|La Moulin de la Regie||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Additional fold up bed in twin bedroom for 1|
This Mill House is a rustic rural retreat in the form of a spacious and comfortably furnished gite.
It is situated on its' own small river island and is set in a truly peaceful paradise. It can only be accessed on foot by crossing a narrow causeway bridge [this is original and made from old stone and being uneven it is not suitable for people who are unsteady on their feet or infirm].
This individual property has a private terrace overlooking the River Dropt and is perfect for al-fresco dinning and relaxing whilst admiring marvellous and idyllic view and sharing precious moments with your family or friends over a nice glass of locally produced wine.
The gite has many original and beautiful features adding to its' rustic and special charm. The old stone walls, original windows and shutters, the large open fireplace and exposed beams enhance the character of the old water mill which together with the tastefully decorated and comfortable soft furnishings creates a warm, welcoming and beautiful ambiance.
There is both a separate dining room, outside dining terrace with spectacular views over the river and a well equipped kitchen in true French style. Outside the kitchen is a small patio area with a bbq.
The Mill House front door opens onto a large lounge area with lovely oak beams and grand stone fireplace.
The Mill House can sleep four, plus one.
We have a double and a twin bedroom.
Generally the gite is set up for four people; for example there are only four chairs around each of the dining tables. But we can sleep an extra person if required as there is an extra put-up bed in the twin room.
The main family bathroom upstairs has a sink and shower over a bath. Next to this is a separate wc.
Electic hot water, electric radiators and a large wood burning fireplace in the main living room.
Internet access, satellite tv and dvd player are provided.
This very tranquil and beautiful location is perfect for getting away from it all. It is an ideal retreat for couples or families with older children, people who enjoy fishing or the peace and quiet of an authentic and unique French Mill House on a river.
On the island, you will find the lock keeper's cottage, which is now a games room for your use containing table tennis, darts and swing ball. You will also find picnic blankets and hammocks for use on the island. We also have a two-man rowboat (and life jackets) you can use for messing around on the river or fishing.
While renting the mill house, you have full access to the entire 7-acre estate. This includes exclusive access to our salt water pool.
The river attracts abundant bird and wildlife including river mammals and birds, red squirrels, many beautiful butterflies, moths and fascinating insects. The River Dropt has an excellent reputation for fishing and has some very large, prize-winning fish to ready to be caught from your own island garden! Wild flowers, flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs provide a colourful backdrop most of the year.
We offer on-site parking down a gated private driveway.
If you don't have a car and are flying into Bergerac or arriving by train we can shuttle you to and from the property. We'd ask for a small contribution to cover travel and parking. We can fit 4 people and 2 large cases in the car.
Please note this property is not suitable for people who are unsteady on their feet or infirm due to the uniqueness of the Mill House's location being sited on a river island and only accessible across an old stone causeway.
There is a lot of deep water around so younger children (under 10 years) would need close supervision.
Someone will always be in residence in "La Grande Maison" to offer assistance and advise. You can talk to us as much or as little as you like.
A little welcome pack will be in the Gite on your arrival, including essentials like milk, eggs, and wine. If you would like us to do a grocery shop on your behalf to supplement this, please let us know. This is essential if arriving on a Sunday afternoon as all shops will be closed.
The mill house does not have a washing machine, but we are happy to offer a free laundry service for a reasonable number of items.
Having visited France at every opportunity over thirty years, I've fallen in love with the Perigord Region. I have been very lucky to be able to relocate here and run a Gite business.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The weather, food and wine. It also makes a very gentle introduction to French life. Leave the property and turn right, you end up in Eymet with lots of British Expats. Turn left for a more traditional, French village; La Sauvetat-du-dropt|
|Unique benefits of property||We found this idyllic mill property after years of searching. It sits on the river with its own 7-acre private island, but comes will all modern amenities like a swimming pool and internet.|
All our guests end up spending at least one day relaxing on site. With a pool, games room, boat and river island to explore there is plenty to do. This tranquil and historic property has a relaxing effect on everyone who visits. And if you run out of supplies the local convenience store is only a 10-minute easy walk away.
