|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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 an outdoor dining table and chairs and loungers with cushions. 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.
We had a lovely 5 days stay at the mill in late August. We spent the days visiting the local markets of which there are many, going for a canoe on the river and enjoying the countryside around the mill on the bikes that they provide and on foot. The mill itself is very comfortable and 6 of us fit in it with plenty of space to spare. The kitchen lends itself to cooking some great family meals and we used the bbq on 3/4 occasions. I went for a dip in the 'pool' after a run which although v cold was very refreshing! All in all a great stay and we will be back.
We had a lovely stay at the Moulin for the last week of June 2014. The property is well appointed and very spacious as are the lawns. Our children were fascinated by the stream that runs through the middle of it. The owners and the care takers ensured all our needs were met and were very pleasant to deal with. Although this area of the Dordogne was less touristed, that was a huge part of its charm. We managed to see all major sites we wished to further afield as well as take in the beauty of the neighbouring towns such as Brantôme and Périgueux. We enjoyed seeing this region feature in the recent 2014 Tour de France back home in Australia!
We stayed 10 nights. The house is spacious, lovely, and tastefully appointed. Each room has its own character. The grounds enclose the house in a green, water-filled space. It's amazing having the mill stream (with a small waterfall) bisect the house between the kitchen/informal dining room (a large comfortable remodeled space) and the formal dining room. There is also a den (they call it a library) and a solarium (they call it a conservatory) downstairs.
The upstairs is also large. The newest bathroom, which is in the hall next to the second bedroom, is a marvel, sort of a Zen space with a French window and shutters that somehow works aesthetically. The second bedroom is one of the smaller rooms, but that's only because the other rooms are so large. The master (descending a few stairs from the hall) is huge, and like the kitchen and formal dining room, runs from the front to the back of the house. You descend a few more stairs to get to the master bath, which, although not as spiffy as the new bath, is quite adequate. I wish more American bathrooms had bidets (we used it to soak our feet).
Despite the high quality of appointments and equipment in the house, it feels lived in and comfortable. Peter and Elma, the caretakers, are pretty much always available by phone if you have questions about the house or the area.
Be sure to try Le Petit Restaurant (Peter and Elma's recommendation), a first-class restaurant in a nearby village. The cuisine is as good as some fine restaurants in Paris. Also, if you get down to Aubeterre, go to Crepes de la Sources, which has far more than just crepes and where we had an outstanding lunch. Closer to home is L'Olive Noire (in Mareuil) - excellent pizza made by one of the two owners and very reasonably priced.
Lots of stuff to do in the area. I heartily recommend Brantome, St. Jean-de-Cole, les Grottes de Villars, the Chateau de Puyguilhem (near Villars and the caves), Bourdeilles (magnificent chateau and scary castle tower), as well as lovely walks right in the area of the house (one is just on the other side of the back garden).
We had unseasonably rainy and cool weather much of the time, but if you have to be occasionally (we still managed to get out quite a bit) stuck inside because of rain, the moulin is a wonderful place to be stuck.
Genuinely lovely house, with lots of great features. The rushing water of the mill-stream, swimming in the mill pond, lovely garden for kids to rush about in, and surrounding villages and towns offering loads to do - this really is a great base for a stay in the Dordogne.
Kitchen area is huge and excellently fitted out, and lounge areas are very comfortable, all retaining great French character. It's a real family home, and a very relaxing place to be. Loved it.
You couldn't really ask for a better family base for exploring the Dordogne. Located in beautiful countryside, on a stream, the house is huge, tastefully restored and well equipped. There is masses to do in the local area, the owners were very helpful and we will definitely book again.
Le Moulin de Connezac is a house that has the charm of centuries of history, whilst equiped with all the amenities you expect of a modern house. Each room in the house has its own atmosphere, and if you like cooking (as we do) the beautifully big kitchen is equiped with all you need. You can sit outside inner garden enclosed by little streams, or by the natural swimming pool on the other side and enjoy the weather and the birds in the garden. The area is close to a natural conservancy, and there are many interesting birds to spot (such as the almost-resident black woodpecker and the honeybird hovering overhead).
From the mill, we undertook many day-trips in the neighbourhood. This side of the Dordogne is less-travelled than some areas more to the south, so the sites were never too crowded.
If you are looking for a quiet but comfortable place to wind-down from a busy city-life, you will love the Moulin de Connezac!
The house is located midway between Perigeux and Angouleme in a conservation area with oak, chestnut woods full of deer, wild boar and red squirrels. There are many lovely walks and cycle rides in the vicinity. 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 and the beautiful towns of Brantome, Perigeux, Nontron, Riberac, Verteilac, Bourdeilles, and the city of Angouleme nearby. There are regular local markets, producers night markets where you buy supper and eat in the open air in the summer and truffle markets in the winter.
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, lake swimming beaches, horse riding, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, go-carting available in the area. The regional art centre (pole des arts) which is host regular exhibitions and art classes is located in Nontron (17km away).
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
1 Oct 2014 - 31 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
|Notes||We have sliding scale of payment for guests who stay longer than a week in high season. For the second week the rate is reduced to £800 and for the third week to £750. Please note there is a £100 cleaning charge. This is a single payment to cover the cost of washing sheets and tidying up when you leave. A hot meal, prepared by our caretakers is available on arrival. Ask us for details.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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