Stunning 14th Century Water Mill set in a peaceful wooded valley, all amenities (including Michelin star restaurants) within a 30 minute drive. The beautifully restored holiday complex consists of a four bedroom gite with private 10m*5m salt pool and a seperate to rent luxury one bedroom apartment.
This peaceful retreat, set in five hectares of garden, meadow and woods, is a nature lovers' paradise, a magical open valley with the Viaur meandering by.
The river flow is shallow and cool, creating islands and streamlets, where deer rest and other wild animals forage or search for trout and crayfish. All the surrounding trees make it a colourful birdlovers' paradise, the flash of kingfisher blue, with woodpeckers and dippers providing the red, and the occasional golden oriole.
High above are buzzards and kites (sometimes even the small-toed variety) soaring on the thermals. At river level the heron and egrets nest. Dragonflies and butterflies abound.
Riverside walks, or the woodland paths for the more adventurous, show a year-round profusion of wildflowers, seasonal mushrooms and other delicacies.
The tastefully restored gite sleeps eight in four ensuite bedrooms, three doubles and one twin. All have very comfortable mattresses, cotton bedding and towels provided, with a mixture of antique and newer furniture creating old French charm.
The large lounge with leather upholstery has a wood burner for those chilly spring and autumn evenings, and all rooms also have electric radiators and cooling fans for the summer nights. Well equipped modern kitchen, TV, DVD, books and games complete the picture. There is also an apartment in the old mill which sleeps two adults and one small child.
The gite is a converted barn. On the ground floor is a large single room with well equipped kitchen, dining space and lounge with wood burning stove and all normal facilities. First floor has one double bedroom ensuite, and one twin bedroom with bathroom. Sitting area between these two bedroom with books and games.
On the upper floor are two further double bedrooms, each ensuite. Total area of the gite is about 150 square metres.
The double doors to the kitchen lead out to the patio areas, barbeque and herb garden. Small bridge across the millrace leading to additional seating area. The large swimming pool is close at hand.
The one bedroom apartment is part of the old water mill, converted to a high standard. A small additional room can be used for a child's bed if required. this cn be rented upon request. For more details see wwwayresmill.com