This is an 18th century windmill without sails, set on its own amongst the vineyards with panoramic views. It has 4 floors of accommodation: a below ground shower room ( with above ground opening window); a ground floor bespoke kitchen including a US fridge with filtered water & ice cubes etc; a small 2 ringed gas cooker, a microwave; a small oven etc ; one double bedroom with inset sink in the wall; one top floor sail room with its round settee and just enough room for 2 full sized single chair beds for 2 children. All are separated by winding stone steps & working trap doors. It is not recommended for the mobility restricted but is absolutely wonderful for young families; perfect for honeymooners ( first or second!); couples of any age . It is presented in a romantic fashion. Outside there is the private pool complete with its own jacuzzi in the steps with water at the same temperature as the pool; a separate large 6 man hot tub; a BBQ etc. DOG SITTING/WALKING SERVICE AVAILABLE
- Cottage322 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Sleeps 2+ 2. Quirky building, idyllc location with private pool & hot tub
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Jul 2018
About Marie-Clare Duffy
I am retired & have lived in France for 20 years, 16 of which I have rented out my properties.
Marie-Clare Duffy purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Marie-Clare Duffy chose Coutures
A simply beautiful little building in an idyllic location.
What makes this Cottage unique
Quirky building; panoramic views; very quiet, local beauty spot location yet only 3 mins drive to the nearest tiny bastide town for all amenities. It stands completely alone amidst the vines...not at the bottom of the owner's garden or next to it.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Quirky luxury amongst vineyards
My husband and I had a lovely week at the windmill. It really is better than the photographs show. I want to tell all my friends about it but on the other hand keep it to myself so it doesn't get too busy and we can go back again!
We took our bikes and cycled to Monsegur for groceries. There's a lovely boulangerie in the market square and lots of bars/cafes. If you are an experienced cyclist you'll love the hill climbs! We cooked every day at the windmill, making good use of the bbq. The small kitchen had everything we needed. The fridge with ice and filtered water on tap was much appreciated. The pool is great on hot days and the jacuzzi was real luxury! I loved all the different choices of outside seating/lounging options so you can always find a bit of shade if wanted.
I found the stone steps were a bit of a challenge at night. I would advise caution to those with reduced mobility or small children. A week at the windmill is just right I think. It's the most magical place and we properly relaxed. We hope to return!
I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday...!
Yes- I would agree with you about the steps .In fact, that's exactly as I describe it: unsuitable for the physically challenged or small children Or indeed people who have had too much to drink! However, there's always a plus side : they're great if you want to tone your legs a little...and you've got to get to the lovely lounge with its panoramic views somehow!!
Bringing bikes is a good idea- we used to provide them but couldn't keep up with the damage that seemed to be pretty constant, but it's great for cycling or walking around there.
The US fridge is a relatively new addition so you don't have to lug any heavy water bottles in with you and I personally wouldn't live without that 'luxury' over here in the summer with the ice cubes & cool water on tap.It makes quite a difference to your comfort in the hot summer. It all helps the de-stressing experience.
You'd be welcome back any time.
We were so excited to spend our holidays at the tower after finding this unique property. We fell in love with it as soon as we arrived! It was our piece of heaven. Rita, who was delightful, was there to greet us and provided all the information we needed. There was a welcome basket containing such items as wine, chocolate, pretzels, tea, coffee, sugar, cleaning materials, bbq briquettes, matches etc, together with chilled Prosecco, pizza and salad for our first evening meal. Not forgetting beef treats for Wilsom, our 8 month old puppy. The property is truly enchanting, we couldn't wait to have a look around and the views were amazing. Our previous holidays have always been a package holiday to far away destinations, I have to say this holiday was one of our best we have experienced. It was so relaxing and we spent the days and evenings going at our own pace and enjoying bbq's in the garden each day and sitting chilling by the fire pit in the evenings and relaxing in the jaccuzi. We enjoyed the pool many times, even when the water temperature was a little chilly! Wilson loved the freedom of being able to explore the secure garden and looked forward to the local vineyard owner/ worker driving by on his tractor. He would slow down, give us a wave and let Wilson race long side him in the garden as he drove past. It is such an idyllic location yet not remote enough not to enjoy the local towns of Monseguer and Le reole. We enjoyed a few walks to Monseguer though the tracks amongst the vineyards where we enjoyed local markets, cafe's and a patteserie which sold the most delicious cakes, bread and chocolate. The tower is stunning and more beautiful when you arrive, we enjoyed putting down the working trap doors in the bedroom each evening, it was magical. Thank you so much Rita for your hospitality, we will defiantly look to stay with you again.
Thank you so much for taking time to write this comprehensive review! I, on my part, was delighted to meet the 3 of you and look forward to seeing you all again next year, as discussed....! My dog walking/ sitting service will be in place for you then, as well, no matter which property of mine you choose to come to.
