|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Set in a 30-acre natural paradise of wildflower meadows, mature woodland, streams, islands and waterfalls, this ancient stone watermill has been sensitively restored to make a beautifully equipped family home and secluded holiday hideaway. Bright, inviting and comfortable at all seasons, the Moulin de Parrot is surrounded by romantic gardens, with a profusion of fragrant roses, honeysuckles, jasmines and wisterias cascading down to the trout stream. Sunny terraces offer entrancing views of the millpond and the river, a barbecue is set in the old bread oven, and old stone steps and a rustic bridge tempt you over the stream and along the riverbank to the swimming pool, set among roses, lavenders and fruit trees. In the words of a visitor: 'The mill is idyllic. It will be hard to find such a lovely place again: amazing location, scenery and atmosphere, and beautiful (and very civilised) inside. A fantastic find.'
A unique building in a unique setting: The mill is a fascinating and unique place, steeped in history and with its own very special atmosphere and delightful setting. Standing in a sunny, open valley at the end of a 1km lane, it commands glorious views of streams, wildflower meadows and ancient woodland from every window, with no other sign of human habitation. For nature-lovers and walkers it is an unspoilt paradise, with a wealth of wildlife. Water is a constant and gentle presence, and many people have remarked on the soothing, healing and refreshing atmosphere. Numerous artists and writers have found inspiration here.
The building itself is ancient and full of character. A dependency of the Franciscan priory at Ambialet, on a spectacular meander of the Tarn on the way to Albi (well worth a visit), it erupted into history again as a Resistance refuge in World War II. Sensitive restoration has retained all its original features, including the mill workings, which we hope one day to restore to working order.
An authentic French flavour: This area remains unselfconsciously traditional in character, so here you can really experience rural France at its authentic best. Local markets and restaurants are a delight, and in summer every village has its charming fete. Requista's Fete de la Brebis celebrates Roquefort, the staple of the local economy. Natural glories nearby include the spectacular Tarn gorges, the wild and enigmatic Causses, the unspoilt beauties of the Auvergne and the glorious valleys of the Aveyron and Dourbie. Picturesque and historic villages are too numerous to mention; Romanesque architecture flowered here in magnificent abbeys, cathedrals, chapels and cloisters; and the Knights Templar and Cathars built awe-inspiring citadels and fortresses. Elegant Albi, a World Heritage site, boasts the famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum, a tremendous fortified cathedral and a beautiful historic centre, now home to chic shops and cafés, where (among other treats) you can taste the award-winning wines of nearby Gaillac.
And if all that's not enough ...: There are plenty of activities to be had locally, from fishing in the mill's trout stream or the Tarn (buy a licence from a tabac) to mountain biking (bikes for hire in Requista). Walkers can enjoy waymarked tracks all round the mill and along the Tarn, and the Office de Tourisme has details of wildflower walks in summer. Requista has tennis courts, a swimming pool and a sports centre, and Albi has a water theme park, race track and airstrip (try your first flight!). Kayaking on the Tarn at Trebas is terrific, and the Lac de Pareloup offers a full range of water sports. Rodez offers horseriding, archery, volleyball, tennis and bowling at Le Domaine de Combelles (05 65 77 30 00), and is also home to the prestigious national stud (Haras National), open to visitors.
The Office de Tourisme has full details of a wealth of activities for children locally, from wildlife parks to art classes, and is well worth a visit for information and leaflets on a huge range of attractions and events.
'Endless delights for the eye, the spirit and the mind. A wonderful retreat, inspirational – paradise, every moment of the day and night.'
'The Moulin is a miraculous place where we've had the time of our lives. We've relaxed and partied and swum and toured, but mainly we've just soaked up the astonishing character of the place.'
'We've all had a wonderfully relaxed time in this beautiful, idyllic paradise.'
'A wonderfully happy week in your beautiful home. We can't imagine how it could be improved in any way.'
