About the property
- House2583 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
A historic and unique holiday home in the Perigord Limousin National Park
The Mill has three spacious bedrooms, suitable for up to 8 people. The master bedroom is the former grain storage and milling area. With oak beams and a four poster bed and en-suite bathroom, it spans the house, with large windows looking out out on woods and waterways on both sides. The second double bedroom room features a stone fireplace and traditional stone cupboard. The third bedroom, the 'childrens' room' has room for four, and again features a large fireplace and original oak floors. A new bathroom has been installed with a great shower and a view on the river.
Downstairs: There is a large and recently installed open plan kitchen / living room that opens onto the back terrace and meadow of the Mill. This is the heart of the house. There is a big family table, a comfortable sofa, window seats looking over the river, shelves of books about the area and a well equipped kitchen. Adjoining this room is a library with television, DVD player and cupboard full of board games, that leads in turn to the conservatory. This is a nice place to sit in the evenings or when the weather is bad. Off the kitchen is a music room, with a more formal dining table and sofa. This is a cool quiet room where we often keep a jigsaw puzzle on the go! In addition there is a utility room / cave with 2 washing machines and a tumble drier. There is a downstairs toilet.
Garden & Other Buildings:
The beauty of the Mill is that you are surrounded by water. The small river and mill stream run around the side and under the house. The garden includes an 'island' lawn looking out on the local château, caves, a small lake and wood. There is an outdoor dining table and chairs and loungers with cushions. There is a barn where we keep bicycles and a smaller mill. The Mill pond is deep enough for a refreshing swim and the small rivers and mill streams are fun for paddling and looking for 'treasure'.
The local bakery which also stocks basic food items (as well as being a great source of info about everything going on in the area!) is a short walk or bike ride away in the nearby village of St Sulpice de Mareuil. The house is in a conservation area (see www.parc-naturel-perigord-limousin.fr) with oak, chestnut and pine woods: home of badgers, foxes, deer, otters and kingfishers. There are many lovely walks in the vicinity and we have lots of maps and guide books available in the mill.
The Dordogne is one of the richest historical areas in France. There are 4,000 châteaux in the Dordogne complete with medieval jousting, archery and games, with the beautiful towns of Brantome, Perigeux, Nontron, Riberac, Verteilac, Bourdeiles, and the city of Angouleme nearby.
There are also numerous prehistoric caves, such as the world famous caves at Lascaux and brilliant crystal caves at Le Grand Roc. There is canoeing, horse riding, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, go-carting available in the area. If this is too much for you, just enjoy eating out or wandering through the area’s numerous markets and vineyards where you can enjoy some of the world’s best food.
We have a comprehensive guide to the area at the Mill so you can make the most of your stay. There are bicycles in the barn (for 2 adults and 3 children) which you are welcome to borrow.
Please note that as the Moulin is surrounded by small streams it is not suitable for very young children (who cannot yet swim).
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- English, French, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 2018
About Harriet Matsaert
Harriet is an illustrator . She and her husband Frank live in Kenya where Frank runs a regional not-for-profit to boost economic development. We have three kids who love to come to France and enjoy the Mill every year!
Why Harriet Matsaert chose Rudeau-Ladosse
We fell in love with our house - the Moulin (Mill) de Connezac - when we visited our friend Barry Weightman who owned the Mill before us. Its an enchanting house packed full of spacious rooms, wonderful nooks and French charm. It has a wonderful garden complete with caves, mill streams, woods and lots of wildlife all in beautiful and unspoilt setting
What makes this House unique
You will love staying at the Mill if you are looking for peace and tranquillity in a beautiful environment and if you enjoy staying in a historic house full of character. It will particularly suit people who love to walk, cycle and canoe, nature lovers (we regularly meet deer and foxes on our evening walk around the lake). The magical garden, mill ponds and streams, games, books, bikes etc make this a great place for a family holiday.
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I can't say enough good things about the Moulin. This is my only experience where pictures don't do it justice. We stayed for a month and honestly we were in tears when it came to leaving. It's absolutely idyllic for relaxing, tranquility, sightseeing, everything one wants to do on holiday. If I have the opportunity, I'd come back in a heartbeat, no hesitation whatsoever.
Bonnie, very glad you enjoyed your time here, please come back again next year!
we had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful place .the house is massive with huge bedrooms and a splendid kitchen dining area with the mill stream running through the middle of the house .the gardens were peaceful with a huge heron on regular view .the stream is cold but we swam in a lake 20 -25 mins away by car .i hope we go back some day .
