifully quiet we are just 400m from the village centre with its shops and bakeries. Our fully furnished, two double-bedroomed Gîte sleeps 4 and is available for rent from two nights to longer term. Ther ...     more ...
  • La Source Tranquille - an oasis of calm
    Features include:

    Two double bedrooms, one of which can be a twin as required, with ipod docks
    Large living area with an additional sofa bed, hifi and a selection of books
    High quality furnishings throughout
    Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and washer/dryer
    Internet access available via wifi
    Flat Screen HD TV with UK Freesat and French TNT plus Bluray player
    Dedicated parking spaces
    Private garden area with furniture and barbeque, plus access to larger garden with trampo ...     more ...
  • La Source Tranquille - an oasis of calm
    We have plenty of room outside for those summer months. Your part of the garden is not overlooked at all allowing complete privacy. You have your own covered deck for outdoor dining and for a bit of shade when it's hot. There is a larger part of the garden which is shared with the owners, with a trampoline for the children (and the younger at heart!). We also put up a badminton court for your use when the weather allows.

    If it rains you also have the use of the games room next to ...     more ...
  • La Source Tranquille - an oasis of calm
    All of our bookings are handled by Gites de France - we can set up the booking for you or you can do it directly via . Please note our arrival days are flexible (except June/July) - if you wish to arrive mid-week please contact us for booking.

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Gîte News
Gîte News(21 Articles )
Latest news about the Gîte
  • Listen to your favourite radio station - from around the world!
    We've just installed an Internet Radio into the gite so that now not only can you listen to French radios, CDs or your own MP3 player (via the ipod dock/input jack), but now you can listen to your favourite radio station from around the world via our Internet Radio and wifi. ...     more ...
  • The nights are getting longer - time to relax at La Source Tranquille
    The nights may be drawing in and the days are getting colder but La Source Tranquille is still a wonderful place to stay. With woodland walks to cathedral visits and french onion soup and hearty stews during the day to coming back to a warm cosy fireplace and comfy sofas at ...     more ...
  • New (Olympic) sport available in the games room!
    New for 2016 we have a new 'professional' dart board for your use. Stay for a week and practice and maybe you too could appear in the next Olympics! Very Happy
  • La Source Tranquille re-inspected
    Just been re-inspected and given our 4 épis (4 stars) again. Thank you Gites de France! Book now for 2016 to see for yourselves...
  • Superfast wifi now available!
    We have at last managed to connect La Source Tranquille directly to the internet so you now have super fast wifi available to keep in touch with family and friends or even to catch up with work whilst you're away.
  • Pets Welcome
    With a large fully enclosed garden and pets of our own we are very happy to welcome well behaved small pets to La Source Tranquille. There are some lovely walks in the village itself and longer ones for the fitter up into the hills and through the surrounding fields. Franc ...     more ...
  • Nespresso coffee now available
    Do you miss a good cup of coffee whilst you're on holiday? We have now placed a Nespresso machine in our gite. We'll supply a couple of capsules to get you going - for more either bring your own from home or you can now find them in our local supermarket. Sorry, but it do ...     more ...
  • A spring Sunday morning at La Source Tranquille
    A beautiful spring Sunday morning here at La Source Tranquille.
  • Summer arrives!
    It was late this year but summer eventually arrived, and our new deck (2013) was ready for it. Now you can sit outside under cover and without getting muddy feet. With the Weber barbeque, badminton net and trampoline it's the perfect spot to enjoy those long, lazy summer d ...     more ...
  • Garden getting ready for Spring!
    It's been a harsh winter in the Oise; low temperatures and two three good periods of heavy snow. However, April is here and, in between the snow, we've managed to complete the deck for the garden. No more muddy feet when dining outside! It just needs some dressing now and ...     more ...
Local News
Local News(11 Articles )
News from the area
  • Parc Asterix reopens 31 March
    Parc Asterix reopens its doors for the season this Easter, 31 March! One of the best theme parks in France there are 40 attractions, numerous shows and shops to visit. Just 30 minutes from the Gite, the perfect day trip!

    49€ for an adult, with children under 12 going ...     more ...
  • Tourisme de mémoire
    The Oise is rich in history, from magnificent cathedrals built in the middle ages to industries in lace and pearl and horse racing. Most indelibly etched on the ground though are the stories from the two world wars of the twentieth century. The Oise saw fighting in both wa ...     more ...
  • Walking Season
    Autumn and spring are wonderful seasons in the Oise. Once the heat of summer has passed the countryside really comes into its own - perfect for those post lunch walks or, if you can get yourself out of our comfortable beds, an early morning stroll to watch the sunrise. Mou ...     more ...
  • Punting in Amiens
    Just under an hour from La Source Tranquille is the beautiful city of Amiens. A wonderful place to visit and see the old town from the water.

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  • Eurotunnel now conducting exit checks
    The UK government have introduced Exit Checks at all ports and airports from 1st April 2015. This requires all operators to gather information on the identity of every person leaving the country, at their point of departure, and pass this information to UK Border Force.

    T ...     more ...
  • Train line reopens
    Following extensive work on the train tracks the line between Beauvais and Creil has reopened, meaning it is once again possible to walk from La Source Tranquille to the train station and connect to Paris, all in just over an hour. The new timetables have also been released ...     more ...
  • Potager des Princes
    Have a nice time en famille family in a historical park and garden transformed by Y. A. Bienaimé.

    Through extensive work, this park classified "Jardin remarquable" found its soul. As in the 17th and 18th centuries, you will discover waterfalls and fountains, a flower ga ...     more ...
  • Free calls home with three
    The mobile operator three is now offering* its 'Feel at Home' option to callers in France, so anyone with a three phone can now use their allowance to call or text home, or to use their data allowance. So now you can keep in touch with family and friends, and post your upda ...     more ...
  • Airship ride
    Something a little different for your stay with us! Airship Paris offers 30 minute or 60 minute rides in their airship, taking off from Pontoise (just 30 or so minutes away) and coming as far as Chantilly. Prices start at 250€ each for the short ride, with one under 12 f ...     more ...
Local Events
Local Events(2 Articles )
Events in and around the area
  • The museum of the Living Horse in Chantilly
    Tous les jours à 11h et 14 h30 et parfois à 16h30, 2 cavalières vous expliquent l'histoire de cet édifice, et leurs métier de cavalières de spectacle. Vous découvrirez comment fonctionne un cheval sous la selle du cavalier, les bases de l'équitation en passant par le ...     more ...
  • Horseracing in Chantilly
    Situated just 20 minutes from La Source Tranquille stands one of the most famous horse racing venues in France. The architect responsible for the renovations of the Chateau de Chantilly, Honore Daumet, was responsible too for the grandstand in Chantilly Racecourse, built in ...     more ...
Downstairs
Downstairs(3 Articles )
The ground floor is open plan with a large, fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area with two large sofas and a flatscreen tv. There is plenty of storage space as well as a cloakroom.
  • Dining area
    The Dining Area has a table with comfortable seating for four, which could seat 6 at a stretch. There is a lovely view out over the garden toward the spring ('la source'). The sideboard just beside the table contains all the plates and bowls (8 of everything) along with ma ...     more ...
  • Kitchen
    The kitchen is brand new (2011) with solid wood worktops and doors and a granite-effect sink. There is plenty of storage space and enough glassware and crockery for 6 people.

