|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our 5 bedroom converted olive mill provides spacious, well appointed accommodation - ideally suited to 2 families sharing, or a large group. The front door is in the courtyard, & the entrance hall leads into the smaller of the 2 living rooms. This has dining space, & sofas for 6. One is a sofa bed for an 11th person. The other delightful living room is very large, with dining for 12 people & ample sofas. A fully equipped kitchen is located in each living room. There is gas central heating throughout, & 2 log burning stoves. The olive press room is a games room with full sized ping-pong table. 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms are located in 1 wing on 2 floors. The 5th bedroom & bathroom overlook the courtyard. An entryphone allows remote control of the electric gates from within the house. Outside, a dining table with 12 chairs is situated close to the front door. 8 further chairs & 3 tables are on the terraces & lawn. On the terrace next to the heated pool are the loungers & sun umbrella.
Stunning olive mill, built in 1764, sensitively restored & converted recently by the architect owner into a well appointed, spacious & comfortable house. Sleeps 11 people, perfect for 2 families, as there are 2 kitchens! Also possible to rent one wing as a garden apartment for 5 people. The large 12x6m. heated salt water pool is set within a delightful walled courtyard garden, with a selection of terraces & lawns for al-fresco eating, sunbathing, games & relaxing. Electric gates give access to the house, secure parking & the secluded half acre garden which includes a wildflower meadow. A peaceful location to get away from it all, yet only a couple of minutes' stroll into the centre of Lorgues with its famous market, shops & range of restaurants. The mill enjoys wonderful views over the village to the Maures mountains. This beautiful area is set between the mountains & the Mediterranean sea - perfect for touring. There are many historic villages & famous Provencal vineyards close by.
Access to the house: The main auto route, the A8, is just 20 minutes away so Nice, Cannes, Aix en Provence, are all about an hour's drive. Monaco and Italy are an easy day's outing or you could take a trip to Corsica by ferry from Nice. Toulon-Hyeres, also an hour's drive to our house, is a hassle-free provincial airport served by Ryanair, or alternatively fly into Nice with a wide choice of airlines. The SNCF railway station at Les Arcs, which is 15 minutes from the house, provides fast connections to Paris (TGV 5 hours). If you prefer there is an overnight Motor rail service from Calais/Lille to Nice allowing you to bring your own car and let the train take the strain!
Lorgues facts: Lorgues is a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants, built up around a walled medieval core. Built on a south-facing hillside, ‘a village perché’, it is dominated by an enormous and imposing church – la Collégiale St. Martin – very visible, as you get close!
The town dates from the 10th century, and has an intriguing history in relation to the Crusaders. The church was built in the 15th century. The narrow streets of the old village, enclosed by crumbling walls, and some beautiful towers, are worth exploring; especially as there are fountains and interesting old buildings dotted around. The main street, a rather grand tree lined boulevard, Boulevard Georges Clémenceau, is modelled on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. Plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants there to relax in
Our olive mill was one of 6 on this street, located to use the water from the open culvert(La Canal) which ran down the street.
Shopping and restaurants: Shopping: There are markets at Lorgues (Tues), Aups (Wed & Sat), & Salernes (Sun) and a very large Sunday Provencal market at Le Muy by the auto route (A8). The two nearest Carrefour hypermarkets are at Draguignan & Trans en Provence. Smaller supermarkets (Intermrche and Casino) are open on Sunday mornings in Lorgues, and most of the surrounding villages. Draguignan, the former capital of the Var, with its impressive county hall, provides a rich variety of individual shops, where you can buy clothes, handmade chocolates, pastries, and gifts. There is also a theatre, cinema, ten pin bowling and visiting funfairs. All the surrounding villages have a number of restaurants, serving primarily French cuisine. From the renowned Michelin-starred truffle restaurant Chez Bruno near Lorgues, to family-run French restaurants all offering 'le menu' or a la carte. For a change there are Chinese restaurants and pizza takeaways
We visited Le Moulin for the second time in May 2015. We visited with friends-in all 4 adults and 4 children. It is such a lovely place to stay. The property itself has been renovated to a high standard. The kids spent most of the time in the pool, and we had barbecues most days. Lorgues town is a short walk-within 5 mins you can be at the boulangerie getting croissants, however it feels nice and secluded at the property. There is a lovely garden with cherry trees which the children enjoyed picking and eating. There is a lot to do nearby. You can visit local villages/vineyards/towns, and venture further afield to the coast if you wish. All in all an excellent holiday again and we will return!