A Magical Place
Our family of 4 (two adults and 2 kids ages 12 and 15) rented this house with our friends and their two kids (ages 14 and 15) for a week this summer; the property exceeded all our expectations. The mill is beautiful, and there was more than enough space for the 8 of us. The master bedroom/bath is immense; the bedroom that my husband and I stayed in is lovely (antique furniture, canopy bed, fireplace). The kids' bedroom, with four single beds, was perfect. The (multi-lingual) caretakers were available at our convenience; the (French-speaking) gardener, Roman, was helpful as well. And the kitchen and "cave" were well equipped. The owners--who were in Kenya--responded promptly and in detail by text to all our questions (even a stupid one about where to find dinner on the Sunday night we arrived). (A digression: We did manage to answer this one on our own: the answer was La Charrue, a casual restaurant/in about 6 km away, which offered a 10 Euro dinner with wine--curry chicken or Asian short ribs--which was odd (for our first night in the Dordogne) but delicious and a lifesaver because we didn't realize that grocery stores would be closed at 2 on Sunday, and that most of the local restaurants would be booked by the time we called.) The location is a bit out of the way, which was what we were looking for. The adults spent the first few evenings relaxing over grilled dinner in the yard while the kids played boule and splashed around in the stream on the property. Our trip coincided with the Perseid meteor showers: memorable. We made day trips to Perigueux and Lascaux; we also made evening trips to night markets (check the web for information on them) in 3 local towns (the one in Perigueux is not to be missed). Even the somewhat spotty WIFI and phone service were perfect: we were trying to get away from work, after all. All in all, a magical experience in a beautiful place.
Beautiful old house in an amazing setting
We had a wonderful week here and wished we could have stayed longer. The house is in an amazing spot, peaceful and secluded but within a short cycle ride of the nearest village and shop. The mill is full of character but has been beautifully renovated. The kitchen is huge, and really well equipped and we enjoyed lots of family meals there. The owners provide everything you could need for a great family holiday and were very accommodating on the run up to our stay. We couldn't have wished for a better place to spend a week in the Dordogne - there is plenty to do in the area, but if you want to relax, then the house and gardens are a perfect spot to do just that. Thank you.
Thanks Gill it was a real pleasure to host you and your party and we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are also delighted that you enjoyed the bikes we provided! We would love to welcome you back and we will offer you a discount for any repeat booking. We're planning on opening up some additional space this next year so the house should look even better and offer additional facilities. Please tell your friends about the Moulin and thanks once again for your kind words. We take customer feedback very seriously.
un hâvre de paix en pleine nature
Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable en famille, la maison est vaste et permet à chacun de trouver sa place.L'ensemble est très bien équipé, que ce soit pour l'intérieur ou l'extérieur, on ne manquait de rien.Cette maison de caractère a plusieurs atoûts ,les pièces sont spacieuses et le jardin très agréable (écureuils lézards, canards, chouettes et de multiples oiseaux nous ont tenus compagnie).Les environs permettent des ballades à pied ou en vélo.Et nous avons particulièrement apprécié l'eau et les arbres qui entourent et traversent la maison,ce que apportaient de la fraicheur pendant les fortes chaleurs , nous avons eu 15 jours de soleil total, le rève ! L'acceuil par Peter et Elma était très sympathique et souriant, nous avions demandé le repas d'accueil confectionné par Elma, c'était pas cher ,copieux et délicieux.Bref une adresse à retenir absolument pour les vacances.
Corinne , Eric, Ambre ,Jade, Alick,Dorothée,Baptiste et Camille
Beautiful house in a beautiful setting
We had a lovely 5 days stay at the mill in late August. We spent the days visiting the local markets of which there are many, going for a canoe on the river and enjoying the countryside around the mill on the bikes that they provide and on foot. The mill itself is very comfortable and 6 of us fit in it with plenty of space to spare. The kitchen lends itself to cooking some great family meals and we used the bbq on 3/4 occasions. I went for a dip in the 'pool' after a run which although v cold was very refreshing! All in all a great stay and we will be back.
The house is located midway between Perigeux and Angouleme in a conservation area with oak, chestnut woods full of deer, wild boar and red squirrels. There are many lovely walks and cycle rides in the vicinity. Maps and guide books available in the mill. The Dordogne is one of the richest historical areas in France. There are 4,000 châteaux in the Dordogne and the beautiful towns of Brantome, Perigeux, Nontron, Riberac, Verteilac, Bourdeilles, and the city of Angouleme nearby. There are regular local markets, producers night markets where you buy supper and eat in the open air in the summer and truffle markets in the winter. There are also numerous prehistoric caves, such as the world famous caves at Lascaux and brilliant crystal caves at Le Grand Roc. There is canoeing, lake swimming beaches, horse riding, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, go-carting available in the area. The regional art centre (pole des arts) which is host regular exhibitions and art classes is located in Nontron (17km away).
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Please note there is a £120 cleaning charge. This is a single payment to cover the cost of washing sheets and tidying up when you leave. A hot meal, prepared by our caretakers is available on arrival. Ask us for details.