    Appliances are all high-end, including a large Smeg fridge-freezer, a Bosch dishwasher, a Siemen ...     more ...
  • Living area
    The gîte is open plan downstairs with a large sitting area, dining area and kitchen. Stairs lead up to the bedrooms and there is also a spacious downstairs cloakroom.

    The living area features two large sofas, one of which converts into a full size double bed to accommod ...     more ...
Upstairs
Upstairs(3 Articles )
On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one with a large double, the other with two large single beds, which can be converted into a double bed. The bathroom has a large shower and storage space.
  • Bedroom 1
    The slightly larger of the two bedrooms has both a feature arched window and a large velux window in the roof. There are some of the original beams left exposed and a vaulted ceiling at one end.

    The furniture is oak with a luxury leather effect kingsize (160 x 200 cm or ...     more ...
  • Bedroom 2
    The second of the two bedrooms has both a feature arched window and a large velux window in the roof. The furniture is oak with two large single (90 x 200 cm or 3' x 6'7") beds. These two beds can be put together to make one large superking size (180 x 200 cm or 6' x 6'7") ...     more ...
  • Bathrooms
    The bathroom is small but features a walk in shower built into the eaves as well as a full sized toilet and sink unit. There is storage for towels and a heated towel-rail for those colder nights. There is a light over the mirror and a plug next to the mirror for your razor ...     more ...
Outside
Outside(4 Articles )
There are seats just outside the gîte and there is a dedicated garden, out of sight from the main house, which covered seating as well as sunbeds and a barbeque. Next door to the gîte is a games room with baby football and table tennis
  • The Exterior
    The outside of the Gîte is original - we are not sure when it was built. We have used the original cobbles for the pathway that were hidden under a layer of concrete outside the gîte (along with a few from a recovery yard). We've placed a table and a few chairs just outs ...     more ...
  • The Garden
    Your gîte has its own dedicated area in the garden which is not overlooked by anyone else, not even the main house. We have taken the decision not to fence this part of the garden off so you don't feel 'boxed in'.

    In your private area you can sit in the sun on your su ...     more ...
  • The Games Room
    Next door to your gîte is a second part of the original stable that serves as a games room. This room could eventually become a second gîte but for now it is available for your use.

    We have installed a table tennis table in here along with table football and various ot ...     more ...
  • Parking
    There are two dedicated parking spaces within our walls for your to park safely and securely, just steps from your front door. On arrival you will be given a 'bipper' for the electric gates so you don't even have to step out of your car to open them! Please do remember to ...     more ...
Rates
Rates(2 Articles )
Cost per stay
  • Book Now
    All of our bookings are handled by Oise Tourisme and Gîtes de France, so you can be confident that your booking is assured. To book simply visit the and let us know your name, address, email and telephone number, along with your dates and composition of your party. W ...     more ...
  • Rates for 2017 and 2018
    Our rates have been held at the same price for the last 6 years, and for 2017 and now 2018 we have reduced the peak period to just July and August. Rates for the rental of the Gîte depend on the length of your stay. The minimum length of stay is two nights; the maximum is ...     more ...
Ts & Cs
Ts & Cs(1 Article )
Terms and Conditions
  • Terms & Conditions
    Below is a copy of the booking terms and conditions, as taken from the Gîtes de France website in Sept 2014.

    Please note this English version is only provided for information purposes - for the version applicable in law please see the French version . The latest Engl ...     more ...
FAQ
FAQ(7 Articles )
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are there any extra charges?
    Our rental rates are all-inclusive so there are no hidden charges waiting for you when you check out. The rates include rental of the gîte, all water, electricity and heating costs, towels and bedding. If you are staying for longer than a week we will offer you clean bed ...     more ...
  • What if I need to cancel?
    Our terms and conditions are dictated by Gites de France, who look after all of our bookings. The relevant section of these terms is copied below:

    9 - Cancellation by customer:
    Any cancellation must be communicated by registered letter to the reservation service.
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  • Do I need a car whilst staying with you?
    No! We are a 10 minute walk from the local train station at Mouy (we'd be happy to collect you if you arrive with bags) and the train provides a regular service to both Beauvais and Paris (although the last train home from Paris to Mouy itself is before 19h - you'd have to ...     more ...
  • Can you provide food?
    Gîtes are offered on a strictly self-catering basis - we do not have the necessary qualifications to provide meals. However, we will stock the fridge with basics for you such as tea and coffee and cooking essentials, and we would be happy to go shopping for you if you send ...     more ...
  • Do you offer babysitting?
    We will do our best to find you a babysitter should you wish to go out for an evening but obviously can not offer any guarantees! We do have a couple of people in the village we can call on, and our own daughter could well be available, but only up until 10pm on school nigh ...     more ...
  • Is your gîte suitable for children?
    For older children, a definite yes. We have a large garden with plenty of room to run around, a trampoline and a football goal as well as a games room next to the gîte with table tennis and baby-football. There are even a couple of cats to play with! Within a 20 minute d ...     more ...
  • Can we bring our pets?
    Short answer is yes. However we do have a couple of cats, Gracie and Twixie. Gracie thinks she is a dog as she was abandoned as a kitten and so was brought up by our dog Dominoe and Twixie just thinks she owns the place. So if your animal is not good with other animals, o ...     more ...
Availability
Availability(1 Article )
Availability of La Source Tranquille
  • Availability
    La Source Tranquille is available throughout the year for short stays (minimum 2 nights outside of high season) through to longer stays. Bookings can be made through this site which links directly to the Gîte de France website, or by sending us your name and contact detail ...     more ...
Local Area
Local Area(6 Articles )
In and around Mouy
  • All About Mouy
    Mouy is a small commune of around 5000 inhabitants in the department of the Oise (60) situated on the River Thérain. It is very well connected with departmental roads to Beauvais (20 minutes) and Creil (15 minutes) connecting on to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in ...     more ...
  • Facilities in Mouy
    Mouy is a bustling town of around 5000 inhabitants. La Source Tranquille is located just 400m from the centre of the town, so everything is right on your doorstep. There are 5 bakers, a butcher, a patisserie, a small supermarket, a small café, doctors, a pharmacy, a vet, ...     more ...
  • Mouy - Histoire
    Les terres de Mouy semblent avoir été possession des Sires de Moÿ de Vermandois également seigneurs des terres de Moÿ dans l'Aisne. Cette famille est connue depuis l'an 1045.

