|Knoops Cottage at Moulin de Samaran||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
At the end of a tree lined drive lies the Moulin de Samaran. It was substantially re-built in its original style during the 1990s using the ancient foundations which date back to its origins in 1728. The watermill, sitting on a bank of the River Save and straddling the mill leat, is surrounded by a small formal garden and 18 acres of meadow and wild woodland, the whole of which constitutes its river island.
Attached to rear of the mill building and with its own woodland garden, the secluded cottage with its high beamed ceiling, gives it a mountain chalet feel. It is entered via a private gravel path off the main drive.
The front door, opening off the terrace, leads to the main reception room, which is open plan and separated from the fully equipped kitchen by a fitted dining table and chairs. An open staircase leads via a galleried landing to two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and a bathroom with full size bath and separate shower cabinet.
A fully fitted kitchen with grill oven and microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher, gas hob and coffee filter machine.
Open plan salon with inset log burning fireplace. UK satellite television, together with dvd and cd players. Three-piece suite, coffee-table and large antique sideboard.
One double room with dressing table and large wardrobe. One twin bedded room.
Full size bath with separate shower cabinet.
Log burning fireplace, electric heaters or fan assisted oil stoves.
UK satellite tv, dvd player, library of books and dvds, boardgames and jigsaw puzzles, mountain bikes (helmets not supplied on hygiene grounds).
A barbecue is provided, together with charcoal.
In addition to the private terrace, there is a larger sunterrace overlooking the river, together with full use of all grounds.
Ample parking available at the front of the mill building
A car is a must.
Known as the "Pink City", this is a good day out to look at the ancient buildings, 2 cathedrals and, of course, do some shopping. There is a short boat trip on the local canal and a day trip including lunch on the Canal du Midi. There is a cinema complex which shows the latest UK and American films in their orignal languages.
Very comfortable and the hosts were really helpful and friendly.
Very quiet and peaceful
Very comfortable gite with all facilities. No view except trees from gite which is a shame. Owners on site and available if required. Very friendly and approachable. Lovely welcome pack awaiting on our arrival. Not many local amenities but restaurants we tried were fine.
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Good accommodation, clean and well situated, the owners were most helpful and friendly.
We had a great holiday, and would thoroughly recommend this gite.
On arrival we were greeted by the delightful Sue & Graham, who live in the main mill building at the front of Knoops Cottage. The cottage itself is accessed, on foot, down the side of the main building & is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by trees & shielded from the large house next door by mature bamboo. The cottage itself was spacious & very comfortable, a real home-from-home, & feels very private. Sue & Graham have gone to great pains to ensure that guests have all they need to use the facilities & the attention to detail was really appreciated by us, especially the welcome items & Sue's homemade cake!! The cottage/mill is set in a very rural location, which we really liked, & we enjoyed watching the wildlife along the river that runs past the main building. The area, generally, is quiet, but the nearby town of L'Isle-en-Dodon has all the basics, supermarket, petrol, restaurants, ATM & also, as you come in from the cottage direction, a very nice public swimming pool. We used the cottage as our base for several trips out, including days in the Pyrenees, a trip over to northern Spain (Bossost), Toulouse & even a trip to the coast on at Narbonne Plage. Whilst there is a lot of driving, the surrounding areas are lovely & picturesque. Finally, Sue & Graham are the perfect hosts, always on hand to help & advise; including kindly booking a local restaurant for us, but absolutely respecting their guests privacy. A very relaxing & enjoyable 10 days & recommended. Thank you!!