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Romantic watermill in idyllic setting

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Barbara Mellor
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Réquista in Aveyron

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    River - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Furnished to a high standard as a full-time family home, the mill is designed for comfortable living at all seasons. In summer the rooms are bright and airy, and the grounds are dotted with tables, chairs and benches for alfresco eating, or for quiet reading or gazing with a bottle of wine. A barbecue is set in the old bread oven, with a large table (seats 10) overlooking the millpond and surrounded by scented roses, sweet peas and honeysuckles. In winter it is cosy and warm, with efficient central heating, a huge log fire and a generously equipped kitchen for serious indulgence. Frosty days here are magic. The grounds are a huge adventure playground for children at all times of year, the house is child-friendly (with games and books provided), and the pool is built to the highest standards and has an alarm. Water is everywhere here – in streams, waterfalls and the millpond – so small children need supervision at all times and in all seasons.

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Rodez (Ryanair from Stansted)
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Rodez/Albi
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
exit 42 (Severac-le-Chateau) of A75 (toll-free)
Car: necessary

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Réquista, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Mid
25 May - 28 Jun
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
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£150
£950
 
 
High
29 Jun - 30 Aug
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
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£250
£1,600
 
 
Mid
31 Aug - 27 Sep
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
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£150
£950
 
 
Low
28 Sep - 26 Oct
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£750
 
 
Low
4 May - 24 May
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
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£125
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
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£125
£770
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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