    À partir du XIIe siècle, Mouy était une place forte dépendante de la châtellenie de Mou ...     more ...
  • 19 rue Cayeux
    Our Gîte is found in the grounds of our house at 19 rue Cayeux, just a few hundred metres from the centre of the village of Mouy. We have lived in the house since May 2010 and the Gîte is our first attempt at renovation as well as at hospitality!

    The main house was bui ...     more ...
  • Lakes
    Mouy sits along the river Therain which runs north-south through the town on its way to join the Oise just south of Creil. Being on the valley floor there is a lot of surface water in the form of small streams and lakes. Mouy has its own 'Etang Communal' (or communal lake) ...     more ...
  • Trains to/from Paris
    La Source Tranquille is the perfect place for those wanting peace and quiet but with the option to visit Paris for the day. Our train station in Mouy is just minutes walk from the gite and, via a connection in Creil, it can get you into Paris for a day trip in around an hou ...     more ...
The Region
The Region(2 Articles )
Further Afield
  • The Region around Mouy
    Mouy is situated in the centre of the Oise, the southernmost department of the Picardie region. Picardie is known as the 'Land of the Cathedrals' with famous gothic cathedrals to be found in Beauvais and Amiens to name but two.

    The region encompasses the sandy beaches of ...     more ...
  • Arras & Thiepval
    2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme, fought in Northern France for 6 months in 1916. Arras in one of only two towns on the
    front line (along with Verdun) and is just a short 90 minute drive from La Source Tranquille. The centre of the town itself i ...     more ...
Suggested Itineraries
Suggested Itineraries(5 Articles )
Suggestions for your day trips from La Source Tranquille
  • Day trip to Paris
    Paris is within easy reach of La Source Tranquille, and by far the simplest way of getting there is by train. You basically have two options, depending on how long you want to stay in the city.

    1) If you are just going in for the day and will be coming home before dinner ...     more ...
  • Monet's Garden, Giverny
    Monet's Garden in Giverny is around 90 minutes from La Source Tranquille and is ideal for a day trip. Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in his house in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower gard ...     more ...
  • Gerberoy & Beauvais
    Gerberoy , listed amongst 'les plus beaux villages de France' , sits in the beautiful rolling hills of the Vexin, some 45 minutes from La Source Tranquille and 20 minutes north of the cathedral city of Beauvais . Both are stunning places to visit; Beauvais Cathedral at a ...     more ...
  • Pierrefonds and Compiègne
    Pierrefonds and Compiègne are both around 45 minutes from La Source Tranquille. A lovely day out is the very pleasant drive through the forest to Pierrefonds with a visit to the Chateau, lunch by the lake and then a drive up to Compiègne to take in Napoleon's Imperial Pal ...     more ...
  • Senlis & Chantilly
    Senlis and Chantilly are both within about 20 minutes drive from La Source Tranquille, and within 10 minutes or so of each other. The best day to visit them both would be a Friday - market day in Senlis (the other market day is a Tuesday but the Chateau in Chantilly is clos ...     more ...
Getting Here
Getting Here(4 Articles )
Getting here and around
  • Map to La Source Tranquille
    La Source Tranquille is found in Mouy, in the Oise department in the region of Picardie, France. We are 65km (40 miles) from the centre of Paris and 230km (150 miles) from Calais.

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  • Arriving by car
    La Source Tranquille is found in Mouy, in the Oise department in the region of Picardie. We are 65km (40 miles) from the centre of Paris and 230km (150 miles) from Calais. The nearest big town is Beauvais (25km or 16 miles) and Chantilly is 27km (17 miles away).

    To rea ...     more ...
  • Arriving by plane
    To reach us from Paris Charles de Gaulle (60km): (click for Mappy link)

    Follow the signs to join the A1 north toward Lille. After 25km leave the A1 at Junction 8 towards Senlis. After the toll booth (currently €1.80) join the D1330 toward Creil. After ...     more ...
  • Arriving by rail
    http://www.lasourcetranquille.com/images/Mouy-La_Gare_small.jpg La Source Tranquille is just a 10 minute walk from our local train station in Mouy. Mouy is on is the Beauvais to Creil line, so connects directly from either end into Paris, with a direct connection in C ...     more ...
Cycling
Cycling(3 Articles )
Cycling in and around the area
  • Cycling around La Source Tranquille
    La Source Tranquille is perfectly located to act as a base for your cycling tour around the beautiful Picardie countryside and the Vexin. We are located just minutes from the base of the valley of the river Therain which means all rides back to Mouy end with a downhill stre ...     more ...
  • The Avenue Verte - London to Paris Cycle Route
    The Avenue Verte is a cycle route from London to Paris. Inaugurated in 2012, the route is specially signposted for cyclists between the two great capitals, and you cross the Channel via the Transmanche Newhaven-Dieppe service, landing in Normandy.

    On the British side, th ...     more ...
  • Bicycle storage
    We have now added light and power to the small house in the garden which is a perfect place to keep and maintain your bicycles. There is room for around four bicycles and equipment, and this house is just steps from the gîte.
Restaurants
Restaurants(6 Articles )
Local Restaurants around Mouy
  • Le Scaramouche, Senlis
    Le Scaramouche is a 'bistro gourmand' in Senlis, just 20 minutes from La Source Tranquille. It offers good food in a comfortable setting, but its main draw is its location. It is situated right in front of Senlis Cathedral offering a fabulous view, especially at night when ...     more ...
  • Le Milazzo, Mouy (Pizza)
    Just opened in Mouy (2014), Le Milazzo is a new pizza restaurant close to the train station in Mouy. It offers pizzas on home-made bases (with Italian flour) and its specialities, "cuissons a la plancha".

    Horaires :
    du mardi au jeudi
    11h45 / 14h00 - 18h45 / 22h00

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  • Le Valentino (Pizza)
    Le Valentino is the closest restaurant to La Source Tranquille and often a good bet on the first night you arrive! The menu offers all of the usual Italien fare - although we've found it best to stick to their pizzas, which are cooked in a proper pizza oven. Service is slo ...     more ...
  • Le Relais du Jeu d'Arc
    Le Relais Du Jeu d'Arc is situated in a 17th century Relais de Poste at the foot of the Chateau in Cires les Mello. Dine outside in the gardens in the summer or next to the roaring fire in winter.

