Rural watermill to let in Dordogne village

Busserolles, Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004466_C Advertiser since: 29 December 2015

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Rive Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

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

La Rive, with its riverside location and views of the woods and courtyard, has been tastefully renovated with exposed beams and original stonework giving you a real sense of history whilst feeling comfortable and modern.
This gîte has a furnished private terrace with a bbq, for summer meals cooked al fresco, on the sunniest side of the building, accessed via double doors, that overlooks the river and woods.
The open-plan kitchen, dining and living space has a wood burning stove for cosy nights in and a well equipped kitchen including fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher and crockery for preparing fabulous home-cooked meals.
On the ground floor there is a private double bedroom plus separate bathroom containing a shower and toilet.
There are twin beds on the open mezzanine, built into the eaves, above the spacious living area for those with a sense of adventure (partially reduced head height due to sloping ceiling).



Kitchen and dining

Open plan kitchen/diner equipped with fridge, gas oven/Hob, microwave, dishwasher, kettle,toaster, crockery, utensils, and dining table and chairs to seat four people.
Views towards the woods and stream.

Living rooms

Open plan living area with two seater sofa, armchairs, woodburner, tv(freeview)/dvd/stereo and direct access to the rear sun terrace.


Ground floor master bedroom with traditional French double bed.

First floor/mezzanine above the main living area is a twin bedroom with two single beds and views over the river.
Limited head height due to low beams.


Family shower room with walk in shower, toilet and sink.


The main living area has a wood burner for cosy nights in as well as the master bedroom having an electric radiator.
Heated towel rail in bathroom.


In the living area there is a flat screen tv with satellite UK freeview channels (Tv and radio) as well as a USB input and dvd player.
In the shared games room there are numerous boardgames, jigsaws etc as well as table tennis, table football and a collection of outdoor games such as boules/petanque, badminton, football, rustic golf ...etc.

Garden and outside

There is a private sun-terrace with outdoor dining area, bbq and garden seating overlooking the woods and stream.

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 65+m2 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.

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 is located at the bottom of a small hill with the stream running past. Access to the pool is then above the property, on the brow of the hill, via steps or car track.

Information about any additional facilities

The village (~300m) has its own playground and summer swimming lake as well as an excellent tennis court with flood lights.

Sample 2015 review
'Green getaway'
This was our first experience of a gite and what an experience it was.
The roads to the village got quieter and quieter. The lanes were narrower and narrower until we finally arrived in a beautiful old village square.
The gite was bigger than we imagined and the brook was right next to the building. So our stay was made even more relaxing with the sounds of the water flowing past the window. Its secluded, tranquil,and has a great shower.
Plenty for kids to do once they have finished splashing in the water and exploring the woods. There is table tennis, table football, badminton, a sand pit and a swing.
There are several nearby lakes with lots to do; great local markets and enough castles, caves and touristy stuff within an hours drive.
Stayed with family. Aug 2015


  • 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, 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!

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.

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