Rural watermill to let in Dordogne village - AD004466_A

Busserolles, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004466_A Advertiser since: 29 December 2015

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Cascade Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Watermill in 7 Acres of Woods/Meadows with Pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

La Cascade, with it's spacious and bright open plan living/dining area, with views over the woods and waterfall, has been tastefully renovated with exposed beams and original stonework giving you a real sense of history whilst feeling comfortable and modern.
There is a wood burning stove for cosy nights in with a glass of wine and a movie and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher and all the equipment you need for a traditional home cooked meal around the large dining table.
A  furnished private terrace and bbq is located on the sunniest side of the Gite, lending itself to sunbathing and relaxing with a good book or dining al fresco.
Perfect for a large family, two families or a group of friends traveling together, this gîte has three large bedrooms in total. The master bedroom is on the ground floor with its own shower and toilet and on the first floor there are a further two double rooms arranged as twins, with a shower and toilet.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is open-plan to the dining area as is traditional in rural France as the preparing and cooking of meals is very much a social occasion here.

There are stunning views across the river to the meadow and direct access to the sun-terrace making it easy to choose to dine in the sunshine at any time of day.

There are two dining tables for six people, one on the terrace and one in the kitchen-diner over-looking the river and meadow.

Kitchen Equipment:
Gas Oven & Hob
Full size Dishwasher
BBQ tools

Living rooms

The open-plan living area is light and airy with a three seater sofa, leather armchairs, footstools, coffee table, woodburner, tv dvd player and direct access to the rear Sun Terrace.
The entire ground floor is tiled throughout making it cool in the warm summer months.

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The ground floor Master Bedroom has a traditional French double bed, en suite shower room with sink and mirror and views over the waterfall.
There is a wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside tables with lamps.

On the first floor there is an area to relax and take a step back from the hubbub downstairs with a sofa, bookcase and skylight, lending itself to reading, surfing the net, or getting a little work done if it can't all be left at home!

The first twin bedroom is light and airy with high ceilings and beams, traditional wooden single beds, double wardrobe, bedside tables with draws and a Juliette Balcony enjoying views to the pool.

The second twin bedroom is also light and airy with high ceilings, beams and a skylight. It is furnished with traditional wooden single beds, triple wardrobe and bedside table.

Both bedrooms share a Shower-room with toilet and sink.


The ground floor Master bedroom has an en suite shower room, with walk-in shower, tiled floors, heated towel rail, wash-basin and mirror.

The first floor bathroom has a shower, toilet, wash-basin, mirror, tiled floor and heated towel rail.

There is a separate toilet and wash-basin on the ground floor.


The main living area has a traditional french wood burner for cosy nights in.

Each bedroom has electric wall radiators and both bathrooms have heated towel rails though these are rarely necessary in the summer months.

There is an electric boiler in the loft that provides constant hot water.


In the living area there is a flat screen tv with English satellite Freeview channels available as well as a USB input if you would like to bring your own holiday movie selection with you and a separate dvd player.

In the shared games room there are traditional/family board-games as well as a full-size ping-pong table, table football and a collection of outdoor games and equipment including boules, badminton, football, rustic golf and cricket.

The wi-fi at La Cascade is free and should connect automatically to your devices.

Garden and outside

There is a private sun-terrace with outdoor dining area, bbq and garden seating overlooking the waterfall and river below.
The gite occupies a stunning rural position within 7 acres of naturally landscaped garden and woodland beside a small river with gentle waterfall. As well as the large fenced 65m2 swimming pool there are woodlands that are ideal for exploring or building dens as well as two paddocks that are ideal for ball games, a sand pit and swing or hours of adventure in the stream paddling or trying to catch fish.

Parking and garages

The gites are located down a private road about 300m from the village where there is a dedicated private car park for guests.

Arrival and departure parking is available next to the gite for guests convenience.

Visitor suitability

Part of a converted 17th century water mill, La Cascade makes an ideal spot to get away from it all and really relax with family and friends. Popular with ramblers, cyclists, car enthusiasts (Circuit des Remparts 19th-21st September) artists, writers, music lovers ( Fete de la Musique 21st June) wine-tasters, foodies (Bastille day 14th July), golfers (international course approx 12kms away), tennis players (local municipal court just down the road), walkers/hikers, bird-watchers and lovers of the natural world.