Stunning location, very quiet property
We have just spent a wonderful relaxing week at La Tour. The property is in the middle of the vineyards, with no neighbours, so if you are looking to get away from it all, this is the place to be. The pool was very refreshing, but it did take some time to clean each morning, as you are in the middle of the countryside! Generally we had a lovely stay, and if you are a couple looking for a romantic break this certainly fits the bill! The property itself is very small, so don't take too many things as there isn't really anywhere for storage. The gas camping stove is also very cramped, so we used the lovely BBQ area most evenings. It was also very hot when we were there, so we did have a little difficulty sleeping.
We stayed with our daughter, who has just turned 2 years old. We were warned that the property is not very child friendly, but we were just extra careful and cautious. However I would not recommend the property for children aged 2-7. Our daughter slept in the Sail Room, but in a travel cot, and as she doesn't climb out we didn't worry about the stairs very much. However, we would not have been comfortable if she had been in a bed up there. The stairs are not for the faint hearted, and were very small when carrying her, but you do get used to them!
Thank you to Rita for being a very friendly host!
Thank you for that!
My booking agent & myself will always point out its unsuitability if we think it will be, as we did with you.
However, it's great for couples & even small families with children of 6yrs upwards seem to cope really well and enjoy themselves there (although again , I didn't recommend it for a family of 5 who came for a fortnight this year, but they, too, seemed to enjoy themselves).
I'm not surprised you found the storage small...I've never seen such a full car arrive after your wedding! And I actually cook all year round on 2 gas rings for a family of 5 . My hob has 5 rings but I don't seem to need any more most of the time. There again, La Tour is advertised as this so guests are well aware of the facilities before they arrive.
It was lovely meeting you all - little Rea was gorgeous - and I'm so glad you managed & had a nice holiday there.
Ultimate Chill out!
We are a family of four with two teenage daughters. Our week at the Tour was absolutely idillic. We all came away feeling totally chilled out which was exactly what we where after. It was the most beautiful location with the most fantastic views over the vineyards, rustic and quirky and totally unique, which is what we adored about it. Having a swimming pool and hot tub to ourselves was the icing on the cake. Shops and restaurants within a short distance was ideal for us. Our week there just flew by and we where very sad to leave.The host Rita and her son, could not do enough for us. Rita even posting stuff to us that we had left behind. We would highly recommend that if you want to experience something unique, individual,small but perfectly formed, this is the place for you. We certainly plan to return very soon.
Thank you so much for that...glad you enjoyed the whole experience - we try hard to make it all a little special for you , & needless to say you'd be welcome back at any time!
Impressive and comfortable property
This is without doubt the sweetest place we have ever been to. Small but perfect for me and my husband. The swimming looks over a huge panoramic of the french vineyards, which was amazing and the hot tub and american fridge that also dispensed ice cubes was great. There's a little town really close which was perfect to get bread and food in the morning and it also has a few restaurants which was great. It's super private and surprising well kitted out for a small property. This place feels like concentrated france! I recommend.
We try our best to make it romantic and I think that 'small & perfectly formed' is probably the best way to describe the way I like to have it presented. I couldn't agree more with your description - & the fact that you're on your own up there but can get to the little town with such ease is indeed a bonus. 'Concentrated France' is an inspired description...so glad you enjoyed it!
Hope to maybe see you again sometime!
Fabulous location, amazing property
We have visited this property twice now because we like it so much!
The building feels completely unique, with a room on every floor - the living room is right at the top with windows all around giving fantastic views of the countryside.
The owner was there to welcome us when we arrived and was very friendly and helpful.
The outside facilities are perfect - a big garden with a good-sized pool, hot-tub, seating area and all important hammocks for lolling in.
Virtually no traffic goes past, so it's perfect if you're looking to get away from it all. We've seen bats, lizards, toads and deer, and in the evening the cicadas start up - with no streetlights nearby its great for star-gazing too.
The towns of Monsegur and La Reole are only 20 minutes or so drive away, so it's easy to stock up on supplies. Monsegur is an interesting town to wander around, with a market and bars and restaurants.
We took our dog with us, and there is a vet in La Reole who is able to give the necessary stamps on the pet passport before you return home.
Many thanks for your kind words.
Yes...it is indeed an idyllic venue! Many guests tell us that it's even better in the flesh than in the photos and indeed we have one couple who are on their 6th consecutive visit now. They tell me they have to recharge their batteries in the peace and quiet there. It's also nice to be on your own, but relatively close to Monségur - which, as you say , is an interesting little town. I'm looking forward to meeting you both for the 3rd time - not forgetting Bilbo, of course- this September again!
Many activities are arranged for tourists in this region during the summer months, including evening markets.
Additional pricing information
Please note: High season price of £990 is for couples only for a period of 2 weeks from Aug 20th. All families will be charged £1250.Whilst pets are welcome, if any long haired dogs shed their coats excessively an extra cleaning charge will be levied. All pets need to be de-fleaed before arrival if applicable, please! Also please note that, as non-fee paying options are available for payments in the form of French or UK bank transfers, any card fee paying option (including Paypal) must be borne by the holidaymaker. Refund policy: 100% up to 6 weeks before arrival. 0% refund after this, unless a substitute booking is received for the same period.