'Beautiful surroundings, house delightful. A superb fortnight in a superb setting.'
'An enchanting place – we've had a fantastic holiday, with the old building, flowing water, meadows and trees ...'
'A real dream of a place that we will long remember and would love to revisit.'
'Delicious in every way. The house is so welcoming we settled in within minutes, the garden is a delight. Magical, inspiring: a unique site, a unique home.'
'We just loved your crooked house!'
We are a family of 4 including 2 teenagers and we had a wonderful week in the watermill in July 2016. It is a very unusual and special place - we've never stayed anywhere quite like it before. It's extremely peaceful with no neighbours close by although it is only a very short drive to local amenities. The sound of water everywhere is very soothing and relaxing and the tremendous variety of butterflies which provide an escort from the mill to the swimming pool is really breathtaking. If you're looking for granite kitchen worktops and 21st century power showers then this isn't the place for you. However, if you're looking for a very special getaway in rural France, this is the perfect spot. We had everything we needed for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. The kichen is very well equipped and it's double aspect windows mean that cooking in it is a joy. The wonderful roll top bath under the huge velux window provided a first class opportunity to wallow in a warm bath with a chilled glass of wine and gaze up at the amazing stars. We will definitely be recommending this place to like minded souls.
Le Moulin de Parrot is a truly beautiful place and we were all in love with it before the week was up! It was the most relaxing family holiday we have ever had. The children just loved exploring the rivers and waterfalls surrounding the property as well as the amazing wildlife. We have never seen so many butterflies and dragonflies! While the garden is enchanting the house too is full of charm and character and we were able to spend real family time together. The Tarn valley is breathtakingly beautiful and there are many interesting villages to explore nearby. We had a truly wonderful holiday and would highly recommend it.
We had a truly relaxing holiday at Moulin de Parrot and were very sad to leave. Not only was the house itself beautifully decorated, very welcoming and extremely well equipped (the photos on the website do not quite do it justice, I think - particularly the kitchen, which is spacious and lovely), but the grounds were idyllic. I had not imagined that there could be such pleasure in putting out and bringing in the washing on the line - a splendid view and utter tranquility.
The girls (9 and 12) were delighted with the pool and the selection of games and jigsaws and made firm friends with the teddy bears, not to mention the wide selection of local wildlife (the baby deer and water vole were an absolute delight).
We avidly read the account of the history of the house and we all learnt a bit more about the Resistance. We very much enjoyed the CD collection too and the TV wasn't switched on once - perfect. Even the weather was moderately well behaved.
Le Moulin de Parrot was just what we needed – set in 30 acres of woodland and accessible via a long lane it is truly a getaway from it all rural idyll. The house is very charming, full of character and also holds a fascinating history which Barbara and Gavin have documented for their visitors.
The house has a warm welcoming feel and is filled with interesting finds, each day we came across something new. It is extremely comfortable and well equipped – particularly the kitchen which has everything that you could possibly need.
Outside in the garden and grounds we were entertained by the chorus of frogs in the mill pond outside the front door. The swimming pool is lovely and is surrounded by roses and lavender and mint. It was wonderful just sitting watching the birds picking the cherries from the trees and observing the large birds of prey flying overhead.
There is the opportunity to fish in the river that runs alongside the house if you buy a licence from the Tourist information office in nearby Requista. We caught a few American crayfish but the trout escaped us! We went for long walks through the woods and around the local area and there is an interesting circuit walk of the neighbouring watermills. We also enjoyed our visits to Albi and Rodez but on the whole were happy to stay and relax at Le Moulin de Parrot!
We are a family of five; children 9,7 and 3 years old. We have stayed twice (2008 + 2010) for a fortnight a Moulin de Parrot and we all want to come back again.