    The menu is 'terroir', using many local ingredients to produce traditional ...     more ...
  • Auberge les Tilleuls, Heilles
    Charles-Edouard Barbier was trained on the Cote d'Azur and in China, but his menu reflects more local ingredients and styles. From local dishes featuring Picardie cheese to French favourites like Margret de Canard you can expect tasty food in a country setting at reasonable ...     more ...
  • La Nomade
    La Nomade is a couscous restaurant just 10 minutes walk from La Source Tranquille. The decor is good and the welcome very friendly. There are a number of tagine dishes on offer along with other restaurant dishes like steak, and a children's menu. All the tagine dishes co ...     more ...
Châteaux
Châteaux(2 Articles )
Local Châteaux and Castles
  • Château de Pierrefonds
    The Château de Pierrefonds was originally built in the 12th Century with additions by the Duke of Orléans in the 15th Century. It was partially destroyed in the 17th Century on the orders of Richelieu, although his troops didn't finish it off as it was too big a job!

    T ...     more ...
  • Château de Chantilly
    The Château de Chantilly is a historic château located in the town of Chantilly, France, around 20 minutes from Mouy. The Grand Château was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the 1870s, being donated to the Institut de France by the owner, the Duc d'Aum ...     more ...
Historical Sites
Historical Sites(7 Articles )
Museums and other attractions
  • Monet's Garden
    Giverney is where Monet spent his most productive years and his house and garden have been preserved as when he died. The site is open from March to November and is well worth a visit.
  • Horloge astronomique de Beauvais
    The astronomical clock in the Cathedral Saint-Pierre de Beauvais, is considered a masterpiece of the genre, built by Auguste-Lucien truth in the 19th century.

    The astronomical clock was constructed between 1865 and 1868 at the request of the Bishop of Beauvais Joseph-Arma ...     more ...
  • Le Musée départemental de l'Oise
    The departmental Museum of the Oise is installed in the former Palace of bishops-counts of Beauvais, at the foot of the Cathedral. This remarkable architectural set of buildings, classified as a historical monument, has a 14th century gatehouse (with the famous mural of the ...     more ...
  • Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie
    From the 17th century, marquetry craftsmen in the region of Méru were making a whole range of luxury articles for Parisian wholesalers (fans, opera glasses, broaches, buttons, toiletries, cutlery, jewellery...) using natural materials from distant parts of the world : pearl ...     more ...
  • The Musée National du château de Compiègne
    The Musée National du château de Compiègne encompasses three museums in one as well as the main château and its gardens; les apartements historiques (historical apartments), Le Musée du Second Empire (the Museum of the Second Empire) and Le Musée de la voiture (the Mus ...     more ...
  • L'abbaye de Chaalis
    L'abbaye de Chaalis is a domain owned by the Institut de France encompassing of a thirteenth Century Abbey, a thirteenth century chapel with sixteenth century frescoes, a museum, and parkland with lakes and a rose garden.

    Throughout the summer the Ateliers des Parfums off ...     more ...
  • Musée vivant du cheval
    The Musée vivant du cheval is housed in the Grand Ecuries (the great stables) of the Château de Chantilly. According to legend, Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prince of Condé believed that he would be reincarnated as a horse after his death so in 1719 he asked the architec ...     more ...
War Sites
War Sites(2 Articles )
Sites linked to WWI and WWII
  • Musée de l’aviation de Warluis
    Le musée de l’aviation de Warluis, ouvre sa collection au public en 1995. Consacré plus spécialement à l’aviation et aux aviateurs de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le musée présente 1000 objets authentiques, 1600 photographies et documents sur une surface de 1000 m2. ...     more ...
  • Clairière de l'Armistice
    La Clairière de l'Armistice or the 'Glade of the Armistice' was the location chosen by Maréchal Foch to receive the surrender of the German Forces at the end of the First World War on November 18th, 1918. Maréchal Foch received the German Commanders in his specially fitt ...     more ...
Theme Parks
Theme Parks(4 Articles )
  • La Mer du Sable
    In the middle of the forest of Ermenonville the Mer du Sable is a land of adventures for adventurers of all ages. Featuring 3 adventure lands and 26 rides there is something for everyone. The large sea of sand lends itself ideally to a spectacular show every day featuring ...     more ...
  • Parc Saint Paul
    Parc Saint Paul is a small family theme park located some 30 minutes east of Mouy. Much smaller in scale than both Disneyland Paris and Parc Asterix, Parc Saint Paul has some 37 attractions and 2 shows.

    The park covers 15 hectares of grounds with parking just steps away ...     more ...
  • Disneyland Paris
    is just over an hour away from us here in Mouy, making it easy to go there for the day. Having opened in 1992 the park, actually two with both Disneyland and Warner Bros parks, is now the most visited attraction in France, with over 15 million people visiting a year.

    T ...     more ...
  • Parc Asterix
    is just 30 minutes away from Mouy and is easy to find with its own exit from the A1 motorway. Whilst being much smaller than Disneyland Paris at only 5.2km2 Parc Asterix can hold its own in comparison with its larger sibling with the quality of its rides.

    Themed on t ...     more ...
Golf Courses
Golf Courses(5 Articles )
  • Golf de l'Isle Adam
    Golf de l'Isle Adam, an estate spanning 200 hectares and located just 30 minutes from Mouy, was built in 1994 in the heart of one of the most beautiful Oise valleys.

    You will discover a modern clubhouse with all the amenities set in an 19th century farmhouse where the arc ...     more ...
  • Golf & Chateau de Raray
    Golf & Chateau de Raray is situated on the plateau of Valois, approximately 50km north of Paris near Senlis in Oise, 20 minutes from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport and 40 minutes from Mouy.

    The exceptional surroundings are enhanced by the myriad of colours that ar ...     more ...
  • Golf Hôtel de Mont Griffon
    In the heart of the Ysieux Valley and the Natural Regional Park, on the heights of Luzarches town and at only 30 minutes from Paris, the “Golf Hôtel*** de Mont Griffon” welcomes you on its 3 courses, offering a wide choice to golfers of any level.

    Golf Hôtel*** de M ...     more ...
  • Club du Lys Chantilly
    A beautiful old club situated in the heart of the forest. The club has two 18 hole courses along with a practice area and putting green.

    Whilst considered one of the finest golf courses in France it no longer allows non-members to play without being invited by a member.
  • Golf Dolce Chantilly
    The Golf of Dolce Chantilly offers an 18-hole, par-72 course (6201 meters) with an inland links design that allows for year-round, dry-feet play. A water practice and a putting green allow visitors to warm up or practice at their leisure.

