The beautiful Moulin des Comtes is located among the green hills of the French Auvergne region. The property, with its very rich and interesting history, is owned by Rob & Annemie van der Elst, Dutch entrepreneurs with a passion for the television programme “Ik vertrek”, the Dutch equivalent to BBC’s “Living in the Sun”. They also took that leap of faith and left their lives in the Netherlands behind.

Bienvenue à Moulin des Comtes

Welcome to Moulin des Comtes
It is late in the afternoon when we arrive at Viverols, a beautiful valley in the Auvergne. This destination is becoming more and more popular and we immediately see why. The unspoilt nature around us radiates a wonderful sense of peace. This is still the real and authentic France. The houses we pass on our way to Le Moulin des Comtes are typical of the region. For us, it feels like we’re travelling back in time, and it’s good. Very good indeed.

After a few twists and turns over typically tiny French country roads, we arrive at the entrance of the ‘Lieu dit’, or literally translated: hamlet. The sign ‘Le Moulin des Comtes’ tells us that we have reached our destination. We turn into the driveway, our expectations are high. The ‘Mill of the Counts’ no longer exists, but this does not take from what we are seeing.

Le Moulin des Comtes in Viverols is incredibly picturesque. We are immediately struck by the tranquillity of the place, although we cannot yet grasp as to why this is. After a very warm welcome from Rob and Annemie, we enter a spacious and attractive holiday home.

Inside, there are some lovely surprises waiting for us: The wood burner is burning and a bottle of wine awaits our attention. We put down our bags and admire the gorgeous and fully equipped accommodation. We are definitely going to enjoy our stay here, that’s for sure. The view is stunning and a delicious meal, prepared by Rob and Annemie, awaits us in the fridge.

Satisfied guests of Moulin des Comtes – September 2018


Gîte de L’eau

Holiday home De L’eau is a superb accommodation for 2. The lovely living room offers stunning views of the large back garden and the river. Inside, the authentic wood burner makes it warm and cosy. The kitchen has every modern convenience, as does the spacious bathroom. The bathroom is also stocked with complimentary locally produced biodegradable Abiessence beauty products. The large double bedroom completes the holiday home. Outside, you’ll find a private balcony and a patio with comfortable garden furniture.


Gîte des Graines

Our Des Graines cottage is a very spacious holiday home that sleeps four. The fantastic view and spacious patio at the front make this accommodation ideal for a family stay or a holiday with friends. The large kitchen and bathroom have sufficient amenities, and the bathroom is stocked with complimentary organic biodegradable Abiessence beauty products. Is it getting chilly outside? The charming living room with plenty of seating and a comfortably large dining table ensures quality time by the wood burner.

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Chambre d’hôtes

The expression Bed and Breakfast might not quite cover this extremely spacious double room. The giant bed looks out over the large garden of Moulin des Comtes. It also has a cheerful seating area with a mini-bar where you can relax with a glass of wine and a good book. The library just off the hall of the Bed and Breakfast has a large collection of novels and informative books in Dutch. The bathroom with its very roomy shower is stocked with complimentary Abiessence beauty products.


Surrounding area

There is so much to experience in the Auvergne. If peace and quiet are what you’re looking for, the forests and valleys are exactly what you need. You can walk for hours without meeting anyone.

If you enjoy a little more company and interaction, the local weekly markets and mediaeval towns are well worth visiting. There are also plenty of options for sports enthusiasts: crossing the valley by cable car, hot air balloon flights, and quad & buggy driving are very popular with our guests.

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Hot air ballooning

The only thing you hear is the wind and you get the best view ever of the beautiful Auvergne region.

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St. André

This gorgeous mediaeval town should not be missed. Have a walk around and go back in time!

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A motorbike tour along the windy roads of the green countryside of the Auvergne is highly recommended!

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Walking and hiking

Walk through the forests of the Auvergne for hours, and all you’ll meet are deer and foxes!

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The Auvergne has many villages and towns steeped in history and full of buildings from the Middle Ages.


“We kwamen voor 1 overnachting, het werden er 7!”

Ton (NL)

“Heerlijke plek in handen van heerlijke mensen”

Luc en Marleen België , (BE)

“Une adresse que l’on veut garder pour soi parce que je suis égoïste.”

joel , (FR)

“If you want delightful relaxation in the French countryside, Moulin des Comtes is the very place to be. Such a warm atmosphere and a wonderful holiday location. Thank you for looking after us so well!”

Niels van der Perk

“Reposant,chaleureux, et très dépaysant. Endroit magnifique en pleine nature.”

jean-louis , (FR)

“Séjour dans un gîte douillet au milieu d’une magnifique nature. Accueil souriant et généreux”

Isabelle , (FR)

“What an incredible location! Delightful accommodation and a very warm welcome. Deep in the countryside, in beautiful surroundings. A wonderful place for a really relaxed holiday!”

Martine Kruyning