Lorgues is a fascinating old French town well situated for a trip to Provence. It sits in wonderful countryside made up of woods, streams, hills and vineyards. In addition, the French coast from Marseille to Nice is close by, as well as many interesting inland places to visit. The property actually sits within the town, but backs onto relatively open land so it feels as if you are more remote than you are. This of course is excellent when you want to pop into town for the many things on offer there (good restaurants and local shops, great Tuesday market, strolling around) and just as good if you want to sit in the garden or swim in the pool and imagine you are in the middle of nowhere. The property has been well converted and the facilities are excellent. Of particular note is the large open plan kitchen area, the wonderful garden and pool and the general standard of maintenance and cleanliness within the property. Gill and Alan provided excellent customer service and recommendations and were always available if a problem came up. We would certainly recommend this property to small groups or large families. We were 8 people with 4 kids 5 and under and I would certainly categorise the property as child friendly, however would not discount this as a great getaway for a group of adults. We shall return in the future.
We - a small german family of three persons - spent a perfect week in Lorgues in Moulin Garden. The house is not only very well equipped as described in the internet, but also arranged with a very good taste. Our 8-year old son loved of course the heated swimming-pool and the table tennis table and was very sad after one week leaving the house. We also appreciated very much the garden with the red tomatoes and the beautiful roses. Moreover the house is perfectly located. Just 5 minutes to the center with the bakery and a small Casino, but very quite. No barking dogs, no loud traffic, nothing but the normal noises of a small village. We can recommend Gill's house without any limitation and will definitely come back.
The photo makes the old mill look lovely. In real life it was even nicer: great location on the edge of the lovely old town centre (croissants a couple of minutes away in the morning); and the inviting pool (warm too). The apartment was very comfortable and well equiped. Lorgues is an ideal centre. It's a very nice place itself and central for visiting the surrounding area. We visited with our two children, aged 7 and 10 and they loved it too. It's a great antidote to the busy, cramped Cote d'Azur.
We have spent two delightful weeks at Le Moulin and all aspects of our stay have far exceeded our expectations. Having stayed in holiday properties in France for many years, this is by far the best one we have found!
Gill & Alan have certainly thought of everything to make this the perfect holiday home.
Lorgues itself is a charming town and has plenty to offer in the daytime and in the evenings. There are restaurants to suit different tastes, boulangeries,gift shops, a Tuesday market, butcher and a small supermarket - all of this within walking distance from the house!
I would have no hesitation in recommending this super property to anyone wishing to stay in this beautiful part of France.
Our family of five stayed at Gill and Alan's lovely home in Lorgues for nearly two weeks in June, 2012. We couldn't have had a better time. The house is clean, bright and very comfortable although we spent most of our time in the pool and garden.
After a day of sightseeing or trips to local markets, it was a pure delight to come back for a refreshing swim in the pool and a meal al fresco. Evenings were spent playing games from their stocked games cupboard, reading or planning the next day's events using information provided by Gill and Alan.
We will definitely pass on the details of this home to all of our friends planning to travel to France and we hope to return one day.
Lorgues is a charming and friendly medieval village with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and a vibrant market every Tuesday morning. It is situated in the heart of Provence about one hour's drive from the airports at Nice or Toulon-Hyeres, and is the 2nd most wooded region in France. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and superb for touring, there are many historic villages and famous Provencal vineyards close by. An easy drive brings you to the beaches and lively resorts at Sainte Maxime (complete with Aquapark), Saint Raphael, Port Grimaud and Saint Tropez. Inland amidst breathtaking scenery, the Gorges du Verdon - the French Grand Canyon - and Lake St Croix, the largest lake in Provence, offer swimming, walking, sailing, white water rafting, kayaking and windsurfing. All just 45 minutes away. Other local attractions include the Abbaye du Thoronet, the waterfall at Sillans de Cascade, and the village of Chateaudouble set in stunning mountain scenery.
Other Activities: There is also a table tennis table for use indoors or out.