“The heritage hamlet of Moulin de Quanteraine is cocooned by nature and wrapped in its own time capsule.”
“Original farm and mill buildings, privately tenanted, offer a glimpse of life in a working mill hamlet.”
“Situated at the lower level of Silbe Nature Reserve (La Société) the meadow brook turns into a veritable raging torrent during wet winter months.”
Le Moulin de Quanteraine
Dating from the 16th century, Le Moulin de Quanteraine is a unique complex of farm dwellings and a mill-wheel, one of two now functioning on the Island. Picturesque throughout the year, time seems to stand still at Le Moulin de Quanteraine with just the sound of bird song to enjoy. A hidden gem.
Well worth seeking out, this small hamlet was acquired in 1989 in a bequest from Elizabeth Silten with her express wish that the mill-wheel be reconstructed to resemble the wheel that had formerly existed at the premises. The main house, ‘Le Moulin’, was expertly restored by the Trust’s ﬁrst tenant and the two adjoining dwellings were also privately let. On the opposite side of the domestic properties, is a ﬁne large 19th century barn restored by the Trust and conserving the original apple crusher and cider press within.
The mill-wheel has been repaired three times, most recently in 2020, with major works undertaken by students at the College of Further Education, reﬂecting the Trust’s commitment to the preservation of traditional crafts. Mrs Silten had also donated an adjoining ﬁeld to La Société Guernesiaise, which has owned the Silbe Nature Reserve in the Quanteraine Valley since 1975.
In 2015, the Trust constructed a magniﬁcent granite cobbled water ford at the entrance to Le Moulin de Quanteraine to alleviate occasional ﬂooding in this low valley setting.
Picturesque throughout the year, time seems to stand still at Le Moulin de Quanteraine. Map Reference P
Terrain: Moderate. Lanes descending into and up from valley
Distance: On average, about three miles
How to find us
Perry's guide: 20D5 | GPS 49.439500, -2.640942
Bus routes: 61