The Windmill of 'La Falaise'

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MOULIN DE LA FALAISE (windmill)
Dating from the 16th century, the Moulin de la Falaise is a small “petit-pied” style windmill on the hills of Guérande, and known as the Sainte-Espérance Windmill. In 1925 it was dismantled by a fan of windmills and rebuilt identically in on its present site on the Falaise dune. Later, the windmill was left derelict for a number of years and even lost its roof and structure in a fire in 1978.
Now it has  been  renovated, and the windmill is surrounded by a natural area inhabited by hundreds of rare species of wild orchids and a wide range of fauna.
 

BUCKWHEAT FLOUR

Buckwheat is the only cereal that does not belong  to  the grass family (barley, wheat, oats, etc. ). It is a member of the polygonaceae family and grows on poor, cold, siliceous land. It is gluten-free and is highly appreciated today.
Buckwheat is an annual plant growing from 80 to 120 centimetres high, with a reddish stalk, slender heart-shaped leaves and a large number of white or pink flowers
 

HOW THE WINDMILL WORKS

In 1990, the windmill underwent a complete renovation, which was completed in 1992, with strict respect for the original architecture. The sails were replaced by the town in 2012 and the canvas in 2015.
The windmill is made of granite stone and the roof    is covered in chestnut wood tiles. The surprising traditional mechanism is still used today by a miller  to transform the organic buckwheat grains into buckwheat flour, which is sold on site
 

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE

Put 250 g of organic buckwheat flour from the windmill in a bowl with a pinch of fleur de sel and an egg. Stir together and add 70 cl of water little by little, stirring the dough to make it as smooth as possible. Continue stirring energetically with a wooden spoon until it is nice and smooth.
Set aside to rest.
Before making the pancakes, add some water if necessary.
 

VISIT THE MOULIN DE LA FALAISE

The miller welcomes visitors whenever the canvas sails are deployed:

  • During the Easter holidays: every afternoon from Monday to Saturday and on public holidays.
  • July and August: every day from 10 a.m. to 12 and 2 to 6 p.m., except Sundays. Last visit at 5.30 p.m.
  • Groups (minimum 10 people) are welcome all the year round by appointment.
For all other periods, don’t hesitate to contact the Tourist
Office. Visit : €3. Free for children under 12. Buckwheat flour of Brittany : €2.50/500g and €5/kg
 
Clasification, Labels, Chains
  • Labels and Brands :
    • Petite Cité de Caractère de Bretagne-quaint, historical village/town of Loire Atlantique
Information
  • Visit/Heritage :
    • Windmill
    • Heritage (castles, monuments, megaliths)
  • Kind of visits :
    • Guided visit
    • Visit at your leisure
  • Nationwide Event :
    • Takes part in les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine
Equipment & Services
  • On Site Services :
    • Free parking
Accessibility
  • Disabled Acess :
    • No accessible for people with reduced mobility
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Moulin de la Falaise
Route de Saint-Nudec
44740
BATZ SUR MER
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 47.28115
Longitude : -2.49543
  • Geographical Location :
    • Distance from a bus stop 0.2 km
    • Distance from the railway station 1 km
    • Distance from the shops 0.6 km
    • Distance from the beaches 0.5 km
    • Distance from the coast 0.5 km
    • Distance from the town centre 1 km
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The Windmill of 'La Falaise'
Route de Saint-Nudec
44740
BATZ SUR MER
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