    This golf course also enjoys many ...     more ...
Recreation
Recreation(4 Articles )
Bowling and other recreational sites
  • Sherwood Parc
    Sherwood parc is not only a great place for "Going Ape" and climbing in the trees but also a great place for paintball, quad biking and archery. It is open to all over the age of 3 and has the longest rope slide in the region at 260m long. Prices start at 17,50€ for the ...     more ...
  • Base de Loisirs de Saint Leu d'Esserent
    The Base de Loisirs at Saint Leu d'Esserent, established in 1991 covers 50 hectares of land, just outside Chantilly. The base features a flooded quarry with is home to a sailing club, with small boats and kayaks for hire, along with a basin used for swimming, along with a s ...     more ...
  • Kidzy - Saint Maximin
    in Saint Maximin is a large, 1000 M2 covered kids' play area, providing hours of entertainment for kids, accompanied by their parents, from ages 2 to 12. There are slides, ball pits, bridges and tunnels for everyone. Costs are not excessive, currently (in 2011) 6€ for a ...     more ...
  • Plaza Bowling
    is a large purpose built bowling complex at Saint Maximin, just 15 minutes from Mouy. The complex has 28 bowling lanes, billiards, discobowling, restobooling, a bar and a brasserie along with a large room for hosting seminars. Prices start at 3€ a game, depending on ...     more ...
Parks
Parks(3 Articles )
Local Parks and Walks
  • Le Jardin de André van Beek
    André Van Beek, artiste peintre.

    André van Beek est né en 1947, de père hollandais et de mère française. Celle-ci était professeur de musique. Autodidacte, de tendance post-impressionniste, André van Beek est un artiste sensible à la beauté poétique des paysa ...     more ...
  • Canada Lake - Beauvais
    Canada Lake is a vast recreational park covering 36 hectares and dedicated to leisure and athletic activities, relaxation and water sports. Located less than 10 minutes from the Beauvais Airport!


    The lake is circled by both a footpath and a bike path.
    Swimming is poss ...     more ...
  • Le Parc Jean-Jacques-Rousseau
    The Parc Jean-Jacques-Rousseau is a French landscape garden at Ermenonville, in the Département of Oise. It is named for the philospher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who stayed there the last six weeks of his life. He died there in 1778 and was buried in an island in the park. The ...     more ...
Local
Local(8 Articles )
Links from the local area
  • Tourisme Mémoir
    Tourisme de mémoir is a site produced by Oise Tourisme dedicated to the history of the départment, and most specifially to the story of the Oise in the two world wars. The site has links to pages of information and of places to visit (A voir & A Faire), and suggested itin ...     more ...
  • Senlis Tourist Office
    L'Office de Tourisme de Senlis est ouvert 7 jours sur 7 toute l'année (sauf le 1er et 2 janvier, 1er mai, et 25 décembre).

    Du 1er mars au 31 octobre :
    Lundi au samedi de 10h à 12h30 et de 14h à 18h15.
    Le dimanche et jours fériés de 10h30 à 13h et de 14h à 18h1 ...     more ...
  • Weekend in Picardy
    Discover the best of France in Picardy, less than 4 hours from London

    Picardy is very well connected to London, as you can reach the region through different means of transportation, may it be car with the tunnel, ferries or train. The region boosts an extensive net of hi ...     more ...
  • Oise Tourisme
    Tourist office dedicated to promoting tourism in the Oise. Oise Tourisme is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM and from 1:30 to 5:30 PM
  • Picardy Regional Tourist Committee
    Picardy is ideally situated in the north of France and at the heart of Europe. The Comité Régional du Tourisme de Picardie is happy to guide you on your visit.
  • Destination Beauvais - Paris
    Capital of the Oise department, Beauvais, "City of Tapestry-Making", is a dynamic, pleasant city! An exceptional historic and architectural heritage, and fashionable boutiques a mere stone's throw from the airport.
  • Beauvais Tourist Office
    Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays (April to October) and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Our visit advisors can guide and help you find what you are looking for: tourist and practical information, hiking and mounta ...     more ...
  • Chantilly Tourist Office
    Chantilly Tourist Office, in the centre of Chantilly is happy to help you make the most of your time in Chantilly.

    Opening Hours :

    From Monday to Saturday
    09:30 > 12:30
    13:30 > 17:30

    Sundays from May to September & Bank holidays
    10:00 > 13h30
    14:30 > 17:00
Transport
Transport(3 Articles )
Transport links
  • Les Trains à la Mer
    Enjoy the beaches on the Picardy coast thanks to the ‘Trains à la Mer’ seaside trains.

    Several destinations are served:

    - Noyelles
    - Rue
    - Le Tréport

    On arrival, there are lots of different excursions, cultural tours and eco-tourism activities on offer. Enj ...     more ...
  • Trains and Bikes
    Site full of information about taking your bicycle with you on the local trains. See also this site.
  • TER - SNCF de Picardie
    Timetables and information on the trains that run throughout the region of Picardy.
Cycling
Cycling(4 Articles )
Cycling Links
  • Bikemap.net
    Bikemap.net is an enthusiast's site which maps bike routes created by its members online. Mouy already has some 36 routes centred on the town, from short 22km tours to longer routes up to the coast. We have a small house in the garden where you can store you bikes and servic ...     more ...
  • The Avenue Verte London Paris
    The Avenue Verte is a cycle route inaugurated in 2012 linking London and Paris. On the British side, the Avenue Verte London < > Paris makes use of the existing National Cycle Network of cycle routes, leading you south out of London, over the North Downs and through Susse ...     more ...
  • L'Oise by bike
    The Oise can be discovered by bicycling. A site for all those who indulge in the pleasures of two wheels on marked trails or free: Ideas travel or accommodation, useful information for hikers, events ...
  • Aerobike - bike hire
    Rent a bicycle at the Beauvais Airport! The centre of Beauvais is only a 4 km peddle away... Aerobike is the new bicycle rental system destined for airport passengers. The concept is simple: You rent your bike at the Beauvais Tillé Airport at the Point Tourisme (tourist inf ...     more ...
Other links
Other links(6 Articles )
Links that don't fit in other categories
  • epicMorzine.com
    We are very happy to recommend the ski apartment of a friend at epicMorzine.com:

    epicMorzine - offering self catering accommodation in Morzine. Our spacious apartment has great views of the mountains, with a sunny aspect.

