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Two splendid properties between the Dordogne and the Lot - The Mill

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights



The Mill

The modern kitchen is well equipped, and the lounge boasts a wood burning stove set in an inglenook. The twin bedroom at the lower level has en suite facilities, and the double bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom at the upper level are reached by a steep stair. Residents have exclusive use of the 10m x 5m swimming pool and are free to wander in the property's fields. There is an abundance of garden furniture and loungers, and the large tonneaux, equipped with lights, mean that barbecues can be held in all all weathers!

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About the property

Le Moulin du Ret

These two properties are totally independent of each other, separated by the mill stream. They lie in six acres of rural tranquility. Each has its own secluded 10m X 5m pool. and an abundance of pool and garden furniture.

The Mill is stonebuilt, and rustic in character, with exposed beams and steep stairs. It was upgraded in 2007

The Gite is a single-storey modern building which also was extensively redesigned and renovated in 2007.

There is so much room for walking, lazing, playing, barbecuing, partying that it would be possible never to leave the site. However, within a few minutes, the local towns and villages can offer all sorts of activities, like kayaking, horse riding, fine dining, golf, whilst there are endless opportunities for sight-seeing and exploration.

The properties are easily accessible, being within less than two hours from several airports served by budget airlines. The channel ports are about an eight hour drive away and Gourdon has a mainline station.

The photos 1 - 10 on the website are of the Mill. The rest are of the Gite

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Howard Haslett
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2017

About Howard Haslett

I was born in Ireland, as was my wife, but have lived for fifty years in Scotland. Now retired we spend our winters in Haddington, Scotland and summers in France. We have three married children and seven grandchildren.

Howard Haslett purchased this villa in 2001

Why Howard Haslett chose Lot

When our children were little we spent many summers Eurocamping in France. Every year we found ourselves at some time in the vicinity of Cahors and loved the area. Years later my wife and I found Le Moulin and spent two glorious summers there and then learnt it to be on the market. The rest is history.....!

What makes this villa unique

Too many to list!!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Soucirac in Lot

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upper - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Lower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed
    Lower - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 2 twins, wardrobes, chests of drawers, bedside tales and lights
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • diving
  • tennis


4.5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

The Mill
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

A delightfully rustic property

  • 4 of 5

A delightfully rustic property with lots of very ancient beams and a huge open fireplace. Howard and Alex, the owners, are a very hospitable couple who were very keen to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. They were always ready with a smile to answer any questions we might have and recommended a great local vineyard to us. The Mill has a lovely large pool and the setting is very pretty. The area has the most wonderful views with lots of pretty towns and villages full of medieval churches and properties. We visited the cave paintings at Cougnac and went sailing on the underground lakes at Padirac. Rocamadour is a definite must, though catch the mini train as the climb in the heat of the day would be hard work.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to have this family staying at the Mill! They seized every opportunity to enjoy the property and the surrounding area, as well as the local food and wines. Of course the glorious weather helped a great deal!
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Banffshire, Scotland

Lovely place to stay & very friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

The Mill was very quaint and clean. The owners, Howard & Alex were very friendly and very helpful. They were able to recommend places to visit and eat and whilst they are not original natives they do live there and are very knowledgeable of the area. The kids loved the pool which was also very clean. There were so many places to visit within just a few miles. There were caves, a waterfall, lots of Castles and medieval villages and towns. Alternatively, if you like cycling or canoing this location is ideal for you, you are not far from the river Lot or the Dordoyne where you can hire canoe's. Even if you were just out for a drive, the scenery was absolutely stunning. The local restaurants served great food and wine and the local people made you very welcome. Cahors is about 25 miles away and well worth a visit. It has several historic sites and a museam dedicated to the French Resistance. I would recommend this holiday to family's who want a change from a beach holiday, with plenty to occupy the kids including the pool, and plenty of activities, places to visit. It would also suit those who like to relax in a peaceful and stunning location. It was not over run by tourists. We had such a great time we will be returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic holliday in the Gite

  • 5 of 5

We found this house on Home Away and contacted the owner at once. The house were just as we expected and the describtion were very precise. Great facilities. Perfect pool with sun all day. Nice and quited surroundings.

