Riverside holiday let with pool in Dordogne

Abjat (33km from Brantôme), Dordogne, Aquitaine Reference: AD004537 Advertiser since: 20 January 2016
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Le Moulin Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Cot provided

About this property

Secluded Riverside Character Watermill + Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Secluded Perigordian riverside watermill with wi-fi and private pool

Woodland walks start right on the doorstep past lakes, ten minutes to the village bakery.
Stone built watermill property lost in rural France. There is no passing traffic, and a pedestrian bridge over the river to the front of the property leads to miles of walks through woodland and local lanes, past lakes and enchanting scenery.
The nearest swimming lake is at St Saud, (5kms) where there is a sandy beach with a lifeguard, changing facilities, an adventure playground, and restaurant. 
The Lake of Saint-Estèphe (8kms) is one of the largest and most beautiful stretches of water in the department. Here you can find a sandy beach supervised by a lifeguard, and free loan of canoes and three restaurants.
Located in the Regional Natural Park Périgord Limousin within the bounds of the villages of Saint-Estèphe and Augignac, it lies in a rural area of meadows, woodland, lakes and granite outcrops (nearby you can find the picturesque Roc Branlant (rocking rock) and Chapelet du Diable (Devil's rosary).
In the village of Abjat-sur-Bandiat you will find a baker 10 minutes drive from the mill, where you can get your breakfast croissants, and there is a restaurant, a bar, post office, and a hairdressers. 
Our local villages boast farmers markets every night throughout July/August, and the popular weekly Wednesday market at Piegut is 9 kms away.
There is a 4.5 m octagonal plunge pool for your exclusive use. The pool area is fenced according to local safety standards, and kept locked at all times. We provide sun loungers, and comfortable seating in the pool area with parasols. A stone built open logia in the pool area provides a cool shaded sitting area for people who do not want to sit out in the sun.

We provide beach towels for use in the pool area and at the local beaches, so that you do not have to pack towels.

For the energetic we have a selection of cycles that you may borrow free of charge to explore the lanes, or perhaps use to pop to the bakers for the morning croissants. 
Locally you can enjoy canoeing at St. Estephe, or take a trip to the delightful town of Brantome, where canoes can be hired for trips on the River Dronne, 30 minutes by car. The very brave can also try stand up paddling here, or if you prefer you can take a sedate river trip on a gabare.
Wine tasting can be found in Saint Sornin. Further afield you can visit the vineyards of Bordeaux.
Formed 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic period, the Villars Cave is a masterpiece of nature and time. Discovered in 1953, this natural cavern is covered floor to ceiling with spectacular mineral columns. Giant stalagmites, sumptuous draperies. The Villars Caves can be found 15 miles from the mill.



Kitchen and dining

You will love the newly fitted kitchen with microwave, large gas hob, modern catalytic oven, dishwasher, washing machine in the utility annexe, and lovely American fridge that dispenses filtered cold water, ice cubes, crushed iced to chink in your glass as you enjoy a cool drink on the terrace.

Lovely Oak dining table with six leather dining chairs.
Character stone flooring.

Living rooms

Exposed stone walls, fireplace with woodburner, comfortable seating for seven adults.
Wi-fi throughout the property.
Flat screen tv with English programs.
Heavily beamed ceiling.
Family games.
Selection of dvds.
BlueRay/dvd player.
Terrace from large French windows, overlooking pool and river Bandiat.
Stone flooring and beamed walls and ceiling.


Master room with 5' oak bateau lit bed, dressing table and wardrobe.

Second bedroom with queen divan, wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Twin bedroom, chest of drawers, wardrobe.

All rooms have bedside cabinets with bedside lamps.

Fans in all rooms.

Hair drier.

Linens provided.


Recently fitted bathroom with tub, and shower. Wc and basin.

Cloakroom with wc and basin.


Available in the winter, woodburner.


Free use of cycles - included the rental rate

Garden and outside

Terrace from the house overlooks gravelled and grassy area.
There is a private swimming pool for use of guests compliant to French safety standards with locking gate.
In the pool area there are sun beds, and also a sheltered sun logia, so that you can watch the children swim whilst in the shade.

Parking and garages

Good parking facilities.

Visitor suitability

Families and couples have enjoyed holidays here.

Baby facilities provided, but not suitable for disabled people because there is a staircase to the bedrooms.

Smoking is not allowed in the house or grounds. It is not a property for smokers.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Bandiat


Name and address of nearest golf course: Excideuil
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Nontron
Distance: 20 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Right on doorstep. We are on a marked trail.


About the Owner, Ms Lois Carrington

We are a family of Francophiles, who sought our own little piece of rural France.

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Our family love the woodland walks right on the doorstep, and the number of lakes and rivers in close proximity for swimming and fishing. We are only fifty minutes from the airport at Limoges, and we have the whole of the Perigord right here within easy reach.
Unique benefits of property This property has the benefit of a location away from passing traffic, yet is only a fifteen minute walk through the woods for the croissants. There are thick stone walls and a stone floor to keep you cool in the summer, and a terrace where you can sit and relax with the odd glass of something nice. <br/>There is a secluded swimming pool with a stone sun logia for those who may wish to avoid the sun, yet still enjoy the lovely view.

The Owner Recommends

A multitude of local activities.

Lovely Local Swimming Lakes & Beaches, at St Saud, and St Estephe. The Villars Caves. A trip to Brantome. The Piegut Market Canoeing at Brantome. Horseriding in Nontron. Donkey trecking locally. Gastronomy in our local village!

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9
9.7 / 10 Iljam 4 September, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay at Le Moulin. The Villa was spacious and modern and as described in the advert. It was a huge bonus to be able to watch English TV as the Olympics were on. It was fully equipped for our needs. The area is idyllic for a peaceful holiday. The local village has a bread shop and a restaurant which we enjoyed a couple of meals at. There are walks or cycle routes straight from the front door into woods and past lakes.
We went to a couple of local lakes where there were sandy beaches and free use of the canoes. We also enjoyed an afternoon of archery at one, and a leisurely walk around the 3km lake.
There are plenty of activities to do during a 2 week stay. Canoeing down the river Dronne, visiting a chateaux, or local markets, but for lazy days at the villa it was great to have the pool to jump into when the weather hit the 30's, and the lovely shaded barn was ideal for many games of darts.
The owner was generally onsite if there were any problems, and couldn't have been more helpful.
We would highly recommend this property to others and would love to return ourselves.

8.3 / 10 Family Humphreys 11 August, 2016

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at le Moulin.The accommodation was extremely comfortable with high quality fixtures and fittings.The provision of filtered chilled water/ ice from the fridge a real bonus.Also the provision of weekly linen was really appreciated , as not always available in gites.
The splash pool was also welcome to cool down in the summer heat.
The area is extremely picturesque with many interesting places to visit with Brantome, Perigeaux and Oradour sur Glann a must.
Also the lake beaches nearby were a real bonus.."seaside away from the shore". The facilities at St Estephe were particularly impressive.

We would recommend the fire and the area for a really enjoyable holiday.

Wifi too!