    The apartment comfortably sleeps 6 adults in 2 ...     more ...
  • Ferienhausmiete.de
    Ferienhäuser & Ferienwohnungen von Privat günstig buchen.
  • France this Way
    France this way is a useful portal listing places to stay in France, along with articles and pictures of places to visit.
  • Gitesdefrance.info
    Listing site with the top 400 gites in France.
  • Tourist Paradise.com
    France Vacation Rental direct by owner
  • Nos-Gites.com
    Nos-Gites.com, site de recherche de gites avec recommandation de Clients
2017
2017(1 Article )
  • January - Karin, Rosa and Anna
    We have seen Camelot (again), we saw Versailles and we have been in the hall of mirrors, where the treaty of Versailles was made. We loved the gardens and the walk of water and could imagine how it would be in summer. We had beautiful weather in Paris and admired the churc ...     more ...
2016
2016(15 Articles )
  • October - Jaqueline, Joe Alfie and Sophie
    Thank you very much Adrian and Vanessa. We have had a lovely four days spent here, enabling us to do some great day trips. Paris by train from Mouy was the highlight, and I'm sure the children will be talking about it for years! the chateau at Chantilly was a full day out ...     more ...
  • August - The Tresidder Family
    Thank you very much Adrian and Vanessa, we have had a lovely relaxing week. We have enjoyed your beautiful gite which is excellently equipped. Our boys enjoyed your games room and the trampoline! The weather was excellent (36 deg C) and we loved relaxing in your beautiful ...     more ...
  • August - Family v. Lierop
    Thank you for the opportunity to have a week of leisure in your nice house "La Source Tranquille". We never met but you were replaced successfully by Ros and Bill. We enjoyed the house, the garden and the games room, made trips to Beauvais, Chantilly, Senlis and Paris and ...     more ...
  • August - Rolf, Mathilde, Simon, Sara and Sam
    Thank you so much for this lovely week! We've had a great time in your beautiful house and your great garden. Thank you very much for your hospitality. We really enjoyed ourselves. Our dog Sam also had a very good time but at the end he decided to go back to Holland with ...     more ...
  • August - Kathryn, Gary, Sam, Daniel and Woody
    Thank you Vanessa and Adrian for a lovely week, you have a beautiful place here. Our boys have loved the trampoline and football and we have all enjoyed the games room. It is the perfect place to relax and it's been so hard to get out of those luxurious beds each morning! ...     more ...
  • July - Judith, Bruce and Jonty
    Thank you so much for a lovely relaxing week. We would like to think we will be back.

    Best regards,

    Judith, Bruce and Jonty
    Little Downham
  • July - Vincent, Monique, Tess and Inez
    Lucky you, you live at such a great place. Lucky we, we could experience this great place for a week. We played all the games, read all our books and learnt how to use an automatic bin. Seen the fantastic horse show in Chantilly and swum in the lake near Beauvais when it ...     more ...
  • June - Maryvonne et Freddy
    Un grand merci a Vanessa et Adrian pour l'accuiel et le soin apporté pour que le séjour soit plaisant. Les grands comme les petits ont profité de "La Source Tranquille" car nous connaissons déja la région. Vous avez le soucé du détail pour que l'on se sente comme ch ...     more ...
  • June - Paul, Claire and Lola Rose
    We have had a wonderful 4 nights in La Source Tranquille. The gite is incredibly comfortable with everything we would need for a relaxing break. Our 4 year old daughter, Lola Rose, especially enjoyed the company of Twixie and Gracie!

    Many thanks Vanessa and Adrian for ...     more ...
  • May - Gina and Stephan
    Very many thanks for a luxury week in your cottage. Everything was perfect and we really felt at home. Returning from our excursions (Senlis, Musée de Condée, Amiens, Beauvais) always felt like coming home. Again, thanks for everything.

    Gina and Stephan
    Ger ...     more ...
2015
2015(21 Articles )
  • December - Andy
    Vanessa, Adrian, thanks so much, we had a great stay. Extra comfortable, no noise, big beds. What more could an Australian ask for. Thanks again.

    Andy
    Drucourt, France
  • November - Cherry and Brian
    Thank you so much for sharing your piece of heaven. This was the perfect place to spend the last 4 nights of a 5 week driving tour of France. Your thoughtfulness and helpful suggestions will always be remembered.

    Cherry and Brian
    Victoria, BC Canada
  • September - Milton and Margie
    We have enjoyed a relaxing visit, all too short. We shall have to return to continue our exploring of this beautiful area. Thank you Vanessa and Adrian for your welcome and guidance.

    Milton and Margie
    Melbourne, Australia
  • September - Ian and Moya
    We immediately felt at home after the wonderful welcome by Vanessa. The champagne was a great gift and we were thankful for the items in the fridge.

    We visited many places around as the wet weather prevented us from taking advantage of the gardens.

    A truly great place ...     more ...
  • September -Deville family
    Thank you for the lovely welcome. Two days in a little paradise! We had a great time.

    Deville family,
    Paris, France
  • September - Mark and Sue
    Thank you for our stay at La Source Tranquille. We really enjoyed our night out at Senlis - Ma Nature restuarant recommended. It's a lovely place to stay and we enjoyed the visits from the cats

    Mark and Sue,
    Nailsea, Somerset
  • August - Becky, Neville, Emily and Joel
    Thank you for your lovely welcome, the milk, juice and champagne were much appreciated. The gite is a really good base for sight seeing. We've managed to pack a lot in despite the rain!

    Becky, Neville, Emily and Joel
    Huntingdon, Cambs
  • August - Jo, Stu, Chloe and Grace
    I have had a lovely holiday your house is very beautiful and I had a lot of fun on the trampoline and your garden is huge, one of the best holidays ever!
    from Chloe
    PS I think the dogs enjoyed themselves too and they loved every walk we went on!

    I have had a great time ...     more ...
  • August - Linda and Steve
    A fantastic week thank you. Loads to see and Paris!! Thanks to you all and hopefully we'll be back.

    Linda and Steve
    Findon, England
  • July - Dutzler family
    A great week for our family and the two dogs! The weather was wonderful too.

    The Dutzler family
    Germany
2014
2014(17 Articles )
  • October - Roberto, Olge, Alexei, Alexandr et Masha
    Italien translation to follow

    Roberto, Olge, Alexei, Alexandr et Masha
    Volterra, ITALIE
  • September - Jane, Dave and Andy
    Had a great week staying in a lovely gite with excellent weather (mid 20's). We enjoyed days at Senlis, Chantilly, Beauvais, Clermont, Compiegne, Pierrefonds (the Chateau) and Paris. also took the opportunity to visit the Paris Motor Show.

    Thank you to both Vanessa and ...     more ...
  • September - Katie, Lance and Tamara
    What a very pleasant and great surprise to arrive late on saturday to a wonderful meal! Lots of vegetarian choices for three people who had not eaten all day and had endured many difficulties beforehand.

    This is a lovely place and we very much appreciated the cordial wel ...     more ...
  • September - Linda and Brian
    Had another enjoyable week here. Weather was really good too. Visited loads of lovely places. Thanks for letting us stay.

    Linda and Brian
    Sittingbourne, UK
  • August - Tracey, Howard, Ethan and Tris
    A wonderful gite and very comfortable. Really enjoyed visiting local areas and Paris (x2). La Source Tranquille is truly amazing!

    Tracey, Howard, Ethan and Tris
    London, UK
  • August - Louise, Nick and Charlotte
    A fabulous gite (most comfy bed ever!) and very welcoming hosts made a wonderful week. Not even the inclement weather could dampen our spirits as we explored the region from Arras to Paris.

    Thanks to Vanessa, Adrian, Mille and Lawson for having us and in particular for i ...     more ...
  • August - Bev, Ian, Hannah and Amy
    A wonderful week of peace and relaxation in this charming and very comfortable gite. Thank you so much for the warm welcome - champagne much appreciated!

