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Beautiful old water mill in pretty Dordogne countryside

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 240 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A historic and unique holiday home in the Perigord Limousin National Park

Upper Floor:

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 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.

Please note that as the Moulin is surrounded by small streams it is not suitable for very young children (who cannot yet swim).

More Details

Property Manager
Harriet Matsaert
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, french, Spanish
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2017

About Harriet Matsaert

Harriet is an illustrator . She and her husband Frank live in Kenya where Frank runs a regional not-for-profit to boost economic development. We have three kids who love to come to France and enjoy the Mill every year!

Why Harriet Matsaert chose Dordogne

We fell in love with our house - the Moulin (Mill) de Connezac - when we visited our friend Barry Weightman who owned the Mill before us. Its an enchanting house packed full of spacious rooms, wonderful nooks and French charm. It has a wonderful garden complete with caves, mill streams, woods and lots of wildlife all in beautiful and unspoilt setting

What makes this house unique

You will love staying at the Mill if you are looking for peace and tranquillity in a beautiful environment and if you enjoy staying in a historic house full of character. It will particularly suit people who love to walk, cycle and canoe, nature lovers (we regularly meet deer and foxes on our evening walk around the lake). The magical garden, mill ponds and streams, games, books, bikes etc make this a great place for a family holiday.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Saint-Sulpice-de-Mareuil, France

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Recently renovated
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet , Ensuite to Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Main house has two full bathrooms. The First Bathroom has just been completely modernized in 2012 with power shower and new fittings.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Second bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 4 single bed , Children's Bedroom
  • Main house sleeps eight comfortably.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house has a conservatory, with sofa and chairs, complete with beautiful views of the back meadow and river. It also has a Library with a Television, DVD player, books and comfortable sofas. Parents of young children should recognize that there are small streams and a lake around the house, which could be a danger to a very small child if unsupervised.


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Beautiful old water mill in pretty Dordogne countryside
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about the Moulin. This is my only experience where pictures don't do it justice. We stayed for a month and honestly we were in tears when it came to leaving. It's absolutely idyllic for relaxing, tranquility, sightseeing, everything one wants to do on holiday. If I have the opportunity, I'd come back in a heartbeat, no hesitation whatsoever.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonnie, very glad you enjoyed your time here, please come back again next year!
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Beautiful old house in an amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here and wished we could have stayed longer. The house is in an amazing spot, peaceful and secluded but within a short cycle ride of the nearest village and shop. The mill is full of character but has been beautifully renovated. The kitchen is huge, and really well equipped and we enjoyed lots of family meals there. The owners provide everything you could need for a great family holiday and were very accommodating on the run up to our stay. We couldn't have wished for a better place to spend a week in the Dordogne - there is plenty to do in the area, but if you want to relax, then the house and gardens are a perfect spot to do just that. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gill it was a real pleasure to host you and your party and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are also delighted that you enjoyed the bikes we provided! We would love to welcome you back and we will offer you a discount for any repeat booking. We're planning on opening up some additional space this next year so the house should look even better and offer additional facilities. Please tell your friends about the Moulin and thanks once again for your kind words. We take customer feedback very seriously.
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un hâvre de paix en pleine nature

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable en famille, la maison est vaste et permet à chacun de trouver sa place.L'ensemble est très bien équipé, que ce soit pour l'intérieur ou l'extérieur, on ne manquait de rien.Cette maison de caractère a plusieurs atoûts ,les pièces sont spacieuses et le jardin très agréable (écureuils lézards, canards, chouettes et de multiples oiseaux nous ont tenus compagnie).Les environs permettent des ballades à pied ou en vélo.Et nous avons particulièrement apprécié l'eau et les arbres qui entourent et traversent la maison,ce que apportaient de la fraicheur pendant les fortes chaleurs , nous avons eu 15 jours de soleil total, le rève ! L'acceuil par Peter et Elma était très sympathique et souriant, nous avions demandé le repas d'accueil confectionné par Elma, c'était pas cher ,copieux et délicieux.Bref une adresse à retenir absolument pour les vacances.

Corinne , Eric, Ambre ,Jade, Alick,Dorothée,Baptiste et Camille

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large well cared for home in valley by a stream

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely and charming house and grounds

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Saint-Sulpice-de-Mareuil, France

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season Summer 2017
18 Jun 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017 Rate
4 Sep 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low season 2017-2018
31 Oct 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018 Rate
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018 Rate
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$194.47
Damage Deposit A$405.15

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 £900 and for the third week to £800. 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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