|Moulin de la Barde - Le Petit Raisin||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1||Cots can be provided|
The property is a former paper mill originally built in 1688 which has been renovated into a home for the owners and 2 gites, Le Grand Cornet and Le Petit Raisin which are virtually identical. Renovation of the property began in January 2013 and it now has a completely new roof. The work on the gîtes has included new floors, interior walls, ceilings, insulation, boilers, plumbing and wiring. They have been renovated to provide modern facilities while at the same time retaining as much as of the character as possible. Some of the internal walls have been left ‘pierre apparent’ so that the stonework is exposed. All the rooms are newly furnished, light and spacious. Each gite comfortably sleeps 6 (2 doubles, 1 twin).
Downstairs is open plan with a well-equipped modern kitchen, including: electric oven with gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washing machine. The dining area includes a large dining table with seating for 6.
Downstairs is open plan with a living room area including sofas seating 6, a television/dvd and a cosy wood-burning stove.
There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, sleeping 6 (2 doubles, 1 twin). If necessary, the twin beds can be pushed together to make another double bed. There is also space for cots to be added. All the bedrooms have wall-mounted electric heaters and fans.
Upstairs is a family bathroom, which includes a bath with overhead shower (thermostatic tap) and a heated electric towel rail. There is also a toilet downstairs.
Downstairs is a wood burning stove. Upstairs all bedrooms have wall-mounted electric heaters, and there is a heated towel rail in the bathroom.
There is free wi-fi, a television/dvd with an English FreeSat Box showing all the usual Freeview channels and also a French TNT Box. A selection of dvds and boardgames and books are also provided.
The gite has its own private patio (approx 6m x 5m) with dining table for 6, a bbq and sunloungers. The property is set in 5 acres of grounds, including garden, woodland and streams and there are ducks and free range chickens. Guests are free to explore the grounds and feed the chickens and ducks. There is a shared pool terrace, with a 4m plunge pool and external wi-fi and sunloungers for guests to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There is also a petanque pitch, trampoline, badminton net and basketball hoop.
The gites share their own private driveway and car park (approx 10m x 8m).
The property is ideal for families, couples and groups of friends. All the bedrooms are upstairs so it is not suitable for those who cannot manage stairs. The property is also in a rural location, and although the village is within walking distance a car is recommended.
We are the Meekings family and we moved to France from London with our two daughters in July 2012, quitting our long-term jobs to embark upon an adventure and a new chapter in our lives together. Our gîtes were officially opened by the Mayor in June 2014, and we love meeting people from all over the World and sharing with them everything that the area has to offer. We have settled in well to our new lives in France and love the outdoors life and have our own chickens and ducks.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||The region is known for its gentle undulating countryside with fields of sunflowers, picturesque rivers and lakes, its wines and sunny climate. The way of life here is relaxed and calm with little traffic and we love walking and ‘nature watch’ – so far we have spotted deer, wild boar, coypu, woodpeckers, jays, kingfishers, cranes, owls and other birds of prey. The sunsets/sunrises are amazing as is the sky at night.|
|Unique benefits of property||We have 5 acres of grounds and it's a great place to relax and get away from it all. But equally we are a short walk into the local village or centrally placed to explore areas further afield such as Cognac, Bergerac and Bordeaux. The property itself is a former Paper Mill which has been renovated into 2 gites, and also our home, so we are close by for any help/advice. The accommodation is an old stone building so it keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and has been renovated so that it is modern, spacious, light and airy. There are 3 bedrooms comfortably sleeping 6 - there are no sofa beds or fold-up beds. We are open all year round.|
The hillside village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is designated as a “plus beaux village” and is well worth a visit for its famous monolithic church, which is the largest underground Church in Europe, and a beautiful tree-lined square with several cafés and restaurants. There are also many craft shops including potteries, jewellery and art galleries. It also has a riverside beach with children’s play area and in the Summer a snack bar. You can also book to go canoeing – we recommend the route from Poltrot to Aubeterre which takes approximately 2 hours.
Brantome is nicknamed the ‘Venice of Perigord’ and is well worth a visit for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, excellent restaurants and bars with a beautiful river running right through it. Also a great location for a picnic in the park by the river and watching the canoes/boats passing. Nearby there are the marvellous Grottes des Villars (underground caves) where you can see stalactites and stalagmites.
Saint-Emilion is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its wine and some of the most valuable vineyards in the world. Guided tours of the wine cellars and vineyards can be booked through the Tourist Information Office, or there are many shops/château where they offer tastings. The town has narrow winding cobbled streets with cafés and restaurants. The perfect place to wander around taking in the history and architecture followed by a glass of the famous wine. There is the option of a train tour, or for a little extra you can take a TukTuk tour of the vineyards. You can also visit the catacombs and the monolithic church.