    Bev, Ian, Hannah and Amy
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • July - Helen, Geoff and Luke
    What a fantastic two weeks we've had here - the ideal base from which to visit Paris as well as the other small local towns. La Source Tranquille is exactly as its name suggests: calm and peaceful, and yet within easy reach of patisseries, shops and the supermarket for esse ...     more ...
  • July - Julia, Conor, Aidan and Martin
    What a wonderful gite and location. Thank you for the excellent hospitality and wonderful stay. Julia and the boys loved their trips to Chantilly and the small surrounding village despite all the rain Smile

    Enjoyed the football and drinks and look forward to seeing you al ...     more ...
  • July - Dorothy and Tony
    We have so enjoyed our stay here - "I thought our cats were mad!". We have had the most wonderful "chillout" - away from work and a bonus Wimbledon on TV! Thanks for inviting us over for drinks and bits. Your family are delightful.

    We enjoyed Chantilly and Paris, a ...     more ...
2013
2013(17 Articles )
  • December - Hans, Els, Leah, Ties & Indy
    We loved the gite. Lots of privacy and a very luxurious house. Nice beds! Our son would like to live in it, so that's a big compliment. Thank you for a beautiful week!

    Hans, Els, Leah, Ties & Indy
    Holland
  • November - Agathel & Jean-Hugues
    Nous avons passé un très bon week-end dans ce gite plein de charme... et de chats qui sont très mignons avec qui nous joué dans le grand jardin. J'espère qu'on pourra revenir.

    Agathel & Jean-Hugues
    Paris, France
  • November - Thomas, Olga, Thomas, Anais & Mack
    La petite maison est superbe avec tout son confort. Nous y avons passé un agréable sejour.

    Merci pour tout, Thanks for all!

    Thomas, Olga, Thomas, Anais & Mack
    Paris, France
  • November - Hazel, Kevin, Julia and Paul
    A peaceful week at La Source Tranquille; its name perfectly describes its setting. a great base for exploring some very interesting towns and visitor attractions. Most of what we did has been reported before, however:
    Chantilly was terrific. The horse spectacle is a mu ...     more ...
  • October - Mariette, Alexandre and Aimée
    We've had a lovely stay at La Source Tranquille! As well as staying around Mouy we also visited Beauvais, Senlis, Chantilly, Compiegne and Alexandre's newborn nephew east of Paris.

    Thank you for your hospitality Adrian and Vanessa!

    Best wishes,
    Mariette, Al ...     more ...
  • August - Barbara, John, Jade & Katie
    What can I add that has not been said before. Thank you for making our stay so relaxing.

    Barbara, John, Jade & Katie
    Marham, UK
  • August - Ian, Tracy, Hugh and Annie
    We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Mouy at La Source Tranquille. The gite is all we hoped for and the home and grounds are fab! The extra touches such as garden games were a bonus and the gite was really well equipped too.

    Mouy is really well placed to explore the a ...     more ...
  • August - Brian, Linda, Austen and Logan
    Well what can I say that hasn't already been said. The cottage (gite) was 10 out of 10 except for the stairs (could do with a chair lift!). The weather the first week was hot and sunny, 25 deg +. Wednesday we went to Paris by train and it was pouring down by the time we g ...     more ...
  • August - The Kennedys
    Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday. Your gite and gardens are fabulous and so well equipped. The weeks weather was superb, sometimes too superb. We made the most of it with trips by train to Paris and days out to Chantilly, Pierrefonds, Beauvais (at night) and then ...     more ...
  • July - Alison, Andy and Lily
    We've had a fantastic week at La Source Tranquille especially the invite to Adrian and Vanessa's BBQ on our second evening here. It was a really lovely evening and great to meet all your friends.

    Places of interest to visit are definitely Chantilly, Senlis and Pierrefond ...     more ...
2012
2012(33 Articles )
  • December - Mr et Mme Chorein
    Gite comfortable, calme et bien decoré. Accueil chaleureuse. Tres agréable séjour.

    Mr et Mme Chorein, Mortagne sur Gironde, France
  • December - Bert & Annita
    Thank you for our wonderful stay at La Source Tranquille. We have rested indeed (and watched all the old Christmas movies!) and de-stressed from all the hard work and other stuff. But we also enjoyed lovely cities as Senlis, Chantilly, Beauvais and of course Lafayette and ...     more ...
  • December - Sheelagh & Mike
    Ditto! All the other comments say it all. In over 30 years of holidaying in France we have never felt so at home and comfortable. You have ticked every box!

    We will most certainly be back and will recommend La Source to friends and family. Now, if you could start conv ...     more ...
  • November - Julia & Richard
    A lovely stay in a very comfortable holiday gite; a perfect home away from home, with all the mod cons we could wish for whilst away.

    An ideal location also for visiting nearby Chantilly, Compiegne, Senlis and Beauvais. Some beautiful Chateaux, cathedrals and churches in ...     more ...
  • November - Marion, Helen and Graham
    Absolutely wonderful time; accommodation 1st class, the best we have had! A peaceful little town with handy shops for essentials.

    This is a fantastic place, [we'll] come again!

    Marion, Helen and Graham,
    Bridgewater, UK
  • October - Steve, Rachel, Leah & Leona
    Thank you Vanessa and Adrian. You are lovely lovely people! So welcoming and friendly and made us feel at home.

    The place is so peaceful, just wish the weather had been better to enjoy the garden but an added bonus to have the table tennis!

    Enjoyed every bakers in to ...     more ...
  • September - Julia, Stuart and Emilie
    We have had such a wonderful time. Thank you so much for making our two week holiday so peaceful and enjoyable. Emilie has particularly enjoyed her daily visits from Dominoe and Gracie. I think we may have to get her a pet when she's a little older! Your gite is beautifu ...     more ...
  • September - Karen and Mark
    Thank you for such a warm welcome to your beautiful gite! We had a fantastic break, lots of lovely walks and relaxation. We'll go home with batteries fully recharged - thank you!

    PS Thank you also for our engagement gift - we'll plant it and it'll remind us of our sourc ...     more ...
  • September - Sophie, Pete & Etty
    We had a lovely stay in your gite, La Source Tranquille. The week was filled with very nice visits to beautiful and interesting places. We specially organised this trip for my mother of 84, who has been nursing my father (96!) for many years and needed a break. She loved ...     more ...
  • September - Matt, Amber, Ruby, Savannah and Ayeesha
    We have loved every minute of our stay at La Source Tranquille. As soon as we drove through the green gates we were in awe at the beautiful garden. We came with 3 children; my little sister aged 11, our 4 year old daughter and our 10 month old baby girl. There was so much ...     more ...
2011
2011(14 Articles )
  • December - Lesley & Philippa
    Our first Christmas ever in France we certainly found the perfect place to enjoy the festivities - a true home from home. Even Santa visited us!

