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Beautiful romantic Watermill on waterfront in natural park, 40 min from Madrid.

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 - 8 nights


Sierra Norte Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, sleeping 10 - 14 people

Whether you choose to relax along the river, or explore the surrounding countryside and famous cultural & historic sites, this large 17th century watermill is perfect for families and large parties of people who want to stay in a beautiful setting with stunning views. The main door down stairs gives way to a spacious living and dining room with fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with an original firewood stove and oven. A modern hob and electric oven are also available. Between the kitchen and the dining room, the original mechanism of the watermill can still be admired. The living room gives access to a beautiful terrace, garden and a natural pool. The 5 bedrooms upstairs, all with en suite bathroom, sleep up to 10 adults and 4 children. The children have their “own” sleeping space on on the attic floors of the 2 duplex rooms. On the first floor there is another living and dining room with fireplace and a small kitchen, the perfect place to hide during the colder winter months.

The water of the watermill is not treated. Perfect for saneiary use but for consumption we will leave you bottles of mineral water. Due to its special location, on the banks of the river in a nature reserve, the watermill is equipped with a sceptic tank with special green filters. We kindly request our guests not to throw the toilet paper in the toilets but use the waste buckets instead.

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible

Frank Diephuis
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Frank Diephuis

Lover of nature, culture, history and the family.... Sportive and active mountain biker and trail runner..

Clasical music, a good book (historic romans), a group of friends, a conversation with contents, a roaring fire, a glass of wine...

A sunset to share and to medidate. Swimming in the sea at sunrise, to wake up and charge with positive energy.... Restoring old buildings with charm and character... To create and improve.

'While asking myself Why, I travelled the established roads, Asking myself Why Not, I started paving the roads of my own'.

Welcom to my house..... to your home!

Frank Diephuis purchased this chateau / country house in 2002

Why Frank Diephuis chose Madrid Area

After searching for years in the Lozoya valley a house with charm, history and character, we finally found this old watermill. We always liked the Lozoya Valley for its unique natural beauty and its proximity to Madrid and very good communication with other cities of cultural and historical interest. The building was abandoned and in disrepair, but no doubt its prime location deserved all the work and effort that rehabilitation has cost us.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

On the finca that gives access to Molino there are horses. On request we can arrange for groups of up to 10 people routes through the area at a very affordable price. The owner of the horses, at the appointed time, will pick you up at the Molino.

The mill is built on the banks of the Lozoya River, in the middle of a private fishing area. In season and with the requested permits our customers can enjoy the best trout fishing, at the doorstep.

The Molino is just a few meters away from an intersection of rural roads. Tracks which allow you to make wonderful routes . Mountain biking and hiking, these routes will guide you through the beautiful natural landscape with rivers, streams and Roman bridges. Natural habitat of many species of birds, the place is also perfect for ornithologists. Surrounded by water, you can see many aquatic and predatory birds. The kingfisher, ,the dipper Blackbird, Cormorant, Heron, Bittern, different species of ducks and the Iberian Imperial Eagle, black vulture, red-tailed kite ...and many other birds. The flora, especially in spring time is impressive too. In a few words, this is a unique property on a unique location.


based on 23 traveler reviews

Beautiful romantic Watermill on waterfront in natural park, 40 min from Madrid.
average rating of 4.6086955 based on 23 reviews

People and nature in perfect harmony

  • 5 of 5

If you want complete peace and quiet and love to connect with nature, this is the place for you. This property is heaven for those who like a simple life; barbequing local produce on the terrace, going for long walks, enjoying the birds and butterflies.

The setting is breathtaking. We visited in early June when the wildflowers were at their best and the Guadarrama mountains still capped with snow. As you turn off the main road to Lozoya you enter a track flanked by wildflower meadows. You drive down to cross a tumbling river and there’s the Mill perched above it. The only visitors we had all week were a herd of friendly ponies from the neighbouring farm, and we fell asleep each night to the sound of rushing water. Only a stone’s throw from the back gate there is a Spanish ‘national trail’ – well signposted and easy to follow. Turn left to reach a mediaeval bridge, turn right to reach a Roman bridge – accompanied by the sound of cowbells and the rush of the river. All this less than an hour’s drive from Madrid!

