A restored former papermaker and flour mill, now hosts a living paper museum in an idyllic setting.
On the banks of the Sèvre Nantaise river, this example of local “Clissonnais” architecture has continued to make paper since the 19th century. This 15th-century water mill, originally built to make flour, was transformed into a paper mill in the early 19th century, and completed by a two-storey brick drying room with round arched openings atop pillars that are reminiscent of Italian loggias. This paper mill, which has since been rehabilitated, paddle wheel and all, is a living workshop where you can make your own paper and try printing.
Nearby is the Bois de Buis : a protected natural area within the department, and home to boxwood trees – a Mediterranean species found nowhere else in the Loire-Atlantique region.
A social space revolving around art and ecology (shared studios, a boutique-gallery, a community café…).More information
Le Liveau 44190 Gorges
How to get there?
Open daily from 17 February to 3 November.
Guided tours (in French only) at 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm (7 days a week) (depending on the season)
All tours are guided and include handmade paper.
Approximate duration 1 hour
Open on public holidays
Free for PASS Nantes holders
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4€ children and reduced rates
free up to 3 years
Disability parking. Guide recommended for the pedestrian path between the parking and the reception of the Mill for people in wheelchair. Access is on the river floor, from the bottom of the mill
Non-accessible : waterwheel