Drive for just over an hour to visit lots of prehistoric sites around Les Eyzies, ending up at Lascaux (pre-booking recommended) or Sarlat.
Sites in the Vezere Valley include La Roque St. Christophe, Les Medievales de la Vezere, Maison Forte De Reignac, Prehisto Parc, Musee National de Prehistory, Roc de Cazelle, Chateau Commarque, Gouffre de Proumeyssac and Aquarium du Perigord Noir
Catch a Gabarres in the center of Bergerac to learn about local history and wildlife or drive over to La Rogue-Gageac for the world famous Dordogne valley views on Gabares Norbert (pre-booking recommended)
15 minutes by car. Great for the family with hundreds of Medieval games. The main grounds are full of bigger games with many smaller activities to uncover as you explorer the Chateau. There is a large picnic area, so you can easily relax and spend the day here.
Adjacent to the Chateau is a separate adventure labyrinth (July/Aug only). If you are up for a challenge take along closed-toe shoes (as sandals are not allowed) and be prepared for lots of climbing up banks, into caves and across streams to find all the clues.
15 minutes by car. Open daily with evening light show in the summer months. Fun for the kids and adults alike with many of the rooms containing interesting displays. Be adventurous, explore all the rooms to uncover hidden gems and climb to the top of the round tower for probably the best 360 panoramic views in the region.
Casual informal tasting of local wines is often available inside the Chateau.
In the center of the famous wine growing estate, 15 minutes by car. This one is more for the adults although everyone will enjoy the views over the Dordogne valley. You need to purchase tickets to enter the main Chateau, which is a museum dedicated to the occupants through the years and wine production. But exploring the grounds, taking in the views and the wine tasting is all free.
This is the most sophisticated Chateau in the region; for example, you can't picnic here (but can walk 2 minutes up the hill to the picnic area with nice views just outside the village). But the sommeliers at the wine tasting will happily speak English. You get to choose which wines to taste; win respect by sampling in the right order; dry white, rose, red and finish with their unique range of sweet whites.
Just over an hours drive and you reach Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Marqueyssac, Castelnaud and Beynac.
Drive a little further (up to 2 hours) and you can visit Rocamadour, Gouffre de la Fage and Grottes de Lacave.
Take your pick from Eymet, Miramont and Castillonnes
A variety of fishing is available at the property, as it is surrounded by both a mill pond and fast running race.
All the local larger towns hold weekly and night time markets. In the summer months, these include lots of food stands and the local villages also join in by running their own gourmande evenings. To fit in with the locals take along your own cutlery, plates, and glasses.
Many, many choices in this region. At the big sites on the hills south of Bergerac, you can just turn up. For the local producers, which are a few minutes drive, or 30-minute walk, from the property, we can provide phone numbers so you can book appointments in advance.
If the day gets too hot, hop in the car and visit a cave. There are many around all with unique features. Grottes de Lacave is visited using a miniature train. Domme includes a road train ride back up to the village center. Gouffre de Padirac with an optional boat ride and night time visits (booking required). Gouffre de la Fage with its bats. Our local caves are La Grotte de Lastournelle about 45 minutes drive away just south of Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
There are many locations where you can hire canoes for the day or half day. We recommend pre-booking and can provide contact details. At Grolejac and la Roque-Gageac you can canoe the Dordogne. Closer by there is our river, the Dropt, along with the Garonne and its tributaries. If planning on a whole day don't forget your picnic and suncream.
For kids (and adults) who love tree climbing, abseiling and zip lines
What a wonderful place to stay! Eymet is beautiful, Bob and Christine are fantastic hosts and the rental itself is stunning. We all really enjoyed lazing around the pool, exploring the island and looking for the birds, fish and bats of the river. Had a wonderful week and would highly recommend.
Thank you very much for a glowing review. It was a pleasure having you to stay. We hope that you can visit us again in the future.