Eagles, kites and vultures soar above you and the hills echo with cuckoos declaring their territory. Flocks of smaller birds (driven out of England by intensive agriculture) are still flourishing here. Watch out for the woodchat shrike perched on a branch waiting for a meal to fly by. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a flash of yellow in the garden as a Golden Oriole passes by, but more likely you will hear their flute-like song tantalisingly close.

Bedrooms are clean and comfortable, all with en-suite shower room (great shower pressure). If you prefer a bath, there’s one downstairs – don’t be put off by the tea-coloured water as washing in filtered river water is amazing and leaves your skin and hair super soft. The house has been tastefully renovated in keeping with its history, with many of the old mill workings retained as features. The two kitchens are simple and basic, but have all you need.

The owners are friendly and helpful and always at the end of a phone (no problem with mobile signal). They have helpful suggestions for trips – we recommend the palace at San Ildelfonso, go when the fountains are on (twice a week, usually). Rascafria is a charming town, great for a morning coffee and buying provisions and some interesting walks start just opposite the Monastery there. Segovia is also only an hour away over the mountain pass, and brim full of history.

We’re definitely coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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unique natural get-away to recharge our batteries

  • 5 of 5

We live a busy city life and we decided to take a mid-week to the Watermill to slow down, spend time on recharging our batteries, on restoring our relationship, enjoy being together.... front of the fireplace....long conversations, it was very nice like we used to do. This place is inviting to connect to nature, prepare the wood for the fireplace, meditate, nice long walks, romantic restaurants, the day we stayed "home" we even caught 2 river trouts!

The old Watermill is very tastefully restored, good quality beds, the owner is friendly and reliable.

I can totally recommend it

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, thank you for your kind review. The watermill is indeed a unique holiday home and I think your words have captured the essence of the house very well. Connect to nature, family and friends and disconnect from the routine and stress of daily life....
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay at Pattie and Lee's house. It was very private and the setting was beautiful. The house was immaculate, the kitchen appliances were first rate, and the beds very comfortable. There were all sorts of games etc. for entertainment. We had two toddlers and they enjoyed the pool and fishing on the dock. They even caught some fish. We hope to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Rural Escape

  • 5 of 5

My business had decided to setup a brainstorming session at this wonderful location. For once they got it spot on!

As a result of this experience I then returned with the family and some friends to spend an entire week. It was brilliant! Calm, beautiful, relaxing... mother nature at its best. With a couple of quaint towns nearby, and with Madrid not more than an hour away, you have everything you need.

The watermill itself has been restored with great taste, and always respecting the original structure.

I recommend it to everybody to wants a taste of nature.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
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Isle of Wight

Blissful Escape

  • 5 of 5

We spent a truly fantastic week at the Watermill. The Watermill has been very thoughtfully restored providing extremely spacious and comfortable accomodation with each bedroom offering its own character and all having the most glorious views. Our party ranged over 3 generations from a boistrous 3 year old to an energetic 82 year old and the Watermill catered for us all. The location means that you feel that you are truly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by open space and glorious views, yet in no time at all you are back on main roads and able to speed into Madrid.

We were particularly impressed by the birds which we were able to admire - eagles were regular sightings and the beautiful Hoopo. The remarkable stork nests nearby made fascinating viewing. By the end of the holiday our 3 year old was able to identify each and has since shown a real interest in learning more about bird watching.

I can no recommend this wonderful location highly enough. To complete the delight Frank is one of the most welcoming hosts I have met since travelling through HomeAway.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Madrid, Spain

Love at first site

  • 5 of 5

We've just come back from a 3-day get-away in one of the most beautiful areas of Spain I have ever been. My friends, and I, a group of 5 couples regularly go off on weekend trips together.

