The Mill has three spacious bedrooms, suitable for up to 8 people. The master bedroom is the former grain storage and milling area. With oak beams and a four poster bed and en-suite bathroom, it spans the house, with large windows looking out out on woods and waterways on both sides. The second double bedroom room features a stone fireplace and traditional stone cupboard. The third bedroom, the 'childrens' room' has room for four, and again features a large fireplace and original oak floors. A new bathroom has been installed with a great shower and a view on the river.
Downstairs: There is a large and recently installed open plan kitchen / living room that opens onto the back terrace and meadow of the Mill. This is the heart of the house. There is a big family table, a comfortable sofa, window seats looking over the river, shelves of books about the area and a well equipped kitchen. Adjoining this room is a library with television, DVD player and cupboard full of board games, that leads in turn to the conservatory. This is a nice place to sit in the evenings or when the weather is bad. Off the kitchen is a music room, with a more formal dining table and sofa. This is a cool quiet room where we often keep a jigsaw puzzle on the go! In addition there is a utility room / cave with 2 washing machines and a tumble drier. There is a downstairs toilet.
Garden & Other Buildings:
The beauty of the Mill is that you are surrounded by water. The small river and mill stream run around the side and under the house. The garden includes an 'island' lawn looking out on the local château, caves, a small lake and wood. There is a barn where we keep bicycles and a smaller mill. The Mill pond is deep enough for a refreshing swim and the small rivers and mill streams are fun for paddling and looking for 'treasure'.
The local bakery which also stocks basic food items (as well as being a great source of info about everything going on in the area!) is a short walk or bike ride away in the nearby village of St Sulpice de Mareuil. The house is in a conservation area (see www.parc-naturel-perigord-limousin.fr) with oak, chestnut and pine woods: home of badgers, foxes, deer, otters and kingfishers. There are many lovely walks in the vicinity and we have lots of maps and guide books available in the mill.
The Dordogne is one of the richest historical areas in France. There are 4,000 châteaux in the Dordogne complete with medieval jousting, archery and games, with the beautiful towns of Brantome, Perigeux, Nontron, Riberac, Verteilac, Bourdeiles, and the city of Angouleme nearby.
There are also numerous prehistoric caves, such as the world famous caves at Lascaux and brilliant crystal caves at Le Grand Roc. There is canoeing, horse riding, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, go-carting available in the area. If this is too much for you, just enjoy eating out or wandering through the area’s numerous markets and vineyards where you can enjoy some of the world’s best food.
We have a comprehensive guide to the area at the Mill so you can make the most of your stay. There are bicycles in the barn (for 2 adults and 3 children) which you are welcome to borrow.