The owners were very helpfull and very nice people.

We had a lovely holliday in the Gite.

This place in the South of France is an ideal place to have your holliday. A lovely house, pool and surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gezellig huis, groot zwembad, gastvrije eigenaren

  • 4 of 5

Wat hebben we een heerlijke vakantie achter de rug ! We troffen een pittoresk huis, van alle gemakken voorzien (zelfs horren en een droger !), redelijke bedden, die bij aankomst reeds opgemaakt waren en zeer vriendelijke en behulpzame eigenaren, die veel tips over de omgeving konden geven. Het huis is wat laag, dus grote mensen moeten het hoofd wat bukken, maar dat weegt niet op tegen het superfijne grote zwembad dat ook nog ter beschikking stond. De toegang tot het zwembad is echter voor kleine kinderen niet heel goed afgesloten. Wij hebben er gezeten met 6 volwassenen, waarvan 4 studenten en die hebben zich er meer dan prima vermaakt ! Ook ons kleine hondje was heel tevreden ;-) . Het huis heeft binnen als buiten veel traptreden, dus men moet wel goed ter been zijn. Een ruim grasveld is aanwezig om bijv. badminton te spelen + parkeergelegenheid voor zelfs 2 auto's aan de zijkant van het huis. Veel vlinders in de tuin, omrand door lavendel en rozen langs het stroompje. Enige minpuntje: de verlichting is wat karig en er zijn 4 luie stoelen en 8 rechte stoelen op de begane grond. Dat is ('s avonds) wat onhandig als het regent met 6 volwassenen, maar wij hebben goed weer gehad en aldus heerlijk (tot heel laat) veel buiten kunnen zitten aan de grote tafel met goede parasol. Zeer mooie sterrenhemel ! Gourdon (dept. Lot) is het dichtstbijzijnde grotere plaatsje met een aardige markt (15 min. rijden). Ook de Dordogne met vele bezienswaardigheden is goed met de auto bereikbaar (30 minuten). Er is meer dan genoeg te doen. Wij hebben er 3 weken gezeten en ons geen moment verveeld. Stadjes en oude / water-tuinen bezocht, gekanood, grotten gezien, marktjes en brocantes afgestruind, een klim-Avonturenpark afgewerkt, zalig gegeten (eendenborst etc.), musea gezien, een maïsdoolhof doorkruist, klederdracht en vuurwerk bewonderd en het schattige bedevaartsoord Rocamadour bezocht. En na een drukke dag was een plons in ons eigen zwembad een luxe ! Zelf zwembad-speeltjes meenemen of aanschaffen. De grote winkelketens zijn bij Gourdon. Kleding: zowel voor heel warm weer als voor koude dagen meenemen. Dit huis is een aanrader voor ieder die een originele plek zoekt met veel privacy. Van de buren (3 kleine gites, ook op het terrein) hadden we totaal geen last. Wij zouden dit idyllische huis zeker aan onze vrienden aanraden. Alvast een fijne vakantie ! Titia van der Klei en co

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Rodez, Bergerac, Toulouse, Limoges
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
In Le Vigan
Nearest Ferry
400 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
In Souillac
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Junction 56 (A20)
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
In Le Vigan
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Car: necessary

The nearest shops are four miles away in the pretty village of Le Vigan. a further seven miles away lies the medieval town of Gourdon where you will find banks, supermarkets, fine restaurants and an excellent wine cellar.

Cahors is half an hour away. The Majestic town, lying in a loop of the River Lot, with its famous Valentre Bridge and Cathedral of St Etienne, bustles by day and is lively by night.

Along the banks of both the Lot and the Dordogne are stunning towns and villages, like St Cirq Lapopie, Puy-L'Eveque, Souillac, Beynac and Le Roque Gageac. The medieval towns of Sarlat and Rocamadour are close by.

The Perigord-Quercy region is a gourmet's paradise. Produce from the area - duck, pate de fois, cabecous (small goat's chesses) feature on menus everywhere. The 'black' wines of the Cahors region are renowned. Local vineyards offer tastings and opportunities for leisurely purchasing!

At Le Moulin you may have a quiet holiday, enjoying rural peace, or one full of activity!

Other Activities: Walking, Kayaking


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