This I have to say has beenthe most gratifying trip we've ever done together. The house was incredibly comfortable for all 10 of us. Each bedroom had it's own bathroom as well as a living room on each floor in case you wanted your space.

What was absolutely amazing was the idilic, fairytale surroundings at less than an hour from Madrid! Some of us spent the mornings walking around the most beautiful green, hilly paths, full of flowers and butterflies, while others rode their bikes or made barbecues.

In short, we didn't want to leave! This is definitely a trip we will repeat! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Club de Campo
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Colmenar Viejo
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A1 / E5 Madrid - Burgos
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
250 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The watermill stands on the banks of the Lozoya river on the crossing of a Roman road, nowadays a 50 km walking route which leads you over roman bridges from the medieval village of Buitrago to the world famous 14th century El Paular Benedictine Monastery. Surrounded by the mountains, alpine meadows and the oak forests of the Guadarrama Mountain National Park. From the terrace you overlook the river and a little lake.. Surrounded by water, even in summer temperature is very pleasant. This is paradise for nature lovers.. hiking, fishing, bird watching and mountain biking. But also a good point of departure for visits to Madrid, Segovia, San Lorenzo de el Escorial or the Royal Palace of San Ildefonso, a former summer retreat for the Spanish kings. In winter you can practice cross country skiing and sledding. While ski resorts are just a 30 minutes drive away.

Golf: The watermill is located some 30 kilometers from the two small ski resorts of Valdesqui and Navacerrada with in total some 50 kilometers of ski slopes, ranging from easy to expert.. Perfect in combination with cultural and historic visits.


Rates & Availability

Sierra Norte Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 6 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 17 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $11

Por favor informase de las ofertas de ultima hora. Estancia minima fin de semana 2 noches. Entre semana 3 noches.
En verano se dará prioridad a las reservas de 1 o mas semanas. En festivos (Navidad, Noche Vieja, Semana Santa..) serán aplicables tarifas especiales. En caso de disponibilidad de ultima hora, estancias mas cortas también serán consideradas.

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Sierra Norte Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • baño 1 - toilet , shower , Sigueña
    baño 2 - toilet , shower , La Garza Real
    baño 3 - toilet , shower , El Anade Real
    baño 4 - toilet , shower , El Martin Pescador
    baño 5 - toilet , shower , Los Buhos
  • Every bedroom has its own bathroom offering our guests a lot of privacy
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • dormitorio 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Garza real - camas individuales en altillo
    dormitorio 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Anade Real - camas individuales en altillo
    dormitorio 3 - 1 queen , La Sigueña - la suite
    dormitorio 4 - 1 double , El Martin Pescador
    dormitorio 5 - 2 twin/ single , Los Buhos
  • There are 5 lovely bedrooms all with en suite bathroom. Sleeping a maximum of 10 adults and 4 children. Both The Heron and The Mallard are duplex bedrooms, with downstairs a large double bed and upstairs 2 single (children) beds. The Stork has a large double bed and a nice sitting corner. There is double bed in The Kingfisher and 2 single beds in The Owl. The Heron, Mallard and Stork have impressive views over the mountains, waterfall and river. The Kingfisher and The Owl are located on the back of the house, but still have nice views on the trees, canal and river. All beds are of very good quality and 2 metres long. This in combination with the relaxing sound of the water is guarantee enough for a good night of sleep. Even in the hottest days of summer, the fresh running water of the river will make sure that the temperature in and around the watermill is pleasant...
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
In the canal of the watermill, the last 10 meters have a concrete floor. With a ladder for easy access this makes a private natural swimming pool. The water is clean and cold. Only 80 cm deep so perfect for a refreshing bath for young and old. The more experienced swimmers can also take a swim in the little lake of the mill. Afterwards the terrace and garden are a superb place to dry up.. With the canal on the left, river on the right and the lake in front, this will be your private island. And how about fishing your trout for lunch and prepare it on the BBQ?

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