The Moulinage

The Moulinage (a former silk factory) is situated next to the Auzène, a small river which was used to run the silk mill many years ago. The silk factory is no longer in use, but there are still remnants of the machinery which can be seen in the basement of the building. In the 19th century there were approximately 500 of these moulinages in the Ardeche, which was known for its silk culture and mulberry trees on whose leaves the silkworms fed. During the Second World War, the boom in silk production came to an abrupt end due to the development of cheaper man-made materials, such as rayon and nylon. This large building has been converted into four spacious gites for self catering accommodation: Papillon and Bobine (each 120 sq m), Filature (100 sq m) and Cocon (40 sq m). The thick walls of the building ensure that during the summer the gites are pleasantly cool and the many large windows provide a bright and cheerful atmosphere.