About Us

Hi, my name is Sue Baines and I am the super lucky person who lives at Le Moulin de Merault all year round. I arrived here in December 2013 and immediately began work updating and refurbishing the little cottage next door to my house with the aim of bringing it back to life and creating a beautiful, comfortable holiday cottage with the wow factor! It has been a true labour of love and I am very proud of the results. I named it Weeping Willow Cottage in honour of the beautiful willows that grow around our carp fishing lake and I have tried to surround it in flowers and greenery that reflect the peaceful, rural setting.

I live here with my own private zoo! Perhaps this is a reflection of my years in Kenya, where I lived and worked as a teacher…….though the animals here are rather smaller than the Kenyan ones….and friendlier

The Team!

About Us | Meet Rory at our French Rural Retreat

Ready to go!

  • Founder member of my ‘team’ and Head of Security, is Rory, my beautiful Bernese Mountain dog who is affectionate and very gentle despite his massive size
  • Ruby is Cavalier King Charles spaniel. A little darling who is the team meeter and greeter with the waggiest tail you will ever encounter!
  •  Slippers and Snoopy and Daisy, my three cats, live in the barn and are in charge of rodent control! They are  very clean and friendly.
  • Stand up (and sit-down!) comedians, my ducks live on Duck Island in the Quack House!!!
  • My four Sussex chickens live around the back near the orchard. You are welcome to collect eggs!

Finally, my carp. There are about 100 fish in the lake. Mirror Carp, Common Carp, the rarer Wild Carp as well as Roach and Tench. They are in excellent condition and live a contented, well fed life in a very natural environment. Their job is to entertain our guests which they do with ease. A couple of hours fishing, or just sitting and watching them from the terrace or the lakeside lawn is a constant source of enjoyment to everyone who visits us.

We hope to welcome you to Weeping Willow Cottage very soon!


2 thoughts on “About Us

  • Hi Sue!

    It’s been a long time! I really like seeing your updates. I thought I’d messages as we’re looking for where we (me, Tracy and Billy, then 2) have holiday 11th to 22nd June and are looking for 10 days away somewhere. I thought of Weeping Willow and wondered if there’s any availability? Good for a 2 year old? Things to do around and about?

    Love to hear how you’re doing.


  • Hi Matt
    Nice to hear from you.
    Sorry I only just found this message! Can’t find an email address for you so will hope this message arrives but will also contact you on Facebook.
    It would be great to see you here! Yes lots of guests have brought under fives here it’s a great place for them. Lots to do. Huge grounds. Also great locally. Very easy, quiet roads, kids welcome everywhere.
    I am very booked up but have had a cancellation due to ill health from some regulars to currently have availability 13-27 June, so could do 13-22 June. It’s you so mates rates!
    That would be 9 nights, normally cost £540 take extra 10% off =£486 so make it £480. Includes everything.
    Be great to meet your family!

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