The Tourist Office advisers and professional guides will show you the history, the mechanism and the secrets of the Falaise mill. Due to the health crisis, the capacity of the mill is limited to 10 visitors in addition to the guide until further notice. The production of flour is not carried out.
Visits until 5 November:
Every day except Monday and Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.
Open in the morning only on 3 November. Closed on Tuesday 2 November.
Outside school holidays (May, June, September, October):
Weekends at 10:30, 11:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30.
Ticket office on site, route de Saint-Nudec. Wearing a mask is compulsory from 11 years old. Health pass required.
Dating from the 16th century, the Moulin de la Falaise is an old "petit-pied" mill on the Guérande hillside, known as the Sainte-Espérance mill. It was dismantled by a mill lover and rebuilt identically in 1925 at its current location on the Falaise Dune. It was then abandoned for several years and even lost its roof and frame in a fire in 1978. Today, the Mill is surrounded by a natural area to be rediscovered where hundreds of rare species of wild orchids and a wide variety of fauna nest.
In 1990, it underwent a complete renovation which was completed in 1992, strictly respecting the original architecture. The wings were acquired by the city in 2012 and the canvas in 2015. Built in granite cut stone, its roof is made of chestnut wood tiles. Its amazing old-fashioned mechanism is still used today by a miller to transform organic buckwheat grain into organic buckwheat flour.
Buckwheat is the only cereal that does not belong to the grass family (barley, wheat, oats, etc.). It belongs to the polygonaceae family and grows on poor, cold, siliceous soils. Gluten-free, it is nowadays highly sought after. It is an annual plant, 80 to 120 centimetres high, with a reddish stem, tapering heart-shaped leaves and numerous white or pink flowers.
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