    Vanessa, Adrian and the family flew to Singapore soon after we arrived (don't think it was anything to do with us....) which w ...     more ...
  • November - Sylvain, Caroline et Tom
    Un gîte très agréable, charmant, calme, qui nous a permis (nous Normands) de retrouver nos amis de Lorraine.

    Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir et conseillerons ce gîte facilement.

    Sylvain, Caroline et Tom (2 ans)
    Olivier, Amélie et Antoine (2 ans)
    N ...     more ...
  • November - Famille Lalaque
    Merci pour merveilleux week end. Votre gite est très beau

    Famille Lalaque
    Paris, France
  • November - Dudley Glenn and Diane
    Vanessa and Adrian,

    This has been one of the best of our European travels. Your warmth and hospitality have been a great source of pleasure. Our trips each day to the various outlying areas have been a great respite. The gite is magnificent. This has been a wonderful ...     more ...
  • October - Phil & Helen
    A great little hideaway behind the big green gate!

    Nice to getaway from busy Paris and loved stepping out into a huge garden.

    Things we did:
    Walked around Senlis, would recommend Le Jardin des Thes
    Cycled to Hermes, gentle hills and doesn't take long. Came back v ...     more ...
  • October - Richard, Helena, Lidia and Adrian
    Vanessa and Adrian

    Many thanks for making our stay so great! Comfortable beds, all mod cons and every detail well thought out.

    We have had an exciting experience and go home tired, but full of wonderful memories!

    We wish you great success, health and happiness.

    ...     more ...
  • October - Scott, Joanne, Charlie, Nathan and Anne
    What a lovely gite to stay in during our visit to the area. Very homely and comfortable. The british satellite TV was a great addition to help amuse young kids in the morning. The weather was a pleasant surprise for the time of the year.

    Thanks very much.

    Scott, Joa ...     more ...
  • October - Pat, Jim and LeOra
    Thank you for having such a lovely place to call our home while we were here visiting with our "French family and friends". This is such a peaceful place. The tranquility lives up to its name. Thank you for arranging such a nice visit with the Mayor. We have had such a g ...     more ...
  • October - Kathy and Richard
    Thank you Vanessa and Adrian. La Source Tranquille is beautiful. We enjoyed a peaceful time in the garden, painting and reading, and also found lots of interesting places to visit on the days when it was just too hot for Paris - Never expected summer in October!

    Kathy a ...     more ...
  • September - Ann & Richard
    What a wonderful gite. The best we have ever been to, and I am sure we will ever find.

    Everything was excellent from the bed to the kitchen cupboards which were stocked with anything you may need for a short or long stay holiday.

    Vanessa, Adrian and the children made ...     more ...
The Beginning
The Beginning(2 Articles )
How it all looked to start
  • The Existing Building
    We bought our house in Mouy in late April 2010. The house itself had been rather neglected for a couple of years so needed a fair bit of work including the replacement of a couple of bathrooms and rewiring.

    The stable block in the garden was in a pretty poor state and wa ...     more ...
  • The Interior of the building
    The building was being used as a storage area for various things; garden tools, scaffolding, motorbikes and the like. Upstairs was fairly clear, although we could see that the supports for the roof were fairly rotten and they'd need to be replaced. The stairs were very unev ...     more ...
Preparing
Preparing(2 Articles )
Getting the insides ready
  • Digging
    First task was to lay the cables for water and electricity over to the building. We were also in the process of attaching the main house to the mains drainage so we were able to connect up the drains at the same time.

    This presented us with our first problem as it was ...     more ...
  • Laying the floor
    The floor of the building was a very thin layer of concrete laid directly onto the bare earth. In order to provide insulation against both water and the cold we laid a thick insulating layer of polystyrene followed by a strengthening grid and then concrete.

    This had the ...     more ...
The Outside
The Outside(5 Articles )
The walls, roof and windows
  • The Roof
    Replacing the roof was one of the major tasks of the build. Our original plan had been to replace the roof on the whole length of the building, but unfortunately after some of our other quotes had come in over estimate we lacked the funds to be able to do it all.

    The ori ...     more ...
  • The Rear Wall
    Our first major hiccup occured with the rear wall of the building. It was first brought to our attention by a note in our planning permission which stated that we must attend to the state of the rear wall. The building backs on to land owned by the CMPP (Centre Médico Psy ...     more ...
  • Windows
    All of the windows had to be replaced of course but we were keen to retain the openings as they were originally. Of course this meant that we had to have the windows custom-made as they just don't make them like that anymore!

    We also decided to keep the window frames mad ...     more ...
  • Outside Spaces
    The Gîte benefits from a covered games room and its own section of the garden. During construction this 'games room' was used as a storage area for the builders, as well as a place to retreat if the weather wasn't good enough to work outside. With a table and chairs in th ...     more ...
  • The front of the Gîte
    The outside (front) of the gîte was in a pretty good state. Apart from having to replace the windows and doors we've done little to the facade itself. Because we've raised the floor of the gîte however we have had to do a lot to the pathway.

    We've raised the outside b ...     more ...
The Interior
The Interior(5 Articles )
Fitting out the interior
  • Downstairs Walls & Ceiling
    With the floor laid and cabling in place the walls could be drylined and the ceiling could be put into place. We did consider the possibility of trying to keep the walls visible to add some character to the interior but because of the age of the stone, and the fact that the ...     more ...
  • Upstairs Walls & Ceiling
    Once the downstairs walls were complete it was time to move upstairs and get the walls and ceiling in there. We were very lucky to have some beautiful beams in the roof which we were keen to leave displayed. However when I managed to get upstairs shortly before the ceiling ...     more ...
  • Painting & Flooring
    With all the 'building' complete February saw the first coats of paint go on the walls upstairs and downstairs. We've gone for white as it will make the most of the light in the building, and it will allow to add 'accents' of colour with decorations.

    With painting comple ...     more ...
  • Kitchen and Electrics
    The space for the kitchen was clearly defined when the walls went up. It wasn't until late April 2011 that the first cabinets went in and it was then a rush to get out and buy all the equipment for it. We've gone for solid wood doors and worktops to keep the rustic feeling ...     more ...
  • Staircase
    We had to add stairs to the gîte as this part of the original building didn't have any stairs at all. Originally there were stairs in the games room (you can still see the mark on the wall) and then you could go through upstairs from one part to the other.

    With the ceil ...     more ...
Furnishing
Furnishing(1 Article )
The fun bit!
  • The final phase
    The builders finished around 4 months late (don't they always?) at the beginning of June. From then on it was a case of ordering all of the furnishings and fixtures as well as all the electrical items for the kitchen etc. We sourced much of the furniture in England (includ ...     more ...