Our reasons: The mill is quite, clean and spacious. There is a warm welcome, no bad smell inside, there is more than enough equipement in the kitchen, the shower is hot, the beds or ok. Furniture and decoration are chosen with love. No ugly plastic furniture next to the mill. There are many nice places to sit inside and outside. You find sunny and shadow places. You remember the owners are spending a lot of work and money in the mill. We liked to have breakfast on the balcony and watch the river and we liked to sit next to the millpond and watch the frogs, too.
The pool is large, clean and doesn´t smell like chlorine. You smell lavender and peppermint which are growing next to the pool. The poolkeeper is friendly and quite.
The river is nice for playing. In June water has been very cold and up to 1m deep and in July much warmer and only about 50 cm deep. Shoes for the water would be clever.
What we have done: swiming in the pool, catching crayfishes and trouts, building dams in the river, spotting butterflys, beetles, birds, frogs and many more, using pocket-knifes, walking around the woods and next to the river, playing puzzles, cards, socker, badmington, nice cooking. In fact probably all little things you can do at home but there's normaly no time. Trips to Conques, Albi Rodez, Belcastel, Millau Cordes which takes about one hour each way.
Requista is about six minutes by car and not very interesting but you get all you need in a very good quality. I wished we would have such a supermarket, green-grocer, bakery and butcher in my hometown.
Price: Much money but not expensive at all for all the things you'll find. Worth every penny.
Contact to the owners: warm, quick, correct. The homepage is very honest.
What we have missed: Only German or English magazines in the newspaper-shop at Requista. And a real Italian espressomachine would be the spot on the "i" for us.
Thanks a lot you let us stay in your mill, Babara and Gavin. We are sure to come back again. There's still enough to explore.
We've just returned from a superb week at the Moulin de Parrot. We holidayed with 4 friends - there were 8 of us in total, including 4 teenagers - and we couldn't have asked for anything better. The mill itself has been restored with love and sensitivity and boasts many of its original features - like the fantastic chestnut floor in the kitchen. And those that have been added, have been chosen with so much care - we loved discovering all the little details. In short, the mill is a little slice of yesteryear boasting all modern-day comforts.
The grounds are just as enchanting with the river running alongside the mill, a beautiful country garden with flowers galore and the original pond lovingly restored and home to very vocal frogs, fresh water crayfish and much more. The pool was a very welcome feature to cool off in the mid-summer heat.
The Moulin de Parrot is also a fantastic spot from which to enjoy walks, explore the surrounding countryside (very beautiful) and to retreat to, after a day's sightseeing.
We were all very sorry to leave this little piece of paradise in rural Averyon and fully intend to return one day (soon hopefully).
The mill lies amid the sunny meadows and wooded valleys of Roquefort country, a land steeped in history, tradition and character, and with its own wonderful gastronomic heritage. Lying on the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela, the Aveyron is an unspoilt region of beautiful rivers, lakes and fortified villages, of terrific local restaurants, markets, fetes and fairs, and of Romanesque abbeys, fortified villages and Templar strongholds. From the spectacular Tarn gorges and Millau viaduct to the vineyards of Gaillac, from lovely medieval Albi (a World Heritage site) to the fairytale fortifications of Carcassonne and La Couvertoirade, from the breathtaking prettiness of Cordes and Najac to the perilous citadels of the Cathars, this is 'la France profonde' at its most authentic and magnetic.
Rodez airport is just 35 mins north, and Toulouse 1hr 30 mins south-west. The Severac-le-Chateau exit of the toll-free and spectacular A75 motorway is 45 mins north-east of the mill.
Other Activities: kayaking/canoeing
Golf: Albi (35 min west) has a championship 18-hole golf course at Lasbordes, and two others at Florentin and Aigueleze. The Lasbordes course is rated one of the best 50 in France; set in a meander of the River Tarn, with views of Albi's famous cathedral, it offers numerous facilities centred on the sixteenth-century Chateau de Lasbordes, including a restaurant serving traditional cuisine.
Rodez (35 min north) has the excellent 18-hole Golf du Grand Rodez.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$188|