TerraceFireplace


Entire home/flat

10 Guests

4 Bedrooms

12 Beds


Entire home/flat

10 Guests

4 Bedrooms

12 Beds

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About this listing

Get back to where you can relax in a natural forest with rivers and wild gardens alongside grass courts for games and sunbathing. More castles than anywhere in France per square mile - the best food in Europe, fresh and abundant. Book early!


The space
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 12
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £13 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: £53
Security Deposit: £134
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: £89 / night
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Description

The space

This former mill set in idyllic surroundings is the perfect place to get away to find tranquility and peace. For fishing on the L'Isle river or watching stars in one of the clearest skies in Europe this is the right place to be. Enough space for three couples and 4 children this mill dating back to before 1790 offers a retreat to nature in the middle of a large wooded part of France. The kitchen has a four ring gas cooker, two fridges, microwave, washing machine and enough items for self-catering for up to 10 people. Three bedrooms on the first floor with double beds in each and on the 2nd floor attic space an open plan style area ideal for children with various toys and games to amuse.

A rustic style means everything is here that you need but it is not five star so those wishing to have clinical conditions should book in the Hyatt. A mixture of old and new furniture throughout the house gives it a curiosity which many guests find attractive and amusing. Hot and cold water with lots of pressure and three toilets, two bathrooms with two showers and one bath and a well stocked laundry cupboard provides most people with all the things needed to stay fresh and smiling. The river has been certified for swimming and the lake has been filled with water flowing over the weir for the past three years. In times of serious drought there is still water flowing under the house - this building has lasted three hundred years and will remain so, well after most of the rest of the world's recent buildings have disappeared :-)

A sandy beach jut three kilometres away with lifeguard is free to all with facilities for eating and showers. A larger than one metre telescope can be viewed and used by those who are competent at a site nearby which is ideal for stargazing due to the very clear skies of the Dordogne. Caves with the first ever created art drawings of horses and other animals are just 15km away, and the world famous Lascaux caves, an hour's drive away.

The area is regarded as the supreme location for specialities, fois gras and truffels, a wealth of good food and even the French regard the Dordogne as THE area in France for those who require the very best. The weekly market in Thiviers sells anything from seafood (three hours from Bordeaux) to local cheeses and mushrooms offering something to suit all tastes. Needless to say local restaurants offer excellent meals starting at 10€ with no limit at the top end. The French cuisine is world famous and this is where they come to taste the best.

For those who enjoy a glass of excellent wine - where else would you choose to go? Prices are especially attractive for those from the UK - test it here and then take a crate home with you!

You will need a car to get around, but there are four large supermarkets less than 6km away opening from 8 until 19:00.

In the extensive grounds there are numerous gardens in which to dream or watch the stars. An area for badminton with net is popular with guests - work off the calories you gained the night before or just walk up into the forests all around the property and catch sight of the amazing variety of animals, otters, buzzards and kingfishers. Guests are continually listing all the creatures they sighted in and around the grounds of this ancient oasis.

The Isle river has been a source of gold and the annual weight of gold found is 6 tonnes. A course in gold prospecting can be booked with an instructor but this is given in French.

A hi-speed train from Paris to Limoges and then a local 40 minute train will get you to Thiviers - just click on the link and you will be set to shrug off the city blues. :-)

Guest access

Sunbathing, swimming in fresh streams and rivers. Starry skies with some of the clearest skies in Europe. The barn and a small wild garden is restricted access only. Washing machine, microwave, wood stove and stereo system with speakers inside and out at your disposal.

Interaction with guests

If previously agreed I can be available to meet guests, maintain freshly cut grass, provide wood supplies for the stove, supervise kids, do shopping, cooking or any other services required. An inflatable boat and bicycles can also be provided at agreed additional cost.

The neighbourhood

On the edge of the Limousine Park, the house is set in a wooded private valley giving guests peace and quiet, time to relax and unwind from the stress of city life. Guests comment that this is the only place they get a real night's sleep, where they can forget about the rest of the world while enjoying the pleasures of nature in a cosy and secluded, safe and silent paradise.

Getting around

The closest public transport is 6 kilometres away, a local train station with daytime departures every 30 minutes to major cities, Limoges and Perigueux. Parking in the grounds is shaded from the sun but not covered. The Limoges airport is 45 minutes away. Hire cars are recommended.

Other things to note

Internet wifi was added in October 2015. There are various sporting activities offered by locals such as 24km distant Base de loisurs de Rouffiac - wakeboarding and wakeskating. Canueing is in Brantome - a 35km drive away. Golf in Perigueux, 35km and tennis just 2km away in Nanthiat village. Horseriding on the road to Jumiliac le Grand 10km away.


Some guests may refuse to leave and feel addicted to the lifestyle, particularly if the stay is as long as two weeks or more and if they are of school age.

