About the property
- Chateau / Country House3229 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Medieval watermill in riverside setting , 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8
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.
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- Jan 15, 2018
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A beautiful haven
We returned recently from our second wonderful visit to the Moulin. Le Moulin de Parrot is truly a magical place that is like no other we have been to. The children, now 12,10 and 7, and both my husband and I were so excited to be returning.
There are so many things that make the moulin and it's gardens so special, and this year we truly made the most of them. There are many beautiful historic villages and castles to explore in the area but we all wanted to spend more time this year at the moulin itself. We discovered more of the hills and walks around the house, we explored further down the river and found beautiful picnic spots along its banks. The children built dams, explored the wildlife, made homes in the trees along the river , painted, set up treasure hunts, swam in the river , climbed a waterfall and just had the time to play as children should do!
This year we also brought our own inflatable kayak and found wonderful spots along the Tarn to try it out.
The moulin itself has a real charm and sense of history and you cannot help but fall in love with it the moment you arrive!
We very much hope to return soon.
An idyllic and perfectly placed house for an energetic family. Space for us all, a delightful escape
I cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay at the Moulin. The environment creates an idyllic atmosphere which we originally experienced over 20 years ago. We returned this year simply because we have never had a subsequent holiday in France which has met the expectations created as a result of that first stay.
This time we returned with a young and energetic family who were well entertained with the wildlife, the space and the pool. As a family we relaxed, re grouped and reminded ourselves why holidays are so very important.
The house is more than well equipped and I left with kitchen bowl envy! The rooms are spacious and the opportunity to eat outside for almost every meal was such a treat! In fact, the BBQ area was so nice that we felt no need to venture out for supper at all!
Memories of the break keep bouncing back, despite the rain back home and such reveries will keep us all going until the next, inevitable trip.
An idyllic piece of living history
Le Moulin de Parrot is the most idyllic holiday house that my wife and I and our two friends have rented in many years. The photos don’t do it justice. We had mixed weather on our late-June fortnight (35 degrees in the first week, exhilarating thunderstorms and chilly in the second), but the flowers, frogs, deer (one glimpse), birdsong, river, and ambiance were always delightful. Buried in deep countryside and surrounded by thick woods and small meadows, the completely isolated mill is approached by a private kilometer-long unmade-up road through the trees. It is the most sensitively restored place we know. The owners’ absolute respect for the past is apparent in the use of old roof-tiles and ancient timber where possible, in the peasant-antique furniture and in the carefully preserved detailing of staircases, walls and millpond. We felt part of a living history. The house is totally comfortable - good beds, fully equipped and efficient kitchen, cosy living room and sofas, marvellous barn-door dining table. The pool was smallish but ideal for us, all in our seventies. The peace of the place was complete. Its location does mean that one has to drive quite a way to see the local sights (Conques, Cordes, Albi, the Millau viaduct, etc.), but Brousse le Chateau is 25 minutes away and is spectacular and the restaurant very good. The small but uninteresting town of Requista and its huge supermarket you can get to in ten minutes. Barbara the English owner and her French friend Jocelyn who lives nearby couldn’t have been more helpful, even if in the latter case our miserable grasp of French was painfully exposed. The house was clean and well-maintained. Though we have never met, Barbara’s attention to our queries was immediate and full, and she now feels like a personal friend. Our recommendation would be 10-star if that were permitted, and I for one would love to return.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous remarks. We are really delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and it is a great pleasure and inspiration to us to share the mill with guests who are so sensitive to its spirit of place and its sense of history. It will be our pleasure to pass on your appreciation to Jocelyne and the other members of the team who look after the house and grounds so well, and we hope very much that we may be able to welcome you back again in the future. There will always be a warm welcome for you at the mill!
A wonderful and wild retreat in the heart of France
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.
It's a joy to us to share the mill with like-minded souls who respond so appreciatively to its special sense of place. As a working watermill it offered hospitality and good cheer to local people for some 800 years, and when we first found it a few decades ago we felt its walls had absorbed that welcoming atmosphere. Our aim is to continue that tradition of simplicity, authenticity and closeness to nature, while offering all the comforts of a family home. We are delighted that guests from many countries now come to visit the mill and explore the local area. Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful reflections, which we will pass on with pleasure to our hardworking team on the ground. We'll be delighted to welcome you back any time!
Beautiful mill full of charm and character.
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.
Thank you so much for your kind and appreciative words. We're truly delighted that you all had such an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, and that you found the moulin and the surrounding area as irresistible as we do! We hope to be able to welcome you back again before too long.
Idyllic family holiday
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.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It's a pleasure to share the mill with such appreciative and considerate guests. We're making a few tweaks over the winter that we hope will make it even more welcoming next year (and we'll try harder with the weather next time).
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.