The gite nestles into the hillside at the top of the waterfall with steps leading down to the games room and arrival/departure parking area and to the swimming pool that is set into the hillside above.

Information about any additional facilities

My family (2 young kids) have spent two wonderful weeks here. The "cottage" is amazing in space, décor and lighting. It has a great terrace where you look right out at the trees and the river that flows past slowly. You hear the sound of the water and next to the sounds of birds you can hear basically nothing but peace...The owners are friendly and very helpful and have good thinking about staying with kids: there are a lot of toys, stair gates, baby chair and cot. Playing in the garden and forest is a paradise for children, the river is only 20 cm deep so pretty safe, with fish and frogs. What more could you want as parents ;-) Jurgen V R, 13/09/16

We stayed in August 2015 for two completely stress-free & relaxing weeks.
The accommodation is excellent, the welcome warm, and the environment enchanting. Plenty to do and see in the area, we particularly enjoyed the lake swimming, fishing and food at St Estephe lake.
Highly recommended - Rich, Sue and Kids 31/08/15


  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Vétérinaires Ladrat Lesimple SCP Route de Piégut, 24300 Nontron, France +33 5 53 56 00 83


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Piegut
Distance: 9 km

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater river and lake fishing
Name of nearest fishing location: Fishing is available onsite and at various rivers and lakes nearby

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: International Golf de La Preze
Distance: 12 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Circuit de Busserolles

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Within driving distance of St Emilion, Bergerac, Cognac
Distance: 130 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Robert Sleep

We moved to the beautiful northern Dordogne to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life in order to start a family and we now have two daughters under two!

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? Having visited this area to stay for family holidays we knew it combined a perfect balance of long hot summer weather with lush green country side and all the joys of experiencing the changing seasons. All this within an easy days drive of the UK or a short 1.5hr flight.
Unique benefits of property Our property offers so many things we could only ever dream of in the UK. Being a converted watermill we have a stream with small waterfall running through our grounds which is overlooked by each of the properties from their private sun terrace's. Within our 7 acres we then also have a pool, the space for two paddocks (perfect for ball games), separated by the stream with bridges for pooh sticks/duck races, woodland for exploring or making dens as well as foot/cycle paths starting on our doorstep. We are 300m from the nearest bakers and restaurant/bar, in our very active village and surrounded by lots of fantastic restaurants, action activities (kayaking, Go-Karts, high rope courses etc), markets, day trips (caves, museum, zoo, wine/cognac tasting) etc etc

The Owner Recommends


The Markets are an important part of daily life in France, it is a chance for locals to meet and exchange gossip and to buy the best possible produce available. Amongst others the highly regarded Piegut market on a wednesday morning or the Brantome market on Friday mornings, are ideal for general fresh groceries, sampling all the local delicacies or finding a gift to take home. The St Estephe producers market on Monday evenings throughtout the summer and then the individual village night markets, (Busserolles' is usually in August!) are opportunities to join in the local festivities with various regional food and drink specialities and entertainment.

Grotte de Villars Caves, Villars

The Grotte de Villars is an impressive cave system less than 45 minutes away with impressive stalactites and stalagmites and small prehistoric drawings.

The caves are open to visitors for guided tours every day from April to the 11th September. As well as the caves there is a small cafe, picnic area, shop and a play area on site making it well worth a day out.

Perigord Vert Adventures, Nontron

Open from 10am-8pm every day of the school holidays this aerial tree climbing activity centre ( similar to Go Ape) works for the whole family. For the daring and not so daring there are 7 different aerial courses with 90 possible routes for children and adults with the grand finale being the zip line across the lake for those who are feeling particularly brave. With 3 bouncy castles and play equipment for the younger ones, a bar / bistro and walks around the lake to enjoy, this is another great action day out!

Kayak on the Tardoire River in Montbron

Less than 20 minutes away is ‘ Maison de Canoe’ Kayaking Centre in Montbron. Choose your start and end points along the picturesque river Tardoire taking in hidden Chateau, Prehistoric Grottos, Menhirs and Watermills beautiful hidden as well as numerous wildlife including kingfishers and Koipoo.

