|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.
The cottage is very well equipped. The kitchen has all the basics (oil, spices, tea, coffee, washing up items etc) plus some extra treats from the owners. Rooms are large and well furnished. Plenty of books and board games, plus a television with Sky channels (if needed!). Plenty of towels and very clean and comfortable beds.
The owners are extremely welcoming and helpful; friendly but unobtrusive. We cannot fault Sue and Graham as hosts. They did all they could to make sure we enjoyed our holiday. They will provide beach towels so no need to bring any.
The location is truly idyllic. Very quiet with only the sounds of the river and birdsong to be heard. Plenty of places to relax, both in the shaded and private garden and terrace or on sun loungers in the grounds by the river. The little plunge pool was very refreshing during the heatwave last week!
The only aspect l have marked less than ten relates to amenities. There are supermarkets and a pretty town a few minutes drive away, and lots of places to visit. However we travelled at the end of June and were a bit disappointed that the bathing lakes and lidos were only open at the weekends beginning 22nd June. They are open every day from mid July so if you are travelling during the main holiday season this will not be a problem. There are two lidos and a bathing lake within a thirty minute drive.
We would highly recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a peaceful holiday in a beautiful, typically French area.
Thank you for your very kind comments. It makes everything worthwhile when our efforts are appreciated. Rural France can seem a little bit like the 1950's - if it is not August, it is not open - but they are getting better. The local supermarket is now in it's second year of opening on Sunday morning! That is progress.
Thank you for staying with us and hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will again have the pleasure of your company.
Susan and Graham.
Warm welcome by the hosts! A home-made cake and a loaf of bread for our arrival, plus lots of other goodies including a bottle of wine:) A private patio, a stream by the property, extensive grounds, plus an indoor pool - it was wonderful in late-September heat. A spacious wing of a former mill. Property shaded and views obscured somewhat by mature trees. A car is essential to reach regional places of interest, such as Lourdes. Spotlessly clean and well maintained. Good value. Thanks!
Thank you for your kind comments, it is always pleasing to have ones hard work appreciated. As for the trees, they are due to be thinned out this winter to improve the view without reducing the privacy of the cottage. Once again, thank you.
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.
Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated.