Cottage to let on its own island, Aquitaine - AT007152

8.7/10
1km from La Sauvetat-du-Dropt, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine Reference: AT007152 Advertiser since: 25 June 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Rose Cottage Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1

About this property

A Stone Built Barn Conversion On Its Own Island. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Rose Cottage is a rural retreat in the form of a spacious and comfortably furnished sympathetically converted stone built barn.

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 due to being uneven is not suitable for those 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 dining and relaxing by the river, while sharing precious moments with your family or friends over a glass of locally produced wine.

The barn has many original and beautiful features adding to its rustic and special charm. The original windows and shutters, the exposed beams, stone walls and tile floor enhance the character of the cottage which, together with the tasteful decoration and comfortable soft furnishings, creates a warm, welcoming and beautiful ambience.

While being over 300 years old, this property does not lack comforts; mains water, a modern kitchen, walk in shower, quality bedding, heating, tv and wi-fi.

For further information you can visit our website www.moulinvacances.co.uk

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen fits in well with the rustic charm of the original barn. It is open plan and leads directly to the dining area and living room. It has all modern appliances including a fan oven, induction hob, extractor hood and fridge-freezer.

Living rooms

The living room leads through onto a split level patio. It is beautifully lit by a stained glass light feature. A feature pellet burner takes centre stage (fuel provided).

Bedrooms

There are two bedrooms in Rose Cottage; downstairs a spacious double with riverside views, and a magical mezzanine bedroom level with two single beds accessed by a spiral staircase.The mezzanine level has limited headroom, and is designed to feel like a den for our younger visitors!

Bathrooms

There is a modern bathroom with wc, sink and a large rainforest shower cubicle with level floor access.

Heating

The main room has a pellet burner that keeps the open plan living area nice and cosy. The double bedroom has a wall mounted electric heater. The bathroom has a heated towel rail.

Entertainment

The cottage has a tv (no live reception) and dvd player. Wi-fi is also available throughout the property. We have a selection of dvd's that you can borrow during your stay.

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 gamesroom for your use, containing table tennis, darts, and swingball. You will also find picnic blankets and hammocks for use on the island. We also have a two-man rowboat (and life jackets) that you can use for messing around on the river or fishing. In the gamesroom you will find table tennis and darts along with fishing equipment to borrow. There is also a row boat beside the river.

Garden and outside

The large double patio doors lead out onto a split level patio with planted borders immediately next to the river. There is a substantial brick built bbq. The whole of the seven acre private island is accessible to guests including a gamesroom with table tennis and darts.

Parking and garages

There is no shortage of outdoor parking on our gated estate, only a short walk across the causeway from the property.

Visitor suitability

The mezzanine level bedroom is suitable for children from 4 years to mid teens due to the low ceiling. They will need to take care on the spiral staircases.

Please note this property is not suitable for those 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) will need close supervision.

Information about any additional facilities

We do have two additional properties at the same address. One is a five bed mill house gîte (property reference AT006467) and the other is a king size bed and breakfast en-suite room in an annexe off of La Grande Maison. If either are let in conjunction with the barn then we offer a 25% discount on the total booking amount.

Priority use of the swimming pool is given to our Mill house guests but if it is free you are welcome to use it.

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.

There is a laundry room available for washing.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Eymet
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, pike, eel, black bass
Name of nearest fishing location: On site fishing

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Gite de Boissac
Distance: 1.5 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Ebryo
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Christine Mitchell

Having visited France at every opportunity over 30 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, the food and the 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 barn property after years of searching. It sits on the river with its own 7-acre private island, but comes will all modern amenities.

The Owner Recommends

Relax At The Property

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.

Day Trips to the Vezere Valley

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.

River Trips Along the Dordogne

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).

Chateau de Bridoire

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 explore 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.

Chateau de Duras

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.

Chateau de Montbazillac

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 will 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.

Day Trips to the Classic Dordogne Sites

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.

Many Bastide Towns to Visit

Take your pick from Eymet, Miramont and Castillonnes.

Fishing

A variety of fishing is available at the property, as it is surrounded by both a mill pond and fast running race.

Local Markets

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.

Wine Tasting

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.

Cool Down in a Cave

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.

Canoes

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 spending the whole day, don't forget your picnic and suncream!

Accrobranche

For kids (and adults) who love tree climbing, abseiling and zip lines.

1 Review
8.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 7
8.7 / 10 Geoff B 21 July, 2019

Amazing converted barn on an island in the quiet countryside.