This is usually a relatively gentle winding river with Kayak chutes for a bit of added excitement to get you past the gentle waterfalls and with a choice of double or single kayaks they can cater for all the family and all abilities. You will be transported to your chosen start point by minibus, with a choice of routes from 3km-17km and collected at the end of your journey.

Voie Verte Cycle Path, Oradour sur Vayres to Chalus

“Voie Verte des Hauts de Tardoire” is a cycle path suitable for the whole family that runs a distance of 13 kilometres between Chalus and Oradour sur Vayres with bars and restaurants at either end and picnic spots along the way so you can make a leisurely day of it in the Dordogne sunshine.

Chalus is the home of the Chateau de Chalus, most famous for the death of King Richard the Lionheart who died there from a crossbow wound fired during a siege of the castle in 1199.

Nontron Chateau - Gallery of Experimental Arts

The Gallery is free to explore with regular special exhibitions and the Chateau gardens are perfect for a picnic on your wander down through the levels to the river.

"Circuit du Périgord" karting track , Teyjat

This is a great track that features on the French National Karting tour; various engine sizes available suitable for 7 yr olds and up.

Golf de la Preze Ecuras

Golf International de La Prèze is a really spectacular course, with its beautiful location, its hills, woods and lakes. It offers a main 18 hole champion's course, a unique 18 hole pitch-and-putting competion course, as well as a driving range and two pitch and putting practice greens. Golf de la Prèze is affiliated to the Fédération Française de Golf

Dronne River in Brantome ; Market and Standup Boarding or Kayaking

Brantome is lovingly referred to as the Venice of the Dordogne and is classed as one of 'les Plux Beaux Detours' in France.
The town has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire; the Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill (now turned into a splendid hotel) and numerous restaurants all make for a very photogenic scene.
Added to this the ability to kayak, standup paddle board or even short boat tours Brantome makes a great day trip destination.

Gardens of Marqueyssac

Open all year round, The gardens of Marqueyssac are listed as a National Historical Monument and offer more than 6 kilometers of shaded pathes, edged with 150 000 hand-pruned boxwoods aged over hundred years. The park is an absolute must for gardeners looking for inspiration.

It has been designed in such a way that you get the most incredible views over the entire Dordogne Valley with its chalky cliffs. There are three circuits that lead to the Belvedere, a fabulous balcony that is 192 meters high and 130 meters above the river, which offers one of the finest views in the Dordogne.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 7.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
9.2 / 10 Ficlau 4 September, 2017

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay.

Pool although not heated as very refreshing in the heat.

Fantastic walks and scenery. Wonderful setting.

It is a small village with a boulangerie and no other shop - make sure you pre order bread the dy before and note it's closed on Wednesdays.

There is a bar/restaurant which does fish n chips on Friday nights which as great value for money and extremely tasty - you need to book!!

We stayed in La Cascade which was very spacious and exactly what we needed. Bathrooms a bit basic though and no ventilation!

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable stay but there is very little to do in the village other than walking.

10 / 10 claypole44 14 April, 2017

Stayed at La Maillerie over the May bank holiday in gite La Cascade.
The location is stunning and set in the picturesque village of Busseroles. The waterfall is beautiful and you can see and hear it from the gite.The river weaves around the gites and attracts lots of wildlife that we enjoyed spotting.Its hard to put the camera down! The welcome from the gite owners, Sarah and Rob was warm and friendly and they live onsite, so nearby if you needed any help.

The gite has lots of space and character. It was clean and well equipped with everything you might need.Comfy beds, decent shower and all mod cons.There is a large balcony that overlooks the waterfall, perfect for sitting out with a glass of wine or having a BBQ.

There are woods behind the gite to explore and our kids had a great time making dens and going on a night walk.The village has a great restaurant- they were having a Paella and concert evening while I was there, a bakery selling fresh out of the oven baguettes and a pretty park with a lake and tennis courts.

The weather was typical of a bank holiday so we didn't try out the pool but it was a good size and was positioned just up the hill so you have a relaxing view of the scenery all around.There is lots to do in the area - the market in Piegut, Brantome, the caves at Villars, St Estephe lake beach or have a drive down to Bergerac wine country.

Can't wait to return for a longer break.
Stayed May 2016

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