Booking periods are centred around Saturdays in July and August to ease changeovers.


House Rules
Check-in is after 4PM

All breakages are to be reported. Finds in the Isle river, superior to one gram of gold are to be registered with the owner.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

12 Reviews


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Fatih User Profile
July 2016
Clive is such a special guy that we love him and really like to get his stories.Hope to see him again in the future.
Clive User Profile
Response from Clive:
Yes Fatih, I am here, and you are welcome at any time. Airbnb thanks for letting me make new friends!
July 2016

Mariama User Profile
January 2016
The house is lovely and in a very nice area. Clive tried to organise everything for us to have the best experience and was responsive when we faced some issues. Be aware that there is no phone network at all in the house but Clive let the guests use his landline for convinience.
Clive User Profile
Response from Clive:
Thanks for your comments Mariama. That is correct - there is no mobile phone reception in the house but the landline gives a free service to all landlines around the world from Australia, China, Japan, all of Europe and the Americas. I hope that this is compensation for people not being able to reach you on your mobile phones in the house - you are on holiday - you get peace and quite with no distractions. As the internet works in and around the house you can sit on your paddle boat mailing and ing to whoever is online - without incurring any additional costs. Guests are trusted not to call to mobile phones from the house since these I have to pay for. Free.fr is the phone/internet provider and I am very happy with their service. Glad you appreciated the house and grounds and hope to get another booking in the future Mariama!
January 2016

Mathilde User Profile
June 2014
Very good experience. warm welcome. Clean. Great place to take a deep breath of fresh and natural air !

Géraldine User Profile
August 2016
Ce lieu est fidèle a la description de Clive, la nature est le maitre mot de watermill. La proximité de la rivière apporte fraîcheur, verdure et cliquetis de l'eau qui s'écoule. Clive a été très présent sur le site cette semaine avec ses visites quasi quotidiennes pour répondre a nos besoins et entretenir au mieux les lieux. Le jardin notamment est très beau et l'herbe fraîchement coupée. On pourra regretter le manque de mobilier de jardin pour profiter au maximum de ce petit paradis extérieur. L'intérieur de la maison allie effectivement mobilier ancien et plus récent. L'état de propreté est correct. La cuisine est assez petite pas toute récente dans son installation mais fonctionnelle comme décrite dans l'annonce. Le chat de Clive sera votre allié, c'est le gardien de la maison toujours en chasse des animaux présents sur son territoire comme les loirs, il sera le garant du silence de vos nuits. Enfin, le plan d'eau a quelques kilomètres avec sa plage de sable a été plébiscité par nos enfants. C'est un espace surveillé où les pique niques sont les bienvenus. Pour conclure, vous embarquez a watermill pour une période nature et comme le dit Clive "si vous recherchez le Hyatt à la campagne, cette adresse n'est pas pour vous"

Emelie User Profile
July 2016
Vi trivdes jättebra vid le Moulin de Madame och kan varmt rekommendera en vistelse här. Husets har ett unikt läge vid floden och trädgården är jättestor. Clive var verkligen mån om att vi skulle ha det bra. Han gav oss tips på saker att göra i området och ordnade till och med en sandlåda till vår lilla dotter.

Frédéric User Profile
August 2015
Lieu inoubliable, perdu au fin fond du Périgord vert. Lieu idéal pour échanger, se retrouver en profitant du luxe qu'offre la perte du réseau cellulaire et internet. Le lieu permet d'accueillir une grande famille dans les meilleures conditions. Clive que nous n'avons pas rencontré a suivi à distance notre séjour, de l'installation au départ. Beaucoup de goût dans l'aménagement qui nous amène rapidement à se considérer comme chez soi. Mais il faut trop vite quitter le lieu et revenir à la réalité. Bravo pour la mise en valeur de ce magnifique moulin.

Frédéric User Profile
August 2015
Une très belle expérience dans un lieu hors du temps aménagé avec beaucoup de goût. Le site est isolé et les ondes téléphoniques et internet ne viennent pas contrarier l'isolement. La région offre de nombreuses possibilités. Un lieu que je recommande chaleureusement. Notre hôte a été très attentif en amont avant notre arrivée et pendant le séjour. Les explications sur l'environnement proche et la région sont très complètes et très soignées. Nous avons eu beaucoup de mal à quitter ce lieu unique. Bravo Clive.

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Clive User Profile

I am from Ireland and have an honours degree in physics and economics, masters degree in art and was a scientific researcher in the department of artificial intelligence in Tokyo University. I have worked as a television news cutter, teacher, truck driver, gardner, cleaner and manage any job necessary to keep people happy! I am interested in permaculture and am building my own centre in France.
My company, Stewart Projections Limited located in Duesseldorf Germany, makes documentary films.

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